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  • Find talent. Build your career. Grow your business.

    Find talent. Build your career. Grow your business.

    One of the best benefits of your InterCom membership is your direct connection to work opportunities throughout the region for communication professionals.

    We’re actively seeking employers who are looking to fill top jobs.

    If you have a communication job posting, make sure you tag InterCom in your Facebook or LinkedIn posting. It will not only reach our network, but our social media team will share it — and many of our members will, too. That expands your reach exponentially to a highly targeted population of professional communicators.

    We’re connected to top companies that are looking for talent.

    If you’re looking for work, make sure you’re receiving our notifications in your social media stream.  And let your network know you’re looking, especially the InterCom board of directors. We’ll discreetly keep our ears and eyes open to new opportunities for you. Because we’re connected to many businesses throughout the region, we often hear about job openings early in the search process. Sometimes before the position is even posted.

    We are frequently asked “Do you know anyone who does…”

    If you’re looking to build your business, we often receive requests for people with various skills. Let us know what you’d like to do more of! When we get request from clients, we can connect you.

    Kudos and congrats to…

    Several InterCom board members have made recent career moves. In addition to celebrating their success, we know that a job move for one professional can sometimes spell opportunity for someone else.  Please join us in congratulating:

    Curtis Cunningham is now the director of marketing and public relations for the Gilmore. He is joined by former board member Anders Dahlberg, who steps in as The Gilmore’s director of operations. Note that The Gilmore is currently seeking a digital marketing coordinator.

    Kelly Durlach is now director of marketing and advertising for Migala Carpet One Floor & Home and ProSource Wholesale.

    Jessy Wilson is now a communication specialist at Bronson Healthcare. Jessy was most recently at Communities in Schools, which is currently seeking a full-time marketing coordinator. (http://ciskalamazoo.org/careers/)

  • InterCom 2nd Friday Event: The Customer’s Journey

    Join us for our November 2nd Friday Speakers’ Series with Eric Hultgren from MLive Media Group

    The Customer’s Journey – Using the tools and tactics of the modern marketing arsenal to find where your customers actually are and turning them from customers to advocates by making the marketing about them.

    About Eric

    A driven market leader focusing on how human beings can connect pragmatically using technologies available right now. In addition to being the director of social media and content marketing for the MLive Media Group and Advance Midwest, he is an adjunct professor of mass media, CEO of a charity that helps at-risk kids experience the performing arts called Now Playing and nationally recognized podcast host. For Eric, “everything is marketing” is not just a catchphrase, but a lens through which he views the world around him.

    Event Details

    The brown-bag lunchtime event starts at noon (following 30 minutes of networking) at Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Anna Whitten Hall, 202 N Rose St, Kalamazoo, 49007. It is free to InterCom members. Non-member guests are asked to pay $10. Please register and pay online at Eventbrite.

     

     

    Thank you to our November event sponsors: 

     

  • Don’t Forget to Renew Your InterCom Membership!

    Every year, for many years we have tried to make the month of May the time when InterCom members renew their membership to InterCom.  Typically we have a small percent of members renew in May with most members renewing beginning in May through December, making it difficult to manage membership and our budget for programming.

    Online and web-based technology for managing payments has improved dramatically in the last couple of years and InterCom has just invested in STRIPE to manage our renewal and payment process.

    Here is what you need to know:

    • Our renewal system has launched June 1, 2017.
    • Because no InterCom members have joined or renewed through the new STRIPE system, the system this year will ask you to JOIN, even though as a member you are just renewing.
    • If you paid your membership last year (2016) before June 1st, you will be receiving an email at the end of May informing you that it is time to “Join” InterCom – and on June 1st you will be sent an email invoice for renewing.
    • The links in the email will take members to a payment site where you can pay with your credit card.
    • The system will send an email receipt documenting payment complete.
    • In agreement with all 3rd-pary payment applications, InterCom has no access to any financial or personal information, and STRIPE (similar to Paypal) is a certified and secure payment portal.
    • All members that paid their membership fee after June 1st of last year will receive an email seven days before their membership anniversary telling them that they will need to renew and will receive another email invoice the day their membership expires with a link to JOIN (which is a renewal)
    • The system is designed to do automatic renewals after a payment process has been entered into the system. Therefore, if you do not wish for it to auto renew, please uncheck the box.
    • All new members going forward will be processed through the automated STRIPE process.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Gretchen Johnson (gretchen@intercomkalamazoo.com) or Kristi Droppers (kristi.droppers@gmail.com).

  • WOTV in Kalamazoo with Kevin Ferrara, Operations Manager

    At this Intercom event, Kevin Ferrara, Operations Manager for WOTV discussed why they have opened a working downtown news studio in Kalamazoo. Kevin explained that the media market has changed, and WOTV wants to “break the mold”.

    He discussed “call letter confusion”, meaning over time the different stations with names that we are familiar with like WKZO, WOODTV, WZZM, WXMI evolved due to competition, changing audiences & viewing areas, consolidation, regionalism and nationalism.

    WOTV is now owned by Nexstar, who also owns WOOD and WXSP. The changing media landscape presented opportunities for WOTV, and they were urged to have a “storefront” in Kalamazoo.

    Why would WOTV have a Grand Rapids AND Kalamazoo storefront? There are a few reasons:

    1. To leverage market leadership. Everyone turns to them for severe weather and breaking news.
    2. Be localized. Instead of sending Grand Rapids staff to cover Kalamazoo, WOTV wanted local investment. They want their employees to live here and care about the Kalamazoo community.
    3. Expand community service by partnering with Kalamazoo Public Schools and community events like Art Hop.
    4. Reach both Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo audiences.

    kalamazoo-downtown-studio1WOTV’s Ryan Sterling said, “This is a start, not a stunt”. Their main focus is news, investigation, and severe weather. This is what people rely on them for and what they are known for. The prediction is that southwest Michigan can no longer support 4 stations in this market. WOTV hopes that with their new changes, they will the one that survives.

    Thanks, Kevin!

  • How to Have a Hard Conversation

    InterCom 2nd Friday Event: How to Have a Hard Conversation

    Join us on October 13 for our 2nd Friday Speakers’ Series with Larry Pfaff.

    Midwest nice isn’t a compliment. It suggests the inability to speak directly with grace and tact when difficult topics come up. Firing someone. Asking for a raise. Asking for the sale. Failing to address tough issues can hold you back professionally and may be affecting your team or organization’s ability to reach its full potential. Dr. Larry Pfaff will lead us in a workshop discussion on “How to have a hard conversation.”
     About Larry Pfaff
    Larry Pfaff, Executive, Career and Lifestyle Coach, Executive Consulting, Professor
    Larry is a licensed professional counselor, a professor, and author with master and doctorate degrees in counseling. Since 1980, he’s worked extensively in the area of career development, employee development and selection. He is a pioneer in the implementation of 360-degree feedback systems and has authored several books on the topic. He also created the SELECTPro® system, a method of conducting behavior-based interviewing of job candidates. His materials have been used at more than two hundred organizations worldwide.

    We’ll gather to network around 11:30 and start at noon with the presentation.

    Register at https://how-to-have-hard-conversations.eventbrite.com.

    We’ll gather to network around 11:30 and start at noon.

    Event Details

    The brown-bag lunchtime event starts at noon (following 30 minutes of networking) at Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Anna Whitten Hall, 202 N Rose St, Kalamazoo, 49007. It is free to InterCom members. Non-member guests are asked to pay $10. Please register and pay online at Eventbrite.

    Thank you to our October Sponsors:
  • 2017-18 Season Kickoff at Boatyard Brewing

    InterCom members, friends and guests gathered in the back room at Boatyard Brewing Company to cheers the upcoming InterCom season of programming. It turned out to be a beautiful day. A drawing produced some happy winners of movie passes and Frederik Meijer Gardens tickets. Thank you to all who attended this event.

     

  • 2017 New Board Members

    Welcome New InterCom Board Members: Ema, Kelly, Gerah, and Meredith

    InterCom is excited to welcome four professionals to serve on the InterCom Board: Ema Cuturic, Kelly Durlach, Gerah Dutkiewicz, and Meredith McLean. They have already been hard at work this summer planning and supporting membership, programming, sponsorship, marketing and social media.

    Here’s a little bit about each of our four new board members…

    Ema CuturicEma Cuturic

    Ema works as an Account Manager at Roguebotic. She has a passion for creative advertising, marketing strategy, and client relations. She received her Bachelor’s in Marketing and Advertising from Davenport University. In her free time, she enjoys giving back to Kalamazoo and helping the community grow.

    Kelly DurlachKelly Durlach

    Kelly works as a Director Of Marketing And Advertising at ProSource Wholesale.

     

     

    Gerah DutkiewiczGerah Dutkiewicz

    Gerah works as a Graphic Designer at LKF Marketing. She is a creative communicator and has spent the last 16 years working with a wide range of clients to meet their various design needs and marketing goals.

     

    Meredith McLean, InterCom Board MemberMeredith McLean

    Meredith works as a Communications Coordinator at Consumers Credit Union. She is a marketing professional currently specializing in digital marketing. She brings a wide array of professional experience from website design and social media management to writing and graphic design.

     

    We would encourage you to meet these hard working professionals at our next 2nd Friday Speakers’ Series.

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    2nd Friday Speakers’ Series: WOTV in Kalamazoo

    Join us on September 15 for our first 2nd Friday (though technically it’s the 3rd Friday) Speakers’ Series with Kevin from WOTV!

    WOTV began broadcasting from its downtown Kalamazoo studio in the Comerica Building, overlooking Bronson Park, in April. We’ll learn about the station’s plans for local coverage, why WOTV felt it was important to have an office here, and how we can best work with reporters and sales staff. – Kevin Ferrara, WOTV Director of Operations

    Kevin Ferrara is the director of operations for Wood TV8, an affiliate of Nexstar Media Group since January. The station also operates the ABC affiliate WOTV 4, branded as WOTV 4 women, and a MyNetwork affiliate of WXSP TV. The company’s Kalamazoo broadcast location was one of several changes made this year. The network also added a studio inside the Grand Rapids Art Museum, in downtown Grand Rapids.

    Register at https://intercom-with-wotv.eventbrite.com.

    We’ll gather to network around 11:30 and start at noon with the presentation “WOTV in Kalamazoo.” Don’t miss this conversation with Kevin Ferrara.

    Event Details

    The brown-bag lunchtime event starts at noon (following 30 minutes of networking) at Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Anna Whitten Hall, 202 N Rose St, Kalamazoo, 49007. It is free to InterCom members. Non-member guests are asked to pay $10. Please register and pay online at Eventbrite. Learn more at www.InterComKalamazoo.com/events

  • Coffee & Coffee Beans

    The Power of InterCom: A Member’s Testimonial

    This is a testimonial shared by InterCom Member, Mari Wielopolski, President and Owner at Crowne Marketing, LLC and Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics and Business at Kalamazoo College. 

    My personal story of the power (and importance) of InterCom starts with a significant change in June 2014. After 35+ years in the professional work world, my marketing leadership position was eliminated. Once /I worked through my devastation, I realized I had not made any professional contacts within the city where I lived – Kalamazoo. I had been working I Grand Rapids for the past 10 years and Detroit for 17 years before that! I better get crackin’!

    Through LinkedIn, I made contact with professional women in the greater Kalamazoo area, ultimately leading to coffee with Gretchen Johnson (InterCom President) late that summer. During our coffee conversation, Gretchen invited me to InterCom. My first few “2nd Fridays” were spent introducing myself to a very accepting, inspiring group of like-minded marketers. The guest speakers expanded my thinking and broadened my understanding of several topics while wakening me to all that Kalamazoo has to offer.

    Then, one Friday, Jeff  Palmer, an InterCom member introduced his Kalamazoo College associate as our speaker, there to familiarize us with K College’s Arcus Center. I knew very little about K College and nothing about the Arcus Center but learned a lot that day.

    As a Hope College grad, I was intrigued by K’s mission so asked Jeff if he’d be open to a cup of coffee. During that exchange, Jeff offered to introduce me to the Econ/Bus Department Chair. He and I then grabbed coffee (by now, I knew a lot about the unique coffee shops all around Kzoo).  The Department Chair introduced me to the Professor teaching the majority of the Marketing courses. In the spring of 2015, she invited me to guest lecture and then assist in judging students for their term long project.

    That fall, the Marketing Professor asked if I’d fill in while she was on sabbatical sprig 2016. Of course, I jumped on it! The Department Chair asked if I’d please create an entirely new course so that if it was successful, I could teach it again after the Marketing Professor returned. Oh boy…what had I signed up to do!?!

    Well, create a class I did. And, teaching that course was one of my top 3 professional experiences. Bright, engaging students, challenging yet fun material. I loved it! And, in the fall of 2016, the Department Chair reached out and asked me to teach that course again this spring!

    ALL OF THIS IS DUE TO INTERCOM!!

    That IS the POWER and IMPORTANCE of InterCom.

    InterCom encourages members to submit short articles about trends, testimonials, or things that are happening in their communication field of business. Submissions may be sent to Gretchen Johnson at kzoogretchen@gmail.com. We encourage our members to consider leveraging our By The Way section as a way to gain both recognition for the subject and professional recognition for the member. Submissions are subject to review and approval by the InterCom Board. 

  • Final NP Survey Results Presentation

    The Results from Our Nonprofit Communications Survey

    April marked our last regular 2nd Friday lunchtime event for the 2016-2017 season. And it was a packed event! We discussed results from the InterCom and ONEplace nonprofit communications survey.

    We are currently working with ONEPlace leadership to coordinate qualitative focus groups that should help us all better understand the “why” behind the data.  We will, of course, share the results of those findings too, once we have that report.

    Look for programming in the coming year — from both organizations— to speak to some of the needs expressed by this vital social sector for our region.

    We’re excited to share the presentation from the event that can be viewed below or through this link

    Final NP Survey Results Presentation