As a way to continue to have conversations with Planned suppliers and clients, we’re creating two Slack communities in the event planning industry: one community for our clients and one community for our suppliers, to encourage open communication and event inspiration!

A medium like never before, with friendly introductions, inspiring conversations, and questions answered directly from the Planned team members!

The perks of joining one of the communities:

-Connect with others in the event planning industry

-Get product and feature updates as soon as they are implemented

-Stay updated on job openings in the events industry

-Share event planning inspiration and tips

-Learn and connect with other event professionals

-Ask questions directly to the Planned team about anything Planned-related

-Learn what others in the events industry are organizing

-Be the first to know about Planned events across North America

Whether you provide a service for events or you’re planning the events yourself, we welcome everyone to join this safe space for purposeful conversations about everything events-related!

If you’re a current Planned user, join Planned Clients here.

If you are currently listed in the Planned marketplace, join Planned Suppliers here.

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