Since I just received my renewal notice for my membership in SCIP (Society of Competitive Professionals), it is time to mention the benefits of the organization. SCIP fosters networking, CI knowledge development (through the CI Foundation) and dissemination through the CI Magazine and SCIP online, professional skill development, and standards via ethics statements.
An annual membership costs $295 ($25 for students), which includes discounts on local meetings and the annual conference as well as publications, but you do not have to be a member to attend. Go to www.scip.org to find your nearest chapter and send Dionedra Dorsey an email requesting meeting notices. She can be reached at email@example.com.
The scip web site also has some information on competitive intelligence which may be useful.