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Coffee, Wine, and Design
This is a dedicated creative space for us to work on our personal design projects, while enjoying our drink of choice. It is also an opportunity to meet our fellow designers, show our work, and learn from each other. The venue is located inside Négociant Winery. They stop serving coffee and food around 8, but the wine bar and main seating area will stay open until 10. There are several electric sockets available along the walls, but I suggest bringing your laptop fully charged for peace of mind. Graphic Designers, Font End Web Developers, Graphic Artists, and UX/UI Designers of all levels are welcome. We ask that you be friendly and respectful of everyone's work. We are here to build each other up.

Grinds & Vine Coffee Bar

2419 El Cajon Boulevard Ste C 92104 · San DIego, CA

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What we're about

The San Diego Graphic Design Guild is intended to bring value - and provide face-to-face connections - for local graphic design professionals, graphic design enthusiasts, as well as other artists / creatives interested in connecting, participating, meeting face-to-face and supporting one-another with our personal or professional endeavors. Events scheduled will be specific to education or information in areas related to graphic design, web design, and/or web technologies - and may also include social events specific to connecting the graphic design and web tech communities. In addition, events are scheduled that provide opportunities to connect community members to a much wider network of business professionals and entrepreneurs from throughout Southern California.

We are part of one of the largest business alliances in Southern California for entrepreneurs and business professionals - with over 30,000 combined members. More on this below.

Our members include but are not limited to: entrepreneurs, small business owners, corporate executives, company representatives, tech professionals, creative arts professionals, angel and accredited investors, startup experts, revolutionary startup entrepreneurs looking to change the world - or their local community (lean, bootstrap, crowdfunding, or venture capital focused), and people seeking to expand their professional development and/or network.

The Harvard Business Review has noted: "Face-to-face communication is the broadest bandwidth communication you can have in professional life", and we believe the current business environment will continue a transition towards what thought leader Seth Godin ( refers to as the "connection economy" - where value is increasingly created through the connections we make and less so through industrialism.

Therefore we endeavor to provide networking and educational events that will be uniquely effective in initiating professional connections, developing important relationships, and leveraging social capital to grow a business and increase personal influence.

It only takes one person to change our personal or professional lives. Undoubtedly, you will make new connections at our events likely to change yours... forever. Every event will have its own unique opportunities. Every. Single. One. It's "about time" to enhance your Networking ROI:

- Return on financial investment.
- Return on time investment.
- Return on emotional investment.
- Return on influence.
- Return on integrity.
- Return on ideas.

Thank you for your consideration in sharing this group with your network, and/or bringing a friend or business associate with you to our events. As author and thought leader Simon Sinek noted:

"We do not become great leaders, we do not fulfill our potential when we work to see ourselves grow or rise. It is when we devote ourselves to seeing those around us rise that we actually grow. And when the people we care about also work to see us grow, then they too will grow... The only true way for any of us to grow, to truly fulfill our full potential, is when we work to help others do the same."

I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event. :-)


Doug Means

More about us:

We are part of one of the largest business alliances in Southern California for entrepreneurs and business professionals. Since 2004 we've scheduled face-to-face networking events, workshops, speaker events and professional development opportunities to support the Southern California business community. Our organization was established in San Diego, and is now rapidly expanding within Greater Los Angeles:

Please consider joining our 1000+ person LinkedIn group:

And also our BRAND NEW group to carry on chat & conversations with people you've met at our events on Facebook! No self-promoting spam though please - it's your opportunity to show your generosity to others in the community first. Thank you for your kind understanding.

Our events continue the spirit of service to the small business community - and honor the memory - of Southern California business leader Rod Means (1938-2015).

Thank you.

"Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art." - Andy Warhol

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