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 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ_D2BNqRzU) 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. :-)

Regards,

Doug Means
http://linkedin.com/in/dougmeans

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:
https://www.meetup.com/topics/networking-roi/all/

Please consider joining our 1000+ person LinkedIn group:
https://www.linkedin.com/groups/95137

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.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/sandiegobusinessnetworking/

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

Upcoming events (4+)

[ONLINE] EE Business Networking @Lunch (free!)

Online event

Why go it alone? It only takes one person to change our lives personally or professionally. Who will you meet today at "EE"?

Stay connected with safe social distancing via Zoom! We'll be having EE virtual meetings on Thursdays and Fridays until further notice. Same agenda, different venue (for now). See below for info and direct links.

Exceptional Entrepreneurs is one of the largest business networking organizations in Southern California - and one of the best values in business networking. At EE:

- There is no membership required.
- There is no attendance requirement.
- There is no business profession or category exclusivity.

ALL business professions are welcome to attend!

Virtual Meeting Agenda:
- 11:30am - 12:00pm; Login, check a/v, networking breakout rooms open.
- 12:00pm - 1:00pm; Structured agenda, with introductions + more!

We end at 1:00pm sharp.

Interested in being the featured speaker for this event? Information and registration is at:
http://EEspeaker.com

Info to join the EE virtual networking meeting Thursdays and Fridays:
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http://nroi.us/eeonline
(the shortlink above will remain updated with the current Zoom link)

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- Limited to the first 100 participants.
- We will also be cross-livestreaming through our EE FB Group. No participant limit on FB, but it's in watch-only mode. Join the group here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/networkingeesd

The meetings will be recorded and made available afterwards. Information on recordings will be provided to attendees on Zoom and Facebook.

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Exceptional Entrepreneurs was founded in November, 2008 by David & Gina Demangos. Since then, "EE" has become one of San Diego's largest business networking organizations, due to the Demangos' vision and leadership to provide "exceptional" opportunities for connecting local professionals. David Demangos is an eXp real estate agent in San Diego. For more information on David, please see: Awesome San Diego Real Estate:
http://www.awesomesandiegorealestate.com

"Effective networking is a learned skill. Exceptional Entrepreneurs are highly trusted professionals who share ideas and know that in order to receive you must first be willing to give." - David Demangos

Thank you for your continuing support of "EE" in San Diego! See you at the next event.

[ONLINE] BNI Carmel Valley - Networking, Introductions, and Business Referrals

Leaders in the local business community meet regularly to maintain a pulse on local business, build professional relationships, and increase the impact of their own endeavors via personal introductions and warm referrals.

This group was established in 2001 to help local professionals increase their influence and impact through a structured, positive and professional environment which enables development of long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals.

Each week regular participants and visitors all have a brief opportunity to stand and share trends in their businesses and where they add value for others. The agenda also intentionally includes time to help others with networking connections and business referrals. In this environment, givers gain!

6:45a - 7:00a; Open Networking (arrive before 7a to say hello, check microphone, video, etc)
7:00a - 8:25a; Structured Agenda (introductory information, attendee introductions, featured speakers, business referrals and networking connections - and more!)
8:25a - 8:35a; Visitor Orientation (provides more info - and answers any remaining questions - about the meetings and/or BNI)

Maintaining ongoing professional relationships benefits businesses through all market cycles, as people continue to do business with - and refer people - that they know, like and trust.

Presently, with 35+ regular participants, weekly attendance is expected to be ~40 local professionals. A list of the regular participants is at:
https://bnisd.com/ca-san-diego-county-west-bni-carmel-valley/en-US/memberlist

Grateful for our alliance with BNI, we are an exclusive category organization that allows only one person per professional classification to participate regularly. VISITORS ARE WELCOMED! We value the opportunity to connect with new visitors at all events posted on our Meetup calendar. If you are a leader in your field, we'd love to meet you.

Meetings are nearly every Wednesday morning throughout the year (with some holiday exceptions). The Meetup event calendar is kept current.

With the current circumstances, we are meeting online via Zoom each week. There is no meeting fee with the online events.

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To join us, register at either of the following links:
https://bnionline.zoom.us/meeting/register/v5Qvd--tqjoo-JSXq4J90KzqxCj1e0mgPw

https://bnisd.com/ca-san-diego-county-west-bni-carmel-valley/en-US/visitorregistration?chapterId=415
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Our weekly event is one of the very best ways to connect and gain visibility within the local business community. We look forward to meeting you soon and learning more about your endeavors.

More information on the group is also at:
https://bnisd.com/ca-san-diego-county-west-bni-carmel-valley
https://www.facebook.com/bnicarmelvalley

BNI is the world's leading referral organization. More information is at:
https://www.bni.com
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BNI_(organization)

[ONLINE] EE Business Networking @Lunch (free!)

Online event

Why go it alone? It only takes one person to change our lives personally or professionally. Who will you meet today at "EE"?

Stay connected with safe social distancing via Zoom! We'll be having EE virtual meetings on Thursdays and Fridays until further notice. Same agenda, different venue (for now). See below for info and direct links.

Exceptional Entrepreneurs is one of the largest business networking organizations in Southern California - and one of the best values in business networking. At EE:

- There is no membership required.
- There is no attendance requirement.
- There is no business profession or category exclusivity.

ALL business professions are welcome to attend!

Virtual Meeting Agenda:
- 11:30am - 12:00pm; Login, check a/v, networking breakout rooms open.
- 12:00pm - 1:00pm; Structured agenda, with introductions + more!

We end at 1:00pm sharp.

Interested in being the featured speaker for this event? Information and registration is at:
http://EEspeaker.com

Info to join the EE virtual networking meeting Thursdays and Fridays:
#######################################
http://nroi.us/eeonline
(the shortlink above will remain updated with the current Zoom link)

Passcode:[masked]
#######################################

- Limited to the first 100 participants.
- We will also be cross-livestreaming through our EE FB Group. No participant limit on FB, but it's in watch-only mode. Join the group here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/networkingeesd

The meetings will be recorded and made available afterwards. Information on recordings will be provided to attendees on Zoom and Facebook.

-
Exceptional Entrepreneurs was founded in November, 2008 by David & Gina Demangos. Since then, "EE" has become one of San Diego's largest business networking organizations, due to the Demangos' vision and leadership to provide "exceptional" opportunities for connecting local professionals. David Demangos is an eXp real estate agent in San Diego. For more information on David, please see: Awesome San Diego Real Estate:
http://www.awesomesandiegorealestate.com

"Effective networking is a learned skill. Exceptional Entrepreneurs are highly trusted professionals who share ideas and know that in order to receive you must first be willing to give." - David Demangos

Thank you for your continuing support of "EE" in San Diego! See you at the next event.

[ONLINE] EE Business Networking @Lunch (free!)

Online event

Why go it alone? It only takes one person to change our lives personally or professionally. Who will you meet today at "EE"?

Stay connected with safe social distancing via Zoom! We'll be having EE virtual meetings on Thursdays and Fridays until further notice. Same agenda, different venue (for now). See below for info and direct links.

Exceptional Entrepreneurs is one of the largest business networking organizations in Southern California - and one of the best values in business networking. At EE:

- There is no membership required.
- There is no attendance requirement.
- There is no business profession or category exclusivity.

ALL business professions are welcome to attend!

Virtual Meeting Agenda:
- 11:30am - 12:00pm; Login, check a/v, networking breakout rooms open.
- 12:00pm - 1:00pm; Structured agenda, with introductions + more!

We end at 1:00pm sharp.

Interested in being the featured speaker for this event? Information and registration is at:
http://EEspeaker.com

Info to join the EE virtual networking meeting Thursdays and Fridays:
#######################################
http://nroi.us/eeonline
(the shortlink above will remain updated with the current Zoom link)

Passcode:[masked]
#######################################

- Limited to the first 100 participants.
- We will also be cross-livestreaming through our EE FB Group. No participant limit on FB, but it's in watch-only mode. Join the group here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/networkingeesd

The meetings will be recorded and made available afterwards. Information on recordings will be provided to attendees on Zoom and Facebook.

-
Exceptional Entrepreneurs was founded in November, 2008 by David & Gina Demangos. Since then, "EE" has become one of San Diego's largest business networking organizations, due to the Demangos' vision and leadership to provide "exceptional" opportunities for connecting local professionals. David Demangos is an eXp real estate agent in San Diego. For more information on David, please see: Awesome San Diego Real Estate:
http://www.awesomesandiegorealestate.com

"Effective networking is a learned skill. Exceptional Entrepreneurs are highly trusted professionals who share ideas and know that in order to receive you must first be willing to give." - David Demangos

Thank you for your continuing support of "EE" in San Diego! See you at the next event.

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