How long has STAR been around?
STAR was founded in 2010.
What are the requirements to be a member of STAR?
First-time guests must be invited by a STAR member in good standing for their first STAR meeting. You may attend as a guest up to six times and may apply for membership after your second visit. All STAR members must have at least 5 years of experience in their area of expertise and have a letter of recommendation from two members in good standing of STAR. You can learn more about membership requirements on the Membership page.
What are the membership dues?
STAR has annual dues of $100. This is payable upon acceptance of membership and on your membership anniversary date every year. New members will also be assessed a one-time processing fee of $25, which includes your badge. Meeting fees are not included in the membership dues and are only charged for those meetings you attend and for any guests you wish to pay for.
What? I pay for guests to attend STAR meetings?
Yes. We ask members to help us grow by inviting potential STAR members who’ll add value to the group. Your commitment is to invite at least three people per year, and buy their breakfast or lunch. This is for first-time guests only - after their first visits, guests can register and pay for themselves.
Where do the meetings take place?
STAR has three monthly meeting locations:
- Downtown San Diego breakfast meeting
- La Jolla - lunch meeting
- Carlbad - lunch meeting
For more information on any of these meetings see our Event Calendar.
Can I attend any one of them?
Your STAR membership is universal to all the meetings and events. You can attend as many meetings at as many locations as you'd like. Remember that all STAR members are required to attend a minimum of six meetings per year.
What happens at a STAR meeting?
While each meeting opens with 30 minutes of open networking, the "secret sauce" of our meetings is built around “table time.” While enjoying a plated meal, members and guests from non-competing professions are seated at round tables with the sole purpose of getting to know each other. Each table has a trained leader to support the smooth flow of communication, allowing attendees to learn enough about their tablemates, both professionally and personally, to encourage setting follow-up one-on-one meetings. (Members are not seated with their guests to encourage further interaction between all in attendance.)
Are there sponsorship opportunities with STAR to help promote my business to all members?
Yes. You can learn more about sponsorship opportunities on the Sponsorship page
STAR is organized as a nonprofit corporation with a Board of Directors and various committees.
We welcome the participation of all members on our committees and believe that active participation in STAR at this level brings positive benefits to both the individual and the group.
Does STAR have any social activities?
Yes. STAR has social activities ranging from no-host Happy Hour events that are open to members and guests to our annual Day at the Races. Look for announcements about these events in the STAR monthly e-newsletter.
As a STAR member, is there a member directory I can access?
Yes. There is a member directory that is only available only to STAR members. (STAR does not sell, rent or give its member list to any outside entity.)
The member directory includes contact information and a bio. Every member is asked to complete a bio upon acceptance into STAR. That information is what is included in their directory listing.