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Beer-loving networking group seeks dives, hates nametags

NNBW staff

Loren Condron and Chris Ewing hate name tags so much that they’ve created a business networking group with a vow never to allow much less require name tags.

“Connecting people who will change the world right after we finish this beer,” is the slogan for Reno-based Dive Bar Networking, a casually organized group that’s drawing 25 to 40 to monthly meetings.

Condron, who runs Dotted & Crossed Marketing, and Ewing, who runs a mobile-marketing and Web company known as MindWidget LLC, created Dive Bar Networking seven months ago after finding they didn’t feel comfortable in traditional networking groups.

The new group, Condron says, meets in low-key settings where creative types such as developers of smart-phone apps and small business owners are likely to feel comfortable.

Last week, for instance, the group got together at the driving range at Washoe Golf Course, fired a few buckets of range ball off into the twilight and retired to the clubhouse bar for some $2 domestic drafts.

Other meeting venues have ranged from Brickies Tavern to the Sierra Tap House.

Ewing and Condron say the goals of the new group are similar to those of other networking groups building connections that will boost local businesses.

They promote the group and its events through social media at or