A great place to start is helping out a Local Non-profit Entity with some graphic design help or expertise. Do some new stationary, or a new brochure, or update their website for them at "no charge". Ask that for the free work all you want to do is to get to meet their Board of Directors, the only stipulation for this gratis work. When meeting them, you'll find that these local entities are typically run by very successful professionals that know a lot of business people and also own businesses too. They are very good about passing along names, especially due to their own experiences at the Non-Profit that they give a lot of their own valuable time and efforts for. Hope this helps!