Young entrepreneurs continue to grow business

DesignFluxx opens office in Long Beach

By TOMOYA SHIMURA
Staff Writer

Just a little more than a year after they founded DesignFluxx, Scott Perkins and Daniel Garibay have taken the digital design firm to another level.

The young entrepreneurs opened a new office in Long Beach, staffed with five full-time employees.

“We’ve grown quickly,” said the 22-year-old Perkins, CEO of DesignFluxx. “We are going to spend this year reorganizing and perfecting our services and continuing to expand our client reach.”

Perkins and Garibay, 20, started DesignFluxx on May 10, 2011 out of a tiny office neighboring the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce. The firm soon grew into one of the most successful website and graphic design businesses in the High Desert.

DesignFluxx has worked with more than 400 clients in 14 states, including local companies such as the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, El Dorado Broadcasters and Century 21 Fairway Realty.

The company builds a custom-designed website using no templates, while making sure the website is optimized to pop up high in search engine results, according to Perkins.

Perkins moved to Long Beach to expand the business in the Los Angeles Basin, while Garibay stayed in the High Desert as chief creative officer. DesignFluxx grew more than five-fold from the 2011-2012 fiscal year, according to the firm’s Facebook page.

DesignFluxx gets different types of customers in the Long Beach area than in the High Desert, Perkins said. Local clients hire DesignFluxx to handle specific projects, while down-the-hill companies retain the firm almost like their own marketing departments, he said.

The majority of the company’s revenue still comes from High Desert businesses, said Perkins, who was recently elected to the Apple Valley Chamber’s board of directors.

As the firm grew, Perkins hired five employees, including a search engine specialist, a graphic designer and a photographer. All of them except for one are from the High Desert. Their average age is 21, Perkins said.

“People are the No. 1 asset to my business,” Perkins said. “It’s been a big hurdle trying to find the right talent. But we’ve been able to accomplish it.”

Perkins said he usually doesn’t use his legal title, CEO, preferring to be called a managing partner.

“I try not to come across as arrogant,” he said. “We try to make sure we are as humble as possible.”

For more information about DesignFluxx, visit www.DesignFluxx.com or www.facebook.com/DesignFluxx.