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Synergy Business Connections Team - Conejo Valley Chamber Mixpo Event - 2018

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Event date: 3/7/2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Start a Movement

Join us for our first Synergy Business Connection's meeting of the month! New member Kim Woods, financial advisor at Morgan Stanley, will speak to the Synergy Business Connections networking group with her presentation "Start a Movement".

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  • 8 February 2019
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Thousand Oaks Strong: Synergy Bronze Sponsors of State of the City Address & Luncheon

Thousand Oaks Strong: Synergy Bronze Sponsors of State of the City Address & Luncheon

We are so pleased to have been a part of the Conejo Chamber Networking Group contribution to this event along with Spark and Nexxus. Synergy donated $650 to this cause on behalf of our group.  Proceeds from this event went on to help the victims of the Borderline shooting as well as Wolsey and Hill fire victims throughout the greater Conejo Valley area.  

Here is the link to the Mayor’s address at the event!

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  • 14 December 2018
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Updated Address for 12/20 & 1/3 Synergy Meetings 

The address for the next two meetings will be Coldwell Banker Real Estate at 2659 Townsgate, Suite 242, WLV.
We have offices in three buildings at the corner of Townsgate and Westlake.
There will be a sign in front of the first building directing members to the right address.

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  • 14 December 2018
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John Jell's Synergy Presentation on "Presentation Skills"

At our recent Synergy meeting, we had a great presentation on "Presentation Skills" from John Jell. John Jell is President of JELL Training & Consulting based in Agoura Hills and a Conejo Chamber member. JELL focuses on helping for-profit and non-profit organizations in the areas of people planning, leadership development, sales training, and public speaking training. Before starting his company, John spent 29 years in the corporate world, 25 of them with Fortune 500 companies Nestle and The Coca-Cola Company where he helped build North American leading divisions for both.  Here is a copy of his presentation as well as the audio of his presentation from the Synergy meeting as a resource to you!
 

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  • 9 December 2018
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Synergy Meeting: Adam Haverstock Presentation

A few photos from Adam Haverstock's presentation at a recent Synergy meeting!

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  • 12 November 2018
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Now, anyone can become a fearless investor in just a few minutes!

PlanPrep’s new risk comfort number system blends the latest in technological advances with Burt Williamson’s extensive investment management experience. It helps people see how much risk they are willing to take with their money in comparison to how much they are actually taking. And, they can find out in a few minutes from their smartphone, tablet or computer.

“Our new service, Your Comfort Number, is intended to change people from being fearful investors that might make rash, short-term investment decisions based on emotion reactions, to fearless investors who make great decisions,” said Burt Williamson, founder of PlanPrep, LLC. “It helps people find their comfort zone for investment risk with a number from 1 to 99.

It’s just like a number for how soft or firm they want their mattress to be. This is not like the labels of conservative, moderate or aggressive. It’s pinpointed.”

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  • 3 August 2018
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Looking for Donations of Small Stuffed Animals & Soccer Balls for Aug. 1st Guatemala Trip

Shantha from Dream-Ality Travels is heading to Guatemala on Aug 1st as part of a team of 24 Entrepreneurs. They will be distributing 280 wheelchairs to people in need there. This trip is being organized by Creating Wealth USA in association with The Wheelchair Foundation. 

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  • 24 July 2018
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Harriet Cohen has been our speaker at Synergy meetings over the last several months! She has presented five educational Business Assessment Sessions. These discussions have been full of tools and advice on a variety of topics. We are attaching the PDF versions of these handouts used from three of these sessions. You can find the PDFs attached here to this article. For more information on any of these sessions, specifically the first, please contact Harriet Cohen, Training Solutions, at (818)-991-8116 or harriet@trainingsolutions-hlc.com 

Harriet's Website
Harriet's Blog

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  • 23 June 2018
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Help Conejo Compassion Coalition Stock the CLU Student Pantry!

What is the Pantry? 

A confidential space for students to access food and get what they need at no cost. Our goal is to stock the pantry for the 2018-2019 school year.

What do we need? 

Gift cards in $10 increments (ralphs, vons, sprouts, target) Non-perishable items (you can either purchase or make a donation to purchase the items)
 

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  • 23 June 2018
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50% off IT services until May 31, 2018!

Why 50% off IT services until May 31, 2018?

Business Computer Associates has been providing IT support for small to mid-sized business for over 12 years in the Bay Area. We are now expanding to provide computer support to Thousand Oaks and the surrounding area. I have always found the best advertising is word of mouth. Once a business owner sees the personalized customer service and quality of work they typically will refer to other colleagues and businesses they work with.  Being new to the area we would like to expedite word of mouth advertising by offering Synergy Business Connections members 50% off IT services until May 31, 2018. Just mention this ad to get 50% off: network setup, Email setup, Computer maintenance, Secure Backups, Network Security audit, Wireless internet, Printer setup, Server configuration, Group Policy settings, Active Directory setup, Domain controller setup, Firewall setup, Secure file backup and sync, Bitlocker encryption setup, Amazon S3 setup, Amazon EC2 setup, and Company moves. We look forward to working with you.

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  • 24 April 2018
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02/15/2019 - Jump Start Networking Breakfast


The Jump Start Breakfast features a great buffet and a chance to network with over 70 local business professionals. Come prepared with a 20-second introduction about your business and make sure to bring plenty of business cards!
 
Chamber members, be sure to register by 1 p.m. on the Thursday before the breakfast to be listed on the Hot Sheet contact list.
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02/22/2019 - New Member / Refresher Orientation


*The February 22nd Orientation is fully booked. Please join us  for our next New Member/Refresher Orientation on Friday, March 29 - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. If you would like to schedule an appointment please contact - Heather Macaulay, Director of Membership at 805-370-0035 or email hmacaulay@conejochamber.org.  Thank you. 

If you recently have joined the Chamber or would like a refresher on all that your Chamber membership has to offer, please join us for an informative and interactive orientation! Here you will have the opportunity to meet the Chamber staff and fellow Chamber members. Come learn how to tap into the unlimited marketing potential within the Chamber, while connecting with the Conejo Valley Community. *Orientation is for Chamber members only. Please register. There is no cost to attend. 

Lunch will be provided by Barone's and Nothing Bundt Cakes.

              

Thank you to our additional Chamber member sponsors: Crowne Plaza, DojoBoom, Stacked,  Four Seasons Hotel, Rhythm & Hair, Mejico, Pitfire Aritsan Pizza, New West Symphony, Hyatt Regency Westlake.

                                             

                                         
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Synergy Business Connections Networking Group Meeting - Third Thursday

Join us for the second meeting of the month.  Please try to arrive by 9:45am for a prompt start at 10:00am.

The Conference Room at the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, 600 Hampshire Road, Suite #200, Westlake Village, CA 91361

Location: Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce

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Synergy Business Connections helps businesses grow through relationship marketing and we follow the exclusive category format with one member per Conejo Chamber of Commerce business sub-category. Your business sub-category appears on your Conejo Chamber profile page, right under your business name, to see if your category is eligible. We welcome you to join us at a meeting as our guest to experience the Synergy network for yourself.

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Retail Spaces Offer a Fix to the Medical Space Shortage in Southern California

Recently, I wrote about the shortage of medical space and an increase in retail vacancies in Southern California right now. My suggestion was to have medical tenants lease space in retail centers as compared to an office or medical building that they traditionally leased space in. This may seem like an unusual suggestion to solve the problem, but recent news suggests that this issue is beginning to grow.

According to CoStar Group, the gaining US population is expected to drive demand for medical space with more than 200 million square feet of medical office space needed in the next decade:

Driven by an aging U.S. population, within 10 years the amount of medical office space needed is projected to be 16 percent more than today, based on current trends. That’s greater than the combined medical office space in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas–Fort Worth, the nation’s four largest medical office markets. This undeniable demographic trend in the U.S. is both a headwind for traditional office demand and an incredible tailwind for medical office demand in the coming years.

So, what are medical tenants to do with this shortage? Lease space in retail centers.  When you lease in a quality retail center, your business has good parking, signage, and retail visibility from shoppers at the retail center.  The main criteria for any business is usually the bottom line so, if being in a retail center increases your net income, wouldn’t you want to be there?  This is rule #1.

Retail space in southern California is undergoing a change.  The smaller to medium sized retail centers in particular are starting to become more restaurant/food and service focused as opposed to other types of retail uses.  Customers at retail centers want to enjoy their experience and be able to do as much as they can at one location.  So, with the foregoing in mind, wouldn’t many medical tenants fit in with this new retail trend of a retail landlord leasing to service providers like doctors and providing a better experience for the retail customer?  I think so.

Read more on this fix for Medical Space Shortage & Retail Vacancies in Southern California.

David Massie specializes in buying, selling and leasing office, medical/dental, retail and industrial buildings -especially off market ones that are hard to find in Southern California that only his clients are made aware of first.  Contact David now if you have interest in finding one for you:  david@djmcre.com or 805-217-0791.

7 Affordable Ways to say I Love You

This month, love is scheduled for the 14th, and you better be ready!  Social pressure and guilt are reserved for the unprepared.  When we were first married, my husband thought we would just stop in at a restaurant after work and celebrate.  It was a shock and disappointment when we discovered every restaurant in town had reservations and waiting lines until close to midnight.  Lesson learned: think ahead. So, some years we have deliberately celebrated the day before or after. 

Love is important and deserves to be celebrated more than one day a year but eating out or ordering long stem red roses can break the bank.  Still, it can be special even on a budget.  Here are seven ways to show your love (with or without a fancy restaurant reservation).

  1. Write a love note and put it on your Love’s computer, pillow or steering wheel.
  2. Cook (or order out) a favorite meal and eat it in front of the fireplace (with no TV on).
  3. Go for a walk together and afterward sit down and share a coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
  4. Do one of your Love’s normal chores (i.e. take out the trash, wash and dry the dishes) without being asked.
  5. Text a love note to your Honey in the middle of the day.
  6. Rent a movie (of the Lover’s choice) and snuggle together (provide a favorite snack).
  7. Fill a mason jar with Hershey Kisses and demonstrate a few!

The thing to always remember is that love, acceptance, trust and open relationships are precious gifts and need to be cultivated and celebrated regularly.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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DJMCRE Closes Escrow in 30 Days on a Medical/Dental Property in Oxnard at Premium Price

David Massie of DJM Commercial Real Estate recently closed escrow on a medical/dental property in Oxnard, CA at 1600 W Gonzales Rd. This was a building in need of work that David was able to sell at a premium price for the seller he represented. In addition, the escrow was only 30 days compared to the normal 4 months or more. This is a prime example of why a seller or buyer should hire an experienced broker like David to successfully sell or buy a commercial building.

Remember, because of David’s experience directing some of the largest real estate companies in the US, he can help both tenants and landlords with any of their commercial real estate needs for any type of commercial real estate for leasing, buying, selling and acting as a legal expert witness.

So, why should a seller hire a broker and pay him a commission when a seller can do it on their own?

  • Simply put, the seller will not be able to get the maximum price that a good broker can. Many brokers have clients waiting in the wings to buy a property and these clients will pay top dollar if they are allowed to make the offer first.  Also, the price a broker is able to sell a property for more than pays for their commission.
  • Sellers don’t have the same marketing ability as a broker. The world has become international and your reach has to be international.  The dollars are flowing into the US from other countries right now and international buyers are willing to pay more many times.  Brokers also know what is needed in terms of a marketing package to interest buyers. It’s complicated, expensive, and time consuming to put this package together properly.
  • The timing of when to put the property up for sale is critical. When is the market peaking?  Is there a lot of competition on the market for sale now?  Good brokers will usually know what is for sale on the market as well as off market, but sellers won’t.
  • The repairs that you need to make to the property before you put it on the market are also important. Some are worth making and some aren’t.  A good broker usually knows what to recommend.
  • What should the asking price of the property for sale be? What if there are no comparable prices for the sales price because the sales price is higher and the property won’t appraise for the sales price and therefore might not sell for this price and waste everyone’s time?
  • There are many other factors in selling a commercial real estate property; but, in our opinion, it starts first and foremost with the right broker. Doing it on your own is always a mistake.  If you don’t hire the right broker or if you do it yourself, it will cost you.  We have seen it many times.

If you want to learn more about leasing, buying and/or selling any and all types of commercial spaces in California or if you have questions about any subject related to commercial real estate, please contact David Massie of DJM Commercial Real Estate at david@djmcre.com or 805-217-0791.

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Are you a member of Synergy Business Connections but don't have your company information on the website? Are you not a member yet, but are thinking of joining and want to know how you and your business will be featured? Learn how easy it is to get your profile on the site...

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  • 15 September 2016
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Synergy Business Connections

Please read more about the rules and guidelines for our group.  

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What makes the Conejo Valley special, unique or interesting?

I like to call Thousand Oaks "the biggest little town in the country." Even though its size is well over 100,000 residents, it still has a small town feel. You are liable to see someone you know every time you go out. I also like the fact that it has protected itself from the blight that has ruined so many other communities in Southern California by restricting things such as billboards, building structure and height, paid parking lots, and corner strip malls. 

— Cary Ginell - VC On Stage