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Serving Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Newbury Park, Oak Park, Simi Valley and the Greater Conejo Valley Area.

Welcome to our Networking Group Website

Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of CommerceWelcome to the Synergy Business Connections Website. We are the Premier Networking Group of the Greater Conejo Chamber of Commerce. This website is for all members and non-members alike. Here you will find a collection of profiles of the current team members, some presentations that have been given to the group, some information that has been shared with the group, a calendar of events from our members, a photo gallery of our group in action and news and updates from our members.

We meet twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 10 to 11am in the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce Janet Levitt Conference Room at 600 Hampshire Road, Westlake village.

Not a member of the group yet?  That's ok, be sure to...

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  • 23 November 2014
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Meting: November 6th, 2014

Technology Presentation by Sprocket Websites

This is the presentation that Jim Nagy did on November 6th, 2014 on 26 creative ways to publish social media updates from the Social Media Examiner. It gave many tips and techniques on what to post, how to post and when to post great stuff on social media. We weren't able to get through all the slides at the meeting, but you can view the entire presentation as it was intended.

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  • 6 November 2014
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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

May your table be filled with family and friends, new and old.

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  • 24 November 2014
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I’m very pleased to announce that both Lindsey Ziola of AT A GLANCE DÉCOR and Stefani Cornwall of CORNWALL SECURITY have officially joined our Synergy Business Connections group!  We are so pleased to have both of you in this fabulous group.  This brings our total membership to 37! 

Great job everyone and welcome to Lindsey and Stefani!

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  • 10 May 2015
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Meeting: September 4th, 2014

Technology Presentation by Sprocket Websites

This is the presentation that Jim Nagy did on September 4th, 2014 on what makes a good social media post.  He did two posts on Facebook and Twitter.  One for Tough Talk Coach and one for Celebrate Sweetly.  What is a good social media post and what things to avoid.

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  • 19 September 2014
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Recent Trip to Switzerland and Great Recipe to Share
I recently returned from a fabulous trip to Charmey, Switerland where I visited my girlfriend and her husband.  We like to get together and do wonderful things, including cooking and eating.  While there, I shared a recipe with them that was a real hit.  They are both gourmet cooks, so I was thrilled to share!  It was actually a recipe from the grandmother of a good friend of mine.  This recipe is now going around the world!  Next stop will be Chili, where my friend’s sister resides.  I’ll attach the recipe to below for anyone interested.  As part of the trip, we visited a small town nearby in the German speaking part of Switzerland called Fribourg.  This village was established in 1193 –can you imagine?  We had several jokes going about the possibilities of getting home warranty coverage and a clear chain of title on these homes.  Since I am a lender, it becomes a challenge to figure out how these things are accomplished, especially on a property built in 1193!  It is amazing to see the layout of the village and how it compares to our current townhouses of today.  It was a great trip and one that... Read more
  • 9 March 2015
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Conejo Compassion Coalition
The Conejo Compassion Coalition, formed by our own Synergy Conejo member Bob Bland and his fellow Conejo Valley Homeless Shelter Volunteers back in 2004,  is a nonprofit corporation serving poor and needy people at home and throughout the world.  They seek and engage local, national and international relief needs that may be overlooked or underserved by government agencies and larger charities. Recently, the Conejo Compassion Coalition hosted a luncheon on June 13th. 63 guests were treated to a delicious lunch while they learned about the work of the Conejo Compassion Coalition.  An informative slide show detailed past and present projects sponsored by the coalition and explained the what, where, when and why of this lifegiving work.  Guests left with a greater appreciation of the work of the coalition and the impact of the organization's work around the world.   Event planning and catering were provided by our own fellow Synergy Member Merley Greenidge of Celebrate Sweetly. This is a truly important and impactful group to be apart of, and we are so proud of several of our Synergy Members who are involved in this group.... Read more
  • 14 July 2015
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Louann Davis - Community West Bank
If you're looking for a loan consultant, look no further than our own Louann Davis.  Davis is a Senior Loan Consultant with over 35 years of mortgage lending experience! Louann can be reached for a personal loan consultation at: 1 (805) 390-9922 ldavis@communitywestbank.com Westlake Village 951 Westlake Blvd or Ventura 1463 S. Victoria Avenue What can she help you with? Conventional Real Estate, Purchases and Refinances  Loans for purchase and refinance In-house underwriting and closing department  1-4 unit properties, owner occupied, second home and investment Portfolio Loans Read more
  • 23 March 2015
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Meeting: October 2nd, 2014

Technology Presentation by Sprocket Websites

This is the presentation that Jim Nagy did on October 2nd, 2014 on how to create a great newsletter.  We reviewed Debbie Soden's newsletter and made improvements to it to make it shorter, more appealing, and visually pleasing. We made these changes in hopes of increasing engagement. 

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  • 2 October 2014
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from David Massie - DJM Commercial Real Estate

Commercial Real Estate Update 2014 Past and 2015 Projected

In our meeting this week, I brought up the subject of the buying section of commercial real estate being very hot right now with prices peaking.  There is very small inventory and many buyers pushing up prices to all time highs.

I thought you might find this blog interesting related to commercial real estate, our economy, and what surprised many in 2014 and projections for 2015.  #10 on this blog relates to the current market for commercial real estate wherein it is expected that rental rates are expected to rise.  So, my recommendation is that you and your clients lock in a rate as soon as possible for as long as possible in the future while rates are still lower.
 

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  • 19 January 2015
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8/3/2015 5:30 PM

Free Monthly Meditation Series for Family Caregivers

When: The 1st Wednesday of every month at 5:30 pm

Where: The Conejo Valley YMCA – 403 1 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Contact: 805.523.7613 or www.conejoymca.org

Join us for a free meditation class designed for family caregivers in the Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, and Santa Rosa Valley communities.  Led by Vinay Chhabra, experienced meditation mentor and CEO of Pacific Senior Care of Westlake Village, this monthly class will offer techniques to cope with stress and anxiety, foster peace of mind, and improve your overall health!

Invite your friends and family to enjoy this free class open to the community!

How to prepare for the class:

  • Meditation is most effective when participants do not eat solid foods for two hours before the class begins
  • Floor mats will be provided, but feel free to bring your own
  • Chairs will be available for those who cannot sit on the floor
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Synergy Business Connections Networking Group Meeting

Join us for the first 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 Networking Group Meeting

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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Join us for the first 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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Upcoming events

  • Free Monthly Meditation Series for Family Caregivers (8/3/2015 5:30 PM)
    8/3/2015 5:30 PM

    Free Monthly Meditation Series for Family Caregivers

    When: The 1st Wednesday of every month at 5:30 pm

    Where: The Conejo Valley YMCA – 403 1 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

    Contact: 805.523.7613 or www.conejoymca.org

    Join us for a free meditation class designed for family caregivers in the Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, and Santa Rosa Valley communities.  Led by Vinay Chhabra, experienced meditation mentor and CEO of Pacific Senior Care of Westlake Village, this monthly class will offer techniques to cope with stress and anxiety, foster peace of mind, and improve your overall health!

    Invite your friends and family to enjoy this free class open to the community!

    How to prepare for the class:

    • Meditation is most effective when participants do not eat solid foods for two hours before the class begins
    • Floor mats will be provided, but feel free to bring your own
    • Chairs will be available for those who cannot sit on the floor
    Read more
  • Synergy Business Connections Networking Group Meeting (8/6/2015 9:45 AM)
    8/6/2015 9:45 AM
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    Synergy Business Connections Networking Group Meeting

    Join us for the first 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

    Read more
  • Synergy Business Connections Networking Group Meeting (8/20/2015 9:45 AM)
    8/20/2015 9:45 AM
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    Synergy Business Connections Networking Group Meeting

    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

    Read more
  • Synergy Business Connections Networking Group Meeting (9/3/2015 9:45 AM)
    9/3/2015 9:45 AM
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    Synergy Business Connections Networking Group Meeting

    Join us for the first 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

    Read more
  • Free Monthly Meditation Series for Family Caregivers (9/7/2015 5:30 PM)
    9/7/2015 5:30 PM

    Free Monthly Meditation Series for Family Caregivers

    When: The 1st Wednesday of every month at 5:30 pm

    Where: The Conejo Valley YMCA – 403 1 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

    Contact: 805.523.7613 or www.conejoymca.org

    Join us for a free meditation class designed for family caregivers in the Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, and Santa Rosa Valley communities.  Led by Vinay Chhabra, experienced meditation mentor and CEO of Pacific Senior Care of Westlake Village, this monthly class will offer techniques to cope with stress and anxiety, foster peace of mind, and improve your overall health!

    Invite your friends and family to enjoy this free class open to the community!

    How to prepare for the class:

    • Meditation is most effective when participants do not eat solid foods for two hours before the class begins
    • Floor mats will be provided, but feel free to bring your own
    • Chairs will be available for those who cannot sit on the floor
    Read more

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3 Ways Your Marketing Can Stand Out in the Crowd

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FTC Has Updated Disclosure Guidelines for Social Media Marketers

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BrightStar Care Awarded for Home Care Quality by the Joint Commission

Joint Commission presents BrightStar Care with 2014 EC4Q award during the national home care franchise’s annual conference. The Joint Commission recently announced that BrightStar Care has earned the 2015 Enterprise Champion for Quality award for the third consecutive year. For the third year in a row, The Joint Commission has honored BrightStar Care with the prestigious Enterprise Champion for Quality Award. BrightStar Care is the only national home care franchise to receive this distinction...

“Like We Always Do” Is a Lousy Strategy

“Like We Always Do” Is a Lousy Strategy
Regardless of whether you’re running a company or a not-for-profit, doing business “like we always do” is a sure recipe for stagnation or outright failure. It may seem easier to fall back on old ...

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE GOOD OL’ DAYS? 

THEY ARE BACK INSURANCE APPRAISAL YESTERDAY AND TODAY By: Gidon R. Vardi, Ph.D   In a December 1996 article published in Claims magazine the author declared “for better or worse the good ol’ days are gone forever. Signing an award on the hood of a truck is only a romantic notion to be resurrected someday […]

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  • 7 April 2015
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Some messages from our group...

What makes the Conejo Valley special, unique or interesting?

Been our home for the past 27 years and have loved it. It is the best area to raise a family.

Shantha Mony - Dream-Ality Travels