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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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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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Local Gifting Expert Brings Home Multiple Design Awards

We'd like to congratulate our very own Merley Greenidge, owner of Celebrate Sweetly, on walking away with four out of the five design awards at the National Gift Basket Convention earlier this year!  What an amazing show of your talents and hard work, well done Merley!

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  • 12 March 2015
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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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Event date: 3/28/2015 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Grow Your Business "Like You Mean It!"

I’ll show you how to take your business or career to the next level, or the one after that! If your business or career isn’t where you’d like it to be… If you’d like to take it to the next level, or the level after that, this is the event for you! I built my career on climbing to the top of every mountain, and more importantly, teaching others how do the same. Whether it was teaching salespeople how to double their sales or teaching organizations how to increase revenue and profits, the results were the same… tremendous growth! Success isn’t an accident! Success is the result of following the right strategies, and I’ll teach you those strategies.

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  • 6 March 2015
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Free Pretzel with Purchase of $5 or more!

Afternoon Troika at Abby's Millstone Baking Co.
Hello Friends, How about an afternoon troika!  Best time for a delicious cup of coffee or tea and a scrumptious snack! Have any of you noticed the abbreviation for Abby's Millstone Baking Co.? Yes, it's A.M. Bakery. That's convenient because that's when we are the busiest, in the A. M! So you can call us A. M. Bakery too when you share our goodness with your friends. BETTER YET, MEET HERE IN THE AFTERNOON (when we're not as busy) AND RECEIVE A FREE PRETZEL (you know ours are BIG) WITH ANY PURCHASE OF $5 OR MORE BETWEEN NOW AND THURSDAY, MARCH 12TH.  (OFFER GOOD SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY) --  Debbie Vardi Abby's Millstone Baking Co., Inc. 5005 Kanan Road, Agoura Hills, CA 91301 Read more
  • 3 March 2015
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Vendor Signup and Requirements

Rotary Club of Westlake Village - Community Street Festival

The Rotary Club of Westlake Village will be holding their annual Community Street Festival on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at the corner of Lakeview Canyon and Agoura Roads, in Westlake Village.

In addition to our Arts and Crafts Vendors, we have opened the vendor participation to allow a diverse spectrum of retail products. This is no longer considered an “Art and Craft Fair”.

Following the popular addition of food trucks last year, the 2015 Street Festival will offer an expanded booth area, Battle of the Brews, a car show display, Kids Zone, entertainment, farmers market, and more. We are once again looking forward to a banner year, and encourage you to join us.

Click the Read More link to get the application and updated Vendor Requirments documentaiton.

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  • 23 January 2015
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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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from Debbie Soden

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2015.

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  • 31 December 2014
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from Debbie Soden

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you a joyous Holiday Season.

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  • 17 December 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 I had to share with all of you. 

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College Planning Experts Workshop

Come to a workshop with College Planning Experts and learn how to maximize your child’s chances at getting in and getting financial aid! 

March 11th 6:30-8:00 P.M.- “How to Pay for College without Breaking the Bank” North Ranch Community Center

Workshops are free, but registration is required. Sign up today! www.CollegePlanningExperts.com/workshops

Can’t make it, but want the info? Call us at 805-279-4569 to schedule a one-on-one consultation

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Local Gifting Expert Brings Home Multiple Design Awards

We'd like to congratulate our very own Merley Greenidge, owner of Celebrate Sweetly, on walking away with four out of the five design awards at the National Gift Basket Convention earlier this year!  What an amazing show of your talents and hard work, well done Merley!

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3/18/2015 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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College Planning Experts Workshop

Come to a workshop with College Planning Experts and learn how to maximize your child’s chances at getting in and getting financial aid! 

March 18th 6:30-8:00 P.M.- “College Knowledge Night” Agoura Hills/ Calabasas Community Center

Workshops are free, but registration is required. Sign up today! www.CollegePlanningExperts.com/workshops 

Can’t make it, but want the info? Call us at 805-279-4569 to schedule a one-on-one consultation

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3/19/2015 9:00 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

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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

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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

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3/26/2015 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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College Planning Experts Workshop

Come to a workshop with College Planning Experts and learn how to maximize your child’s chances at getting in and getting financial aid! 

March 26th 6:30-8:00 P.M.- “College Admissions Panel: Meet your Dream School” California State University, Northridge

Workshops are free, but registration is required. Sign up today! www.CollegePlanningExperts.com/workshops 

Can’t make it, but want the info? Call us at 805-279-4569 to schedule a one-on-one consultation

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3/28/2015 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Grow Your Business "Like You Mean It!"

I’ll show you how to take your business or career to the next level, or the one after that! If your business or career isn’t where you’d like it to be… If you’d like to take it to the next level, or the level after that, this is the event for you! I built my career on climbing to the top of every mountain, and more importantly, teaching others how do the same. Whether it was teaching salespeople how to double their sales or teaching organizations how to increase revenue and profits, the results were the same… tremendous growth! Success isn’t an accident! Success is the result of following the right strategies, and I’ll teach you those strategies.

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4/2/2015 9:00 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

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Upcoming events

Member News

"Orange You Glad" Your Suitcase Isn't Too Heavy?

"Orange You Glad" Your Suitcase Isn't Too Heavy?

Sam, an octogenarian, recently told me a story from his traveling days in the 1960’s. His employer often sent him from sunny Southern California to New Jersey. Sam liked to pack light, taking just one bag that had to fit in the plane’s overhead compartment. Landing in the Garden State provided Sam with a convenient base from which to visit his parents. He had a routine – he worked a day or two, he had a meal with his parents, and then...

COMMERCIAL BROKER DUAL REPRESENTATION :  GOOD OR BAD IDEA?

Dual Representation is not legally allowed in many states.  Why?  Because it can’t be done without violating ethical issues as there are simply too many conflicts of interest.  The tenant/buyer loses big time and the owners and their brokers gain big time. This is why so many brokers and owners are in favor of it. For 25 years I directed some very large real estate companies that owned millions of square feet of commercial property across the US and even internationally.  Many brokers wanted...

Why We Build Websites with DNN

Why We Build Websites with DNN
Most business owners and organization managers just want a nice-looking, hard-working website and they don’t really care how that happens. We use DNN to build our sites and here’s why it’s the ...

What Do You Know About Advance Directives?

There’s no such thing as being too early when it comes to document your wishes for if there is a time when you become too sick to communicate these yourself. A living will allows you to document your wishes concerning medical treatments at the end of life. According to Caring Connections, before your living will can guide medical decision-making, two physicians must certify: You are unable to make medical decisions. You are in the medical condition specified in the state’s living will law...

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What makes Synergy Business Connections a special group?

The people in Synergy are all genuine, friendly and interested in making business contacts and referring business to each other.  They go out of the way to help each other.

— Anita Gumm - Gumm & Green, LLP