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

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Event date: 1/17/2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for our second Synergy Business Connection's meeting of the month! Frank Bettag will speak to the Synergy Business Connections networkwork group about email and internet spamming as well as web fake sites and messages.

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  • 11 January 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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How a Broker Successfully Negotiates the Commercial Real Estate Lease

This is my third article in a series where I give insight into the world of a California commercial real estate broker. A commercial real estate broker leases/buys/sells commercial real estate (CRE) for the client (tenant/buyer/seller). Commercial real estate is defined for this article as office, retail and industrial spaces.

As reminder from last time, there are four main things a good CRE broker does. They: find suitable locations, negotiate the offer, negotiate the lease itself (the many clauses) and are there when the client needs help thereafter. The first article I wrote was about finding locations; the second about negotiating the major deal points and this third one will discuss negotiating the lease.

Most brokers and even many attorneys don’t negotiate the lease properly.  Why?  For brokers, many of them simply don’t know what most of the clauses mean and/or simply don’t have the experience to negotiate them properly.  For attorneys, it usually has to do with them not specializing in lease contracts and, again, not having enough experience and knowledge to do it properly.   Both brokers and attorneys many times specialize in only one area, like office or retail or industrial leases, but not all of them so it’s best to get one that specializes in the lease you are negotiating.

The main problem with using a broker or attorney that isn’t experienced and knowledgeable enough at negotiating a lease is that it will usually cost the tenant money and/or problems later on.  There are many clauses in leases that can bankrupt a tenant even when their rent is low like only $1,000 per month. These include insurance clauses, indemnification clauses, operating expense share clauses, maintenance provisions and more.  Therefore, it’s not the size of the deal that matters, it’s what was agreed to in the lease that matters.  A tenant should tread carefully here. I recommend using both an experienced broker and a specific commercial real estate attorney for a lease. In cases like this, two sets of experienced eyes are better than one.  I have saved my clients a lot of money by doing the lease review first and then sending it to their attorney to review thereafter.

After negotiating over 1,000 leases, and over 100 leases per year for many years, I have the experience to really help a tenant in this area.  It’s not something most brokers can do.  Pick a broker that can help you  properly in this area and you will sleep much better at night. When searching, you will find that the list of brokers with this type of expertise is very narrow.  Landlords  usually have a good real estate attorney create their lease and the bigger ones have their attorneys negotiate the lease clauses. Because of this, you really need to even the odds and have someone that specializes in lease negotiating on your side.

Picking the right broker is the key to getting your best deal. You can never do as well, or even come close, if you try and negotiate the deal without a good broker.

Next time, in the final article in this series, we will discuss how a broker can help their client after a lease is signed for items like construction, moving, landlord disputes, terminating a lease early, etc.  Most brokers, unfortunately, cannot do much here as they simply lack the experience and/or knowledge to do so.

If you have questions about any of the above topics or have any CRE needs, please contact David Massie at david@djmcre.com or 805-217-0791.

Resolution or Resolve

It’s already the first week of the new year and I haven’t landed on any resolutions yet.  My usual ones – lose 10 pounds, go to the gym more, read more books – seem like a repeat of last year and a cop out.  Plus, I normally stick to these for a few weeks and then quit.  My resolutions feel more like a guilty obligation rather than a life changing, driving force.

This morning someone asked me not what my new year’s resolutions are but what do I really want this year.  That question seems more significant than just going to the gym three times a week instead of two.  It made me stop and think “what do I really and truly want?”  My focus needs to be on importance rather than the superficial.

So this year I want to be more content with what I have, to enjoy at least one beautiful thing each day, to speak with kindness and patience when my first inclination is to condemn or hurt, to trust God to protect and provide instead of stressing with what I still need to do, to be calm, to be generous, to forgive myself without giving up on me, and to let go of my right to be right.

I still would like to lose 10 pounds, go more often to the gym and read thoughtful books.  But what I really want is to become a person of peace with myself, with others and with God. 

I challenge you to answer this question, “What do you really want this year?”  It’s worth the effort.

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How to Create / Update your Team Member Profile

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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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