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Synergy Business Connections | Passionate People with Personality

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
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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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Event date: 7/21/2018 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

The Burt Williamson Show: Radio Program on Money Matters

Introducing The Burt Williamson Show

The new show will cover important matters that affect the financial lives of business owners, baby boomers, and their families. Oh, it’s presented in plain English, too.

Hear ways you can become a better steward of your finances and have less financial stress, so you can focus on the other things that are really important in your life.

Please listen in on Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on 98.3 FM KDAR radio to hear the 25 minute show. 
A podcast of the interview will be available later next week.

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  • 4 May 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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  • 19 March 2018
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Priority Hearing Group

Be a Part of our Hearing Wellness Program!

We believe that everyone in our community over the age of 55 years old should have their hearing screened annually as part of their personal wellness program. More than 36 million people in the U.S. have some hearing loss. Don’t wait any longer to find out what you aren’t hearing. Make sure you hear everything around you. 

Call for your free hearing screening appointment today! 

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  • 4 March 2018
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Private Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet Lessons From a New York University Alumni

Private Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet Lessons From a New York University Alumni!

Dara Karbasion has over 7 years of private lesson experience teaching all ages. Will travel to your location within a 10-mile radius.

Lessons are $50/hour or $35/half hour

Contact:

Phone: (818) 309-9061

Email: karbasion.dara@gmail.com

www.daramusik.com 
 

 

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  • 1 March 2018
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Event date: 9/19/2018 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Connecting with Sponsors & How to Handle 'No' in Business

Networking Prep Series

The Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce is holding a Networking Prep Series. 

This presentation in the series is "Connecting with Sponsors & How to Handle 'No' in Business" and the keynote speaker is Jill Lederer, President/CEO, Greater Conejo Valley Chamber

For more information on this event, please visit the event page on the chamber website.

You can attend one or all of the presentations in this series:

FREE for Chamber Members
$10 per class for non-chamber members 

Don’t forget to bring your lunch!

Register at: www.conejochamber.org  

Contact: Heather Macaulay

hmacaulay@conejochamber.org 
805.267.7505

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  • 27 February 2018
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Event date: 8/15/2018 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

This is Not Your Father's Powerpoint: How to Create an Impressive Presentation

Networking Prep Series

The Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce is holding a Networking Prep Series. 

This presentation in the series is "This is Not Your Father's Powerpoint: How to Create an Impressive Presentation" and the keynote speaker is  Co-Founder & Managing Director, Sprocket Websites, Inc. James Nagy.

For more information on this event, please visit the event page on the chamber website.

You can attend one or all of the presentations in this series:

FREE for Chamber Members
$10 per class for non-chamber members 

Don’t forget to bring your lunch!

Register at: www.conejochamber.org  

Contact: Heather Macaulay

hmacaulay@conejochamber.org 
805.267.7505

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  • 27 February 2018
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Heading to the Hills with Content Marketing Tips

During the past few months, Jim Nagy of Sprocket Websites has been presenting best practices for social media marketing on a number of platforms during our Synergy meetings. In February, he'll be taking his show on the road as a presenter at the DNN Summit 2018 in Denver.

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  • 23 January 2018
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The Burt Williamson Show: Radio Program on Money Matters

Introducing The Burt Williamson Show

The new show will cover important matters that affect the financial lives of business owners, baby boomers, and their families. Oh, it’s presented in plain English, too.

Hear ways you can become a better steward of your finances and have less financial stress, so you can focus on the other things that are really important in your life.

Please listen in on Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on 98.3 FM KDAR radio to hear the 25 minute show. 
A podcast of the interview will be available later next week.

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The Burt Williamson Show: Radio Program on Money Matters

Introducing The Burt Williamson Show

The new show will cover important matters that affect the financial lives of business owners, baby boomers, and their families. Oh, it’s presented in plain English, too.

Hear ways you can become a better steward of your finances and have less financial stress, so you can focus on the other things that are really important in your life.

Please listen in on Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on 98.3 FM KDAR radio to hear the 25 minute show. 
A podcast of the interview will be available later next week.

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The Burt Williamson Show: Radio Program on Money Matters

Introducing The Burt Williamson Show

The new show will cover important matters that affect the financial lives of business owners, baby boomers, and their families. Oh, it’s presented in plain English, too.

Hear ways you can become a better steward of your finances and have less financial stress, so you can focus on the other things that are really important in your life.

Please listen in on Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on 98.3 FM KDAR radio to hear the 25 minute show. 
A podcast of the interview will be available later next week.

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07/18/2018 - Networking Prep Series - "Sales Training and Business Development via Social Media"


"Sales Training and Business Development via Social Media

Join Ash Sobhe for Part Two of his series on showing you how to grow your business and network online.


Presenter: Ash Sobhe, ​CEO, R6S
  
Ash Sobhe is a pioneer in the tech industry who is known for his success in developing technologically-robust marketing strategies that achieved unprecedented results globally.  Always on top of the latest advancements in technology and media, Sobhe launched R6S a creative digital marketing agency that blends all the benefits of traditional marketing in the new era of artificial intelligence. R6S specializes in organically growing businesses through R6S Coteries unique and exclusive partnerships which deliver unprecedented results through brand growth and loyalty. Today, Sobhe is renowned for his public speaking and inspirational sessions he does with world leaders, business icons, young entrepreneurs, business owners, startup executives, and anyone who seeks to find their happiness through professional and personal growth.

Ash Sobhe is a Board Member of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce. 


Chamber members are invited to attend for FREE
$10 for future embers 


*Pre-registration is required for this event.

For more information on the Networking Prep Series - Contact Heather Macaulay at hmacaulay@conejochamber.org or call 805-370-0035. 


 
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08/02/2018 - Synergy - Networking Group

Synergy Business Connections is a Premier Business Networking group for Chamber members at the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce.

  • Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday from 10:00-11:00 A.M.​
  • This group is "Category Exclusive" meaning one member per business category
  • Offers a unique and very lively "open forum" format that invites every member to contribute to the conversation.
  • ​​In addition to bi-monthly meetings, members are assigned a "Troika" (meet for coffee) with 2-3 other members
  • Meeting discussions include: technology, sales, marketing and educational topics of interest to the local business community
  • Alternating meetings include: Synergy member presentations and outside speakers.

Prior to attending a meeting, please call Networking Group Leader, Debbie Soden to reserve your space at (805) 300-0936 OR DEBBIE@DEBBIESODEN.COM.


First meeting is FREE to attend. 
*Non-Members are welcome to visit one meeting.

 

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7/21/2018 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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The Burt Williamson Show: Radio Program on Money Matters

Introducing The Burt Williamson Show

The new show will cover important matters that affect the financial lives of business owners, baby boomers, and their families. Oh, it’s presented in plain English, too.

Hear ways you can become a better steward of your finances and have less financial stress, so you can focus on the other things that are really important in your life.

Please listen in on Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on 98.3 FM KDAR radio to hear the 25 minute show. 
A podcast of the interview will be available later next week.

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The Burt Williamson Show: Radio Program on Money Matters

Introducing The Burt Williamson Show

The new show will cover important matters that affect the financial lives of business owners, baby boomers, and their families. Oh, it’s presented in plain English, too.

Hear ways you can become a better steward of your finances and have less financial stress, so you can focus on the other things that are really important in your life.

Please listen in on Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on 98.3 FM KDAR radio to hear the 25 minute show. 
A podcast of the interview will be available later next week.

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Synergy Business Connections Networking Group Meeting - First Thursday

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

Join Us / Register

Location: Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce

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8/4/2018 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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The Burt Williamson Show: Radio Program on Money Matters

Introducing The Burt Williamson Show

The new show will cover important matters that affect the financial lives of business owners, baby boomers, and their families. Oh, it’s presented in plain English, too.

Hear ways you can become a better steward of your finances and have less financial stress, so you can focus on the other things that are really important in your life.

Please listen in on Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on 98.3 FM KDAR radio to hear the 25 minute show. 
A podcast of the interview will be available later next week.

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Business Categories

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.

Member News

Should You be Buying or Leasing Office Space?

We read an article recently on whether to buy or lease office space. This brought us back to one of our previous blogs, “Is it Better to Buy or Lease Commercial Real Estate?” This new article, from BisNow, highlights the factors and considerations a person should make before deciding whether leasing office space or buying office space for their company is the better option.

From our previous blog on the topic:

“Clients ask me this question quite a bit.  The answer depends on many factors and it is different for each client depending upon the current market parameters and their unique circumstances.

Right now, the California commercial real estate market for retail, office and industrial properties for sale and for lease in which I specialize in is pretty hot and has been for many years.  Prices for both sales and leasing have exceeded all-time highs historically in most California cities especially in Southern California where most of my transactions take place.  So, when prices are high it means that it’s not a good time to buy or lease, right?  Not necessarily.  And what if you have a business and have to do one or the other, which one do you choose?”

BisNow’s article agrees with the consideration of the state that you’re living in:

“One factor companies should consider is the state of the office market. Conditions like vacancies and interest rates can impact the decision to buy or rent. The company’s level of flexibility in terms of timing can also be important. For example, a company that needs to move immediately would have different considerations and more pressure than a company that has time to weigh these options.  Many businesses also work alongside a real estate representative who understands the company’s needs and can help make the right call. This representative works to find a location that fits the company’s needs and negotiates a reasonable deal.”

If you want to learn more about your specific situation and whether you should be leasing or buying a space, contact David Massie at DJM Commercial at 805-217-0791 or david@djmcre.com – we can help! For more details from BisNow, read the full article here.

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Landlord Rents are Falling: National Office Vacancy Climbs 

We recently read an article in Connect Commercial Real Estate highlighting how national office vacancy continues to climb. Rent growth, on the other hand, has headed into an incline in the last two quarters. This means that there is potential for tenants to lease office space for less than before.

From Connect Commercial Real Estate:

“The national office vacancy rate climbed 0.1% to 16.6% in the second quarter, according to research by Reis. Vacancy increased in 39 of 79 metros in the quarter, with just two metros posting a decline in effective rent, as the gap between the “better” office markets and lagging ones widens and gets more pronounced. […] Rent growth, in contrast, was healthier in the last two quarters than in the previous seven, as a number of metros had rent growth of 1% or more in the quarter and 4% for the year. The stronger metros helped buoy the national average more so than in previous quarters.”

This article is a great example of how a landlord rents are falling. If you want to learn how to lease space for less as a tenant, contact David Massie at DJM Commercial at 805-217-0791 or david@djmcre.com – we can help! For more details, read the full article here.

How Retail Tenants are Saving on Rent Right Now

We recently read an article in Bis Now highlighting how small retailers are finding their opening while old giants shrink. The general premise is that retail landlords are willing, more and more, to take on smaller retailers by dividing up their spaces and leasing them out where they can instead of holding off for the big fish that probably isn’t coming.

From Bis Now:

“As the country’s largest retailers struggle to adapt to 21st century consumer demands, retail landlords are increasingly willing to slice up their space, take on riskier tenant options and offer flexible lease terms — and smaller retailers are reaping the benefits. […] The market has been marred with a number of big-name store closures in the city. But brokers said the conditions are paving the way for smaller retailers to get their foot in the door, as increasingly desperate landlords stop holding out for the national operators with established track records.”

This article is a great example of how a retail tenant can save on rent right now. Even better news? We can help. Contact David Massie at 805-217-0791 or david@djmcre.com if you are a retail tenant and you want to find a great deal on a retail space like mentioned in the article. For more details, read the full article here.

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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Synergy Business Connections

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

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Some messages from our group...

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