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01/25/2018 - Provence River Cruise Presentation

Discover and explore the South of France on a river cruise with the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber in October 2018. During this once in a lifetime trip, you'll experience everything the Grand Rhône River has to offer, see the breathtaking views of Geneva and explore Provence, the heart of French wine country.

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Social Media Tips & Tricks Series: End Review Meeting

Social Media Tips and Tricks: Session Six - End Review Meeting

Synergy Conejo member James Nagy of Sprocket Websites is giving a series of six presentations to Synergy members on social media tips and tricks. These sessions take place during regular Synergy meetings and are a great opportunity for members to learn more about social media platforms and how to use them. The series focuses on reviewing social media topics and how-tos from each major social media platform. This series is a strong starting guide for overviews of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and social media calendar practice. The end goal is to bring it all together to drive engagement, action, and more business.

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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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How to Earn a Tweet Carousel for Your Business in Google Search Results

How to Earn a Tweet Carousel for Your Business in Google Search Results
Appearing on the front page of Google search results is a very big deal to many people in business. Considering Google’s partnership with Twitter in recent years, it’s a great reminder to keep your ...

Art and Nature – The perfect Earth Day connection

When I got my first computer in 1987, I was told it could simplify and speed up the mundane activities of my life – I would have more time to dream and paint and commune with nature.  Today, the reality is that I don’t have more free time – my schedule is usually consumed by that technology.   With emails, work deadlines, Facebook, Instagram et al. I am tempted to react and respond to the world without getting outside and moving.

This Sunday, April 22nd, is Earth Day, a day set apart in 1970 to honor the earth and the concept of peace.  I’ve been thinking about my personal peace and the consequences of sitting with the computer against the benefits of being in nature and interacting with art. At first, the relationship between nature and art appears nice but not necessarily close; in reality, they are very similar.  Studies show that spending time outside in nature can change people from being depressed, angry, fearful, stressed or anxious to a more calm and balanced feeling, lowering blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormones.  When we concentrate on a flower, a bee or a breath-taking sunset, we can’t focus as much on pain allowing instead for increased creativity and connections with other people.

But what about art?  By “viewing” art our physical bodies can be improved in lower cortisol stress levels just as they are with nature.  But “doing” art is even more beneficial as it also increases brain activity.  Studies show that in older adults, participation in art builds connections in the brain which help prevent memory loss.  Concentrating on anything artistic can clear your mind of negative thoughts, helping you to focus on the moment, relaxing the body and brain.  Many times, a painter will say to me that they can’t believe how relaxing painting is and their concentration and focus shuts out other concerns.  But if your art doesn’t compare to Van Gogh, the good news is that Harvard Medical School found it doesn’t matter what your artwork looks like, it’s the process not the product that matters!

Earth Day is a terrific reminder of the need to get away from the computer and take a hike, paint a picture, stroll along the beach or go to a museum.  My vote is to invite some friends over and have a painting party…Blank Canvas knows just how to inject some creativity into your event.

Footnotes:

  1. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 834360, 7 pages, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/834360
  2. The benefits of nature experience: Improved affect and cognition, Gregory N.Bratman, Gretchen C.Daily, Benjamin J.Levy, James J.Gross, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.02.005
  3. Creativity in the Wild: Improving Creative Reasoning through Immersion in Natural Settings, Ruth Ann Atchley, David L. Strayer, and Paul Atchley , Jan de Fockert, Editor, PLoS One. 2012; 7(12): e51474.

The Dilemma of Pricing Your Service

The Dilemma of Pricing Your Service
Business owners are also consumers themselves, so setting an appropriate price for our own services can be a real dilemma. Here are some tips for thinking it through: How many times ...

How Small Businesses Collect Email Addresses for Email Marketing

How Small Businesses Collect Email Addresses for Email Marketing
Email marketing is an incredibly important asset for small businesses. This is a unique opportunity to turn your contacts into a front row audience. Email marketing has been proven to drive people ...

Our Annual Rant – er, Advice – on Event Promotion

Our Annual Rant – er, Advice – on Event Promotion
Spring’s promise of better weather means a wealth of events to attend and plan -- and market. But if you want us to come to your event, why do you make it so hard for us to get your information? ...

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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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