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

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Due to the Chamber's schedule, GIFT will be meeting on this day of Jan. 16 instead of Jan. 1st. 

GIFT (Gaining Insight for Transition) for Women is a group sponsored by the Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce. Its purpose is to create and support a thriving network for women in transitional stages and empower them to connect with their passions, dreams and skills through access to a guest lecture series, employment and volunteer opportunities, and monthly meetings that encourage personal and professional growth. GIFT attendees will have an opportunity to mingle and discuss topics such as women contemplating career change, mothers considering returning to work, and empty-nesters searching for their next step.

Meetings are held at the Chamber facilities from 12:00-1:00 PM on the first Tuesday of each month. *Meetings are "brown bag lunch" - participants are welcome to bring lunch. GIFT does not meet during the months of June-September and will resume for the month of October. 

GIFT meeting will have two parts: 

I.
     A mini workshop on tools to use during life's many transitions
II. 
    Guest Speaker - GIFT Storytelling

.Meetings are free to attend for Chamber members and non-members. 

Please RSVP direct with Sepideh Yeoh at sepideh@sepidehyeoh.com if you would like to attend or would like more information. 
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Event date: 12/20/2018 9:45 AM

Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce

Synergy Business Connections Networking Group Meeting - Third Thursday

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

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12/11/2018 - Thousand Oaks State of the City Address & Luncheon


Join the City of Thousand Oaks and the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce for the Thousand Oaks State of the City Address and Luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Andy Fox as the business community comes together to reflect on the past year with a focus on supporting the community through the recent tragedies. All are welcome.

Mayor Fox will address the current state of the City of Thousand Oaks, discuss projects completed during 2018 and offer insight of what is on the horizon for 2019.

State of the City Thousand Oaks Address and Luncheon
Tuesday, Dec. 11th from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
California Lutheran University - Gilbert Arena

Registration: 11:30-11:45 a.m.
Luncheon & Mayor's Address: 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
 
$50 per person; pre-registration required by Dec. 7, 2018.
 
Menu:
 
Italian Chop Salad
garbanzo beans / mozzarella / tomato / pepperoncini / roasted peppers / sweet onion / herb vinaigrette
 
Zinfandel Braised Short Ribs
served with mashed Yukon gold potatoes, asparagus spears and carrot soufflé
 
Strawberry Shortcake
 
Vegetarian Plate (upon request)  - Striped Butternut Squash Ravioli


 
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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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01/09/2019 - Emerging Leaders Happy Hour

Join fellow young professionals for an evening of networking and giveaways while enjoying complimentary appetizers and Happy Hour drink prices. Attendance is free and open to all young professionals between the ages of 21 and 39. Appetizers are complimentary but please come prepared to purchase your own beverages.
 

Emerging Leaders is sponsored by:

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01/09/2019 - Nexxus - Networking Group - CANCELED


This meeting has been CANCELED. The next meeting will be held on the 23rd. 

Nexxus is a business networking group within the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce that focuses on building strong relationships and referring business to one another. We believe that you need to know, like, and trust someone before you will do business with them. This group's main focus is to help members connect and build relationships both professionally and personally. Each meeting has an educational component with a guest speaker covering a variety of business development topics.

Nexxus is not a category exclusive group, meaning all business professionals are welcome. All business owners and professionals are welcome to attend their first meeting for free, but you must be a member of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce to become a member of Nexxus.

Non-members are welcome to observe a meeting for free. Please contact group leader to reserve your seat. 

For more information contact Group Leader:
Jade Mulé -  (805) 550-4775
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01/16/2019 - GIFT for Women


Due to the Chamber's schedule, GIFT will be meeting on this day of Jan. 16 instead of Jan. 1st. 

GIFT (Gaining Insight for Transition) for Women is a group sponsored by the Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce. Its purpose is to create and support a thriving network for women in transitional stages and empower them to connect with their passions, dreams and skills through access to a guest lecture series, employment and volunteer opportunities, and monthly meetings that encourage personal and professional growth. GIFT attendees will have an opportunity to mingle and discuss topics such as women contemplating career change, mothers considering returning to work, and empty-nesters searching for their next step.

Meetings are held at the Chamber facilities from 12:00-1:00 PM on the first Tuesday of each month. *Meetings are "brown bag lunch" - participants are welcome to bring lunch. GIFT does not meet during the months of June-September and will resume for the month of October. 

GIFT meeting will have two parts: 

I.
     A mini workshop on tools to use during life's many transitions
II. 
    Guest Speaker - GIFT Storytelling

.Meetings are free to attend for Chamber members and non-members. 

Please RSVP direct with Sepideh Yeoh at sepideh@sepidehyeoh.com if you would like to attend or would like more information. 
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01/16/2019 - Networking at Night Mixer


Monthly Networking at Night mixers provide a great outlet to relax, meet new and seasoned members, and network 'til the sun goes down. Make sure to bring plenty of business cards!
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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.

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Retail Spaces Offer a Fix to the Medical Space Shortage in Southern California

Recently, I wrote about the shortage of medical space and an increase in retail vacancies in Southern California right now. My suggestion was to have medical tenants lease space in retail centers as compared to an office or medical building that they traditionally leased space in. This may seem like an unusual suggestion to solve the problem, but recent news suggests that this issue is beginning to grow.

According to CoStar Group, the gaining US population is expected to drive demand for medical space with more than 200 million square feet of medical office space needed in the next decade:

Driven by an aging U.S. population, within 10 years the amount of medical office space needed is projected to be 16 percent more than today, based on current trends. That’s greater than the combined medical office space in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas–Fort Worth, the nation’s four largest medical office markets. This undeniable demographic trend in the U.S. is both a headwind for traditional office demand and an incredible tailwind for medical office demand in the coming years.

So, what are medical tenants to do with this shortage? Lease space in retail centers.  When you lease in a quality retail center, your business has good parking, signage, and retail visibility from shoppers at the retail center.  The main criteria for any business is usually the bottom line so, if being in a retail center increases your net income, wouldn’t you want to be there?  This is rule #1.

Retail space in southern California is undergoing a change.  The smaller to medium sized retail centers in particular are starting to become more restaurant/food and service focused as opposed to other types of retail uses.  Customers at retail centers want to enjoy their experience and be able to do as much as they can at one location.  So, with the foregoing in mind, wouldn’t many medical tenants fit in with this new retail trend of a retail landlord leasing to service providers like doctors and providing a better experience for the retail customer?  I think so.

Read more on this fix for Medical Space Shortage & Retail Vacancies in Southern California.

David Massie specializes in buying, selling and leasing office, medical/dental, retail and industrial buildings -especially off market ones that are hard to find in Southern California that only his clients are made aware of first.  Contact David now if you have interest in finding one for you:  david@djmcre.com or 805-217-0791.

7 Affordable Ways to say I Love You

This month, love is scheduled for the 14th, and you better be ready!  Social pressure and guilt are reserved for the unprepared.  When we were first married, my husband thought we would just stop in at a restaurant after work and celebrate.  It was a shock and disappointment when we discovered every restaurant in town had reservations and waiting lines until close to midnight.  Lesson learned: think ahead. So, some years we have deliberately celebrated the day before or after. 

Love is important and deserves to be celebrated more than one day a year but eating out or ordering long stem red roses can break the bank.  Still, it can be special even on a budget.  Here are seven ways to show your love (with or without a fancy restaurant reservation).

  1. Write a love note and put it on your Love’s computer, pillow or steering wheel.
  2. Cook (or order out) a favorite meal and eat it in front of the fireplace (with no TV on).
  3. Go for a walk together and afterward sit down and share a coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
  4. Do one of your Love’s normal chores (i.e. take out the trash, wash and dry the dishes) without being asked.
  5. Text a love note to your Honey in the middle of the day.
  6. Rent a movie (of the Lover’s choice) and snuggle together (provide a favorite snack).
  7. Fill a mason jar with Hershey Kisses and demonstrate a few!

The thing to always remember is that love, acceptance, trust and open relationships are precious gifts and need to be cultivated and celebrated regularly.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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DJMCRE Closes Escrow in 30 Days on a Medical/Dental Property in Oxnard at Premium Price

David Massie of DJM Commercial Real Estate recently closed escrow on a medical/dental property in Oxnard, CA at 1600 W Gonzales Rd. This was a building in need of work that David was able to sell at a premium price for the seller he represented. In addition, the escrow was only 30 days compared to the normal 4 months or more. This is a prime example of why a seller or buyer should hire an experienced broker like David to successfully sell or buy a commercial building.

Remember, because of David’s experience directing some of the largest real estate companies in the US, he can help both tenants and landlords with any of their commercial real estate needs for any type of commercial real estate for leasing, buying, selling and acting as a legal expert witness.

So, why should a seller hire a broker and pay him a commission when a seller can do it on their own?

  • Simply put, the seller will not be able to get the maximum price that a good broker can. Many brokers have clients waiting in the wings to buy a property and these clients will pay top dollar if they are allowed to make the offer first.  Also, the price a broker is able to sell a property for more than pays for their commission.
  • Sellers don’t have the same marketing ability as a broker. The world has become international and your reach has to be international.  The dollars are flowing into the US from other countries right now and international buyers are willing to pay more many times.  Brokers also know what is needed in terms of a marketing package to interest buyers. It’s complicated, expensive, and time consuming to put this package together properly.
  • The timing of when to put the property up for sale is critical. When is the market peaking?  Is there a lot of competition on the market for sale now?  Good brokers will usually know what is for sale on the market as well as off market, but sellers won’t.
  • The repairs that you need to make to the property before you put it on the market are also important. Some are worth making and some aren’t.  A good broker usually knows what to recommend.
  • What should the asking price of the property for sale be? What if there are no comparable prices for the sales price because the sales price is higher and the property won’t appraise for the sales price and therefore might not sell for this price and waste everyone’s time?
  • There are many other factors in selling a commercial real estate property; but, in our opinion, it starts first and foremost with the right broker. Doing it on your own is always a mistake.  If you don’t hire the right broker or if you do it yourself, it will cost you.  We have seen it many times.

If you want to learn more about leasing, buying and/or selling any and all types of commercial spaces in California or if you have questions about any subject related to commercial real estate, please contact David Massie of DJM Commercial Real Estate at david@djmcre.com or 805-217-0791.

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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Synergy Business Connections

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

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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