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

Synergy Business Connections | Passionate People with Personality

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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  • 3 May 2018
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"Sales Training and Business Development via Social Media" - Part One

Presenter: Ash Sobhe, ​CEO, R6S

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

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 members

*Pre-registration is required for this event

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

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  • 3 May 2018
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Please join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Dental Specialists of California in Thousand Oaks!

Dr. Sahar Verdi is a Board certified periodontist, cosmetic dentist, and dental pain specialist serving the community of Los Angeles and Thousand Oaks, CA. Dr. Verdi obtained her dental degree and Bachelor of Sciences degree from University of California, where she holds a teaching position in the Department of periodontics. She received her periodontal graduate degree from New York University. She conducted advanced research on periodontal disease and dental implants. Patients see Dr. Verdi for a variety of reasons, including dental emergencies, treatment of periodontal disease, bad breath, saving teeth, missing teeth, implants, tissue grafts, bone grafts, sinus lifts, bone morphogenic proteins, ridge augmentations, laser treatment, esthetic smile design, and sleep apnea. See Dr. Verdi's newly opened location in Thousand Oaks!


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  • 3 May 2018
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Event date: 5/3/2018 9:45 AM

Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce

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

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  • 19 September 2014
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05/10/2018 - Spark - Ignite Your Business

Spark brings together business professionals in a friendly, no-pressure setting. Each meeting features a guest speaker, open discussions and a format that promotes getting to know one another on a personal level. Group leader, Joe Joyce, believes that if "you build a relationship, business will naturally follow."

Join Spark for this May 10 membership drive event with guest speaker, Jon Light of Light Gabler, who will be discussing "Sex Harassment in the Workplace".  Bagels, muffins and coffee will be served.

Jon Light has over 30 years of employment law experience and has been named multiple times as one of Southern California’s “SuperLawyers” by Los Angeles Magazine. Jon and his LightGabler team consult with and represent over 1500 companies throughout California regarding their employment law needs. LightGabler is focused on keeping your business working, growing and prospering.

Please register at the link above to reserve your seat! 

*First meeting is FREE to attend. Non-Chamber members are also welcome to attend and observe one complimentary SPARK meeting.  For more information, please contact group leader, Joe Joyce at (805) 338-2223.

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06/14/2018 - Spark - Ignite Your Business

*Please note the location change for JUNE 14 meeting: 

510 N. Ventu Park Rd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Spark brings together business professionals in a friendly, no-pressure setting. Each meeting features a guest speaker, open discussions and a format that promotes getting to know one another on a personal level. Group leader, Joe Joyce, believes that if "you build a relationship, business will naturally follow."

*First meeting is FREE to attend. Non-Chamber member are  welcome to attend and observe one complimentary meeting. 

If you are interested in this group, please contact group leader below to reserve your seat! 

 For more information contact Group Leader:
Joe Joyce - (805) 338-2223


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06/20/2018 - Networking Prep Series - "10 Tips to Grow Your Business Brand in 2018"

"10 Tips to Grow Your Business Brand in 2018"

Presenter: Matthew Midura, Associate Vice President for Integrated Marketing & Communications, Pepperdine University

Join us in this informative seminar with Matt Midura who will provide us with strategies on growing your business brand with "
Brand Development Through Storytelling, Experience and Partnerships". 

Matt Midura is a creative communications and marketing strategist with more than 20 years of experience developing both traditional and new media initiatives for both large and small enterprises. He has held his current position with Pepperdine Universitiy for the past 6 years and is Chair Emeritus for the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

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

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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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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 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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Synergy Business Connections

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

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  • 7 April 2015
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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