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

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Please Note: Due to the Chamber Office Holiday Closure, Synergy has moved their JANUARY 3rd meeting to: 

2659 TOWNSGATE RD. # 242
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA 91361


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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Please Note: Due to the Chamber Office Holiday Closure, Synergy has moved their December 20 meeting to: 

2659 TOWNSGATE RD. # 242
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA 91361


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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CSRN is a diverse group of experienced professionals providing products and services to our senior community. Through collaboration and community outreach, CSRN serves as a hub for anyone needing senior solutions for their family and loved ones. We are a valued referral resource for our members and a trusted advisor to the community. 

Join fellow professionals who provide assistance, products, services and education to the Conejo Valley's senior community and their adult children for an open exchange of ideas, information and resources.
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* Due to many Nexxus members' busy holiday schedules,there will be no meetings in December.

Please check back in the new year for meeting updates!

Nexxus wishes all a Happy Holiday season!

Due to many members' busy holiday schedules, there will be no Nexxus meetings in December.
 

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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  • 6 December 2018
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Event date: 12/6/2018 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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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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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 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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Synergy Business Connections

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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