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

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Join us for our annual Regional Economic Forecast featuring a keynote presentation by Jon Irwin, Chief Operating Officer for Ring and economic update by Dr. Matthew Fienup, Executive Director of the Center of Economic Research and Forecasting at California Lutheran University.

Jon Irwin is a technology and media executive who is currently responsible for helping Ring scale and pursue its mission to reduce crime in neighborhoods with its suite of home security products and neighborhood partnerships. Prior to Ring, Jon served as the Head of Global Business Development for Amazon video where he built distribution partnerships for customers across major consumer electronics devices and distribution channels.

Dr. Matthew Fienup teaches courses in Econometrics, Macroeconomics and Environmental Economics in the school's Masters of Quantitative Economics program at California Lutheran University. His specialties are applied econometric analysis, the economics of land use, and environmental markets. His  research also examines the unintended consequences of urban containment policies.

Check in and hot breakfast buffet begins at 6:45 a.m. and program starts at 7:15 a.m.
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  • 7 June 2018
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Legislative Roundtable is a networking opportunity for Public Sector Professionals.  Attendees include staff from the offices of Conejo Valley Elected Officials, Cities, Public Safety, and local Universities. Businesses who contract with the Government, or who otherwise have an interest in engaging with public sector staff are invited to attend.

Staff members provide brief reports from their prospective agencies to inform each other and members of the chamber of upcoming events or other items of interest.

This Month's Speaker:  Tom Hare, Conejo Recreation & Park District.

Tom headshotTom Hare is the Administrator of Parks & Planning at Conejo Recreation & Park District and will be discussing the project to develop the Sapwi Trails Community Park.

Tom has over 30 years of public service, and has been with the Conejo Recreation & Park District since 2006 as the Administrator of Parks and Planning. Tom is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the MBA program at CSU Fullerton. A Newbury Park resident since 1996, he and his wife of 26 years, Lori, have three children, oldest daughter, Emily, and twins, Elvis and Priscilla.

Here is a video of Tom at the recent Play Conejo fundraiser, Prom Again (with a WWF wrestling theme):
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  • 7 June 2018
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  • 7 June 2018
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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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Event date: 6/7/2018 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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«June 2018»

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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06/27/2018 - Emerging Leaders Coffee Hour

Join young professionals for a morning of networking at The Stonehaus for "Coffee Hour." Attendance is free and open to all young professionals between the ages of 21 to 39. Please come prepared to purchase your own beverages. 

Emerging Leaders is sponsored by:

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06/27/2018 - GIFT Summer Session - "How to Create Peace, Love and Joy with a Positive Mindset"

Join GIFT (Gaining Insight for Women in Transition) for a summer session on "How to Create Peace, Love and Joy With a Positive Mindset" presented by Sepideh Yeoh and Ricky Powell. Light lunch will be provided. 
  • Learn how to reframe negative experiences into something positive
  • Discover how big changes can mean big opportunities
  • Dissolve anxiety and make room for inner peace
  • Free yourself from limiting beliefs Understand that everything is a choice
  • And so much more...
Sepideh Yeoh is a Certified Life and Career Coach and the Author of GLOW: Be the Light of your Journey. Her work focuses on making peace with the changes that accompany life?s many transitions.

Ricky Powell is an author, public speaker, corporate trainer, and executive coach. He helps individuals and companies grow their success exponentially by empowering them to make the choices of happiness and success daily.

Attendance is FREE.  

Please register with Sepideh to reserve your  

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07/05/2018 - CANCELLED-Synergy Business Connections - Networking Group

*This July 5th meeting has been cancelled due to holiday schedule. Please join Synergy for their next meeting on Thursday, July 19th! 

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

  • 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. 

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07/19/2018 - Conejo Senior Resource Network

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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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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The Marriage of Art and Learning

It’s Back to School time and with budgets tightening, the arts sometime get squeezed out. But I think downplaying art in school is a critical factor contributing to less effective education.  We retain approximately 10 percent of what we see; 30 to 40 percent of what we see and hear; and 90 percent of what we see, hear, and do.  Incorporating art in school and throughout life is key to growth.  Plus, it’s just more fun.

As I have taught visual art to kids, I’ve recognized at least six ways children benefit from art.

  1. Creativity – Trying new mediums and techniques, imagining different ways to portray a picture, mixing colors and exploring the results, connecting or juxtaposing unrelated objects, all lead students into discovery.
  2. Focus/attention – Thomas Merton said, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Listening, thinking, and concentration are heightened in an art project.
  3. Cooperation – Working with other students on a project fosters contribution, acceptance and respect for another’s input.
  4. Problem solving and Decision making – Factoring and filtering different options and problem solving are almost always part of creating something new.
  5. Accomplishment/completion – The satisfaction of closure or finishing a project contributes to positive self-esteem.
  6. Self-confidence – An “individual’s trust in his or her own abilities, capacities, and judgments, or belief that he or she can successfully face day to day challenges and demands (Psychology Dictionary Online)” is integral in accepting feedback and criticism as a positive step to improvement.

Schools are beginning to realize the value of art integration in all subjects, and many are seeing stellar results from it.  Wiley H Bates Middle School in Annapolis, Maryland, “started implementing arts integration school wide in 2009… (and) has seen a 23 percent drop in the average number of referrals and suspensions per student. The school’s percentage of students proficient or advanced in math has grown four times more than the state’s over the same period, and five times more in reading.” (  When schools commit to integrating art, the statistics have proven the positive results.  But can they also help when a person has finished school?  Yes!

The benefit of art in adult life is staggering too.

  1.  Learning styles: We learn in different ways – by sight, hearing, or doing – and creating art is basic in all the learning styles.
  2. Cross cultural connection: Art is a universal language and communicates cross culturally, strengthening our similarities and sharing our values.
  3. Verbal and non-verbal articulation: It allows us to express emotions, relieve stress, problem solve, use imagination and experience fun.

The excuse that there isn’t enough time to be creative solidifies the decision to stop learning and growing.  Art continues to be a foundation in learning for both adults and children.  It’s the end of summer and with school starting, there is opportunity to recognize art’s value in life for all of us.

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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

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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