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

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Event date: 1/17/2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for our second Synergy Business Connection's meeting of the month! Frank Bettag will speak to the Synergy Business Connections networkwork group about email and internet spamming as well as web fake sites and messages.

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  • 11 January 2019
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Event date: 1/11/2019 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Esther Bleuel Presents "Getting Unstuck" at Jump Start Networking Breakfast

We’d like to invite everyone to attend the Jump Start Networking Breakfast this Friday from 7:00 - 9:30 AM to explore the topic of “Getting Unstuck” with our own Esther Bleuel. Please come to the breakfast with an example of a time you've been a bit stuck or stalled. Come prepared to dive into this fantastic book and topic!

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  • 8 January 2019
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Thousand Oaks Strong: Synergy Bronze Sponsors of State of the City Address & Luncheon

Thousand Oaks Strong: Synergy Bronze Sponsors of State of the City Address & Luncheon

We are so pleased to have been a part of the Conejo Chamber Networking Group contribution to this event along with Spark and Nexxus. Synergy donated $650 to this cause on behalf of our group.  Proceeds from this event went on to help the victims of the Borderline shooting as well as Wolsey and Hill fire victims throughout the greater Conejo Valley area.  

Here is the link to the Mayor’s address at the event!

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  • 14 December 2018
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Updated Address for 12/20 & 1/3 Synergy Meetings 

The address for the next two meetings will be Coldwell Banker Real Estate at 2659 Townsgate, Suite 242, WLV.
We have offices in three buildings at the corner of Townsgate and Westlake.
There will be a sign in front of the first building directing members to the right address.

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  • 14 December 2018
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Event date: 12/14/2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Synergy's Jingle Mingle!

Join us this Friday December 14th from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Sunland Vintage Winery for our Jingle Mingle.

Bring a friend! This is a free event with appetizers, desserts and a no host bar. We'll see you there!

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  • 11 December 2018
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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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  • 9 December 2018
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Synergy Meeting: Adam Haverstock Presentation

A few photos from Adam Haverstock's presentation at a recent Synergy meeting!

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  • 12 November 2018
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Event date: 11/14/2018 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Holiday Mixer CANCELLED

The Synergy for the Season of Giving Holiday Mixer has been CANCELLED following the Thousand Oaks shooting and the Woolsey and Hill Fires.

It was originally scheduled for November 14th, 2018 with proceeds to support Conejo Compassion Coalition’s efforts to stock the CLU Community cupboards (student pantry). 

For information on how you can help, consider contacting the Greater Conejo Chamber of Commerce


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  • 26 October 2018
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Event date: 11/18/2018 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Esther Bleuel's Book Launch Party: Getting Unstuck

We are so pleased to invite all of you to the launch party of Esther Bleuel's new book, "Getting Unstuck" - written with friend Martha Abbey Miller.

The launch party will take place at Sunland Vintage Winery on Sunday November 18th from 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Sunland Vintage Winery is located at 1321 East Thousand Oaks Boulevard #108-A, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.

Photos & map are on their website:

We will be serving wine to guests and there will be refreshments.
Please come join us and show support in celebrating the launch of the new book!

Interested in pre - ordering the new book? Click here! 

RSVP by calling Esther at 805-517- 4882 or emailing

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  • 17 October 2018
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Event date: 9/27/2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Ferguson Case Orr Paterson Hosts FREE Beatles Event!

Ferguson Case Orr Paterson (FCOP), Ventura County’s largest law firm, will host a FREE Beatles event as part of its Engage & Enlighten community event series featuring world-renowned local Beatles experts and authors Ivor Davis and Brooke Halpin. The event takes place 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 27, at the Ventura FCOP law office located at 1050 South Kimball Road.

Davis, author of “The Beatles and Me On Tour,” will speak about his experience covering the Beatle’s revolutionary 1964 American tour—24 cities in 34 jammed-packed days. Halpin, host of the syndicated radio show “Come Together with the Beatles,” will explore the rock covers from which the Beatles launched their careers and share personal vignettes to transport guests back in time to experience the excitement of hearing the Beatles for the first time. There will be books for sale and signing by the authors. The evening will begin with a reception from 5:30-6 p.m. followed by the main program. Refreshments will be served. This event is free to attend however reservations are required. RSVP with name and email address to to reserve a seat.

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  • 20 September 2018
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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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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