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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"!

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: www.sunlandvintagewinery.com

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

RSVP by calling Esther at 805-517- 4882 or emailing ecbleuel@toughtalkcoach.com

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  • 17 October 2018
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Event date: 10/18/2018 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Front of the Room Speaker at Synergy Business Connections Meeting

We are happy to announce that, at our Thursday, October 18th Synergy business connections meeting, Adam Havestock will be our guest speaker! Adam Haverstock has served as the Director of Government Affairs and Tourism for the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce for 5 years.  In that role he oversees the Chamber of Commerce’s government affairs program and is also the lead officer of the Conejo Valley Tourism Improvement District.  Prior to working for the Chamber of Commerce, Adam was employed as a field representative for California State Assemblyman Jeff Gorell.  He also served as Assemblyman Gorell’s campaign manager during two election cycles.
 

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  • 19 September 2018
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Now, anyone can become a fearless investor in just a few minutes!

PlanPrep’s new risk comfort number system blends the latest in technological advances with Burt Williamson’s extensive investment management experience. It helps people see how much risk they are willing to take with their money in comparison to how much they are actually taking. And, they can find out in a few minutes from their smartphone, tablet or computer.

“Our new service, Your Comfort Number, is intended to change people from being fearful investors that might make rash, short-term investment decisions based on emotion reactions, to fearless investors who make great decisions,” said Burt Williamson, founder of PlanPrep, LLC. “It helps people find their comfort zone for investment risk with a number from 1 to 99.

It’s just like a number for how soft or firm they want their mattress to be. This is not like the labels of conservative, moderate or aggressive. It’s pinpointed.”

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  • 3 August 2018
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Looking for Donations of Small Stuffed Animals & Soccer Balls for Aug. 1st Guatemala Trip

Shantha from Dream-Ality Travels is heading to Guatemala on Aug 1st as part of a team of 24 Entrepreneurs. They will be distributing 280 wheelchairs to people in need there. This trip is being organized by Creating Wealth USA in association with The Wheelchair Foundation. 

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  • 24 July 2018
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Harriet Cohen has been our speaker at Synergy meetings over the last several months! She has presented five educational Business Assessment Sessions. These discussions have been full of tools and advice on a variety of topics. We are attaching the PDF versions of these handouts used from three of these sessions. You can find the PDFs attached here to this article. For more information on any of these sessions, specifically the first, please contact Harriet Cohen, Training Solutions, at (818)-991-8116 or harriet@trainingsolutions-hlc.com 

Harriet's Website
Harriet's Blog

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  • 23 June 2018
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Help Conejo Compassion Coalition Stock the CLU Student Pantry!

What is the Pantry? 

A confidential space for students to access food and get what they need at no cost. Our goal is to stock the pantry for the 2018-2019 school year.

What do we need? 

Gift cards in $10 increments (ralphs, vons, sprouts, target) Non-perishable items (you can either purchase or make a donation to purchase the items)
 

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  • 23 June 2018
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50% off IT services until May 31, 2018!

Why 50% off IT services until May 31, 2018?

Business Computer Associates has been providing IT support for small to mid-sized business for over 12 years in the Bay Area. We are now expanding to provide computer support to Thousand Oaks and the surrounding area. I have always found the best advertising is word of mouth. Once a business owner sees the personalized customer service and quality of work they typically will refer to other colleagues and businesses they work with.  Being new to the area we would like to expedite word of mouth advertising by offering Synergy Business Connections members 50% off IT services until May 31, 2018. Just mention this ad to get 50% off: network setup, Email setup, Computer maintenance, Secure Backups, Network Security audit, Wireless internet, Printer setup, Server configuration, Group Policy settings, Active Directory setup, Domain controller setup, Firewall setup, Secure file backup and sync, Bitlocker encryption setup, Amazon S3 setup, Amazon EC2 setup, and Company moves. We look forward to working with you.

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  • 24 April 2018
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  • 19 March 2018
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Priority Hearing Group

Be a Part of our Hearing Wellness Program!

We believe that everyone in our community over the age of 55 years old should have their hearing screened annually as part of their personal wellness program. More than 36 million people in the U.S. have some hearing loss. Don’t wait any longer to find out what you aren’t hearing. Make sure you hear everything around you. 

Call for your free hearing screening appointment today! 

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  • 4 March 2018
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Private Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet Lessons From a New York University Alumni

Private Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet Lessons From a New York University Alumni!

Dara Karbasion has over 7 years of private lesson experience teaching all ages. Will travel to your location within a 10-mile radius.

Lessons are $50/hour or $35/half hour

Contact:

Phone: (818) 309-9061

Email: karbasion.dara@gmail.com

www.daramusik.com 
 

 

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  • 1 March 2018
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10/17/2018 - 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! OrangeTwist is located at The Shoppes at Westlake Village
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The Burt Williamson Show: Radio Program on Money Matters

Introducing The Burt Williamson Show

The new show will cover important matters that affect the financial lives of business owners, baby boomers, and their families. Oh, it’s presented in plain English, too.

Hear ways you can become a better steward of your finances and have less financial stress, so you can focus on the other things that are really important in your life.

Please listen in on Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on 98.3 FM KDAR radio to hear the 25 minute show. 
A podcast of the interview will be available later next week.

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The Burt Williamson Show: Radio Program on Money Matters

Introducing The Burt Williamson Show

The new show will cover important matters that affect the financial lives of business owners, baby boomers, and their families. Oh, it’s presented in plain English, too.

Hear ways you can become a better steward of your finances and have less financial stress, so you can focus on the other things that are really important in your life.

Please listen in on Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on 98.3 FM KDAR radio to hear the 25 minute show. 
A podcast of the interview will be available later next week.

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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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Location: Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce

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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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Why Use a Commercial Real Estate Broker (and what they actually do for you…)

In this series, I will be giving insight into the world of a California commercial real estate broker that leases, buys or sells commercial real estate (CRE) for you, the client. The client is the tenant, buyer or seller of CRE space generally defined as office, retail and industrial.

There are four main things a good CRE broker does: They find suitable locations, negotiate the offer, negotiate the lease clauses, and are there when the client needs help thereafter with matters like construction, moving, future landlord disputes, terminating a lease early, etc.

The first thing a CRE broker does that might seem obvious and easy is finding you locations that fit your criteria.  We normally go on a proprietary website like CoStar that the client doesn’t have access to (a subscription to Costar is expensive and you have to learn how to use the software) and run a search for what you are looking for.  This isn’t as easy as it sounds.  If a broker doesn’t know how to use the software correctly and set up the searches correctly (including keeping a search active so that if a new listing appears that fits your criteria the broker is alerted right away), you won’t find all the possible locations.  Also, consider that many listing brokers for landlords/sellers don’t input the information correctly into the software or even keep the information updated. This makes it difficult to then find applicable properties for a client correctly.  It takes quite a bit of time to do a search correctly.

Seems easy enough; why can’t a client simply find a website like CoStar and do this search themselves?  After all, there are CRE oriented websites like Loopnet or City Feet or Office.com and others that state they have the CRE listings available at no cost, right?  The main problem with these sites is that they don’t have anywhere near all of the listings that CoStar does.  Loopnet, for example, is now owned by CoStar and Loopnet makes brokers and landlords pay to have their properties listed on this site so this site doesn’t list the properties available for those that aren’t willing to pay to do so.  Also, for whatever reason, sites other than CoStar simply aren’t used by CRE brokers because CoStar pretty much has a monopoly on most all listings and other kinds of data like comps.  So, if the client wants to do it themselves they won’t be able to find all of the available properties but only a small fraction thereof.

Then there are the off market non listed properties that you can’t find even on CoStar or other websites.  A good broker has connections to landlords/sellers and other brokers that don’t use listing services or that simply haven’t listed the location yet.  Staying in touch with the aforementioned people pays high dividends to my clients, but again it takes quite a bit of time and good record keeping to do so.

A good broker truly does use their expertise, experience and connections to get you the very best outcome. Next time, our topic will focus on successfully negotiating the deal and what goes into that.  Negotiating correctly is an art unto itself.

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.

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West Coast Real Estate, Will it Continue to Boom or Will it Bust?

History would say that West Coast commercial real estate market success should be ending very soon. Kevin Shannon, co-head of U.S. Capital Markets for Newmark Knight Frank, has a different opinion:

If there is a downturn, Shannon does not expect it to be as “dramatic” as it was a decade ago. “When the game ends, it will be a short spring training, and we’ll be back playing ball again,” Shannon added. […] “If you look at the engines of real estate on the West Coast: If you build it, they will come,” he said. As long as things continue to go well, Shannon said he thinks next June would mark the longest recovery in history. […] The West Coast commercial real estate market is faring well, and the good news does not appear to be ending very soon, according to some of Los Angeles’ top commercial real estate experts.

I wholeheartedly disagree with the view posed here. This broker from CBRE thinks that the buying and selling market for commercial real estate (CRE) is in the 7th inning, but I think it’s in the 12th inning.  If you want to learn more about buying or selling CRE at the right time and why brokers like this think it’s always a good time to buy or sell CRE (why not, they make a commission whether you the buyer or seller lose money or not) contact David Massie at david@djmcre.com for more details.  I have successfully bought and sold properties ranging in size from about 1,000 sf to millions of square feet and ranging in price from about $100,000 to $100 million.

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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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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