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Synergy Business Connections Networking Group Meeting - Third Thursday

Event date: 11/15/2018 9:45 AM Export event

Event Location: Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce

Synergy Business Connections Networking Group Meeting - Third Thursday

Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce

Join us for the second 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

 
  • 19 September 2014
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James has been Managing Director at Sprocket Websites, Inc. from June 2010 - Present. Sprocket Websites has locations in both Naperville, IL & Thousand Oaks, CA. Sprocket specializes in bringing affordable, high quality website solutions to small businesses.

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James is a IT/IS professional experienced in managing complex projects both domestically and internationally. Skilled in translating business needs into technology solutions and technology into business value to help secure major assignments. James is a creative problem solver accomplished in reengineering processes and systems and empowering people to improve productivity and cut costs.

Combining corporate and entrepreneurial experience, James helped to build a new organization focused on website design, internet marketing and business management consulting: Sprocket Websites, Inc. Presently, Sprocket has over 100 active clients throughout the US.

James has been Managing Director at Sprocket Websites, Inc. from June 2010 - Present. Sprocket Websites has locations in both Naperville, IL & Thousand Oaks, CA. Sprocket specializes in bringing affordable, high quality website solutions to small businesses. Sprocket Websites creates a professional look and feel for clients, while they are able to easily maintain their content without knowing anything complicated or technical.

Sprocket’s innovative website designs allow the client to stand out, providing an exceptional web experience for their customers. Sprocket also specializes in business management consulting from business idea to implementation.They help clients negotiate their way to a successful, stable and organized business launch. Finally, Sprocket consults with businesses on innovative Internet marketing strategies leveraging technology to drive traffic, results and sales. Sprocket won an Entrepreneurial Excellence Award from the Business Ledger in 2010.

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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.
 
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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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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.
 

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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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Synergy Business Connections Networking Group Meeting - Third Thursday

Join us for the second 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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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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Successfully Negotiating the Commercial Real Estate Lease

This is my second article 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 you, the client (tenant/buyer/seller) of CRE space generally defined as office, retail and industrial.

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 with matters like construction, moving, future landlord disputes, terminating a lease early, etc.  The first article I wrote was about finding locations and this one will discuss negotiating the deal.

What makes a broker a good negotiator?  Knowledge and experience are the primary factors.  Most brokers simply don’t have successful negotiating experience and don’t know how to get the information they need to make the deal better for their clients.  They may have negotiated hundreds of deals, but if they didn’t do it correctly then they never learned the art of successful negotiation.  Too many brokers simply want to make a quick commission and move on to the next deal. This is especially true of those that have a quota to meet because they work for a large brokerage. An example of a negotiation I have done will explain this best.

On one large lease deal of about 50,000 sf I was hired to co-represent a tenant along with another broker they had already hired.  They did this primarily because they didn’t have full confidence in the other broker.  After I was hired, I saved over one million dollars and made about 80 lease changes in my client’s favor that were accepted by the landlord.  Why was I able to do this when the other broker wasn’t (even though this broker has been in business a long time)?  Because I had negotiated against this landlord before and knew where his bottom line was for the economics and lease clauses.  I had also worked hard at gathering information from other sources about the landlord. I gathered information about other deals he had made for both the economics and lease clause changes he had given to other tenants.  Finally, I postured that my client might relocate to another project if the landlord wasn’t fair. I went so far as to actually show my client other buildings to lease and/or even buy. This really worked to put some fear into the landlord and cause him to make my client a very good deal.

The size of the deal doesn’t matter and it works for both large and small deals.  Picking the right broker is the key to getting your best deal. You can never do as good, or even come close, if you try and negotiate the deal without a good broker.

Next time we will discuss successfully negotiating the clauses of the lease and what goes into that.  Most brokers and even attorneys don’t usually do this right; find out why.

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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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