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

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Join fellow young professionals for the Annual YPG Regional Mixer.  Attendance is free and open to all young professionals between the ages of 21 and 39. You are invited to join over 150 young professionals from throughout Ventura County for the annual Regional YPG Mixer. Enjoy tastings from Bottle & Pint and the ANNEX Food Hall along with raffles galore. This only happens once a year so take advantage of this opportunity! 

Sign Up Here: https://ypgmegamixer2019.eventbrite.com

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  • 23 May 2019
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The Education & Workforce Development Committee works to improve the future quality of your workforce by hosting many quality educational programs through local partnerships.  Meetings include a presentation by featured speakers in the areas of Education, Job Training, Human Resources and Community Programs.

The Committee coordinates interaction between businesses and the local school district, Conejo Valley Unified School District, and partners with private schools and colleges in the Conejo Valley area. The committee also encourages educational excellence by rewarding teachers and students with monthly awards and yearly scholarships.

This Month's Speaker: Peggy Wozniak - Adjunct Faculty, Keene State College
    Peggy Wozniak, originally from Buffalo, NY, has been in public education for over 40 years working in New York, California and Nevada.  Dr. Wozniak earned her B.A. in Education from Alfred University in New York, her Masters Degree in Education from the State University College of New York at Buffalo and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of LaVerne in California.
 

    Dr. Wozniak has been a teacher, a school principal and a school district superintendent.   She was the superintendent of the Mammoth Unified School District in Mammoth Lakes, California for 5 years and the superintendent of the Binghamton City School District in Binghamton, New York for 10 years.   Upon her retirement as superintendent of the Binghamton District she worked for the New York State Education Department on the development of school-based leaders. 
 

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June 6th Front of Room Speaker: 
Front of the Room Speaker - Colin Patrick Doyle
Colin Doyle, President, Doyle Tax Group
"5 Tax Pitfalls Small Business Owners Need To Be Aware Of"

Join us for our first Synergy Business Connection's meeting of the month! Colin will speak to the  group on "5 Tax Pitfalls Small Business Owners Need To Be Aware Of". There are a lot of questions regarding tax law changes as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted last year.  Join Synergy for a no-nonsense presentation of some of the most important tax issues Small Business Owners need to be aware of so you can avoid costly pitfalls and take full advantage of the benefits available to you and your business!

Topics include: 

  • How can I offset the lower limits on Mortgage Interest Deductions?
  • How can I take advantage of Tax Credits by hiring and training Older Workers?
  • How can I best navigate the discrepancies caused by California not completely conforming to the Federal Tax Law?
  • How can I shelter Income in order to help my Student qualify for maximum Student Financial Aid for College?
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05/23/2019 - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Art Trek



Please join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Art Trek in Thousand Oaks!

Art Trek, Inc. is an independent, hands-on, not-for-profit arts program bringing quality visual, literary and performing arts into the community. It has been active since 1992 and was established as a not-for-profit in 2006. Our mission is to create a positive and confidence-building experience for individuals of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds: in classrooms, in public facilities, in our studio and wherever we can meet a need. We commit to extending ourselves into high-risk programs, underserved and needy populations, senior programs, social service programs and to educators in professional training workshops. 

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05/30/2019 - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - The Oncology Institute of Hope Innovation


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Please join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for The Oncology Institute for Hope & Innovation in Thousand Oaks!
 

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Age Matters in Business Presentation

If you were unable to attend the May 16 meeting with Harriet Cohen of Training Solutions, or if you want to share what you learned with your colleagues, Harriet has provided copies of the handouts to show how addressing the tasks at each developmental phase increases your ultimate success.

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05/30/2019 - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - The Oncology Institute of Hope & Innovation


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Please join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for The Oncology Institute for Hope & Innovation in Thousand Oaks!
 

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06/07/2019 - Jump Start Networking Breakfast

The Chamber Jump Start Breakfasts take place the first Friday of every month (unless otherwise noted), and feature a great buffet, more networking opportunities (sorry no raffle!) and a chance to sit with a new group of professionals after personal introductions. Please bring extra business cards to display at the event.

Register by 1 p.m. on the Thursday before to be listed on the Hot Sheet contact list. 
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06/12/2019 - Membership Hour


Do you have specific questions regarding your Chamber membership and benefits? 

Register for our one-on-one "Power Hour" and meet with the Chamber Membership Team: Heather Macaulay, Karen Nichols and Melissa Miller. We're here to answer any questions you have regarding your membership and walk you thru, in detail, all the benefits and programs available for you and your business as a Chamber member!  Guests are welcome to bring their lunch. Coffee will be provided. 

Please register at the link above to reserve your seat!

*Chamber membership is required to attend this event.



 
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06/19/2019 - 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!
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06/25/2019 - Legislative Roundtable Meeting

Legislative Roundtable provides a setting for dialogue to take place on public policy issues and gives public agency staff, elected officials, their staff and businesses an opportunity to network. The meeting has a guest speaker on a public sector topic and regular updates from our local cities, agencies and elected officials.

Staff members provide brief reports from their prospective agencies to inform each other and members of the chamber of
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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 Being An Expert Witness Helps My Commercial Real Estate Clients

I know, and have worked with, many commercial real estate (“CRE”) brokers.  Most of them aren’t expert witnesses for legal matters related to CRE.  Being an expert witness really gives me the ability to help my clients in ways brokers that aren’t expert witnesses can’t.

One primary way being an expert witness helps my clients is when I learn what the court judges will and will not allow even if a lease or other contract states something to the contrary.  Even if the parties to a contract agree on an issue but it’s now allowed by law or by a judge, my understanding on these issues can really help me negotiate better for my clients and help them get out of sticky legal situations.  

Don’t get me wrong; I am not an attorney.  Hiring an attorney at the right time is something I highly recommend.  But I am often able to use this type of experience, or clout, with a landlord (I bring the landlord tenants many times) as a broker to persuade the landlord. This includes the landlord’s property manager, and sometimes even their legal counsel, with me persuading them that they aren’t going to prevail on a certain matter. I can thereafter reach a reasonable settlement at great monetary, time and headache savings to my client.

And knowing what a court judge or applicable law will allow, no matter what is agreed to in a contract, really helps my clients when I negotiate their leases or purchase or sell contracts.   If the opposing party to us doesn’t agree to change a term that isn’t allowed by law, it gives our side the ability to let this landlord get what he wants in exchange for something we want. However, I always recommend my clients run any of these types of matters by a really good experienced  CRE attorney just to make sure before we say “yes” to the landlord on an issue like this. Many times the landlord doesn’t know the issue he is fighting for isn’t even legally enforceable and usually worthless to pursue for a landlord. 

Lately, I have been involved in landlord/tenant or buyer/seller or other types of disputes on average about four times per month.  Many of these disputes settle out of court, but the ones that don’t can go the legal way. With rare exception, most of the ones that head to court eventually settle, and many at the last minute before a court appearance.  A few examples of some of my recent expert witness assignments involve: terminating a lease early for a tenant and requiring the landlord to mitigate the tenant’s damages, commission dispute between a selling broker and their client seller, commission dispute between a seller and party promised a finder’s fee (paid to a nonlicensed broker), and representing a tenant in retail shopping center against a landlord for a NNN and square footage matter that ended up with me having to testify in court.  I would say the two biggest disputes that I am involved with as an expert witness include terminating a lease early (and requiring a landlord to reasonably mitigate a tenant’s lease damages as prescribed by applicable law) and NNN (tenant’s share of expenses usually for all retail and large industrial CRE) or operating expense increases over a base year (usually office and small industrial leases).

In summary, I learn quite a bit through being an expert witness by being involved in legal cases.  Both judges and very good CRE attorneys have taught me much that can help my clients prevail in difficult disputes related to just about any CRE matter.  And, if necessary and at the right time, I can refer my clients to a really good CRE attorney that has successfully handled their specific type of matter in the past.

If you have questions about any of the above topics or have any CRE needs, including hiring an expert witness, please contact David Massie at david@djmcre.com or 805-217-0791.

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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