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Sunday, March 19th – The Conejo Valley Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. presented its annual fashion show and fundraiser “Modelette” and Let’s Create Something, Inc. helped set the stage. With music on que, elaborate lighting displays, LED screens and wireless communication systems, today’s fashion shows exemplify true theatrical events. Designers demand audio visual technology that underscores their style and makes a statement. For the twelfth consecutive year, Let’s Create Something, Inc. provided exclusive Audio Visual Support for WNCL’s fashion show. At LCS, Inc., we know the fashion show is all about the theme and we produce expertly directed AV Technology to help establish that theme.

MUSIC IS FASHION’S BEST FRIEND

Music provides a background and context for the fashion show. It sets the mood and underscores the designer’s statement. The right music paired with the perfect outfit transforms the model. She becomes a dancer or a character in a play. Spectators watch mesmerized as she struts to the beat down the catwalk with a certain boldness in her eye. Every year, LCS’s Joe “Klevin” Scott creates a custom playlist of current pop songs for Modelette. Klevin’s fun, energizing mixes set the models in motion and encourage audience engagement. Fashion is everywhere and music is its constant companion.

LIGHTING CREATES GLAMOUR

Spectacular lighting influences the mood as much as music. The two go hand in hand. Red, deep blue and purple lights create drama while bright colors create a fun and free feeling. Strong, deep colors set against powerful music sets the stage for dramatic ensembles and powerful entries while bright, light colors set against cheerful music sets the stage for light, airy ensembles and exciting surprises.

Call LCS, Inc. before your next fashion show and we will help you make it a true theatrical event!

The post LCS, Inc. Keeps the Runway Rockin’ for Conejo Valley’s National Charity League! appeared first on Let's Create Something, Inc..

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  • 24 March 2017
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With the average event budget allocating 15% to 20% for audio visual technology, how can event professionals make the most return on investment?  Randy Clark

Randy Clark, President of Let’s Create Something, Inc., offers a few insights.


Meeting Professionals International (MPI) reports 18 million events and meetings were organized in the U.S. in 2016 producing $280 billion in spending. The Event Industry contributes $115 billion to the national GDP.  Yet, whether it’s a corporate conference or a music concert, new and increased cost factors challenge meeting planners and organizers to come up with ways to creatively stretch their budgets.

MPI’s Industry Outlook reports increasingly high expectations among attendees for more innovative and tech-rich events. While, “More than ever, they [event planners] are doing more with less, and there is a focus on ROI,” says Bill Voegeli (MPI Georgia Chapter), president of Association Insights, the Atlanta-area research firm that conducts the survey.

(source: Meeting Professionals International)

When it comes to money, don’t be shy!

Share your event schematics with your Event Tech Specialist early in the planning phase and ask for suggestions where your budget is best utilized. A focused conversation about budget restraints gives vendors a clearer picture of your event’s specific priorities and, in some cases, a simple adjustment in equipment can lower your bottom line.

“When our customer is working with a tight budget, we always come up with a solution. We work closely with our clients because our goal is to ensure return business and referrals.”Randy Clark, President of Let's Create Something, Inc.
Shop around… Look outside the box.

While it may seem easier or more efficient to use in-house tech services, not every conference needs the same PA System, not every party needs an audio mixer.

As you evaluate event technology bids, make sure you compare apples to apples.Randy Clark, President of Let's Create Something, Inc.

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  • 17 March 2017
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With the average event budget allocating 15% to 20% for audio visual technology, how can event professionals make the most return on investment?  Randy Clark

Randy Clark, President of Let’s Create Something, Inc., offers a few insights.


Meeting Professionals International (MPI) reports 18 million events and meetings were organized in the U.S. in 2016 producing $280 billion in spending. The Event Industry contributes $115 billion to the national GDP.  Yet, whether it’s a corporate conference or a music concert, new and increased cost factors challenge meeting planners and organizers to come up with ways to creatively stretch their budgets.

MPI’s Industry Outlook reports increasingly high expectations among attendees for more innovative and tech-rich events. While, “More than ever, they [event planners] are doing more with less, and there is a focus on ROI,” says Bill Voegeli (MPI Georgia Chapter), president of Association Insights, the Atlanta-area research firm that conducts the survey.

(source: Meeting Professionals International)

When it comes to money, don’t be shy!

Share your event schematics with your Event Tech Specialist early in the planning phase and ask for suggestions where your budget is best utilized. A focused conversation about budget restraints gives vendors a clearer picture of your event’s specific priorities and, in some cases, a simple adjustment in equipment can lower your bottom line.

“When our customer is working with a tight budget, we always come up with a solution. We work closely with our clients because our goal is to ensure return business and referrals.”Randy Clark, President of Let's Create Something, Inc.
Shop around… Look outside the box.

While it may seem easier or more efficient to use in-house tech services, not every conference needs the same PA System, not every party needs an audio mixer.

As you evaluate event technology bids, make sure you compare apples to apples.Randy Clark, President of Let's Create Something, Inc.

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  • 17 March 2017
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Westlake Village, CA – March 10, 2017

Whether the focus is Brand-Building, Community Awareness, Client-Building or Social Networking, live events and meetings foster relationships, learning and knowledge sharing. Face-to-face connections remain the most effective way to convert leads by offering potential clients or customers the opportunity to experience the look, feel and personality of your brand. Incorporating audio visual elements to events add a component of non-spoken communication as lighting and sound can support a brand identity or set the mood in a room. Great event planners know having the right Audio Visual technicians on-hand makes the difference between an event that sizzles or one that fizzles.

Cost factors involved with incorporating AV technology often cause event planners to cut corners.  With today’s technology, anyone with a smart phone may feel they have all they need to incorporate sound or, at least, some elements of recording and projection.  While this may seem like a logical way to avoid unnecessary expenses, top event planners know the all too expensive cost of a failed mic or projector. Professional AV technicians arrive on-site, with all the experience and gear necessary.

Skilled AV technicians know how to transform a designer’s concepts into real experiences. They consistently communicate with event designers from the planning stage to post production and, most importantly, throughout the actual event.  Professional, experienced technicians provide the backbone to any event, large or small, handling every detail including lighting and sound management, projection, camera operation and live-webcasting to video and recording.  They plan for room size and equipment installation requirements ensuring every element of the production connects with the senses of every person in attendance. This expertise only comes with on-the-job experience and a passion for staying abreast of the latest trends and technology.

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  • 10 March 2017
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Westlake Village, CA – March 10, 2017

Whether the focus is Brand-Building, Community Awareness, Client-Building or Social Networking, live events and meetings foster relationships, learning and knowledge sharing. Face-to-face connections remain the most effective way to convert leads by offering potential clients or customers the opportunity to experience the look, feel and personality of your brand. Incorporating audio visual elements to events add a component of non-spoken communication as lighting and sound can support a brand identity or set the mood in a room. Great event planners know having the right Audio Visual technicians on-hand makes the difference between an event that sizzles or one that fizzles.

Cost factors involved with incorporating AV technology often cause event planners to cut corners.  With today’s technology, anyone with a smart phone may feel they have all they need to incorporate sound or, at least, some elements of recording and projection.  While this may seem like a logical way to avoid unnecessary expenses, top event planners know the all too expensive cost of a failed mic or projector. Professional AV technicians arrive on-site, with all the experience and gear necessary.

Skilled AV technicians know how to transform a designer’s concepts into real experiences. They consistently communicate with event designers from the planning stage to post production and, most importantly, throughout the actual event.  Professional, experienced technicians provide the backbone to any event, large or small, handling every detail including lighting and sound management, projection, camera operation and live-webcasting to video and recording.  They plan for room size and equipment installation requirements ensuring every element of the production connects with the senses of every person in attendance. This expertise only comes with on-the-job experience and a passion for staying abreast of the latest trends and technology.

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  • 10 March 2017
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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA – July 16, 2015
Most marketing professionals, business owners and industry experts have attended at least one trade show or industry event.  The goal of those presenting at these events is to show how and why they are leaders in their industry.  It is crucial to put your best foot forward at these events and show your target audience what you can do for them and their business.  One way to show this is to have the latest in technology and innovation working for you.  Be sure to take the steps to avoid costly technology mistakes at your next event.

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Top 4 Trade Show Technology Mistakes

1) Not Using Any Technology At All

When promoting your business print will only get you so far.  While it is important to have a take away flyer and a nice banner with your name on it, that will hardly set you apart from the booth next to you with 3 – 70′ monitors with custom videos on screen and a couple speakers with a microphone.  Even if your work truly is the best, it is important to look at least as good as the person next to you to attract the potential customer so they allow you to show them how and why you’re the best!

2) Using Outdated Technology

Everyone has that old laptop or tablet lying around.  Yes it works and it may be practical for daily use, however it doesn’t set you about from anyone else in your industry.  If you bring your outdated equipment to display how you are at the best, your potential customers may assume that you undervalue your work.  If you have the latest in equipment and technology, it shows that you value your company and are willing to invest in the latest and greatest.  Don’t have the latest in equipment? That’s okay, rent it! At LCS you can rent laptops, plasma screens and more!

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3) Not Engaging Your Customer

You can use all the technology in the world, but if you’re not using it properly or optimizing it to accomplish your goals you are probably wasting your money.  If you’re running a slideshow of images on the screen and only using the laptop to run the slideshow, you’re not doing much to engage your customers.  It is important to have as many elements as you can reasonably manage to attract the widest audience possible.  Try having a custom video running while scrolling through examples of your work on an iPad, that way you can be engaging multiple customers at the same time.

4) Going Too Big (Or Too Small!)

Your set up should match the message you are trying to convey to your audience.  If you have a staff of 3 then it probably doesn’t make sense to have 4 iPads and 2 laptops.  If you are advertising your exceptional personal service, it is important to make sure that you do not go over the top with your visuals.  The same applies in reverse.  If you are trying to set your business ap Read more

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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA – July 16, 2015
Most marketing professionals, business owners and industry experts have attended at least one trade show or industry event.  The goal of those presenting at these events is to show how and why they are leaders in their industry.  It is crucial to put your best foot forward at these events and show your target audience what you can do for them and their business.  One way to show this is to have the latest in technology and innovation working for you.  Be sure to take the steps to avoid costly technology mistakes at your next event.

358452789_b7ae1cd249_o

Top 4 Trade Show Technology Mistakes

1) Not Using Any Technology At All

When promoting your business print will only get you so far.  While it is important to have a take away flyer and a nice banner with your name on it, that will hardly set you apart from the booth next to you with 3 – 70′ monitors with custom videos on screen and a couple speakers with a microphone.  Even if your work truly is the best, it is important to look at least as good as the person next to you to attract the potential customer so they allow you to show them how and why you’re the best!

2) Using Outdated Technology

Everyone has that old laptop or tablet lying around.  Yes it works and it may be practical for daily use, however it doesn’t set you about from anyone else in your industry.  If you bring your outdated equipment to display how you are at the best, your potential customers may assume that you undervalue your work.  If you have the latest in equipment and technology, it shows that you value your company and are willing to invest in the latest and greatest.  Don’t have the latest in equipment? That’s okay, rent it! At LCS you can rent laptops, plasma screens and more!

1610931_942424229141149_1852015349900710072_n

3) Not Engaging Your Customer

You can use all the technology in the world, but if you’re not using it properly or optimizing it to accomplish your goals you are probably wasting your money.  If you’re running a slideshow of images on the screen and only using the laptop to run the slideshow, you’re not doing much to engage your customers.  It is important to have as many elements as you can reasonably manage to attract the widest audience possible.  Try having a custom video running while scrollin Read more

  • 16 July 2015
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10/04/2019 - Jump Start Networking Breakfast @ Hyatt Regency Westlake


The Jump Start Networking Breakfast takes place the first Friday of every month (unless otherwise noted), and feature a great buffet, networking opportunities and a chance to sit with a new group of business professionals. Come prepared with a 20-second introduction about your business and make sure to bring plenty of business cards!
Sorry no raffle!

Register by 1 p.m. on the Thursday before to be listed on the Hot Sheet contact list

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10/15/2019 - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Dr. Evans Plastic Surgery



Please join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Dr. Evans Plastic Surgery in Thousand Oaks!

Dr. Evans is a Canadian Board certified plastic surgeon. He specializes in Breast and Buttock Augmentation as well as Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).

"You can achieve your goals and Dr. Evans can help!"
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10/16/2019 - Annual Mixer! Hosted By Synergy Business Connections

                                                        

Please join Synergy Business Connections for their upcoming Annual Mixer at Zin Bistro Americana in Westlake Village.     

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Mixers provide a great outlet to relax, meet community members and network 'til the sun goes down. Bring plenty of business cards for networking opportunities! 
 
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10/22/2019 - Legislative Roundtable Meeting


-OFFSITE 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 prospecti
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10/23/2019 - State of the City Agoura Hills



Join the City of Agoura Hills and the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce for the 7th Annual Agoura Hills State of the City Address and Luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Mayor Linda Northrup

Mayor Linda Northrup will give her formal address of the year on the current State of the City Agoura Hills. Mayor Northrup will also announce the 2019 Agoura Hills Business of the Year and Don Phillipson, owner of WSI ePro Marketing and Chair of the Chamber Board will give a State of the Chamber address.

 

Linda Northrup was elected to the Agoura Hills City Council in 2015 and served as Mayor Pro Tem prior to being elected Mayor in December 2018.  Before being elected to the City Council, Mayor Northrup was a member of the Agoura Hills Planning Commission from 2011 - 2015 and served as Chair in 2015.

Mayor Northrup is honored to be the first Agoura High School graduate to serve as Mayor of Agoura Hills. She has a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from UCLA and a law degree from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.  Linda moved her law firm to the Conejo Valley in 2005 and have been members the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce for over 15 years.

Mayor Northrup is also involved in, and supporter of, many local charitable and community organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Senior Concerns and the Cancer Support Community.


State of the City Agoura Hills
The Agoura Hills Recreation & Event Center

29900 Ladyface Ct.,
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

$50.00 per person. Open to the general public.
Must pre-register by October 16th at 12:00 p.m.

 

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10/30/2019 - 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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10/30/2019 - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Catalyst Education



Please join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Catalyst Education in Agoura Hills! 

Catalyst Education is a new middle school (CATALYST LEARNING HUBS) located in Agoura Hills and provides an engaging and humane approach to K-8 education. Their mission at Catalyst is to help children develop into self-directed learners and autonomous problem solvers. They strive to facilitate each child’s quest to create meaning in a complex and evolving world.
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10/17/2019 9:45 AM - 11:30 AM

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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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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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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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. 

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