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Archive By Section - Business Columns


FedEx and the quacks like a duck test

Quiz: If a company does what is detailed in the following quote, are its workers employees or independent contractors?

October 29, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the Law | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Five promises for 2015

This is the time of year when many businesses are reviewing, refocusing and planning for the New Year.

October 26, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: New era dawning on the Internet

A new era for real estate dawns on the Internet Thursday, Oct. 23, as registration begins for a unique top-level domain name: .Realtor.

October 22, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Is company culture good or bad?

I have a client that takes deep pride on its "company culture."

October 19, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Janice France-Pettit: Teens and saving

Learning to drive and buying a car can be an exciting time, especially for teenage drivers, and it's an important step toward adulthood. While it may offer a sense of freedom and pride, it can also provide valuable lessons in responsibility and financial planning. The following tips may help teens become financially prepared for their first car purchase.

October 15, 2014 | By Janice France-Pettit Union Bank | Business Columns


Home & Business Expo free to the public

The 30th annual Home & Business Expo opens this Friday on Town Center Drive outside the Hyatt Regency Valencia hotel on Oct. 18.

October 12, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Business Columns


Avoiding the Ostrich Approach to People Problems

Some years back, one of my clients shared with his fellow Strategic Advisory Board members that "In order to be successful, we all have to deal with four things: our people, our processes, effective execution and addressing the issues that growth brings."

October 12, 2014 | Ken Keller BRAIN FOOD FOR BUSINESS OWNERS | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: ‘Feng Shui contingencies’

Foreign buyers represent about 6.3 percent of home sales throughout the United States, yet interest from wealthy Chinese buyers has surged in the past year and is expected to intensify further.

October 08, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Cost of ownership complacency

As much as every employer wants every employee to be fully engaged while on the job; working hard every single minute while on the clock, it just won't happen.

October 05, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Joe Klocko: Get your manufacturing on

Manufacturing careers in California make up a large percentage of the jobs available in the state. In fact, the state is home to more than 11 percent of all manufacturing jobs in the entire Unites States.

October 01, 2014 | By Joe Klocko Business Matters | Business Columns


Sand Traps, Business Hazards

One of the worst places any golfer wants to end up is in a sand trap. A good golfer may relish the challenge and usually makes quick work of getting out of trouble but an amateur can quickly and easily run up their stroke count unless they have spent time practicing and using a strategy to get the ball to a better lie.

September 28, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk:FHA buyers save with HAWK

A new program to be rolled out in early October is expected to open home ownership to moderate-income buyers while reducing the impact of the Federal Housing Administration's high annual mortgage insurance premiums.

September 24, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


You can finish 2014 strong

Fall symbolizes the coming to a close of the year.

September 21, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: One easy question

I've noticed that one of the qualities of top leaders is their ability to ask the right questions in the right manner at the right time.

September 14, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Rising Debt, Housing Costs Haunt Seniors

Keeping retirement on track-or retiring at all-is much more difficult today for home owners, especially as too few own their home outright and too many have too much debt.

September 09, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk | Business Columns


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Ken Keller: Continued frustration or fierce conversation?

When was the last time you had a conversation with your weakest link, your lowest-performing direct report; the individual not doing what you want them to do?

January 23, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Carl Kanowsky: When does Yes mean Yes?

When does "Yes" mean, "Yeah, let's do the deal?" When does "Yes" mean, "Yes, I'm interested, let's talk further?" And when does "Yes" mean, "Yes, I believe you are a real jerk and I never want to see you again?"

January 21, 2015 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the Law | Business Columns


Ken Keller: What are your (real) priorities?

Success in 2015 will be determined by how effectively the leader executes against their plan. At the end of the year, the only question that will matter is: "were the goals achieved?"

January 18, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa:Year of the first-time home buyer

Even California, with its higher home prices and greater demand than much of the rest of the nation, is poised for a return of the first-time home buyer, with more than a few analysts saying 2015 may see the full recovery of the housing market.

January 13, 2015 | By Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Growth curve lessons learned

Early on in my career I had the pleasure of working in a fast growing corporation that doubled its revenue to a billion dollars in six years.

January 11, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: What must change in 2015?

This is the first full week of the New Year and if you are like most individuals, you are going to have a better year than last year, because you have taken time to carefully consider what you want to accomplish.

January 02, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Boomers Still Wield Power In Housing Market

When it comes to housing, or most anything, the generation of Americans born between 1946 and 1964 sets trends, makes or breaks businesses and drives markets. And "baby boomers" still love owning a home.

December 31, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Business owner’s resolutions

1. The economy no longer matters to me; we are going to grow revenue in 2015 regardless of any external obstacles.

December 26, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Keri Aaver: Staffing temporary workers

If you're looking to grow your business in the face of a stronger economy, chances are that most of you will be considering increasing at least part of your staff with contingent workers.

December 24, 2014 | By Keri Aaver Business Matters | Business Columns


Ken Keller: The Failure to Evolve

A client of mine hired a long lost relative and placed him in management. For the sake of confidentiality, let's call this gentleman Steve.

December 22, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


97% LTV May Change Game, Expand Credit

In a move intended to expand credit for qualified buyers with little cash, first-time buyers of single-family homes now can qualify for loans with down payments as low as 3 percent.

December 16, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Lessons I Learned at the Food Court

Almost everyone looks back at their career at some point. The good times are remembered, the tough times are recalled, and the things learned that might apply to what they are doing at the moment surface.

December 14, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Carl Kanowsky: The $1.5 billion oops with Chase and General Motors

Captain Steven Hiller is piloting the alien craft toward the mother ship, when suddenly he loses control of the spacecraft.

December 10, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the Law | Business Columns


Ken Keller: The wimp at work

Research conducted by The CEO Project suggests that the individuals who lead companies should spend their time very differently than how most are currently spending it.

December 05, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: 'Be thankful for what you have and do'

By the time you read this, Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday will have passed.

November 30, 2014 | Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


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