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Archive By Section - Business Columns


Time to renew your business commitments

In good times and more challenging times, owners have to stand for something.

August 25, 2014 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Managing when leadership is needed

When the movie "The Devil Wears Prada" was over, my wife turned to me and asked me what I thought. I told it was one of the best movies on business and leadership I had ever seen.

August 18, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Lenders easing credit rules

With demand from consumers for home loans on the rise, multiple sources report that lenders large and small are easing credit score requirements and lending guidelines.

August 13, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


What to do in a drought

The National Drought Mitigation Center shows most of my home state of California is in what they call an "exceptional drought." The other levels are, in descending order, extreme, moderate and abnormally dry.

August 12, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Pete Bellas: Where are the buyers?

The U.S. exports a staggering 140 billion dollars of agricultural crops every year. As can be expected the U.S. is the top exporting country for agricultural products (in monetary terms) in the world, but it might surprise you to learn who the number two nation is, the Netherlands.

August 06, 2014 | By Pete Bellas | Business Columns


Communicating expectations to employees

When you hear "I'll try" you are listening to someone with a lack of intention.

August 03, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Beware of rip-off scams

A joint federal-state task force announced a sweep Wednesday to shut down foreclosure relief schemes that duped thousands of Southern California home owners who were already struggling to keep their homes.

July 30, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Too many wear crowns

One of the key research findings outlined in Keith McFarland's book "The Breakthrough Company" is that there should only be one crown worn in every organization.

July 27, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Carl Kanowsky: Your prospects if you fail to plan

Star date: 55367 (I have no idea where they come up with that number), nearing the Galaxy LitigationRus, home to those much worse than the dreaded Romulans or the detestable Kardassians. This is the home of one of the most feared races in the Universe – the PlanNot-ians.

July 23, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the law | Business Columns


Quit fighting, move forward

The signals I pick up on the economy continue to show a mixed bag. One week I think things are getting better; the next week I see signs of impending doom.

July 19, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Home buyers add social media

More home buyers are turning to social media and the Internet in the home-buying process than ever, according to a recent survey.

July 16, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Business Matters | Business Columns


You are a leader, like it or not

Leadership is the primary responsibility of those who own businesses. It starts by leading from the front, not hiding in an office where you cannot be seen or heard.

July 14, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for the Business Owner | Business Columns


The 7 percent solution

One of the most interesting behavioral concepts discovered is the winning edge. This principle states that small differences in key action areas can translate into enormous differences in results.

July 13, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Joe Klocko: Finding the ideal employee

Now that I have your interest, I'll try to let you down gently.

July 09, 2014 | By Joe Klocko Business Matters | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Advice for a better second half

Last week marked the end of the first half of the calendar year. It seems like January was just last week.

July 06, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


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Articles by Section - Business Columns


Why your managers are disengaged

The Huffington Post recently issued an 'Infographic' entitled "13 Disturbing Facts About Employee Engagement."

November 23, 2014 | By Ken Keller BRAIN FOOD FOR BUSINESS OWNERS | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Fewest first-timers in three decades

The economy and job market are improving, inventory is rising, underwriting rules are relaxing, and interest rates on home loans remain low, yet a survey released recently found the share of first-time home buyer at its lowest point in nearly three decades.

November 19, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: ‘Smell the overhead’

Right after I joined the company, I realized the owner was strange.

November 16, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Paula Hodge: Workforce skills for the future

Earlier this year I attended the 2014 Los Angeles Digital Government Summit in Los Angeles. The theme of the conference was "Future Skills" and much of the conference focused on the need to prepare the future technical workforce in government. That same concern is a big issue in the minds of private sector employers as well. In the keynote speech by

November 12, 2014 | By Paula Hodge BUSINESS MATTERS | Business Columns


Are You Missing Honesty and Decisiveness?

In the fall of 1987 I was called into my boss's office and terminated. The meeting was short and professional. The company no longer had need of my services.

November 09, 2014 | By Ken Keller BRAIN FOOD FOR BUSINESS OWNERS | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: New rule can boost sales

Six federal agencies recently announced plans to loosen overly strict home lending rules so that more people can purchase a home, a move that should boost the Santa Clarita Valley and nation's still-recovering housing markets.

November 05, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk | Business Columns


Addressing slow revenue growth

One of the most common issues in business today is how to improve top line revenue.

November 02, 2014 | By Ken Keller BRAIN FOOD FOR BUSINESS OWNERS | 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


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


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


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


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