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Archive By Section - 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


Carl Kanowsky: The true story cautions

This is the city, Santa Clarita, California. I carry a badge. My name's Thursday. The following story you are about to read is true – the names have been changed to protect the innocent.

November 26, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the Law | 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


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Bob Khalsa: Pilot Program Helps Seniors Avoid Foreclosure

Keep Your Home California recently announced a new pilot program to help low- and moderate-income senior homeowners avoid foreclosure on their reverse mortgages.

March 25, 2015 | By Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Great Contributors Are Everywhere

When an employee has been poached away, where can you find their successor?

March 20, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: They’re poached then you’re punched

It's a difficult thing when a loyal, dedicated employee walks into your office and tells you that they are resigning because they have taken a job someplace else.

March 13, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: The ROI on time invested

I've often been asked by top executives "Where should I invest my time?" and my answer is that it should be divided between the tactical and the strategic.

March 06, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ownership Burnout Warning Signs

It's only been eight weeks since the start of the New Year but it feels as if it has been an eternity.

March 01, 2015 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Ken Keller: I owe you big time!

Don't you think it would be best for your company if all those that work there knew exactly what is expected of them?

February 20, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Carl Kanowsky: How to get rich by spilling the beans

It seems appropriate, what with it being Lincoln's birthday, to write about what is known as the "Lincoln Law," or the False Claims Act.

February 18, 2015 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the Law | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Avoiding the ten management traps

Who is a manager? Those individuals held responsible and accountable for the proper supervision and leadership of employees. Managers should concern themselves with the key functional areas of planning, organizing, controlling, coordinating and leading.

February 13, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: To stage or not to stage?

It's not clear that staging a home for sale always achieves the desired effect, but spending $675 to grab buyers' attention sounds like an idea worth trying.

February 11, 2015 | By Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Putting it all together to inspire

Last week I introduced John Naber's Gold Medal Process. John won four gold medals and one silver medal as a swimmer in the 1976 Olympics. The first four steps of his process are The Dream, Faith and Attitude, a Concrete Goal, and Strategy and Plan.

February 08, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


The ABC's of Growth

Every business owner, CEO and top executive I know is interested in growing their company.

February 06, 2015 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


New Year, New Employment Regulations

In 2014, the California legislature passed approximately 900 new laws affecting California businesses and their owners. Many of these laws went into effect January 1, 2015, and still others become effective throughout the year. Staying on top of all these changes can be quite a daunting challenge. The following are some of the more significant changes to employment regulations that become effective in 2015.

February 06, 2015 | By Attorney Brian E. Koegle Shaffery & Poole LLP | Business Columns


John Milburn: Lower your employee training costs

Since its inception in 1982, the California Employee Training Panel (ETP) program has provided well over $1 billion to lower employer costs of training more than 800,000 workers at more than 78,000 California companies. Employers match training funds awarded by the ETP, making these projects real public-private partnerships (www.etp.ca.gov).

February 04, 2015 | By John Milburn Business Matters | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Earning gold medals

I've had the pleasure of being in the audience twice to learn of the process that John Naber, swimmer, followed to win four gold medals and one silver medal in the 1976 Olympics.

January 30, 2015 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


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


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