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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


Janice France-Pettit: Tips for growing a family

Starting or growing a family can be an exciting milestone in one's life. But as most experienced parents will tell you, your priorities are likely to change, and along with these changes come new expenses and responsibilities,

June 25, 2014 | By Janice France-Pettit Union Bank | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Advice given, heard and ignored

Being a trusted advisor is a place of honor. When you reach a certain stage in life, you are compensated not for what you do but for what you know.

June 22, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Student debt hurts housing

With student loan debt nationwide at an estimated $1.2 trillion, homeownership for many recent and past graduates is a distant dream.

June 18, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


The conversation you really need to have

Throughout the years at the Advisory Board meetings I facilitate, I've heard a fair amount of laughter and grumbling from the business people who participate.

June 14, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Carl Kanowsky: Employees moving could cost you

Jim, president of the top local IT company, came by the other day. He was not happy. He'd just been served with a complaint, alleging that he'd breached a new employee's contract, had wrongfully terminated her, and was guilty of breach of promissory estoppel (whatever that is?).

June 11, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the law | Business Columns


Profitability Matters, but Not To Everyone

The bottom line, the profitability of a company, should matter to every employee but many owners tend to keep this information private. Owners then complain when profits are thin.

June 09, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Hilltop Homes Preferred by Luxury Buyers

Even in a state with hundreds of miles of beautiful, sandy beaches, luxury home buyers in California preferred hilltop homes over ocean-front properties by a margin of four to one.

June 03, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Are you having fun?

I've always liked watching team sports. Sometimes you don't even have to be watching a game to know how things are going. You simply have to listen. You can hear the winners.

June 01, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Kari Aaver: Employment resources

Not yet using LinkedIn to help you find qualified professionals? You should be.

May 28, 2014 | By Kari Aaver Business Column | Business Columns


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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


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


Sharing your numbers; the good, bad and ugly

Some years ago an issue for discussion was brought up in an Advisory Board I was facilitating.

September 07, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk:FICO reduces impact of medical debt

Until earlier this month, an individual could have a decades-long flawless credit history and debt repayment record, but due to an outstanding major medical bill would be unable to obtain a loan to buy a home because that one medical crisis shredded their credit score.

September 03, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


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