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Brian E. Koegle: Agencies target businesses to generate revenue

It should come as no surprise to learn that the economy has been weak for many industries throughout California for the better part of the last year.

June 05, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


April E. Oliver: Be aware of automatic restraining orders

If a restraining order was to be imposed against you, you would probably be aware of it, right? But were you aware that once your petition for a divorce is filed with the court, automatic temporary restraining orders go into effect against you? Unfortunately, these ATROs can be a very serious trap for the unaware, particularly those who are not represented by an attorney in a family-law case.

June 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: Using leadership and teamwork to make beautiful music

A group of musicians gathered together for the purpose of playing in harmony to provide beautiful music for an assembled audience. It was a simple goal, easy to describe, understood by all, yet difficult to execute. The desired result was to sound like one rich instrument.

June 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: What is a guaranteed income worth?

A report entitled "Social Security, Medicare Face Insolvency Sooner" was published recently in the Wall Street Journal.

June 02, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: Build yourself a nest egg

Whether you would like to set money aside for a down-payment on a home, build an emergency fund or save for retirement, concern about the economy has many thinking about ways to save and create a nest egg for the future.

May 30, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Robert Mansour: Make sure you have a trust

Recently, several people have asked me to review existing estate plans. Usually, they say something like, "I need you to review my trust to make sure it's still good."

May 29, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: Don't sanction incompetence in your business

Tom Hill's Eaglezine arrives each Friday morning via e-mail. It's a short, fast-paced, single-page newsletter that always contains at least one nugget of knowledge worth pondering.

May 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Should you roll over your 401(k)?

Regardless of the economic environment, about 18 percent of American workers (more than one in six) leave their jobs every year.

May 26, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Kevin W. Yeam: Know the facts of the McDonald’s coffee case

The McDonald's "scalding coffee case" has entered the public consciousness as an example of out-of-control litigation.

May 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


D. Frank Norton: May 19 was a wake-up call for all Californians

I'm afraid that Sacramento needed this. Politicians there have had their heads in the sand for too long. Their spendthrift policies had to stop. The five measures rejected in Tuesday's vote - where spending would continue with tax raises being extended to future years - were defeated.

May 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: Make sure you don't fail your business

It would be wonderful to believe that success is something that every owner strives to achieve. Success, however, is a relative term; most privately held businesses might consider survival in this economy a success.

May 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: AIG crisis due to risky sales

Ever since the AIG financial crisis broke in the media, we in the financial business of insurance and investments have been answering questions and defending the insurance industry.

May 19, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: Tips for ATM safety

For many Santa Clarita Valley residents, visiting an automated teller machine is part of a routine, much like grocery shopping and filling up at the gas pump. With new and sophisticated scams to pilfer personal financial information, it is wise to be increasingly vigilant in your efforts to protect yourself and your financial information when visiting an ATM.

May 16, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Julie M. Sturgeon: A bit of good news for first-time home buyers

The First-Time Homebuyer Credit has been extended and enhanced. Use it and you might be able to benefit on your 2008 income tax return, even if you bought or built your home during 2009.

May 13, 2009 | By | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: A few rules for winning in golf and business

The current issue of Golf Digest has an article by Dr. Bob Rotella titled, "10 Rules for how to win your major (golf tournament)."

May 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


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How To Make Lemons Out of Lemonade

Jim Colorado, the famous soccer player, visited me last week. It seems while in Brazil for the World Cup, he reluctantly (quite reluctantly according to him) succumbed to the wiles of the shapely football (because in the rest of the world, soccer is called football) fan, Lola Palooza, a resident of West Covina, that hotbed of drama and intrigue.

August 26, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's The Law | 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


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