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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


Jim Lentini: Health care: The high cost of retirement

The forecast for the cost of a retiree's health care may rise again. A 65-year-old couple retiring in 2008 may need about $240,000 to cover medical costs in retirement.

May 11, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Maureen Stephenson: Entrepreneurship can be a rewarding journey

Being an entrepreneur is not for the weak in spirit, but it is a rewarding adventure. If you've decided you're going to begin your own business, you've probably already had your share of friendly advice from well-meaning friends.

May 09, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


John H. Shaffery: Your Web site’s terms of use shouldn’t be overlooked

The terms for using Web sites, which often take on a form of legalese few users pay attention to, are more important than they are interesting to read.

May 08, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Randall D. Armour: A living trust can make things easier

One of the primary reasons people establish a revocable living trust is to avoid probate - the costly, time-consuming court procedure that would otherwise be necessary in most cases to transfer assets at death.

May 07, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Do I retire or continue working?

After many years of working, most people plan, and work, toward that special date in the future - the date when they can put their working lives behind them.

May 05, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Maureen Stephenson: Using whatever works to save money

In these revenue-tight times, small-business entrepreneurs are cutting corners where ever they can.

May 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Hale Andrew Antico: How can I modify my home loans

If there is any one question I get over and over again, it is people stuck in an unaffordable mortgage asking me how to force Big Mortgage Company, Inc. to change their home loan to something they can afford.

May 01, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: What you need to know before you sell your small business

Whether your small business is thriving or simply trying to survive these tough economic times, Santa Clarita Valley business owners may be asking whether it's time to sell their businesses. There is no simple answer to this question, since each business owner's situation is unique. But there are a few factors to consider when making this decision.

April 30, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: A few tips for evaluating your business model

Every business can do better. Research suggests that there are 12 areas where a company might make slight changes and see dramatic improvement in a very short period of time. In no special order, here is my list.

April 29, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


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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


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


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