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Kenneth W. Keller: A lesson in responding to adversity

Have you heard story about the business owner who went home to visit her mother?

April 01, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Planning out your retirement income

Many Americans, especially those in the retirement red zone, are facing a new reality regarding their retirement. With most Americans experiencing declines in their 401(k) plans and retirement portfolios as a result of the capital market turmoil over the last several months, many ask, "What do I do now?"

March 31, 2009 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Maureen Stephenson: Now’s the time to recession-proof your skill set

Now that all the debate about whether we're in a recession or not is over, it's time to keep business afloat.

March 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Michael S. Little: Protect your business from lawsuits in tough times

The headlines are everywhere. Corporate layoffs and downsizing have become commonplace among companies of all sizes and in varying industries. From Lehman Brothers to Coca-Cola to Borders, companies are adjusting to the declining financial market by cutting jobs.

March 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Randall D. Armour: Your options in naming a beneficiary of your IRA

Naming the correct beneficiary of an IRA allows the possibility of tax-deferred growth for decades and can turn even a modest IRA into millions of dollars for your spouse, children, grandchildren or other beneficiaries. Below, I will discuss the basic options available when choosing an IRA beneficiary.

March 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth Keller: Seven business questions you should be able to answer

As the owner of a business, are you ready to be asked and truthfully answer these questions when asked by an employee?

March 25, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Retirement and market volatility

For most investors, market volatility is a fact of life. Stock prices fluctuate from day to day, and markets ebb and flow over time along with the economy and business cycle.

March 24, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Maureen Stephenson: Fear: the great motivator

Fear is a great motivator. After all, it keeps us out of harm's way most of the time - but it can also paralyze you if you let it.

March 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Vanessa Soto Nellis: A ‘no-fault’ state beats the blame game

The California court form on which a party requests a divorce does not allow a spouse to indicate a specific reason for divorce, such as adultery, lying, addiction problems or unfaithfulness.

March 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: Make your debt manageable in 2009

As it becomes more difficult for consumers to manage debt amid job losses and the downturn in the housing and financial markets, more and more Santa Clarita Valley residents may find themselves examining their finances in 2009.

March 18, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: Find the right fit for your skills and reduce stress

Find the right fit for your skills and get reduce stress

March 18, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: Know, protect your credit score

In this competitive credit market, it's all the more important for Santa Clarita Valley residents to have a good credit score. Your credit score affects your candidacy for a loan and the interest rate and terms you receive on a loan. It could also make the difference between a landlord or homeowner choosing you as a tenant or an employer hiring you.

March 17, 2009 | By Oscar Dominguez SCV Voices | Business Columns


Maureen Stephenson: don't take no for an answer

No matter what you sell, you will inevitably face rejections and refusals, but learning to see "no" as valuable feedback can take your sales to a new level. Regardless of how often we hear "no," it's a tough thing to take.

March 14, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


John Shaffery: Harassment and free speech

When a male graduate student pursuing a degree in military history was inclined to speak his mind in classroom discussions about women in combat and women in the military more generally, he felt inhibited by the university's broadly worded policy on sexual harassment.

March 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Randall D. Armour: Dispelling common estate-planning myths

Many common myths have developed and come up continuously in discussions about estate planning.

March 12, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


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Carl Kanowsky:Cracking down on breaches

The blue/red strobe lights flashed against the sides of the seemingly quiet single family home in upscale Valencia.

April 16, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the law | Business Columns


Why the owner is a bad apple

Many people I know enjoy at least one television reality show that they will admit as being a guilty pleasure. Mine happens to be "Bar Rescue."

April 13, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Visiting 100 SCV Companies in a Week

Together, the SCV Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC), Valley Industrial Association (VIA) and the SCV Chamber of Commerce have set an achievable goal to visit with one hundred companies in May 2014.

April 11, 2014 | SCV Economic Development Corp. | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Post-payment interest changes

In a dispute dating back more than a decade, the Federal Housing Administration on March 13 proposed eliminating a rule that has had sellers paying interest on a loan for days or weeks after the principal had been paid in full.

April 09, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk | Business Columns


The magic of the report card

It is Spring break; time off from school for students of all ages. This time of year is when students bring home progress reports from school and conversations are held at home about grades earned in the classroom.

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


Janice France-Pettit: Business loan tips

Union Bank recently announced the results of its annual Small Business Economic Survey, reporting that an increasing number of respondents believe the small business climate will continue to improve in the next two years.

April 02, 2014 | By Janice France-Pettit Union Bank | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Why you need “A” players in the job market

In my opinion, companies that under-perform almost always lack enough "A" players to become a breakthrough organization.

March 30, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Flood insurance problems

The United States Senate recently approved the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, the next to final step needed to restrain rising flood insurance premiums that delayed or killed an estimated 40,000 home sales nationwide.

March 26, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Attracting jobs to the SCV

In partnership with the County of Los Angeles, $200,000 has been made available to support an Industry Cluster Attraction Incentive (ICAI). The goal of ICAI is to attract new businesses to the Santa Clarita Valley in targeted industries. These industries include Aerospace & Defense, Medical Devices & Biotech, Manufacturing, Digital Media & Entertainment, and Information Technology.

March 24, 2014 | By Holly Schroeder President & CEO, Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp. | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Why some business owners underperform

In sports, winning is clearly defined. In order to win, the performance gap has to close between potential and results.

March 22, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Carl Kanowsky: Teens, booze and liability

You and your wife decide, after much heated discussion, to let your eighteen year-old, Mary, have a graduation party at your home for 25 kids. You figure one concession and she should be happy.

March 19, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the law | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Insurance rates may roll back

The likelihood that devastating increases in flood insurance rates will be reversed improved dramatically with passage of a reform measure on March 4 in the U.S. House of Representatives on a surprisingly bipartisan vote.

March 12, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Insurance rates may roll back

The likelihood that devastating increases in flood insurance rates will be reversed improved dramatically with passage of a reform measure on March 4 in the U.S. House of Representatives on a surprisingly bipartisan vote.

March 12, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


The Bank of Bad Habits

"… One by one

March 09, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Paula Hodge: Google transformation

Do you remember when Google was just a cool and reliable Internet search engine? PC Magazine recognized the company as the search engine of choice in the top 100 Web Sites for 1998.

March 05, 2014 | By Paula Hodge Business Corner | Business Columns


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