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Bob Khalsa: Real Estate Talk

January is typically a dormant time of year for the residential real estate market in the Santa Clarita Valley, yet this market recovery is so unusual that no one was surprised when statistics showed January posted the highest sales total for the month in six years.

March 01, 2013 | By Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Buying distressed properties

Real estate development during the Great Recession has proven to be a very challenging endeavor. Even seasoned professionals have found themselves struggling to service debt on projects that are producing monthly net negative cash flows.

February 26, 2013 | By Darcey Oldhafer | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Do the right thing, quickly

Last week I wrote about the 2012 Gallup Poll where only 21 percent of U.S. adults rated business executives with high or very high in honesty and ethics.

February 24, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: What is it that you believe in?

In the course of working with business owners and leaders, I have observed that the organizations that are the most successful over the long run are the ones that have a strong focus.

February 24, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain food for business owners | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: Open letter to lawmakers regarding mortgage deduction

Fiddling with the mortgage interest deduction to balance the nation's books would impact much of the nation, yet eliminating it or even limiting it would have a particularly destructive impact on California's high-cost housing market and the state's budding economic recovery.

February 14, 2013 | By Bob Khalsa | Business Columns


Ken Keller: It’s very easy for a business to make trust disappear

A Gallup research study conducted and released in late 2012 found that only 21 percent of American adults surveyed found business executives high or very high in honesty and ethics.

February 10, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


John Milburn: Management by agreement: the other ‘MBA’

It is generally agreed that being an effective manager involves taking calculated risks.

February 06, 2013 | John Milburn Entrepreneur's Corner | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Real labor shortage stems from problem employees

There are many people out of work that want a job. The government says that the unemployment rate is falling as the economy grows and organizations add to payrolls.

February 03, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


There are new rules for home mortgage borrowers

In an attempt to put the "service" back in mortgage servicing, new rules have been devised that are intended to make it easier for borrowers facing financial stress to quickly learn about alternatives to foreclosure, speak directly to the loan servicer, and get errors fixed when there's been a mistake.

January 31, 2013 | Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Weeding out the disengaged

These individuals show up every day, are present physically but not always mentally for the required period of time, and leave at the end of the day, not having accomplished much at all.

January 27, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


What makes America strong

So, a few weeks ago, did you notice that barely perceptible stirring in the air? A surge of genuine ecstasy?

January 25, 2013 | Carl Kanowsky It's the law | Business Columns


Marketing trends for 2013

First the good news: Budgets, particularly public relations budgets, are projected to increase for 2013, mobile social media will continue to rise as consumers' vehicle of choice, strategic focus on content marketing will continue to build, and unprecedented volumes of data on client profiles and buying habits will continue to build challenging even the most experienced marketer. The bad news: how to use all this newfound knowledge to your advantage.

January 24, 2013 | By Teresa Todd | Business Columns


Bridging the Skills Gap

One of the challenges that jobseekers may face when trying to find employment or re-employment is having out of date skills, or a gap, in their employment history.

January 23, 2013 | Keri Aaver Entrepreneur's Corner | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: Internet primary research tool for most home buyers

Modern real estate consumers have the world at their fingers via the Internet, yet a new study stresses the importance of "local" search terms and websites.

January 17, 2013 | Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


My New Year’s wish list

The dust has settled from the Holidays and now everyone is back to work.

January 13, 2013 | Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


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Is your business about talent?

Baseball is a leading sport in America and it is a significant business. The thirty teams in Major League Baseball are valued in the hundreds of millions and annual combined revenues are in the billions of dollars.

April 20, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


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


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