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Endure or even prosper during job squeeze

With all the bad news going around about recession or economy in slow-growth, the one thing that's not debatable is that the employment market is weaker than it was a year ago. Let the economists figure out what's going on these days but you can do something about your income situation.

There are two ways for you to go. You can sit at your desk or in your shop with a "the sky is falling" attitude, or you can take the bull by the horns and become the master of your own fate. The time for depending on ...

May 30, 2008 | By Dr. Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


Selecting a litigation attorney for your business dispute

This is the second part in a series of columns by David Poole, a partner in the law firm of Poole & Shaffery, LLP.

In Part 1 of this article, we discussed the need for the prudent purchaser of legal services to represent them in a business dispute to have a thoughtful and thorough approach to the attorney hiring process.

May 29, 2008 | By David Poole | Business Columns


Your economic stimulus check could be in the mail

In an effort to boost the U.S. economy, Congress passed the Economic Stimulus Package Act of 2008 on Feb. 7.

May 28, 2008 | By Julie Sturgeon | Business Columns


Lessons to be learned from businesses that fail

It seems that nearly every day the media is touting that some brand name business or an industry is on the verge of collapse. The reality is that every day businesses fail and industries consolidate, meaning companies are purchased by competitors or go by the wayside.

Those businesses that cannot adapt or change will ultimately fail.

May 27, 2008 | By Kenneth W. Keller | Business Columns


Avoid communication breakdowns when growth occurs

As a company grows, one area that often becomes a bottleneck is communication. There are certain dynamics that take place in communications, as the number of involved people increases.

For example, in a small two-person company, there is the greatest opportunity for direct conversation and discussion throughout the day.

May 23, 2008 | Commentary by Dr. Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


When to 'hire' your children to care for you

As people get older, they often hire individuals or companies to perform services for them, such as housekeeping, cooking, driving, paying bills and personal care.

May 15, 2008 | By Gina MacDonald | Business Columns


Painful financial screw-ups can be fixed

You goofed! You just found a credit card bill stuck in your car's sun visor and it's due today. You forgot to file your tax return, and you're afraid to "fess up" to Uncle Sam. You got nailed for running that tail-end yellow to red light, and you're worried that you'll get your rates raised when your insurance company learns of the ticket.

May 09, 2008 | By Dr. Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


Supreme Court looks at punitive damage awards

Punitive damages are damages imposed to punish certain defendants for malicious conduct, fraud or other despicable conduct. Such damages have nothing to do with compensating the victim of such conduct. They are imposed, in addition to compensatory damages, to punish the defendant for egregious wrongdoing. Imposition of such damages used to be relatively rare, but the frequency and amount of punitive damage awards - especially on business defendants - has increased dramatically in recent years.

May 08, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Business Columns


Patience pays with your investments

When it comes to investing, patience can have its rewards. In fact, for the 10 years ended December 31,2006, a hypothetical $10,000 investment in Standard & Poor's 500 Index would have almost doubled to $19,147. However, if during this time frame, the investment would have missed:

May 08, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Business Columns


Residential Real Estate Prices May Not Have Hit Bottom

Residential real estate prices may still have a ways to go before reaching a bottom.

May 07, 2008 | By D. Frank Norton | Business Columns


What Are Your Civil Rights After Receiving a Bad Check?

First, it is a crime to pass a bad check. It is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year, or in the state prison.

May 01, 2008 | By Kevin Yeam | Business Columns


Four Steps to Building a Stronger Foundation for Your Organization

If the press is correct, and the economy is contracting, now is the time to take stock of your business.

April 28, 2008 | By Kenneth W. Keller | Business Columns


Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft

Identity theft is a serious crime that every year claims victims from every walk of life. It has many sources and skilled identity thieves use a variety of methods to steal your information without your knowledge to commit fraud.

April 25, 2008 | By Dr. Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


Consider In-Service Distribution to an IRA

If you are a participant in a company sponsored 401(k) plan, there may be some benefit for you to consider an in-service distribution to an IRA. While it is important to save as much as possible for your retirement, it is also important to make your retirement dollars work as hard as possible; so an in-service withdrawal might make sense for you.

April 24, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Who's Minding Your Brand or Trademark?

These days, it is virtually impossible to watch a television commercial or read a print advertisement and not run across a ® or . More and more, companies are promoting the branding of their goods and services and seeking to protect their brand with these little markings. The markings refer to trademarks claimed by the advertiser.

April 24, 2008 | By Chris Steven Jacobsen | Business Columns


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The amateur manager

Taking my clients out of town for their annual planning retreat, a key asset comes into play: perspective.

August 31, 2014 | Ken Keller: The amateur manager Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


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


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