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Steven Tannehill: What do businesses want, anyway?

This is part two of a two-part column.

April 17, 2013 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: Feds ease loan modification rules

Some homeowners who are still struggling to avoid foreclosure may soon benefit from streamlined rules that offer an easy way to lower monthly payments and modify their mortgage without requiring financial or hardship documentation.

April 12, 2013 | By Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Here are the vitamins a leader must distribute

Looking back on those individuals who were my bosses, a clear distinction comes to mind.

April 07, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Holly Schroeder: New homes benefit more than just buyers and builder

The only people who benefit when a house is built are the family members who get to live there, and the builder who constructed and sold the home, right?

April 04, 2013 | By Holly Schroeder | Business Columns


Steven Tannehill: What do businesses want anyway? Part I

This column is part one of a two-part column.

April 03, 2013 | By Steven Tannehill Entrepreneur’s corner | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Lessons to be learned from lack of feedback

In 1970 I started my first official job. I worked nine hours a week at a small grocery store. For the next two years I grossed $11.25 a week.

March 31, 2013 | Ken Keller Brain food for business owners | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: Prices, sales rise as SCV’s housing market continues its recovery

The residential housing resale market in the Santa Clarita Valley continued to recover during February, with sales and prices up to their highest levels in years.

March 28, 2013 | Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Getting crystal clear about your business

There is a terrific exchange in the courtroom drama "A Few Good Men." Colonel Jessup, played by Jack Nicolson, turns from being a witness in a court martial to being the prosecutor when he asks Lieutenant Kaffee, played by Tom Cruise: "Have you ever spent time in an infantry unit, son?"

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


Disaster recovery — is your business prepared?

Is your business prepared for a disaster? While it is not something any of us like to think about, businesses should have a disaster plan in place.

March 22, 2013 | Marianne Cederlind Mission Valley Bank | Business Columns


Joe Klocko: The conundrum: supply and demand, wages and the skills gap

Most people understand the basic economic principle of supply and demand and incorporate it into their daily decisions. They may not do it consciously, but economic decisions are made every day by each and every one of us.

March 20, 2013 | Joe Klocko Entrepreneur’s Corner | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Learning from the Pumpkin Patch

Last week I provided the Pyramid of Business Success, a nine layered structure. Layer seven was the Growth Plan.

March 17, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: State’s pending sales at four-year high, share of distressed sales drops

The recent rise of pending home sales to the highest level in nearly four years supports experts who believe California's home resale market will achieve full bloom this spring.

March 14, 2013 | Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: The Pyramid of Business Success

I've long admired Coach John Wooden's "Pyramid of Success." In business, whatever blueprint, instructional manual or paint by number kit being used before the enterprise launches is quickly tossed aside once the doors open. After that, it becomes a freelance-thing or a free for all, for those lacking mentors, a Sherpa or the time to figure it out.

March 10, 2013 | Ken Keller | Business Columns


Peter Bellas: Now that we’ve been forecasted

Once again we are upon the season of forecasts. A quick perusal of any investment website will turn up some very rosy and optimistic forecasts for the coming year and a least a few doom and gloom predictions.

March 06, 2013 | Peter Bellas Entrepreneur's Corner | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Keeping yourself motivated

One challenge of being a business owner or holding a position of leadership is keeping motivated.

March 03, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


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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


Ken Keller: Unmasking the mediocre company

Books like "Built to Last," "The Breakthrough Company," and "Good to Great" were written to help business people improve the companies they own, lead and run.

March 02, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Upbeat outlook for housing

The housing market in the Santa Clarita Valley started the New Year tentatively, yet encouraging news abounds as the traditional Spring home buying season approaches.

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


Ken Keller: Improving effectiveness

If you wonder why your sales people aren't more productive, aren't making enough presentations and are slow to close deals, it might not be the industry you are in, your location or the economy not cooperating.

February 23, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


John Milburn: Keeping SCV strong

According to the recent news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics the US economy added 113,000 jobs in January 2014 and, "…job gains occurred in construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and mining…Employment in manufacturing increased in January (+21,000)…Manufacturing added an average of 7,000 jobs per month in 2013."

February 19, 2014 | By John Milburn Entrepreneur's Corner | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Hubris is a disease that kills

Years ago a major manufacturer hired a research firm to conduct a survey of the cultural climate of the company.

February 16, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Information for buyers

Under the federal Ability-to-Repay rules that went into effect Jan. 10, lenders received guidelines on the type of financial information homebuyers must provide lenders when seeking a loan.

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


Ken Keller: Leaders set tone

Research suggests that employees do not leave because of the company they work for, but they quit because of their manager.

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


Pete Bellas: What’s the forecast?

What is our fascination with forecasts? Are they really helpful and how can we use them for planning purposes?

February 05, 2014 | By Pete Bellas Entrepreneur's Corner | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Meet your objective in 2014

At the end of the first month of the year, are your objectives for 2014 being met? Have the results versus your goals left a gap? Are you worried that what happened or what didn't happen in January can spread to February? Or March?

February 01, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Move always forward, never backwards

In May, 1976 I had just finished what I first thought was my junior year of college. When I put a pencil to things, I discovered I was not 12 months away from graduation, but closer to two years.

January 26, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


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