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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


Jim Lentini: Make a plan and work it

Under the most common pattern of employee benefits being offered today, workers accumulate substantial savings before retirement. They then gradually draw down those savings during retirement.

April 28, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: Cut expenses to build profit

As a small-business owner in the Santa Clarita Valley, a tougher economy may provide an opportunity for you to increase your bottom line by carefully examining each expense and cutting out the extras.

April 25, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kevin Yeam: Plan for long-term care and estate-asset protection

People are living longer than ever. As a result, they are incurring more expenses related to their older years (nursing homes averaged about $5,500 per month per person).

April 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: Why every business needs a ‘sergeant’

Sergeant is a rank used in some form by most military and police forces around the world.

April 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


What the zero rate of savings means

The personal saving rate in the U.S. has declined sharply in recent years.

April 21, 2009 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Businesses get new bite from COBRA changes

Hidden in the voluminous American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 - otherwise known as the Stimulus Bill passed by Congress last month - is a provision that may prove to be a dangerous trap for many American businesses.

April 17, 2009 | By Brian E. Koegle It's The Law | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: Six steps to better your business

It's easy to be beaten down by the constant trumpeting of how bad the economy is, and it's just as easy to feel overwhelmed by opportunities. There seems to be no middle ground.

April 15, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Positioning yourself for market recovery

No one knows when the market will reach the bottom, or whether it already has. A few good indicators of the market moving positively are that the S&P 500 gained 8.8 percent (total return) in March 2009 - the best monthly performance since October 2002 - and the fact that total capitalization of the U.S. stock market increased by $700 billion during the month of March to $9.4 trillion.

April 14, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Gina G. MacDonald: Tools for caregivers

The Family Caregiver Alliance has compiled a list of practical tools and resources designed to address the needs of informal caregivers and the professionals supporting them. While a plethora of online information exists, specific tools and resources had not been gathered into one collection where professionals and caregivers alike could quickly and easily access them - until now.

April 11, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Maureen Stephenson: Handle potential billing snafus face-to-face

An entrepreneur called me the other day for some brainstorming. It seems that he discovered his company had been billing a client half of what he should have been billed. This client had been difficult in the past and the entrepreneur wasn't looking forward to dealing with him. He knew he had to do something though, and his partner felt it had to be done in a face-to-face meeting with the client. They felt the client had to know what was going on before getting revised pricing and a bill for the oversight.

April 11, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Julie M. Sturgeon: College tuition and tax credits

In February, Congress enacted the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which includes a new $2,500 college tax credit for 2009, 2010 and possibly beyond. Your family may have not qualified for earlier college tax credits, but it just might for this one.

April 09, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth Keller: Making your balance sheet stronger

Those who have passed Accounting 101 understand that business owners should focus on building the net worth of their business by adding to their asset base while reducing liabilities. The difference is owner's equity, the value of the business.

April 08, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


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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


Kari Aaver: Employment resources

Not yet using LinkedIn to help you find qualified professionals? You should be.

May 28, 2014 | By Kari Aaver Business Column | Business Columns


Ken Keller: My trees, your people and lessons learned

When we moved into our home, a row of six tall and bushy pine trees provided ample shade and privacy for our back yard.

May 25, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Why employees leave for greener pastures

Forbes reported that millions of employed Americans are switching employers each month.

May 18, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Janice France-Pettit: Financial spring cleaning

Spring is here and many of us are busy cleaning out closets and dusting the cobwebs that may have accumulated during the winter. While you are taking on spring cleaning projects, consider taking a fresh look at your finances.

May 14, 2014 | By Janice France-Pettit Union Bank | Business Columns


Time to revisit your pricing

If there is one thing that makes me angry, it is the statement stuffed into my cable television bill telling me that the price I have to pay has gone up.

May 12, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: We should all be so lucky

This past week I watched Brian Tracy's video "Success is a Journey" a total of five times as I facilitated client orientations.

May 03, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


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