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Janice France-Pettit: Financial planning for small business growth

Owning a small business can be challenging at times, but the appeal of being your own boss and reaping the rewards of your creativity and hard work can be a powerful motivator to strike out on your own.

May 30, 2013 | By Janice France-Pettit Union Bank | Business Columns


Peter Bellas: The Power of Collaboration

We all know that collaboration is a powerful tool. We know that synergies make the partner organizations capable of accomplishing more than the sum of our individual efforts.

May 29, 2013 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Looking for blame: try the mirror

When I first joined the company, I wasn't sure what to make of what I saw.

May 26, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: Rising Home Sales Boost Economy

With the return of traditional homebuyers in ever-greater numbers, the powerful impact of an improved housing market on the local, state, and national economies is, quite frankly, palpable.

May 24, 2013 | By Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Here are ten mistakes that business owners make

A former leader of a large Fortune 500 company was quoted in an interview that "People who do things make mistakes. The biggest mistake is doing nothing."

May 19, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Front line makes bottom line

Once a month, like clockwork, a gentleman comes to my house in the early morning and sprays for insects and bugs. We've spoken a few times and he always hands me his card, telling me to let him know if he needs to come back between visits. I think I have called him once in the last decade.

May 12, 2013 | Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: Rising prices lift sinking homeowners

Local home resale prices last month hit the highest level in five years, with each leap up in prices rescuing legions of underwater owners, in effect, throwing them a life preserver and pulling them to dry land.

May 09, 2013 | By Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Lessons learned in college apply to business

Thirty-six years ago this month I graduated from college. I didn't study a major that paid immediate dividends, meaning a job, and I wasn't ready for graduate school.

May 05, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Permission to argue is granted

Peggy Noonan wrote a column in the Wall Street Journal on April 20 about her attendance at Margaret Thatcher's London funeral service. She commented that Mrs. Thatcher was often frustrated with her staff. Thatcher once said to her aides, "I don't need to be told what, I need to be told how."

April 28, 2013 | Ken Keller Brain food for business owners | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: Statewide median home price at five-year high

Heated market conditions fueled by a tight inventory and strong sales in higher-cost coastal regions drove California's median home price in March to its highest level since May 2008. Local prices, right here in the Santa Clarita Valley are headed higher, too.

April 25, 2013 | Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: How one company turned it around

This week I'd like to introduce a company in a far different place compared to just a year ago. The organization has gone from despair to celebrating success. At the end of the first quarter of 2013, the owner said his company had "…Increased sales, reduced costs and improved our overall financial position in terms of positive cash flow and profitability, as well as reduced debt."

April 21, 2013 | Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


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


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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


Janice France-Pettit:Use your tax refund wisely

If you are one of the millions of Americans receiving a refund this year, following are several ways to put your refund to work.

April 30, 2014 | By Janice France-Pettit Union Bank | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Lists you need to make

I don't do it as often as I should, but one of my favorite tools is asking thought-provoking questions of my clients.

April 27, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Housing fines set to increase

When it comes to buying or renting a home, bias too often still appears in all shapes and sizes - because of religion, age, race, sexual orientation, a handicap, a partner from a different race, a different nationality, or simply the presence of kids.

April 23, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


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