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Ken Keller: Is the next level for you?

I recently conversed with the owner of a profitable company. She was interested in addressing some issues so she could return her attention to growing the business.

January 19, 2014 | By Ken Keller For The Signal | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk:New rules aim for safer loans

Federal rules that went into effect Friday, Jan. 10, provide homeowners and consumers shopping for a home mortgage new rights and greater protection from harmful lending practices, while also probably slowing the pace of home price increases and forging a stronger, more stable housing market.

January 15, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Should your business detoxify?

If you haven't noticed, the airways are filled with advertisements to join a gym to get into shape or to start a diet.

January 12, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Five Tips to Help You Save for a Rainy Day

While most financial experts agree that saving should be a part of every household budget, many Americans admit that they aren't prepared financially for life's unexpected challenges and emergencies.

January 08, 2014 | By Janice France-Pettit | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Fast start your 2014

Tomorrow is Monday, January 6, and people will be back to work. Hopefully, the company plan for 2014 has been nailed down and assignments to key result areas are known and responsibilities for achievement assigned.

January 05, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


The Art of Effective Employee Recruiting

Most individuals have read numerous articles on how to prepare for an interview as a job candidate. However, as an entrepreneur or hiring manager, how much time have you spent improving your skill set to effectively screen applicants and conduct interviews to optimize your potential to select the best candidate? If you're like most entrepreneurs or managers, your answer to that question with be somewhere between little and none.

January 02, 2014 | By Joe Klocko | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Equity rebounds in 2013

Tens of thousands of owners who once again have equity in their homes have much to be grateful for as 2014 dawns.

January 01, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Joining the Best in 2014

As the year comes to a close, it is appropriate to look back and ask why some businesses have survived and others went by the wayside; and to understand why some businesses have done well.

December 30, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ten Decisions for 2014

Most of the business owners I know are either finishing up a solid year and want to continue the good times into 2014, or they had a less than stellar year and want a different ending a year from now. Which is it for you?

December 30, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Voters may hold the key

If voters get their way the 30-year home loan will be here to stay, yet retention of what has been an invaluable tool in building the nation's middle class while opening home ownership to generations of citizens may now be more a function of politics than economics.

December 18, 2013 | By Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Helpful Questions at Year End

Business owners are busy this time of year but being asked to answer tough questions is an essential part of success. This list will start the process of evaluating how 2013 was for you and your business.

December 15, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Business Observations, 2013

Business owners and leaders often stray too close to a situation to see the entire picture. One of the responsibilities as a Trusted Advisor is to observe what is happening from a vantage point to provide a fresh perspective to clients that may not be otherwise noticed.

December 09, 2013 | Associated Press | Business Columns


Finish Your Race

One of my favorite books is "Unbroken," written by the same author who wrote "Seabiscuit," Laura Hillenbrand. The book is the story of Louie Zamperini, who ran at the age of 19 in the 1936 Berlin Olympics along side of Jessie Owens and Jackie Robinson.

December 01, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for the Business Owners | Business Columns


On Thanksgiving

This is the time of year when many businesses are slowing down, wrapping things up and getting ready for start of the New Year just ahead.

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


What is IT really?

The week of December 9 – 15th is Computer Science Education Week, observed each year, in recognition of the birthday of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper. She was a naval officer and a computer scientist who over 60 years ago conceptualized the idea of machine independent programming language that led to the development of COBOL one of the first modern programming languages.

November 15, 2013 | By Pete Bellas | 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


Joe Klocko: Criteria for business success

When you think of California do words like innovative, leading-edge and trendy come to mind? A place where new ideas first take root before they become woven into the very fabric of the national culture and industrial base before becoming recognized around the world as being uniquely "American". If so, you may be surprised to learn that in one area, the critical business process of selecting and hiring new employees, California is lagging behind the rest of the country.

January 22, 2014 | By Joe Klocko Entrepreneur's Corner | Business Columns


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