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Ken Keller: Your points of difference

Theodore Levitt, a professor at Harvard Business School, suggested that, "Differentiation is one of the most important strategic and tactical activities in which companies must constantly engage."

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


Bob Khalsa: Short sales noted as foreclosures block buyers

Owners selling their home through a short sale would be wise to obtain a letter from their lender that clearly endorses the transaction.

July 18, 2013 | Byb Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Brian Cuda: Avoid copyright violations

Over the last few years, I have heard from three different clients receiving cease and desist letters for content on their website.

July 17, 2013 | By Brian Cuda Founder of Conceptinet | Business Columns


Ken Keller: The manager who didn’t coach

Every year in Major League Baseball a highly touted player enters the game as a rookie and initially, blows everyone away with his strong performance.

July 14, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Joe Klocko: The skills gap — not the only challenge

I once had a drawing that depicted a few individuals with quizzical looks on their faces and a tag line that read "I appreciate the problem but, unfortunately, I do not have a solution".

July 10, 2013 | By Joe Klocko Entrepreneur’s Corner | Business Columns


The business owner’s midyear exam

It is never an unproductive use of time to stop and gain perspective to measure progress made towards goals that have been set.

July 08, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: Santa Clarita Valley home sales up 5 percent, prices rise 17 percent

Sales of existing homes and condominiums in the Santa Clarita Valley increased during May even as a severely limited inventory contributed to a 17 percent rise in resale prices.

July 04, 2013 | By Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Write your year-end letter to your employees now

Last week I covered the Business Charter, which includes the organizations' vision statement. This single sentence is a tool helping individuals at all levels in an organization to become engaged.

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


Peter Bellas: Is it OK to fail?

I was struck by the lead-in to an article in the Wall Street Journal:

June 26, 2013 | Peter Bellas Entrepreneur’s Corner | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Time to create or update your business charter

One of the most important things a leader can provide the organization they lead is tools.

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


Hey dude, where’s my revenue?

It is the middle of June, mid-year; and it is likely past time to take a hard look at those things that are standing in the way of increased revenue in 2013.

June 16, 2013 | Brain Food for Business Owners By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Keri Aaver: Where are all the potential employees?

magine two individuals standing back to back in the middle of a large crowd looking for each other. This is the current scenario of employer and jobseeker. They are closer than they realize but can't find each other. The distance between them is just a simple connection away. So, how can they connect? Networking and training.

June 12, 2013 | By Keri Aaver Entrepreneur’s corner | Business Columns


The Company Without Consequences

In junior high I was late to school exactly once. Every student knew that if you were late to class you had the dreaded "seventh period." Sitting motionless, in total silence for an hour, on the day the infraction occurred, was the consequence for arriving late to class.

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


Janice France-Pettit: Funding a company’s philanthropic causes

You don't have to be a large, multi-national company to support a cause or charity, and many small business owners are finding that incorporating philanthropy strategically into their business plans can result in customer loyalty, happy employees and tax advantages.

June 07, 2013 | By Janice France-Pettit Union Bank | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: Santa Clarita Valley home sales and prices jump higher

After multiple years of gloomy to dismal news, it sure is fantastic to report that the local home resale market is taking giant strides forward.

June 06, 2013 | By Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | 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


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


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