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Kenneth W. Keller: Using leadership and teamwork to make beautiful music

A group of musicians gathered together for the purpose of playing in harmony to provide beautiful music for an assembled audience. It was a simple goal, easy to describe, understood by all, yet difficult to execute. The desired result was to sound like one rich instrument.

June 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: What is a guaranteed income worth?

A report entitled "Social Security, Medicare Face Insolvency Sooner" was published recently in the Wall Street Journal.

June 02, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: Build yourself a nest egg

Whether you would like to set money aside for a down-payment on a home, build an emergency fund or save for retirement, concern about the economy has many thinking about ways to save and create a nest egg for the future.

May 30, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Robert Mansour: Make sure you have a trust

Recently, several people have asked me to review existing estate plans. Usually, they say something like, "I need you to review my trust to make sure it's still good."

May 29, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: Don't sanction incompetence in your business

Tom Hill's Eaglezine arrives each Friday morning via e-mail. It's a short, fast-paced, single-page newsletter that always contains at least one nugget of knowledge worth pondering.

May 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Should you roll over your 401(k)?

Regardless of the economic environment, about 18 percent of American workers (more than one in six) leave their jobs every year.

May 26, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Kevin W. Yeam: Know the facts of the McDonald’s coffee case

The McDonald's "scalding coffee case" has entered the public consciousness as an example of out-of-control litigation.

May 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


D. Frank Norton: May 19 was a wake-up call for all Californians

I'm afraid that Sacramento needed this. Politicians there have had their heads in the sand for too long. Their spendthrift policies had to stop. The five measures rejected in Tuesday's vote - where spending would continue with tax raises being extended to future years - were defeated.

May 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: Make sure you don't fail your business

It would be wonderful to believe that success is something that every owner strives to achieve. Success, however, is a relative term; most privately held businesses might consider survival in this economy a success.

May 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: AIG crisis due to risky sales

Ever since the AIG financial crisis broke in the media, we in the financial business of insurance and investments have been answering questions and defending the insurance industry.

May 19, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: Tips for ATM safety

For many Santa Clarita Valley residents, visiting an automated teller machine is part of a routine, much like grocery shopping and filling up at the gas pump. With new and sophisticated scams to pilfer personal financial information, it is wise to be increasingly vigilant in your efforts to protect yourself and your financial information when visiting an ATM.

May 16, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Julie M. Sturgeon: A bit of good news for first-time home buyers

The First-Time Homebuyer Credit has been extended and enhanced. Use it and you might be able to benefit on your 2008 income tax return, even if you bought or built your home during 2009.

May 13, 2009 | By | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: A few rules for winning in golf and business

The current issue of Golf Digest has an article by Dr. Bob Rotella titled, "10 Rules for how to win your major (golf tournament)."

May 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Health care: The high cost of retirement

The forecast for the cost of a retiree's health care may rise again. A 65-year-old couple retiring in 2008 may need about $240,000 to cover medical costs in retirement.

May 11, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Maureen Stephenson: Entrepreneurship can be a rewarding journey

Being an entrepreneur is not for the weak in spirit, but it is a rewarding adventure. If you've decided you're going to begin your own business, you've probably already had your share of friendly advice from well-meaning friends.

May 09, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


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Ken Keller: Advice given, heard and ignored

Being a trusted advisor is a place of honor. When you reach a certain stage in life, you are compensated not for what you do but for what you know.

June 22, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Student debt hurts housing

With student loan debt nationwide at an estimated $1.2 trillion, homeownership for many recent and past graduates is a distant dream.

June 18, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


The conversation you really need to have

Throughout the years at the Advisory Board meetings I facilitate, I've heard a fair amount of laughter and grumbling from the business people who participate.

June 14, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Carl Kanowsky: Employees moving could cost you

Jim, president of the top local IT company, came by the other day. He was not happy. He'd just been served with a complaint, alleging that he'd breached a new employee's contract, had wrongfully terminated her, and was guilty of breach of promissory estoppel (whatever that is?).

June 11, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the law | Business Columns


Profitability Matters, but Not To Everyone

The bottom line, the profitability of a company, should matter to every employee but many owners tend to keep this information private. Owners then complain when profits are thin.

June 09, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


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


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