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Oscar Dominguez: tips for creating a sound budget

Creating a budget in a tough economy may help you better understand where your money is going so you can properly manage your finances and plan for the future.

June 06, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Brian E. Koegle: Agencies target businesses to generate revenue

It should come as no surprise to learn that the economy has been weak for many industries throughout California for the better part of the last year.

June 05, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


April E. Oliver: Be aware of automatic restraining orders

If a restraining order was to be imposed against you, you would probably be aware of it, right? But were you aware that once your petition for a divorce is filed with the court, automatic temporary restraining orders go into effect against you? Unfortunately, these ATROs can be a very serious trap for the unaware, particularly those who are not represented by an attorney in a family-law case.

June 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


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


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Joe Klocko: Finding the ideal employee

Now that I have your interest, I'll try to let you down gently.

July 09, 2014 | By Joe Klocko Business Matters | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Advice for a better second half

Last week marked the end of the first half of the calendar year. It seems like January was just last week.

July 06, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Janice France-Pettit: Tips for growing a family

Starting or growing a family can be an exciting milestone in one's life. But as most experienced parents will tell you, your priorities are likely to change, and along with these changes come new expenses and responsibilities,

June 25, 2014 | By Janice France-Pettit Union Bank | Business Columns


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


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