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Some lessons for gauging your business

An informal survey of business owners conducted last week provided some interesting lessons learned that might be applicable to most anyone who owns or runs a business.

December 10, 2008 | By Kenneth W. Keller Inside Business | Business Columns


Looking at leadership on a smaller scale

The current financial crisis has owners, managers and employees worried about their companies, their jobs and their futures.

December 09, 2008 | By Ken Keller For The Signal | Business Columns


Couples retirement strategies, part three

Despite some recent reforms, federal and state taxes can still take a big bite out of inherited assets, including retirement plans, but there are some special circumstances.

December 09, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Eight misconceptions of organization

Some people were born organized and then there are those of us who struggle with organizing every year at this time. It seems that it's always at the end of the year when that little annoying bug begins nudging you to clear things up and start the new year organized.

December 06, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


How to trim your personal expenses

The credit and financial market is definitely not in good shape, so entrepreneurs may find that they must dip into their personal finances to keep the business running.

December 05, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson Know the Score | Business Columns


Divide family’s possessions before death

Who should have grandma's dining room table or diamond ring? How should family photos be distributed?

December 04, 2008 | By Gina MacDonald | Business Columns


Know your building's roof, or pay the price

A cursory review of media reports nationwide in recent months revealed an alarming number of instances of costly damages to buildings due to negligence or procrastination with roof repairs. Consider:

December 04, 2008 | By Rod Menzel | Business Columns


Heading into another Great Depression?

The answer: Not likely if government doesn't overreact.

December 03, 2008 | By D. Frank Norton | Business Columns


The ABCs of successful business ownership

Over the long Thanksgiving weekend I thought about those things that make the translation from school days to the working world. I did a simple compare and contrast analysis to see what tools were used in school as they related to business ownership.

December 03, 2008 | By Kenneth W. Keller | Business Columns


Three things I learned from the NFL

When the Green Bay Packers football team hired Vince Lombardi as its new coach, he was intrigued with the challenge of turning the franchise around. Naturally, Lombardi being Lombardi, was all pumped up about it.

December 02, 2008 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Retirement strategies, part two

As a follow up to the previous article about couples' retirement strategies, following are some points in planning and protecting your retirement plans should you wish to consider variable annuities and their special income guarantees not offered by any other investment.

December 02, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Learning the 'new math' of retirement

With the normal challenges of retirement planning and the current financial crisis adding pressure to your planning, will your retirement portfolio be able to maintain your current lifestyle?

December 01, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Now, where did I put that list?

The holiday season can be a frantic time, both personally and professionally, but here are a few tips to help you.

November 29, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson Know the Score | Business Columns


New law provides tax incentives

It's hard to believe that anything that takes nearly 800 pages to describe could be time sensitive, however, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 was recently enacted and, for many, it may provide the incentive needed to act now, and finally buy a home of their own. A new $7,500 tax credit for first-time home buyers is a temporary incentive from the government to boost interest in real estate - but the time frame to take advantage of the credit is limited.

November 28, 2008 | By Mark Foster | Business Columns


How to keep down business expenses

This is the conclusion to the 36 tips I promised to help keep your business expenses in control:

November 28, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson | 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


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