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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


Resale prices will rise in 2014

What will the housing market look like in 2014?

November 13, 2013 | By Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Buyers: Educate Yourself

Do you remember riding Mr. Toad's Wild Ride in Disneyland?

November 06, 2013 | By Patti Handy | Business Columns


Downsides of Downsizing

I have been in companies going through periods of "rightsizing" - also known as "layoffs," "terminations" or "firings."

November 03, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Employee recognition

Millions of people have seen the recent "I Quit" video which went viral with over 15 million hits:

October 30, 2013 | John Milburn Entrepreneur's Corner | Business Columns


Gradually, then suddenly

I wasn't too happy to read about the closing of the Spectrum Health Club in The Signal but I was not surprised. For many months my wife and I had been discussing the likelihood of it happening.

October 27, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food | Business Columns


The web amd the lake of fire

"But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death." Book of Revelations, chapter 28, verse 1.

October 25, 2013 | By Carl Kanowsky It's The Law | Business Columns


Resale prices to rise 6% in 2014

What will the housing market look like in 2014?

October 24, 2013 | By Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


The Last Quarter, 2013

Vince Lombardi spoke many years ago on a subject since known as "What It Takes to be Number One." It is about business, life and family.

October 23, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | 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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