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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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Paula Hodge: Google transformation

Do you remember when Google was just a cool and reliable Internet search engine? PC Magazine recognized the company as the search engine of choice in the top 100 Web Sites for 1998.

March 05, 2014 | By Paula Hodge Business Corner | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Unmasking the mediocre company

Books like "Built to Last," "The Breakthrough Company," and "Good to Great" were written to help business people improve the companies they own, lead and run.

March 02, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Upbeat outlook for housing

The housing market in the Santa Clarita Valley started the New Year tentatively, yet encouraging news abounds as the traditional Spring home buying season approaches.

February 26, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Improving effectiveness

If you wonder why your sales people aren't more productive, aren't making enough presentations and are slow to close deals, it might not be the industry you are in, your location or the economy not cooperating.

February 23, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


John Milburn: Keeping SCV strong

According to the recent news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics the US economy added 113,000 jobs in January 2014 and, "…job gains occurred in construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and mining…Employment in manufacturing increased in January (+21,000)…Manufacturing added an average of 7,000 jobs per month in 2013."

February 19, 2014 | By John Milburn Entrepreneur's Corner | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Hubris is a disease that kills

Years ago a major manufacturer hired a research firm to conduct a survey of the cultural climate of the company.

February 16, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk: Information for buyers

Under the federal Ability-to-Repay rules that went into effect Jan. 10, lenders received guidelines on the type of financial information homebuyers must provide lenders when seeking a loan.

February 12, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Leaders set tone

Research suggests that employees do not leave because of the company they work for, but they quit because of their manager.

February 09, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Pete Bellas: What’s the forecast?

What is our fascination with forecasts? Are they really helpful and how can we use them for planning purposes?

February 05, 2014 | By Pete Bellas Entrepreneur's Corner | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Meet your objective in 2014

At the end of the first month of the year, are your objectives for 2014 being met? Have the results versus your goals left a gap? Are you worried that what happened or what didn't happen in January can spread to February? Or March?

February 01, 2014 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Move always forward, never backwards

In May, 1976 I had just finished what I first thought was my junior year of college. When I put a pencil to things, I discovered I was not 12 months away from graduation, but closer to two years.

January 26, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Joe Klocko: Criteria for business success

When you think of California do words like innovative, leading-edge and trendy come to mind? A place where new ideas first take root before they become woven into the very fabric of the national culture and industrial base before becoming recognized around the world as being uniquely "American". If so, you may be surprised to learn that in one area, the critical business process of selecting and hiring new employees, California is lagging behind the rest of the country.

January 22, 2014 | By Joe Klocko Entrepreneur's Corner | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Is the next level for you?

I recently conversed with the owner of a profitable company. She was interested in addressing some issues so she could return her attention to growing the business.

January 19, 2014 | By Ken Keller For The Signal | Business Columns


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