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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


Your employees and processes are the brand

I have had the pleasure of spending time with Rick McPartlin, the CEO of The Revenue Game. Rick gets companies focused on revenue growth and helps to get rid of what stands in the way of profitable sales.

June 02, 2013 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Your employees and processes are the brand

I have had the pleasure of spending time with Rick McPartlin, the CEO of The Revenue Game. Rick gets companies focused on revenue growth and helps to get rid of what stands in the way of profitable sales.

June 02, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Janice France-Pettit: Financial planning for small business growth

Owning a small business can be challenging at times, but the appeal of being your own boss and reaping the rewards of your creativity and hard work can be a powerful motivator to strike out on your own.

May 30, 2013 | By Janice France-Pettit Union Bank | Business Columns


Peter Bellas: The Power of Collaboration

We all know that collaboration is a powerful tool. We know that synergies make the partner organizations capable of accomplishing more than the sum of our individual efforts.

May 29, 2013 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Looking for blame: try the mirror

When I first joined the company, I wasn't sure what to make of what I saw.

May 26, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: Rising Home Sales Boost Economy

With the return of traditional homebuyers in ever-greater numbers, the powerful impact of an improved housing market on the local, state, and national economies is, quite frankly, palpable.

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


Ken Keller: Here are ten mistakes that business owners make

A former leader of a large Fortune 500 company was quoted in an interview that "People who do things make mistakes. The biggest mistake is doing nothing."

May 19, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Front line makes bottom line

Once a month, like clockwork, a gentleman comes to my house in the early morning and sprays for insects and bugs. We've spoken a few times and he always hands me his card, telling me to let him know if he needs to come back between visits. I think I have called him once in the last decade.

May 12, 2013 | Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: Rising prices lift sinking homeowners

Local home resale prices last month hit the highest level in five years, with each leap up in prices rescuing legions of underwater owners, in effect, throwing them a life preserver and pulling them to dry land.

May 09, 2013 | By Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Lessons learned in college apply to business

Thirty-six years ago this month I graduated from college. I didn't study a major that paid immediate dividends, meaning a job, and I wasn't ready for graduate school.

May 05, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Permission to argue is granted

Peggy Noonan wrote a column in the Wall Street Journal on April 20 about her attendance at Margaret Thatcher's London funeral service. She commented that Mrs. Thatcher was often frustrated with her staff. Thatcher once said to her aides, "I don't need to be told what, I need to be told how."

April 28, 2013 | Ken Keller Brain food for business owners | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: Statewide median home price at five-year high

Heated market conditions fueled by a tight inventory and strong sales in higher-cost coastal regions drove California's median home price in March to its highest level since May 2008. Local prices, right here in the Santa Clarita Valley are headed higher, too.

April 25, 2013 | Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: How one company turned it around

This week I'd like to introduce a company in a far different place compared to just a year ago. The organization has gone from despair to celebrating success. At the end of the first quarter of 2013, the owner said his company had "…Increased sales, reduced costs and improved our overall financial position in terms of positive cash flow and profitability, as well as reduced debt."

April 21, 2013 | Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | 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


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