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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


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


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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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