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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


Steven Tannehill: What do businesses want, anyway?

This is part two of a two-part column.

April 17, 2013 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: Feds ease loan modification rules

Some homeowners who are still struggling to avoid foreclosure may soon benefit from streamlined rules that offer an easy way to lower monthly payments and modify their mortgage without requiring financial or hardship documentation.

April 12, 2013 | By Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Here are the vitamins a leader must distribute

Looking back on those individuals who were my bosses, a clear distinction comes to mind.

April 07, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Holly Schroeder: New homes benefit more than just buyers and builder

The only people who benefit when a house is built are the family members who get to live there, and the builder who constructed and sold the home, right?

April 04, 2013 | By Holly Schroeder | Business Columns


Steven Tannehill: What do businesses want anyway? Part I

This column is part one of a two-part column.

April 03, 2013 | By Steven Tannehill Entrepreneur’s corner | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Lessons to be learned from lack of feedback

In 1970 I started my first official job. I worked nine hours a week at a small grocery store. For the next two years I grossed $11.25 a week.

March 31, 2013 | Ken Keller Brain food for business owners | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: Prices, sales rise as SCV’s housing market continues its recovery

The residential housing resale market in the Santa Clarita Valley continued to recover during February, with sales and prices up to their highest levels in years.

March 28, 2013 | Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Getting crystal clear about your business

There is a terrific exchange in the courtroom drama "A Few Good Men." Colonel Jessup, played by Jack Nicolson, turns from being a witness in a court martial to being the prosecutor when he asks Lieutenant Kaffee, played by Tom Cruise: "Have you ever spent time in an infantry unit, son?"

March 24, 2013 | Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Disaster recovery — is your business prepared?

Is your business prepared for a disaster? While it is not something any of us like to think about, businesses should have a disaster plan in place.

March 22, 2013 | Marianne Cederlind Mission Valley Bank | Business Columns


Joe Klocko: The conundrum: supply and demand, wages and the skills gap

Most people understand the basic economic principle of supply and demand and incorporate it into their daily decisions. They may not do it consciously, but economic decisions are made every day by each and every one of us.

March 20, 2013 | Joe Klocko Entrepreneur’s Corner | Business Columns


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Articles by Section - 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


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


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