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Kenneth W. Keller: Don't sanction incompetence in your business

Tom Hill's Eaglezine arrives each Friday morning via e-mail. It's a short, fast-paced, single-page newsletter that always contains at least one nugget of knowledge worth pondering.

May 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Should you roll over your 401(k)?

Regardless of the economic environment, about 18 percent of American workers (more than one in six) leave their jobs every year.

May 26, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Kevin W. Yeam: Know the facts of the McDonald’s coffee case

The McDonald's "scalding coffee case" has entered the public consciousness as an example of out-of-control litigation.

May 22, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


D. Frank Norton: May 19 was a wake-up call for all Californians

I'm afraid that Sacramento needed this. Politicians there have had their heads in the sand for too long. Their spendthrift policies had to stop. The five measures rejected in Tuesday's vote - where spending would continue with tax raises being extended to future years - were defeated.

May 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: Make sure you don't fail your business

It would be wonderful to believe that success is something that every owner strives to achieve. Success, however, is a relative term; most privately held businesses might consider survival in this economy a success.

May 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: AIG crisis due to risky sales

Ever since the AIG financial crisis broke in the media, we in the financial business of insurance and investments have been answering questions and defending the insurance industry.

May 19, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: Tips for ATM safety

For many Santa Clarita Valley residents, visiting an automated teller machine is part of a routine, much like grocery shopping and filling up at the gas pump. With new and sophisticated scams to pilfer personal financial information, it is wise to be increasingly vigilant in your efforts to protect yourself and your financial information when visiting an ATM.

May 16, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Julie M. Sturgeon: A bit of good news for first-time home buyers

The First-Time Homebuyer Credit has been extended and enhanced. Use it and you might be able to benefit on your 2008 income tax return, even if you bought or built your home during 2009.

May 13, 2009 | By | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: A few rules for winning in golf and business

The current issue of Golf Digest has an article by Dr. Bob Rotella titled, "10 Rules for how to win your major (golf tournament)."

May 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Health care: The high cost of retirement

The forecast for the cost of a retiree's health care may rise again. A 65-year-old couple retiring in 2008 may need about $240,000 to cover medical costs in retirement.

May 11, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Maureen Stephenson: Entrepreneurship can be a rewarding journey

Being an entrepreneur is not for the weak in spirit, but it is a rewarding adventure. If you've decided you're going to begin your own business, you've probably already had your share of friendly advice from well-meaning friends.

May 09, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


John H. Shaffery: Your Web site’s terms of use shouldn’t be overlooked

The terms for using Web sites, which often take on a form of legalese few users pay attention to, are more important than they are interesting to read.

May 08, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Randall D. Armour: A living trust can make things easier

One of the primary reasons people establish a revocable living trust is to avoid probate - the costly, time-consuming court procedure that would otherwise be necessary in most cases to transfer assets at death.

May 07, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Do I retire or continue working?

After many years of working, most people plan, and work, toward that special date in the future - the date when they can put their working lives behind them.

May 05, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Maureen Stephenson: Using whatever works to save money

In these revenue-tight times, small-business entrepreneurs are cutting corners where ever they can.

May 02, 2009 | Signal Staff | 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


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