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Oscar Dominguez: The ABCs of getting a small-business loan

Obtaining a loan in this economic climate may seem difficult.

July 25, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


David E. Rickett: Your child can have an attorney

Generally in divorce or paternity cases (cases where there is a child(ren) but no marriage), the parties battle over custody and/or visitation.

July 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Julie M. Sturgeon: A few tips for promoting your business’ Web site

These days, small businesses need an Internet presence. Today's customers expect a company to have a well-designed Web site that provides product information and details about services. If you're a small business owner who can sell at least some products online, customers will often reward you with increased revenue and word-of-mouth advertising.

July 23, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Get your retirement back on track

No matter where you thought you were on the road to retirement, chances are the recent meltdown of the economy has been a setback for you.

July 21, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: Online banking is simple and efficient

During these challenging economic times, online banking can provide Santa Clarita Valley residents an efficient and simple way to monitor and manage your finances seven days a week.

July 18, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Michael S. Little: Where nonprofit organizations need protection

One of the most important skills any successful nonprofit organization must develop is the ability to raise capital through fundraising events. Fundraising events are even more important in today's tough economy as many nonprofit organizations and charities struggle to survive amid the decline of charitable contributions by both private and corporate donors.

July 17, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Alan J. Lyon: Items that will interest the IRS

The IRS uses "audit anxiety" to help taxpayers be honest on their tax returns. Some people don't even claim all of their deductions out of fear of audit. We have an obligation to pay our fair share of taxes but we don't need to tip the government by not claiming all appropriate deductions. With the government hurting for money, they are trying to collect every penny they can. Here are some things that interest the IRS.

July 16, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: The biggest mistakes business owners can make

People who own businesses make mistakes, perhaps more mistakes than their counterparts in Corporate America. This happens because in Corporate America, making mistakes is not only something to be avoided, making a big enough one means paying the ultimate price of losing your income. The tendency is to maintain the status quo.

July 15, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: Advantages, disadvantages of declaring bankruptcy

During these uncertain economic times, individuals with significant debt may be asking themselves if declaring bankruptcy may be the solution.

July 11, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Thomas Harwood: Ways to create or convert to a Roth IRA

The Roth IRA is a generous tax avoidance vehicle. Unlike other qualified retirement plans, the Roth does not require distributions once the owner reaches age 70 1/2. Roth IRA money can be left to grow tax free not only for the life of the owner but also stretched based on the age of nonspouse beneficiaries. Many people balk at the idea of paying income tax now rather than it being deferred. They fail to consider that this money can grow tax-free for generations and withdrawals from a Roth IRA are income tax free. Moreover, it's often cheaper to ...

July 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Randall D. Armour: Don’t procrastinate in planning your estate

Procrastination is the most common reason why people do not have an estate plan. Most people understand that they should have some kind of plan but they don't really understand all of the benefits that an estate plan can offer them. There are many reasons to avoid procrastination when it comes to estate planning. Here are 8 of them:

July 09, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: The business owner’s mid-year checklist

Early July signals an opportunity to review, refocus and renew.

July 08, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Consider an in-service withdrawal

Considering the decreased value declines most participants have experienced in their 401(k) and other pension plans in 2008 and 2009, many advisors are recommending to clients to consider an in-service withdrawal.

July 07, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


David S. Poole: Don’t assume you own your Web site

In an age where customers are beginning to rely on your Web site more than your telephone-book advertising to locate you, the value of your company's Web site as an asset has never been higher.

July 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


D. Frank Norton: How to survive inflation

We may be on the cusp of inflation raising its ugly head again. How so? Our government is spending trillions of dollars using a broad swath of initiatives to fight deflation, which is the opposite of inflation. Herein lies the rub. If government were to succeed in stopping deflation, the huge new debt issuance that's supporting them could lead to a spike in inflation that we have not experienced since the 1970s.

July 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


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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


Kari Aaver: Employment resources

Not yet using LinkedIn to help you find qualified professionals? You should be.

May 28, 2014 | By Kari Aaver Business Column | Business Columns


Ken Keller: My trees, your people and lessons learned

When we moved into our home, a row of six tall and bushy pine trees provided ample shade and privacy for our back yard.

May 25, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


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