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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


Jim Lentini: Protecting yourself from the economic pinch

How are you reacting to the current state of the market? How do you feel about the current U. S. economy overall? And, more importantly, what are you doing to protect yourself from the economic pinch?

June 30, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: Take a personal inventory to determine net worth

In this challenging economic environment, consider taking inventory of your finances by first determining your net worth - the difference between your total assets and total liabilities.

June 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: The mid-year company marketing review

The mid-point of the year is an appropriate time to review how the year is progressing in marketing.

June 24, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: How will baby boomers find health care solutions?

By 2030, the over-65 population in the US is projected to swell to 72 million.

June 23, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: How new credit-card rules will affect everyone

Effective February 1, 2010, Santa Clarita Valley residents will be among the millions of credit-card users nationwide to experience extensive credit-card reforms featured in the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009, recently signed into law by President Barack Obama.

June 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jerry Kessler: Guardians: Who will have custody of the kids?

One of the most difficult questions facing people who need a will or trust is, "Who will take charge of our minor child if something happens to me and my spouse?"

June 19, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Julie M. Sturgeon: Choosing a business entity in a tough economy

The current condition of the economy and the nation's unemployment figures give rise to more and more people considering turning their hobbies into viable businesses.

June 18, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: A guaranteed tax-free income

I have always stressed in financial planning what is tax-deductible, tax-deferred and tax-free.

June 16, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: Homeowners should be wary of foreclosures rescue scams

As many homeowners struggle to maintain their home mortgages in this challenging economy, scam artists have developed a number of schemes to con unsuspecting homeowners out of their money - and their homes.

June 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Randall D. Armour: Don’t let Uncle Sam become your only life insurance beneficiary

Life insurance is an excellent way of providing financial support for a surviving spouse or children upon the death of the family breadwinner, or if both parents die.

June 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: Why Johnny is late to work

When an employee is tardy more than a few times to work, the reason is not traffic, car trouble or an alarm that didn't go off. The real reason is that Johnny never learned it was unacceptable to be late to work.

June 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: What's your retirement income focus?

To make sure you have enough money for your retirement, begin with a few estimations and rough calculations.

June 09, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: tips for creating a sound budget

Creating a budget in a tough economy may help you better understand where your money is going so you can properly manage your finances and plan for the future.

June 06, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


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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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