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Jim Lentini: Do some replanning to retire soon

If you are anticipating retiring within the next few years, you may need to do some careful re-planning.

February 17, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Maureen Stephenson: How to handle careers in a recession

Today, as in any recession, there is one thing you can count on and that is "change." As companies tighten their belts, reorganize and merge, preparing yourself for transition is crucial to your career.

February 14, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Gina G. MacDonald: Keeping your estate plan current

As this is the beginning of the new year, one of your tasks should be to make sure your plan beneficiary choices are up to date.

February 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: What you can learn from the Super Bowl

The recent Super Bowl between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals was an excellent example of how executing will win or lose a game.

February 12, 2009 | Inside Business | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Bad economy means a return to basics

These days, with the markets experiencing such wide swings on a daily basis, it is hard feeling the strain and the urge to panic.

February 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


D. Frank Norton: Comparing today’s stock market versus the 1930s

The S&P 500 dropped 52.98 percent from its all-time high on Oct. 9, 2007, to its Nov.21, 2008 low.

February 05, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Financial numbers keep changing

We have some interesting numbers that will affect all of us as those in charge attempt to correct and replace what we have lost through this financial crisis.

February 03, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: Refinancing goals

In the past few months, four Union Bank branches in the Santa Clarita Valley have received numerous inquiries about refinancing, a topic especially relevant as the economic climate continues to trend downward, and mortgage interest rates plummet to record lows.

January 31, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Maureen Stephenson: No time like the present to tighten things up

I bet that got your attention.

January 31, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Economic woes, layoffs and wrongful termination lawsuits

Employers looking to reduce overhead in 2009 by terminating employees due to the impacts of the bad economy should not assume that such decisions are free of the risk that a wrongful termination action could be filed by the terminated employee.

January 30, 2009 | By David S. Poole and Brian R. Tinkham It's The Law | Business Columns


Julie M. Sturgeon: Take advantage of tax credits for your home

Did you know that if you are an American buying your first home between April 9, 2008, and July 1, 2009, the U.S. government will give you up to $7,500 in the form of a federal tax credit?

January 29, 2009 | By Julie M. Sturgeon It’s Your Money | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: Creating your business action plan

There is tremendous uncertainty among business owners these days. The confidence of many is shattered and for many others, it is wavering, on the verge of being broken.

January 28, 2009 | By Kenneth W. Keller Inside Business | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: There are not many individuals and businesses that haven’t seen their incomes and retir

There are not many individuals and businesses that haven't seen their incomes and retirement plans shrinking due to our current crisis.

January 27, 2009 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Maureen Stephenson: Success secrets still valid

Author Michael Jeffreys personally interviewed 15 top motivational gurus in 1997 for his book.

January 24, 2009 | Maureen Stephenson Know the Score | Business Columns


Julia McBride: Make your will the last word

It used to be, when a person died and the will was read, it was the last word.

January 23, 2009 | Julia McBride | Business Columns


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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


Ken Keller: Is the next level for you?

I recently conversed with the owner of a profitable company. She was interested in addressing some issues so she could return her attention to growing the business.

January 19, 2014 | By Ken Keller For The Signal | Business Columns


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