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Maureen Stephenson: Grab the low-hanging fruit on the sales branch

I like to call "referrals" the low-hanging fruit on the tree of sales because they are a reward for a job well done.

April 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: A lesson in responding to adversity

Have you heard story about the business owner who went home to visit her mother?

April 01, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Planning out your retirement income

Many Americans, especially those in the retirement red zone, are facing a new reality regarding their retirement. With most Americans experiencing declines in their 401(k) plans and retirement portfolios as a result of the capital market turmoil over the last several months, many ask, "What do I do now?"

March 31, 2009 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Maureen Stephenson: Now’s the time to recession-proof your skill set

Now that all the debate about whether we're in a recession or not is over, it's time to keep business afloat.

March 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Michael S. Little: Protect your business from lawsuits in tough times

The headlines are everywhere. Corporate layoffs and downsizing have become commonplace among companies of all sizes and in varying industries. From Lehman Brothers to Coca-Cola to Borders, companies are adjusting to the declining financial market by cutting jobs.

March 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Randall D. Armour: Your options in naming a beneficiary of your IRA

Naming the correct beneficiary of an IRA allows the possibility of tax-deferred growth for decades and can turn even a modest IRA into millions of dollars for your spouse, children, grandchildren or other beneficiaries. Below, I will discuss the basic options available when choosing an IRA beneficiary.

March 26, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth Keller: Seven business questions you should be able to answer

As the owner of a business, are you ready to be asked and truthfully answer these questions when asked by an employee?

March 25, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Retirement and market volatility

For most investors, market volatility is a fact of life. Stock prices fluctuate from day to day, and markets ebb and flow over time along with the economy and business cycle.

March 24, 2009 | James Lentini | Business Columns


Maureen Stephenson: Fear: the great motivator

Fear is a great motivator. After all, it keeps us out of harm's way most of the time - but it can also paralyze you if you let it.

March 21, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Vanessa Soto Nellis: A ‘no-fault’ state beats the blame game

The California court form on which a party requests a divorce does not allow a spouse to indicate a specific reason for divorce, such as adultery, lying, addiction problems or unfaithfulness.

March 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: Make your debt manageable in 2009

As it becomes more difficult for consumers to manage debt amid job losses and the downturn in the housing and financial markets, more and more Santa Clarita Valley residents may find themselves examining their finances in 2009.

March 18, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: Find the right fit for your skills and reduce stress

Find the right fit for your skills and get reduce stress

March 18, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: Know, protect your credit score

In this competitive credit market, it's all the more important for Santa Clarita Valley residents to have a good credit score. Your credit score affects your candidacy for a loan and the interest rate and terms you receive on a loan. It could also make the difference between a landlord or homeowner choosing you as a tenant or an employer hiring you.

March 17, 2009 | By Oscar Dominguez SCV Voices | Business Columns


Maureen Stephenson: don't take no for an answer

No matter what you sell, you will inevitably face rejections and refusals, but learning to see "no" as valuable feedback can take your sales to a new level. Regardless of how often we hear "no," it's a tough thing to take.

March 14, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


John Shaffery: Harassment and free speech

When a male graduate student pursuing a degree in military history was inclined to speak his mind in classroom discussions about women in combat and women in the military more generally, he felt inhibited by the university's broadly worded policy on sexual harassment.

March 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


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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


Ken Keller: Why employees leave for greener pastures

Forbes reported that millions of employed Americans are switching employers each month.

May 18, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Janice France-Pettit: Financial spring cleaning

Spring is here and many of us are busy cleaning out closets and dusting the cobwebs that may have accumulated during the winter. While you are taking on spring cleaning projects, consider taking a fresh look at your finances.

May 14, 2014 | By Janice France-Pettit Union Bank | Business Columns


Time to revisit your pricing

If there is one thing that makes me angry, it is the statement stuffed into my cable television bill telling me that the price I have to pay has gone up.

May 12, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: We should all be so lucky

This past week I watched Brian Tracy's video "Success is a Journey" a total of five times as I facilitated client orientations.

May 03, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Janice France-Pettit:Use your tax refund wisely

If you are one of the millions of Americans receiving a refund this year, following are several ways to put your refund to work.

April 30, 2014 | By Janice France-Pettit Union Bank | Business Columns


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