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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


Oscar Dominguez: Start saving while paying your bills

As tough times abound in this economy, many of our Santa Clarita Valley bankers are hearing this familiar question: "How can I start saving if most of my money goes toward bills?"

January 22, 2009 | By Oscar Dominguez | Business Columns


Alan J. Lyon: Get your tax season over and done with

As we enter the fifth season of the year, tax season, getting yourself organized and prepared now will save a lot of agony later.

January 22, 2009 | By Alan J. Lyon It’s Your Money | Business Columns


Find ‘the main thing' for your business

The sign on the window said it all: "Gone out of business - we forgot what business we were in!"

January 20, 2009 | Kenneth W. Keller Inside Business | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Our most challenging year in business

The year 2008 was one of the most challenging years I have witnessed during my 46 years in the insurance and investment business.

January 20, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Maureen Stephenson: Strategies for unemployment survival

There are three stages people go through when they lose their job: anger, resentment and finally determination. These are the same feelings that a person goes through with any loss such as divorce, separation and death of a loved. The point is, "How do I move on?"

January 17, 2009 | By Maureen Stephenson Know the Score | Business Columns


Michael S. Little: E-mail is helpful, but there are rules to follow

In today's world, e-mail has become the preferred method of communication, not only between friends and family, but also between businesspeople, educators, administrators, lawyers and other professionals.

January 16, 2009 | By Michael S. Little It's The Law | Business Columns


Now might be the best time to invest

With the real estate and stock markets in meltdown mode for the past year, there is real financial panic and despair permeating the air right now.

January 15, 2009 | D. Frank Norton It's Your Money | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: Good employees are highly valuable

Jack Welch, the former head of GE, co-writes a weekly column for Business Week magazine. Sometimes the "Dear Abby" format is used, when someone sends in a question and Welch, together with his wife Suzy, provides answers and thought-provoking perspective.

January 14, 2009 | By Kenneth W. Keller | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Retirement planning challenges seniors

Today Americans are living longer and more vivacious lives.

January 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Oscar Dominguez: Expense management can help save small businesses

Our small business bankers, like those at other banks, are hearing two main concerns from customers these days: They want to know what it takes to obtain loans, and they want help managing expenses and cash flow.

January 10, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Teresa Todd: Auto dealers hoping things will get better

As most business owners are acutely aware, 2008 witnessed unprecedented freefall dips in the global economy.

January 09, 2009 | Teresa Todd | Business Columns


Kevin Yeam: Know your insurance rights

One of the biggest myths offered by the California insurance industry to justify its eliminating your legal right is the need to control the "litigation explosion" under which we are supposedly burdened. It is simply not true.

January 09, 2009 | By Kevin Yeam | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: Health care financing

If you are concerned about the rising cost of health care and what its escalating cost will do to your retirement plans, you are not alone.

January 06, 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


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