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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


Randall D. Armour: Dispelling common estate-planning myths

Many common myths have developed and come up continuously in discussions about estate planning.

March 12, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: Tools to help refresh your business

Data suggests that recessions are becoming shorter but economic uncertainty and distress is affecting many organizations.

March 11, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Steps to prepare for the rainy days ahead

If you are like many of the people we talk to lately, most tell us they are moving to conservative holdings in their retirement or long-term investment plans.

March 10, 2009 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Maureen Stephenson: Diversify to beat the recession

Diversifying to increase your cash influx may sound like an oxymoron, but every entrepreneur should take a hard look at not having all your eggs in one basket. Any business, from the smallest home-based business to the largest corporation, gains stability and profits by diversifying.

March 07, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Julie M. Sturgeon: Be prepared, plan for long-term care

Everyday, 13 million people need assistance with routine activities such as dressing, eating and bathing, according to the Direct Care Alliance. Four out of 10 people turning 65 can anticipate stays in a nursing home, and by the year 2025, 78 million Americans will be over age 65. Most health insurance programs will not usually cover long-term-care expenses.

March 05, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: Taking the leap from ‘dating’

The first responsibility of an entrepreneur is to develop a business model that works. This means having a long-term relationship between the two parties (supplier and customer), multiple revenue streams and multiple product lines.

March 04, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


What about retirement insurance?

If you could have bought insurance on your retirement account to guarantee not losing your principal and earnings value last year, how much would you be willing to pay to insure it?

March 03, 2009 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Robert Mansour: Don’t name a minor as a beneficiary

Many people don't give too much thought when choosing someone to be the beneficiary of a life-insurance policy.

February 27, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Getting it right on tax returns

An early IRS sampling of tax returns shows about 15 percent have errors involving the recovery rebate credit that is related to last year's economic stimulus payment.

February 26, 2009 | For The Signal | 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


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


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