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Avoid reporting traps: fixing credit a DIY project

Before hunting for a home or seeking a loan even people with perfect credit ratings need to check their credit reports for mistakes and, if necessary, get them fixed.

October 17, 2013 | By Bob Khalsa | Business Columns


9 Questions on a Sunday Morning

Does everyone at your company know what it takes to get a pay increase?

October 13, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Would you let him drive your car?

Hi. It's great to be back with The Mighty Signal. Hopefully you're glad to see me return. Now, on to today's legal drama.

October 09, 2013 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the Law | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Why your results aren’t materializing

It's the start of the final quarter of the calendar year. Your company is falling behind the plan you set at the beginning of the year and even though you revised the numbers at midyear, the company is still falling short.

October 06, 2013 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Why your results aren’t materializing

It's the start of the final quarter of the calendar year. Your company is falling behind the plan you set at the beginning of the year and even though you revised the numbers at midyear, the company is still falling short.

October 06, 2013 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Dealing with company health

Businesses, like people and products, go through what is called the life cycle. The four stages are birth, growth, maturity and decline.

September 29, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Peter Bellas: The new ‘cottage industry’

M ost people are familiar with the term "Cottage Industry". It came from the 16th century phenomena of distributed production where workers produced and sold individual products (or portions of products) from their homes.

September 18, 2013 | By Peter Bellas | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Gain focus, engagement and results

The decade ending on Dec. 31, 2009 was considered by many in the media as "The Lost Decade."

September 15, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Why your team is losing

This week began the National Football League's season. In a few weeks patterns will emerge and the contenders and pretenders will emerge.

September 08, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Keri Aaver: Got job openings? Find qualified candidates fast!

There are many ways that employers can go about looking for employees to fill their job openings. However, not all approaches are created equal. When looking for new employees, there are three best approaches, if you want a good return on your investment of time and money, and not all of them have a related cost. Here they are in no particular order:

September 05, 2013 | By Keri Aaver | Business Columns


Ken Keller: The post-vacation slump

One reason owners take a vacation is to recharge and refocus for when they return to the business.

September 01, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: July good for home and condo sales

Home and condominium sales and prices picked up momentum during July throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.

August 28, 2013 | By Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: The Goldilocks mindset

My maxim is that "if your business is not growing it is dying."

August 24, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Janice France-Pettit: Financial planning for teens

Most schools no longer have the resources or funding to teach financial literacy, including how to budget, save or set personal finance goals, but a recent Union Bank survey with Harris Interactive® reports that our nation's kids are hungry for information.

August 22, 2013 | By Janice France-Pettit Union Bank | Business Columns


The Real Questions You Should Ask

There is an intriguing book entitled "You're Not the Person I Hired." Janet Boydell, Barry Deutsch, and Brad Remillard have written a book specifically about how to avoid hiring mistakes. It is a worthwhile read.

August 17, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


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Joe Klocko: Finding the ideal employee

Now that I have your interest, I'll try to let you down gently.

July 09, 2014 | By Joe Klocko Business Matters | Business Columns


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


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