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Ken Keller: Are you a pretender or a contender?

The four major sports leagues in America are all active at a crucial time of year.

August 11, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Keri Aaver: Your ‘job-ready’ candidates

Job seekers and employers have a common goal. Job seekers want to connect with employment where they can use their skills and abilities and employers need to find new employees that are qualified to fill their job openings. Part of the challenge is that there is more to making the connection between employer and job seeker than just skills and abilities.

August 07, 2013 | By Keri Aaver Entrepreneur’s Corner | Business Columns


Ken Keller: You want better results? Try accountability!

BB 1971, Clint Eastwood was a famous movie actor, just a few years removed from playing a supporting role on the television series "Rawhide."

August 04, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: Santa Clarita Valley home, condo prices surge to highest since 2008

Not surprisingly, home and condominium resale prices throughout the Santa Clarita Valley during June soared to the highest levels since 2008, while limited inventory, rising prices and higher interest rates yielded a decline in sales of single-family homes.

August 01, 2013 | By Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Use strengths to come back

There is always plenty to be concerned about - high costs going higher; unexpected moves by the competition; uncertainty in the world that could inadvertently impact your business and your life.

July 28, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Social Security honors all who serve

Americans across the nation remember friends and family members who have served and sacrificed for their country and honor those who have given their lives in the defense of freedom and the principles we hold dear in this country.

July 25, 2013 | By Miguel Palmer Social Security District Manager in Santa Clarita | Business Columns


John Milburn: Got training? COC has funding

Keeping up with changing technology, doing more with less, and not compromising quality can present daunting challenges for today's organizations.

July 24, 2013 | By John Milburn Entrepreneur’s Corner | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Your points of difference

Theodore Levitt, a professor at Harvard Business School, suggested that, "Differentiation is one of the most important strategic and tactical activities in which companies must constantly engage."

July 21, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Bob Khalsa: Short sales noted as foreclosures block buyers

Owners selling their home through a short sale would be wise to obtain a letter from their lender that clearly endorses the transaction.

July 18, 2013 | Byb Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Brian Cuda: Avoid copyright violations

Over the last few years, I have heard from three different clients receiving cease and desist letters for content on their website.

July 17, 2013 | By Brian Cuda Founder of Conceptinet | Business Columns


Ken Keller: The manager who didn’t coach

Every year in Major League Baseball a highly touted player enters the game as a rookie and initially, blows everyone away with his strong performance.

July 14, 2013 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Joe Klocko: The skills gap — not the only challenge

I once had a drawing that depicted a few individuals with quizzical looks on their faces and a tag line that read "I appreciate the problem but, unfortunately, I do not have a solution".

July 10, 2013 | By Joe Klocko Entrepreneur’s Corner | Business Columns


The business owner’s midyear exam

It is never an unproductive use of time to stop and gain perspective to measure progress made towards goals that have been set.

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


Bob Khalsa: Santa Clarita Valley home sales up 5 percent, prices rise 17 percent

Sales of existing homes and condominiums in the Santa Clarita Valley increased during May even as a severely limited inventory contributed to a 17 percent rise in resale prices.

July 04, 2013 | By Bob Khalsa Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Write your year-end letter to your employees now

Last week I covered the Business Charter, which includes the organizations' vision statement. This single sentence is a tool helping individuals at all levels in an organization to become engaged.

June 30, 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


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


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