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Tried and tested strategies for success

When Wilbur and Orville Wright finished the first successful manned flight on Dec. 17, 1903, they amazed and astonished the world. They also demonstrated the power of their problem-solving method.

December 20, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson Know the Score | Business Columns


Take a risk — but do it intelligently

Taking risks is difficult, whether for an individual or a company, because it involves uncertainty.

December 19, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


New laws to know in the new year

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Chestnuts roasting, cooler weather, holiday decorations, long lines in retail stores and ... a bevy of new laws passed by the legislature for California employers.

December 19, 2008 | By Brian E. Koegle It’s the Law | Business Columns


Don’t ignore served divorce papers

In the initial stages of a divorce many people find it difficult to face the reality of the circumstances before them and will often ignore and try to avoid the process altogether, but doing so can have serious detrimental effects.

December 18, 2008 | By April E. Oliver | Business Columns


Tax strategies for your business this year

The month of December is winding down, but you still have time to make some tax-advantaged moves for your business before the year is up. These are a few ideas to put on your list.

Capital contributions

December 18, 2008 | By Julie M. Sturgeon | Business Columns


Business owner resolutions for the New Year

* The economy might not be working for me, and it might not be working against me, so to play it safe, in 2009, I am going to be satisfied with flat revenue. We will worry about growing the top line in 2010.

December 17, 2008 | Kenneth W. Keller | Business Columns


The foundation of every organization

Organizations are built on people. The only true long-term competitive advantage any organization has is the people employed and working inside of it.

December 16, 2008 | By Ken Keller For The Signal | Business Columns


Staying the course during a recession

Now that the media has announced we are "officially" in a recession, do you think anyone you know wasn't aware of it?

December 16, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Myths regarding annuities

Myths surrounding annuities and misconceptions about them have gained a foothold with both the general public and the media. These misconceptions stem largely from a lack of information.

December 15, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Helping your attorney will save you money

The average legal client in the Santa Clarita Valley is an individual or small company. Their legal needs and economic situations differ greatly from those of the corporation, insurance company, financial, governmental or other more powerful institutions that commonly are opposing the individual consumer.

December 12, 2008 | By Kevin W. Yeam It’s the Law | Business Columns


Punitive damages aren’t compensatory

Punitive damages are damages imposed to punish certain defendants for malicious conduct, fraud or other despicable conduct. In California, punitive damages have nothing to do with compensating the victim of such conduct. Instead, they are imposed, in addition to compensatory damages, to punish the defendant for egregious or despicable wrongdoing.

December 11, 2008 | By John F. Grannis | Business Columns


Up to $7,500 tax credit for certain home buyers

If you haven't owned a primary residence for three years or more, you need to read this.

December 11, 2008 | By Dr. D. Frank Norton It’s Your Money | Business Columns


Whatever you do, avoid probate court

Avoiding probate is one of the major reasons (and often the only reason) that my clients give for wanting to establish an estate plan. Most of them have heard that a Living Trust can avoid the cost and delays associated with probate and allow assets to transfer to the beneficiaries without court intervention. In most cases, if the trust is properly drafted and funded (many trusts that I review are not), this is correct.

December 10, 2008 | By Randall D. Armour | Business Columns


Some lessons for gauging your business

An informal survey of business owners conducted last week provided some interesting lessons learned that might be applicable to most anyone who owns or runs a business.

December 10, 2008 | By Kenneth W. Keller Inside Business | Business Columns


Looking at leadership on a smaller scale

The current financial crisis has owners, managers and employees worried about their companies, their jobs and their futures.

December 09, 2008 | By Ken Keller For The Signal | Business Columns


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Articles by Section - 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


Joe Klocko: Criteria for business success

When you think of California do words like innovative, leading-edge and trendy come to mind? A place where new ideas first take root before they become woven into the very fabric of the national culture and industrial base before becoming recognized around the world as being uniquely "American". If so, you may be surprised to learn that in one area, the critical business process of selecting and hiring new employees, California is lagging behind the rest of the country.

January 22, 2014 | By Joe Klocko Entrepreneur's Corner | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Is the next level for you?

I recently conversed with the owner of a profitable company. She was interested in addressing some issues so she could return her attention to growing the business.

January 19, 2014 | By Ken Keller For The Signal | Business Columns


Nancy Starczyk:New rules aim for safer loans

Federal rules that went into effect Friday, Jan. 10, provide homeowners and consumers shopping for a home mortgage new rights and greater protection from harmful lending practices, while also probably slowing the pace of home price increases and forging a stronger, more stable housing market.

January 15, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


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