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Maureen Stephenson: No time like the present to tighten things up

I bet that got your attention.

January 31, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Economic woes, layoffs and wrongful termination lawsuits

Employers looking to reduce overhead in 2009 by terminating employees due to the impacts of the bad economy should not assume that such decisions are free of the risk that a wrongful termination action could be filed by the terminated employee.

January 30, 2009 | By David S. Poole and Brian R. Tinkham It's The Law | Business Columns


Julie M. Sturgeon: Take advantage of tax credits for your home

Did you know that if you are an American buying your first home between April 9, 2008, and July 1, 2009, the U.S. government will give you up to $7,500 in the form of a federal tax credit?

January 29, 2009 | By Julie M. Sturgeon It’s Your Money | Business Columns


Kenneth W. Keller: Creating your business action plan

There is tremendous uncertainty among business owners these days. The confidence of many is shattered and for many others, it is wavering, on the verge of being broken.

January 28, 2009 | By Kenneth W. Keller Inside Business | Business Columns


Jim Lentini: There are not many individuals and businesses that haven’t seen their incomes and retir

There are not many individuals and businesses that haven't seen their incomes and retirement plans shrinking due to our current crisis.

January 27, 2009 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


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


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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


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