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New Year’s resolutions for small businesses

It makes us, or it mars us, think on that,

December 26, 2008 | By Chris S. Jacobsen It’s the Law | Business Columns


The state budget and your LLC

As we all should be aware by now, the state of California finally has a budget for the 2008-2009 fiscal year. But have you had a chance to get into the details of how the state was able to raise revenues to cover its persistent budget deficit?

December 25, 2008 | By Chris S. Jacobsen It’s the Law | Business Columns


Reduce your property tax

It's that time of the year again - property tax time.

December 25, 2008 | By Lily Qian Falzone | Business Columns


Estate plan checkup

The beginning of the new year is an excellent time to sit down with a professional to review your entire estate plan, including your trust, will, power of attorney, health-care directive, community property agreement and other documents intended to make sure your assets and personal needs will be managed according to your wishes. If it's been longer than a year, you're probably overdue for an estate-planning checkup.

December 25, 2008 | By Randall D. Armour | Business Columns


‘Be greedy’, especially when others are fearful

So says Warren Buffet, the billion dollar investor, who is now buying US stocks. He said "A simple rule dictates my buying: Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful".

December 24, 2008 | By D. Frank Norton It’s Your Money | Business Columns


A better place in 2009?

The year 2008 was a difficult one for most businesses, many having to downsize for economic reasons. Downsizing in this case means cutting expenses, reducing payroll and eliminating clients that could no longer afford to pay for products and services.

December 24, 2008 | By Kenneth W. Keller | Business Columns


Some employees quit but still come to work

Terri Kabachnick is the founder of The Kabachnick Group a company focused on teaching service-oriented businesses how to develop customer loyalty through employees.

December 23, 2008 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Helpful strategies during a bear market

The past year has been a challenging one for investors and financial planners.

December 23, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


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


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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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