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Lawsuits cause businesses to leave state

Too often I am reminded of the impact that California state regulations and litigated claims can have against companies doing business in California, resulting in businesses closing or moving out of state.

November 27, 2008 | By John H. Shaffery It’s the Law | Business Columns


Check the numbers for 2008 tax savings

Do you like numbers? Do you like them better when they involve tax savings? Here are 10 numbers and 10 tax-saving strategies to consider as the clock starts to wind down on 2008.

November 27, 2008 | By Alan J. Lyon It's Your Money | Business Columns


'Tis the season to harvest your tax losses

While the economic reasons for buying and selling in the stock market are critical, strategies to minimize your tax burden must also be considered.

November 26, 2008 | By Julie M. Sturgeon | Business Columns


What I learned about finance

One of the best educational experiences during my tenure in corporate America was the two-and-a-half years I spent crunching numbers for one of the largest consumer products companies in the country.

November 25, 2008 | Kenneth W. Keller | Business Columns


Couples need smart retirement strategies

The odds are overwhelming that a wife will live longer than her husband. She is also two and a half times more likely than the husband to live alone. Needless to say, she has to be self-sufficient and the money has to last longer.

November 25, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Coping with the stock market decline

Stock market declines are an inevitable part of investing. We have all heard of strategies to stay the course and stay on track.

November 24, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


The great mystery of creativity

Why do the best ideas arrive in the shower?

November 22, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson Know the Score | Business Columns


Ways to keep lid on expenses abound

Here are the next 12 tips for keeping your business expenses under control:

November 21, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


Don’t let anger dictate legal strategy

There is a saying by an unknown author that "anger is one letter short of danger."

November 20, 2008 | By Steven G. Mehta | Business Columns


Is your trust account federally insured?

Due to recent bank failures and the overall economic climate, I have received several calls recently from clients wanting to know whether their bank accounts that are held in the name of a trust would be fully insured by the government if their bank failed.

November 20, 2008 | By Randall D. Armour It’s Your Money | Business Columns


Increasing taxes won’t rescue economy

With the presidential election approaching, we find one candidate wanting to redistribute the wealth from the rich to the poor by raising taxes on the "rich," with the other candidate wanting to lower taxes across the board. As you may have surmised, I do have more financially conservative leanings. I did vote for George Bush and now feel betrayed by his spendthrift policies.

November 19, 2008 | D. Frank Norton | Business Columns


Stay true, succeed like Jerry Maguire

It's been said that movies are created with at least one, and up to three, combinations of plots. Those plots involve: man versus man, man versus the environment and man versus himself.

November 19, 2008 | By Kenneth W. Keller Inside Business | Business Columns


Tuition is expensive at tough times U

Imagine that your life as a business owner is going fine. Clients are buying and paying, your employees are happy and you've got money in the bank for rainy days and opportunities.

November 18, 2008 | By Ken Keller Inside Business | Business Columns


Federal bailouts: one for them, one for you?

Everyone else is getting a Federal bailout, why not you?

November 18, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Common IRA mistakes: Part 3

This is the third and final part in a series of columns about 10 common IRA mistakes.

November 17, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


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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


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