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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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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


Kari Aaver: Employment resources

Not yet using LinkedIn to help you find qualified professionals? You should be.

May 28, 2014 | By Kari Aaver Business Column | Business Columns


Ken Keller: My trees, your people and lessons learned

When we moved into our home, a row of six tall and bushy pine trees provided ample shade and privacy for our back yard.

May 25, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Why employees leave for greener pastures

Forbes reported that millions of employed Americans are switching employers each month.

May 18, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Janice France-Pettit: Financial spring cleaning

Spring is here and many of us are busy cleaning out closets and dusting the cobwebs that may have accumulated during the winter. While you are taking on spring cleaning projects, consider taking a fresh look at your finances.

May 14, 2014 | By Janice France-Pettit Union Bank | Business Columns


Time to revisit your pricing

If there is one thing that makes me angry, it is the statement stuffed into my cable television bill telling me that the price I have to pay has gone up.

May 12, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food for Business Owners | Business Columns


Ken Keller: We should all be so lucky

This past week I watched Brian Tracy's video "Success is a Journey" a total of five times as I facilitated client orientations.

May 03, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


Janice France-Pettit:Use your tax refund wisely

If you are one of the millions of Americans receiving a refund this year, following are several ways to put your refund to work.

April 30, 2014 | By Janice France-Pettit Union Bank | Business Columns


Ken Keller: Lists you need to make

I don't do it as often as I should, but one of my favorite tools is asking thought-provoking questions of my clients.

April 27, 2014 | By Ken Keller Brain Food For Business Owners | Business Columns


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