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Family or friends aren’t good bankers

For start-up entrepreneurs, hitting up family and friends is the most common way to get started but it's often the riskiest. This method, however, accounts for more than 70 percent of all venture dollars for start-ups.

September 12, 2008 | Maureen Stephenson For The Signal | Business Columns


How to deal with the current slump in stocks

Wall Street just announced this week that we are in a bear market. I think this is old news. Anyone who works for a living, drives a car, has a mortgage or buys groceries came to that conclusion some time ago. For most of the past decade, stocks and mutual funds, the primary investment vehicle for most Americans, have been bogged down.

September 11, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Mid-year review for California employers

It has been a busy year for the courts and the legislature when it comes to changes in employment laws, and we have only completed the first six months. With additional landmark cases on the horizon, and a number of pending pieces of legislation, we could see a number of additional changes in the law over the last half of 2008, as well. The following are just a few of the new rules that employers should be aware of.

September 11, 2008 | By Brian E. Koegle | Business Columns


Maintaining communication in the workplace

There is a tremendous amount of space between the official mission statement and what NASA did leading up what took place in 1969. The gap is a competitive advantage that has stood for the last 39 years.

September 09, 2008 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Beware career killers that can cost you your job

You're at your desk at 8 a.m. every morning, you wouldn't think of pocketing even one paper clip, and you haven't worn flip-flops to work since you were a lifeguard, but there's more to getting that promotion than reading the employee manual and hitting deadlines. There are some mistakes that can put you on the manager's hit list the next time layoffs roll around, so let's see what they are:

September 05, 2008 | By Dr. Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


How to make it less likely that anyone will contest your will

Emotions can run high at the death of a family member. If a family member is unhappy with the amount received (or didn't receive) under a will, he or she may contest the will.

September 04, 2008 | By Gina MacDonald | Business Columns


Framing your future while avoiding these 4 pitfalls

A lot has changed since you were a kid. Retirement has changed as well. The way you picture yourself in retirement is probably quite different from your parents' retirement. It is no longer about a few years of rest and relaxation. It is about pursuing your lifelong dreams, or discovering new ones.

September 04, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Raising prices is a balancing act for businesses

As climbing energy and other underlying costs continue to erode the profit margins of many small businesses, owners are again considering whether they should raise prices. If you raise prices, you risk losing clients to competitors. If you don't, rising costs can capsize your company.

September 03, 2008 | By Julie M. Sturgeon | Business Columns


Lessons to be learned from American presidents

Just over four years ago, I wrote a column on leaders and leadership entitled, "14 Traits of Successful Leaders."

September 02, 2008 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Disclosing your economic interests

You are a civic-minded person. You live here, you work here and perhaps you own a business here. You want to help make Santa Clarita a better place to live.

So, when the opportunity to serve on a city commission, committee or advisory board comes along, you volunteer your talent and your precious time, all with the best of intentions.

August 28, 2008 | By John Grannis | Business Columns


Using the affordability index to determine if you are ready to retire

With the current economic problems and energy costs Americans are faced with currently and for the immediate future, it is making it harder than ever to make or continue retirement planning contributions.

August 28, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


What to do to reduce the chance of an IRS audit

This is the final part in a two- part series about being audited by the IRS.

Last week, I presented information regarding your chances of being audited. For certain taxpayers, the odds are not getting better for you. So what can one do to reduce their chances of being audited?

August 27, 2008 | By D. Frank Norton | Business Columns


What can be done to reduce interruptions at work

For many people working in a business, days are filled with activity. At the end of each day, however, it might be difficult to remember what, if anything was actually achieved.

August 26, 2008 | By Kenneth Keller | Business Columns


Reasons why many companies incorporate in Delaware

How did Newhall Land and Farming Company - the renowned, 125-year-old California real estate owner - end up in a bankruptcy court in Delaware?

In 2004, nationwide homebuilders Lennar and Lennar Property Corp. acquired it, then merged with some other major real estate concerns to form a business complex under the parentage of an entity called LandSource Communities, LLC, a limited liability company established under Delaware law.

August 21, 2008 | By Thomas Henry Coleman | Business Columns


Your retirement money and market volatility

Market volatility is a fact of life. Stock prices fluctuate from day to day, and markets move up and down over time along with the economy and business cycle. As a student of Jeremy Siegel of the School of Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, over time the market will return 8 to 9 percent over the cost of living.

August 21, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


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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


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


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