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Two who discovered and used their strengths

Research suggests that people will be more engaged, more productive and considerably happier at work when they use their strengths.

September 23, 2008 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns

How to decide what to archive and what to toss

When it comes to record-keeping, entrepreneurs fall into two categories: "Neatniks" who toss every piece of paper that hasn't been handled in the past week, or "Ratpackers" - those who save every scrap of paper and receipt they ever see. When running your business we all know there are certain documents that should be filed for a certain length of time, but we never can seem to remember which is what.

September 19, 2008 | Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns

Minimizing the emotions of a down stock market

If you have wondered how to survive in a down market, you are not alone. Many investors worry about selling out too soon and then having trouble getting back into the market.

September 18, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns

Even small businesses have to consider securities laws

Have you had a legal compliance check-up for your corporation or limited liability company lately? Did you use one of those online services to form your own corporation or LLC and wonder if you did everything that was necessary to properly organize your business entity? Are you covering all of the legal bases in the organization and operation of your company? One frequently missed area for small businesses is compliance with securities laws.

September 18, 2008 | By Chris S. Jacobsen For The Signal | Business Columns

The six responsibilities of every manager

Countless books and articles have been written about the tasks of those in management. The majority concern themselves with planning, organizing, controlling, coordinating and leading, which means everything in theory and nothing in practicality to the manager responsible for getting things done.

September 16, 2008 | Kenneth W. Keller Inside Business | Business Columns

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

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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

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

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