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Plan ahead - and plan your funeral now

Disputes among family members can arise when funeral arrangements are made after the death of a relative. Everyone may be trying to do the right thing, but disagreements and anger can continue long after the funeral. Families in our American culture don't want to talk about death, especially in advance.

November 14, 2008 | By Gina MacDonald It's The Law | Business Columns


Consider your business' performance

The current economic situation and the time of year may call into question the performance of business owners. Was it a good year? Was it a bad year? Why? How could it have been better? Why didn't the objectives get achieved? What problems surfaced that the organization was unprepared for?

November 13, 2008 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


Organize your organization

Vacations and long weekends are behind us, the economy remains a challenge and now is an excellent time to get refocused and reenergized, regardless of company size, industry or success to date.

November 11, 2008 | By Ken Keller Inside Business | Business Columns


A few tips for framing your retirement

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

November 11, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Survival tips for small businesses

You may be in Mail Order, Direct Mail, or you may be a local merchant with 150 employees; whichever, however or whatever - you've got to know how to keep your business alive during economic recessions.

November 08, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


Is it time for a second career?

If you're among the casualties of recent cutbacks in the corporate world, you might be looking for a job in another field.

November 07, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


It’s time to talk to your kids about money

Communicating with teenagers is hard enough for most parents, and talking about money is no exception. In fact, research shows that only 36 percent of adults are teaching their children how to become financially responsible. In general, parents are uncomfortable speaking with their children about finances because a lot of people hold the widespread view that personal finances is a taboo topic.

November 07, 2008 | By Julie M. Sturgeon It’s Your Money | Business Columns


‘Title’ can ruin your whole day

A recent study indicates that most Americans over the age of 55 have less than $25,000 in savings. For some, any inheritance they may receive is critical to their future.

November 06, 2008 | By Robert Mansour | Business Columns


Understanding Cal-OSHA citations

It's a safe bet that any business whose employees are engaged in construction, manufacturing, or other commercial production activities is probably familiar with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal-OSHA. This is the state agency which regulates and enforces California workplace safety and health standards, and which issues citations for any violations of those standards.

November 06, 2008 | By John Grannis It's The Law | Business Columns


Micromanagers are less than stellar bosses

Being a supervisor of people in a work environment is a very difficult job.

November 05, 2008 | By Kenneth W. Keller Inside Business | Business Columns


Defining events can make or break a company

I did some re-reading of the best selling book "Good to Great" by Jim Collins. This was triggered by a recent interview I read of former president Jimmy Carter in the press.

November 04, 2008 | By Ken Keller Inside Business | Business Columns


More common IRA mistakes

Last week my column addressed three common IRA mistakes.

November 03, 2008 | Jim Lentini Planning for Tomorrow | Business Columns


How to weather the recession

As your supermarket receipts sadly show, the price of many food items keeps escalating. Dairy products have jumped nearly 11 percent over the past year, coffee costs almost 9 percent more, and a dozen eggs are up 43 cents.

October 31, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson Know the Score | Business Columns


Don’t dilute trademarks

If you are thinking of starting a business, choosing your business name or brand name could have significant ramifications if you chose a name similar to a famous trademark because it could dilute the famous trademark.

October 30, 2008 | Brian R. Tinkham It’s the Law | Business Columns


Estate planning: Does it offer creditor protection?

One of the most common questions I am asked when meeting with a client to discuss estate planning is whether or not the estate plan will offer protection from creditors.

October 29, 2008 | By Randall D. Armour | Business Columns


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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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