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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


Put the lid on business expenses

One of the biggest mistakes business owners can make is saddling themselves with too much overhead.

November 14, 2008 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


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


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Joe Klocko: Finding the ideal employee

Now that I have your interest, I'll try to let you down gently.

July 09, 2014 | By Joe Klocko Business Matters | Business Columns


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


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