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Information highway saves gas, stress

It seems that I'm "banging the drum" a lot about entrepreneurs working from home at their own business, but with the high cost of gas, high food prices and high employee layoffs, it just makes sense.

October 17, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns

How to prepare for retirement

One of the most common mistakes investors make in dealing with their IRAs is to name or change a beneficiary. In this changing world and with our fast-paced lives, many people overlook the important feature of passing on one of your most important assets. The IRA beneficiary designation form serves as an important estate planning document.

October 16, 2008 | By Jim Lentini For The Signal | Business Columns

Decide: Short sale or foreclosure?

In today's housing market, many people are upside-down with their mortgages. Not to mention, many homeowners have an adjustable rate mortgage that has the payment skyrocketing.

October 16, 2008 | By Hale Antico For The Signal | Business Columns

Is your policy good to go for wildfires?

Fire season: Are you prepared in the event of a disaster?

October 15, 2008 | By Julie M. Sturgeon For The Signal | Business Columns

Reinforcement does an employee good

After 90 days or so on a new job, I pointedly asked my not-so-new boss, "I've been here for just about three months, how am I doing?"

October 14, 2008 | By Ken Keller For The Signal | Business Columns

What are characteristics of entrepreneurs?

To be a successful entrepreneur you must have patience, perseverance, honesty, fidelity and the personality of a self-starter. There are many who have fine staying qualities, but poor starting qualities.

October 10, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson For The Signal | Business Columns

Marriage: Yours, mine ... and now ours

In California, where spouses are concerned, property rights are determined by looking at the basic principle of "yours, mine and ours" - what's yours is yours, and what's mine is mine (separate property).

October 09, 2008 | By Shannon S. Kreitner For The Signal | Business Columns

Consider naming a corporate trustee for your trust

The most important decision to make in establishing a trust may be the selection of the trustee. The trustee's role is to carry out the terms of the trust and fulfill its objectives. While there are several different types of trusts, this column will focus on the most common type, the revocable living trust, and the selection of a successor trustee.

October 08, 2008 | By Randall D. Armour For The Signal | Business Columns

Priorities mean better time management

Keeping a handle on our lives and time are key to being able to succeed. Many of us make "to-do" lists, but few of us take the time to weigh the things on that list for their relative importance, both professionally and personally.

October 03, 2008 | By Maureen Stephenson Know the Score | Business Columns

Employers only required to lead the horse to water

Most of us are familiar with the old adage, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink."

October 02, 2008 | By Brian E. Koegle | Business Columns

Funding college savings

Saving for college can be intimidating. Added to this necessity is the current crisis we are facing in our personal lives due to the financial and energy markets.

October 02, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns

New business math: Addition by subtraction

Last week, the Super Bowl-winning New York Giants traded tight-end Jeremy Shockey to the New Orleans Saints. Shockey had been a Pro Bowl pick for a number of years and had solid statistics, including having 371 catches for 4,228 yards and 27 touchdowns in 83 regular season games with the Giants.

September 30, 2008 | By Ken Keller For The Signal | Business Columns

Leaders lead organizations to success

True go-getters do not amass power by worrying about their titles or the size of their offices. Instead, they know how to lead and keep loyal employees.

September 26, 2008 | Maureen Stephenson For The Signal | Business Columns

What you need to know when you turn 18

At 18, you are now an adult in the eyes of the law. You can enter into contracts, buy and/or sell property, real estate or stock, marry, sue and/or be sued, make a will, inherit property, vote, serve on a jury, control your own medical treatment and join the military, but still have NO rights with alcohol. Your parents no longer have to support you. You are responsible for your own taxes and insurance and must register for the military. You are no longer entitled to the protection of the juvenile court system.

September 25, 2008 | By Kevin Yeam | Business Columns

Baby boomers transitioning to retirement

The nearly 80 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 may pride themselves on being different, but they have at least one thing in common: They are all "baby boomers," the largest generation in American history. The oldest of them are now reaching an age commonly associated with retirement, and each day over the next two decades thousands more will follow.

September 25, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | 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

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