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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


Don’t forget to pay the nanny tax on help around the house

If you hire someone to help around the house or to watch your children, you may be subject to the often overlooked "nanny tax." Simply put, the nanny tax is a payroll tax due on certain household employees' wages.

September 24, 2008 | By Alan J. Lyon | Business Columns


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


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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


Nancy Starczyk: Housing fines set to increase

When it comes to buying or renting a home, bias too often still appears in all shapes and sizes - because of religion, age, race, sexual orientation, a handicap, a partner from a different race, a different nationality, or simply the presence of kids.

April 23, 2014 | By Nancy Starczyk Real Estate Talk | Business Columns


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