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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


Using the affordability index to determine if you are ready to retire

With the current economic problems and energy costs Americans are faced with currently and for the immediate future, it is making it harder than ever to make or continue retirement planning contributions.

August 28, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


What to do to reduce the chance of an IRS audit

This is the final part in a two- part series about being audited by the IRS.

Last week, I presented information regarding your chances of being audited. For certain taxpayers, the odds are not getting better for you. So what can one do to reduce their chances of being audited?

August 27, 2008 | By D. Frank Norton | Business Columns


What can be done to reduce interruptions at work

For many people working in a business, days are filled with activity. At the end of each day, however, it might be difficult to remember what, if anything was actually achieved.

August 26, 2008 | By Kenneth Keller | Business Columns


Reasons why many companies incorporate in Delaware

How did Newhall Land and Farming Company - the renowned, 125-year-old California real estate owner - end up in a bankruptcy court in Delaware?

In 2004, nationwide homebuilders Lennar and Lennar Property Corp. acquired it, then merged with some other major real estate concerns to form a business complex under the parentage of an entity called LandSource Communities, LLC, a limited liability company established under Delaware law.

August 21, 2008 | By Thomas Henry Coleman | Business Columns


Your retirement money and market volatility

Market volatility is a fact of life. Stock prices fluctuate from day to day, and markets move up and down over time along with the economy and business cycle. As a student of Jeremy Siegel of the School of Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, over time the market will return 8 to 9 percent over the cost of living.

August 21, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


IRS publication gives clues as to who gets audited

This is the first part in a two-part series about being audited by the IRS.

August 20, 2008 | By Frank Norton | Business Columns


What can be learned about business at a lemonade stand

Reading an article some time back I came across a philosophy of life. I don't remember who wrote the article and I am sure I can't remember all the parts of it, but one portion surfaced last Saturday. It was, "Whenever there is a lemonade stand, stop and buy some from the proprietor. That child is going to be running his or her own business some day and they need to be encouraged."

August 19, 2008 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


It takes timing to succeed with a home business

In last week's column, we talked about beating the recession by creating your own business from home.

August 15, 2008 | By Dr. Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


So, you need income?

You have worked hard all your life to accumulate a pool of retirement assets. Now, or at some time in the near future, you will want to turn all or a portion of that pool of assets into a stream of income that will last as long as you live. It won't be easy with the ups and downs of the economy, which is normal, but currently we have to be more concerned for the additional problems caused with our energy costs and the financial markets fiasco.

August 14, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


New developments in capital gain, property taxes and other benefits

Editor's Note: The Friday business columns known as Business Law will now be known as It's the Law.

Capital gain relief for widows and widowers

August 14, 2008 | By Gina Macdonald | Business Columns


Does your business have a prospecting plan?

I read with interest an article on the front page of The Signal on Monday. Several local business owners were interviewed and quoted about declining sales revenue, a reduction in customer buying and the impact of increasing costs on their businesses.

August 12, 2008 | By Ken Keller | Business Columns


How to recession-proof your life

It seems that every time we turn on the news these days we hear an endless litany of big corporations that are closing their doors, thousands of workers being laid off across the country, more jobs being outsourced and everybody losing money (unless you're in oil). The unemployment figures that politicians spout as going down, is only going down because laid-off workers are falling off the unemployment list after using up their 26 weeks. But don't let this discourage you, because it may be to your advantage.

Working from home is the new way forward! Think like an ...

August 08, 2008 | By Dr. Maureen Stephenson | Business Columns


Components of a basic living trust package

In previous articles, I have discussed the advantages of using living trusts as an estate planning tool. It is extremely important that your estate plan is drafted only after a personal consultation with an attorney so that the plan can be customized according to your specific situation and desires.

August 06, 2008 | By Randall D. Armour | Business Columns


Now marks time to ramp up marketing efforts

It would be nice to believe that every organization is a proponent of continuous marketing (which means marketing in both strong and slowing economies), but not everyone has done so. Many of the organizations that did not market when times were good are now suffering. Others that should know better are becoming nervous as the bad news of the economy is reported and so these firms are cutting back on marketing and other expenditures.

When times are good, and business is plentiful, businesses are often so busy they do not have time to market. They are busy taking care of ...

August 05, 2008 | By Ken Keller | 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


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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