Brotherly Love

Success in business is not always just about a good idea and a business plan.For Matt and Keegan Myers, success hinges on happiness and good relationships. Be happy where you are and who you are working with. Then you can build it, and they will...

Turning Cherry Waste Into Gold

Michelle White began her career working with cherries in a food processing plant, an experience that would catapult her development of Michelle's Miracle Original Tart Montmorency Cherry Concentrate.White was dismayed by farmers having to dump their cherries on the ground to get paid for the...

‘Til Death Do Us Part

Alex and Brad, both in their mid-40s, had just celebrated the 10th anniversary of their market consulting business. The next morning, Brad suffered a heart attack and died. Alex suddenly lost his long-time business associate. What's more, after the estate was settled, he found...

THE ENTREPRENEUR with Dean Adams

The local building and construction market may seem sluggish to some, but for one local entrepreneur time is on his side, and his building business is flourishing.Dean Adams, the young and gregarious owner of Bay Area Contracting, in part attributes his business success to taking...

Effective Planning: Quality of Thought is What Matters

When making any number of important life decisions, such as moving to a new neighborhood or taking a new job, we tend to mull over the potential scenarios ad nauseam. We think about it lying in bed at night. We think about it during our...

The Ultimate Estate Planning Driver? Your Perfect World

What is it about estate planning that makes you want to grind your teeth? Estate planning doesn't have to be arduous and stressful, yet it's avoided like the treadmill in your basement and easily put off for years, even decades. What is true is that...

Charitable giving and smart tax planning

Are you hanging on to some low-basis, highly-appreciated assets that you would gladly sell if you could somehow avoid losing much of the value to taxes? One solution might be an estate planning arrangement known as a charitable remainder trust. This type of trust might...