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Salon owners blend business and charity

GOOD HUMOR AND GREAT COMMUNITY SPIRIT — Tien Nguyen, right, and fiancé Dave Condell sit in their newly purchased and remodeled El Dorado Hills Salon. Condell handles the business side of the operation and said it's best that he leaves the beauty services to Nguyen. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

When Dave Condell and fiancée Tien Nguyen purchased the El Dorado Hills Salon a little less than two months ago they knew they wanted to reinvent the business. They wanted it to be so much more than a place to get highlights and pedicures. Condell, 46, and Nguyen, 36, wanted to build their salon around community […]

No Comment / August 18, 2011 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Montessori Manor prepares children for lifelong learning

IN A CLASSROOM WITH NO DESKS — Montessori Manor children learn using all their senses. Left to right: Anders Dieter, 5, matches geometric forms; Montessori Manor Director "Miss Leslie" Dillon sits with Austin Miller, 5, as he separates the counting sticks into spaces in a tray; Ryan Vasconcellos, 5, and Silje Dieter, 5, learn geography with map puzzles. Photo by Roberta Long

For 20 years “Miss Leslie” Dillon has been providing Montessori education for children ages 2-1/2 to 6 in a quiet corner of El Dorado Hills. Dillon grew up in Menlo Park with a dream to someday become an elementary teacher. She followed her dream to San Diego State University, where she earned a degree in […]

No Comment / August 15, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns,News | Read More »

Brush up on your investment education

John Zezini

You don’t need to have young children to be keenly aware that we’ve reached that “back-to-school” time of year. Whether you’re shopping for school supplies or not, you may want to take a cue from this season to think about getting a little more education yourself — specifically, investment education. Many people find the language […]

No Comment / August 11, 2011 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Fear of losses may lead to negative investment behavior

Iain Marshall

Like every other investor, you prefer not to see the value of your investments drop. But at some point they will fall simply because of the ups and downs of the market. And how you respond to short-term losses can help determine if you enjoy long-term investment success. Investors’ feelings about losses can be complex. […]

No Comment / August 09, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Bret Lang, Scott Ostrode collaborate to serve real estate clients

TAKING THE MESSAGE TO HEART — Scott Ostrode, left, and Bret Lang, right, share their expertise and work together for their real estate clients. Photo by Roberta Long

There’s an old English proverb popularized by legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne that says, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Bret Lang and Scott Ostrode epitomize this attitude in their real estate profession. The two Realtors, who work with Keller Williams Realty in Folsom, are not phased by the current […]

No Comment / July 29, 2011 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Like the weather, hot investment can cool off

Iain Marshall

We’re in the “Dog Days” of summer — traditionally the hottest, steamiest time of year. But in a few weeks, the temperatures will begin to cool down. Nature isn’t alone in this heating-and-cooling pattern;  you can also find evidence of it in the investment world. To be specific, today’s “hot” investments can lose their sizzle […]

No Comment / July 18, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Fear of losses may lead to negative investment behavior

John Zezini

Like every other investor, you prefer not to see the value of your investments drop. But at some point they will fall simply because of the ups and downs of the market. And how you respond to short-term losses can help determine if you enjoy long-term investment success. Investors’ feelings about losses can be complex. […]

No Comment / July 07, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »