When we started our Friday Fun Broadcast we figured you might like to learn about the business of..."fun stuff". Meet CW Smith a singer/songwriter who makes a living by working a "day job" plus writing/producing and performing his original music. We love it!
OK, we had NO idea that folks still did break-dancing. But, clearly they do and when Anthony San gave us a call we figure we should have him join us for a Friday Fun broadcast. We're impressed and know that in August there will be a Break-Dancing Contest here in Des Moines.
Ready to learn what the Hot Spots are in the Des Moines Metro are for this weekend? Yeah...we figured. Here's Sheryl from Eat, Play, Love Des Moines with her picks.
So what is an "action coach"? We host Greg Thompson to share with us the top three issues he sees that keep businesses from moving forward. We also talked about the special event open to Urbandale Chamber Members called MOXIE. Good stuff!
Mix an authentic Austrian Cafe with world class wine, coffee, European food and pastries and you've got the Strudl Haus. We caught up with Michael Leo and asked him about his unique restaurant and why in the world did he go to Guatemala? Here is that conversation:
When we got the invitation to Portfolio Day we weren't sure what it was so we called the folks at DMACC and they sent us Monte Ballard the Chair of the Graphic Design Department and student Molly Mack. We talked about what the event is, who can go and getting a job in graphic design.
Michael LaValle is no stranger to start-ups. He is the General Manager and Culinary Director of the Embassy Club, he founded The Hub on the Des Moines River and he and his bride operate Trellis located in the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. He is also a riverboat captain on the Jonathan Anderson White paddle wheel boat. And that is where this story gets interesting. Tired of fighting flooding conditions downtown Michael has asked the City of West Des Moines for permission to float his riverboat there. That sparked an interesting debate. Here is our conversation and attempt to move this neat economic development idea along.
Last week Delta Dental, a health care insurance insurance company, partnered with the Des Moines Bicycle Collective and took possession of six bicycles for their employees. President/CEO Jeff Russell came by the studio to talk about why the company made the decision to become the first "corporate partner" in the Metro.
We hear it all the time from the business executives we interview on the News Hour, "We've got jobs; however so many applicants don't have the skill sets we need." Enter the Business Horizons program from the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation. Kay Neumann-Thomas and Jessi Steward came by to talk about how this one-week program can alter the direction of those young people who take part. Truly a wonderful program of intense mentoring.
The Des Moines Metro has some housing issues when it comes to entry level home ownership to rentals. Eric Burmeister from the Polk County Housing Trust Fund talks about the economic reality of everything from wages to transportation to housing. We cover lots of ground here and some of the information may surprise you.