The Small Business Administration has changed since the 1990's both in technology and in focus. We asked Jayne Armstrong, State Director for Iowa to visit with us about the tasks and opportunities provided by the "New and Improved" SBA. Here is that conversation:
Our friend Suzanne Hull the founder of a non-profit that is bringing us Christkindlmarket Des Moines comes by to give us a taste of an event happening at Jasper Winery on 5 December. What is all of this about? We asked and Suzanne had answers.
We start this interview with a couple of personal stories about our Fathers' and how their work not only defined them but how proud they were. It starts a discussion on how employers might want to create a culture where there is thanksgiving on the part of the employee and employer. But, how do you get there? Here's Jeff Garrison from Merit Resources with some thoughts:
It's a very short business week but still there are some networking events in the Des Moines Metro for business. In addition we chat a bit about how retail can better use social media including Twitter Hashtags during Black Friday and beyond. Here's Laura Kinnard with more:
Each week Sheryl Tessier comes by to share with us her top picks of "Stuff to Do in the Metro". For more and some special deals visit her at Eat, Play, Love Des Moines. Here is this weeks list of fun things...even a Turkey Trot!
Recently Chef Michael Leo traveled to his home in Austria and then a side trip to Tuscany. The reason? And, how does the dining experience in Europe differ from most restaurants in Des Moines? We asked that and also talked about what ideas he is bringing back to the Strudl Haus for the upcoming Italian Wine Dinner on 10 December. Our conversation:
When business realizes that women in leadership roles has such a positive impact you would think more women would be chosen to fill those roles. But, not yet. Enter the NEXUS Epic Challenge a way to affect Central Iowa businesses by attracting, retaining and promoting women as a workplace development strategy. Our guests are Jann Freed and Leisha Barcus and the topic is timely. Here is our conversation:
We've had such a positive experience with the animal rescue center called Panora PETS. Michael has three dogs from this volunteer rescue. We chat about that and then about the horror of dog fighting in Iowa. Something we were shocked to learn is happening with regularity. Here is Melodie Smith who rescued Sarge a Bait Dog...no really.
She is back with us...Cat Rocketship joins us to chat about one of our favorite holiday traditions...Market Day Iowa which happens on Black Friday. We talk about what you can expect and in their brand new location at Capital Square downtown Des Moines. Here's Cat!
We spend some time with Becky Rupiper-Greene from Tero International about how knowing your physiological profile can help you in business. From team building to business decisions learning your profile can be very helpful as you navigate your career or your company. Oh, and in this broadcast we learn more about Michael than, perhaps, we should.