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The Business News Headlines - 19 October 2018

The end of the business week and we've got the Friday Edition of the Business News Hour. On tap today it's sort of an Amazon day with three stories that touch on the company:

  • Amazon seems to be closing in on the location of its second headquarters;
  • The pay increase for Amazon workers is not working out so well;
  • Has Walmart found a way to battle back Amazon?
  • Ford Motor Company is in trouble so the CEO had to calm dealers down;
  • The Savery Hotel in downtown Des Moines is open, $20 million later;
  • What happened on Wall Street and...why.

Those stories plus a conversation with Lucas Nelson from MedPharm. The company are opening up two dispensaries next month...one in Sioux City and the other in Windsor Heights. We talk about the business, the Iowa legislature and more.

Also we'll have some fun with Cityview Magazine as we check out Stuff to DO in the Metro with Jeff Pitts and Parker Reed...

Thanks for listening! 

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Medical Treatment Choices with Cannabis - Meet Lucas Nelson

Soon there will be five dispensaries for Iowans who choose to use cannabis for the treatment of their ills. Here we visit with Lucas Nelson who is opening two MedPharm locations in Iowa. One in Sioux City and the other in Windsor Heights serving all of Central Iowa. Learn more about what MedPharm is and is not as well as why they picked their locations, the culture of the business and answers to questions so many people have. 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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Let’s Have Some Fun with Cityview and Stuff to DO!

Each Friday afternoon we ditch the heavy news in favor of "Stuff to DO in the Metro with Cityview Magazine". Here Jeff Pitts and Parker Reed talk about music, the arts, entertainment, dogs and more. It's what we do for "Friday Fun" each week. Oh, and the Word of the Day is..."frivolity".

 The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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Business News Headlines 18 October 2018

Back on the 1st of October we reported that, over the years, October is a lousy month for the markets. And, know what? That still holds true.  This is what's just a click away:

  • Something we bet you didn't know about StarKist Tuna;
  • Oil prices that just a few weeks ago were thought to be headed for $100 a barrel but nope;
  • More dollars in the lottery jackpots. Why?  We'll share;
  • J.C. Penny is offering something unique as they attempt to hire 39K holiday workers;
  • Aldi is doing online ordering and delivery in many cities including Des Moines;
  • The markets...don't ask...

Those stories and in for The Interview it's the new President of Aureon HR, Melissa Ness. We'll talk about what the company does, the tight labor market, why small to mid-size businesses use their human reasource services, the culture of the company and...she will tell me something during the interview I have never had a corporate leader say to me...ever.  Melissa Ness just a click away.

Thanks for listening! 

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Culture, Compassion and Human Resources - Meet Melissa Ness

In for The Interview is the president of Aureon HR, Melissa Ness. Here you'll learn more about who she is and why what she says is so important when it comes to recruitment and retention of employees. You'll learn about how she worked her way through the company, what she believes when it comes to corporate culture and how she and the people from Aureon HR work to help their clients "get it" when it comes to the softer side of HR. Melissa Ness for The Interview: 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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The Business News Headlines 17 October 2018

Yesterday's party on Wall Street ended today as investors took a look at the Fed Meeting Minutes...yeah that interest rate stuff. Here's what we shareing today:

  • We take a deep dive into the tax cuts...are they paying for themselves?
  • Last week it was Ford that announced layoffs today it's drug giant Pfizer;
  • In what nations do people retire younger...and older? We've got a list;
  • West Des Moines, Iowa is getting a major sports complex;
  • A North Central Iowa manufacturer produces some record revenue numbers;
  • And, yes, we'll check out what happened today on Wall Street.

Those stories plus in for The Interview is Ruth Ann Gaines (D-Des Moines) who is running for re-election in Iowa House District 32. Mrs. Gaines is a former educator who represents people just northeast of downtown Des Moines in an area she describes as economically challenged. Meet Ruth Ann Gaines:

Thanks for listening! 

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Meet House Member Ruth Ann Gaines

We've spent some time interviewing several rural candidates for the Iowa House this time we're on the near northeast side of Des Moines with incumbant Ruth Ann Gaines (D-Des Moines). In the opening you'll hear me say that I'm a fan of Mrs. Gaines for several reasons and then launch into a wide ranging interview. We met at a local coffee shop and had a conversation about her district, her hope for the future of the Metro and much more. Meet Ruth Ann Gaines of House District 32

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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The Business News Headlines - 16 October 2018

Each weekday we bring you the big business news stories of the day along with interesting business interviews with local to international business leaders. Today is no exception:

  • Strong earnings (like we told you) pulled the markets back;
  • UBER to go...public?
  • Elon and Tesla pay a total of $40 million and they are back in business;
  • Chickens, Tariffs and Lawsuits;
  • The Des Moines River Project just got a big check;
  • Retail loses a leader as Richard B. Von Maur Jr. dies at 86;
  • The Market Report and it was a dandy.

Also today we will introduce you to Jennifer Gracey. Jennifer works with businesses on the consumer experience with company websites. That is part one.  Part two is about how her personal and professional life has expanded due to her experiences in the Junior Chamber International. You must listen...

We're also going to climb back into our "Way-Back Machine" for a conversation we had three years ago with Chuck Mefford of BrandsFormation. We aired this in 2015 and again this past Sunday on News/Talk 1540 KXEL and wanted to share with you, again, here.

Thanks for listening! 

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Boost Your Personal and Professional Life - Meet Jennifer Gracey

People will pay thousands of dollars learning the lessons of personal and professional success. What if I were to tell you to save your money and invest just a fraction of that cash with a group that not only boosts your success level but also does great things for your community. Meet Jennifer Gracey and we're talking about the Junior Chamber International an organization that has been around for over 100 years but is still a leading force in building success among young people 18 to 40.  Click through and learn more.

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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Branding Your Business with Chuck Mefford

We aired this piece three years ago and then again this past Sunday on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. It's all about small business branding using a formula that has had proven success. Chuck Mefford is from Brands Formation and he speaks to business people all over the nation about the power they own...but rarely use. Looking for the "secret sauce"? Click through for Chuck... 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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