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The Business News Headlines 28 February 2019

In spite of some positive economic news today the failed trip to Hanoi regarding the talks between the U.S. and North Korea had investors upset. That story along with:

  • Employees walk out of three Sonic locations in Ohio;
  • It seems that Millennials have "buyers remorse" about their new home;
  • The GAP is spinning off Old Navy;
  • The tip I was given last week about the University of Iowa Community Credit Union was spot on;
  • The Des Moines Blank Park Zoo owes about $5 million in water bills...yikes!
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Those stories plus a conversation with Kirk Miller from Casey's General Store, an Iowa based convenience store chain, about a new fuel card for businesses. We talk about this new offering, how it works and how it is different than others and who can get it. Also we talk about pizza (you KNEW that was coming) and how a unsuccessful hostile takeover bid helped the company focus. To hear that conversation click here. 

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New from Casey’s General Store a Fleet Gas Card & Much More

It was one of those business interviews that just clicked. I sat down with Kirk Miller the Commercial Fuels Manager at Casey's General Store (an Iowa based convenience store chain) to talk about their new MasterCard themed fleet fuel card. Sure lots of places have fuel cards but this one is a bit different in the fact you don't have to use it at a Casey's if there is not one near you. We talked about that the company focus on pizza and how an unsuccessful hostile takeover bid helped the company focus. Lot's to unpack...here is Kirk: 

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.

The Business Mind of Duane Ellett and The Floppy Show

For thirty years Duane Ellett entertained Central Iowa with his creation, "The Floppy Show" but few have an understanding of the brilliant mind that created a real business out of balsa wood and felt. Our guest is author, historian and news director for News Talk 1540 KXEL, Jeff Stein who will be in Ankeny on Thursday for a free presentation about his book The Floppy Show and the magic and mind of the late Duane Ellett. Jeff will be at the Ankeny Kirkendall Public Library on Thursday 24 January at 6:30. More here at the website for The Floppy Show

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.

The Business News Headlines 4 January 2019

The Labor Department report today busted loose Wall Street...oh, and there was that Fed statement that kicked stuff into high gear. It's the Business News Hour Headlines for our first Friday of 2019. A click away you'll find:

  • Saks is closing a store in Manhattan..we thought you should know;
  • A billion dollar lawsuit gets the green light and what it's about will shock you;
  • 800,000 federal workers are not getting paid but some in the White House may get a raise;
  • Marriott says the hack was not as bad as first reported but, it's still big;
  • Leaders in the German government got hacked;
  • Get your wallet open...cable prices are going up, again.
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Those stories PLUS we've got Jeff Pitts back from Cityview Magazine with Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week. And to prove to you that we fail to take ourselves too seriously we even left in the bloopers at the end.  Enjoy! To hear all of that just click here

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Wine Styles - A Look Back

Five years ago we sat down with Jeff and Bryan McGinness who had recently purchased the Wine Styles franchise opportunity and were looking to expand their market. That was when there was just one location in the Des Moines Metro. Today there are three and there are now 15 Wine Styles Craft Beer and Retail Wine locations from Alaska to Virginia. Step back in time with us as we get into our Way-Back Machine and talk...wine and business. 

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.

Gov. Martin O’Malley on Elections, Iowa, the Economy and “Down Ballot” Races

He is one of our favorite people to interview. Recently former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley was in Iowa stumping for a host of Democrats seeking election to the Iowa Statehouse and to the U.S. Congress. We caught up with him as he was helping Iowa House candidate Heather Matson in Ankeny. We start the conversation talking about the economy, Wall Street, wages and then work into a discussion as to why he believes the right way to build the future of the Democratic Party is to work hard for candidates not at the top of the ballot.  Gov. Martin O'Malley: 

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.

 

Meeting Candidates - Heather Matson Iowa House District 38 (Ankeny, Saylorville, Polk County)

In our continuing effort to have you meet some of the fresh faces seeking office in the Iowa State House meet Heather Matson. She is running in House District 38 which is made up by parts of Ankeny, Saylorville, Saylor Township, Crocker and Delaware Townships. It's a mixture of suburban and rural areas of Polk County, Iowa. We talk about health care, mental health and more. Meet Heather Matson a mom, wife and now candidate. And here too is her website

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.

Business News Headlines 29 October 2018

Each weekday we offer up some of the top business news stories on your time. No more having to wait in your vehicle you can listen in at any time. And you can subscribe here on Podbean or on any of your favorite podcast channels. On tap today:

  • The Markets started off OK but, in the end, it got ugly;
  • Consumers are holding on to their smart phones much longer...why?
  • The disappearing cashier and store line Sam's Club to open a new concept in Texas;
  • Wells Fargo says, "Hang on a bit longer you'll get your money...";
  • Not Chicken and the Egg but Chickens and Courts.

Those stories plus this conversation with Sen Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) who was in town stumping for candidates including Amber Gustafson who is running for the Iowa State Senate out of Ankeny. Meet Amber as we continue our profile of various candidates around Iowa. You can listen to our conversation here.

Also today Laura Kinnard from Drake University and DMBizMixer.com joins us to talk about business networking and education events happening in the DSMUSA Metro this week and into next week.

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Senator Amy Klobuchar and Amber Gustafson Talking Elections and Issues

Iowa has been picking up lots of visitors ahead of the November elections. Recently Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) came to Iowa to stump for candidates up and down the ballot. We caught up with her at an event for Iowa State Senate candidate Amber Gustafson of Ankeny. Here we start out with Sen. Klobuchar asking her why she is doing this work and then introduce you to Amber. Have a listen...

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.

 

The Small Business Success Summit with Christina Moffatt

Once again this year the Greater Des Moines Partnership has put together an exciting day for small business owners and managers. The Small Business Success Summit will be held on 9 November in Ankeny. Here to share details about what to expect is Christina Moffatt from the small business section of the Partnership. Once you hear the programs and the take-a-way items that you can put to work right away...you can register here

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.