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Meet Rob Sand - Candidate for Iowa State Auditor - What’s That?

In non-presidential elections "down-ballot" candidates for state-wide office still must travel to all 99 counties, meet voters to listen to their concerns and then formulate a plan and campaign that resonates with what he or she is hearing. Meet Rob Sand candidate for the Office of State Auditor. What is it that the auditors office does or should be doing? What about the state budget, health care, security of tax dollars, legal issues of fraud and abuse?  We cover those questions and more. 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.

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Business News Headlines 8 October 2018

Coming to you from Boone, Iowa it's the Business News Hour for Monday the 8th of October. In the news today you'll learn why we're here plus:

  • Folks what to know what is in their...food;
  • Bond funds are in trouble but there is a silver lining;
  • A rising tide lifts all boats...but, what if you don't have a boat;
  • More bad news today from Tesla;
  • What happened, and why, on Wall Street.

Those stories and more about why we took a road trip today.  Also we've got Jay Byers from the Greater Des Moines Partnership in to talk a bit about the upcoming Annual Dinner and the speaker who will join so many on 17 January.

We're also going to visit with Ro Crosbie the founder, president and CEO of Tero International. Her company recently was recognized as The Best Of...by the Des Moines Business Record. What do awards men to the company, staff and (more important) the customers and clients. We'll chat about that and more.

Thanks for coming by!

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The Business News Headlines - 4 October 2018

Oh those pesky interest rates. It's the business news hour headlines and it was a tough day for investors but looming ahead a tougher day for people who borrow money.  Here you go:

  • Amazon is planning for more disruption in the retail space;
  • A hotel workers strike in San Francisco but hotels say, "not to worry";
  • The trouble with interest rates;
  • So far two U.S. Senators are opting in for government bailout money;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street

Those stories and then a conversation with California Congressman Ro Khanna who, along with Sen. Bernie Sanders, put pressure on Jeff Bezos and Amazon with regard to wages. Amazon blinked, sort of, and this week increased their starting pay to $15 an hour. But...there was/is a but and what does income inequality really look like. Congressman Khanna for The Interview.

Also today we visit, in depth with Action Coach Monte Wyatt. Over the past month we've talked a bit about Live2Lead but do you know the size of this event happening on 12 October? Also, with so many "business coaches" around...what is it, exactly, they do? Monte also let us know about a new project. A book called Pulling Profits Out of a Hat.  Some great stuff ahead.

Thanks for listening.

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Congressman Ro Khanna on The Amazon Minimum Wage Hike

One of the legislators who put pressure on Amazon to increase its minimum wage is Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA). In the end Jeff Bezos announced that Amazon would pay $15 an hour to start. A day later Amazon announced it would no longer offer bonuses to it's employees. We asked for a reaction and got it. Also we talked about children and poverty not only nationwide but in Iowa. Click through to listen in. 

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 3 October 2018

Busy news day today with lots of information and a couple of stunning interviews. Today we'll share stories about:

  • The economy is roaring. Everybody is doing just dandy...or are they;
  • Amazon won't be giving its workers bonuses or stock shares, we'll tell why;
  • And the most wealthy person on the planet is...;
  • Barnes and Noble stock was up, big time, today. Why? Yeah, we'll tell you;
  • Wi-Fi gets numbers rather than gibberish;
  • The markets? We'll check the numbers.

For our first interview it's the CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Jay Byers who is in to talk about tariffs and more to the point trade with...(wait for it)...Cuba. Jay Byers on trade and more.

Also today, you've heard the stories about how Amazon is playing all of us for fools and that the U.S. Post Office is taking a big hit. Not true says Vic McCuen the president of the National Association of Letter Carriers - Central Iowa Merged Branch. We'll also talk about the effort to take the post office...private and what that would do for Rural America. The price of stamps, retirement costs oh...and the eyes and ears of your neighborhood.  Vic McCuen a click away.

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U.S. Cuba Trade and Travel with Jay Byers

When it comes to Cuba/U.S. relations there is plenty of confusion. But, for businesses there should be none as Cuba represents opportunity when it comes to trade. Here Jay Byers the CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership talks about his experiences with Cuba, why trading with Cuba makes sense and why U.S. companies should be allowed full access. Along the way we'll chat a bit about tariffs and business. Interesting information ahead... In addition Jay will be speaking at the Plymouth Church this Sunday afternoon. Details about that event are 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.

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The U.S. Postal Service and Privatization with Vic McCuen

There are some in politics that would like you to think that the United States Postal Service is a mess. That they are losing money that companies like Amazon are taking advantage of the USPS and that to really work well we must privatize the service. Here to talk about all those things is Vic McCuen the President of the National Association of Letter Carriers - Central Iowa Merged Branch. He's going to share some things you don't often hear. Click through we believe you'll learn something. 

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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Senator Jeff Merkley - Business, Workers, Trade, Wages and More

For the Interview it's Sen. Jeff Merkely (D-OR) who we caught up with on his 5th trip to Iowa. We asked him about that and a range of issues from international trade, tariffs, wages, unions, health care and his work in the non-profit world. We found the senator to be candid and accessable. But, then again, it is...Iowa.  Sen. Jeff Merkley 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 1 October 2018

Welcome to October! We've got the business news headlines for you on YOUR time. Just a click away you'll learn more about:

  • The new U.S., Canada and Mexico trade agreement...well, as much as we know now;
  • Tesla stock was way up today following the deal with the SEC;
  • Money losing companies and their IPO...investors seem to love them;
  • Papa John had his day in court today;
  • The Trend: Retail closing for Thanksgiving Day. But, there is an economic reality as to why;
  • What happened today on Wall Street...bang but watch out for increasing fuel prices.

Those stories and a conversation with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) as she was in Iowa to speak to the non-partisan Iowa Asian/Latino Coalition. We'll talk trade, wages, workers, health care, economics, business and ask about socialism.

Also today, and just a click away, is Laura Kinnard from Drake University and DMBizMixer.com. We'll talk about upcoming business education and networking events in the metro. Go ahead, click through and get your calendar ready.

And, thanks for coming by! 

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The Business News Headlines 27 September 2018

If you were working today, or watching what was going on in Washington, D.C. you may have missed the big business news stories. But, not to worry...we've got you covered. On tap today:

  • The SEC goes after Elon Musk...
  • Remember with the "future" was in plastics? Now it might be in....pot;
  • Speaking of drugs we've got Aetna/CVS news;
  • What careers lead to higher percentages of divorce? We have a list of the top seven;
  • Oh, and what happened on Wall Street. 

Those stories and a conversation about the Hawkeye Safety Conference coming up in October. Our guests are Bill Gerhard from the Iowa State Building and Construction Trades Council and Tammi Goerdt from The Heartland Center at the University of Iowa.

Also today a frank and honest conversation with Don DeWaay the founder of The Profit Zone. Having come through the recession Don has been building back and now works with business owners on things like freedom, fullfillment and financial reward. Good stuff here!

Thanks, as always, for listening!

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