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The Business News Headlines 30 April 2019

It is the final day of April 2019 and we've got several very interesting business news stories on tap. Let's dig in...and feel free to click through:

  • Farmers getting out of farming at an alarming rate;
  • Markets end mixed;
  • What if they are just "pretending";
  • Meat prices on the way up;
  • Facebook and a facelift;
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Plus today for The Interview it's the Iowa Division Director for the Small Business Administration, Jayne Armstrong. We'll be talking about National Small Business Week, the SBA disaster recovery and lift up some great Iowa small businesses. Click here to listen. 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 19 April 2019

No markets today due to the Good Friday holiday but we've still got some numbers for you. That and a couple of hot business news stories. And, we go Out to Lunch with the Executive Director of Iowa Voters for Companion Animals, Haley Anderson and Jeff Pitts from Cityview with stuff to do...but first the business news:

  • Global stocks did what today;
  • The Samsung foldable phone...breaking;
  • Guns and people - 20 years after Columbine;
  • Whitewashing slavery;
  • New home construction slips in March.

Those stories and our Quick Bites time with Haley Anderson (Three questions) and Out to Lunch segment with Haley Anderson is right here.

Finally, Jeff Pitts from Cityview with Stuff to DO in the Metro this weekend into next week. You can find that here.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 26 March 2019

It's the business news headlines for Tuesday the 26th of March...thanks, everybody, for being with us again today. Inside you'll hear about;

  • Investors still eyeing the global economy;
  • New car sales slump and it's not design issues;
  • More retail store closings;
  • Walmart seems to be winning at the curb and gaining new customers;
  • Ya know that iPhone update?  Better get to it;
  • Housing numbers are hurting;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Also today you are in for a major treat. His name is Mike Curtin and he's the CEO of something called the D.C. Central Kitchen a program that has served the Washington D.C. area for thirty years.'s not about just feeding people...that seems to be secondary. This is about delivering hope and purpose and a way out of poverty. Plan on listening to the's a great story. To hear that story, click here

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 21 March 2019

It's Thursday and we've got the business news headlines for you. What happened and why that is so important. Here we go!

  • Some systems are suggestion...(gulp) recession;
  • The tax cut that is hurting the GOP;
  • Jean maker Levi came back to Wall Street and...did they;
  • Some Iowa TV stations are on the sale block;
  • No Dave & Busters but something close coming to the Merle Hay Mall;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Also today I go "Out to Lunch" with the Mayor of Des Moines, Frank Cownie. But before we order we sit down for "Quick Bites" - Three questions we ask every OTL guest. You can hear that...right here.

Then it's Out to Lunch at Jesses Embers as Mayor Cownie talks about the changing demographics of Des Moines, transportation, new  projects, quality of life, unemployment, and more. After 16 years as mayor it would seem he's still got a passion to do more. Frank Cownie as we go Out to Lunch and talk public policy. Click here to listen. 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 27 February 2019

For the second day in a row the Dow lost ground. Why? Oh, my a host of things that are going on and we've got the details. In other business news:

  • It's a branding mess that cost Oprah about $58 million;
  • J.C. Penny to pull the plug on yet another idea that was to have been a winner;
  • Big changes coming to downtown Des Moines soon as the wrecking ball comes back;
  • We'll check on what happened on Wall Street and why.

Plus we're talking honey, bees and economics with folks from the Iowa Honey Producers Association that were at the Statehouse today. State Apiarist Andrew Joseph is joined by Kari Kenoyer a hobbyist and Phil Ebert a commercial honey producer at Ebert Honey

Also today members of the Des Moines Public School (DMPS) Community Legislative Action Team were at the Statehouse on a "Day of Action". I spent some time with DMPS Board of Education Chair Cindy Elsbernd and activist, mom and IT professional Claudia Brown talking about language and how, if we do things right, we've got multi-language workers right here who can make a difference for businesses seeking these types of workers. To hear that conversation click here

The Business News Headlines 26 February 2019

Oh the headwinds of investing in volatile times. We'll kick it off with a look at what Wall Street took in today and what in the world happened to Home Depot and housing starts plus:

  • AT&T wins and the government loses;
  • No love loss between Elon Musk and the SEC;
  • Fiat Chrysler cutting jobs or are they really;
  • Arlington, Virginia is showing some backlash against the Amazon deal;
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Those stories plus in for The Interview is Karen Albritton from the Newport Board Group. We're going to be talking about change; what makes it so difficult, what are the dangers of sticking to a path that is running out of space, how does disruption figure in? Oh and that business of marketing and research/development of new ideas. Good stuff here and it's just a click away. To hear that conversation click here

The Business News Headlines 18 February 2019

Wall Street may have been shut down today due to the President's Day Holiday but there was still some markets to watch and business to report on:

  • U.S. Markets Closed but Asia and Europe are open;
  • The Wall and Texas landowners not a good mix;
  • Oops - Google Earth shows secret military sites;
  • The top ten states that created small businesses and jobs last year;
  • A new building for the Harkin Center at Drake University;
  • Des Moines businessman and former Democratic Candidate Fred Hubbell hit by a car.

Take some time and learn more about the impact of climate change on individuals, businesses and communities with Rick Smith from the Citizens' Climate Lobby.To hear that conversation click here

Laura Kinnard from Drake University and joins me to talk about the AMA-Iowa Experience and more networking and education events happening this week...and a bit about Podcast Iowa coming in March. To listen in, click here

Thanks for listening!

What’s Business Thinking? Georgia Van Gundy - Iowa Business Council

Recently the Iowa Business Council polled their members, which are some of the largest employers in the state, to learn what's on their minds as we head into the new year. Here we visit with Georgia Van Gundy the Executive Director of the IBC about a host of issues from finding workers to education to housing and more. Meet Georgia and the Iowa Business Council. 

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The Business News Headlines 20 November 2018

Remember when we told you October was a rough month for Wall Street? We didn't see November coming.  Here are some of the business news headlines we've got for you today:

  • The Dow erases all of the gains for 2018 in one today;
  • Retail came crashing down on the heels of Target;
  • Recession in our future?  Two things to watch;
  • Gift card fraud is a big deal and big names in retail are fighting back;
  • Look out downtown Des Moines here comes the wrecking ball;
  • Got romaine lettuce?  Get rid of;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Also today we go Out to Lunch with the President/CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association Jessica Dunker. But before we do that...we'll offer up Quick Bites. Three questions for Jessica before we dig into our conversation from Gilroy's in West Des Moines.  And you get to listen in. 

Here is our Out to Lunch segment where we visit with Jessica about a host of business issues that impact the restaurant industry. From social media, consumer trends, education, public policy, recruitment/retention. If you've ever wondered about the business of feeding people...enjoy we think you'll learn plenty. 

The Business News Headlines 24 October 2018

Lots of information on this Wednesday the 24th of October. Remember when we told you October is usually a lousy month for the markets.  Yep. We'll detail what happened today as the Dow lost any gains it had made so far this year.  In other business news today:

  • New home sales are lagging and it just may get worse;
  • Americans love to buy goods made in China...well, maybe not for long;
  • Walmart taking on Amazon in a big way;
  • Corporate America has a problem with...women;
  • Also the full numbers report from Wall Street.

In for The Interview today is Democratic Candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Tim Gannon. Tim, a farmer from Jasper County, says he has plans on how to better the rural economy while strengthening the state budget. We also talk about soil, water and what he is hearing as he travels the state. Meet Tim Gannon here. 

Thanks for listening!