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The Business News Headlines 9 July 2020

Can you believe it's already Thursday?  Here is what we've got for you today in the business news headlines:

  • Big means better when it comes to restaurants;
  • Starbucks says no face masks, no service;
  • Boeing and the Feds;
  • Jumbo loans at Wells Fargo;
  • Meanwhile Wells may cut thousands of jobs;
  • Reopening of schools the decisions are tough;
  • The Biden Economic Plan rolled out today;
  • The Wall Street Report
  • The Supreme Court decision today;
  • How much should you tip during the pandemic.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News & More 2 July 2020

Welcome to the Day Before a Holiday! It's the business news headlines for July the 2nd and we've got plenty waiting and just a click away:

  • The Jobs Report, The Jobs Report! But...;
  • This housing story doesn't make sense butl;
  • Markets boom but small businesses worry;
  • Tips for small to mid-size businesses to "Stay in the Game";
  • Hiring and Construction;
  • The Wall Street Report

Those stories plus a conversation with John Vuong the principal at Local SEO Search. We're going to talk about your website, your customers, finding you, and ramping up your efforts to constantly build your business and see results with in comes to your ROI.  To listen, just click this link.

Thanks for coming by and for those of you in the U.S. who are celebrating...may you have a meaningful Independence Day. 

The Interesting World of The Fat Plant Society meet Kasey Riley

Wait until you hear this story proving people can create whatever they are passionate about. Kasey Riley is part of the duo behind the very successful Fat Plant Society (go ahead and check the photos but...come back!). She and her designer husband Morton Klinte have created something remarkable in the Kansas City area.  They are called "Moss Walls" and here you will learn more about this amazing business and the real benefits of putting a moss wall i your home or business. Enjoy! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon 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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Admiral Mike Franken on Public Policy - United States Senate Part Two

Here, in part two of my interview with Admiral Michael Franken, we talk about several public policy issues from jobs to climate change, to agriculture to rural broadband access to roads, bridges and more. "This is about leadership, proven leadership." - Michael Franken.  Here is his campaign website which speaks to what is right for...Iowa. 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon 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 April 2020

You would think that with the lousy jobs report that came out today the markets would have...well gone down. They didn't and we'll share that story and more.  Here's what we've got lined up for you:

  • Meat processing factories closing the impact...
  • Who loses if we lose the U.S. Postal Service;
  • Gold's Gym to close 30 facilities;
  • Oil prices continue to fall...and why;
  • Healthcare workers get a bonus from Mazda;
  • Starbucks has a "plan";
  • U.S.home building stalled out;
  • The Wall Street Report
  • Booze, we're talkin' booze.

Those stories plus The Iowa Secretary of State is mailing out Absentee Ballot Requests to every Iowa voter including "no party" voters who can declare themselves as a Democrat or a Republican to vote by mail.  Here I visit with Jamie Fitzgerald who is the County Auditor for Polk County. Listen as we talk about what is happening across the state and the critical importance of voting by mail. And, if you follow the link above you can go directly to his office to request a mail in ballot. To listen, click here. 

Thanks for listening!

U.S. Senate Candidate Eddie Mauro Part Two

In this, the second part of our two-part conversation with Eddie Mauro we focus a bit on policy issues from health insurance to housing, the disparity of income, climate change and more. Listen in as we share more about his vision for, not only Iowa, but the nation. Here is part two.

Thanks for listening!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon 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 26 February 2020

It may have been a different day but Wall Street had much the same result. After a promising open stock fell in afternoon trade. It's the business news headlines for Wednesday thanks for being with us. Today:

  • The president blames the media for the stock drop;
  • Airlines are slashing costs;
  • The government is giving cash to Hong Kong residents;
  • New technology for landlords that renters may fear;
  • Ford says trouble is brewing but they can handle it;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • The consumer trend of buying second-hand clothing.

Those stories plus a revisit to a housing story we had six months ago. The challenge is getting people to understand what the Neighborhood Finance Corporation does when it comes to helping many first time home-buyers. Meet Stephanie Preusch the Executive Director of this non-profit organization that not only provides low cost lending but also the extra cash to fix up the house. And...best of all the dollars used to repair the home is part of a forgivable loan. Listen here! 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 6 February 2020

Three things moved the markets higher today: China, Earnings and the Economics of the U.S.A. Here's what we've got for you today:

  • Cue Billy Joel - We've got the top 10 states where people are "Movin' Out";
  • A Blue Collar Boom?  Really?  We looked;
  • The Wall Street Report
  • Need a job? Amazon needs 15,000 workers;
  • Those "job hopping kids"!  Not so fast.

Those stories plus a new media story: Well known for her work covering politics in Iowa for the Des Moines Register Kathie Obradovich has moved on to a new challenge. Kathie is now the Editor-in-Chief for the new Iowa Capital Dispatch which carries the tagline: "Community Journalism for Democracy". Here we talk about that transition, where this idea started, who is in play and how fast it's spreading. Plus we'll chat a bit about Iowa politics and why transparency is so important in these days when trust is such a factor. Here is that interview.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 15 January 2020

It's true, the business news headlines are coming to you this week from Arizona where it's brown...not white like back home in Iowa.  In the news today:

  • The new trade deal and agriculture...what if?
  • No joy in "Toyland" says Target;
  • GM and temporary workers;
  • Tesla may win with the new trade deal but not for cars;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Workers and Weight an issue nobody wants to discuss.

Those stories and we'll talk construction with Creighton Cox, a return visitor to the News Hour, and this time is's about the construction industry both on a local and national level. Creighton recently became the Business Development Manager for Turner Construction an international company. The fact that Creighton is in this position tells us that the company is planning some serious work in the Hawkeye State...yes? You can listen here.

 

Construction Outlook with Creighton Cox of Turner Construction

It's always great to sit down and talk business with Creighton Cox who is the Business Development Manager with international construction company Turner Construction. Here we talk about the micro and the macro of construction going from some hyper-local conversation to a more global look at the construction industry. Creighton has just "retired" from a long stint as a City Councilman for the City of Urbandale and, yes, that too factored into our conversation. 

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. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher 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. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

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