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The Business News Headlines 16 January 2020

It was another stunning day on Wall Street and we'll give you the details as to why. Greetings from Maricopa, Arizona as we spend time here on assignment.  Some interesting stories we've dug up and we'll be getting those to you in the coming week. In the news today:

  • The S&P 500 closed above 3,300 for this first time...why?
  • Missing Money in Mexico;
  • Harry and Megan good for the Canadian brand;
  • Bose is giving up on brick and mortar;
  • The Market Report;
  • Men and's a thing.

Those stories plus... 

It's taken us nearly a year to get this interview with entrepreneur Kelsi Ziemann. Why? Because she has been a very busy woman. Her business, Kelsi Ziemann Artistry is where she, and her staff, transform women with some amazing makeup work and teach them the tips to help them look their best everyday. Then she recently started KZA Cosmetics (Site under construction but where you can sign up to get the latest.) where she sells products from makeup to some makeup hardware. We talk all about it in this segment. Listen here. 

The Business News Headlines 9 January 2020

It was a record setting day on Wall Street and we'll get to those numbers in just a bit but first here are the top business news stories from today:

  • 10,000 people applied for a job that;
  • But, if you wanna get paid Taco Bell has a sweet deal;
  • Trucking Industry = Trouble;
  • Department Store Industry = Trouble;
  • The Dairy Industry = Trouble (sort of a downer huh?);
  • The Wall Street Report and troubling news from Iran;
  • Environmental impacts studies?  Maybe.

Those stories plus we'll offer up one of the most listened to interviews from all of 2019. You seemed to really enjoy this short piece featuring Peter Stockdale from The Audible Farm Podcast. Peter and I sat down and talked podcasting and how much fun he's having entertaining thousands through his show.  Here is that conversation.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News 19 December 2019

Even with the impeachment vote in the U.S. House of Representatives business barely noticed. It's the business news headlines for Thursday the 19th of December, thanks for being here.  In the news:

  • Walmart and "high-end" booze;
  • New retirement plans on the horizon;
  • Oh oh...beef prices headed up;
  • Starbucks & Sick Leave;
  • Another Obamacare decision to impact 2020;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • $1.7 million in questionable payments...think Iowa;
  • Uber slapped with a $4.4 million fine.

Those stories plus a conversation about the restaurant business with Kathleen McGuire the wife and business partner of Chef Jacob Demars who has brought a new eatery to the Greater Des Moines Metro. R I Restaurant is in our Small Business Spotlight and you get to meet Kathleen here.

Thanks for listening! 

R I Restaurant - A Small Business Spotlight

This week our Small Business Spotlight shines on the R I Restaurant an intimate and comfortable eatery that features the culinary artistry of Chef Jacob Demars. My guest is wife and business partner Kathleen McGuire who knows that not only good food but a superb experience is the key to success. We'll chat about how all of this came about, the business of owning a restaurant, marketing, the food and much more. Meet Kathleen...

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. 

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The Business News Headlines 10 December 2019

The markets all struggled today to get above the flatline but why? We'll share that store and more today. Here's what's on tap:

  • Americans' waste over $1,600 a year;
  • Troubling housing news from Fanny & Freddy Mac;
  • Netflix "must reduce cost to remain competitive";
  • Ho, Ho, Horrible Tariffs and Holiday Shopping;
  • Amazon workers flexing their muscle;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Trends to watch for in 2020.

Those stories and Deb Brown from Save Your Town talks to us about rural issues that are not what are often being reported. Deb and her partner Becky McCray just released a study that tells us what folks in Rural America really want. One of those things is they want people to listen to....them.  You can hear 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 9 December 2019

Welcome back to a new work-week and the Monday Edition of the Business News Headlines. On tap for you today:

  • Good news for smaller retailers this holiday season;
  • Some small retail tips to promote business;
  • Things got political today for Amazon;
  • Are dollar stores killing Americans?
  • Economist Paul Volker has died a look back;
  • Tough times for 3,200 truck drivers;
  • Wait! What happened to Bitcoin?

Those stories plus a conversation with Laura Kinnard from DMBizMixer about a host of upcoming business education and networking options for you. To listen to that conversation, recorded at our favorite coffee shop, Ground for Celebration in Windsor Heights, Iowa...just click here.

Thanks for listening. 

The Business News Headlines 26 November 2019

It was another positive day on Wall Street fueled, in part, by retail numbers. Welcome to the Tuesday Edition of the Business News Headlines. Today:

  • Gender Neutral's a thing...sort of;
  • Amazon is getting major pushback;
  • China and surveillance and American companies;
  • Travel going to be dicy this holiday;
  • Super Bowl advertising revenue...a big number.

Also today an in-depth conversation with Dr. Corinne Peak-Asa from the University of Iowa about on-farm injuries as a workforce issue. It seems they may be under-reported, there are treatment questions, payment issues and public policy concerns. You can hear that conversation here. 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News 22 November 2019

It struck me, just as we were getting this ready for the newscast, that today is the 56th anniversary of the murder of President John Kennedy: November 22, 1963. In the business news today:

  • President Trump speaks "deal" and the markets go up;
  • That new Tesla truck...uhm....
  • Organized Retail Crime is a thing;
  • No tuna for you;
  • Bathrooms and Starbucks;
  • No "Angels" on the runway;
  • Let's all embrace...napping at work.

Those stories and the markets plus Jeff Pitts the Managing Editor for Cityview Magazine is in to chat it up about "Stuff to DO" in the Des Moines Metro. We're talking music, whiskey, Christmas, East Village, Farmers Market and who in sports we "hate" this week. To listen, just click.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News and More 7 November 2019

It was hats and horns on Wall Street as investors believe there may be an end in sight for the trade war between the U.S. and China. But, there is a but.  Stories today:

  • It's not yet a done deal and what is the..."But";
  • Millions of American's are in serious financial trouble;
  • Low wage jobs abound and the future isn't bright;
  • Sears to close more stores;
  • Black Friday why it's already here and why;
  • The Des Moines River project gets a $25 million grant.

Also today we're going to talk about repairing the stuff you already own. The movement is called "Right to Repair" and our guest is Gay Gordon-Byrne from We'll talk about something you may have little knowledge about when it comes to fixing your own stuff from cell phones to agricultural equipment. You can hear that here. 

Thanks for listening.

The Business News Headlines & More 6 November 2019

The markets were supposed to...go up today. That's not exactly what happened as as you can see by the close. Ouch  Why and what else are in the news today:

  • What happened on Wall Street and why;
  • The U.S. has a problem with...productivity;
  • Why watching productivity matters;
  • Bank of American raises their minimum wage;
  • You, yes you, are spending way too much on your vehicle;
  • A grocery store story;
  • A big soccer deal is headed to Des Moines, Iowa.

Those stories plus the organization that is taking on the high cost of prescription drugs is serious and elected officials at the federal and state level need to pay attention because these Brad Anderson is our guest and we'll talk about that and  more. To listen, click here. 

Thanks for listening!