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She Expands Her Business - Meet Katie Fergus

Until the 1st of July Katie Fergus, CPA had a "one-person" medical billing consulting business called FinanSynergy that helps medical professionals insight on ways to increase their revenue and deal with insurance companies. We spoke to her about that and the status of Iowa's For Profit Managed Care back in March of this year. Last week we heard that Katie had purchased Medical Billing Services a 30+ year company located in the East Village of Des Moines and suddenly she went from a one-person consulting business to having a team of two-dozen employees. Here we talk about her rapid growth, what she does for her clients and an update on Iowa's For-Profit Managed Care network. Lots of things to cover...let's go!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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Housing, Housing Trends, Prices and Sales with Lance Hanson

Each month Lance Hanson from Re/Max Real Estate Concepts joins us for a conversation about housing and housing trends in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Today we also ask him about a recent national article written about the unique business model Concepts has with regard to their real estate agents. One other thing, are we on track with the rest of the nation when it comes to new home starts and more?

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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The Arts and Economic Impact

Our mission here is two-fold: First what the heck is BRAVO of Greater Des Moines and what do they do? Secondly we talk about the economic impact the arts have on the economy of the Greater Des Moines Metro and Central Iowa. Sally Dix, the executive director of BRAVO, is with us to share the answers to our questions and the numbers from a recent study that looks at the direct impact the arts have on our economy. From dollars spent to jobs created...we think you'll find this interesting!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

 

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Young African Leadership Initiative and Drake University

Proof that we live in a global economy. This summer 25 young people from Africa are in Des Moines and taking part in YALI the Young African Leadership Initiative. Our contributor Laura Kinnard of Drake University has been working with them on their business plans which they hope to take back to their home countries and implement. With us in studio is Elizabeth Kasujja from Uganda. Her grandmother was a princess. Her business is a healthy drink called Sante and she is using that to support her Social Entrepreneurial organization called Clear Your Mind focused on access to mental health care and depression treatment. Sarah Sangara is from the Congo. Her business is empowering women with children by loaning land to and teaching them how to grow soybeans to provide support for their families needs and to send their children to school. Her other concept is to build a website that promotes entrepreneurs and the positive things going on in the Congo. Her grandfather was a King. We think you'll truly enjoy this conversation! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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The Honor in a Job with Iowa Job Honor

Our friend Kyle Horn is a returning guest to the Business News Hour. Kyle is from Iowa Job Honor Awards and here we talk about the impact a job has on a person, a family and on the business that hires a job-seeker with a less than "perfect" background. We're sharing this because the Iowa Job Honor Award Nomination Period is now open. We think you'll enjoy knowing more and perhaps helping to nominate a person or a company that understands the link between a job...and honor.

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

 

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School Supplies, Kids and the Walnut Creek YMCA

As personal and school budgets tighten there is a greater need for folks like the Walnut Creek YMCA to do fund raising, collection and distribution of school supplies to kids who really need them. Meet Joanna Gilmore the Youth Development Coordinator for the Walnut Creek YMCA as she shares with us their effort to meet the growing demand of getting school supplies in the hands of families. This is an effort that goes through July with a special event on August 5th. Have a listen! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

 

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Kidsave - The Touching Story of Adoption

Right now, in the Des Moines Metro, there are five children from Columbia in need of permanent families. The kids range in age of 11 to 13 and their chances for adoption have dwindled due to their crime of...age. This emotional conversation with Jessica Dunker is a "must listen" to interview. You have the opportunity to truly make a difference through Kidsave a non-profit created in Des Moines for the purpose of uniting children with loving families. Here we talk about an event each Saturday in July where you can meet the kids. For more information call 515-988-8309. But, please...just listen.

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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Iowa Hospitals and the Health Care Debate

This past week we had a news story that said so far, this year, 49 hospitals in the United States have closed their doors. Contrary to popular belief the Affordable Care Act was a boost to health care and to hospitals. To dig into this we invited the Iowa Hospital Association to weigh in on the health care debate. Here Scott McIntyre the Vice President of Communications for the association talks about rural health care delivery, affordability and the danger both the House and Senate versions of health care insurance options have on our hospitals, clinics and patients.

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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The Crisis in Health Care with Bruce Schmiedlin, CPA

This past week we heard about health care and employer options. Today we spend some time with Bruce Schmiedlin, CPA a returning visitor to our studios to talk about the health care options set before the American people. From the ACA to the ACHA to the BCRA what might you expect and what should be our options from as a state and a nation. We think this may surprise you.

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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Creating Opportunities with the Ag Tech Accelerator

"Perhaps the only surprise is that this program wasn't started long ago." Those are the words of Megan Vollstedt the Executive Director of the Iowa Agri Tech Accelerator which is part of the Cultivation Corridor. Here we talk about what the accelerator hopes to accomplish by giving agricultural startups a platform to grow their ideas and take them to market. Strap in...Megan is truly on fire for agriculture and this new adventure.

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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