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Historic Waveland Golf Course with Rocky Sposato

This week, as they have done for the past several years, the Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce held a golf event at Waveland Golf Course. It gave us an opportunity to sit down with Rocky Sposato, the manager there, and talk about the historic Des Moines owned facility and how it came to be that a private firm now manages this and two other municipal golf courses in the city...soon to add Jester Park from Polk County. Listen in to the business of golfing... 

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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Immigration and The Greater Des Moines Partnership

Here we visit with Mary Bontrager, Executive Vice President of Talent Development for the Greater Des Moines Partnership about DACA (Dreamers), Immigration Laws, Congress, Regional Jobs, the Economy and a group known as The New American Economy. What is the impact of foreign born workers here in the Des Moines Metro and why have so many moved to our region?  All asked and answered...

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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Des Moines Public Schools - School Board Candidates

The Des Moines Public School Board Election is Tuesday the 12th of September. While we don't do politics on the Business News Hour we do think education in the largest school district in Iowa does have an impact on preparing our youth to enter the job market. We spent most of the broadcast talking with two of the three At-Large Candidates running for two seats on the DMPS Board of Trustees: Rob Barron is the incumbent and Louisa Dykstra a challenger. The third candidate Kyrstin Delagardelle Shelley declined our invitation due to another commitment. In this segment we introduce the candidates.

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 Central Iowa Business Conference

It seems that far too often "busy" means that we can't take time out to really learn more about doing business...better. However, that is exactly the mission of the upcoming Central Iowa Business Conference slated for October 11. Here Todd McDonald and Leisa Fox share details about the Urbandale Chamber sponsored event that will happen at the Marriott, Downtown. Carve out some time to listen and then register!

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 Des Moines Water Works Foundation

We've all heard about the Des Moines Water Works, the folks who bring water to thousands of Metro businesses and residents but...what do you know about the Des Moines Water Works Park Foundation? Here Sam Carrell the Executive Director of the foundation and Hannah Inman the Board Chair talk about the fifth largest municipal park in the nation, a bit of surprising history and the multi-million dollar campaign to upgrade and redevelop some 1,500 acres in the middle of Des Moines. Think economic development and water.

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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Talking Music with Gary Williams of L.A.M.E. Nation

When we answered the phone and Gary Williams asked about appearing on The Business News Hour we had to dig deeper into exactly 'what' his business is. We're grateful we asked the question. Here Gary shares with us his work as a music promoter, artist and devoted son who does what he does so his Mom can someday retire from being a Certified Nursing Assistant. To connect with Gary here is his Facebook Page for L.A.M.E. Nation and Duke The Truth. We asked our producer Tyler Hackenmiller to inject some thoughts as well. Side note...this conversation gives us great confidence in the future. 

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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Welcome to Des Moines - Closetbox

Everybody has "stuff" what to do with it when downsizing or when there is just too much of it is a problem Marcus Mollman believes he has solved. Enter Closetbox a system where your "stuff" is picked up, stored and when you want something they deliver. Recently Closetbox opened in the Des Moines Metro. Here we talk to founder Marcus, from his Denver office on our Newsmaker Line, about how he and his wife developed this idea, his national expansion and who fits into the idea of Closetbox. 

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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Court Avenue Brewing & Restaurant our Restaurant of the Week

Our Restaurant of the Week is Court Avenue Brewing Co. & Restaurant and with us to talk beer and food is the Brewmaster Brian Vaughn. We talk about the changes in beer from when Court Avenue Brewing started over twenty years ago and what was the secret they quickly learned that boosted the flavor and the favor of beer drinkers from across the Metro. We also touch on the value of well trained, smart and outgoing wait staff. Schooled in classical theater Brian made for an interesting and fun interview. Come along and meet our Restaurant of the Week! 

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 Story of Gravitate with Geoff Wood

Any time we can snag Geoff Wood for a few minutes is a bonus for us...and you. Geoff is the founder of Gravitate an ever expanding co-working site that has just moved to a larger facility in downtown Des Moines and expanded to Valley Junction in West Des Moines. Here we talk about the business of co-working, who does it, why and then spend some time talking about the new adventures and why Valley Junction makes so much sense.

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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