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2020 Presidential Hopeful Secretary Julian Castro

We all know that Iowa is "ground zero" when it comes to the 2020 Presidential Election and this week former San Antonio Mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro was in Iowa for another swing through the state. We caught up with him following a standing room only event sponsored by the Iowa Asian-Latino Coalition in Des Moines. Ten Minutes with Julian Castro: 

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 starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher 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.

A Really Different Fundraiser for the Des Moines Public Schools

There is nothing more motivating than being a person in the thick of the fight for public schools and the opportunity schooling can offer to the future of our community.  Meet Kristyn Arnold the Community and Culture Manager of ANAWIM Housing. She's a former PTA leader in the Des Moines Schools and saw what continued cuts to public education has done to students in the Des Moines Public Schools. So, she decided to do something...different. Here you will learn about ANAWIM and the DMPS OneRun 2019. And, yes you can help!  Meet Kristyn.... 

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 starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher 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.

Business Networking and Education with Laura Kinnard

Each week Laura Kinnard from Drake University and DMBizMixer.com joins me to chat it up about some business education and networking events you should know about. From startups to established businesses it doesn't hurt to learn and meet/greet others. If you want your event listed just hit us up on Twitter with #DMBizEvents. 

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 starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher 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.

Out to Lunch with Des Moines, Iowa Mayor Frank Cownie

He's been mayor of Des Moines, Iowa for 16 years and says he's not done yet. This week I went "Out to Lunch" with Mayor Frank Cownie and talked about a host of things from new projects, people actually living downtown, public/private partnerships, transportation, the environment, a surging economic base, the lowest unemployment rate of any Midwestern City. All good things but, Mayor Cownie says there are still things that need to be done. Join us as we talk, over lunch, at Jesses Embers on Ingersoll here in Des Moines. 

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 starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher 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.

The Business News Headlines 15 March 2019

The end of another busy business week and stuff has been flying. Today we've got several retail stories, some car stuff and more. Click through for these:

  • Did Dollar General just give us a peek into the future of 2019;
  • What happened to Sears has happened before. Think W.T. Grant;
  • Walmart is rethinking their store layout;
  • Ford is cutting thousands more jobs...in Europe;
  • Tesla and the new SUV Model Y. Some are not pleased;
  • When public policy hurts tourism;
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Those stories and, because it's FRIDAY we've got Jeff Pitts the Managing Editor of Cityview Magazine with us and Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week. Check that here. 

Thanks for listening and have a great weekend!

Business Education and Networking Events with Laura Kinnard

Each Monday Laura Kinnard from Drake University and DMBizMixer.com joins me to chat it up about various business education and networking events happening in the DSM Metro. And this week we've got a full boat of nifty things to go to and things to learn. Let's start out with a packed Tuesday and then roll into the first ever Podcast Iowa event that happens this weekend. And, if you have a business event happening and you want us to chat about it head to Twitter and use #DMBizEvents. 

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 starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher 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.

Updated - Stuff to DO in the DSMUSA Metro with Cityview

Recorded on Friday but updated on Saturday "Stuff to DO" today through next week. We've got music, gun shows, archery, comic books, sports...it's all with Jeff Pitts the Managing Editor of Cityview Magazine and our friend and former Cityview staffer Parker Reed. Don't expect any serious stuff here...nada. 

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 starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher 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.

The Business News Headlines 1 March 2019

Belly up for beer?  Not so fast. It seems that beer is taking a back seat to other choices and we'll talk about that first this afternoon.  Also in the business news:

  • New York trying again to get Amazon to the city;
  • Bad economic news today but investors were not listening;
  • The trucker shortage and your wallet;
  • Lyft is going public and hopes to raise a bunch;
  • Mike Draper and Raygun are headed to Chicago;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Those stories plus Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine is in to chat about Stuff to DO in the DSMUSA Metro this weekend into next week and he's got a bunch. To listen to Jeff click here

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 28 February 2019

In spite of some positive economic news today the failed trip to Hanoi regarding the talks between the U.S. and North Korea had investors upset. That story along with:

  • Employees walk out of three Sonic locations in Ohio;
  • It seems that Millennials have "buyers remorse" about their new home;
  • The GAP is spinning off Old Navy;
  • The tip I was given last week about the University of Iowa Community Credit Union was spot on;
  • The Des Moines Blank Park Zoo owes about $5 million in water bills...yikes!
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Those stories plus a conversation with Kirk Miller from Casey's General Store, an Iowa based convenience store chain, about a new fuel card for businesses. We talk about this new offering, how it works and how it is different than others and who can get it. Also we talk about pizza (you KNEW that was coming) and how a unsuccessful hostile takeover bid helped the company focus. To hear that conversation click here. 

Thanks for listening! 

Multi Cultural and Language Workers - Already Here - DMPS CLAT

This week the Des Moines Public Schools Community Legislative Action Team went to the Iowa Statehouse to talk to legislators about a couple of items. I caught up with Cindy Elsbernd the Chair of the Des Moines Public School (DMPS) Board and Claudia Brown an activist and multilingual IT professional at a Des Moines corporation. We talked about language issues and the 7,000 students in the DMPS who can be huge assets for companies seeking multilingual employees. It's how business and education can team up and win. 

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 starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher 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.