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The Business News Headlines 27 February 2019

For the second day in a row the Dow lost ground. Why? Oh, my a host of things that are going on and we've got the details. In other business news:

  • It's a branding mess that cost Oprah about $58 million;
  • J.C. Penny to pull the plug on yet another idea that was to have been a winner;
  • Big changes coming to downtown Des Moines soon as the wrecking ball comes back;
  • We'll check on what happened on Wall Street and why.

Plus we're talking honey, bees and economics with folks from the Iowa Honey Producers Association that were at the Statehouse today. State Apiarist Andrew Joseph is joined by Kari Kenoyer a hobbyist and Phil Ebert a commercial honey producer at Ebert Honey

Also today members of the Des Moines Public School (DMPS) Community Legislative Action Team were at the Statehouse on a "Day of Action". I spent some time with DMPS Board of Education Chair Cindy Elsbernd and activist, mom and IT professional Claudia Brown talking about language and how, if we do things right, we've got multi-language workers right here who can make a difference for businesses seeking these types of workers. To hear that conversation click here

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.

The Business News Headlines 26 February 2019

Oh the headwinds of investing in volatile times. We'll kick it off with a look at what Wall Street took in today and what in the world happened to Home Depot and housing starts plus:

  • AT&T wins and the government loses;
  • No love loss between Elon Musk and the SEC;
  • Fiat Chrysler cutting jobs or are they really;
  • Arlington, Virginia is showing some backlash against the Amazon deal;
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Those stories plus in for The Interview is Karen Albritton from the Newport Board Group. We're going to be talking about change; what makes it so difficult, what are the dangers of sticking to a path that is running out of space, how does disruption figure in? Oh and that business of marketing and research/development of new ideas. Good stuff here and it's just a click away. To hear that conversation click here

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Business

This past weekend the Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, was in Iowa talking with folks that may be interested in seeing him run for president. He met with several party leaders including former Governor and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (who last week said he would not run for the U.S. Senate against Sen. Joni Ernst) to talk and kick tires. I caught up with the Mayor at the Asian Latino Coalition event where he received a warm welcome from Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie and a crowd of roughly 75 people. After the photos and handshakes we sat down for this conversation and yes, I did ask about Amazon... 

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 News Headlines 20 February 2019

Thanks for coming by! We've got the top business news stories for you all on your time. No waiting...you can learn more about all of this by clicking through:

  • The Fed minutes had Wall Street guessing;
  • Southwest Airlines say the recent federal shutdown cost them millions;
  • But, that's just the start of troubles for Southwest;
  • There is a bank in Germany that is worried...very worried;
  • A new smartphone is coming and it's cool but can you afford it;
  • How smartwatches are helping save lives;
  • In Des Moines a new apartment building has trendy offices on the main floor;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Also today for The Interview we've got Cynde Cronin and Ned Flynn from Aureon HR talking about the high cost of workplace harassment. The numbers are stunning and, according to Cynde and Ned there is only one way to mitigate your losses. Plus they have a story that is hard to believe. To hear that conversation click here.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 15 February 2019

It was all China, China, China today and the market reacted. It's the Business News Hour for Friday the 15th of February and here is what we've got on tap:

  • We told you it was China;
  • The power behind Amazon taking a pass on New York City;
  • How does immigration impact Social Security? Some facts;
  • Big trouble for Cognizant and some big fines;
  • Just what you need a new Twitter feature;
  • Buying out flood prone areas...the impact of climate change?
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Those stories plus Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine joins me to talk up "Stuff to DO in the Metro this weekend into next week. To hear that silliness, just click here.

Thanks for listening!  

The Business News Headlines 29 January 2019

Each weekday we gather some of the more interesting business news stories and offer them up to you on your time. Nope, you don't need to wait and listen at a specific time because this newscast goes with you in podcast form. Here is what we've got on tap today:

  • What did businesses do with the $1.5 trillion tax cut that is now a year old?
  • Apple reported trouble in China;
  • Speaking of China, investors there are off-loading lots and lots of U.S. property;
  • Gold is making a comeback - Can the "Gold Guys" be far behind?
  • The changing brick & mortar drugstore. We've got a couple of examples;
  • Wall Street struggled today and we'll have those numbers.

Also today a two part interview about economics. Our guest is Dr. Chris Draper who has recently released his book, Velocity Economics. What is it? How does it work? Who benefits? What will it mean to workers, families and business startups? And, how is it different than the current system that doesn't seem to work?  Asked and answered in Part One which is here

Then in Part Two of our conversation with Dr. Draper we talk about socialism isn't that what he is promoting? Also we speak to the headwinds that Dr. Draper says is killing productivity in the United States and he says it is all because we are stuck on a system that has not worked and will never work. Trickle Down Economics. Listen to Part Two here

Thanks for listening. 

The Business News Headlines 28 January 2019

Each weekday we check out the top business news stories and share those with you along with our long-form business interviews. Today we've got these stories on tap:

  • Eleven billion dollars means...what?
  • The markets opened lower and stayed that way we'll share why;
  • Apple products being made in the U.S. - We have an issue says the NYT...screws;
  • The Sears deal ain't over;
  • Medical Bills and GoFundMe a shocking story of health care in America;
  • Facebook getting tough with disinformation;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Those stories and we'll sit down with Georgia VanGundy the CEO of the Iowa Business Council and talk about how Iowa competes nationally in five very important areas. It's an economic report really worth hearing. To do that just click here

And, because it's Monday Laura Kinnard from Drake University and DMBixMixer is in the house talking about upcoming business education and networking events in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Click here to listen.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Economic Climate of Iowa with Georgia VanGundy

We welcome back Georgia VanGundy the CEO of the Iowa Business Council a group made up of the 23 largest employers in the state. Today the IBC released their Competitive Dashboard that measures how Iowa competes nationally in five areas of concern:

  • Economic Growth
  • Education & Workforce
  • Governance
  • Health & Wellness
  • Demographics & Diversity

We look at each area, discuss what is working and what needs work. How does Iowa rank when looking at the economic factors here?  Click through to learn more. 

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 17 January 2019

Coming to you from Mobile, Alabama we're checking out the business news headlines from the day.  Coming up we'll share details on these stories:

  • The U.S. China trade war? Somebody may have blinked;
  • The 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act is hurting big banks;
  • Another bombshell from New York that impacts Washington D.C.;
  • Federal workers impacted by the shutdown can apply for unemployment but...there is a catch;
  • Retail experts say it's just a matter of time before these 4 famous retail giants...go away;
  • Wall Street - What happened and why.

Those stories plus a quick conversation with Mobile resident and first author Margie Odom. It just happened and we think it's a touching story. To hear that story, click here.

Also today Stephen Haas from DLS Worldwide is in the house talking about fright and fright delivery, driver-less semi's and the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association...think agriculture and the parts that keep equipment running. To hear that conversation click here.

Thanks for listening!