Insight On Business the News Hour

The Family Business is…a Funeral Home

We found ourselves in Mason City, Iowa where our host, Michael Libbie, was attending a funeral. That's how we ended up doing our broadcast from there. Here, Michael sits down with Alyssa Fullerton from the family owned Fullerton Funeral Home.  Alyssa is one of a handful of female funeral home directors in Iowa. They talk about the business of a funeral home, the growing number of women in the business, some changes she brought to the job and what she hears from friends when they learn what she does for a living.

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 American Heart Association and…Jovie

So, what do you do when you own the broadcast hour and your grand-daughter asks if she can be on the program to pitch her effort to raise $1,000 for the American Heart Association? Well you do it. Meet Jovie Pease a nine year-old from Clive Learning Academy who is on a mission to "save lives". She's been going door-to-door and here she explains all of that. She really is quite good...and here is the link if you would like to help out with online donations. 

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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Startup Stories with Mike Colwell and Liz Lidgett

Art is such a personal thing so how can it be that social media might be a platform to build a business and actually connect with artists around the world? "Simple", says Liz Lidgett from Adore Your Walls, "we create relationships with artists and clients from around the globe and put them together in a whole new business model." Here Mike Colwell of SquareOne DSM and Liz talk about the February 21st Startup Story Event (you can register here) and Mike also shares information on two financial seminars happening soon (Register here). Dig in...we're talking art and business! 

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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Eden + Gray Design Build - Small Business Spotlight

There are people who, when they walk into a room, you just want to hang out with them. That's what you get when you hook up with Jon and Hanna Shiplett from Eden + Gray Design Build. Fun, entertaining, smart and successful this husband/wife team decided enough with working on their own separate businesses and merged them into one. This week Eden + Gray Design Build is in our Small Business Spotlight. Learn what they do, why they love creating and where they hope to go. HGTV...you listening?

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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Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign with Kathy Evert

I know...now you have an ear-worm from the Five Man Electrical Band. Glad we could help out! Today our Small Business Spotlight shines on Signarama of Ankeny and YESCO of Des Moines with owner, and sign maker Kathy Evert. We talk about the sign regulations and how they differ from community to community, what many business folks don't know and about trends in the sign business. Sign...up! 

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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Blu Opal - Our Small Business Spotlight

This is a conversation about history, culture and of business. Meet Bruce Kawahara the principal of Blu Opal a company that deals with coaching, consulting and, perhaps most important, listening. We start our visit by learning about the impact the attack on Pearl Harbor had on the family of this Japanese-American who lived in Hawaii at the time. We then talk about what he and his team do for business professionals to help them realize what specific steps it takes to succeed. The focus tends to be a mixture of listening and discovery. Spend some time in our Small Business Spotlight with Bruce Kawahara....

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 Emerge Foundation with Todd Kielkopf

The biggest movement in this region and in others is finding ways to empower innovators and encourage entrepreneurial education. And that is what the Emerge Foundation located at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa is all about. Here we visit with Executive Director Todd Kielkopf about the rather new 501(c)3 and their successful launch. Hang on we're about to expose you to genetic testing technology and what that has spun off.

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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Dollar Birthday Club with Ron Feingold

"It was my friends birthday and she said she was broke. I sent her some money and got to thinking...HEY this could work!" Meet Ron Feingold who, as a professional comedian worked the cruse line for two years as he built the Dollar Birthday Club. The idea is simple, send your friends a buck for their birthday AND help a charity at the same time. Here we talk about how it all came together, life on a cruse ship and what the future could mean for hundreds of charities and the people they serve. No...joke!

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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Black Business Empowerment - Clair Rudison

We met Clair Rudison at the recent Martin Luther King Jr. event in Des Moines where he offered a passionate address about building black owned businesses that would lift the economics of his neighborhood. With Gov. Kim Reynolds sitting behind him he turned and said, "We need to create a way to encourage and build business opportunities for our black citizens. That is a true path to economic security." Mr. Rudison recently started Rudison Consultancy Group something he says works to promote understanding and economic growth in a cross cultural manner. Contact information is Rudison2010@gmail.com and by phone 515-745-7021. Meet Clair Rudison...

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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Rural Economic Development Success Stories with Bill Menner

He spent eight years driving the roads of Iowa delivering ideas and money to rural communities through the USDA. Now, in his role as business owner of the Bill Menner Group, Bill Menner is still passionate about finding ways to make our rural communities more sustainable. Here we talk about some success stories and what is needed for any rural community to move forward. Bill also shares the top concerns of most rural communities in Iowa and the Midwest. We also spend some time on the upcoming Rural Economic Development Summit coming in April to Grinnell. 

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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