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The Business News Headlines 7 April 2021

Mid-Week and thanks for being here. Today was one of those odd days on Wall Street and we'll share details plus for the interview a massive transformation of a shopping mall in Des Moines, Iowa caught our attention.  But first, the news:

  • Stop working and go for a walk...no, really;
  • Amazon does not want to talk about this;
  • The My Pillow guy is getting hit again;
  • He said "tax breaks have got to go". Stunning;
  • T-Mobile has a new promotion and it's big;
  • Janet Yellen and more tax news;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • It seems Ketchup just can't...catch up.

Plus for the interview the stunning story about how one mall owner is totally transforming one of her properties. Our guest is Liz Holland the CEO of Merle Hay Investors. She'll share a story about the difference between shopping centers in Europe and the U.S. as well as the retail reality that has brought down so many malls. Then we'll get into the amazing transformation of a property in Des Moines, Iowa.  It is...groundbreaking. To listen to that conversation, click here. 

Transforming A Shopping Mall & What A Story!

If you've spent any time listening to our daily newscast you know that we've reported many times about the hollowing out of our nation's shopping malls. As ecommerce shook the bones of retail we watched as department stores, often shopping mall anchors, entering bankruptcy and leaving gaping holes. Then COVID19 came and, for many, finished the job. Some malls have sold out to Amazon to be used as fulfillment centers. Other mall owners are working new tenet arrangements hoping to salvage their business. Some mall owners are totally reimagining their centers and changing everything. Meet Liz Holland the CEO of Merle Hay Investors and the remarkable story behind their goal to totally restructure their business. It's a stunning departure and, perhaps, one of the first in the nation as the Merle Hay Mall becomes..."Hockey Town".

Thanks for listening!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon 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.

 

Reliable Aftermarket Parts and More with Rob Perry

There is a vast business out there that flies under the radar of those who live in our urban areas unless, of course, you are into major urban farming like they are doing in Detroit. Here you'll meet Rob Perry who is in charge of sales and marketing for both Reliable Aftermarket Parts and their wholesale division ARC Parts. Both based in Michigan but doing business world-wide.  Here we talk about the business of agricultural and construction parts their involvement with the National Tractor Parts Dealers Association (NTPDA) and more. And, if you would like to learn more about the company history and see a quick video here is that link.

Thanks for listening!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon 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 5 April 2021

Welcome back from a long weekend.  Today we've got some great business news stories from what happened on Wall Street to buying homes for just $1,000.  Here's what we've got for you:

  • More stimulus checks have gone out;
  • Do you qualify due to income? Click to calculate;
  • Buying gas at Costco even if you're not a member;
  • Gun sales in the U.S. hitting record numbers;
  • The city with homes being sold for $1,000 each;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • The NLRB and Amazon;

In for the interview is entrepreneur Mensur Pudic yet another person we've profiled that started a business during the pandemic. His story is stunning and unique. To listen, just click here.

Thanks for listening! 

 

Meet Entrepreneur Mensur Pudic for Business

Part of our ongoing series featuring entrepreneurs who have launched their business during the pandemic we bring you speaker and business coach Mensur Pudic. Mensur has an amazing story from coming to the U.S. as a child not knowing the language or culture to being a successful employee at a large firm to launching his own business. You can learn more about Mensur here, on his website "Simply Motivated". But listening to the story is...uplifting. 

Thanks for listening!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon 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 April 2021

Welcome to a brand new month and, nope, no April Fools stuff going on here today but...oh the memories of those pranks still make me smile. Want to follow us on Twitter? You can do that @IOB_NewsHour.  Here's what we've got for you today:

  • The American Jobs Plan...we break it down;
  • The life events that impact your care insurance costs;
  • "No Jab - No Job" says an employer and they mean it;
  • The Satan Shoe went to court;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • An update on the Pfizer vaccine.

Speaking of vaccines today you'll meet Brian Finley the Iowa City, Iowa man who several weeks ago launched @IAVaccineAlerts on Twitter. And now has done the same thing for Minnesota, Nebraska, Illinois and Missouri...all as a volunteer.  He'll share why he did it...how it works and some of the stumbles he's had.  It's a great story and you can hear is by clicking ahead.

Thanks for listening! 

 

Brian Finley and Vaccine Alerts

"I just wanted to do something that helped people..." Those are the words of Brian Finley of Iowa City, Iowa the creator of several Twitter streams that advise people where they can go to get their COVID19 vaccine.  He started with @IAVaccineAlerts and now also works with @MNVaccineAlerts, NEVaccineAlerts, MOVaccineAlerts and ILVaccineAlerts. And, it's just him. We talk about his motivation, how it all works the contributions he's received that he has turned over to charity and more. It's a fascinating story.  Meet Brian Finley

Thanks for listening!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon 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 31 March 2021

On the final day of March and the end of the First Quarter we've had a busy news day and here is what we've got for you:

  • Fired for pre-marital sex;
  • What to do with your vaccination card;
  • Student loans, COVID and relief;
  • Microsoft and a $22 billion deal;
  • Coca-Cola and Voter Suppression;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • The American Jobs Plan;
  • The ADP Jobs Report;
  • Paper products to go up in price?

For the interview it's Rob Perry the director of sales and marketing for Reliable Aftermarket Parts and their wholesale division AIC Aftermarket Parts. Learn about the rapid growth of this Michigan based company over the past five years and what they deem is the "secret sauce" for success. To listen in, just click here.

Thanks for coming by! 

Rapid Growth for this Michigan Based Company - Reliable Aftermarket Parts

For a company that had a very modest beginning, like in the garage of the the owner, Reliable Aftermarket Parts has been booming during the past several years and is now headquartered in an impressive new location in Williamston, Michigan. In addition the company recently launched a wholesale division AIC Replacement Parts. With me to break all of this down is Rob Perry the director of sales and marketing. We'll talk about market segments, the humble beginnings, transportation issues and the obsession with customer service. And, we promised to share the video that gives you a great look at their back-story. Meet Rob....

Thanks for listening!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon 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 24 March 2021

Midweek already and welcome to the business news headlines. Can you tell it's tax time? Several of our stories today center on that so let's go!

  • Today $81 billion to schools to reopen;
  • Stimulus checks and Social Security;
  • Did you get your IRS letter?
  • The back-log on paper tax returns is...huge;
  • Why you may not want to extend your tax deadline;
  • Amazon is Big Brother say workers;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • How about a "Work-Cation"?

Those stories and you'll meet entrepreneur Gale McKinney from Twin Rivers Media as we talk about the publishing business and how his very niche magazines work during a time when others are floundering. You can hear that conversation here. 

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