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Stuff to DO with Cityview Magazine

Lots of things are not happening but there are plenty of things going on in the Greater Des Moines Metro this holiday weekend. Some communities are doing fireworks...think Urbandale and Waukee. There is a full day of fun at Living History Farms. Some Farmers Markets happening in West Des Moines and Beaverdale.  Here, Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine shares a list of things happening this weekend into next week. And...this is BIG...the July Edition of Cityview is out. Pick up a copy.  Meanwhile enjoy this...have a laugh or two.  You deserve it! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher 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. 

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The Business News Headlines 30 June 2020

The major Wall Street markets posted quite the second quarter but will the party continue?  That story and more today on the final day of June 2020:

  • IRS says no more delays...pay up;
  • What a national mask mandate might do;
  • Your favorite home improvement store ain't who you think;
  • UAW asks GM to close a Texas plant;
  • U.S. families spending less on just about everything;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • 1, 2, 3 strike outs today. It's a "trifecta" of closings.

Also today, for the interview you'll hear how Tero International had to completely change their business model from holding in person skills training to virtual events. How they did it, why they did it and how it's working out. My guest is Deborah Rinner the Chief Learning Officer of the company. To hear that...click here.

Thanks for listening! 

Stuff to DO with Cityview and Jeff Pitts!

Lordy, lordy...he's back!  Jeff Pitts from Cityview has been gone from our Friday "Stuff to DO" briefing as the staff from Cityview took some COVID19 time off.  Now the crew is back on duty and here Jeff rejoins us as we talk about stuff to do online...like an online film festival from our friends at the Interrobang Film Festival. Or how about an opera from Des Moines Metro Opera. And, nope, not in Italian but in French!  Those things and much more.  Enjoy, have a laugh or two...you deserve it.  

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher 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. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International

The Business News Headlines 6 May 2020

The Dow and the S&P 500 fell today for the first time in three sessions.  We'll share what happened and why. Here's what we've got on tap for you today:

  • Cutting jobs yet distributing cash to shareholders;
  • The Paycheck Protection Program back in the news;
  • Brace yourself...the April Jobs Report could be very bad;
  • When Clorox Cleaning Wipes "might" be back in the store;
  • If disinfectant is hot...what is not;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • The shoppers failed to show up.

Those stories PLUS coming soon to the Tomorrow Plan Speakers Series is Professor Gregory Shill from the University of Iowa School of Law. Here, in a preview of his talk with information gleaned from his recent article in The Atlantic, Greg shares with us the disturbing reality of how motor vehicles, by law, have taken over so much of our lives. How the nation, states and communities have played into our "vehicle obsession". Finally we'll talk about what makes a community a "Lovable Community". To register for the Tomorrow Plan Speakers Series on 14 May follow this link.  To listen to our conversation follow this link. 

Thanks for coming by. 

Cars, Trucks and Roads Are Killing Us Meet Professor Greg Shill

Coming soon to the Tomorrow Plan Speakers Series is Professor Gregory Shill from the University of Iowa School of Law. Here, in a preview of his talk with information gleaned from his recent article in The Atlantic, Greg shares with us the disturbing reality of how motor vehicles, by law, have taken over so much of our lives. How the nation, states and communities have played into our "vehicle obsession". Finally we'll talk about what makes a community a "Lovable Community". To register for the Tomorrow Plan Speakers Series on 14 May follow this link.

 The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher 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. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International

The Business News Headlines 5 May 2020

Hope springs eternal even in the face of mounting COVID-19 cases. It's the business news headlines for Tuesday the 5th day of May, thanks for being here.  On tap today:

  • Another grocer to ration meat sales;
  • Investors and their focus;
  • Remember Andrew Yang and the UBI;
  • Lord & Taylor and the liquidation issue;
  • This airline is losing $1 million an hour;
  • More layoffs coming ;
  • Are cruses a thing of the past;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • The Urban Cowboy...back?

Those stories and our regular contributor, Laura Kinnard is back and this time with an ambitious program scheduled for the 14th and 15th of May.  The virtual event will feature experts in a number of fields sharing stories using a tool that will replicate a live conference that you may have attended pre-COVID19. The event will take place on Hopin.to and if you would like to attend or, even , present you can register and check it out here. To listen...click here! 

Thanks for coming by. 

Voting? Vote By Mail with Jamie Fitzgerald

There is a primary election happening on the second of June. But...and this is a BIG BUT...out of an abundance of caution County Auditors are busy combining polling places and, more importantly, encouraging Iowans to vote by mail.  The Iowa Secretary of State is mailing out Absentee Ballot Requests to every Iowa voter including "no party" voters who can declare themselves as a Democrat or a Republican to vote by mail.  Here I visit with Jamie Fitzgerald who is the County Auditor for Polk County. Listen as we talk about what is happening across the state and the critical importance of voting by mail. And, if you follow the link above you can go directly to his office to request a mail in ballot.  Go! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher 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. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International

Overwhelmed and Distracted - Working Displaced with Laura Kinnard

While there are loads of business event taking place in the virtual world we're finding many people who have left the confines of their office are experiencing difficulty in concentrating in their new world. Here Laura Kinnard of Drake University, DMACC and The Runway Innovation Studio (all of which are currently closed) chat about this and more. Today, more than ever there is a need to continue to stay in touch with customers and clients but how do  you do that when dealing with disruption. 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher 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. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International

R.C.L. Productions with Rikkia Lillard in our Small Business Spotlight

When I sat down with Rikkia Lillard I didn't expect to learn about all the talents this young woman has...but soon into this conversation it became apparent that she is something very special. Rikkia owns R.C.L Productions which is an event planning and design business. Here slogan is, "It's not just a party. It's a production." And a production it is. From weddings to bar mitzvahs Rikkia turns on her magic and you get to learn all about it here. Enjoy! If you want to connect with her here is her email

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. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher 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. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International

Business Events with Laura Kinnard

We are in a far different place than we were just a week ago and so there is a lack of business events going on in the Greater Des Moines, Iowa Metro. However, here Laura Kinnard from Drake University, DMACC and The Runway Innovation and Events Studio talks about the impact of COVID-19 and our business gatherings. You can listen here.

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. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher 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. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International