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Quick Bites - Three Questions for Haley Anderson

Before we launch into our business lunch we do "Quick Bites" three questions...the same three questions we as each of our "Out to Lunch" guests. We ask about a book, a movie and a job. What book impacted you, what movie impacted you and if you were NOT doing what you are now doing...what would you love to do?  Three questions we call "Quick Bites". Here is Haley Anderson from Iowa Voters for Companion Animals with her answers and they were really...good.  

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. 

Restaurant of the Week - Range Grill + Golf

Three Things - One Building: A fine dining restaurant with some interesting menu items, a state of the art golf simulator and signature cocktails in a very cool bar. We're talking Range Grill + Golf in Urbandale, Iowa with owner Steve Garrels who tells us he loves all three things so why not do what he loves? It's our Restaurant of the Week and time to get busy with Range Grill + Golf: 

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 D.C. Central Kitchen with Mike Curtin

There is so much packed into this conversation that make sooooo much sense. Meet Mike Curtin the CEO of the D.C. Central Kitchen an inspired 30 year old food program that is more, way more, than food.  You'll hear us talk about how Mike got into the food world and then we launch into defining "Social Enterprise" and how "Food will not end hunger but training will". My thanks to the Des Moines Area MPO for allowing us the time to interview Mike before his speech. You've really got to listen to this....it's really inspired stuff!

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!

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! 

New from Casey’s General Store a Fleet Gas Card & Much More

It was one of those business interviews that just clicked. I sat down with Kirk Miller the Commercial Fuels Manager at Casey's General Store (an Iowa based convenience store chain) to talk about their new MasterCard themed fleet fuel card. Sure lots of places have fuel cards but this one is a bit different in the fact you don't have to use it at a Casey's if there is not one near you. We talked about that the company focus on pizza and how an unsuccessful hostile takeover bid helped the company focus. Lot's to unpack...here is Kirk: 

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.

Bees, Honey and Food - The Economic Impact

This week while working on another story for the Business News Hour I ran across an educational display in the Iowa Statehouse where bee keepers and honey manufacturers were there to talk about the economics of bees and the link to our food. The story hinges on how commercial and hobby bee keepers continue to see mounting losses from "bee kills". With me is Kari Kenoyer of the Iowa Honey Producers Association, Phil Ebert of Ebert Honey and State Apiarist Andrew Joseph. I start by asking Andrew a question about bee kills...

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 21 February 2019

A busy day in the world of business news and we start out by checking what happened on Wall Street and then we'll share these stories:

  • Door Dash is worth a ton of money...who would have thought;
  • The housing sector is showing some weak signs;
  • It's good to be a....cat;
  • Overstated gas mileage? This time it's Ford;
  • Banks are getting tighter on farm loans and at a time when the rural economy is hurting;
  • Wells Fargo is leaving The Financial Center in downtown Des Moines. Opportunity?
  • What happened and why on Wall Street

Those stories and a conversation with our friend Maureen Burger from Tero International. To hear that conversation click here. 

Cityview, Jeff Pitts and Stuff to DO!

Each week Jeff Pitts the managing editor for Cityview Magazine stops by our studio to chat it up about "Stuff to DO in the Metro" this weekend into next week. Here we've got sports, a home show, an RV show, art, music and so much more. It's Friday FUN with Jeff. 

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.

Burt Ward Talks Robin, Batman and Dogs

Over the years Burt Ward, aka Robin from the classic television show Batman, has been involved in the dog food business with something called Gentle Giant. Before that he ran a rescue in his California home for Great Danes...no, really! Not long ago I spent the day with Burt talking about dogs, the dog food business, canine nutrition, his family, Adam West and more. Here then is that conversation. 

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.