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Iowa - A Low Wage State & Why

The reality is that Iowa lags behind other neighboring states when it comes to wages ranging from a few thousand dollars less than the average wage in Nebraska to over $14,000 less than the average wage earner in Minnesota. It's a statistic you don't often hear from those who are trying to recruit and retain workers to the Hawkeye State. To flesh this out a bit our guest is Natalie Veldhouse a research associate at the Iowa Policy Project. Here is that story. 

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. 

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The Business News Headlines & More 2 October 2019

Yesterday it was manufacturing numbers that sent the markets down...today the employment numbers did the same. Welcome to the business news headlines for Wednesday the 2nd of October.  Today:

  • The markets tanked and why;
  • The U.S. has a "hiring" problem;
  • High prices got you down? There is Zulily ya know;
  • What's new for cars? The 7 year loan;
  • Automakers see trouble ahead;
  • Why not spend $ on your current workforce...no, really.

Those stories and more along with this conversation with Kari Carney and Julia McGuire from 1,000 Friends of Iowa. I know...right?  You'll hear about the work they do and why it's becoming even more important as we look to the future of climate change. Listen here. 

The Business News Headlines & More 1 October 2019

Wall Street closed yesterday up on the hope of renewed talks between the U.S. and China and then...today...out came a report on U.S. manufacturing. That story and what happened on Wall Street opens up our first newscast of a new month:

  • Manufacturing data weak...very;
  • President Trump calls the Fed "pathetic";
  • Facebook to sue the United States if Warren is elected;
  • The "Wealth Tax" is back in the news;
  • GM lays off thousands more;
  • Amazon and NEW grocery stores;
  • Amazon 3rd party sellers pay thousands to talk to a person.

Those stories and a look at what the top 23 employers in Iowa have to say about the economy moving forward. You might say it's a "mixed bag" in this interview with Georgia Van Gundy the Executive Director of the Iowa Business Council done for us by Jeff Stein the News & Program Director of News/Talk 1540 KXEL. Here is that story

Thanks for listening! 

Iowa & The Economic Outlook

Since 2004 the Iowa Business Council surveys the business leaders of Iowa's 23 major employers as to their thoughts regarding the economy in the Hawkeye State. Here, Georgia Van Gundy the Executive Director for the Iowa Business Council discusses the results of this Third Quarter Economic Outlook Survey with our friend Jeff Stein the News and Program Director for News/Talk 1540 KXEL

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. 

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AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

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The Business News Headlines 18 September 2019

They said it was going to be a good day on Wall Street. Heck, record low unemployment, housing starts are up and the Fed was set to cut interest rates...what could go wrong?  It's the business news headlines for Wednesday the 18th of September...thanks for being here.  Today:

  • A bunch of news about housing and mortgage rates;
  • The Fed Rate Cut - What does it mean to you?
  • President Trump is not happy;
  • Pay your utility bills on time..think Equifax & credit;
  • GM to cut workers...in Canada;
  • Young workers demand new office rules.

Those stories  plus a story about pets in Iowa. What is is about the Hawkeye State that tells us you don't care about dogs and cats...you know those pets?  With me is Haley Anderson from the Iowa Pet Alliance and we'll talk about the sad reality of pets in Iowa.  It's pretty shocking. Here is that report. 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 17 September 2019

Nearly as fast as oil prices went up yesterday they headed back down today.  But, all of that didn't much help Wall Street as investors wonder what's next when it comes to the Fed.  Here for you today we're looking at these stories:

  • Oil, Gas and Consumers;
  • GM hits back at the UAW;
  • She is paid $22 million and why;
  • The strike and the local economy;
  • Fed and Rates;
  • Your job will be...mostly gone says Brian Solis.

Those stories and more along with Marketing for Business with Phil K. James of Good Milkshake Digital. We're talking about how to get your existing customers to buy more of what they want from you...and it works across nearly every vertical. Restaurants, grocery stores, hardware stores, coffee shops even lawyers. Here is that conversation. 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines & More 9 September 2019

Wall Street opened slightly higher this morning before the markets turn south at mid-day. It's the business news headlines for Monday the 9th of September. Today, along with the headlines, we'll take you to Jefferson, Iowa and the new Pillar Technology facility there called The Forge. It's quite the experiment and you'll meet Mayor Craig Berry, student Safura Khan and we'll visit with California Congressman Ro Khanna about his vision for not only Jefferson but many other parts of America.  Also today:

  • Looking for a new gig? Amazon is hiring 30,000;
  • The Popeye Chicken Sandwich story;
  • There is a new darling of retail;
  • Oil spill in the Bahamas;
  • British Airways cancels nearly 100% of their flights;
  • Food waste and technology;
  • Our report out of Jefferson, Iowa.

Also, today is Monday and that means Laura Kinnard joins us from DMBizMixer.com for a conversation about business events in the Greater Des Moines, Iowa Metro. You can hear that wide ranging conversation here.

Thanks for listening!  

Employee Retention - Tips from Ro Crosbie & Tero International

We hear it everyday...if it isn't about trying to find quality employees it's about keeping valuable employees...employed. Here Ro Crosbie the founder and president of Tero International offers some solid tips for employee retention that have been proven to work. And, as a bonus, these tips might just be a boost to your personal relationship. No, really!  Let's talk retention because as you know it costs way more to onboard your next employee. 

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 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. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International

The Business News Headlines & More 3 September 2019

Welcome to a new broadcast month...and it didn't turn out well for the markets. Also, as a public service on Thursday please know that The Big Band Bash to benefit Iowa Reading Information Services of IRIS will take place at the Val-Air Ballroom in West Des Moines. Tickets and information are right here! In the business news headlines:

  • Ouch on the first trading day of September;
  • When the President Tweets the markets go down;
  • New Mega Mall to open - Good luck getting there;
  • This big box says customers won't be paying for the tariffs;
  • Tight on cash? Many companies are advancing "loans";
  • Shampoo, conditioner and lotion bottles going away.

Those stories plus a conversation with Jo Kline about health literacy and her book, "The 60-Minute Guide to Health Literacy". What you know...or don't know about your health care or the care of your loved one can cause significant trouble in the recovery process. We break that down in this conversation. To hear this timely piece, click 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 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. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International

The Business News Headlines & More 29 August 2019

It's the business news headlines for Thursday the 29th day of August...thanks, everybody for being with us again today. Oh...hope that springs eternal caused the markets to react today. What was that?  We'll share:

  • Ya Gotta Have HOPE;
  • Pending home sales are slumping and why;
  • A shocking report about employee turnover;
  • This U.S. carmaker is now in last place for workers;
  • An e-cigarette official says, "Don't Vape!";
  • Those trendy office perks; might they be on the way out?

Those stories and I get to solo it for a Marketing4Business Segment. This time it's about content marketing and Facebook. What might you do to boost your customer engagement?  Here I offer up several examples and...while it take some work...they really do...work. You can hear that...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 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. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International