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Congressman Ro Khanna on Rural Technology and More

This is Part One of my conversation with Congressman Ro Khanna who has been to Iowa nearly as often as some presidential candidates. His efforts have largely been in support of new technologies that will re-imagine Rural America. We talk about that, Silicon Valley, unions and more before we get into Medicare for All in the next segment. 

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! 

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! 

Des Moines, Iowa & Poverty Part One

In this, the first of two parts of an interview with Elizabeth Buck, President of the United Way of Central Iowa and Seth Johnson program director for OpportUNITY we lay out several significant issues impacting a number of Iowans in the Greater Des Moines Metro. From housing to child care to transportation to wages...all within the shadow of what many of us see as a thriving community. We usually don't extend our interviews into two parts but, because so much is here...we thought it better to split up our conversation. Here is Part One.

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. 

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The Business News Headlines 10 September 2019

Early this morning the futures indicated a lower open on Wall Street and that became reality as the Dow struggled all morning long.  It's the business news headlines for Tuesday the 10th of September, thanks for being with us!

  • Questions arise over the latest farm bailout;
  • Uber to disrupt the fright business;
  • Walmart loses millions in it's e-commerce area;
  • Where do you go to find 30,000 employees?
  • Startups heading back home to Des Moines, Detroit....

Those stories  plus a conversation with Ben Handfelt the Vice President of Marketing for Catch Des Moines the area convention and visitors bureau. We'll chat about why they exist, how they are funded, the results of positive marketing and their new message "The S's Are Silent" and you'll hear a sample. To listen in, just click here. 

Thanks for coming by! 

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!  

The Business News Headlines & More 6 September 2019

It's Friday...man did that come up fast this week. It's the business news headlines and we start off with the jobs report and the impact on Wall Street and...you:

  • The Jobs Report and Wages;
  • Six ways to save money...and food;
  • Facebook in trouble...again;
  • Too much coffee? Not in Chicago;
  • September = iPhones;
  • Skills and your career...lots of folks say they don't have 'em.

Those stories and more along with Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine with "Stuff to DO" in the Des Moines, Iowa Metro. Look, we spend every day on serious stuff...at least once a week we'll share some fun stuff...and stories from "brick-banging" to learning to be a director with some jousting thrown in for flavor.  Here you go! 

The Business News Headlines & More 5 September 2019

Early this morning the futures indicated the markets would open much higher and they did with the Dow rising well above 400 points and the markets stayed that way.  In the business news headlines today:

  • What happened on Wall Street & why;
  • Just what you need...a Facebook dating service;
  • Guns, Walmart & Stocks;
  • Air Travel and the 737 Max;
  • Why Apple is borrowing $7 billion;
  • The MOST demanding job...ever?

Those stories and more along with our guest chef and author Terrie Kohl. Here she talks about why she loves being the personal chef for hundreds of people, what cooking means, the new trends and we'll also talk about her new book, "Bringing Friends & Family Back Around the Table". Terrie Kohl in our Small Business Spotlight and thank you to The Coffeesmiths of Waukee, Iowa for letting us set up our studio at their location. To hear our conversation click here

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