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Karen McCullough for the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

In January we'll be taking the Show on the Road and head to Mobile, Alabama for the Annual National Tractor Parts Dealer Association Meeting and Trade Show. Here is a brief phone interview with Karen McCullough a nationally known speaker who will be presenting #NTPDA19. Listen in...and it's good advice for any business. 

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.

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The Business News Headlines 19 November 2018

We feared that the markets would open down today and they did...but then they kept marching downward. It's the business news headlines for Monday and here is what is just a click away:

  • A former Goldman Sachs VP is asking for $1.5 million said she was fired while on pregnancy leave;
  • Fast food companies are going to great lengths to find workers;
  • David's Bridal asking for Chapter 11 protection;
  • One of the reasons for the tech meltdown on Wall Street was...Apple;
  • The U.S. Canada, Mexico trade deal...could be in trouble;
  • Those stories and what the heck happened on Wall Street.

Also today we'll feature Cat Rocketship and the 10th Anniversary of Market Day Iowa which happens in downtown Des Moines this Friday...and yes, it's cool.

We'll also chat with Laura Kinnard from Drake University and DMBizMixer.com about Small Business Saturday tips and marketing idea.

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Small Business Saturday with Laura Kinnard

We get pretty wrapped up in Small Business Saturday, which happens this Saturday all over the United States. Here Laura Kinnard from DMBizMixer.com and Drake University talks up the possibilities of finding unique gift items while supporting hyper-local businesses. And we'll offer just a couple of tips to get you in gear not only for Small Business Saturday but all the way through the holidays. Here is that recent podcast on 22 Small Business Tips.  And, here is Laura!

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.

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22 Tips for Small Business Retail Success this Holiday Season

We're always hearing about how small business retail is being crushed by "big-box". I've always believed that if local retail would brush up on how they engage consumers, know what their consumers want/need and focus on delivering exceptional service they will win. When we saw this piece from Motley Fool it hit home and we aired this piece on The Week in Review on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. So here, in just nine minutes, are twenty-two solid ideas to help your brick and mortar retail business rock it this holiday season. Let's do this! 

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.

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The Business News Headlines 2 November 2018

Each weekday, just ahead of 5pm Central we offer up the business news headlines so you can listen on YOUR time. And, BTW you can join us on Twitter @IOB_NewsHour. Let's talk...business. Here are some of the stories you can click through to hear:

  • Who's on first? Mixed signals from the White House on China;
  • Apple had a dismal earnings report and then Warren Buffet lost...money;
  • Starbucks to open 2,100 more stores next year...that's a bunch of coffee;
  • UPS is facing a possible strike;
  • Small Business and 22 ways that you can WIN this holiday season;
  • The markets today...yikes. If you liked roller coasters... 

Those stories and some fun with Cityview and Jeff Pitts as he takes Friday into Funday and lists out some Stuff to DO in the Metro this weekend into next week.  We got us some arts and entertainment. You can click here to listen.

Thanks for listening. 

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Business News Headlines 31 October 2018

Busy day on the Business News Hour. It's not only Halloween but it's also the end of what we predicted was going to be a tough month for Wall Street and...yep, we were right.  Today the headlines look like this:

  • The S&P 500 had the worst month since 2011;
  • Denny's stock surged today...so, what's going on?  We'll share;
  • L.L. Bean sees greater sales growth coming from...Canada;
  • General Motors announced they will be cutting jobs...ouch;
  • America, you've got a problem and it's getting bigger each month;
  • Could tiny Windsor Heights, Iowa be the home of something dramatic?
  • And, of course we've got the numbers from Wall Street.

Those stories and a conversation about trash with Tony Colosimo (click to listen) of Sparta Waste. What he has to share about our current recycling will surprise you. Like...did you know that most of the items you carefully put in your current recycle bin ends up in the landfill anyway?  Yeah...that and more. You've got to listen to this short piece.

Also today we'll chat with former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley (Click to listen) as he was in Iowa stumping for a whole bunch of fresh face candidates for the Iowa Statehouse to Congress. Why do it and what have Democrats done for decades to their own demise?  We'll talk about it. 

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Small Business Saturday Marketing Tips from The Week in Review on News/Talk 1540 KXEL

Today on News/Talk 1540 KXEL we talked about some ideas for small business to use as we get close to Small Business Saturday which, this year, falls on the first Saturday following Thanksgiving (November 24). Click through and listen. Also, find out more about Small Business Saturday by following this link

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.

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The Business News Headlines - 16 October 2018

Each weekday we bring you the big business news stories of the day along with interesting business interviews with local to international business leaders. Today is no exception:

  • Strong earnings (like we told you) pulled the markets back;
  • UBER to go...public?
  • Elon and Tesla pay a total of $40 million and they are back in business;
  • Chickens, Tariffs and Lawsuits;
  • The Des Moines River Project just got a big check;
  • Retail loses a leader as Richard B. Von Maur Jr. dies at 86;
  • The Market Report and it was a dandy.

Also today we will introduce you to Jennifer Gracey. Jennifer works with businesses on the consumer experience with company websites. That is part one.  Part two is about how her personal and professional life has expanded due to her experiences in the Junior Chamber International. You must listen...

We're also going to climb back into our "Way-Back Machine" for a conversation we had three years ago with Chuck Mefford of BrandsFormation. We aired this in 2015 and again this past Sunday on News/Talk 1540 KXEL and wanted to share with you, again, here.

Thanks for listening! 

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Branding Your Business with Chuck Mefford

We aired this piece three years ago and then again this past Sunday on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. It's all about small business branding using a formula that has had proven success. Chuck Mefford is from Brands Formation and he speaks to business people all over the nation about the power they own...but rarely use. Looking for the "secret sauce"? Click through for Chuck... 

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.

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The Business News Headlines 12 October 2018

The final day of the week and what a week it has been. The markets today were like a yo-yo. We'll have that story plus a look at these national headlines:

  • Sources say that Sears is winding down...or are they?
  • Some say Sears has inked a deal to stay open until after Christmas;
  • High interest rates and the impact on home buyers;
  • If the new postal rates go through...
  • Obamacare rates to go...down?
  • Tough to fill job positions? We've give FIVE tips;
  • The markets and what the heck happened today.

Those stories plus a conversation with Kelly Riley from the Des Moines Botanical Garden about an upcoming seminar with some unique nationally known talent coming to talk...plants and more.

Then we close out the week with Jeff Pitts and Parker Reed with Stuff to DO in the Metro with our friends from Cityview Magazine...

Thanks for listening! 

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