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The Business News Headlines 5 December 2018

While the U.S. markets were closed today that didn't mean there wasn't activity and plenty of it. Here are the news stories we've picked up for you today...go ahead and click through:

  • The Fed today reported on tariff induced inflation;
  • One quarter of Americans are deeply worried about their 2019 finances;
  • The new KING of Retail in Rural America is....
  • More sad news today about Sears;
  • USA Gymnastics files for bankruptcy;
  • New York City imposes a big minimum wage increase ride hailing drivers;
  • While Wall Street was idle today it doesn't mean global stocks took the day off.

Those stories plus a remarkable conversation with Ned Flynn from Aureon HR. We're going to talk about what it means to have an engaged workforce. What an "engaged" employee is, how to get there and what it can mean to the bottom line of any business. You do NOT want to miss this conversation.

Thanks for listening!


Business News Headlines 3 December 2018

Welcome back to a new week of business news. Today we've got plenty to share with you. Here is what you are about to hear...

  • The pause in the trade war went well on Wall Street;
  • GM CEO Mary Barra will, on Wednesday meet with two Ohio senators;
  • The "done deal" between CVS Health and Aetna got a bit murky today;
  • Glaxo wants to buy another drug maker for more than $5 billion;
  • Expect to pay more for fuel;
  • What? No more porn on Tumblr;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

And today we went "Out to Lunch" with Dr. Yogesh Shah, MD from Broadlawns Medical Center and talked aging, early onset dementia and the treatment and reversal of the disease. We also did Quick Bites - Three Questions that we ask each "Out to Lunch" guest.

Also today Laura Kinnard from Drake University and joins us to talk about business education and networking events in the Greater Des Moines, Iowa Metro. 

Thanks for listening! 


The Business News Headlines 30 November 2018

It's the final day of the month and the markets were able to come back and make November positive but it was tough. Here are the business news Headlines from today:

  • There is some hope of a U.S. - China trade deal but, there is still a but;
  • The Marriott hack was big, really big and it took, get this 4 years;
  • What states have the most and least burglaries per 100,000 people? It will surprise you;
  • Watching porn at Starbucks? That ends next year;
  • Seasonal worker and a tight labor market but one company says they will hire 20,000 less;
  • Medical Marijuana will be available in Iowa tomorrow but some headwinds persist;
  • What happened today on Wall Street and why.

Because it's Friday we'll have the managing editor for Cityview Magazine, Jeff Pitts, with us to talk about Stuff to DO in the DSMUSA Metro this weekend into next week!  It's Friday, have some fun!

Thanks so much for listening!


The Business News 29 November 2018

Yesterday was...yesterday. Today we just don't know about that U.S. and China "deal". It's the Business News Hour coming up today:

  • So, who did you say was going on that G-20 trip?;
  • More job cuts in the news today;
  • Payless Shoes gets customers to buy their shoes at up to $600 a pair;
  • Housing appraisers, we don't need no stinkin' housing appraisers;
  • New jobless claims are up and that has some folks concerned;
  • A fashion re-branding coming to Des Moines, Iowa;
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

We're talking cookies and charity with our favorite foodie, Beau Fodor. Coming up on 13 December is the Annual Cookie Exchange. This year at at new swanky venue and with a new charity. Always fun to have Beau on with us.

We'll also present this encore conversation with Melissa Ness the President/CEO of Aureon HR. It's all about worker productivity and how that is impacted by workplace culture. This is seriously good stuff. 


The Business News Headlines 28 November 2018

The Fed Chairman speaks and the Dow has it's best day since the end of March. It's the business news from today and some of what you'll hear deal with:

  • The bad news from the Fed that nobody seemed to notice;
  • How about loans charging up to 36% interest and if you don't pay...;
  • Yet another Sears story;
  • the CVS Health and Aetna deal brings to health care a new beast;
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

We'll also visit with Dr. Amy Willcockson from Live Healthy Iowa. Iowa, it would seem is not doing well when it comes to obesity. In 2017 we were the 12th most obese state in the nation. Today we're ranked at number 5. Some shocking news about the health of Iowans and some hope as we talk about Live Healthy Iowa and some programs that just could turn the tide.

Thanks for listening! 


Business News Headlines 27 November 2018

We're back with some of the top business news stories of the day and we bring them to you on YOUR time. Listen when you want and learn more about what's going on.  Today we're talking about:

  • President Trump warns GM that they will lose government dollars;
  • Papa John's can't find a buyer and it's stock sinks;
  • Will there be a deal with China?  Who knows;
  • Speaking of China Google employees don't want to throttle information;
  • So what went on in the world of retail sales on Cyber Monday? We've got details'
  • What happened today on Wall Street and why.

Plus, for The Interview, we picked up something we recorded last summer but failed to air. It's a conversation with Mat Greiner and Teva Dawson about their company, Group Creative. They work with communities and non-profits in a very unique way to garner attention and public relations all by It's a neat story so listen...OK?

Thanks for coming by! 


Business News Headlines 26 November 2018

So very much to unpack for you today as we take a deep dive into several issues. The stories that are just a click away:

  • Markets bounce up as Tech, Retail and Auto sectors rise;
  • We've got a big story about retail and the past five shopping days;
  • The full General Motors story of plant closings and job cuts;
  • Fashion house Esprit is cutting their workforce and giving you less choice;
  • Kemin Industries builds rail in an attempt to cut fuel costs and promote sustainability;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street

Those stories plus an in-depth conversation with WPA - North America president Kevin Schlueter and Stephen Smith a workplace psychologist. This is NOT what you think but it is an amazing story about measuring productivity, putting the right people in place and so much Yeah...that.

Also today Laura Kinnard from Drake University and DMBizMixer on business education and networking events this week into next week. 

Told you it was a full boat today...and thanks for listening!  


Ro Crosbie from Tero International on Immigration, Canada and More

Recently Ro Crosbie the President/CEO and founder of Tero International joined us for a conversation about immigration, business, Canada and public policy. We also talked about the demographic changes coming to Iowa and other states. Sit back and enjoy as we talk about some issues that are top of mind for our nation and others. 

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Business News Headlines 22 November 2018

And you thought we'd take the day off?  Happy Thanksgiving Day to our U.S. listeners and thank you for coming by.  Here is the business news that is just a click away:

  • Crops rot as the trade war with China rolls through the 2018 Harvest;
  • Skipping out of the Black Friday Madness? It's a growing trend;
  • Facebook, we learn, has been lying for months;
  • The cost of that Thanksgiving Day Dinner?  We've got the numbers.

Speaking of numbers the markets are closed today for the we can get this to you earlier. Nice huh?

In The Interview we're talking with Ro Crosbie the President/CEO and Founder of Tero International about business and immigration. Ro, an immigrant from Canada, recently won an award designed for immigrant businesses and that caused her to pause a bit and reflect on public policy, jobs and business.

Thanks for listening! 


The Business News Headlines 21 November 2018

For awhile today we thought the Dow was going to pull out of negative territory but that didn't happen. Click through to hear these stories on YOUR time.

  • Could this be the last holiday season for Sears;
  • Wells Fargo says not all the folks are going to get paid;
  • Slower economic growth ahead...some say yes;
  • Oil OPEC and West Texas;
  • An Amazon "Tell All" and it ain't pretty;
  • John Deere missed expectations;
  • Speaking of expectations what happened and why on Wall Street.

Those stories plus we'll introduce you to Rackhouse Whiskey Club. Small batch distillers from all over the country get some help from Dannie Strable and Sam Hoyle. We think you're going to enjoy this.

Thanks for listening!