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The Business News Headlines 12 April 2019

It's the business news headlines for Friday the 12th day of April, thanks for coming by. On the newscast today:

  • Markets move up on financials and entertainment;
  • Another retail chain in trouble;
  • Despite "fake news" and privacy issues social media still strong;
  • A company that knows if you are going to quit...before you say anything;
  • While Uber goes public drivers struggle to make a living;
  • GE pays a big fine;
  • 2020 hopeful Andrew Yang and the hologram story;
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Those stories an we'll introduce you to two young podcasters from Iowa City, Iowa. Michele Guild does "Welcome to My Podcast" podcast and Justin Comer does "I Hear I C" featuring artists from the Iowa City area. Both can be found on the new Iowa Podcast Network. Here is Michele and Justin...

And, because it's Friday we've got the managing editor of Cityview Magazine, Jeff Pitts with his list of "Stuff to DO" in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Listen here

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 11 April 2019

The markets stalled out today as investors play a "wait and see" sort of day. It's the business news headlines for Thursday the 11th of April. Here is what's inside:

  • Millennials are falling out of the Middle Class;
  • The Uber IPO is a thing;
  • Grocery War, Trade War now Tax War;
  • The National Pork Expo gets shut down;
  • The Des Moines International Airport has growing pains;
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Those stories plus our Restaurant of the Week is Range Grill + Golf located in Urbandale, Iowa. This place has three really cool things going for it: An amazing restaurant with interesting menu items, a great state of the art golf simulator and signature cocktails that will lift your spirits. I'll chat with owner Steve Garrels about the work that went into creating this beautiful and functional place and talk a bit about the future. To hear that click here

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 27 March 2019

It was another worrisome day on Wall Street as Brexit, China and the inversion issue came back again today. Click ahead for these stories:

  • Salesforce named as a partner in sex trafficking;
  • Millennials are said to be killing off a bunch of stuff...and we've got a list;
  • Lyft today upped it's IPO target;
  • Facebook and hate groups; a new development;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Those stories and today we shine our Small Business Spotlight on the promotional products industry with Kris Gregersen the owner of Premium Solutions. What you may or may not know about promotional products, how decisions are made, what the return on investment might look like and a host of other facts about the industry he's been in for over 20 years. Kris Gregersen and Premium Solutions in our Small Business Spotlight.  Listen to that conversation here

The Business News Headlines 21 March 2019

It's Thursday and we've got the business news headlines for you. What happened and why that is so important. Here we go!

  • Some systems are suggestion...(gulp) recession;
  • The tax cut that is hurting the GOP;
  • Jean maker Levi came back to Wall Street and...did they;
  • Some Iowa TV stations are on the sale block;
  • No Dave & Busters but something close coming to the Merle Hay Mall;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Also today I go "Out to Lunch" with the Mayor of Des Moines, Frank Cownie. But before we order we sit down for "Quick Bites" - Three questions we ask every OTL guest. You can hear that...right here.

Then it's Out to Lunch at Jesses Embers as Mayor Cownie talks about the changing demographics of Des Moines, transportation, new  projects, quality of life, unemployment, and more. After 16 years as mayor it would seem he's still got a passion to do more. Frank Cownie as we go Out to Lunch and talk public policy. Click here to listen. 

Thanks for coming by! 

Is Iowa Bad for Business? The Tax Rates and Mike Owen

If you are a regular listener to the Business News Hour you know we've had all of the major business organizations on with us decrying the high corporate tax rate paid by businesses in Iowa and demanding that those taxes be cut. While they may not be paying that rate they, to a group, will say the "optics" are bad for business. Enter Mike Owen of the Iowa Policy Project. We talk about that plus the Research and Development Tax Credit, who it goes to and how many businesses don't pay taxes but get a check from the State of Iowa. You're in for some stunning news....

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 13 February 2019

The markets came off session highs today but still pulled out a gain. It's the business news headlines for Wednesday the 13th of February. Here is what we've got for you:

  • Wall Street is, again, hoping for good news;
  • The Universal Basic Income program by Andrew Yang gets tested;
  • A supplier of talc for Johnson & Johnson has filed for bankruptcy protection;
  • Beefing up benefits to attract and retain workers; we've got two stories;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street, we've got the numbers.

Those stories and 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang is in for the interview. We're going to talk about that idea of a Universal Basic Income of $1,000 for each American 18 to 65. To hear that conversation click here. 

Thanks for listening! 

THe Business News Headlines 12 February 2019

The word "hope" helped Wall Street bounce up. Now the test will be if that hope is realized. Here are the top business news stories from today:

  • Hope and Wall Street;
  • The IRS and the Partial Government Shutdown;
  • Bill Gates has no problem with the wealthy paying more;
  • Prices at Whole Foods are going up;
  • Katy Parry shoes pulled. Why? Concerns of "blackface";
  • Amazon may be going to NYC after all;
  • Wall Street and the Numbers.

Those stories plus a conversation about communication with Wayne Bruns of Tero International. Did you know that the first step in effective communication can be "active listening"? To hear that conversation click here.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 31 January 2019

Plug in we've got the business news headlines for the final day of January 2019...can you believe it?  The stories we have on tap for you today include:

  • The BEST January for the S&P 500 since 1987;
  • Harley Davidson has many, many headwinds;
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) shook out a new tax plan today;
  • President Trump may hold off on more tariffs on China;
  • What? Amazon is forecasting lower sales this quarter;
  • What happened today on Wall Street and why.

Those stories and we'll introduce you to a concept that means we an celebrate Black Friday every Friday of the year and boost the economy of the businesses owned by African Americans. We'll introduce Abena Imhotep and something that makes, to us, a ton of sense. To hear that frank exchange click here

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 28 January 2019

Each weekday we check out the top business news stories and share those with you along with our long-form business interviews. Today we've got these stories on tap:

  • Eleven billion dollars means...what?
  • The markets opened lower and stayed that way we'll share why;
  • Apple products being made in the U.S. - We have an issue says the NYT...screws;
  • The Sears deal ain't over;
  • Medical Bills and GoFundMe a shocking story of health care in America;
  • Facebook getting tough with disinformation;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Those stories and we'll sit down with Georgia VanGundy the CEO of the Iowa Business Council and talk about how Iowa competes nationally in five very important areas. It's an economic report really worth hearing. To do that just click here

And, because it's Monday Laura Kinnard from Drake University and DMBixMixer is in the house talking about upcoming business education and networking events in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Click here to listen.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Economic Climate of Iowa with Georgia VanGundy

We welcome back Georgia VanGundy the CEO of the Iowa Business Council a group made up of the 23 largest employers in the state. Today the IBC released their Competitive Dashboard that measures how Iowa competes nationally in five areas of concern:

  • Economic Growth
  • Education & Workforce
  • Governance
  • Health & Wellness
  • Demographics & Diversity

We look at each area, discuss what is working and what needs work. How does Iowa rank when looking at the economic factors here?  Click through to learn more. 

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.