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The Business News Headlines 2 April 2020

Today we got the new unemployment numbers and they are staggering. Consider that in the past two weeks over 10 million Americans are out of work. It's the business news headlines for Thursday the 2nd of April. Here is what we've got for you:

  • The Small Business Bailout is tomorrow but are we ready;
  • Remember that deal about loan & mortgage relief;
  • The landlord letter that backfired;
  • Ford reports lousy March sales;
  • Amazon to take temps and hand out masks;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • The Fed says the "R-Word".

Thanks for listening!

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The Business News Headlines 30 March 2020

A strong dose of reality came about today and Wall Street seemed to like it.  It's the business news headlines for Monday the 30th of March. On tap today:

  • Open for business? Not so fast;
  • Workers stage walkouts;
  • Big banks tell customers...don't borrow;
  • Oil futures crash;
  • Johnson & Johnson working on a vaccine;
  • Several companies ramping up new design ventilators;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Isolation Issues? Astronauts have some advice.

Those stories plus a hyper-local interview about business events and some outstanding work being done remotely by several business centered organizations in the Greater Des Moines Metro. That's with Laura Kinnard and you can hear her...HERE.

The Business News Headlines 26 Mach 2020

In normal times an unemployment report like we received this morning would have shut the markets down. But these are not normal times.  Click ahead for the business news headlines for Thursday the 26th of March:

  • No, these are not normal times;
  • Truck drivers get a reprieve;
  • Vacuums to Ventilators;
  • Panic buying is hurting employees;
  • UAW wary of opening up auto plants;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Nurses on the front lines.

Those stories plus a wide ranging conversation with Janice Person who recently started her company JP Loves Cotton. We'll talk about consumers, branding, transparency, trust, agriculture and consumers. It was great to reconnect with my friend from St. Louis about her new adventure. Listen to that conversation here. 

The Business News Headlines 13 March 2020

It was a volatile session on Wall Street and at the end of the day the markets posted some big numbers.  Welcome to the business news headlines. Here's what we've got for you today:

  • While the markets rebounded there is that "testing" thing;
  • Businesses are starting to trim staff;
  • Movie theaters are getting creative;
  • Bidet (What??) sales are shooting up;
  • Fiat Chrysler shutters a plant;
  • Small businesses are being impacted;
  • The Wall Street Report
  • Soccer and wages;
  • Plus we usually have Jeff Pitts from Cityview with "Stuff to DO". Today that changed.

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The Business News Headlines 9 March 2020

It was the biggest one-day drop of the Dow...ever. That story and what the president had to say about tops  our newscast today.:

  • Markets fall but no mention of the coronavirus;
  • Wall Street wants to work from home;
  • Hand Sanitizer made by prison labor;
  • Fear of Flying is...real;
  • Nissan sees vehicle sales off by 80%;
  • Oil take a beating today think...Russia;
  • The Wall Street Report
  • Middle Class Americans not getting married.

Those stories and this could very well be the shortest DMBizEvents segment...ever!  Here Laura Kinnard from DMACC and Drake University and The Runway Innovation and Events Studio chats it up about FUSE Des Moines and The Iowa Center as well as One Million Cups Des Moines and her upcoming open house and a Media Day next week in Valley Junction. We don't need much of your time this week. Go!  Here is that LINK. 

Thanks for listening! 

Business News Headlines 28 February 2020

The investment world shuddered again today but it could have been much worse on Wall Street. It's Friday and here are the business news stories we've got for you:

  • Google his with the coronavirus;
  • Amazon workers to limit travel even in the U.S.;
  • Smart phone sales to take a beating;
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a banking question;
  • GM to add 1,200 workers;
  • Usually when equities struggle gold is the go to but;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Some say it looks cool but it's a tough job working in the air.

Those stories and, because it's Friday, we've got some Friday Fun with Jeff Pitts the managing editor of Cityview Magazine. Here we're talking about "Stuff to DO" in the Greater Des Moines Metro from the final weekend of DSM Ice Skating to an event at the Hotel Pattee in Perry to the Russians are coming to a book sale in Johnston to me buying a Howitzer for my front yard at the local gun show. Also we've got music, sports... you get the idea. Join us as we riff a bit while celebrating the weekend. Listen right here! 

Thanks, as always, for coming by!

The Business News Headlines 20 February 2020

It was a wild day on Wall Street as traders decided to take some profits.  Welcome to the Thursday Edition of the Business News Headlines.  Today:

  • Pizza is good so is the marketing and innovation;
  • General Mills and the $13 box of cereal;
  • Morgan Stanley is in a buying mode;
  • Nissan has a deal for you...sort of;
  • Mayor Pete and the American Dream;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Lingerie isn't what it used to be.

Those stories PLUS a conversation about the skills required to be a top sales person.  My guest is  Kyle Hopkins a Tero International Trainer who says the world of sales has transformed from product knowledge to having the ability to communicate and respond to a customers real needs.  You can listen here. 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 18 February 2020

Investors are back on Wall Street following the Presidents Day Holiday and, well, things didn't go so well. Here are the business news headlines we've got for you today and on YOUR time:

  • We get the message...we're dependent on China;
  • Workers in China ain't working;
  • Not Pot but CBD joints are doing well;
  • Automakers turning their backs on these buyers;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • The bank says it will cut 35,000 jobs.

Those stories plus Tom Vander Well the President/CEO of Intelligentics joins me to talk about how companies often fail at their customer service and that failure cuts into sales and profits. He says that when a company asks  the right questions things get turned around.  From marketing to operations to accounting consumers are demanding they be heard and when they blossoms. You can hear that conversation here. 

Thanks for listening!

The Business News Headlines 17 February 2020

The lingering concern about the coronavirus now has Apple saying it will miss it's revenue forecast for the March quarter and we'll share why. It's the business news headlines for Monday the 17th of February, President's Day so the markets are closed. Today we've got these stories:

  • Apple and revenue;
  • GM leaving three countries;
  • Another retail company files Chapter 11;
  • We've got a milk story;
  • Global markets were up today;
  • Tesla told to stop construction in Germany;
  • China is, literally, laundering its money;
  • The high cost of a Tweet.

Those stories plus Laura Kinnard joins me to chat it up about business events in the Greater Des Moines Metro and she's got quite a list.  Laura has the business events blog and teaches at Drake University as well as the Des Moines Area Community College. PLUS she is the primary at The Runway Innovation and Events Studio at Southridge. Click here for that conversation. 

Thanks for listening. 


The Business News Headlines 23 January 2020

At the opening bell today it was all about a virus and China...but as the day wore on worried investors seemed to move on and we'll share why.  It is the business news headlines for the 23rd day of January.

  • Former Wells Fargo CEO gets some bad news;
  • Planters Peanuts kills off Mr. Peanut and...why;
  • FedEx is alerting folks about a scam;
  • The White House wants more tax cuts;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Working Women and the 1970's.

Those stories plus this: Over the past several months we've reported on the number of trucking companies who have shut their doors. At the same time there is a lack of drivers.  Add to those issues new demands regarding packaging of freight, electronic logs, new technology and something called "density rating". With me is Brian Bartz from DLS Worldwide as we talk about the many changes in the industry and the "State of Freight". You can listen here. 

Thanks for listening!