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Project Labor Agreements - Local Control?

When we first read about Project Labor Agreements (PLA) and SSB 1145 working it's way through the Iowa Legislature we were intrigued as to what it meant for business, tax payers and workers. Greg Spenner from Associated Builders and Contractors contacted our office with a request to come on the air and discuss the bill and his organization. We set a date for the studio interview. After reading the documents from Mr. Spenner we then reached out to the Iowa State Building and Construction Trades Council (ISBCTC) president Bill Gerhard and asked if he would join us for a "point/counter-point" conversation. When we informed Mr. Spenner of this his group declined the offer. That is the back-story to this conversation.

Our guests are Andy Roberts Business Manager of the Plumbers and Fitters Local 33 and ISBCTC Vice President and Bill Gerhard, President of the Iowa State Building and Construction Trades Council. We discuss local control, safety, costs, apprenticeship programs and jobs. We think you'll find this interesting...

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:05pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour

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What Is the Mood of Small Business? We Asked

To hear some talk you would think that small to mid-size business owners are in a deep funk and it has never been a worse business climate. Hold on. Here is what business is really saying. With us is Jerry Ripperger, Vice President with Principal Financial Services on a nationwide survey that indicates small businesses are growing and looking forward to a very positive 2017. Oh, those pesky facts...

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:05pm on AM-940, FM-104.5 and in HD at 103.3 HD2. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour

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Doing Year End Bonuses and Merit Pay Right

In business nearly everything is an investment. While 99% of businesses feel compelled to offer year end bonuses or a merit pay few find that investment actually pays off. Here Ned Flynn from Aureon talks about that and how to correct the issue. Valuable information for business.

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:05pm on AM-940, FM-104.5 and in HD at 103.3 HD2. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour

 

 

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Wage & Hour Rules, Taxes and More

In this conversation with Alicia Shaul, CPA from Shaul & Desmond we covered lots of ground. As you may know the wage and overtime rules that were supposed to go into effect on December 1st have been stopped by a court order out of Texas. What is the effect, what should businesses do and how about those promised tax cuts from President Elect Trump? Lots of conversation and worth a listen. 

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:05pm on AM-940, FM-104.5 and in HD at 103.3 HD2. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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Minimum Wage, Restaurant Wages and Tipping

When the task force looking into the minimum wage adjustments for Polk County made their recommendation to the Board of Supervisors one of those task force members was Jessica Dunker the President and CEO of the organization. Here we talk about the new wage rate, tipping and how lower food costs are impacting restaurants.


Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only hour-long, business broadcast in the Midwest. You can catch us at 5:05PM on AM-940, FM-104.5 or in HD at 103.3 HD2. It is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications a full service advertising/consulting agency based in Des Moines. Connect with The Business News Hour on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour and, for more, here is our Facebook Page.  
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Small Business and New Overtime Rules

Our guest is Ned Flynn from Aureon-HR in to talk about the impact new Labor Department rules on overtime will have on small businesses. But not only does Aureon-HR "talk" about the issue they also have developed a White Paper that you can download. "Overwrought by Overtime" is available for you to check up on the rules and get some tips on how to handle the changes.


Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only hour-long, business broadcast in the Midwest. You can catch us at 5:05PM on AM-940, FM-104.5 or in HD at 103.3 HD2. It is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications a full service advertising/consulting agency based in Des Moines. Connect with The Business News Hour on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour and, for more, here is our Facebook Page.
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What is the EPIC Challenge for Business? We’ll Tell!

When business realizes that women in leadership roles has such a positive impact you would think more women would be chosen to fill those roles. But, not yet.  Enter the NEXUS Epic Challenge a way to affect Central Iowa businesses by attracting, retaining and promoting women as a workplace development strategy. Our guests are Jann Freed and Leisha Barcus and the topic is timely.  Here is our conversation: 


Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only business broadcast in the Des Moines Metro and a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications a full service advertising agency based in Des Moines.  Connect with us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour and, for more, here is our Facebook Page.
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Hiring Vets and What Makes a Great Workplace

She's back and this time we spend some time with Karen Miller on hiring veterans and what returning vets can bring to the workplace. We then pivot and talk about the qualities that make up a great workplace. Timely and right on.  Here's Karen from Manpower! 


Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only business broadcast in the Des Moines Metro and a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications a full service advertising agency based in Des Moines.  Connect with us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour and, for more, here is our Facebook Page.
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Women, Business, Finances, Family Leave and More

On Thursday, 5 November there is a seminar that centers on women's issues as they relate to pay, work/life balance, equal pay, female mobility in business and more. The event is sponsored by the Center for American Progress and Progress Iowa. Our guest is Sarah Jayne Glenn and we cover lots of issues. 


Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only business broadcast in the Des Moines Metro and a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications a full service advertising agency based in Des Moines.  Connect with us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour and, for more, here is our Facebook Page.
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Rubber Ducks and A Corn Feed

It's the business of politics and in Iowa that is a big deal. Recently we learned that Progress Iowa was planning a large event, the first Iowa Corn Feed, as well as delivering rubber ducks to Terrace Hill. We invited Matt Sinovic to tell us the story. Here is that conversation. 


Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only business broadcast in the Des Moines Metro and a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications a full service advertising agency based in Des Moines.  Connect with us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour and, for more, here is our Facebook Page.
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