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Water, Politics, Business - Des Moines Water Works

We've been doing the Business News Hour for a long time. Each weekday for nearly four years we've reported on the business news of the nation, region and the Greater Des Moines Metro. During that time we have watched the convergence of business and politics and that has changed the conversation. This interview is an example of that. Bill Stowe, the CEO of the Des Moines Water Works has been described as "The most hated man in Iowa" and as a "Moses standing up for the people against special interests". According to the Des Moines Water Works the Iowa Legislature, in a purely political move, is seeking to dismantle the Des Moines Water Works yet over 68% of the people served wish to preserve the business...and in the end it is a business. We talk about that, the drainage district lawsuit, polluted water, Flint, Michigan and more in this extended interview.

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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Building a Business Dynasty - Sam Kreamer

If you or your family own a business there are three things you can do with it: a) close it, b) sell it to a stranger or c) keep it in the family. Here Sam Kreamer of the Kreamer Law Firm talks about how a business can be passed from one generation to the next - "The Dynasty Family 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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Beerhouse - Restaurant of the Week

He is, perhaps the most unlikely successful restaurant owner in the Des Moines Metro. Corporate executive Nick Kuhn gave up the swanky office to open up a restaurant...something he knew "nothing about". Two years later, he's got a story to tell about his place The Beerhouse. ("We keep things simple.") Then he'll share his next big move into Valley Junction...hang on this gets fun.

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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The Growing Bicycle Business with Bif Ridgway

Even if you are not a cyclist you can't escape the monumental growth of the bicycle industry. It seems like they are everywhere. Here in the Des Moines Metro we have over 600 miles of trails and a growing trend of using the bicycle as a daily mode of transportation rather than just for recreation. We talk about that, the technology of bicycles and more with Bif Ridgway from Bike World. Gear up...

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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Funding Your Retirement Lifestyle

Our guest is long-time New York Life agent, Malka Naggar who, along with others in her office, is presenting a complimentary, informational workshop designed to explore the many issues faced by the owner of a closely-held business in today's economic times. We talk about that, small business, employee benefits and more. The event takes place on Wednesday, February 22 between 11:30am and 1:00pm at their West Des Moines office. Who said there was no...free lunch?To respond: 515-238-1984.

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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Eat, Play, Love Des Moines - Stuff to DO with Sheryl Tessier!

Grab your calendar and let's talk Eat, Play, Love Des Moines with Sheryl Tessier as she highlights some great things to do in the Greater Des Moines Metro. From eats to beats she has a list of STUFF to DO that will get you out of the house. Things like a Lunar New Year Celebration, to a Chili Cookoff, the Fire and Ice Winter Pub Crawl, Wines and ice fishing...(really?). Listen in!

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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Going Where the People Need Me

This is a Startup Story and then again it's not. Jesse Marzen is an attorney who lives and has a practice in Northeast Iowa. However he started getting calls and activity out of the Des Moines Metro so he decided to open an office in West Des Moines. His specialty is tax and tax law for business and he says his use of technology helps him in many ways. An interesting conversation...


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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The New Cityview and Why with Shane Goodman

In a major change Shane Goodman announced last month that Cityview was going from a weekly paper to a monthly magazine. We booked Shane as soon as we could and today the New Cityview is hitting newsstands across the metro. Why the change and what will it mean for content? Listen in! 


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 Spotlight - Quill & Nib of Valley Junction

There is a certain class associated with fine writing instruments and our friend Peter Sherinian from the Quill and Nib in Valley Junction came by to talk about this unique business, pens and the art of writing.  Put down that Word Document for a moment...and have a listen:  



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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Learning the Business of a Certified Public Accountant

Our guests are from the Shaul and Desmond CPA firm in West Des Moines. Partner Alicia Shaul and staff accountant Barbara Saeugling are here to talk about what a CPA can do for closely held businesses. What do they see in the numbers and it's much more than income taxes. Join us and learn more from Alicia... 


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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