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Meet Voice Actor Abi Horton

Sometimes, when listening to the radio or television commercial, we forget about the work that goes into making the audio work...just right. Meet voice actor Abi Horton who has the interesting back-story of being raised by an American father and a British mother and is able to work both accents into her career. Here we talk about getting work, working with clients and agencies and the three ways in which voice actors market themselves. Have some fun and meet our newest friend Abi Horton and her website is here

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon 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. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International

It’s About The Voice with Sharon Feingold

The spoken word contains great power especially when it comes from trained voice professionals. The inflection, the urgent message the information all have an impact on consumers. Meet Sharon Feingold of Atlanta a professional voice talent used by many national companies to create a connection with current and potential customers. Here we talk about the business of voice professionals, how she broke into the business, the work she does, the competitive nature and advice on getting started. Plus...some other fun facts.  Enjoy! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon 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. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International

The Business News Headlines 17 March 2020

The markets rebounded today on the promise of putting more money into the hands of Americans. That story and several more are just a click away:

  • Stocks rallied and why;
  • 24 percent of businesses expect layoffs;
  • More retailers close their doors;
  • Wall Street Report;
  • The Restaurant Industry in a panic and why;
  • Phil K. James and what he's doing to save restaurant jobs.

Those stories and you'll meet Rikkia Lillard from R.C.L. Productions in our Small Business Spotlight. An artist, playwright and producer of great events this is exactly what you need to hear today...and every day. Enjoy.  To hear that conversation click here

Thanks for listening! 

Iowa Custom Murphy Beds - A Small Business Spotlight

Sometimes you find stories where you least expect them. This story comes about because of a sign on the side of a trailer that said, "Iowa Custom Murphy Beds". Now, the Murphy Bed is named after William Lawrence Murphy, who applied for his patent around 1900. These space saving beds fold into a wall or a cabinet and according to legend, Murphy was wooing an opera singer, but living in a one-room apartment in San Francisco, meant that the young lady would have to enter his bedroom. But, once folded into a cabinet the room was, well, no longer a...bedroom.  Here is Nancy Vetter with the story about their six year old company that produces Amish made...Murphy Beds.

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. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher 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. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International

Nancy Emmert in our Small Business Spotlight

She is a bundle of energy but, as she says, that has not always been the case. Meet Nancy Emmert from Pure and Lasting Transformation. She is a health and wellness coach who has taken a dose of her own medicine and seen her life change. We'll talk about that and more in this wide ranging interview that has a connection to the University of Iowa Women's Basketball program. No...really!

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. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher 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. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International

The Business News Headlines & More 26 September 2019

We went from worrying about the economy in Europe to the trade war with China to...impeachment and all of it had an impact on the markets. It's the Business News Headlines for Thursday the 26th of September, thanks for being with us.  Here's what we've got on tap:

  • The markets, for the second time this week are hit by impeachment talk;
  • General Motors does a turn-a-round on heath care;
  • Mobile, Alabama is...worried;
  • That Social Security raise...may not be much...if any;
  • An IPO that went south...really south today;
  • Women are starting businesses at a fast clip and the town that boasts the most?

Those stories along with a conversation with Jim De Kruif from First Point Wealth Management part of First National Bank.  Jim took me up on my offer for anybody from the Johnston, Iowa Chamber to join me for an interview and we had a great conversation. Click here to listen! 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines and More 5 August 2019

It was not a pretty sight today on Wall Street as the Dow sank by over 800 points. Why? You might call it trade by twitter?  Here's what we're talking about today, Monday the 5th of August:

  • China and the dollar...theirs, and maybe ours;
  • There was one stock sector that was up today...can you guess?
  • Amazon putting pressure on its merchants to lower prices;
  • A big bank eyes profits and cuts 4,000 jobs;
  • The "hot job market" that may not be so...hot;
  • Numbers and the Governor of Iowa;
  • Sunday delivery coming but with lower wages;
  • Newspaper news...Gannett is purchased.

Those stories plus a hyper-local conversation about the small community of Adel, Iowa and it's upcoming Sweet Corn Festival.  My guest is the executive director of the Adel Area Partners Chamber, Deb Bengston. Here is that link. 

Also Laura Kinnard from DMBizMixer.com joins me to talk it up about business networking events, Co-Working Week and women in business. You can hear that...here.

Thanks for listening!

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. 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. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International

Business Networking Events in DSMUSA with Laura Kinnard

Each week Laura Kinnard from Drake University and DMBizMixer.com joins me to chat it up about business events in and, this week, around the Des Moines, Iowa Metro. This week we're loaded with estrogen focused events that celebrates, educates and makes a difference. OK, Dave Makin and his group. Check out the opportunities...oh and BTW it is Co-Working Week! 

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. 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. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International

The Business News Headlines 19 May 2019

The business news headlines on the Vacation Edition of the Business News Hour. Here's what we have in stock for you today:

  • Another retail chain says goodbye;
  • Over 120 companies send a letter to President Trump saying "Stop!";
  • A new study says Millennial's may never be economically secure;
  • Heard of "Dot Amazon"?
  • Google and China have 90 days in a reversal from Washington;
  • Local business, the environment and agriculture...again.

Those stories and in for The Interview is Emily Wyatt from the Des Moines Area Religious Council talking about food insecurity, their mission and an event happening this week.  To hear that, just click here

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 25 April 2019

Thank you for coming by again today...we've got plenty to unpack on this edition of the Business News Hour starting out with:

  • Vacation Plans? Many Americans are skipping it this year;
  • 3M played a major role in what happened to the Dow;
  • GM is (sort of) adding 400 jobs;
  • The "Store of the Future" lasted six months;
  • Amazon reported earnings today after the bell;
  • So too did Starbucks;
  • The big next job isn't "plastics" but in another hot job market;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Then we get to go Out to Lunch with Ro Crosbie the founder, President and CEO of Tero International. But, before we order lunch we've got to do Quick Bites, three questions we ask each of our Out to Lunch guests. Listen here

We wrap up the day talking business over lunch with Ro and you get to listen in. We're at the Range Grill + Golf for some great business stories, a peek at the future of Tero International and a couple of laughs. Click through and go Out to Lunch with us...you can hear that segment here. 

Thanks for coming by.