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The Business News Headlines 3 April 2020

The first days of April have not been kind as mounting numbers of people succumb to COVID-19. And all of that has had a major impact on business. Here's what we have for you today:

  • First it was Costco now Target;
  • Midwest Grocer HyVee enacts new social distancing guides;
  • Hobby Lobby, finally, calls it quits and no pay for employees;
  • Vermont says these are non-essential retail items;
  • Airlines: Vouchers or Refunds...wanna guess;
  • Mortgage relief...well maybe;
  • 3M pushes back on the president;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Remember cannabis's in trouble.

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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".

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The Business News Headlines 31 March 2020

It's the final day of March and the end of the first quarter. Here are the top business news stories we've got for you today:

  • Hospitals firing doctors/nurses;
  • Amazon fires a person linked to the walkout;
  • The news business is struggling and that's a danger;
  • Walmart hiring 5,000 people a day;
  • Largest mall owner laying off staff;
  • The president and $2 trillion;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Farmers, Food and Fear.

Those stories plus a conversation with Steven Haas from DLS Worldwide about trucking industry changes going on all across the country. Tips and some great advice as we move products around the nation. To listen to that conversation, click here. 

Thanks for listening! 

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 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. 

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The Business News Headlines 3 March 2020

If you thought that the Fed dropping interest rates might heal the markets...guess again. Here are the business news headlines from today:

  • The Fed didn't stop the bleeding on Wall Street;
  • A mall in Texas closed...think coronavirus;
  • Twitter says "Work from home";
  • Target sees "aggressive shopping";
  • The Wall Street Report
  • Remember the CEO who raised the minimum wage to $70,000 a year.  Did he go..broke?

Those stories plus: For over three decades the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission has presented a symposium intended to both hear and educate the general public about issues that face us all. Here you'll meet Joshua Barr the Director of the commission and Ryan Arnold the Director of Community Engagement at Drake University. We'll start with an understanding of what the commission does, why Drake is supporting the event and then get into what the symposium is about and how the topics came to be.  Registration is OPEN until March 6th. You can get tickets to the event here. In addition to the symposium there is a kick-off event the evening of the 17th at 6PM with Vanessa Roberts "Afropuff Lederhosen: A Critically Comical Investigation of Race" which will also be at Drake. Tickets to that event are here. Click here to listen. 

Thanks for coming by!


The Business News Headlines 2 March 2020

Early this morning the overnight futures from around the world pointed to a lower open on Wall Street. Well, that's sorta what are the business news headlines we've got for you today:

  • Stocks snap a 7 day losing streak..
  • Cheap money beats worrying about the coronavirus;
  • Costco is running out of...stuff;
  • Betting on China and Apple;
  • Samsung moves a plant to where Apple once looked;
  • The Wall Street Report
  • Twitter stock surges and why;
  • Twitter for Business a Marketing Tip.

Those stories PLUS we've got Laura Kinnard from DMACC, Drake University and The Runway Innovation and Events Studio with us chatting it up about business events happening this week in the Des Moines Metro. From coworking to female business events to the DSM reveal she's got stuff going on. To hear that...just click here.  

Thanks for listening.

The Business News Headlines 27 February 2020

Different day, same story on Wall Street as today the Dow sank by nearly 1,200 points. Meanwhile the president has shared some conflicting blames for the market headed downward.  Here's what we have for you today:

  • What is it the "Media" or the "Democrats"?
  • Facebook made a decision today;
  • The link between paid sick leave and coronavirus;
  • J.C. Penny missed some sales numbers;
  • Door Dash moving toward an IPO;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Loyalty clubs and your buying habits.

Those stories and we're turning the clock back several months for this conversation about Iowa and mental health. My guest is the Executive Director for NAMI-Iowa, Peggy HuppertAnd you can hear that conversation here.

Thanks for listening! 


The Business News Headlines 25 February 2020

It was another lousy day on Wall Street as investors were spooked earlier in the day. The Dow has lost nearly 2,000 points in two days. In the business news headlines from today:

  • The past two days have some uttering the "R Word";
  • The White House says now is the time to buy stocks;
  • Chinatowns around the world are empty;
  • You think you have choice at the store? Not so fast;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • The HOT job market cities are....

Those stories plus the very personal story of Robert "Lewy" Lewis. We're talking about a painful disability, the recognition that means so much to him and many other disabled owners and how medical cannabis gives him relief that allows him to continue working. Meet my friend "Lewy" from Quester and learn more about Disability Owned Business Enterprise. To hear that conversation, click here. 

The Business News Headlines 24 February 2020

The big business news story today was the melt-down on Wall Street as investors grapple with the continued spread of the coronavirus.  In other news for this Monday:

  • Mortgage Rates and the coronavirus link;
  • A union at...Target;
  • Best city in the U.S. to live, find a job and a home...
  • This packaging product is making a comeback;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • In 2008 it was this that started ruining your work/life balance.

Those stories plus Laura Kinnard from talks up some business events in the Greater Des Moines Metro and a nod to Sioux Falls. Hey, it's what we do each Monday. Here you'll learn about a legal program for small businesses, One Million Cups of DSM, an update on the event last week at The Runway Innovation and Events Studio at Southridge and many more business events in the Metro. Go, learn and get connected.  Click here to listen.