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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.

Working Remotely: Tools, Tips and Productivity with Laura Kinnard

We're in a new world where people are learning to work remotely, startups trying to gain traction and how are we to measure productivity? With me is Laura Kinnard from Drake University, DMACC and The Runway Innovation Studio with thoughts about working outside of the office. Many have done this for years but for some it is new ground. Listen in and thanks for coming by. 

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. 

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The Business News Headlines 19 March 2020

Wall Street edged up...ever so slightly. That story plus others on this Thursday the 19th day of March and the First Day of Spring:

  • Tech stocks moved the markets today;
  • The rich are buying stocks like crazy;
  • Walmart starts to limit the sale of some items;
  • Landlords demanding rent or else;
  • Not everybody is cool with "work from home";
  • Essential retail centers begging for employees;
  • The Wall Street Report.

Those stories plus we'll introduce you to Cherie Edilson the creator of ShopWhereILive.com. Cherie has developed an online sales platform for mainstreet stores and services without the hidden charges. She has been partnering with local chambers and their members but has also branched out to individual retailers on Main Street. To hear that conversation, click here. 

Thanks for coming by! 

 

The Business News Headlines 13 February 2020

If you are a regular listener or even if you've checked in a couple of times over the past two weeks you know that we've wondered how long investors would choose to ignore the economic impact of the coronavirus. That story and more:

  • The prices of phones are...going up, way up;
  • That Microsoft / U.S. Defence Department deal? On hold;
  • A major newspaper company files for bankruptcy;
  • What's really killing retail? Some thoughts;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Mental health issues treated differently at school vs. work.

Those stories plus you'll meet Liz Cooney a new learning specialist at Tero International. If that name sounds familiar to those of you in Central Iowa...it should. You can here that conversation here. 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 5 February 2020

Today Wall Street put a bunch of things behind them and focused on job numbers ahead of the official report due out on Friday.  Here's what we've got for you today:

  • Strong employment data an a rumor lifted the markets;
  • Yesterday a big day for Tesla...today? Not so much;
  • Macy's is closing and now opening stores;
  • The trade deficit shrinks;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Because of a duck, insurance has become fun;
  • Leadership changes at LinkedIn.

Those stories plus:  It's called "market research" you know...what people like and don't like when it comes to products and services. But in this interview there is a major twist. My guest is Robert (Lewy) Lewis the principal at Quester a company doing business with Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies. While there are many market research firms out there Quester is a bit different because they have perfected collecting consumer responses using artificial intelligence. What does that do to the sampling and speed of reporting? We'll let Lewy share that with you. 

Thanks for listening! 

Market Research, Quester and Artificial Intelligence

It's called "market research" you know...what people like and don't like when it comes to products and services. But in this interview there is a major twist. My guest is Robert (Lewy) Lewis the principal at Quester a company doing business with Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies. While there are many market research firms out there Quester is a bit different because they have perfected collecting consumer responses using artificial intelligence. What does that do to the sampling and speed of reporting? We'll let Lewy share that with you.  

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 29 January 2020

Welcome to the Mid-Week Edition of the business news headlines. Today we've got these stories lined up for you and some technology from the Iowa Power Farming Show.

  • We'll be seeing less of...Nissan;
  • He says the Wells Fargo scandal is worse than we thought;
  • McDonald's out to find new customers and not resting;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • The Founders Statue update with Carl Voss - Think RAGBRAI.

Those stories and a conversation about drone spraying with David Pieper from Rantizo. I've always maintained if you want to find some interesting technology cast an eye toward agriculture. From the Iowa Power Farming Show...a quick story about a startup from Iowa City. You can hear that...here. 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 21 January 2020

It wasn't poor earnings and it wasn't the Impeachment Trial but a virus that turned the markets south. It's the business news headlines for Tuesday the 21st of January...thanks for being here:

  • China strikes again only this time with a disease;
  • Boeing stops production of the 737 Max;
  • Rural hospitals are in trouble and why;
  • A Target shopper tries to shame a clerk but it all backfires;
  • A burger chain files for Chapter 11 protection;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Want to live the "American Dream"? Head to Canada.

Those stories and a return visit from attorney George Isaacson who was with us by phone several months ago. I caught up with him in Maricopa Arizona during a speaking engagement to the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association on the impact of sales tax collection by states, counties, cities and others and what that is doing to online retailers and what should be done about the issue.  I think you'll also find the history behind the Constitution very interesting. Listen here.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News 10 January 2020

Welcome to the Friday Edition of the business news headlines. Today we've got these stories ready for you:

  • Anemic job numbers and wage growth put a damper on the week;
  • More retail sales troubles;
  • Why are brands leaving Amazon.com and what comes next;
  • The Wall Street numbers for the day;
  • Starter homes seem to be making a comeback.

Those stories plus a rare two-part conversation. This time it's about poverty in Iowa and the United States. That uncomfortable reality nobody seems to want to discuss. Today you'll hear from four activists who are bringing the Poor People's Campaign - A National Call for a Moral Revival to Des Moines, Iowa next week. Some stunning numbers and you may be surprised at just who the poor folks...are.

Part One of that interview with Rev. Jessica Petersen, labor leader John Campbell, activist Ayisha Al-Hassan and national organizer Clinton Wright can be heard here.

Part Two of the event scheduled for the 14th and 15th of January at the First Christian Church in the Drake Neighborhood can be heard here.

Thanks for listening! 

 

The Business News Headlines 8 January 2020

The day after the ICBM attack on U.S. bases in Iraq gave some pause. But then...well, not so much. It's the business news headlines for Wednesday the 8th of January:

  • How much money you make impacts the likelihood of an IRS audit;
  • The employee idea that doubled business for Amazon;
  • General Motors starting to make good on its contract with the UAW;
  • Robots on the loose;
  • We've got a couple of reports on jobs;
  • And, the Wall Street Report.

Those stories plus for the interview it's Ruth Hardin from Crossroads of Iowa. Think women, jail and treatment. It's not only a calling but also a way to save taxpayer dollars.  To hear that conversation, click here.

Thanks for listening!