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Stuff to DO with Jeff Pitts and Cityview

Each Friday we get Hyper-Local and chat it up about "Stuff to DO" in the Greater Des Moines Metro with Jeff Pitts who is the managing editor for Cityview Magazine.  He knows what to do because he is...Cityview!  Along with riffing about events, and music, and festivals, sports and other stuff. And, yes, we often take a "side trip" into various topics. Michael goes on a rant about the new names of cars and SUV's. We chat it up about author Beth Hoffman and her book Bet the Farm and more. Hey, it's Friday...have some fun already! 

Thanks for listening! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher 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.

The Business News Headlines 5 October 2021

Investors returned to Wall Street to "Buy on the Dip"...it was that sort of day. Also, click through for the interview with Julie Gammack about the Okoboji Writers Retreat 2021 to learn more about what happened some of the remarkable people who came from all over the country and what's in store for 2022.  But, first the news:

  • It was "Buy on the Dip Day";
  • Housing, Beverley Hills and "love who you love"?
  • Facebook is on but still in the spotlight;
  • Back to soda and snacks says PepsiCo;
  • Apple and a Toxic Work Environment;
  • Tesla told to pay millions because of the same;
  • Rivian and its IPO making news;
  • Debt Ceiling talks are getting pointed;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • And it's become a "Landlords Market".

Those stories plus Julie Gammack talks about the experiences at the first Okoboji Writers Retreat (OWR)...we talk highlights and about some of the folks who came and presented plus a peak at what she has in store for OWR-2022. To listen, just click here. 

Thanks for listening! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher 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.

 

The Okoboji Writers Retreat - Reflections and Looking Forward

In the summer of 2021 writer, journalist, air personality and business leader, Julie Gammack called me to say she was putting on something called the Okoboji Writers Retreat (OWR).  She asked if I might be interested, we did a segment about what was planned and I ended up going. Here she reflects on what went on, the response, and some highlights and then offers us a peak into OWR-2022.  While her husband, Richard Gilbert, cooked up breakfast Julie and I had a chat: 

Thanks for listening! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher 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.

The Business News Headlines 14 September 2021

So the consumer price index (CPI) went down in August. That's a good thing, right? Well, that all depends. Wall Street was having none of it. Welcome to the Tuesday Edition of the business news headlines. Plus don't miss the conversation about video, video production and your business from Tero International and former TV production pro, Nika Clark. But first:

  • CPI down, Wall Street says, "meh";
  • Is college worth the price?
  • South Korea to fine Google...the story;
  • Some automakers cry foul about the EV incentives;
  • Carrot or Stick - Part Two and Delta Airlines;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Dread gives way to fear about the commute & some answers.

Those stories plus you'll meet Nika Clark the person behind the amazing video production pieces being sent out from Tero International. But, this conversation is really about you and your business. Now Tero is allowing others to use their amazing studio and what you get for the price is well worth it. Plus a shout out to our friend Jeff Greenfield a leader in marketing/advertising because this story matches what we were talking about last month.  To listen to Nika, just click here.

Thanks for being here!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher 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.

 

You, Your Business, Your Message and Video with Nika Clark

Not long ago my guest was veteran broadcaster Jeff Greenfield who spoke about the power of the voice in radio and podcasting and how, when mixed with video, it creates an almost magical way to connect with consumers. Here is the link to that conversation.  Today we're visiting with Nika Clark a veteran photo journalist who now is the videographer for Tero International. Here we talk about the studio that is available for businesses to create stunning sales, marketing or explainer videos. In addition there are a host of services offered by Tero International from writing to training and more. 

Thanks for being here!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher 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.

The Business News Headlines 10 September 2021

Today a slightly different Friday Edition of the business news headlines. Sure we've got the news but then two conversations. In the first you'll hear about some critical information dealing with small businesses and the Small Business Administration. My guest is Veronica Pugin the Senior Advisor to the Office of Capital Access...think money. Then, as is always the case, Jeff Pitts is in from Cityview with "Stuff to DO" in the Greater Des Moines Metro...but, first the news:

  • The Biden Vaccine Mandate and...business;
  • A new CDC vaccine study is out and it's important;
  • Mississippi farm workers sue their employer and why;
  • Pregnant and working at Amazon;
  • You would think Wells Fargo would...learn;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Say it ain't so: Facebook and Ray-Ban.

Then click through for this important conversation for small business owners/managers. My guest is Veronica Pugin and we're talking about a small business virtual seminar and new changes that will make it easier for small businesses to access much needed capital. To listen in, click here.

Then we're having some Friday Fun with Jeff Pitts from Cityview and "Stuff to DO" in the greater Des Moines Metro...yes, it is...Friday.  To listen to that riff click here.

Thanks for listening! 

Business News & Bruce Tretter from Breitz! 7 September 2021

Feels like a Monday for many of us...right? Welcome to the business news headlines for Tuesday the 7th of September. Our host, Michael Libbie, has the day off so we're trying something a bit different. Rather than voicing the stories we're delivering the top business news in written form. Michael will be back tomorrow. And, make sure you listen in to our business interview featuring Bruce Tretter from Breitz active wear that let's you be seen.  Here's what we have for you:

The Housing Market - When the pandemic was in full swing more than 7 million homeowners were in a program of forbearance which allowed them to pause their mortgage payments. That number is now down to 1.7 million borrowers. Fortune in reporting that  The Biden-Harris administration has made it clear there are no plans for an extension which is set to lapse on 30 September.  Borrowers won’t all get removed at once, instead they’ll be phased out over a period of several months. We've reported in the past how the lack of homes for sale has impacted pricing. Should even one-half of borrowers decide to sell, rather than catch up on their payments that would mean hundreds of thousands of homes would be on the market and that could drop prices. Stay tuned.

Americans & Canada - Crossing data shows that travel to Canada by American businesses and tourists has dropped. The reason? Stiff restrictions for entry into Canada. Business Insider is reporting that Vaccinated American citizens looking to travel north need a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours from a flight's scheduled departure or arrival at a land border crossing. Travelers that have recently recovered from COVID-19 can show a positive test from between 14 and 180 days prior to entry.  And before arriving in Canada - whether by air, land, or sea - travelers must have completed an online form called "ArriveCan." Its requirements include providing an address in Canada at which visitors could quarantine should they test positive and providing the exact dates of a traveler's vaccination. So, yes, visits north have dropped.

But, It's Good for Business -  Mike Lindell the "My Pillow Guy" who is being sued by Dominion Voting Systems says telling lies about the 2020 election and that President Trump really won but Dominion switched votes is, wait for it, good for business. Salon is reporting that he said business is so good he has had to hire 200 more workers.  So, it's a jobs program?

Wall Street - The day after Labor Day was not a good day for the markets. The Dow tanked by 269 points to settle at 35,100 while the S&P 500 lost 15 points ending the trade at 4,520. The Nasdaq outperformed picking up 10 points (and change) to finish at 15,374 which is a new record close.  The weak jobs report and fears of rising COVID cases kept Wall Street in check.

Open Houses - They were once the prime way to get people into houses for sale...and nosey neighbors could also come by for a peek. But COVID has changed that age-old way of putting buyers and sellers together. Realtors are now turning to high-tech ways to show off homes from virtual tours  to live video tours where potential buyers can communicate directly with the realtor. 

$100,000 Sign On Bonuses - Not long ago we shared the story about some trucking firms giving out $50,000 sign on bonuses. That was so...yesterday. Market Watch is reporting that according to research firm Global Data Sign-on bonus have increased across all sectors by 454%, rising to 57,123 advertised positions in August 2021 from 10,312 in August 2020.  Data says the health-care field has the most expensive bonus offers. An advertisement for a “physician of neurology multiple sclerosis” and also for a “general dentist” last month both had a sign-on bonus of up to $100,000. 

Returning to the Office - How about next year? Uber is the latest company to push back office time.  The New York Times is reporting more firms are pushing their returns out as far as next September in efforts to keep employees safe and mitigate whiplash from anticipated return dates and further delays. But that’s not stopping everyone — Wall Street is still  "limping ahead  with plans to bring back more bank employees this week.

For the Interview - Here you'll meet entrepreneur Bruce Tretter who several years ago started "Gotta Eat, Can't Cook". It was all about simple ways to make food and he did it with books and video.  Fast forward several years and he has recently launched Breitz a company that produces high quality cycling and running gear.  He has married social distancing with colorful bright gear...pushing a "six foot" distance to keep runners and cyclists safe.  Here he visits with Michael at an event earlier in the week.  You should know that while Michael and Bruce have been friends for well over a decade this is a first time...face to face meeting.  Enjoy.

Thanks for reading and for listening! Michael will be back in studio tomorrow.  Have a great evening! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stuff to DO with Cityview and Jeff Pitts

Each Friday, along with the business news headlines, we get hyper-local with Jeff Pitts who is the managing editor of Cityview Magazine and offer up "Stuff to DO" in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Even if you don't live her you might enjoy the, mostly, mindless banter.  It's all in fun and it is, after all, Friday!

We're talking Iowa Barnstormers and the playoffs. The final Zoo Brew of the season. We've got some Farmer's Market news...oh, and Final Mix will be at the West Des Moines Valley Junction Farmer's Market on Thursday.  It's a "must go"! We're talking quilts, the Dam to DSM Run, Fall Gardening tips, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh...it's a restaurant that recently opened. The Kosmic Kingdom Music Festival at Sleepy Hollow. "The Perfect Rendezvous" is playing in Ankeny.  It's Altoonapalooza and the Waukee Palooza and Ingersoll LIVE.  So much to do and there is...more...always more!!

Thanks for listening! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher 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.

The Business News Headlines 24 August 2021

Just a click away you'll learn more about "The Joker" and we ain't talking Batman. The world of $20,000 sign on bonuses, no really.  Here's what we've got for you today:

  • The Joker is back android users;
  • The Mouse and Target Stores;
  • Germany weighs in on semiconductors;
  • Can your employer demand you get the jab;
  • We know where you can get a mega sign-on bonus;
  • The eyeglass business must be really good;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Tips on finding the job you will...love.

Thanks for listening!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher 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.

 

 

The Business News Headlines 19 August 2021

It is the Thursday Edition of the Business News Headlines and it's a Throwback Thursday where you can check out our Twitter Stream for some shots from years back. Head to @IOB_NewsHour.  Here's what we've got for you today:

  • Cutting family ties over vaccinations;
  • More "Chip News"...chips people!
  • Winnebago: "Hello bright lights big city";
  • EV shares took a beating today and why;
  • Putting more $ into retirement accounts...a trend;
  • The typical Home Depot customer is...
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • New unemployment claims are down big time;
  • "Experience you got...experience?" Newbies and jobs. 

Those stories plus a fascinating conversation with entrepreneur Nick Carter who comes from a multi-generational farm family.  He has created a way for farmers to get their diversified crops and critters to tables. Market Wagon is now in 15 states and growing...and they even have eight "foragers" who spend their days looking for farmer partners. To hear that story just click here!

Thanks for listening! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher 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.

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