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The Business News Headlines 18 September 2019

They said it was going to be a good day on Wall Street. Heck, record low unemployment, housing starts are up and the Fed was set to cut interest rates...what could go wrong?  It's the business news headlines for Wednesday the 18th of September...thanks for being here.  Today:

  • A bunch of news about housing and mortgage rates;
  • The Fed Rate Cut - What does it mean to you?
  • President Trump is not happy;
  • Pay your utility bills on time..think Equifax & credit;
  • GM to cut workers...in Canada;
  • Young workers demand new office rules.

Those stories  plus a story about pets in Iowa. What is is about the Hawkeye State that tells us you don't care about dogs and cats...you know those pets?  With me is Haley Anderson from the Iowa Pet Alliance and we'll talk about the sad reality of pets in Iowa.  It's pretty shocking. Here is that report. 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 17 September 2019

Nearly as fast as oil prices went up yesterday they headed back down today.  But, all of that didn't much help Wall Street as investors wonder what's next when it comes to the Fed.  Here for you today we're looking at these stories:

  • Oil, Gas and Consumers;
  • GM hits back at the UAW;
  • She is paid $22 million and why;
  • The strike and the local economy;
  • Fed and Rates;
  • Your job will be...mostly gone says Brian Solis.

Those stories and more along with Marketing for Business with Phil K. James of Good Milkshake Digital. We're talking about how to get your existing customers to buy more of what they want from you...and it works across nearly every vertical. Restaurants, grocery stores, hardware stores, coffee shops even lawyers. Here is that conversation. 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines & More 16 September 2019

The markets opened down today and stayed that way. The big story is oil and the price of oil and if...if a spike in fuel prices could tank the economy. Here is what we've got for you today:

  • Fear as oil prices surge. Is the economy that fragile?
  • The United Auto Workers strike General Motors and why;
  • Regulators are looking at Big Tech and this Amazon story might be why;
  • Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy...told ya;

Those stories and a special report about authors Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat and their book, "Survivors Club - The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz". Both moving and hopeful and with an Iowa angle. More about the book here

Those stories and Laura Kinnard joins me to chat it up about business events this week and next here in the Greater Des Moines Metro. You can hear that conversation...here

The Business News Headlines 12 September 2019

Among other things administration officials say there are no plans in the works to relax the trade war with China...oh and the deficit.  Those stories and more today...

  • Major business leaders tell the U.S. Senate to "Do something!";
  • China and the U.S. sure we've got a story;
  • The deficit and taxes...yep, that too;
  • Meanwhile subprime lending is...back;
  • The internet fells another retail giant;
  • Health Care and Insurance now resulting in high inflation.

Those stories and more along with this conversation with J.D. Scholten who is running, again, for congress in Iowa's 4th Congressional District. We caught up with him at the opening of The Forge a tech center in Jefferson last week. It's a conversation that deals with the size of that district, his motor home and Kevin Costner...no, really. Listen to that here. 

Thanks for coming by! 

A Conversation with J.D. Scholten Candidate for the U.S. Congress

While in Jefferson, Iowa reporting on the new technology hub and education center there I was able to sit down for a few minutes with 4th District Congressional Candidate J.D. Scholten. The former professional baseball player is once again up to bat for the 2020 congressional election after coming so close last year. Here we talk about that decision, his RV and Kevin Costner...no, really. Here is that interview. 

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. 

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Des Moines, Iowa & Poverty Part One

In this, the first of two parts of an interview with Elizabeth Buck, President of the United Way of Central Iowa and Seth Johnson program director for OpportUNITY we lay out several significant issues impacting a number of Iowans in the Greater Des Moines Metro. From housing to child care to transportation to wages...all within the shadow of what many of us see as a thriving community. We usually don't extend our interviews into two parts but, because so much is here...we thought it better to split up our conversation. Here is Part One.

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. 

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The Business News Headlines 10 September 2019

Early this morning the futures indicated a lower open on Wall Street and that became reality as the Dow struggled all morning long.  It's the business news headlines for Tuesday the 10th of September, thanks for being with us!

  • Questions arise over the latest farm bailout;
  • Uber to disrupt the fright business;
  • Walmart loses millions in it's e-commerce area;
  • Where do you go to find 30,000 employees?
  • Startups heading back home to Des Moines, Detroit....

Those stories  plus a conversation with Ben Handfelt the Vice President of Marketing for Catch Des Moines the area convention and visitors bureau. We'll chat about why they exist, how they are funded, the results of positive marketing and their new message "The S's Are Silent" and you'll hear a sample. To listen in, just click here. 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines & More 9 September 2019

Wall Street opened slightly higher this morning before the markets turn south at mid-day. It's the business news headlines for Monday the 9th of September. Today, along with the headlines, we'll take you to Jefferson, Iowa and the new Pillar Technology facility there called The Forge. It's quite the experiment and you'll meet Mayor Craig Berry, student Safura Khan and we'll visit with California Congressman Ro Khanna about his vision for not only Jefferson but many other parts of America.  Also today:

  • Looking for a new gig? Amazon is hiring 30,000;
  • The Popeye Chicken Sandwich story;
  • There is a new darling of retail;
  • Oil spill in the Bahamas;
  • British Airways cancels nearly 100% of their flights;
  • Food waste and technology;
  • Our report out of Jefferson, Iowa.

Also, today is Monday and that means Laura Kinnard joins us from DMBizMixer.com for a conversation about business events in the Greater Des Moines, Iowa Metro. You can hear that wide ranging conversation here.

Thanks for listening!  

The Business News Headlines & More 6 September 2019

It's Friday...man did that come up fast this week. It's the business news headlines and we start off with the jobs report and the impact on Wall Street and...you:

  • The Jobs Report and Wages;
  • Six ways to save money...and food;
  • Facebook in trouble...again;
  • Too much coffee? Not in Chicago;
  • September = iPhones;
  • Skills and your career...lots of folks say they don't have 'em.

Those stories and more along with Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine with "Stuff to DO" in the Des Moines, Iowa Metro. Look, we spend every day on serious stuff...at least once a week we'll share some fun stuff...and stories from "brick-banging" to learning to be a director with some jousting thrown in for flavor.  Here you go! 

The Business News Headlines & More 5 September 2019

Early this morning the futures indicated the markets would open much higher and they did with the Dow rising well above 400 points and the markets stayed that way.  In the business news headlines today:

  • What happened on Wall Street & why;
  • Just what you need...a Facebook dating service;
  • Guns, Walmart & Stocks;
  • Air Travel and the 737 Max;
  • Why Apple is borrowing $7 billion;
  • The MOST demanding job...ever?

Those stories and more along with our guest chef and author Terrie Kohl. Here she talks about why she loves being the personal chef for hundreds of people, what cooking means, the new trends and we'll also talk about her new book, "Bringing Friends & Family Back Around the Table". Terrie Kohl in our Small Business Spotlight and thank you to The Coffeesmiths of Waukee, Iowa for letting us set up our studio at their location. To hear our conversation click here