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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! 

The Business News 31 December 2019

Nope, we didn't take the day off nor did we go home early.  Crazy...right?  Here are the business news headlines for the final day of 2019 plus the top interviews of each month this past year. Enjoy!  

  • You won't believe how many job openings there are;
  • More Silicon Valley workers unionize;
  • Tax cuts and the Middle-Class...it's a joke;
  • Cable companies raising prices;
  • Robo-Calls and you;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Self control people...self control.

Those stories plus...come back and we'll share our top business interviews of 2019.  Feel free to click on whatever you wish to hear that conversation:

Our top conversation from December is this with U.S. Senate Candidate for Iowa Mike Franken

In November folks really connected with Improving Presentation Skills with Maureen Berger of Tero International.

Our big interview from October featured Stephanie Preusch about affordable housing in Des Moines;

September this piece about Iowa a Low Wage State took top honors;

In August our Small Business Spotlight on A New Look Windows & Exteriors took top honors;

July saw Four Questions for Andrew Yang as the big draw;

Our friend Carlos Alvarez shined in June with his Twelve Tips - Speak Your Way to Success;

The number one interview for May was Tom Hudson and Guns, Laws & Responsibility;

Brad Anderson and Iowa AARP - Flexing their Muscle took top honors for April;

In March we introduced you to Peter Stockdale from The Audible Farm Podcast a big winner;

This February interview about Black Businesses and Black Friday was a monster hit with Abena Imhotep;

We started 2019 off with this January conversation about Velocity Economics with Dr. Chris Draper.

Of course this is just a tiny fraction of the many, many interviews we conducted in 2019. What we found interesting is that not only are the topics wide and varied we also know that huge numbers were reached because our subjects employed successful social media techniques to drive traffic to their story. It's a lesson for everyone.

Thanks for being with us this past year. We look forward to another record 2020.

Michael, Chap, Aaron, Hunter & James - The Crew of Insight on Business the News Hour

 

 

The Business News 27 December 2019

Could you tell it was a Friday just before another holiday?  We could. Sorta quiet but lots and lots of people working social media.  Hey, it's...Friday.  Here's what we've got for you today:

  • Awash in profits big banks cutting employees;
  • Do you really want that Amazon fulfillment center in your town;
  • UPS says watch out for January 2nd;
  • Wages are up but...there is a but;
  • This fast food company beats everybody else and there is a reason.
  • Wall Street notched a mixed day but records we established.

Those stories plus Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine is with us chatting it up about Stuff to DO in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Listen to that...here!

Thanks for coming by! 

Meet Admiral Mike Franken - Part One - Running for the U.S. Senate in Iowa

While the Business News Hour focuses on economics and business we often have the opportunity to sit down with people seeking office to get their take on those two items. Here we'll introduce you to Admiral Mike Franken of Iowa who is running to become the Democratic Nominee for the United States Senate. Here we do the introduction and start into some policy issues. And, yes, there is a part two. 

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 18 December 2019

It's the Mid-Week Edition of the Business News Headlines, thanks for coming by. You want to reach us on Twitter you can do that @IOB_NewsHour. In the news today:

  • Retailers are getting ready for Super Saturday;
  • Amazon is updating their return policy;
  • Oh, the pain of the "sloping toilet";
  • Lots of job creation but...no people and why;
  • Chances of being audited next year...are up;
  • The Wall Street Report in a word: "Sluggish";
  • Fast Food Workers get a gut punch.

Those stories plus a conversation with Brian Waller of the Technology Association of Iowa as we talk about that groups legislative priorities going into the 2020 legislative session. Technology is a big, very big, deal in Iowa and we'll talk about that here.

Thanks for listening! 

Legislative Priorities from the Technology Association of Iowa

Knowing that every business is, at it's core, about technology the Technology Association of Iowa has a list of legislative priorities they will be taking to legislators as the 2020 session begins in January. Here Brian Waller the TAI President talks about the four main issues and offers some background on:

  • The Iowan Project;
  • IDEA Funding;
  • Empower Rural Iowa and Future Ready Iowa;
  • Innovation Tax Credits & Angel Investor Tax Credits.

Click through to learn more from Brian...

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

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The Business News 17 December 2019

It's a Tuesday and it's the business news headlines and we kick it off with an interesting story about the increase in car loan rejections. Odd in the face of what is supposed to be a booming economy. Also:

  • Dumpster Diving goes high-tech;
  • CVS Pharmacy is trouble with...the Feds;
  • The Boeing 737 Max and the trickle down effect;
  • Some surprising Netflix news;
  • Home building numbers rebound and why;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Looking for a gig? Think U.S. Census;
  • Two reasons to forgo the Ugly Christmas Sweater Event.

Those stories plus Tyler Granger from the National Wildlife Federation is our guest and talking about climate change, business and more. You can hear that conversation here.

Thanks for listening! 

Business Events with Laura Kinnard

Each week Laura Kinnard from Drake University, DMACC and DMBizMixer joins me to chat it up about various business events in the Des Moines Metro that you can attend and learn more as well as interact with others. Today we've got the Chris Snyder program about social media at Drake, understanding government contracts at the Iowa Center for Economic Success, "The Future of Work" at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, a non-profit mastermind event at Gravitate in Des Moines and so much more. 

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

Rural Realities & Opportunities with Deb Brown

We've all heard the stories about how Rural America is imploding. How difficult it is to establish a business there, people moving away and the economies that were so vital just 25 years ago are now in ruin. Hold on, there is a side to rural revitalization that you may not know. Meet Deb Brown who, along with Becky McCray, are from SaveYour.Town who offers real solutions to rural communities not by telling them what to do but listening to what they want. We talk about that and a recent survey that may also open your eyes to the opportunities in rural places. 

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 19 November 2019

Just as we started the news President Trump says that if there is no deal between the U.S. and China that he will increase tariffs well above the current rate. That should have business worried.  In other news today:

  • Older workers are hiding but their productivity is huge;
  • International Students and the Economy;
  • The cheapest car in America is...;
  • A lawsuit over "meatless meat";
  • Wages and Small Towns;
  • Wall Street struggled today and why;
  • DoorDash in legal trouble.

Also today we're chatting about the thousands of jobs that are unfilled and the thousands of workers who are looking. Kyle Horn from America's Job Honor Awards says there is a "win-win" for workers and employers if businesses will look at, often, sidelined people. It's a great story and idea. Here's Kyle