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The Business News Headlines 14 December 2021

When it comes to the business news it's always something and the "something" today was the Fed. Welcome to the business news headlines for Tuesday the 14th of December and stick around for our Small Business Spotlight featuring Schmidt Machine of Upper Sandusky, Ohio.  But first:

  • Two things about the markets today;
  • OPEC says oil consumption will increase;
  • The International Energy Agency says the opposite;
  • Jobs, Money and Divorce...it seems there is a link;
  • Even 6-Figure earners are having trouble finding a home;
  • $35 billion going all in on battery cars says the largest automaker;
  • A deeper dive into the Fed Meeting;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • "West Side Story" ain't producing...some thoughts.

Those stories plus in our Small Business Spotlight you'll meet Kevin Schmidt who leads a family company in business since 1928. The Schmidt Machine Company story is right 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.

Meet Schmidt Machine with Kevin Schmidt

Over the years we've interviewed hundreds of business owners. Some that are in a brand new business and others that have taken over a company that's been around for decades. Today we're visiting with Kevin Schmidt whose grandfather, back in 1928, started Schmidt Machine based in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. For a family owned company to have been around that long is a testament to hard work and quality products. Schmidt Machine specializes in creating aftermarket ag parts and does business world-wide.  Meet Kevin...who also does a bit of "standup comedy" when he's not running the business and, yes, he offers up a sample.

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 3 December 2021

It's been a wild week on Wall Street compounded by the new variant and the threat of a government shutdown. Whew... And, because it is Friday stay with us because after the news we're riffing about Bitcoin Machines as well as "Stuff to DO" in the Greater Des Moines Metro with Jeff Pitts from Cityview. But...first the news:

  • The jobs report and the unemployment rate;
  • Produce and maple syrup made the news;
  • She asked, "Why are beef prices so high?"
  • Another retail giant to close stores in January;
  • That Bass Pro/Sportsman's Warehouse deal...off;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Don't get rid of that home office...yet.

Those stories plus find out what Jeff's wife thinks about him shelling out $7,000 for a "Bitcoin Machine that spits out money". Sure we also talk about stuff to do in the greater Des Moines Metro but the "Bitcoin Machine" has us going.  You can hear all of that by clicking 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 Business News Headlines 1 December 2021

We've been doing this newscast for a very long time but I can't remember another day in which the Dow did a nearly 1,000 point turnaround in just...hours. That story and more plus stay with us as we talk with Congresswoman Cindy Axne of Iowa about fixing the supply chain troubles that are impacting...everything. But first the news:

  • The Dow and the Turn and Why;
  • Bad corporate experience? Try...Twitter;
  • Burger King to change it's menu and you won't believe why;
  • Toys R Us is back with brick & mortar in the U.S.;
  • GM, Korea and EV's;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • And, "The Rock" is rockin' Netflix.

For the interview it's Congresswoman Cindy Axne of Iowa in to talk about fixing the supply chain crisis with a number of legislative efforts she is pushing in Congress. Actually fixing something rather than leading the charge on wedge issues? Refreshing and to listen to that conversation click here. 

That's a wrap and 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 23 November 2021

Our top story today will depress the heck out of my granddaughter...the Dollar Store is officially dead as Dollar Tree today raised their prices by a whopping 25%.  Also today you'll meet Rep. Ras Smith a Iowa House member who has announced his intention to become the next governor of this state. The intersection of business and politics today.

  • The Dollar Store Story;
  • President Biden and oil;
  • Are gas prices historically high?
  • Walmart ain't going back to 24/7;
  • Best Buy and organized crime;
  • Retailers betting on Black Friday foot traffic;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • He will take his salary in...Bitcoin.

Also today you'll meet Rep. Ras Smith (D-Waterloo) and his really interesting story. Rep. Smith is running to become the next Iowa governor so we talk about business, education, hunting and so much more. To listen, 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.

Ras Smith - A Conversation About Iowa

While we don't do "politics" on the Business News Hour we do realize that politics and business are greatly linked. Employers want highly skilled bright workers and those workers must come from world class classrooms. Many women have left the workforce because there is a lack of reliable child care and the list goes on. Today you'll meet Rep. Ras Smith (D-Waterloo) who has announced his candidacy for governor. You're just a click away from a whole host of issues that impact every person and business in the State of Iowa. Go...

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 11 November 2021

It's "Friday Eve" and we've got the business news headlines for you.  Also, don't miss the conversation with MaryBeth Meyer about a fantastic non-profit the Pinky Swear Foundation and what they do that is so very cool.  But, first the news on this Veterans Day in the United States and the Remembrance Day in Canada:

  • A virtual summit think presidents of China and the U.S.;
  • Consumer spending in China was OK...but there is a but;
  • Elon Musk did sell some Tesla shares but...
  • Disney disappoints today;
  • Gas prices in the Bay Area and the nation;
  • Health insurance premiums up but...
  • A solution to the supply-chain problem but for profits;
  • The Wall Street Report
  • Door Dash gets cozy with Dollar General.

For the interview you'll meet MaryBeth Meyer from the Pinky Swear Foundation. Think childhood cancer and helping families...and her personal journey to a career with real meaning.  To listen, 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.

 

 

 

Kids, Cancer and Pinky Swear with MaryBeth Meyer

A chance meeting the other day put me back in touch with a long-time friend MaryBeth Meyer and when she told me about her work with the Pinky Swear Foundation I knew we had to have this conversation. You'll learn more about what this amazing non-profit does for kids with cancer and...their families. And how MaryBeth came to know about the organization through a first hand experience. It will...we hope...move you to become part of Pinky Swear...it truly moved us. 

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 October 2021

Inflation? Forget about it we're now focused on earnings and Wall Street bounced up again today. Also, don't skip the interview with Shelly Skuster who is running for the Des Moines School Board. Yes, it's hyper-local but it also has a business link.  Here's what we've got:

  • Farmers are buying early and why;
  • Positive earnings boosts the markets;
  • Unions, Kentucky and Replacement Workers;
  • The docks and working 24/7 is it working?
  • Retail workers and enraged customers;
  • What's this story about Walgreens;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Facebook fined nearly $15 million and we'll tell why.

Those stories PLUS a conversation with Des Moines Public School Board Candidate Shelly Skuster. What motivated her to run and what is the deal with such hot school board races all across Iowa? Asked and answered. To listen click here.

Thanks for coming by!

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 18 October 2021

Since when is an increase of 4.9% for the GDP bad news? That story comes to you first and make sure you stick around for the conversation with Joseph Jones from the Harkin Institute...we're talking public policy.  But, first the news:

  • That troubling GDP number;
  • Ramping up another round of earnings;
  • Careful what you say in the drive-thru;
  • Hard to find stuff...we've got a list;
  • Electric Vehicles and automakers;
  • Why is beef so expensive...we have an answer;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Is a 4-Day Work Week...possible? Some thoughts.

Also, for the interview Dr. Joseph Jones is with me to talk about the Harkin Institute. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) was in congress for forty years and today the Harkin Institute is researching and presenting public policy on a host of issues. To listen, click here.

Thanks for coming by!

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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