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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.

The Business News Headlines 24 March 2020

If there was any good business news today it came out of Wall Street as the markets shot up. Welcome to the business news headlines for Tuesday the 24th of March:

  • It was an historic one day rise on the Dow;
  • What will become of the U.S. Postal Service;
  • Ford says its plants will remain closed;
  • Boeing says no to the government having a equity share;
  • Denmark has a message for America;
  • The Wall Street Report
  • Back to work? The experts say no...the president?
  • Finally the "old folks need to sacrifice" story.

Those items and we've got Laura Kinnard with us today talking about remote work, technology, tips and productivity.  What will the other side of this look like?  She tells us.  To hear that...just click here. 

Thanks, again, for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 6 March 2020

It's been a tough week for business around the globe as cities, states and nations battle the growing coronavirus threat. That was clear in the top business news stories today:

  • Free food samples at Costco...gone;
  • Boeing back in the news and it's not good news;
  • Tech companies and the spread of the virus;
  • GAP closed it's New York HQ;
  • A shake up at Chipotle;
  • Oil prices sliding;
  • THe Wall Street Report;
  • Pot stocks going up in smoke;
  • More schools close.

Those weighty stories plus the weekend is here and so is Jeff Pitts the managing editor of Cityview Magazine with a big list of "Stuff to DO" in the Greater Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week. Stand up, music events, sports, arts and entertainment....oh...and bacon too.  CLICK here to listen. 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 2 March 2020

Early this morning the overnight futures from around the world pointed to a lower open on Wall Street. Well, that's sorta what are the business news headlines we've got for you today:

  • Stocks snap a 7 day losing streak..
  • Cheap money beats worrying about the coronavirus;
  • Costco is running out of...stuff;
  • Betting on China and Apple;
  • Samsung moves a plant to where Apple once looked;
  • The Wall Street Report
  • Twitter stock surges and why;
  • Twitter for Business a Marketing Tip.

Those stories PLUS we've got Laura Kinnard from DMACC, Drake University and The Runway Innovation and Events Studio with us chatting it up about business events happening this week in the Des Moines Metro. From coworking to female business events to the DSM reveal she's got stuff going on. To hear that...just click here.  

Thanks for listening.

The Business News Headlines 27 February 2020

Different day, same story on Wall Street as today the Dow sank by nearly 1,200 points. Meanwhile the president has shared some conflicting blames for the market headed downward.  Here's what we have for you today:

  • What is it the "Media" or the "Democrats"?
  • Facebook made a decision today;
  • The link between paid sick leave and coronavirus;
  • J.C. Penny missed some sales numbers;
  • Door Dash moving toward an IPO;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Loyalty clubs and your buying habits.

Those stories and we're turning the clock back several months for this conversation about Iowa and mental health. My guest is the Executive Director for NAMI-Iowa, Peggy HuppertAnd you can hear that conversation here.

Thanks for listening! 


The Business News Headlines 26 February 2020

It may have been a different day but Wall Street had much the same result. After a promising open stock fell in afternoon trade. It's the business news headlines for Wednesday thanks for being with us. Today:

  • The president blames the media for the stock drop;
  • Airlines are slashing costs;
  • The government is giving cash to Hong Kong residents;
  • New technology for landlords that renters may fear;
  • Ford says trouble is brewing but they can handle it;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • The consumer trend of buying second-hand clothing.

Those stories plus a revisit to a housing story we had six months ago. The challenge is getting people to understand what the Neighborhood Finance Corporation does when it comes to helping many first time home-buyers. Meet Stephanie Preusch the Executive Director of this non-profit organization that not only provides low cost lending but also the extra cash to fix up the house. of all the dollars used to repair the home is part of a forgivable loan. Listen here! 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 10 February 2020

Wall Street rebounded from the sell off on Friday as investors looked beyond several key concerns. It's the Monday Edition of the business news headlines. Today:

  • The Trump Budget and pesky numbers;
  • Yes we're still concerned about the coronavirus;
  • Foam cups are fighting for their lives;
  • Wall Street came back with tech leading;
  • What? Amazon vs.'s a story;
  • The Oscars broke two records last night.

Those stories plus....Each Monday Laura Kinnard, the author of, and I chat it up about business events going on this week in the Des Moines, Iowa Metro and...there are plenty. From networking to publishing parties to branding talk to diversity to chamber talk, to celebrating advertising we've got a full week.  Pick one or two and then...GO! And, if you want us to chat it up about your event just use #DMBizEvents on Social Media and Laura will pick it up. Listen to this week's lineup here. 

Thanks for listening!  

Des Moines Business Events with Laura Kinnard

We're back!  Each Monday Laura Kinnard from Drake University, DMACC, The Runway at Southridge and the blog, DMBizMixer joins me to chat it up about business events in the greater Des Moines, Iowa area. Today we're talking about the AMA Experience, finding your key customer with the Iowa Center, getting some startup help, coworking, the 2020 economic outlook and much more.  Oh...and the Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealer Association event this week. If you want us to highlight your business event it's #DMBizEvents on your social media and Laura will pick it up. 

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The Business News Headlines 26 December 2019

Back from the holiday and the stock market continued its winning ways today. That is part of what we've got to share with you. In other business news:

  • Consumers spent loads this holiday season;
  • Yet another reason to part with some of your cash;
  • Workers in half of U.S. states to get a raise;
  • Shoppers tell Target to ditch the plastic;
  • The Santa Session is happening on Wall Street;
  • Got sloppy co-workers? A researcher says there are two reasons for that.

Those stories plus a two part interview with Admiral Mike Franken who is running to represent the Democrats in the November 2020 election and become the new junior U.S. Senator from Iowa. Here is Part One of that conversation.

And, here is part two of my interview with Mike Franken.

Thanks for coming by!

The Business News Headlines 20 December 2019

You can tell by the lack of phone calls and that we're getting close to a major holiday.  We were able to glean these stories for you:

  • Fiat Chrysler is offering deep discounts like from 2008;
  • The steel tariffs were supposed to protect U.S. Steel...ouch;
  • Knock off products on Amazon that are just...unsafe;
  • The Wall Street Report
  • You wouldn't think it would be but the "Gig Economy" continues to roll.

Those stories and Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine with Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro from sports to music to well just some silly stuff.  Here you go. 

Thanks for coming by.