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He’s a Pedal Pusher and No, Not Bikes

Several weeks ago my neighbor Kevin Vandekrol told me why he quit his day job to focus on his business of creating kits for guitar pedals. I made a note to get back with him for an interview about what is a rather obscure business. It's really a great look at how an entrepreneur adjusts to the market and believes that high quality beats price. Kevin is the sole person behind Aion and is part of our series about people who have started their business during the pandemic or who have seen major growth over the past nine months. And the kicker is that he sells his products worldwide. It's a great story...have a listen! 

The Business News Headlines 1 December 2020

Welcome to a brand new month and a new sponsor of the Business News Hour. Today we welcome Focus and Find a socially responsible search firm that specializes in providing diverse and inclusive slates of job candidates to large corporations across the United States....welcome.  In the news today:

  • The markets reversed course today and why;
  • Shake Shack to change and grow;
  • Travis Scott and McDonald''s a story;
  • "Movin' on Out" a San Francisco story;
  • Work from home saved this company $250K;
  • What? A child slavery story...
  • More oil job cuts announced;
  • Sephora and Kohl's to team up;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Be careful and speedy in the grocery store.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 23 September 2020

The markets slid yet again today making this September, like many, rough on Wall Street. Here's what we've got on tap for you today:

  • They are not going quietly...think TicTok;
  • Tesla sues the Trump Administration and why;
  • The Fed offers a somber update on the economy;
  • Volkswagen is on a mission and you are the target;
  • Scams are on the rise and we'll give you some samples;
  • Who is responsible for a lack of small business capital;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Climate change and big name responses.

Thanks for listening!  And, you can join us outside of the news on Twitter @IOB_NewsHour.


The Business News Headlines & More 8 September 2020

Welcome back and we hope you in Canada and the U.S. had a good Labor Day Holiday. By the way, you want to follow us on Twitter it's @IOB_NewsHour.  On the newscast today:

  • Tesla stock tumbles big time;
  • Airline stocks and summer driving;
  • Consumers and their credit;
  • Demand for oil dries up...again;
  • Apple and their big event is coming;
  • The Wall Street Report
  • Feeling "socially awkward"?

Those stories PLUS I'll visit with Brent Roske, a noted filmmaker, who is bringing back Roske on Politics. We'll talk about his love for film, the films he's done with some cast members from West Wing and then get into what Roske on Politics is, where you can see it and also about the power Iowa has when it comes to national elections. Oh...and he has an amazing bit of trivia about Congress and Iowa...that shocked me.  To listen, just click here.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 19 August 2020

It's the 19th Day of August and we've got these business news headlines for you...thanks for coming by!

  • The Fed threw some cold water today;
  • Oil prices flat, but could have been worse;
  • New Trump Administration sanctions;
  • Nearly 40% of Americans are nearly out of cash;
  • Walmart & Target sales soar...but still worried;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Looking for a gig?  Amazon is hiring;
  • Burger King gets creative and we talk about it.

Thanks for coming by.

The Business News Headlines 6 August 2020

Welcome to the Thursday Edition of the business news headlines for the 6th day of August, 2020. Here's what we've got cooked up for you today:

  • New York State seeks to dissolve the NRA;
  • Gold prices and the possibility of $4,000 an ounce;
  • Some scary job numbers;
  • Uber reported second quarter results;
  • How miserable is the United States;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Airlines and air's a mess.

Those stories plus you’ll meet hospital CEO Brian Dieter and CFO Gary we discuss an issue that impacts nearly every hospital in the nation...and how that impacts you...the citizen. To listen to that segment, click here.  

The Business News Headlines 13 July 2020

It was a stunning reversal on Wall Street today. Blame COVID-19 and California.  Here's what we've got for you today:

  • The markets did take a nose dive;
  • The coronavirus has changed much even your 2020 taxes;
  • Airlines to begin cutting workers;
  • JetBlue to keep middle seats empty;
  • U.S. retail sales are too in Mexico;
  • Storage at Amazon warehouses is an issue;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • The odd story of Tic Toc and business.

Those stories PLUS an interesting look at the business of genealogy with professional genealogist Ricki King. For twenty years she has been searching for family members for her clients. You'll learn how she got started, what interesting stories she's found and more. Ricky King from Roots to Branches Genealogy is right here

Thanks for listening!

The Business News Headlines 26 May 2020

Hope that you had a memorable Memorial Day and we're grateful to be back from a day off. In the business news today:

  • Wall Street while Americans worry;
  • More vaccine talk and a new player;
  • Grocery prices to go...up and why;
  • Another restaurant chain downsizing;
  • Heard of "COVID-Campers;
  • The "Back to Work" incentive;
  • The Wall Street Report
  • Small Businesses and the "COVID-Fee".

Those stories plus a conversation with Tero Trainer Kyle Hopkins. Kyle and I talk about the strain social distancing has on our culture and how it's different than many parts of the world. We also talk about connectivity, changes in business models due to the pandemic and more. Kyle Hopkins from Tero InternationalTo listen, just click here.  

Thanks for coming by! 


The Business News Headlines 21 May 2020

We took yet another hit with a new set  of unemployment numbers today and that has a, slight, impact on Wall Street. Here are the stories we've got cooked up for you today:

  • The biggest mall in the U.S. has missed 2 months of mortgage payments;
  • We like it:  New Zealand is considering a nationwide 4 day work week;
  • Billionaires and the Pandemic - Doing quite well thank you;
  • Small Businesses in Big Trouble;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • COVID19 details from today...worldwide.

Those stories plus an emotional conversation with the Executive Director of the Iowa CareGivers Association, Di FindleyWe'll be talking about issues such as COVID19 Testing, Child Care Issues & Concerns and Personal Protective Equipment. In April the Iowa CareGivers Association conducted surveys on those three issues and the answers highlight the massive problems Iowa has with our direct caregiving efforts. For reference here is the official State of Iowa COVID10 Website. To hear that conversation click here. 

The Business News Headlines 1 May 2020

It's the start of a new month, May Day and the International Workers Day all wrapped up into one.  Here are the business news headlines that we've got on tap for you today:

  • Tennents rally and landlords worry;
  • International Workers Day bring protests;
  • You would think low fuel prices would be a good would think;
  • Health be damned "Get back to work!" says the U.S. to Mexico;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Another trade war with China;
  • Co-working and it's future.

Thanks for joining us!  Remember we're on Sunday at Noon here in Iowa with the Week in Review on News/Talk 1540 KXEL.  

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday 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 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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