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DSM Civil & Human Rights Symposium

For over three decades the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission has presented a symposium intended to both hear and educate the general public about issues that face us all. Here you'll meet Joshua Barr the Director of the commission and Ryan Arnold the Director of Community Engagement at Drake University. We'll start with an understanding of what the commission does, why Drake is supporting the event and then get into what the symposium is about and how the topics came to be.  Registration is OPEN until March 6th. You can get tickets to the event here. In addition to the symposium there is a kick-off event the evening of the 17th at 6PM with Vanessa Roberts "Afropuff Lederhosen: A Critically Comical Investigation of Race" which will also be at Drake. Tickets to that event are here.

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 Very Personal Story of Robert “Lewy” Lewis

In the twelve years I've been doing the Business News Hour I've sat down with thousands of established business owners, startups, politicians and non-profits. I'm truly grateful to them for allowing me the opportunity to ask tough questions and learn more about them and their business. In all these years there have been less than four or five guests who have really opened up and gotten personal. That's not a dig and I get it. We all must be careful...after all it's business. You are about to hear a very personal story from Robert "Lewy" Lewis the owner of Quester Market Research. You may remember he was with us not long ago and here is that link. After we did that business interview I asked him if he would share his personal story and struggles about his disability and his pain. I was surprised when he agreed. Here you will learn more about the Disability Owned Business Enterprise and what that recognition meant to "Lewy". And then we're going to talk about a lifetime of pain and how medical cannabis is the one thing that has allowed "Lewy" to continue working. Spend some time with my friend...I think you'll find it enlightening and engaging. 

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

Business Events with Laura Kinnard

Drop in as Laura Kinnard from DMBizMixer.com talks up some business events in the Greater Des Moines Metro and a nod to Sioux Falls. Hey, it's what we do each Monday. Here you'll learn about a legal program for small businesses, One Million Cups of DSM, an update on the event last week at The Runway Innovation and Events Studio at Southridge and many more business events in the Metro. Go, learn and get connected. 

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 February 2020

It's mid-week and the markets bounced back today and no doubt would have gone higher if it wasn't for the Fed suggesting that interest rates are going to stay put for a bit.  Here are the stories for today:

  • More and more seniors are entering the job market...and what are they doing?
  • Bottled water is in trouble in more than one state;
  • Another restaurant chain ignoring child labor laws;
  • The Wall Street Report
  • "Friends" continues to make new friends and lots of money.

Those stories plus a Marketing Tip this time about podcasting. What is it about content that really impacts? You will be surprised. Also in this segment I'll offer some equipement tips, social media tips and more.  It's called "Think Before You Podcast" and you can here that...here. 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 23 January 2020

At the opening bell today it was all about a virus and China...but as the day wore on worried investors seemed to move on and we'll share why.  It is the business news headlines for the 23rd day of January.

  • Former Wells Fargo CEO gets some bad news;
  • Planters Peanuts kills off Mr. Peanut and...why;
  • FedEx is alerting folks about a scam;
  • The White House wants more tax cuts;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Working Women and the 1970's.

Those stories plus this: Over the past several months we've reported on the number of trucking companies who have shut their doors. At the same time there is a lack of drivers.  Add to those issues new demands regarding packaging of freight, electronic logs, new technology and something called "density rating". With me is Brian Bartz from DLS Worldwide as we talk about the many changes in the industry and the "State of Freight". You can listen here. 

Thanks for listening!

The Business News Headlines 22 January 2020

It's been a day of impeachment hearings and concerns over a new virus imported from China. In fact, China figures in several of our stories today:

  • Not going to give up plastic says Coca-Cola;
  • Yet another retail chain closing stores;
  • Did the FAA do a "sweetheart" deal for Southwest;
  • The fallout from two years of a trade war coming home to roost;
  • Vaccine stocks were up...think China;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Worst City - Best City to grow up in the U.S. and why.

Those stories plus a riveting conversation about cannabis production in the United States. You'll meet John Haas from Phoenix, Arizona who tells me it's worse than the wild west when it comes to nearly everything concerning the growing of cannabis...and he's a grower.  You can catch that here.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 21 January 2020

It wasn't poor earnings and it wasn't the Impeachment Trial but a virus that turned the markets south. It's the business news headlines for Tuesday the 21st of January...thanks for being here:

  • China strikes again only this time with a disease;
  • Boeing stops production of the 737 Max;
  • Rural hospitals are in trouble and why;
  • A Target shopper tries to shame a clerk but it all backfires;
  • A burger chain files for Chapter 11 protection;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Want to live the "American Dream"? Head to Canada.

Those stories and a return visit from attorney George Isaacson who was with us by phone several months ago. I caught up with him in Maricopa Arizona during a speaking engagement to the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association on the impact of sales tax collection by states, counties, cities and others and what that is doing to online retailers and what should be done about the issue.  I think you'll also find the history behind the Constitution very interesting. Listen here.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 2 January 2020

Welcome back to the first news day of 2020! But, really those mid-week holidays have us doing another Monday.  In the news today:

  • Gas prices follow oil prices so, guess what;
  • Drug companies have started raising prices;
  • It was a costly quarter for Victoria's Secret;
  • The $30 Pizza-Gate in NYC;
  • Tesla stock way up and why;
  • Smoking is out a U-Haul;
  • Wall Street had a stellar day;
  • Pot now legal in Illinois think revenue.

Those stories plus a look back at the biggest news interviews of 2019. This time it's about Black Businesses and Black Friday.  It was a monster hit with Abena Imhotep enjoy!

The Business News Headlines 11 December 2019

The Business News Headlines for Wednesday the 11th of December, and thanks for coming by. Today we've got:

  • Apple WAS the world's largest public company but, no more;
  • Home Depot and...Opioids?
  • The Cocaine Santa Controversy;
  • Pay Up - Prices are headed up on...;
  • The Time Person of the Year;
  • The Word of the Year.

Those stories plus constitutional law professor and partner in the firm Brann & Isaacson of Lewiston, Maine, George Isaacson joins me to talk about online sales tax and how it impacts sellers, different product, the more than 11,000 tax jurisdictions and the risk sellers have in getting any of this...wrong. To hear that conversation, click here. 

Thanks for listening!

The Business News Headlines 19 October 2019

It's the end of the trading week and stocks fell today as a result of worries regarding the slow growth numbers coming out of China. Welcome to the business news headlines for Friday the 18th day of October. On tap:

  • The link investors worry about with China;
  • If you experienced a Verizon outage you are not alone;
  • More tariff trouble this time for Europe;
  • App troubles continue for Chipotle;
  • Amex says corporate spending is down;
  • Baby powder back in the news;
  • YOU...yes you...are buying more Coke products.

Those stories and more plus, because it's Friday we've got Jeff Pitts in from Cityview to chat it up about "Stuff to DO" in the Greater Des Moines Metro. We've got sports, ballet, music and all sorts of entertainment...plus our regular commentary.  Hey...it's Friday and you deserve a break. Listen here. 

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