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Transforming A Shopping Mall & What A Story!

If you've spent any time listening to our daily newscast you know that we've reported many times about the hollowing out of our nation's shopping malls. As ecommerce shook the bones of retail we watched as department stores, often shopping mall anchors, entering bankruptcy and leaving gaping holes. Then COVID19 came and, for many, finished the job. Some malls have sold out to Amazon to be used as fulfillment centers. Other mall owners are working new tenet arrangements hoping to salvage their business. Some mall owners are totally reimagining their centers and changing everything. Meet Liz Holland the CEO of Merle Hay Investors and the remarkable story behind their goal to totally restructure their business. It's a stunning departure and, perhaps, one of the first in the nation as the Merle Hay Mall becomes..."Hockey Town".

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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 5 April 2021

Welcome back from a long weekend.  Today we've got some great business news stories from what happened on Wall Street to buying homes for just $1,000.  Here's what we've got for you:

  • More stimulus checks have gone out;
  • Do you qualify due to income? Click to calculate;
  • Buying gas at Costco even if you're not a member;
  • Gun sales in the U.S. hitting record numbers;
  • The city with homes being sold for $1,000 each;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • The NLRB and Amazon;

In for the interview is entrepreneur Mensur Pudic yet another person we've profiled that started a business during the pandemic. His story is stunning and unique. To listen, just click here.

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Business News Headlines 2 April 2021

The markets were closed today but we still have some business news headlines for you for Friday the 2nd of April.  Also, follow us on Twitter @IOB_NewsHour to keep up all day long.  Here's what we've got for you today:

  • Big news on the jobs front;
  • That $400,000 threshold from Mr. Biden;
  • The IRS is warning about a scam;
  • Major League Baseball out of Georgia;
  • A foreclosure tidal wave;
  • Are we "free to fly"?

Those stories and Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine is in to chat it up about a host of things to do in the Greater Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week. To hear that silliness, click here. 

The Business News Headlines 1 April 2021

Welcome to a brand new month and, nope, no April Fools stuff going on here today but...oh the memories of those pranks still make me smile. Want to follow us on Twitter? You can do that @IOB_NewsHour.  Here's what we've got for you today:

  • The American Jobs Plan...we break it down;
  • The life events that impact your care insurance costs;
  • "No Jab - No Job" says an employer and they mean it;
  • The Satan Shoe went to court;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • An update on the Pfizer vaccine.

Speaking of vaccines today you'll meet Brian Finley the Iowa City, Iowa man who several weeks ago launched @IAVaccineAlerts on Twitter. And now has done the same thing for Minnesota, Nebraska, Illinois and Missouri...all as a volunteer.  He'll share why he did it...how it works and some of the stumbles he's had.  It's a great story and you can hear is by clicking ahead.

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The Business News Headlines 22 March 2021

Welcome back to yet another Monday as we take a look at some of the top business news stories of the day. Here's what we've got ready for you:

  • 7 Things you SHOULD NOT buy with your stimulus;
  • Tax software upgraded for unemployment benefits;
  • More stimulus payments on the way;
  • Mortgage rates continue to climb;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Wanna make $2,400? We'll share how.

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 18 March 2021

Just a reminder...we're days away from the First Day of Spring...finally. Welcome to this edition of the business news headlines and here's what we've got for you today:

  • Warren Buffett has some stimulus advice;
  • The IRS and Paper Checks;
  • "Risky Trading" could soon be taxed;
  • Stimulus and Tax Cuts...no, no, no;
  • The Biden tax hike...is it on?
  • News about former President Trump's wealth;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Google eyes getting back to the office.

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The Business News Headlines 16 March 2021

Welcome back! In the next nine minutes we'll bring you up to speed on a host of business news stories and some items we know you're concerned with as stimulus checks start to hit bank accounts. Let's go:

  • The negative impact of stimulus spending;
  • Retail sales in February slipped big time and why;
  • Debt collectors are eyeing your stimulus cash;
  • Will the IRS claw back "back taxes";
  • Also, will the IRS push back the filing date;
  • Gas prices are up. Is it Biden's fault?
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Housing contracts cancelled and why.

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 26 February 2021

Welcome to the Friday Edition of the Business News Headlines...whew...what a week. You're just a click away from some of the biggest business news stories of the day all delivered in under ten minutes. And, remember, follow us on Twitter @IOB_NewsHour all day long.  Here's what we've got for you:

  • The Blue Chips sink again today and why;
  • More small businesses are closing;
  • Meanwhile, personal income is...up;
  • Oil prices stalled out today but up a bunch in February;
  • Consumers and the Costco move to $16 an hour;
  • Some payment system problems today;
  • The Wall Street Report
  • And, an island is for sale...and it's stunning.

Those stories PLUS Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine and I get Hyper-Local with Stuff to do in the Greater Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week. Hey, it's Friday.  To listen to all of that, just click here! 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 24 February 2021

Welcome back! Today, in under 10 minutes we'll deliver up the biggest business news stories of the day. And then, for the interview Liz Cooney from Tero International will tell the story about how that company had to change everything to meet the demands of their clients.  But, first the news:

  • Mortgage rules may change because of the risk;
  • The reversal of the Dow today and why;
  • What Fed Chair Powell said that eased fears;
  • Home mortgage rates are headed up and why;
  • Say goodbye to cheap fuel prices;
  • What? GameStop...again?
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • The "Chicken Wars"....yeah, it's a story.

For the interview you'll hear from Liz Cooney the Director of Training at Tero International about the efforts and changes that company went through over the past year to meet the demands of their clients. PLUS a disturbing study about CEO "confidence". To listen to that conversation click here. 

Thanks for coming by! 

 

The Business News Headlines 23 February 2021

Welcome back and do not miss our interview today with June Teasley from the Small Business Administration. It has to do with the rule changes for the Paycheck Protection Program that gives small businesses, those with under 20 employees, preferred treatment. As for the news...here's what we have for you today:

  • The IRS will extend the filing deadline...for some;
  • Momentum is building for a stock trading tax;
  • Fed Chair Powell had some words about unemployment;
  • How long will food delivery be...a thing?
  • Oil ended the day mixed and gas prices climb;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Home prices continue to rise and where.

Those stories plus this very important conversation about the PPP. June Teasley from the Small Business Administration is my guest and we break down the rule changes that will allow small and micro-businesses the opportunity to get money to continue operations. This is so important for Main Street. To listen, just click here.

Thanks for coming by! 

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