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The Business News & More 31 October 2019

Welcome to the Halloween Edition of the Business News Headlines...and yes, it was scary today on Wall Street. Stories we've got for you today:

  • The comeback for J.C. Penny might mean less clothing and more yoga;
  • Ford is closing another plant according to the tentative UAW contract;
  • We've got a Halloween Candy story for you;
  • The "go to" store for low income shoppers is....
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Also today, Brad Anderson from AARP-Iowa joins me to chat it up about the Des Moines, Iowa City Council Forum they recently held. You'll learn about the top areas of concern for their membership, "complete streets", creating age friendly cities, new ideas for transportation...and more To listen to that conversation, click here

The Business News & More 30 October 2019

The Fed cut interest rates by a quarter of a percent and at first the markets went..."Meh..." That story and more today:

  • What caused the "Meh" early today;
  • What's in a name? Ask Molson Coors;
  • What health care has to do with lagging wages;
  • Some new GDP concerns;
  • So those rising steel prices?  Not so fast;
  • Beggars Night explained;
  • Twitter says "NO!" to political advertising.

Those stories and a conversation with Dr. Tom Ahart the Superintendent of the Des Moines Public Schools about a vote coming up on Tuesday of next week that will have a major impact on students and facilities. We'll explain how an increase in the tax levy for physical plant won't increase property taxes. THe vote is on the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy or PPEL. Take a few minutes to learn more. You can hear that conversation here. 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines & More 28 October 2019

Wall Street had a good day based on earnings that beat estimates and we'll share some of the stories on that today. Also:

  • Meatless Meat is a BIG thing for Burger King;
  • Homeowners NOT getting home equity loans;
  • Google to buy Fitbit?
  • JP Morgan said to be cutting NYC workforce;
  • Is your job already obsolete?
  • The gig economy and a new...gig.

Those stories and our regular feature with Laura Kinnard of Curated Growth, Drake University and DMACC where she teaches entrepreneurship. She's in at the start of each week to share with you business events happening in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Places to learn and places to be seen. You can hear that conversation right here

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 23 October 2019

If you like roller coasters you must love Wall Street today.  Up and down, up and down as investors chewed over some earnings reports and fret about Brexit, China and global growth.  In our newscast today:

  • Are you really making $7,000 more today?
  • The Wek Work Meltdown and $1.2 billion;
  • Sunday Riley did an opps...
  • Affordable housing? How about shipping containers;
  • Got some extra cash? Be like some "A List" stars.

Those stories plus a Small Business Spotlight that shines on entrepreneur Chris Seuntjens who has, now, three companies and they are all on the move. Christoper's Rare Coins, Christopher's Fine Jewelry and Chrystal Clear Showcases.  Retire?  Not hardly. Meet Chris here

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News & More 21 October 2019

Welcome back to a busy week!  In the newscast today we'll share several stories that will interest you plus you'll hear from four entrepreneurs who are working it at The Runway a new co-working site in the nearly empty Southridge Mall. Then Laura Kinnard is in to chat about that project and some events.  Today:

  • Amazon shipping out of date and spoiled food?
  • Ford Motor Company and the botched Explorer rollout;
  • Will they or won't they ratify the GM/UAW agreement;
  • Boeing stock in free fall;
  • GrubHub disappoints;
  • Bottled water takes a hit.

Also today you'll meet four entrepreneurs who are part of The Runway. You can hear their stories here.

And, because it's Monday...Laura Kinnard joins me to talk about The Runway as well as share some upcoming business events. Listen to that here.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines & More 14 October 2019

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian listeners as you celebrate the harvest as well as your freedoms. We're with you on that.  In the business news today:

  • Markets slump, as we suggested they would, and why;
  • Amazon just launched something new that has Target worried;
  • Day 29 of the UAW strike against General Motors..an update;
  • American manufacturing is hurting for a number of reasons;
  • It's Mac & Cheesegate;
  • Restaurants and tipping could be a problem say critics;
  • The paper beer bottle is a thing...or so it would seem.

We'll also be joined by Laura Kinnard from Drake University, DMACC and DMBizMixer to chat it up about business events in the DSMUSA Metro this week. To hear that conversation, click here

Thanks for listening!

The Business News Headlines and More 11 Oct 2019

Wall Street had a party today as President Trump said the first step in a trade agreement with China is about to be drafted....that caused the Dow to climb by over 319 points. Today:

  • A trade deal but few details as of now;
  • Older model used cars are rising in price;
  • Americans are behind on car payments;
  • Tesla and it's autopilot...good or bad?

Those stories plus Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine is with us riffing about "Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro" this weekend into next week. To listen to that, just click here.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines & More 1 October 2019

Wall Street closed yesterday up on the hope of renewed talks between the U.S. and China and then...today...out came a report on U.S. manufacturing. That story and what happened on Wall Street opens up our first newscast of a new month:

  • Manufacturing data weak...very;
  • President Trump calls the Fed "pathetic";
  • Facebook to sue the United States if Warren is elected;
  • The "Wealth Tax" is back in the news;
  • GM lays off thousands more;
  • Amazon and NEW grocery stores;
  • Amazon 3rd party sellers pay thousands to talk to a person.

Those stories and a look at what the top 23 employers in Iowa have to say about the economy moving forward. You might say it's a "mixed bag" in this interview with Georgia Van Gundy the Executive Director of the Iowa Business Council done for us by Jeff Stein the News & Program Director of News/Talk 1540 KXEL. Here is that story

Thanks for listening! 

Iowa & The Economic Outlook

Since 2004 the Iowa Business Council surveys the business leaders of Iowa's 23 major employers as to their thoughts regarding the economy in the Hawkeye State. Here, Georgia Van Gundy the Executive Director for the Iowa Business Council discusses the results of this Third Quarter Economic Outlook Survey with our friend Jeff Stein the News and Program Director for News/Talk 1540 KXEL

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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Each month I get to sit down with the brains behind Good Milkshake Digital, Phil K. James and talk about Marketing4Business. It's what we do.  This month Phil wants to focus on increasing the interaction with consumers and encouraging those who already buy from you...to buy more.  It could be restaurants, grocery stores, clothing stores...even legal. Finding the thinks your customer wants and then delivering means...everything.

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 PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher 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