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Meet The Computer Guy - Patrick Palmer

Thanks for listening. My guest is Patrick Palmer a small business person from Central Iowa who has, for twenty-five years, been helping individuals, businesses and non-profits with their technology. He is known as The Computer Guy and his work is first class. Patrick is a returning guest and, this is the first in-studio interview I've been able to do since March of 2020. Here you'll learn how Patrick got started and what motivates him. This was fun.

The Business News Headlines 30 December 2020

Only one more day left in 2020...you in for that?  Today here are the business news headlines we've got for you just ahead of New Years Eve:

  • Half of U.S. states will do this next year;
  • Hackers steal $36 billion from unemployment;
  • "Stick a fork in it!" Talking about additional stimulus dollars;
  • Hey, we've got corn and soybean news;
  • Podcasting is HOT - Ask Amazon;
  • The Wall Street Report
  • Gearing up for a work from home society.

Those stories PLUS, for the interview, it's Ro Crosbie from Tero International with a new set of programs designed to take time into consideration.  Your time.  It's called "Tero Clinics - Learning in Small Doses" and if you CLICK HERE you'll learn more.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 22 December 2020

You would think that when Congress averted a government shutdown and passed a new round of stimulus it might have been a good business day. Ah, not quite and here are the stories we've got for you today:

  • A new virus mutation; what we know;
  • The DOJ and Walmart spar over opioids;
  • Last minute shoppers avoid malls;
  • More delivery issues with the USPS;
  • Another "Eater-Tainment" chain files for Chapter 11;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • The pandemic pet push.

Those stories and for the interview Frank Spillers from Rural Community Solutions is my guest. We talk about the barriers that may impede economic development and the trends that might boost opportunity. To listen, click here.

Talking Rural Economic Development Trends with Frank Spillers

There are plenty of things to be concerned with and one of those is the hollowing out of our rural communities. Here Frank Spillers who, with his wife Kimberlee, own Rural Community Solutions talks to us about the trends that they are seeing that spell, or could spell, relief for Rural America. Join the conversation as we uncover what works...and what needs to work better...to empower and transform. 

The Business News Headlines 21 December 2020

Thanks for coming by on this the shortest day of the year. Tomorrow we start heading toward Spring. Here's what we've got for you today:

  • Will AT&T cancel its auction of DirectTV;
  • Ford teams up with Chevy...no not that Chevy;
  • 2020 was a banner year for IPO's';
  • Intel and the Solar Winds hack;
  • Stimulus checks and Christmas;
  • Facebook ads and small business;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • A new C-Suite job is born.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business of No Justice No Peace

Over the past several months the nation has been rocked by not only a pandemic but also a movement called No Justice - No Peace. Many in the business community are concerned and a bit reluctant to learn about what the organization is and what they promote. Here Mark Langgin returns to our newscast to talk about things like building the economic base of thousands of individuals who face real economic hardship and you may be surprised at where they live. Mark is also part of something called the New Frontier Action. Here is Mark Langgin...

The Business News Headlines 2 December 2020

Welcome back to what is the late edition of the business news headlines...don't ask. We lead off with a story about..."PackageMageddon" here's what we've got:

  • UPS says enough is enough;
  • China gets slapped by the U.S. Congress;
  • Good news for Australia;
  • Could diversity really come to U.S. corporations;
  • Salesforce had a rough day;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Some sobering news about the Midwest.

Those stories plus our continuing series about entrepreneurs who have launched during the pandemic or have seen major growth over the past nine months. My guest is Kevin Vandekrol and we call him a "Pedal Pusher" but we're not talking about bikes. Click here to listen.

Thanks, again, for coming by. 

 

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 27 November 2020

It was a Black Friday early close on Wall Street and we lead off with some concerns about Black Friday in this the Friday Edition of the business news headlines.  Today:

  • COVID dealing a blow to Black Friday;
  • Yet another retail closing to report;
  • A prediction about Wall Street and 2021;
  • Google is tracking mental health...their own;
  • Two car makers hit with millions in fines;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • This company is adding 2,800 employees a day.

Those stories PLUS Jeff Pitts the managing editor from Cityview Magazine is in to riff about a host of things from guns to Disney. To listen to that hyper-local bit of of information just click here.

Thanks for listening! 

Stuff to DO with Cityview Magazine

We're back with more Hyper-Local "Stuff to DO" in the Greater Des Moines Metro with Jeff Pitts the managing editor of Cityview Magazine. You're just a click away from listening to us riff about a host of things from a Gun Show (hoping for a bazooka for the holidays?), Small Business Saturday, Theater Midwest and "The Thanksgiving Play". We talk about the "big fight", the East Village Promenade (and a shout out to Ray Gun) a little Disney on Ice the ARL donation drive and the Salvation Army virtual kettle program. Oh...and don't forget Thursday and Jingle in the Junction. Have a listen...and some fun. 

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