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The Business News Headlines 17 September 2019

Nearly as fast as oil prices went up yesterday they headed back down today.  But, all of that didn't much help Wall Street as investors wonder what's next when it comes to the Fed.  Here for you today we're looking at these stories:

  • Oil, Gas and Consumers;
  • GM hits back at the UAW;
  • She is paid $22 million and why;
  • The strike and the local economy;
  • Fed and Rates;
  • Your job will be...mostly gone says Brian Solis.

Those stories and more along with Marketing for Business with Phil K. James of Good Milkshake Digital. We're talking about how to get your existing customers to buy more of what they want from you...and it works across nearly every vertical. Restaurants, grocery stores, hardware stores, coffee shops even lawyers. Here is that conversation. 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines & More 11 September 2019

This is a bit late in getting out. We were, often, distracted by the images of eighteen years ago and 9/11 and our own memories of where we were at the time...never forget. In the business news headlines today:

  • The Dow breaks above 27,000 thank you Apple;
  • President Trump lobbies hard for a rate cut to zero;
  • Purdue Pharma is said to be close to a settlement;
  • UAW leaders to huddle in Detroit...will they strike GM?
  • Victoria's Secret rethinking the the "super model";
  • How about a Progressive Pizza Pie?

Those stories and we've got a rare extended interview. Today sitting down with Elizabeth Buck the President of The United Way of Central Iowa and Seth Johnson the program director for OpportUNITY and talking about poverty in Des Moines, Iowa. In a city that boasts a fantastic quality of life there are still large pockets of poverty and families dealing with housing, transportation, child care and wages. Here is Part One.

In Part Two of our conversation we start to look at ways to reduce the stress on working families and how the United Way of Central Iowa is working to that end. We also cover several bright spots including the high school graduation rate. Here is Part Two.

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. 

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The Business News Headlines & More 6 September 2019

It's Friday...man did that come up fast this week. It's the business news headlines and we start off with the jobs report and the impact on Wall Street and...you:

  • The Jobs Report and Wages;
  • Six ways to save money...and food;
  • Facebook in trouble...again;
  • Too much coffee? Not in Chicago;
  • September = iPhones;
  • Skills and your career...lots of folks say they don't have 'em.

Those stories and more along with Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine with "Stuff to DO" in the Des Moines, Iowa Metro. Look, we spend every day on serious stuff...at least once a week we'll share some fun stuff...and stories from "brick-banging" to learning to be a director with some jousting thrown in for flavor.  Here you go! 

The Business News Headlines & More 5 September 2019

Early this morning the futures indicated the markets would open much higher and they did with the Dow rising well above 400 points and the markets stayed that way.  In the business news headlines today:

  • What happened on Wall Street & why;
  • Just what you need...a Facebook dating service;
  • Guns, Walmart & Stocks;
  • Air Travel and the 737 Max;
  • Why Apple is borrowing $7 billion;
  • The MOST demanding job...ever?

Those stories and more along with our guest chef and author Terrie Kohl. Here she talks about why she loves being the personal chef for hundreds of people, what cooking means, the new trends and we'll also talk about her new book, "Bringing Friends & Family Back Around the Table". Terrie Kohl in our Small Business Spotlight and thank you to The Coffeesmiths of Waukee, Iowa for letting us set up our studio at their location. To hear our conversation click here

The Business News Headlines & More 4 September 2019

It's the business news headlines for Wednesday the 4th of September and have we got the stories ramped up for you today...starting with Hong Kong:

  • The Stock Market and Global Realities;
  • The deficit narrows but our deficit with China grows;
  • Purdue Pharma said to prepare for bankruptcy;
  • Kicking over 3 million people off of food stamps;
  • You and your boss...a love hate relationship?

Those stories and more along with a conversation with Ro Crosbie the founder and president of Tero International about retaining employees. Look, we get it that finding high quality people is tough but why take the chance of losing the good employees you have?  Every manager or business owner should listen to these tips on employee retention. You can hear that conversation here

The Business News Headlines & More 27 August 2019

The stock market was set to open lower this morning but...SURPRISE at the open the Dow jumped up by over 100 points. Only to edge lower at mid-day. Why?  That reason is in the newscast today. Also:

  • The 401k lawsuits are mounting we share why;
  • Johnson & Johnson must pay Oklahoma $572 million but the stock goes up;
  • China says, "Hey, nobody called!" And that is part of the problem;
  • China and Costco...we think it's a hit;
  • Boeing and Russia...think lawsuit;
  • Seeking nominations in Iowa.

Those stories and more today along with a look back at a conversation I had with California Congressman Ro Khanna who was instrumental in bringing high technology to Rural Iowa. That space in Jefferson will open to the public on September 7th. We thought it important to go back to last year and this conversation with the Congressman. Here is that conversation. 

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. 

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National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

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The Business News Headlines & More 26 August 2019

Is the optimism over President Trump saying that "China called" and wants back to the table for more talks...misplaced? A source in China says, "Yes!".  That leads off our business news headlines for today. In other news:

  • It is National Dog Day you know;
  • Speaking of dogs, Bullseye and Mickey joining up;
  • Retail winners and some losers;
  • KFC to test plant based "chicken" chunks and wings
  • What Trade War? Costco is headed to China;
  • American Values...they be changing.

Those stories and more along with Laura Kinnard from DMBizMixer.com with her list of upcoming business events and she brings with her a guest, Daniel McCraine joins us to chat it up about his event that he says will uncover thousands of dollars from your marketing budget. Here is your link for the FREE Tickets. AND, here is your link to listen in. 

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

The Business News Headlines & More 23 August 2019

Once upon a time Friday was known as a slow news day. Like if you wanted to bury something that might not be flattering you could release it on Friday. Well, that's not the case any more. Welcome to the Business News Headlines for Friday the 23rd day of August and thanks for being here.  On tap:

  • President Trump calls Fed Chair Jerome Powell an "enemy;
  • President Trump orders U.S. businesses to get out of China;
  • A Major Chinese company says sanctions against them not too bad;
  • The Great Recession is still fresh, what might the next bring?
  • Knowing who might quit next might be valuable;
  • Apple is said to launch several new products next month.

Those stories and more about this "Slow News Friday" are just a click away. Also, because it is Friday we've got Jeff Pitts the Managing Editor of Cityview with us and "Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro" this weekend into next week. To listen to us having a good time, click 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 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

The Business News Headlines & More 21 August 2019

Wall Street showed up again today in spite of global concerns, the trade war and more. That's first up today and then we'll dive into these stories:

  • Target and Lowes did well in the second quarter;
  • The Fed Minutes and what it may mean going forward;
  • Health Insurance and family/business costs;
  • The U.S. Budget Deficit...lots of zeros at the end of "1";
  • A Nebraska woman scammed out of over $162,000. No, it's a story.

Those items and a conversation with Deborah Rinner the Chief Learning Officer at Tero International about employee engagement or employee entitlement. She gives me (and you if you wish) a quiz on how to avoid the trap of making employee recognition something that does the opposite of motivation. Good stuff right 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 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

 

The Business News Headlines & More 20 August 2019

They say that "hope springs eternal" and investors, before the bell where hoping for a good day on Wall Street. In the end the major markets were all down with the Dow off by 173 points as financials took it in the shorts. In other business news today:

  • Home Depot beats estimates but...there is a but;
  • A major retailer considers getting out of the gun sale business;
  • Trouble brewing for American consumers;
  • What? Guns being sold on Facebook Marketplace;
  • Disney whistleblower says the company has misstated billions in revenue;
  • New Google App for "emerging nations" could be 1 billion users.

Those stories and more along with Marketing4Business and Phil K. James of Good Milkshake Digital. He's back and this month our focus is on gathering data from your Facebook posts. What do you do with it? You sell more stuff. To hear that conversation click 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 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