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The Business News 31 December 2019

Nope, we didn't take the day off nor did we go home early.  Crazy...right?  Here are the business news headlines for the final day of 2019 plus the top interviews of each month this past year. Enjoy!  

  • You won't believe how many job openings there are;
  • More Silicon Valley workers unionize;
  • Tax cuts and the's a joke;
  • Cable companies raising prices;
  • Robo-Calls and you;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Self control people...self control.

Those stories plus...come back and we'll share our top business interviews of 2019.  Feel free to click on whatever you wish to hear that conversation:

Our top conversation from December is this with U.S. Senate Candidate for Iowa Mike Franken

In November folks really connected with Improving Presentation Skills with Maureen Berger of Tero International.

Our big interview from October featured Stephanie Preusch about affordable housing in Des Moines;

September this piece about Iowa a Low Wage State took top honors;

In August our Small Business Spotlight on A New Look Windows & Exteriors took top honors;

July saw Four Questions for Andrew Yang as the big draw;

Our friend Carlos Alvarez shined in June with his Twelve Tips - Speak Your Way to Success;

The number one interview for May was Tom Hudson and Guns, Laws & Responsibility;

Brad Anderson and Iowa AARP - Flexing their Muscle took top honors for April;

In March we introduced you to Peter Stockdale from The Audible Farm Podcast a big winner;

This February interview about Black Businesses and Black Friday was a monster hit with Abena Imhotep;

We started 2019 off with this January conversation about Velocity Economics with Dr. Chris Draper.

Of course this is just a tiny fraction of the many, many interviews we conducted in 2019. What we found interesting is that not only are the topics wide and varied we also know that huge numbers were reached because our subjects employed successful social media techniques to drive traffic to their story. It's a lesson for everyone.

Thanks for being with us this past year. We look forward to another record 2020.

Michael, Chap, Aaron, Hunter & James - The Crew of Insight on Business the News Hour



The Business News 17 December 2019

It's a Tuesday and it's the business news headlines and we kick it off with an interesting story about the increase in car loan rejections. Odd in the face of what is supposed to be a booming economy. Also:

  • Dumpster Diving goes high-tech;
  • CVS Pharmacy is trouble with...the Feds;
  • The Boeing 737 Max and the trickle down effect;
  • Some surprising Netflix news;
  • Home building numbers rebound and why;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Looking for a gig? Think U.S. Census;
  • Two reasons to forgo the Ugly Christmas Sweater Event.

Those stories plus Tyler Granger from the National Wildlife Federation is our guest and talking about climate change, business and more. You can hear that conversation here.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 12 December 2019

It's the Late Edition of the Business News Headlines...don't ask. Today we got a glimmer of hope regarding the U.S. China trade war...but, we've been here before. That story and:

  • Saudi Aramco had another big day;
  • Boeing and the saga of the 737 Max;
  • Krispy Kreme & Nazis;
  • The people who are benefiting from the economy;
  • Hot real estate markets- not where you think;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Make a great living by starting out here.

Those stories plus a review of a conversation about student loan debt with Steve McCullough of Iowa Student Loan. We're airing this tonight because we figure lots of families will be getting together and this could be a topic of conversation. You can listen to that conversation here. 

Thanks for coming by! 


The Business News Headlines 9 December 2019

Welcome back to a new work-week and the Monday Edition of the Business News Headlines. On tap for you today:

  • Good news for smaller retailers this holiday season;
  • Some small retail tips to promote business;
  • Things got political today for Amazon;
  • Are dollar stores killing Americans?
  • Economist Paul Volker has died a look back;
  • Tough times for 3,200 truck drivers;
  • Wait! What happened to Bitcoin?

Those stories plus a conversation with Laura Kinnard from DMBizMixer about a host of upcoming business education and networking options for you. To listen to that conversation, recorded at our favorite coffee shop, Ground for Celebration in Windsor Heights, Iowa...just click here.

Thanks for listening. 

The Business News Headlines 2 December 2019

It's a brand new month and welcome! The first trading day of December was rough on Wall Street and we'll share what happened and why.  In other business news:

  • Black Friday was big and Cyber Monday could be to;
  • Amazon and Auschwitz it's a story;
  • Is America's Shale Oil Boom...over;
  • How many hours a week do you need to work to live...comfortably;
  • Markets headed down today and we'll share why;
  • There is a new report out about jobs Stunning.

Those stories plus Laura Kinnard is with us chatting it up about business events happening in the Greater Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week. To hear us talk about that, just click here

Thanks for listening. 

The Business News Headlines 29 November 2019

It's the "late edition" of the business news headlines for the final trading day of November. We're blaming it on left-over turkey. In the news today:

  • A global automaker says they will cut 10,000 jobs;
  • Black Friday just ain't what it used to be;
  • A shocking development for the UAW;
  • Five years ago Target was in it's different;
  • The markets had a lousy day but a good month;
  • Career hunting? Try being a "Life Coach" it...pays.

Those stories plus Jeff Pitts the managing editor of Cityview Magazine is in to share his list of "Stuff to DO" in the Greater Des Moines Metro and we have some fun doing it.  We also blame the turkey...and pie for that. To listen in just click here.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 21 November 2019

Welcome to the "Late Edition" of the Business News's been quite a day for us from an early morning event with presidential candidate John Delaney to a conversation about online taxation (which we'll air at the beginning of the week) to a conversation about rural health care delivery. the news today:

  • The "Capital" for income inequality in the U.S. is:
  • Tomorrow Tesla rolls out the new electric truck;
  • Something good happened today to "Pot Stocks";
  • Speaking of stocks...Wall Street another down day;
  • The new headwind for world economies is...

Those stories plus a check on Rackhouse Whiskey Club with returning guest Sam Hoyle. We'll talk about the interesting history that he's been, literally, digging up about small batch distillers across the United States and talk a bit about the Des Moines Whiskey Festival happening Friday and Saturday. To hear that just click here. 

Thanks for coming by!

The Business News & More 18 November 2019

We've got plenty in store for you this afternoon as we wonder, out loud, what in the world is going on with the U.S. China trade deal....Here we go:

  • Deal? No Deal? Sounds like a TV Game Show;
  • Chick fil-A is changing their giving;
  • WeWork said to be laying off thousands;
  • FedEx and the New York Times in a brawl;
  • Markets closed higher but oh the agony;
  • Dunkin to get rid of their classic foam cups;
  • Women leaving banking and why.

Those stories and Laura Kinnard from Drake University and DMACC and author of DMBizMixer joins me to chat it up about Entrepreneur Month, some business events a social event in Urbandale and more. To listen to that all you need to do is click here

The Business News & More 14 November 2019

Uncertainty over any U.S. and China trade deal kept the markets in check. Welcome to the Thursday edition of the business news headlines:

  • A Majority of Americans don't feel the economic love;
  • Sears is laying off more folks;
  • Walmart released their Black Friday sales;
  • Wall Street had another "Meh" sorta day;
  • Throwback Thursday - The Flip Phone is back.

Those stories plus Connie Ryan the Executive Director of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa joins me to talk about faith, public policy and gun violence. No, not another vigil but action. You can hear that conversation here.

Thanks for listening! 


The Business News & More 12 November 2019

America was waiting today for President Trump to talk about the U.S. China trade war during his economic speech in New York. That...didn't much happen. In the business news today:

  • Trump talk about everything but...China;
  • A photo with Santa for $2,500;
  • Sandy Hook parents may sue Remington;
  • Seems nobody's "Got Milk" these days;
  • Chrysler accused of "dumping" cars;
  • Disney + rolled out today...there were issues;
  • Bias in the workplace against....

Those stories plus a Small Business Spotlight that shines on Nancy and Dean Vetter who have a company (Iowa Custom Murphy Beds) that makes and installs Amish made Murphy Beds all across the county. It's a story I stumbled on and think you'll enjoy. You can hear that conversation here.

Thanks for listening.