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Business News Headlines 28 February 2020

The investment world shuddered again today but it could have been much worse on Wall Street. It's Friday and here are the business news stories we've got for you:

  • Google his with the coronavirus;
  • Amazon workers to limit travel even in the U.S.;
  • Smart phone sales to take a beating;
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a banking question;
  • GM to add 1,200 workers;
  • Usually when equities struggle gold is the go to but;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Some say it looks cool but it's a tough job working in the air.

Those stories and, because it's Friday, we've got some Friday Fun with Jeff Pitts the managing editor of Cityview Magazine. Here we're talking about "Stuff to DO" in the Greater Des Moines Metro from the final weekend of DSM Ice Skating to an event at the Hotel Pattee in Perry to the Russians are coming to a book sale in Johnston to me buying a Howitzer for my front yard at the local gun show. Also we've got music, sports... you get the idea. Join us as we riff a bit while celebrating the weekend. Listen right here! 

Thanks, as always, for coming by!

The Business News Headlines 20 February 2020

It was a wild day on Wall Street as traders decided to take some profits.  Welcome to the Thursday Edition of the Business News Headlines.  Today:

  • Pizza is good so is the marketing and innovation;
  • General Mills and the $13 box of cereal;
  • Morgan Stanley is in a buying mode;
  • Nissan has a deal for you...sort of;
  • Mayor Pete and the American Dream;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Lingerie isn't what it used to be.

Those stories PLUS a conversation about the skills required to be a top sales person.  My guest is  Kyle Hopkins a Tero International Trainer who says the world of sales has transformed from product knowledge to having the ability to communicate and respond to a customers real needs.  You can listen here. 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 18 February 2020

Investors are back on Wall Street following the Presidents Day Holiday and, well, things didn't go so well. Here are the business news headlines we've got for you today and on YOUR time:

  • We get the message...we're dependent on China;
  • Workers in China ain't working;
  • Not Pot but CBD joints are doing well;
  • Automakers turning their backs on these buyers;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • The bank says it will cut 35,000 jobs.

Those stories plus Tom Vander Well the President/CEO of Intelligentics joins me to talk about how companies often fail at their customer service and that failure cuts into sales and profits. He says that when a company asks  the right questions things get turned around.  From marketing to operations to accounting consumers are demanding they be heard and when they blossoms. You can hear that conversation here. 

Thanks for listening!

The Business News Headlines 14 February 2020

Welcome to the Valentines Day Edition of the Business News Hour. Today we're showing some love to these stories:

  • Consumer Data....stalls and that's not good;
  • The low-tech way this scam works;
  • Delta Airlines says they will be carbon neutral by...March;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • The China trade numbers are in and ouch!
  • Save some love today for dating apps.

Those stories plus our Friday look at Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week. With me to riff on everything from sports to arts and entertainment is Jeff Pitts the managing editor of Cityview Magazine. Here is that...ONLY FUN...conversation. 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 11 February 2020

What goes up must come down and that's what happened today on Wall Street as investors still don't know what to make about the coronavirus. In the business news today:

  • Surging household debt and the economy;
  • Farmers vs. Trucking;
  • Pot may not be the "cash cow";
  • The Sprint/T-Mobile Deal;
  • What media tops consumers might surprise you.

Those stories PLUS a two-part interview with Cal Woods who is seeking the nomination to run for the U.S. Senate to represent the State of Iowa.

Here is Part One with Cal Woods

Here is Part Two with Cal.

Thanks for listening! 

Cal Woods for U.S. Senate - Iowa - Part One

In this opening segment you'll meet candidate Cal Woods and learn about his decision to run for the United States Senate. We'll talk about his time as a newscaster and now an entrepreneur. His travels and what he wants to accomplish for all of Iowa. You can learn more about Cal by going to his website

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The Business News Headlines 22 January 2020

It's been a day of impeachment hearings and concerns over a new virus imported from China. In fact, China figures in several of our stories today:

  • Not going to give up plastic says Coca-Cola;
  • Yet another retail chain closing stores;
  • Did the FAA do a "sweetheart" deal for Southwest;
  • The fallout from two years of a trade war coming home to roost;
  • Vaccine stocks were up...think China;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Worst City - Best City to grow up in the U.S. and why.

Those stories plus a riveting conversation about cannabis production in the United States. You'll meet John Haas from Phoenix, Arizona who tells me it's worse than the wild west when it comes to nearly everything concerning the growing of cannabis...and he's a grower.  You can catch that here.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 21 January 2020

It wasn't poor earnings and it wasn't the Impeachment Trial but a virus that turned the markets south. It's the business news headlines for Tuesday the 21st of January...thanks for being here:

  • China strikes again only this time with a disease;
  • Boeing stops production of the 737 Max;
  • Rural hospitals are in trouble and why;
  • A Target shopper tries to shame a clerk but it all backfires;
  • A burger chain files for Chapter 11 protection;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Want to live the "American Dream"? Head to Canada.

Those stories and a return visit from attorney George Isaacson who was with us by phone several months ago. I caught up with him in Maricopa Arizona during a speaking engagement to the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association on the impact of sales tax collection by states, counties, cities and others and what that is doing to online retailers and what should be done about the issue.  I think you'll also find the history behind the Constitution very interesting. Listen here.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 20 January 2020

Back from an assignment in Arizona it's the Monday Edition of the Business News Headlines. While it was warmer there it still wasn't home.  In the news today:

  • Harry and Meghan to follow Barack and Michelle;
  • Bad news from global auto sales;
  • Boeing is looking for cash;
  • Delta had a good year so they are sharing;
  • Buying votes in farm country;
  • U.S. markets closed but a quick look at global stocks;
  • Tony Romo about to get a big paycheck.

Those stories plus Laura Kinnard from Drake University and is in to chat it up about business events happening in the Greater Des Moines Metro.  Listen up right here. 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 14 January 2020

It was nice while it lasted...think conflicting signals when it comes to China and Trade. It's the Tuesday Edition of the Business News Headlines. Today:

  • Trump Trade Tariffs to stay in place;
  • Wages & Restaurant Workers;
  • Shake Shack gets inventive;
  • It once was the world's largest airplane maker;
  • Amazon and FedEx make nice;
  • The Market Report from Wall Street;
  • Work for Food? But, does

Those stories plus we get hyper-local with a fun couple Angela Carter from Skin - Body - Soul and Beau Fodor from Panache who are teaming up with their friends from Williams-Sonoma at the Jordan Creek Town Center. Listen as they chat about their business and a special event happening just in time for Valentine's Day. Also, if you pre-register for the event by calling Williams-Sonoma at 515-225-6613 we understand the first 25 people will receive a free VIP Bag. How neat is that?  Ready? Go right here to listen. 

Thanks for coming by! 

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