It's a brand new week and that means the Metro Monday Edition of Insight on Business. Our guest today is Renda Lutz who's in talking about the Des Moines Metro Twestival. Here is the show from today. The Video starts at 22 seconds. It's all from www.WebcastOneLIVE.com. More on Renda, the project and the links under the video.
We're lovin' this! Dwolla, last week, announced Dwolla Spots for your smart phone. Here's how it works: We're pretty much used to those "locator pins" on our mobile devices right? Now, when you are in a place that accepts Dwolla you simply click on the pin and your bill is paid from your Dwolla account. Over 750 locations now accept this form of payment that costs the business $.25 per transaction...not the two to four percent from credit card companies. And...yes, it's secure. Learn more about this Des Moines based idea and how it all works: Here is the full story from our friends at TNW! Rock on Ben!
Not content to be known as the "Best Chef" in Des Moines...our friend George Formaro loves to get edgy and is doing that with Zombie Burger & Drink Lab. It's a way to blend his interest in horror movies with something fun and creative. If you know George...that's how he rolls. The new restaurant will join the family of Centro, Django and Gateway Market...but here you can get something to eat until 4am! PROOF ladies and gentlemen that Des Moines doesn't roll up the streets at 8:00PM! Here is the full story from our friends at the Des Moines Register. You can get your "Zombie On" in the E300 Building in the East Village - 300 East Fourth Street and Grand Avenue...very soon.
Notice a bunch of interesting restaurants opening recently?
The nation's biggest banks plan to raise dividends according to this story by our friends at the Business Record. We think it's interesting to note that, in this new political climate, the billions that went to the banks was a good thing, but allowing teachers and the folks who pick up your garbage to be able to negotiate wages and benefits is a bad thing. Last time I looked there were more teachers and garbage workers than members of the Board of Directors of Wells Fargo...something seem odd? - OK...no politics...
I'll give you the back-story on this...I heard from my friend Kraig Paulsen the Majority Leader of the Iowa House of Representatives. He gave me a terse three word answer to my direct question. I'll share.
Iowa State University an "Animal Care Monopoly"?
Whoa... I missed this. On Sunday I visited with my friend who is part of a new emergency animal clinic in Des Moines that Iowa State University is trying to shut down. Iowa State says the doctors breached their non-compete and the doctors say Iowa State is attempting to create an animal care monopoly. I know some of the doctors...and I know the big business that is at Iowa State. This will be interesting to watch. Here is the article from the Des Moines Register from this past Friday.
Twistival & Renda Lutz
Our guest rolls in just ahead of Twestival - Des Moines the March 24th fund raising effort going on...nearly everywhere. Here in Des Moines the event is raising funds for the Eveyln Davis Early Learning Academy. In to talk about the local angle is our good friend Renda Lutz. Renda is THE net-worker here in the Metro. We'll talk about Twestival - Des Moines the value of networking for business and personal reasons and what and where she thinks are the best networking spots for business. That's today with Renda Lutz and her insight on Business.
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