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China: Trade wars will harm global economy

China is warning that a trade war with the United States would be a global economic disaster, Reuters reported. Commerce Minister Zhong Shan on Sunday warned that the metals tariffs planned by President Donald Trump — …

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March 20: State of the City Luncheon

Host: FuseDSM, the Des Moines West Side Chamber and the Downtown Chamber of Commerce. 
About: Join us for a special luncheon featuring Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie and City Manager Scott Sanders as they highlight …

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Iowa employment rate holds 2.9 percent

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.9 percent in January, matching the revised rate for December. The state’s jobless rate was 3.4 percent a year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent in January. …

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Recommended reads to start your week

Here’s what my early Monday reading turned up that may be of interest to you:

— A peek at a bill that may matter to anyone who is hiring college grads or who cares about …

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What’s happening with trade — and how does Iowa fit in?

There’s been a lot of talk of tariffs and trade in national and local headlines in the last week or so. The March 9 Business Record (Insider) tackles the very topic with Managing Editor Perry Beeman talking …

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Ankeny lops $1 per $1,000 from property tax rate

Ankeny property owners will pay 90 cents less per $1,000 of taxable valuation under a $133 million budget approved this week by the City Council. The property tax rate will drop to $10.75 per $1,000 …

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Loan repayment awards help 7 Iowa dentists practice rurally, less indebtedly

Seven Iowa dentists are the latest recipients of up to $100,000 educational loan repayment awards from the Fulfilling Iowa’s Need for Dentists (FIND) project, a collaborative public-private partnership. The program engages dentists to establish a …

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SBA backs $2.4 million in Central Iowa loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration backed $2.4 million in private loans for Central Iowa businesses in February, down from $2.96 million the month before.

The businesses that took out loans backed in February promised to …

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Iowa leaders stress need to pay attention to global trade talks

Greater Des Moines business interests are working hard to retain and expand import markets, especially when chief trade agreements are in danger of elimination or massive overhauls. 

The Iowa Economic Development Authority, Gov. Kim Reynolds, …

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Iowa’s Business Conditions Index rose in February

Creighton University’s Business Conditions Index for Iowa in February rose to a “very healthy” 59.4 from the 58 the month before. Anything above 50 indicates growth. The monthly survey of supply managers found new orders at …

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