In the guest chair:
Pete Canalichio, President of Licensing Brands, Inc. and Jim Beach, Author and Founder of School for Startups joined Dana in the biz 1190 studio for a discussion on brand licensing power and why entrepreneurship is not about creativity or passion.
Licensing Brands, Inc. is dedicated to helping brand owners and manufacturers harness the power of brand extensions through licensing.
School for Startups serves as a personal entrepreneurial mentor, teaching the skills needed to create and grow your business.
In the headlines:
- Staples has agreed to purchase Office Depot in a deal worth $6.3 billion in stock and cash. Isn’t that kinda like Blockbuster buying RadioShack? Or an 8-track tape company buying a cassette tape company? Dana says its a waste of money.
- Atlanta’s management consulting and IT services firm, Intellinet has acquired Connecticut-based, Innovative Computer Systems Inc. (ICS) for an undisclosed amount. This gives Intellinet both product expansion and geographic expansion into Connecticut and Massachusetts.
- In addition to the new business incubator for women in downtown Atlanta, Mayor Reed will also introduce legislation into the Atlanta City Council next week to guarantee equal pay for the city’s female employees. Go Mayor!
- And more dirty football (this time maybe right here in Atlanta). Arthur Blank has admitted that the Falcon’s have pumped fake crowd noise into the stadium for the last two years. If it was deliberately done when the opposing team was in a huddle, that would be called cheating.
- The Georgia State Supreme Court is set to hear the case against the Cobb County Commission brought by three taxpayers who say the Commission violated Georgia’s Constitution when it authorized up to $397 million in bonds to finance a $672 million stadium for the Atlanta Braves. They argue that there should have been a voter referendum according to Georgia law.
Turn your passion into profit and learn the Starbucks standards to producing excellent products and keeping employees satisfied. Join The Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club for a discussion of POUR YOUR HEART INTO IT: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time by Howard Schultz on Monday, February 9th at South City Kitchen in Vinings! Get all the details and sign up to attend here: http://www.meetup.com/DBShow/.
For other events and appearances, check out Dana’s event calendar: http://danabarrett.com/events/.