In the guest chair:

Dr. Gez Agolli and Dana Barrett

Dr. Gez Agolli and Dana Barrett

Managing Director at Progressive Medical Center and regular contributor, Dr. Gez Agolli joined Dana during the first hour for an update on the sugary drinks case and new innovations in the healthcare field. Jennifer Sherer, Vice President, Innovation & Entrepreneurship of the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Bradley Jensen, Principal Partner Business Evangelist at Microsoft Corporation were in studio for the second hour to give us an update on today’s SwitchPitch event.

With locations in Georgia and Texas, Progressive Medical Centers combine both conventional and holistic forms of medicine to treat the root cause of their patients’ health issues, ranging from autism to headaches.

Jennifer Sherer, Bradley Jensen, Dana Barrett

Jennifer Sherer, Bradley Jensen, Dana Barrett

From recruiting businesses to tackling policy issues, Metro Atlanta Chamber’s efforts in metro Atlanta are designed to promote prosperity and growth for you and your business.

Microsoft is a hardware and software technology company.

In the headlines:

  • Kabbage – one of our fabulous sponsors – has just announced a venture capital round of $135 million which puts the company’s valuation at $1 billion dollars. They’ll be joining Dana tomorrow to talk about it in more detail!
  • The Atlanta Braves announced the first round of all-star restaurants at the new stadium, and the name for the massive, mixed-use development that will surround SunTrust Park – The Battery Atlanta. The restaurants are: a new steakhouse from Chef Linton Hopkins, Superica from Chef Ford Fry, Antico Pizza Napoletana, CRÚ Food & Wine Bar, and a brewpub called The Tomahawk Tap Room featuring Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q.
  • Souper Jenny will move its flagship restaurant on East Andrews Drive in Buckhead to the Atlanta History Center in April, according to owner, Jenny Levison’s Facebook page. She says the new restaurant will be a cross between ‘Anthropologie’ and the ‘Friends’ TV show coffee shop.” Interesting play by the History Center – and the best news for consumers – lots of free parking and more seating.
  • OK Cafe in Buckhead has reopened following a fire in December that damaged the popular site.
  • And Here to Serve Restaurants are not likely to reopen – but Leigh Catherall has said that all employees have been paid. The lawsuit filed by 75 former employees of the company will likely move forward based on the fact that they were not given the required 60 days prior notice of the closing. Who knew that was a rule?
  • Big news in the tech community here in town…Georgia Tech’s commercialization boss, Stephen Fleming who was heading up their accelerator ATDC, will leave the university at the end of the year after more than a decade.
  • Wal-Mart Stores Inc. surprised investors by predicting a sharp drop in earnings next year, citing in large part its pledge to raise wages for most U.S. workers and efforts to lift online sales.

Other stuff:

Join us Monday, October 19th for the next meeting of Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club! We’re learning about the history of the digital revolution in this month’s selection: THE INNOVATORS by Walter Isaacson. We will meet at American Food and Beverage in Buckhead. Get all the details and sign up to attend here:

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