In the guest chair:

Cliff Oxford and Dana Barrett

Cliff Oxford and Dana Barrett

Founder and CEO of the Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs, Cliff Oxford joined Dana live in studio to discuss resources for companies in growth mode. CEO of Ride, Ann Fandozzi also called in to share how to save money, gas and time while commuting.

The Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs is Atlanta’s premiere educational and leadership platform for business leaders who believe education and commerce are core strategies that help build great brands, set market standards and to own and dominate as a category leader. Combining education, innovation, and networking, The Oxford Center connects leaders to leaders to increase their revenues and elevate their business profiles.

Ride is a new technology and transportation company with a mission to reinvent the commute. Ride offers major corporations and institutions an easy, hassle-free alternative to assist employees in getting to the office. Ride enters the market with 30-years of experience in commuting solutions through its vRide commuter vanpool origins, which in the last twelve months alone has provided 30 million passenger rides. Ride’s platform is set to cut costs, increase productivity and reduce emissions around the daily commute.

In the headlines:

  • The General Motors ignition switch cover up may have an Atlanta connection.  The law firm representing GM during the time of the cover up was Atlanta’s own King & Spalding – and the attorney leading the litigation against GM  has charged that the firm participated in the cover up.
  • NCR is moving…. somewhere.  From Gwinnett County to two locations, in fact, one in Midtown and one in Alpharetta… alas it is unclear which will be their official HQ.
  • Topgolf Midtown is getting close to opening… so close that they’re ready to start hiring.  They’re looking for 450 people for all kinds of positions.  Interested?  Go to for more details.
  • Facebook is testing a new customer service option for their business page customers… it’s an auto reply option for customer service queries.  Great – just what we all need, another scripted-non-personal way to interact with customer-no-service (as Clark Howard calls it).

Other stuff:

  • The Association for Corporate Growth has an interesting breakfast meeting coming up this Wednesday June 23rd.  It’s at 7AM at Maggiano’s in Buckhead and the topic is CREATING A BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT FOR DRIVING MIDDLE-MARKET GROWTH.  Speakers at the breakfast will be:
    • JB Dollison, Managing Director, Crutchfield Capital Corporation, Houston
    • Tom Stewart, Executive Director, National Center for the Middle Market, and
    • Bill Wade, CEO,
      (For more info – go to and click on events.)
  • And Wendy Wax, who’s been a guest on the show has a new book out this week called A WEEK AT THE LAKE.  The launch party for the new book is tonight at 8PM at Vino Venue in Dunwoody.  Tickets are $25 but you get a first edition copy of the book AND a $10 wine card!  For more details go to

Join us on July 13th for the next Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club! Our July selection is The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer. If you’ve been meaning to read this, now’s your chance! Or, if you’ve read it before, time to refresh! We will meet at South City Kitchen Vinings. Get all the details and sign up to attend here:

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