In the guest chair: 

Julie Dewald, Dana Barrett & Kevin Center

Julie Dewald, Dana Barrett & Kevin Center

Julie Dewald, Retail Market Manager with Room & Board and Kevin Center, Atlanta Area Developer for PostNet joined Dana to talk about their Atlanta locations and digital vs print marketing.

Plus, Alex Horwitz, Vice President of Public Relations with Comcast’s Big South Region called into the show live to announce their new 2Gbps (gigabits-per-second) internet service, rolling out in Atlanta next month.

Room & Board focuses on the idea that good design should be beautiful, affordable and long-lasting. They work closely with American artisans to offer furniture and accessories—even custom pieces—that fit the needs of modern life.

PostNet provides creative design and marketing support and full-service printing and shipping services for small businesses and busy consumers at more than 700 locations worldwide.

In the headlines:

  • McDonald’s is not only considering serving Egg McMuffin’s after 10:30AM (as we mentioned yesterday), but they are now also planning to pay their employees more money. Yup… the fast food giant has announced plans to pay at least $1 an hour more than the local minimum wage for employees at the roughly 1,500 restaurants it owns in the U.S. Alas, this is only for the corporate owned stores and 90% of the McDonalds stores out there are franchises (not corporate owned).
  • In big Atlanta tech news, SalesLoft, regular visitors to The Dana Barrett Show have raised $10 million in venture capital and now have a valuation of around $40 million. Congrats to Kyle Porter and the whole team over there at SalesLoft.
  • More details are emerging on the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize Summit scheduled for November of this year. Last week, we told you that the Mayor had pulled the city’s support for the event, saying that there were issues that the two sides could not come to an agreement on. Now the Mayor has been more clear about what he will need to come back to the table and that is for the current organizer, Mohammad Bhuiyan to step away. “The takeaway” he says, “is that (he’s) willing. But there is no path forward with Dr. Bhuiyan as the leader of the effort.”
  • A bill focused on MARTA has passed the Georgia Senate. It has to go back to the house, but if it passes, MARTA would gain more spending flexibility and could end up with more taxing leeway.
  • It’s almost tax day. Just 13 more days until the dreaded April 15th… but April 15th marks another day here in Georgia and that is Tax Freedom Day. What that means is that on average in Georgia, everything we make from January 1st to April 15th goes to the government. This is based on a report published by a DC based group called Tax Foundation. Not fun when you think about it in those terms!

Other stuff:

Can we really get more done with less? Join The Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club as we discuss ZILCH: THE POWER OF ZERO IN BUSINESS by Nancy Lublin on Monday, April 20th at South City Kitchen in Vinings! Get all the details and sign up to attend here:

Help us #NameThePenguin! Send in your suggestions via Twitter @DanaHBarrett and @biz1190. We’ll announce the winning name on April 25 for World Penguin Day. Want to know the story? Listen here:

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