AJ Robinson and Dana Barrett

AJ Robinson and Dana Barrett

The first ever Dana Barrett Show aired this morning LIVE on biz1190 in Atlanta and on biz1190.com!

I’m calling this my “Jimmy Fallon” week as I move into a new and better time slot just like Jimmy did.  So if I’m making that comparison, then that makes my two guests, AJ Robinson, President of Central Atlanta Progress and the Downtown Improvement District and Leslie Kuban, Franchise Consultant with Frannet my versions of Will Smith and Katy Perry.

AJ was kind of enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to talk about Downtown’s Big Year!  We talked in depth about the plans to convert the historic Flatiron building downtown into a start-up incubator and of course we also talked about Downtown’s “big 3”; the streetcar, the College Football Hall of Fame, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.   AJ also talked about Daffodil Project at Woodruff Park and the event this Wednesday to celebrate it and next week’s Annual Meeting.  The annual meeting is March 19th and tickets are still available.

Leslie Kuban, Franchise Consultant with Frannet joined me on the phone in the second half of the show to talk about what kind of franchises people can get into and how you can really build an empire as a Master Franchisee.  Leslie shared news about an event this Wednesday March 12th for those interested in learning more about Master Franchising.

With all the changes happening in our city, and the conversation about moving from corporate life to business ownership, I moved on to some chat about the idea of reinvention in your work life.  For me, there is nothing better than loving what you do.  In fact loving it so much that if you won the lottery, you’d keep doing it.  And if that means you need to make a change, then I say make it.  With that in mind, and knowing that I want to include a regular segment on reinvention, I’m asking for help in naming that segment.  You can post ideas here as a comment, or tweet me @DanaHBarrett and use the hashtag #DBShow.

And since I am still me, and like to complain about things from time to time, I aired my frustration with HR departments and hiring managers who look at career and job transitions and resume gaps as negatives when they could really be seen as just the opposite.

Tomorrow on the show: KP Reddy, General Manager at Georgia Tech’s incubator, ATDC and Kashi Sehgal, CEO of Gigabark and Executive Director of Digital Atlanta.