In the guest chair: 

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Jim Swartz & Dana Barrett

Polsinelli’s Jim Swartz joined Dana live to discuss the pros and cons of hiring employees versus independent contractors.

Polsinelli is a national law firm with over 740 attorneys located in 19 offices including a growing Atlanta location.

Plus, Adam Gajdharsingh of joined the show for our weekly Work Hard/Play Hard segment, highlighting weekend events in Atlanta.

This week, Adam gave us Valentine’s gift ideas: My Bloody Valentine (Murder Mystery event) and King of Pops‘ special gift box.

In the headlines: 

  • Health insurer, Anthem is the latest company to join the “league of extraordinarily hackable” — In this case, data for 80 million customers and employees has been compromised, including social security numbers.
  • Speaking of recent hacks, one of Sony’s top dogs, Amy Pascal has stepped down from her post as Co-Chair of Sony Pictures just a few months after their recent hack in which some very unfortunate emails she wrote were leaked. (Some racially inappropriate remarks about the President and some Angelina Jolie slurs were among the most salacious).
  • The FCC is getting behind the White House proposal to regulate internet providers the same way utilities are regulated. This would force ISPs to treat all Internet traffic equally and would not allow them to charge more for fast lanes. It’s not the way the GOP wants it, but many in the tech and business community are in favor of this.
  • Rent-to-own retailer, Aaron’s is putting their Buckhead office building on the market. It’s right next to the new Buckhead Atlanta development (which Dana says needs a new name!) and their hoping to get a pretty penny for it.
  • The proposal for a major mixed-use development near GA-400 and Holcomb Bridge in Roswell has gotten a little more real. Duke Land Group, the company behind the proposal has released renderings of what the site would look like if they have their way. It’s not approved by the City of Roswell yet, so we’re still a long way from breaking ground.

Other stuff:

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:

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