Melissa Gordon & Eric V. Holtzclaw

Melissa Gordon & Eric V. Holtzclaw

In the guest chair:

Serial entrepreneur and Inc. columnist, Eric V. Holtzclaw served as guest host on the show this morning along with EchelonCommunicate President, Melissa Gordon. 

EchelonCommunicate is the Leader’s communication company, helping organizations grow individuals, build tight teams, and drive alignment and a winning culture through powerful communication.

  In the headlines:

  • Atlanta Braves Hall of Famer Hank Aaron and his wife, Billye Aaron gave a substantial gift to the Morehouse School of Medicine. The $3 million dollar donation will be used to expand the Hugh Gloster Medical Education building and create the Billye Suber Aaron Student Pavilion. Work will begin in January 2016 and will be the first part of a four-part expansion on its campus with the student pavilion planned for completion in 2017. 

  • Atlanta-based UPS launched its first range-extended electric delivery vehicle for initial trials in the U.K. for a 12-month period. The vehicle has technology that allows the vehicles to go further to serve routes that would otherwise be beyond the capability of a standard electric vehicle. A diesel engine performs as a generator that recharges batteries if they run out on the road, which increases the range of the vehicle.

  • More than 80 percent of construction companies are having a hard time finding qualified workers, according to a survey of 1,386 companies by Associated General Contractors of America.

  • The Home Depot mobilized an “army of associate volunteers” to kick off a two-month-long tour to improve the safety and accessibility of the homes of more than 100 military veterans. The fifth-annual “Celebration of Service” will focus on senior veterans who need modifications to their homes to safely age in place and veterans with service-connected disabilities. The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer reported a team of 1,000 volunteers participating in 30 cities, to include Atlanta.

  • Girl Scouts are raising the price of their cookies — to $5 a box. A customer survey found that Girl Scout cookie fans aren’t concerned much about price. The price hike means local councils get a bit more of the take.

  • Keurig has revealed it’s line of Campbell’s Soups K-Cups. The brewed soup can be made in all of Keurig’s brewers that use K-Cup pods and will be available in two varieties both with noodle soup mixes: Homestyle chicken broth and Southwest-style chicken broth.

Other stuff:

Join us Monday, September 21st for the next Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club! Get ready to use the power of relationships to connect and help your colleagues, friends, and associates and increase you personal success so that everyone wins! This month’s selection is NEVER EAT ALONE: and other secrets to success, one relationship at a time by Keith Ferrazzi. We will meet at American Food and Beverage in Buckhead. Get all the details and sign up to attend here:

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