In the guest chair: 

Jay Bailey & Dana Barrett

Jay Bailey & Dana Barrett

Jay Bailey, CEO for the Southeast Region of Operation HOPE joined Dana on air this morning to talk financial dignity and how to recover from a financial disaster. Jay also shared about the organization’s recent HOPE Global Forum 2015.

Operation HOPE serves as a nonprofit private banker, helping the underserved, youth and community gain financial dignity and stability.

In the headlines:

  • Germany’s RIB software is relocating it’s North American Headquarters to Tech Square in Midtown.
  • Atlanta start-up, Roadie has raised $10 million from UPS and several other investors to disrupt the shipping business.
  • Mayor Reed said some interesting things last week during a speech to the Atlanta Press Club. 1) He’s not thinking of running for a higher political office when his second term as Mayor ends in 2018. And 2) Atlanta is the dominant economy in the Southeast.
  • Richmond, VA based MWV and Atlanta-based, Rock-Tenn announced merger plans last week that will create a huge packaging company. Alas, the main headquarters will remain in Richmond with satellite offices here in Norcross.
  • Jay-Z is getting into the streaming music business giving Dr. Dre and 50 Cent some competition for the “most successful rapper-turned-music-entrepreneur” title.
  • Zappos’ CEO, Tony Hsieh is trying out an Uber-like “surge” concept for the scheduling of his customer service call centers. It’s just a trial right now, but it’s an interesting disruption.

Other stuff:

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