In the guest chair:

This morning on The Dana Barrett Show, Dana had the pleasure of hosting two very successful Atlanta Businessmen. Brandon Smith, The Workplace Therapist, and a regular contributor to the show, was in for his monthly visit to discuss workplace happiness. Brandon Smith is a leading expert in management communication and “curer” of workplace dysfunction. When he is not out fighting workplace dysfunction, Brandon teaches at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School on topics related to leadership and management communication where he has won numerous teaching awards for his work in the classroom.

Scott Graham & Dana Barrett

Scott Graham & Dana Barrett

Scott Graham, CEO of Mimmer, was in studio to explain his app and how it’s changing the way millennials get involved. Mimmer is a community platform for political cause organization and fundraising. Mimmer connects the people and the causes they are passionate about with the communities, candidates, and organizations actively trying to progress them — Removing the barriers to change in Washington by empowering the masses.

In the national headlines:

  • Shake Shack’s First Ever Chicken Sandwich debuts today!  Bird’s the word. The Chick’n Shack will be available at all US Shake Shack locations for a mere $6.29.  The Chick’n Shack is a crispy 100% all-natural and antibiotic-free chicken breast with lettuce, pickles and buttermilk herb mayo. This new menu item made its first appearance at the Brooklyn Shacks last summer.
  • Tuesday, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced that he is starting a new $100 million philanthropic fund that will focus on education.  The Hastings Fund will operate through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to provide students with access to better schools.
  • Al Jazeera America is shutting down its American news channel by April 30th for economic reasons.  When the channel launched, oil was at $100/barrel and the network said they didn’t need to make money as they were backed by the oil-and-gas-rich government of Qatar.  Now with oil prices closer to $30 a barrel apparently the whole being in business without a profit isn’t working so well.
  • While we’re on the struggle bus to losing money town, let’s talk GoPro.  The company announced plans Wednesday to cut 7% of its workforce and said sales in the holiday quarter fell a worse-than-expected 31% from a year ago amid increased competition for the maker of wearable cameras.  Dana feels bad for them but she thinks it is just another example of a business that has a market and maybe just shouldn’t have gone public.  Too much pressure for growth – not enough focus on the core.

In the local headlines:

  • Delta Air Lines is planning to modernize 85 gate areas and their adjacent concourse corridors at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  The renovations will take place in the T, A, B and C concourses and will include new sloped ceilings, new lighting, new seating, new carpet and new gate podiums.  Get ready to be tempted into more eating, drinking and spending as the Business Chronicle reports that airport gates”are increasingly being designed to be integrated with food court seating and to maximize revenue generation”.
  • While we’re talking airport, have you noticed how much more awesome the restaurant options are there?  Well they may get awesomer with a new burger place.  Lots of companies are bidding to replace Krystal and Checkers with more upscale options and if Shake Shack has their way – they’ll be the ones taking the spot.
  • Moving to an update on the potential bridge over 285 from the Cobb Galleria to the new Braves Stadium, SunTrust Park…Cobb officials now have a price for the endeavor and it is close to $10 million [not including the cost of land acquisition, which has not yet been determined].  Where’s the money coming from… not from the Braves… or not most of it anyway, $5 million will come from the Cumberland Community Improvement District and $4.5 million from a Federal Transit Authority grant… only the remaining $380,000 will come from the Atlanta Braves.
  • While we’re talking Cobb County….Kroger lost it’s planned spot at Cumberland Mall.  The grocery store was planning to take the top floor of the Sears location there and capitalize on the new stadium traffic.  Alas – the deal has fallen through.  Not good for Kroger, but Dana does think maybe better for the mall.
  • General Electric has finally announced the location of their new headquarters.  The company, which had considered moving to Atlanta, has now decided on Boston.  They’ll start moving this summer and expect to have everything completely moved to the new location by 2018.

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