In the guest chair:

It was an exciting morning on The Dana Barrett Show, as she hosted three extremely successful and talented guests. Brian Dally, CEO of GROUNDFLOOR stopped by to reveal some big and exciting news about the company. GROUNDFLOOR is the first micro-lending community for real estate, and a regular sponsor on the show.

David-Michael Davies, Executive Director for The Webby Awards phoned in to give the scoop on the event. At The Webby Awards, David- Michael has built a remarkable team that shares his passion. Together, they oversee the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS), a global membership network of more than 1,000 Internet experts who sift through cat photos, political blogs, robot videos, celebrity tweets and more to uncover the most innovative work on the Internet.

Jen MacQueen, Julian Peterson & Dana Barrett

Jen MacQueen, Julian Peterson & Dana Barrett

Julian Peterson, former NFL linebacker turned Jamba Juice Franchise owner discussed how he made the decision to transition and offered some advice for other athletes trying to do the same. Founded in 1990, Jamba, Inc. is a leading restaurant retailer of better-for-you, specialty beverage and food offerings, which include great tasting, whole fruit smoothies, fresh squeezed juices and juice blends, hot teas, and a variety of food items.

Actress and choreographer, Jen MacQueen was in to dish on the holiday show at The Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville. Aurora Theatre houses two performance spaces, boasts 4,600 season ticket holders, produces over 600 events annually and entertains 70,000 visitors. Currently in their 20th Season, Aurora Theatre has become the largest arts organization in Gwinnett County and the fastest growing professional theatre in the state of Georgia.

Jamie Blanke, National Event Director for Matzoball phoned in to give the details of the event and how you can join the party. Matzoball is the nations leading Jewish single’s event and will also be kicking off its 29th year of MatzoBall events this Christmas Eve with parties in 14 U.S. cities.

In the national headlines:

  • Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) said Thursday it will not allow hoverboards on its aircraft due to safety concerns starting Dec. 11.
  • Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Marissa Mayer gave birth to identical twin girls early Thursday morning, according to her Twitter account. In September, Ms. Mayer said via her blog that she planned to take limited time away and work throughout her pregnancy, similar to the approach she took when her son was born three years ago.
  • Netflix is taking a huge step forward for the working parents it employs. The California-based tech company announced in August that it would give its salaried employees up to 12 months of paid parental leave to take at their own discretion. The Huffington Post reported at the time that the announcement left out the employees who work on the DVD side of the business, most of whom are hourly employees. Now the company is reversing its decision but the updated policy is still weird.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill shares rose Thursday after co-Chief Executive and founder Steve Ells apologized on national television for the company’s food-safety crises, saying it will become the “safest place to eat.” Mr. Ells appeared Thursday on NBC’s “Today” show and said he was sorry for the people who have gotten sick after eating at Chipotle. He also detailed how the company was inspecting its food-safety procedures.
  •  More free stuff!! Verizon will begin testing toll-free data, in which third-party companies will pick up the tab for your data usage when you download content from their apps, websites and services. That’s just like when you dial an 800 number — the company you’re dialing pays for the call, not you.

In the local headlines:

  • Securing transit funding will be a top priority for the Metro Atlanta Chamber during the General Assembly session that begins next month, 2015 chamber Chairman Larry Gellerstedt said Thursday. Gellerstedt said polling the chamber has conducted shows voters are more inclined to support additional taxes for transit than for roads.  He said he and chamber President and CEO Hala Moddelmog met last week with executives from two major companies that moved their headquarters to Atlanta during the past year, “Their No.-1 [message] was, ‘We love Atlanta. You’ve got to do something about traffic, and it’s transit.’ ”
  • Automotive startup Faraday Future has passed up Georgia for Nevada to put a $1 billion manufacturing plant that will create 4,500 jobs. Whatevs to them.
  • One of the country’s largest fireworks chains is lighting the fuse of an expansion into Georgia. Fireworks Supermarkets of Springfield, Mo., is planning a store at 1545 Lawrenceville Highway in Lawrenceville, Ga., at the intersection with Sugarloaf Parkway, according to plans filed with Gwinnett County.
  • GROUNDFLOOR has secured a $5 Million Series A Financing to Expand their Public Real Estate Lending Marketplace Nationwide.

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