In the guest chair: 

Mike Chaffin & Dana Barrett

Mike Chaffin & Dana Barrett

Mike Chaffin, Senior Vice President, Regional Business Banking Manager at Fifth Third Bank joined Dana live in studio to talk small business and ways to protect yourself against fraud.

Bestselling Author, Jon Acuff also called into the show to discuss his book, Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck.

For details on Buckhead Restaurant Week, happening April 18-26, visit

Fifth Third Bank is a super regional bank with offices in 13 states including 32 offices in Georgia, primarily in the metro Atlanta area. Fifth Third is a full service bank offering services in retail, commercial, wealth management and investment banking.

In the headlines:

  • Sharecare, a comprehensive online health and wellness engagement platform, and Amwell, the leading telehealth service, are teaming up with The Dr. Oz Show to provide 5,000 people with a free doctor’s appointment the high tech way. Powered by the companies’ award-winning apps, AskMD and Amwell, the collaboration provides consumers with powerful decision-support to find out what might be bothering them and, in minutes, connects them with a doctor via live video chat directly from their smartphone or computer.
  • Delta slams the new U.S. DOT ruling as ‘draconian,’ ‘extreme,’ ‘impermissible,’ ‘arbitrary and capricious,’ and ‘plainly unlawful.’ The ruling is about what Delta has to do to retain one of the four permissible slots between the US and Japan. It’s a complicated story, but essentially Delta was literally doing the minimum legally required to keep the route. But that meant that the route was underserved and American Airlines (who wanted the route) couldn’t have it. American Airlines complained, and the DOT said hmmm… “well we’re not going to give you the route American BUT if you want to keep it Delta, you have to provide a daily flight from Seattle to Japan EVERY day – 365 days year.” Delta feels that ruling goes way too far and are appealing.
  • Benton Travel Group Inc. owner, Oscar Lee Benton will spend up to 10 days in jail and pay a $360,000 fine for scamming customers and failing to refund the money he had been ordered to repay. Some of which was owed to a Girl Scout Troop who he left stranded outside of Disney World. What is wrong with people?
  • McKenna, Long & Aldridge is merging with Dentons to form the world’s largest law firm. Internationally, the new combined firm will have 6,600 legal professionals. The next largest global firm is Baker McKenzie with 4,245 professionals. Size is not everything, but the firm’s leaders say it’s not just about the number, it’s about the broad expertise they can bring to their clients.
  • In a lawsuit filed April 6 in federal court in Atlanta, Beecher Carlson claims its now former employees, Michael Stern and Mark Ouimette, while still employed by Beecher Carlson, co-founded a new boutique insurance brokerage last August called, Stern Risk Partners LLC with the aim of competing directly with Beecher Carlson, breaching employment agreements with the company.
  • The Wall Street Journal isn’t loving the new Apple MacBook. They say it is insanely pretty (Dana’s words, not theirs) but they also say the one port thing might be great down the road, but is not so handy right now… and the battery life is pretty bad.

Other stuff:

Can we really get more done with less? Join The Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club as we discuss ZILCH: THE POWER OF ZERO IN BUSINESS by Nancy Lublin on Monday, April 20th at South City Kitchen in Vinings! Get all the details and sign up to attend here:

Help us #NameThePenguin! Send in your suggestions via Twitter @DanaHBarrett and @biz1190. We’ll announce the winning name on April 25 for World Penguin Day. Want to know the story? Listen here:

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