In the guest chair:

Toni Bostick, Linda Wind & Dana Barrett

Toni Bostick, Linda Wind & Dana Barrett

Linda Wind, President and Chief Visionary at Wind Enterprises, Toni Bostick, Microsoft Store Manager at Lenox Mall and Dale DeSena, Founder and President of Taste of Atlanta were all in studio this morning with Dana to talk leadership, retail and delicious food.

Wind Enterprises, Inc., is a corporation committed to the personal and professional development of the business executive and career woman. Their 19th Annual Possible Woman Leadership Conference is taking place TOMORROW at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. To register, visit:

In 2009, Microsoft Corp. opened its first Microsoft store in Scottsdale, Arizona. Since then, Microsoft has opened more than 110 retail locations across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico and welcomed more than 800 million customers to its full line, specialty and online Microsoft store properties in 189 markets globally. Microsoft stores are committed to delivering outstanding choice, value and service for each customer, featuring an assortment of best-in-class products, including computers, software and games to music, tablets, phones and wearables.

Taste of Atlanta packs the bold flavors, colorful personalities and vibrant energy of an entire city into 10 blocks in Midtown Atlanta to turn tasters into diners. The three-day festival explores the city’s unique neighborhoods by sampling tastes from the chefs and bartenders that give each area its own creative energy. Which restaurants do YOU want to see at Taste of Atlanta? Click to vote:

In the headlines:

  • CBRE Global is putting some undeveloped land at Atlantic Station on the market and looking to make a hefty profit.
  • More details on the lawsuit against Home Depot over the data breach have come to light. The lawsuit claims that the company had an “overarching complacency when it came to data security,” and literally ignored advice from internal IT people and consultants. Home Depot denies the charges and says it will fight the lawsuit all the way.
  • Atlanta based StrataCloud has raised $2.6 million from several investors including Mosley Ventures. The company developed software that helps companies better align their IT department with the needs of the business.
  • A new study from NAWBO says that women are more optimistic about business performance than they were 2 years ago. They also looked into WHY women are in business. The majority said “passion” drove them, NOT lifestyle.
  • Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran says an MBA is not worth the time or money. Does this open the door for different types of less expensive certificate type programs or continuing ed? Or is it still worth the money?

Other stuff:

“What if marketing was less about promotion or coercion and more about reaching out to people and helping them to solve problems?” Bernadette Jiwa answers this question and more in our May book club selection, MARKETING: A LOVE STORY: HOW TO MATTER TO YOUR CUSTOMERS. Join us for the next Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club meeting on Monday, May 11 at South City Kitchen in Vinings. Get all the details and sign up to attend here:

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