In the guest chair: 

Sarah Buchanan & Dana Barrett

Sarah Buchanan & Dana Barrett

Kula Project Founding Director, Sarah Buchanan joined Dana this morning to chat coffee, community and growing your non-profit.

Kula Project invests in coffee farmers to create generational change in their communities by coming alongside leaders and entrepreneurs in the region to enhance and fund community-led projects. Kula Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit currently working in Rwanda as the country continues to rebuild post-genocide.

In the headlines:

  • Sharecare, who we had on the show last week, just announced this morning that it has closed a $20 million investment from Wellington Management Company, LLP. This latest growth round of financing will support Sharecare’s expansion plans, including the development and delivery of innovative mobile products and services to help people optimize their health AND it brings the company’s total funding to $160 million. (Dana has some really cool friends).
  • A couple of Dana Barrett Show Alum are winners in this year’s Jezebel’s Best of Atlanta: Best Shop for Handbags: Bella Bag, Best Shop for Beauty Products: Bluemercury, Best Specialty Fitness Studio: Orangetheory Fitness, Best Hair Salon for Him: 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons, and
    our sponsor, Dr. Gez Agolli of Progressive Medical Center has been named Best Anti-Aging Doctor. And a shout out to my makeup artist over at 11 Alive: Best Local Makeup Artist: Nyssa Green at The Green Room Agency.
  • Southern Co. is jumping on the GA Tech area Innovation Center bandwagon. The Atlanta-based utility holding company will open a 6,000-square-foot “Energy Innovation Center” at Tech Square, where employees will work on next-generation energy technologies and products.
  • The Georgia DOT is considering all kinds of crazy plans to fix the downtown connector. Could be tunnels or double decker highways but probably not. While the DOT says they are looking at these unconventional options, they say they will also consider “large-scale ideas that are practical, have been shown to be effective elsewhere and are financially realistic.”
  • More Nobel Peace Prize Summit gossip today. Nobel laureate, Muhammad Yunus has now made a statement saying the summit will go on and it will be here in Atlanta. But for now, he seems to be siding with Mohammed Bhuiyan which means that while the summit will be here, the city will not actually be supporting the event.
  • American Apparel CEO, Paula Schneider says it’s a “very sad day” for the company as they announce layoffs. American Apparel is laying off 180 employees as they try to come back from a Q4 loss of $28 million and possible unionization. Interesting note: American Apparel is North America’s largest apparel manufacturer.
  • AOL co-founder, Steve Case is investing in four female led startups after hearing them pitch at Google for Entrepreneurs Demo Day last week. It’s a part of his “Rise of the Rest” tour where he is literally taking the show on the road to find great tech companies outside of Silicon Valley. The bus tour will be here later this spring.

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:

For other events and appearances, check out Dana’s event calendar: