Washington Business Report Jan. 29, 2012

Mark Reuss, President of GM North America, explains the company’s new marketing thrust and defends the Chevrolet Volt which has taken a public relations hit due to some post-crash fires.

Joan Hurson operates Auntie Anne’s Pretzel franchises at Tysons Corner and Landmark malls. She tells us how she started in the franchise business, and what it takes to keep them successful.

Roundtable panelists Jim Dinegar and Peter Morici discuss new GDP numbers, the State of the Union speech, and the Pentagon’s plans to start cutting defense spending.