South Carolina Business Review

Mon-Fri, 7:51 am

The South Carolina Business Review, with host Mike Switzer, focuses on news from South Carolina's business community with interviews of many small business owners and business leaders from around the state. South Carolina's nonprofits, including its colleges and universities are also regularly featured on the program, as well as many of the state's small business support organizations. 

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed on The South Carolina Business Review are their own and are not necessarily those of South Carolina Public Radio.

Tabitha Strickland
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South Carolina has roughly 100,000 students with disabilities who are being assisted under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Our next guest says that while the majority of these kids are able to earn a state high school diploma, those that fall short are still deserving of recognition that will help them enter the workforce.  Which is why she went to work to help create and implement a new program to assist these students in acquiring the necessary skills to be successful after high school.

Jim Barber
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As more and more companies from around the world continue to open operations in our state, international business issues are receiving more priority from our state’s colleges and universities and from global executives such as our next guest.

You’ve probably heard by now that someone purchased the winning $1.5 billion mega lottery ticket in our state.  Maybe that person is listening right now.  Or maybe you might be a big lottery winner someday. Which is why we invited our next guest on the show to share his recommended tips on what to do if a big cash windfall does indeed come your way.

John Warner
Concepts to Companies

A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, co-founder of Accessible Diagnostics and the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

Curtis Loftis
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According to our next guest, over a half billion dollars of unclaimed property is being held by the state of South Carolina waiting to be reunited with its rightful owners.  Could some of this be yours?

Mike Switzer interviews Curtis Loftis, treasurer of the state of South Carolina.

Ron Harvey
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Owning and/or managing a small business is not a small task.  Technologies change, communities change, employees change; how does a leader keep up and lead at the same time?

Mike Switzer interviews Ron Harvey with GCS Consulting in Columbia, SC.

Tim Floyd
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Maintaining creativity in your business can be difficult when there are so many other tasks in front of you.  But our next guest says that the last thing you should want you business to be is predictable and hum-drum. 

Mike Switzer interviews Tim Floyd, founder of Tim Floyd Creative in Lexington, SC.

t’s been said that nothing is certain but death and taxes, and not many topics make for worse conversation starters at the holiday table, but our next guest says it makes a lot of sense to have these difficult conversations with your family sooner rather than later.

Mike Switzer interviews Bethany Griffith, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, South Carolina.

John Warner
Concepts to Companies

A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, co-founder of Accessible Diagnostics and the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

As the 3-D printing industry has continued to grow, our next guest, while working for a digital marketing company, noticed a need for a more user-friendly 3-D design platform.  So he started his own company to address that need, put a team together, got the design platform up and running, and suddenly attracted seed capital from big investors around the country, including from SCRA in our state.

Mike Switzer interviews John Carrington, founder and CEO of Zverse in Columbia, SC.

Why You Need a Will

Nov 29, 2018

You probably heard that when Aretha Franklin passed away, she did not have a will, leaving an estate worth approximately $60 million that will end up paying close to $20 million in taxes.  And our next guest says you don’t have to have a multi-million dollar estate to need a will, but many people continue to never make one.

Mike Switzer interviews Andy Merline, an estate-planning attorney in Greenville, SC.

Joey Von Nessen
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

 After a decade of economic expansion, what’s next?  Continued growth?  Another recession?  These are the questions that our next guest says will soon be addressed at his school’s upcoming annual forecast.

Mike Switzer interviews Joey Von Nessen, with the Division of Research at the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. 

Madeleine McGee
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In case you didn’t know, today is "GivingTuesday," a statewide celebration of all the good work being done by our state’s nonprofit organizations and very much appreciated by our state’s business community.

Mike Switzer interviews Madeleine McGee, president of TogetherSC in Columbia, SC. Today’s event.

Andy Owens
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 An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews Andy Owens, managing editor of SCBizNews, the company that publishes the Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine.

Being an ocean-border state, secure maritime communications networks are vitally important to our coastal business community.  Our next guest has been in that business for 20 years, beginning in the Palmetto State and eventually expanding across the US.

Mike Switzer interviews Brian Miller, CEO and Co-Owner of Atlas Technologies in North Charleston, SC.

(This is a repeat of a previous show which originally aired 8-3-18) Podcasts continue to gain ground as a popular form of entertainment and information.  Take ours, for example.  But ours is also tied to an actual over-the-air radio show.  Our next guest says there’s a lot more involved in starting one from scratch that only airs over the Internet.

Mike Switzer interviews Jack Hitt, a South Carolina native and co-founder of the 2017 Peabody-award-winning podcast “Uncivil”, based in Brooklyn, NY.

Cindi Scoppe
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If you have been a subscriber to The State newspaper, based in Columbia, SC, anytime over the past 30 years, you probably know our next guest’s name and her writing very well.  Recently however, she fell victim to the continuing decline of the print media industry, newspapers in particular, and is now out on her own.

Mike Switzer interviews Cindi Scoppe, a former opinion writer and editor for The State newspaper in Columbia.

Joy Watkins
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Most would probably agree that the number one goal in retirement planning is to be sure your money outlives you and not the other way around.  For example, a healthy non-smoking couple retiring at age 62 should plan on needing 30 years of income – that’s a long time.  But our next guest says there is a lot more to retirement planning than calculating a lifetime income stream.

Mike Switzer interviews Joy Watkins, a certified financial planner with Anchor Investment Management in Columbia, SC.

John Warner
Concepts to Companies

An update of the news, issues, and events facing the entrepreneurial community in South Carolina

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Accessible Diagnostics and the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

Carl Jensen
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Intelligence, homeland and cyber security issues are constantly in the news – from the Russian elections interference to Facebook hacks to the recent rash of pipe bomb mailings.  Which is why our next guest’s Lowcountry university recently launched a degree program focused on intelligence and security.

Mike Switzer interviews Carl Jensen, Co-Director of the Citadel Center for Cyber, Intelligence, and Security Studies at The Citadel in Charleston, SC.

By now you’ve probably heard of or experienced the tight labor market.  So it may not surprise you to hear that  there's an unprecedented teacher shortage occurring across our state: fewer teachers are entering the profession, more are leaving,and at the same time that more students are entering our public schools each year.  Our next guest’s organization is working to alleviate this situation.

Mike Switzer interviews Ansel Sanders, CEO of Public Education Partners of Greenville County in Greenville, SC.

Chris Angel
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Our state’s public and private schools continue to recognize the business community’s need for more student interest in science and technology.  Another example we just learned about is a brand new, 30,000 square-foot innovation center at a private school in the Midlands.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Angel, headmaster at Hammond School in Columbia, SC.

Economic Puzzles

Nov 13, 2018

There are many puzzling things about today’s economy but the main one seems to be a reported lack of serious inflation in the midst of trade wars, very low unemployment, and thus a tight labor market.  What’s going on?

Mike Switzer interviews Frank Hefner, the director of the Office of Economic Analysis at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC.

Alan Cooper
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites in South Carolina: MidlandsBiz, UpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC.

According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, South Carolina is the #4 state in the country for women launching businesses, with over 160,000 woman-owned enterprises.  And we’ve been a top ten state for ten years.  So our next guest says it’s about time to launch a women’s business summit.

Career choices for women in our state continue to expand, whether through entrepreneurship or corporate advancement.  And there’s no doubt that the efforts from our next guest’s organization are helping that statistic.

Mike Switzer interviews Lisa Dabney, executive director for the Center for Women in Charleston, SC.

Garden & Gun magazine recently announced their ninth annual "Made in the South Awards", honoring artisans from across the region.  Over the past nine years, 26 of those award recipients have come from South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews David DiBenedetto, editor-in-chief at Garden and Gun in Charleston, SC.

Here are two basic truths. We all love when the stock market makes us money.  We all hate paying taxes on those profits.  But you still have almost two months to get your investment tax planning in order, so today we have a guest that may be able to help.

Mike Switzer interviews Les Dettterbeck, a chartered financial analyst in Charleston, SC.  Les is also a certified financial planner and CPA.

Sarah Rama
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

After a year of successfully building an online retail business, our next guest decided it was time to open a brick and mortar location.  Why take on that added expense and risk?

Mike Switzer interviews Sarah Rama, owner of Duck Duck Goose Children’s Shop in Columbia, SC.

Innovation is very important to most companies.  Our next guest says that what can be even more important is protecting that innovation.

Mike Switzer interviews Nichole Hayden, an intellectual property attorney with Nelson Mullins in Greenville, SC.