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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.

You’ve probably heard some recent interviews we’ve done on the increasing sports business activity in Rock Hill, SC.  Today we’re going to tell you about some more because we keep learning more.  Our next guest is involved in developing the new indoor sports facility which is expected to open in Rock Hill’s Knowledge Park in the spring of 2019.

Jamie Thomas
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

When we interviewed our next guest two years ago, his company had just been created but was still part of the parent company.  Since then, it has gained enough traction and business to become its own entity.

Mike Switzer interviews Jamie Thomas, CEO of Cognito Forms in Columbia, SC.  Disclaimer: The Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce, of which Mike Switzer is the executive director, is a customer of Cognito Forms.

There can obviously be many sources of stress in one’s life, but according to a 2017 study from the American Psychological Association, 62% of respondents listed money as a source of stress in their daily lives.  What is it about money?

Mike Switzer interviews Josh Harris, a certified financial planner and lecturer at the Department of Finance at Clemson University.

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.

Our state’s research universities have been collaborating with SCRA, a public, nonprofit focused on South Carolina’s innovation economy, to identify applied research areas in which we have high-caliber talent, infrastructure, financial resources, and commercial relevance.  Two recent grant announcements have resulted from this work, one in the area of medical devices and the other in technology-enabled population health.

Mike Switzer interviews Christine Dixon-Thiesing, director of academic programs at SCRA in Charleston, SC.

Will Brennan
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We don’t know if you’ve noticed, but everything seems to be going retro these days.  It probably all started with our kids buying record players and vinyl LPs.  The latest trend in retro we’ve just discovered is the restoration of the old mid-century beach motels.

Mike Switzer interviews Will Brennan, a developer working to bring back to life the 1963 Waikiki Village Motel in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Representational State Transfer may sound like a diplomatic term but in actuality, it involves Internet architecture and is better known by its acronym: REST.  For those software engineers in our audience who use REST, you probably already know that South Carolina happens to be home to a very popular conference on this topic, or maybe I should say “unconference”.

Stephanie Vokral
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Did you know that women now own more of the world’s personal wealth than men?  This was first reported by the Bank of Montreal’s Wealth Institute three years ago.  And yet, our next guest says she continues to see women being underserved and overlooked when it comes to financial matters.

Mike Switzer interviews Stephanie Vokral, a certified financial planner with Critical Transitions Wealth Advisors in Columbia, SC.

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.

The electric car industry continues to grow as almost every automobile manufacturer is now making at least one electric model.  One of the industry’s big annual events is Drive Electric Week where electric car enthusiasts bring their cars out to the public to see and drive and answer questions.  Columbia, SC participates each year and this year’s event is September 22nd at Soda City Market, the city’s weekly downtown farmers market.

Tourism is obviously a big part of our state’s economy, especially along the coastal areas.  Now that the summer vacation season is over for this year, let’s check in with an expert who studies the Grand Strand area to see how they fared.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Taylor Damonte, a professor at and the director of the Clay Brittain Jr. Center for Resort Tourism at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC.

Since we last spoke with our next guest, we’ve seen some pretty powerful numbers for GDP growth nationally and in our state.  Is “slow but sure” a thing of the past?  Are we now off to the races, economically speaking?

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

(This show originally aired 3-8-18) With investments like the stock market and Bitcoin getting all the news these days, does anybody consider investing in art and collectibles anymore?  Our next guest’s expertise in this area has been on display on PBS TV shows such as Antiques Roadshow and Market Warriors and the Art Breakers airing currently on the Ovation Network and she says you should be aware of the pros and cons (and maybe even the sharks) before you dip your toe into the art/collectibles market.

Automobile racing has meant big business to our state for a very long time.  Think NASCAR and Darlington.  But there’s another race track in a rural area of our state that’s also bringing in some money with a very unusual auto racing event.

Mike Switzer interviews Jay Lamm, founder of 24 Hours of Lemons, a national “lemon” car race now entering its second decade at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC.  The event dates are Sept. 14-16, 2018.

Richard Bogan
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

According to a recent article in the Washington Post, the United States is suffering from a severe shortage of long-haul truck drivers.  A condition that analysts say could disrupt our current prosperous economy.  What is the current state of South Carolina’s trucking industry?

Mike Switzer interviews Richard Bogan, a senior vice president with Southeastern Freight Lines in Lexington, SC.

Ethics in the Media

Aug 29, 2018
Reba Campbell
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

With the ever-evolving media landscape these days, ethical issues have come to the forefront.  And we just learned that September is observed as “Ethics Month” by the Public Relations Society of America.  So we thought now would be a good time to take a look at this issue.

Mike Switzer interviews Reba Campbell, president of the SC chapter of the PRSA in Columbia, SC.

Timberrrrrrrr!

Aug 28, 2018

You may not know this but timber is our state’s largest cash crop.  And there are trends in the timber industry that our next guest says may soon shake up that market.

Mike Switzer interviews Harris Chewning, a chartered financial analyst with American Timberlands Company in Pawleys Island, SC, and member of the South Carolina Chapter of the CFA Society.

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.

Matt Brown
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

According to the most recent SportsBusiness survey, the University of South Carolina’s masters degree program in Sport and Entertainment Management is doing a pretty good job in preparing its graduates for jobs in that industry.

According to Giving USA 2018: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2017, a booming stock market and strong economy have caused a surge in charitable giving in this country.  Could this also be the result of donors getting their charitable contributions in before changes in the tax law took effect in January that are now restricting the tax deductibility of those contributions?

Preparing your business for investment and learning how to pitch to investors is a skill that our next guest says every entrepreneur must master.  Whether your company is in the concept stage or up and running and growing, he says learning how to convey your business message to potential investors is critically important.

Mike Switzer interviews Matt Dunbar, managing director of VentureSouth in Greenville, SC.

Sharing Family Assets

Aug 21, 2018
Eddi Kramer
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Young children are often reminded by their parents of the importance of sharing, especially with their brothers and sisters.  Our next guest though, says that adult siblings can find sharing a little more difficult, when there’s a beach house or some other property involved.  Not to mention if there are in-laws, nieces and nephews involved, as well.  What should the rules be for sharing family assets?

Mike Switzer interviews Eddie Kramer, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC.

John Warner
Concepts to Companies

A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Concepts to Companies and founder and CEO of Swampfox, an entrepreneur-centric social media company, based in Greenville, S.C.

If you are a small business owner and have always wanted to work with NASA, you may want to know that they are going to be participating in a business expo (and a STEM expo for students) on August 29th in Charleston, SC.

Mike Switzer interviews Kevin Limehouse with the Charleston County governmentNASA Business Expo and Stem Expo in Charleston, SC.

Mike Pope
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans recycle around 66 million tons of plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and scrap metal, etc. each year.  But then China threw a kink into things when they announced last summer that they would no longer accept "foreign garbage" which includes recyclables.  The Solid Waste Association of North America says these restrictions have disrupted recycling programs throughout the United States, and we were wondering how our state is being affected.

Sarah Park
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

You may have heard a recent program of ours that highlighted the difficulties experienced by people with disabilities in finding satisfying jobs.  The youth in our state can find this challenge even more daunting because in most cases, they have never had any job experience of any kind.  Our next guest, however, is working with the local business community to alleviate that situation.

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.

Scott Garvin
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Our state’s capital city has been experiencing something of a renaissance lately as its downtown area continues to play catch-up with Charleston and Greenville.  Our next guest has been right in the middle of this activity.

Mike Switzer interviews Scott Garvin, president of Garvin Design Group in Columbia, SC.

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