Mike Switzer

Host, Producer

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager.  In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way.  While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.

Since 2000, Mike continues to host and produce the South Carolina Business Review, heard each weekday morning at 7:50am on South Carolina’s Public Radio Network, which includes eight NPR affiliate stations.  The 6-minute show features interviews with entrepreneurs, business owners, and business leaders from across the state.

In 2009, Mike and Maggie finished construction of their new “green” home in Blythewood, SC which was awarded Gold Certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program from the US Green Building Council.  Mike is past chair of the Town of Blythewood Planning Commission and served as the executive director of the Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce between 2014 and 2019.  In 2011, Mike co-founded Voterheads.com, a nationwide, local-government-monitoring technology company and currently serves as the President and CEO.

Ways to Connect

In 1986, the United States Congress mandated federal funding for early intervention services for children with disabilities in an effort to boost their development and lessen their developmental delays.  Our next guest and an associate were involved in assisting children with this program through state agencies but they became frustrated and so decided to open the first private early intervention service company in South Carolina twenty years ago.

Mike Switzer interviews Beth Bunge, co-owner of Bright Start in Columbia, SC.

At one time, textiles dominated our state’s manufacturing sector, but then during the 80’s and 90’s, local companies could no longer compete with the low cost facilities around the world and began closing down.  Inspired by their great-grandfather’s textile business in Russia, our next guest and his brothers decided to purchase a local textile mill and now they are shipping their products all over the world.

Mike Switzer interviews Greg Cohen, co-founder of All About Fabrics in Williamston, SC.

Marketing SC Goods

Aug 7, 2019
Ben and Andie Edwards
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Every state is naturally proud of its local companies, local products, artisans and crafts people.  So why shouldn’t each state have its own online store to feature them? When our next guests became frustrated in their efforts to shop local, they decided to create just such a business.

Mike Switzer interviews Andie and Ben Edwards, founders of Grassroots General Store in Charleston, SC.

2019 began as a worrisome year for investors but by mid-year the stock market had turned around and even inched into record-high territory.  The economy is showing signs of weakening though, so could this be a sucker’s rally?

Mike Switzer interviews Doug English, a certified financial planner with ACT Advisors in Charleston, SC.

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.

Ian Duggan
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A lot of employers deal with employee scheduling challenges, some because they have employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserves.  To encourage employer support of the Guard and Reserve, the Department of Defense recognizes such employers across the country each year.  Our next guest’s law firm recently received the accolades for South Carolina and is among only 30 finalists for the national award.

Mike Switzer interviews Ian Duggan, an attorney with Callison Tighe & Robinson in Columbia, SC.

Probably not surprising to know that the South Carolina State Plan on Aging shows our senior population is among the fastest growing in the nation and is projected to jump another 36% by the year 2030.  With this growth comes more demand on our healthcare system which new trends in technology may be able to help alleviate.

If you have been listening to our show for several years, you’ve probably heard our occasional interviews with our state’s two state-run residential high schools, the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville and the other, headed up by our next guest, which is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Cedric Adderley, president of the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities in Greenville, SC.

If there’s any area of our state that could be identified as an economic powerhouse, Charleston would certainly qualify.  What can the business activity there tell us about our state as a whole?

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

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.

Biofuel Expands in SC

Jul 26, 2019
Joe Renwick
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While battery power has been receiving the most press lately when it comes to moving vehicles around, another form of clean energy has been quietly becoming more popular.  Over the past several years, our next guest’s biofuel company has grown from a small facility in Winnsboro to another in Aiken County, SC and one in Tennessee.

Mike Switzer interviews Joe Renwick, founder and co-owner of Green Energy BioFuel, now headquartered in Warrenville, SC.

100 years ago our next guest’s national organization began helping young people to be successfully prepared to one day enter the workforce.  Since then, they have spawned chapters all across the nation, including several in our state, one of which is run by our next guest.

Mike Switzer interviews Connie Lanzi, president of Junior Achievement of Upstate South Carolina.

Andy Brusman
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Mergers and acquisitions, debt financing, and private placements are all investment banking activities, that according to our next guest, are increasing in frequency enough in our state that he and his partners decided it was time to launch a new firm here.

Mike Switzer interviews Andy Brusman, executive chair at Charles Towne Holdings in Charleston, SC.

Tax season for this year is over, we’re now into the second half of the year and our next guest says that it’s a great time to reflect on what worked well for you financially last year and whether you need to make any changes before this year is finished.  And in particular, he says, if you haven’t done so already, formulate a plan for your charitable giving.

Mike Switzer interviews Rob DeHollander, a certified financial planner in Greenville, SC. 

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.