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

Gerry Mcdermott
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Over the past decade, our state’s business community has become more and more connected to international trade.  And in our new era of trade wars and rising tariffs, how are we coping?  To help answer that question, the Folks Center for International Business at the Moore School of Business at USC in Columbia recently held a forum entitled “International Strategy in

The last time we interviewed our next guest he had just opened a large cowork center in Greenville, SC.  Now that that is up and running and meeting his projections, he has a new project: bringing professional soccer to the Upstate.

Mike Switzer interviews, Joe Erwin, president of Erwin Creates  and the Greenville Triumph professional soccer team in Greenville, SC.

We have interviewed thousands of business owners on this show over the past 20 years and a common trait among many of them is their desire to give back to their communities.  It’s good for the heart and soul and it’s good for business.  And our next guest is one more example.  Over the past 18 years, his company has donated over three and a half million dollars to preservation efforts in Charleston, SC and that has helped open the door to his latest business opportunity: the first commercial tours of one of the city’s most significant cemeteries.

Do you know what percentage of your investments, whether in a 401k plan, IRA, or otherwise, are in domestic stocks, international stocks, corporate bonds, government bonds, growth stocks, small cap stocks, etc. at any given time?  Our next guest says it’s a good idea to check these percentages at least once a year.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Cabri, a certified financial planner with Ameriprise Financial Advisors in Greenwood, 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.

Scott Nuelken
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With the increasing demand and viability of bicycle-riding commuters, more cities and towns in our state are creating and supporting bicycle-friendly initiatives.

Mike Switzer interviews Scott Nuelken, president and CEO of Cola Town Bike Collective in Columbia, SC.

Over 100 years ago, our next guest’s institution of higher learning began as small two-year college helping Upstate textile mill workers obtain a general education.  But recently, they have been approved to offer their first ever bachelor's degree program with a unique real-world business focus.

Mike Switzer interviews Scott Cochran, president of Spartanburg Methodist College in Spartanburg, SC.

Mark Rapp
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I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but jazz is making a comeback in popularity not only across the country but here in our state, as well.  Which means that jazz musicians are also becoming more in demand, which is leading to the necessity for training and instruction.

Mike Switzer interviews Mark Rapp, founder of the ColaJazz organization which runs the ColaJazz Festival in Columbia, SC and the upcoming USC ColaJazz Camp.

It’s probably safe to say that most everyone looks forward to retiring someday.  But when that day comes, how will you know for sure that you are ready?  Our next guest says the answer involves successfully accomplishing five critical steps first.

Mike Switzer interviews Bryan Ballentine, a certified financial planner with Ballentine Capital Management 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.

The last time we interviewed our next guest’s company, they were a small advertising and marketing in the Upstate.  Now they have an office in Los Angeles and new ownership.

Mike Switzer interviews Brandy Amidon, co-president of Brains On Fire in Greenville, SC.

Della Watkins
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As you would probably guess, the business community puts a lot of value on quality of life for their employees, especially when a new site location is being considered.  Things like parks, recreation, theaters, and the arts.  After more than a year and a half of intensive construction and transformation,  one such institution in Columbia has become an even more integral part of that equation.

Mike Switzer interviews Della Watkins, executive director of the Columbia Museum of Art.

We continue to be amazed at the unlikely economic links we discover between our state and other countries around the world.  The latest involves a Lowcountry rug dealer and his attempts to build the same industry in Afghanistan.

Mike Switzer interviews Rob Leahy, owner of Fine Rugs of Charleston in Charleston, SC.

The national and state economies continue to forge ahead into positive territory, however our next guest says there is a tremendous amount of uncertainty when he looks ahead to the next 12 months.

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.