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Teen entrepreneur keeps business growing

South Carolina Business Review
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Several years ago, we interviewed our next guest when she became the youngest ever South Carolina Young Entrepreneur of the Year after successfully inventing and marketing a unique hair barrette while in grade school. Now that she’s in high school, she has branched out into additional products and continues to be noticed by national TV shows. Mike Switzer interviews Gabby Goodwin, CEO of Confidence in Columbia, SC.

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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.