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Grabbing Charlotte's spillover business

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Chambers of commerce across our state stay busy representing the interests of their business members and in the process, helping them grow their businesses. Our next guest’s chamber probably stays extra busy operating next door to one of the largest cities in the South. Mike Switzer interviews Dean Faile, president and CEO of the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce in Rock Hill, 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.