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2023 USC Economic Outlook Conference - Excerpt 10

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Today is our final excerpt from the most recent University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business Economic Outlook Conference. Today’s excerpt comes from South Carolina Representative Gary S. Brewer Jr., during the panel discussion on the coming infrastructure expansion and its role in South Carolina's long-run economic competitiveness.

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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.