South Carolina Business Review

Mon-Fri, 7:51 am

The South Carolina Business Review, with host Mike Switzer, focuses on news from South Carolina's business community with interviews of many small business owners and business leaders from around the state. South Carolina's nonprofits, including its colleges and universities are also regularly featured on the program, as well as many of the state's small business support organizations. 

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed on The South Carolina Business Review are their own and are not necessarily those of South Carolina Public Radio.

Michael Arndt
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You may have heard recently that hearing aids are going to soon be available over the counter.  Will this be a big disruptor to the hearing industry? Our next guest says yes, but he also adds that much confusion could also result and he says there are other big changes coming to that industry that have not been given much press yet.

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Arndt, owner of Digital Hearing Outlet in Lexington, SC.

Springtime in South Carolina brings warmer weather and our first big national sporting event for the year.  It’s tennis time in the Lowcountry when the world’s top women players will be in our state competing for ranking points and big money.

Mike Switzer interviews Bob Moran, tournament director at the Volvo Car Open coming to Daniel Island, SC March 30-April 7.

Most people make an effort to prepare for their own retirement and to some degree, the possibility of nursing home care.  But our next guest says that not as many people are prepared to take care of an aging parent. The Institute on Aging, though, reports that over 43.5 million Americans are caring for an older family member.

Mike  Switzer interviews Jeff Wildes, a certified financial planner in Georgetown, 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.

Dan Durbin
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Many k-12 schools these days are specializing in certain areas, such as the arts and STEM.  Many are also reaching out to the business community to establish partnerships that help students identify career tracks as early as middle school.  Our next guest’s Lowcountry school has decided to connect with area companies to develop a specialty in teaching leadership skills.

Seth Gadsden
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Spring brings more than just flowers and warmer temperatures.  In Columbia, it also means the return of an annual film festival that reignites the capital city’s downtown business district.

Mike Switzer interviews Seth Gadsden, director of the 13th Annual Indie Grits Film Festival, coming to Columbia March 28-31.

Most business owners understand that two keys to their success are customers that return to buy again and again and employees who stay with them year after year.  But our next guest says that while many of these leaders know these are key behaviors, they don’t know how to implement them.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Daisy White, president of White Ridgely Associates in Okatie, SC.

Joey Von Nessen
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2018 is in the books and 2019 has almost finished one quarter.  How is our economy looking?

Mike Switzer interviews Joey Von Nessen, with the Division of Research at the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, 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.

Wade McGuinn
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Over the past year, trade wars, immigration fears, and increasing interest rates have dealt a one-two-three punch to the homebuilding industry, causing a slowdown for the first time since the multi-year recovery emerged from the financial meltdown of 11 years ago.  How are the smaller, independent builders faring and how do they feel about the future?

Mike Switzer interviews Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes in West Columbia, SC.

Our state’s research universities are constantly looking for ways to monetize their research and a recent example just came across our radar screen.  A Lowcountry company recently received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue developing a double-balloon catheter using technology licensed from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Cephus E. Simmons, Sr., founder & CEO of SealCath in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

As 2019 continues to unfold, many uncertainties still abound.  What will the Federal Reserve do next with interest rates?  Are the trade wars winding down?  Will global and domestic political environments get clearer or cloudier?  Our next guest says uncertainties like these are always a concern to financial markets.

Most people know what they are trying to accomplish with their investment portfolio: retirement, new house, fund some charities.  But our next guest says these goals can be elusive if you don’t have a written document that outlines your objectives and limitations.

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

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.

Our next guest’s Upstate company recently won the 2018 Innovision Award for Sustainability for engineering a portable, personal, solar energy storage system.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Petrella, founder and CEO of Unlimited Power in Greenville, SC.

Finding investment capital has long been a struggle for entrepreneurs, especially in our small state of South Carolina.  However, our next guest says that many small businesses may not be aware of an obscure new rule from the Securities and Exchange Commission that can be used to raise money without a lot of the normal red tape.

Mike Switzer interviews Greg Finch, a patent attorney with Finch Paolino in Charleston, SC.

Crystals and Lasers

Feb 27, 2019

Most of us know what lasers are but many of us may not know that one of their critical components is a crystal.  Normally, these crystals are grown in a high temperature environment.  However, our next guest’s company has figured out a way to grow these crystals in a lower temperature, fluidic environment that brings them a new competitive advantage.

Mike Switzer interviews Henry Geisber, president and founder of HT Crystal Solutions in Clover, SC.

William Jeter
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In a perfect world, everyone would make rational decisions, however our next guest says that when it comes to the average person’s finances, rational decision-making is not only abnormal, it’s almost non-existent, and that’s because of something he calls behavioral bias.

Mike Switzer interviews William Jeter, a chartered financial analyst with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, 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.

According to the most recent statistics, the cost of a nursing home has increased 54 percent over the past 15 years and, for the first time last year, reached an average of $100,000 per year.  So as more and more retirees continue feeding the “silver tsunami” relocation to our state, this is becoming an increasingly important topic.

Mike Switzer interviews Barbara Franklin, a long-term care specialist in Charleston, SC.


Jack McBride
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We’ve all heard the old adage “cleanliness is next to godliness”, and in today’s world of bacterial and viral phobias, schools, hospitals, and hotels are worshiping cleanliness now more than ever.  Our next guest’s Upstate company, through a collaboration with another industry partner in its area, recently won an award for disrupting the cleanliness industry.

Mike Switzer interviews Jack McBride, CEO of Contec in Spartanburg, SC, winner of the InnoVision 2018 Technology Innovation Award.

The tourism industry continues to be big business in our state and probably always will be, which is why more and more of our institutions of higher learning are investing in that curriculum.  Including our next guest’s Lowcountry campus.

Mike Switzer interviews Charles Calvert, dean of the University of South Carolina Beaufort at Hilton Head Island, home of a $25 million new building to house their hospitality management program.

There are many factors involved in achieving financial independence, however our next guest says that a critical one is also one of the most misunderstood.  He calls it the “Great Misunderstanding of Risk”.

Mike Switzer interviews Bryan Ballentine, 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.

Agie Sundaram
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

As you’ve heard us report recently, access to venture capital in our state is growing.  And, as evidenced by our next guest’s organization, some of that funding is home grown.

Mike Switzer interviews Agie Sundaram, CEO of SPAN Enterprises and co-founder of SecondBrick Ventures in Rock Hill, SC.  SecondBrick is now part of the VentureSouth network.

While the solar industry has faced many challenges over the years, our next guest’s company has flourished, reaching the ranking of 2018’s fastest growing company in the large company category from SCBizNews.

Mike Switzer interviews Steffanie Dohn, director of government relations with Southern Current in Charleston, SC.

Sam McGuckin
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Over the past decade our state’s capital city has become a nationally recognized insurance information technology hub, and in the process, creating a tremendous number of jobs.  Companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield, Siebels Bruce, CSC, Duck Creek, and our next guest’s company which began as a USC Technology Incubator business that recently led to another big player in that industry coming to South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Sam McGuckin, is with Capgemini in Columbia, SC.

Eddi Kramer
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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed in December 2017, but it’s only now that people are starting to see what it may mean to them personally.  This year’s tax filing season is the first that will actually be affected by that law.  Our next guest says many people are facing this new reality and realizing they should do a bit more planning for their 2019 tax bill


Mike Switzer interviews Eddie Kramer, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, 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.

Most companies will tell you that two of the most important skill sets they are looking for when interviewing college graduates are communications and critical thinking.  Which is why our next guest’s institution launched a program three years ago to help students develop these and other skills that are in high demand by today’s business world.

Mike Switzer interviews Peter Gasca, director of the CoBE Institute at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC.