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.

Lowcountry Chef Wins Award for Crab Boil

Nov 27, 2020

After growing up in a rural Gullah community outside Charleston, SC, and finishing college in Sumter, our next guest moved to Atlanta and eventually started a catering business based on the Gullah cuisine she loved as a child.  Her business became very successful, culminating not only in winning the food category in Garden and Gun magazine’s 2019 Made in the South Awards, but also in her decision to move back home to support the preservation of the Gullah-Geechee culture in our state.

Mike Switzer interviews Pamela Jones-Mack, founder of Taste of Satira in Cross, SC.

Most of, at one time or another, have had an interest in our family history; what are our roots and how have they helped make us who we are today.  Our next guest says documenting and sharing your family history can also help you understand your finances and your relationship with money.

Mike Switzer interviews Bethany Griffith, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC.

This is a replay of a previous SC Business Review show which originally aired on Sept. 8, 2020

With China refusing to take the large quantities of our recyclables that they had been for years, many people are beginning to wonder if the recycling effort is worth it anymore.  Our next guest says South Carolina hasn’t given up.  For example, the S.C. Department of Commerce and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control have launched a new online recycling directory that connects companies with recyclable waste products with organizations that can use those materials.

Now that we are beginning to see 2020’s many clouds of uncertainty begin to lift, such as the election being over and COVID vaccines on the horizon, does this mean we have clear sailing ahead for the stock market?  “Not so fast!” says our next guest.

Mike Switzer interviews Tyson Halsey, a chartered financial analyst and managing member at Income Growth Advisors in Charleston, SC.  Tyson is also a member of the SC Chapter of the CFA Society.

John Warner
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An update of the news, issues, and events facing the entrepreneurial community in South Carolina.
Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Accessible Diagnostics (Vet-Tabs) and the SwampfoxSuccess Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

Upper respiratory infections are commonly caused by viruses such as influenza, rhinovirus, and coronaviruses.  And because humming is known to alleviate nasal congestion, our next guest’s medical device company is now doing research with the Medical University of South Carolina to determine if their nasal vibrator can help in preventing these infections.

Mike Switzer interviews David Lewis, managing partner at SinuSonic in Columbia, SC.

According to some national surveys, 75% of Generation Z show little or no interest in working for manufacturers and 70% of parents discourage manufacturing as a career.  So where will a manufacturing state like ours get its workforce?  Our next guest believes that video games are the answer.

Mike Switzer interviews Tina Zwolinski, CEO and founder of skillsgapp in Greenville, SC.

There has certainly been a lot more outdoor activity since the start of the pandemic.  And this has generated a lot more traffic on our state’s premier hiking and biking path that stretches from the mountains to the coast.

Mike Switzer interviews Mary Roe, executive director of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, the organization responsible for the creation and maintenance of the Palmetto Trail.

When people are updating their estate documents, they may find that it would be best to put some assets in trust for someone else. But our next guest says that when people make this decision, they sometimes have difficulty deciding who should serve as trustee.

Mike Switzer interviews Jon Robertson, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC.

John Warner
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

An update of the news, issues, and events facing the entrepreneurial community in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Accessible Diagnostics (Vet-Tabs) and the SwampfoxSuccess Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

Small businesses continue to suffer through this pandemic and fortunately, assistance continues to be available.  For example, our next guest’s South Carolina-based marketing company has just partnered with a California company to create a free, open-source, brand-building toolkit for businesses, nonprofits, and social enterprises.

Mike Switzer interviews Teresa Coles, President of Riggs Partners in West Columbia, SC.  Their new initiative is called Responsible Brand.

Since first opening in 1997 in Pawleys Island, our next guest’s restaurant has grown to 43 locations across the Southeast. And the pandemic hasn’t slowed them down.  Since June, they’ve signed agreements for ten more, opened nine more, and three additional locations are scheduled to open from now until the end of the year.

Mike Switzer interviews Ricky Richardson, CEO of Eggs Up Grill in Pawley’s Island, SC.

The community and workplace experiences of minorities, both sex and race-based, as collected and displayed in libraries and museums are often under-represented.  But new grant money is now available to these institutions to help alleviate this situation.

Mike Switzer interviews Kerri Forrest, director of Lowcountry programs at the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation in Charleston, SC.

The election is over.  But is it?  We do know though, that the pandemic is not finished.  Should investors be thinking about portfolio readjustments before the end of the year regardless of these unknown timelines?

Mike Switzer interviews Doug English, a certified financial planner and resident stock market prognosticator for this program with ACT Advisors in Charleston, SC.

John Warner
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

An update of the news, issues, and events facing the entrepreneurial community in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Accessible Diagnostics (Vet-Tabs) and the SwampfoxSuccess Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

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