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.

Colin Trimble
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It’s probably safe to say that most companies view the US Department of Labor as an agency that advocates for employee rights.  And while that is certainly true, our next guest would like you to know that the USDOL also works hard to assist businesses, as well.

Mike Switzer interviews Colin Trimble, a community outreach and resource planning specialist with the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor in Columbia, SC.

Bryant Davis and Erica Wade
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You may have heard our recent interview with the US Small Business Administration about how they assist small businesses in procuring contracts with the federal government. Local government also offers this type of assistance, helping local companies find contracting opportunities at the city and county levels, and our next guest is hosting an information event on this topic very soon.

Paul De Sloover
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

You may have noticed that solar panels are showing up on more and more homes in our state and that’s mainly because costs continue to drop and because the state legislature recently passed laws loosening restrictions that have burdened the industry for many years.  However, many people are still hesitant because they just might not like how the big bulky panels look on their roof or in their yard.  Our next guest says that attitude represents a business opportunity to him.

For decades, the media has been reporting that the social security system is in trouble.  And here are just a few recent news headlines:

Social Security is running out of money, with benefits on track to be reduced by 2035” ABC News - April 22, 2019

How much longer will Social Security last?” AARP - April 23, 2019

Will Social Security be around when I’m ready to retire?” The Washington Post - May 6, 2019

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.

Seven years ago, our next guest’s company began operations in Upstate South Carolina selling interactive displays for the educational and business markets.  Since then, they have won industry awards and last year made it into the Inc. 500 and recognized as one of our state’s fastest growing companies.

Mike Switzer interviews Keone Trask, CEO of Clear Touch Interactive in Greenville, SC.

  When we first interviewed our next guest several years ago, he and his wife were operating the Gin Joint, a bar in Charleston and after being frustrated with the time it took to make craft cocktails once they got home after a busy night, they began bottling their own mixtures that became so popular they sold the bar to focus solely on the cocktail mix business which has now grown into three separate lines.

Michael Corp
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  The federal government awards approximately $500 billion dollars in contracts each year. Of that, at least 23% or goes to small businesses.  So if you’re a small business owner, how do you get a piece of that $125 billion pie?

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Corp, Deputy District Director for South Carolina District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Columbia, SC.

 SC SBA Resource Guide

Planning for a financially secure retirement may require some changes if a new bill that recently passed the House of Representatives becomes law.  The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement or SECURE Act passed the House on May 23rd and our next guest says it would be the first meaningful change in retirement rules in over ten years if the House and Senate can reconcile the differences in their two bills.

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

In 1986, the United States Congress mandated federal funding for early intervention services for children with disabilities in an effort to boost their development and lessen their developmental delays.  Our next guest and an associate were involved in assisting children with this program through state agencies but they became frustrated and so decided to open the first private early intervention service company in South Carolina twenty years ago.

Mike Switzer interviews Beth Bunge, co-owner of Bright Start in Columbia, SC.

At one time, textiles dominated our state’s manufacturing sector, but then during the 80’s and 90’s, local companies could no longer compete with the low cost facilities around the world and began closing down.  Inspired by their great-grandfather’s textile business in Russia, our next guest and his brothers decided to purchase a local textile mill and now they are shipping their products all over the world.

Mike Switzer interviews Greg Cohen, co-founder of All About Fabrics in Williamston, SC.

Marketing SC Goods

Aug 7, 2019
Ben and Andie Edwards
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Every state is naturally proud of its local companies, local products, artisans and crafts people.  So why shouldn’t each state have its own online store to feature them? When our next guests became frustrated in their efforts to shop local, they decided to create just such a business.

Mike Switzer interviews Andie and Ben Edwards, founders of Grassroots General Store in Charleston, SC.

2019 began as a worrisome year for investors but by mid-year the stock market had turned around and even inched into record-high territory.  The economy is showing signs of weakening though, so could this be a sucker’s rally?

Mike Switzer interviews Doug English, a certified financial planner with ACT Advisors in Charleston, 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.

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