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.

The National Apartment Association recently reported that the U.S. needs about 4.6 million new multifamily units over the next 10 years just to keep up with demand.  That’s about 328,000 new units per year.  What’s driving this demand and how can investors take advantage of it?

Mike Switzer interviews Karen Oeser, a chartered financial analyst with East Light Investments in Simpsonville, SC.  She’s also a member of the South Carolina Chapter of the CFA Society.

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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.

Back in May, we interviewed Nephron Pharmaceuticals’ CEO, Lou Kennedy, about the work she is doing with AccelerateSC, the governor’s task force assigned to help our state’s economy restart after the onslaught of the pandemic.  During the interview, she mentioned the need for more broadband Internet connectivity across South Carolina, especially in the rural areas, and especially with so much working and learning going on at home.  Our next guest is going to give us an update.

Individuals with pre-existing, chronic health conditions are probably the highest-risk group during this pandemic.  Couple that with the need for telehealth and other technology solutions and you can see why our next guest’s company has been very busy.

Mike Switzer interviews Jon-Michial Carter, CEO and co-founder of Chartspan in Greenville, SC.

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, Bill Gates, recently said that the US Covid testing situation is a mess.  Some of the criticism is pointing out that rapid tests may be proving to be unreliable.  One South Carolina company is right in the middle of all this controversy.

Mike Switzer interviews Scotty Branch, co-founder of Vikor Scientific in Charleston, SC.

Ever since the Great Recession of 2008-09, the total amount of our national debt has skyrocketed.  And trillions more are being added due to the pandemic.  Interestingly, the stock market doesn’t seem to be bothered by the level of federal debt anymore, only by recessions.  But our next guest says that there is a correlation here of which investors should be aware.

Mike Switzer interviews Ashton Lawrence, a certified financial planner with DeHollander & Janse Financial Group in Greenville, SC.

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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.

All across our country, even throughout this pandemic, land continues to be developed into shopping centers, housing subdivisions, and more.  But are those plans changing as trends for shopping and living have changed and may become permanent?

Mike Switzer interviews Gore Bolton, CEO of Land Intelligence in Columbia, SC.

The pandemic has certainly changed the workplace, bringing employees’ health and wellness concerns to the forefront.  Our next guest says that the wellness part of that equation is not getting enough attention.

Mike Switzer interviews Lisa Burbage, CEO and founder of Wellness Five in Charleston, SC.

Have you ever noticed a utility company bucket truck lifting a worker into the air and wondered why the engine was running?  Many of these vehicles need the engine to power the hydraulic lift.  This can significantly increase the cost to operate the vehicle, not to mention the environmental effect of the engine exhaust.  Our next guest’s company decided to tackle that issue and in the process has been awarded a grant from SC Launch.

Mike Switzer interviews Mark Ferri, president and CEO of Viatec, Inc. in Greenville, 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.

The Palmetto state recently added another company to its fast-growing automotive manufacturing sector, this time a UK company in the niche market of customizing Land Rover Defenders.

Mike Switzer interviews Becky Ford, managing director of Arkonik, Ltd. in Charleston, SC.

With industrial hemp now legal to grow and process in 46 states, our next guest says the domestic marketplace confronts one vexing challenge: a broken (or often non-existent) supply chain connecting the hemp fields to the end-users.  So his company decided to do something about it.

Mike Switzer interviews Arte Perry, managing member of Hempgrid in Charleston, SC.

Back in February, our state's oldest working distillery made the move to a greatly expanded location to accommodate growing demand.  Then COVID hit.  And like many other distilleries and breweries, they moved to outside bottle sales, started producing hand sanitizer, and have now started producing a socially-distanced concert series.

Mike Switzer interviews Scott Newitt, co-founder of Firefly Distillery in North Charleston, SC.

Now that we’re six months into the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, are our national and state economies responding as expected?

Mike Switzer interviews Frank Hefner, Director Office of Economic Analysis and Professor of Economics at the College of Charleston.