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.

You probably would not be surprised to hear that 90% of our country’s aging population, according to surveys, want to stay at home and age-in-place.   But only recently have Medicare Advantage plans agreed to cover these types of home health care services.  And that’s proving a boon to the home health industry.

Mike Switzer interviews Thomas Haas, president of Complete Homecare of America in Greenville, SC.

Mark Elliot
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For the past year and a half we’ve been hearing about Opportunity Zones, the part of the 2017 tax reform law that sought to direct investment money into poverty-stricken communities across the US. It took almost a year for the IRS to issue the rules for these investment funds and now time is running out for investors to be able to take maximum advantage of the tax benefits offered by them.

Mike Switzer interviews Mark Elliott, founder of the South Carolina Opportunity Fund in Greenville, SC.

Ashley Batson
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How many times have you driven past road construction work and wondered about that whole process and what those jobs might be like?  Our next guest’s organization is in the middle of a campaign right now with an education mission of just that.

Mike Switzer interviews Ashley Batson, executive director for the South Carolina Asphalt Pavement Association.

Peter Nielsen
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Most people are aware of the basic method of stock picking: look for companies in areas of the economy you believe have growth potential, narrow those companies down by researching their fundamentals such as leadership, earnings per share, balance sheet, etc.  But our next guest says there’s another method that may prove just as fruitful and it is only driven by math.  It’s called “factor investing”.

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.

SC Commerce Dept. Pursuit Pass

Preston Grisham
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While still behind the curve in many areas, our state continues to make progress in competing with the rest of the country for high wage jobs, especially in the aerospace and automotive sectors.  With plenty of work still to do, our next guest’s organization stays right in the thick of it.

Mike Switzer interviews Preston Grisham director of TechSC, an initiative of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness in Columbia, SC.

Our next guest has been involved in biotech start-up companies for the past 25 years.  Everything from running them, to investing in them, to taking them public, and sometimes selling them to major bio-pharmaceutical companies.  His latest venture involves a topical delivery system using compounds such as endocannabinoids and this start-up has attracted venture capital right here at home.

Mike Switzer interviews Scott Pancoast, CEO and founder of Zylö Therapeutics in Greenville, SC.

Brinton Fox
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After growing up on a farm, our next guest went to college with plans to become a lawyer specializing in environmental law.  But her interests soon gravitated back to the dirt itself which motivated her to enroll in a farm incubator program and start a cut flower business.

Mike Switzer interviews Brinton Fox, owner of Boone Fox Farm in Columbia, SC.

Even though the stock market has been going sideways for over a year now, the economy is still growing, albeit at a slower pace.  And our next guest says that the trade wars and the rhetoric of the election season will likely keep that pace slow.

Alan Cooper
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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 Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites in South Carolina: MidlandsBiz, UpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC.

Parking in big cities, even those the size of Charleston or Columbia, can be challenging at times.  Our next guest’s company saw that challenge as a business opportunity and has developed a solution that connects drivers with underutilized parking spaces.

Mike Switzer interviews Rocky Vitali, co-founder and chief operating officer of HAH Parking in Charleston, SC.

For the past four decades, our next guest’s organization has been assisting our state’s small business community.  And over that time, as we have seen over just the past two decades doing this program, the small business landscape has changed dramatically.

Mike Switzer interviews Michele Abraham, state director of the South Carolina Small Business Development Center at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.

You may have heard that South Carolina finally has a college football bowl game.  And while that game won’t be played until next season, preparations are already underway to ensure that the event will succeed, bringing with it a successful economic impact.

Mike Switzer interviews Karen Riordan, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce in Myrtle Beach, SC, home of the 2020 Myrtle Beach Bowl.

Historically, women have faced many challenges involving money, everything from inadequate wages to credit.  Our next guest says these challenges extend to retirement planning, as well.

Mike Switzer interviews Joy Watkins, a certified financial planner and director of financial planning at Anchor Investment Management 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.