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.

Entrepreneurship is more popular than ever with today’s college students which is why our next guest says that it’s also more important than ever to make sure these students are prepared for the ups and downs of the entrepreneurial journey.

Mike Switzer interviews Gail DePriest, is a senior lecturer and director of executive leadership & corporate relations with Clemson University’s MBA program in Greenville, SC.

Trevor Wright
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About a year ago, you may remember hearing that Amazon was offering would-be entrepreneurs the chance to start their own Amazon delivery business with custom Amazon-logoed vans for as little as $10,000.  I’m sure you’ve probably seen some of those vans.  I have and it seems like all of a sudden they are everywhere.  Indeed, our next guest took that plunge and now operates a 22-van operation in the Midlands area of our state.

Mike Switzer interviews Trevor Wright, an Amazon delivery service operator based in West Columbia, SC.

Our state’s major metropolitan areas continue to see a lot of new construction activity.  One example that came to our attention recently is a new mixed use development in downtown Greenville.

Mike Switzer interviews Erik Weir, a partner and founder of WCM Global Wealth in Greenville, SC, a lead investor in Camperdown.

In today’s age of widespread and available information, our next guest says he continues to be amazed at the misconceptions and mistakes he uncovers regarding a financial plan.

Mike Switzer interviews Wes Johnson, 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.

By now, most of us have heard of blood diamonds and other rare gems and minerals that are mined in third world countries and result in death and mayhem that, at the same time, benefit warlords and corrupt corporations.  Our next guest works for a South Carolina company,  however, that has taken great pains to ensure that the rare minerals they need for their products are not involved in this type of sourcing.

Mike Switzer interviews Joel Sherman, senior director for compliance and sustainability with KEMET Electronics in Simpsonville, SC.

Joseph Rackers and Marina Lomazov
Mike Switzer

For the past 16 years, our state’s flagship university has hosted a piano festival that brings in world class musicians who not only perform but assist with master classes for those interested in a career as a pianist.  This year the festival is also inaugurating a new modern music series at the renovated Columbia Museum of Art and will feature an entrepreneurial venture in the form of a mobile concert hall designed to bring music to unusual locations and underserved communities.

Aaron Erickson
Mike Switzer

Up until last year, our next guest’s advanced manufacturing company has relied on existing space to expand operations at its six facilities nationwide.  That is until they discovered Blythewood, South Carolina, where they recently completed construction of a new, 140,000 square-foot facility.

Mike Switzer interviews Aaron Erickson, plant manager at Charter NEX Films in Blythewood, SC.

Retirement is one of biggest, if not the biggest, financial goals for most Americans.  It is generally a highly anticipated event, promoted by TV commercials showing silver haired retirees enjoying safaris in Africa, dancing on beautiful beaches or playing in parks with grandchildren.  However, our next guest says that research is showing that many retirees, even those who are financially secure, are not experiencing the personal satisfaction they anticipated.

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.

Any municipal official or small business owner will tell you that having an attraction, such as a good museum, can make a significant impact upon their local economy.  Which is probably why our next guest’s institution has been successful in raising money for renovations, some of which have recently been completed.

Mike Switzer interviews Nichole Myles, executive director of the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry in Charleston, SC.

Joey Von Nessen
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

So far in 2019, our state’s economy has survived recent interest rate increases, tariff increases, an extremely tight labor market with no seriously visible negative effects.  How lucky will we continue to be?

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.

In case you weren’t aware, 100 years ago this year, the United States military established its first presence in Germany. That was, of course, as a result of World War I.  Then World War II came along and we have never left.  But since then, our two countries and our state have developed strong economic ties.  And to celebrate this fruitful relationship, a traveling exhibit will soon be appearing in Columbia.

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.

It’s been said that nothing is certain but death and taxes, and not many topics make for worse conversation starters at the holiday table, but our next guest says it makes a lot of sense to have these difficult conversations with your family sooner rather than later.

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

This is a replay of an interview that originally aired on 12-4-18.

Anna Lewin
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Our next guest’s nonprofit organization got their start in community development through working to provide affordable housing financing in the Lowcountry, but we’ve discovered recently that they now serve the entire state and also include small business lending.

Mike Switzer interviews Anna Lewin, CEO of the South Carolina Community Loan Fund in Charleston, SC.

Hector Flores
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

The importance of having a strong education in science, technology, engineering, and math (known collectively as STEM) is universally accepted these days and as a result, has made its way into a position of prominence in the curriculum of many of our state’s high schools.  More than 30 years ago, our state recognized that need and created a school just to meet it.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Hector Flores, president of the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville, SC.

Hawa Lukulay
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Most of us know that there are deals to be found in clothing consignment shops, but how many of us want to take the time to go through rack after rack of shirts, pants, jackets, etc.  That’s why our next guest decided take a stab at starting a business that did that curating for you.  And she has done it so well that she won eBay’s 2018 Young Entrepreneur award.

Mike Switzer interviews Hawa Lukulay, founder of Messie’s Closet in West Columbia, SC.

The 21st century has seen a few serious financial crises starting with the Y2k tech bubble and of course, the Great Recession.  And that’s why our next guest says risk management is a very important part of building your investment portfolio.

Mike Switzer interviews Peter Nielsen, a chartered financial analyst with Foster Victor Wealth Advisors in Greenville, SC and a member of the SC Chapter of the CFA Society.

For many decades our state’s colleges and universities have been providing professional development courses for our business community.  But one caught our eye recently that certainly seems to stand out from traditional offerings, one that shows how using anthropology can help you advance your career.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Melissa Vogel, a professor of anthropology and director of the Business Anthropology Program at Clemson University.

With the proliferation of big drug store chains over the past several decades, you just don’t see too many independent pharmacies anymore.  But they do still exist and our next guest’s company is an example of one of these survivors.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Janet Thames, a pharmacist and owner of Blythewood Pharmacy in Blythewood, SC.

One of our state’s annual events has recently been selected as a Top 20 Festival & Event winner for the month of June 2019 by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Mike Switzer interviews Brad Hoffman, owner of Gypsy Wind Farms in Blair, SC, one of the many stops in the 10-county self-guided tour of farms, farmers markets, and artisans known as the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour.  He is also the co-chair for the event in Fairfield County.

If there’s one thing our state’s coastal communities have had to deal with more and more over the past several years, it’s flood waters. Hurricanes, 1,000-year floods, more hurricanes.  And oftentimes when challenges like these arise, entrepreneurship arises also to meet them.  That’s just what happened with our next guest and his new company.

Mike Switzer interviews Drew Cullinan, Operations Manager of Lowcountry Storm Prep in North Charleston, SC.New Business Challenges Flooding.

This year was the first tax filing year under The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and we have heard from some people who were pleasantly surprised at their outcome, as well as some who were shocked over checks they had to write to the IRS.  And that’s why our next guest says that it might be a good idea to do some tax planning now while that most recent return is still fresh in your mind.

Mike Switzer interviews Melissa Bane, a certified financial planner with the Greenville, SC office of Greenwood Capital.

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.

Mi Sou Hood Gray
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Managing a business, a department, or just a project can be tedious and sometimes downright grueling.  Which is why a little developmental training and insight can be a big help and why our next guest’s organization is bringing just such an event soon to Columbia.

Most people would not be surprised to learn that, according to a recent study reported in Inc. magazine, entrepreneurs experience more stress than average employees.  Our next guest believes that stress can be reduced by reconnecting with one’s personal life through storytelling.  An exercise she believes can also help an entrepreneur’s brand awareness.

Mike Switzer interviews Renee Manning, an integrative executive coach and founder of Biggest Small Things podcast in Mount Pleasant, SC.

Four years ago, when we last interviewed our next guest, his company had just received an award from InnoVision for his water heater technology.  They’ve done it again with the InnoVision 2018 Technology Development Award.  And the company recently returned from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with several more awards.

Mike Switzer interviews Jerry Callahan, founder and CEO of Heatworks in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

Wanting better returns from your investments is an obvious goal of every investor. However, our next guest says that most investors try to do this the hard way and are passing up a simple way of boosting performance.

Mike Switzer interviews Rick Van Der Noord, 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.

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