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.

After beginning his search for a career as a chef with his enrollment many years ago at the Johnson and Wales culinary school in Charleston, SC (before it moved to Charlotte), our next guest went on to experience success at restaurants in Savannah, New York City, and Hong Kong.  Now he’s back in the Lowcountry running the kitchen of one of the area’s top-rated restaurants in its new location.

Mike Switzer interviews Wes Long, the executive chef at the Harbour Club at Westedge.

Investors in technology stocks have been pretty happy since the pandemic broke out as these companies’ revenues have been, for the most part, not only COVID-proof but COVID beneficiaries.  Is this proof that tech stocks should be a permanent part of your portfolio?

Mike Switzer interviews Paul Meeks, a chartered financial analyst and portfolio manager with Independent Solutions Wealth Management in Charleston, SC, and a member of the SC 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.

Even though we are still in the midst of the virus crisis, our state’s economic development organizations have not stopped their efforts to bring in new business and to support existing companies.  For example, in response to the pandemic, our next guest’s organization has created an impact report for its 5-county alliance to assist it’s area businesses in their efforts to succeed.

For parents, deciding how much to save for retirement versus what to set aside for a child’s education can be a difficult balancing act.  Our next guest says that while saving for your future should be a priority, that doesn’t mean you can’t include funding your child’s education at the same time.

Mike Switzer interviews Rob DeHollander, a certified financial planner in Greenville, SC.

Almost 20 years ago our next guest’s organization was formed to manage our capital city’s downtown Main Street district.  Since that time, especially in the last several years, that district has undergone a noticeably positive transformation.  But now we are in more challenging times with the pandemic and concerns over police actions and race relations.  How are our downtown businesses coping?

Mike Switzer interviews Matt Kennell. president and CEO of the City Center Partnership in Columbia, SC.

With the re-opening of the economy and the resurgence of the virus this summer, hopes for better times ahead have been delayed.  Is restarting the economy becoming more and more reliant on a vaccine?

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.

According to Goldman Sachs, the combined market values of Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Facebook — now account for over 20% of the value of the S&P 500 Index. That exceeds the 18% concentration level that occurred in the famous tech bubble of 2000.  Our next guest says that this is just one reason why investors need to take a serious look at their unrealized capital gains.

A recent study conducted by our next guest’s organization found that, during this pandemic, one in three small businesses would have had to close all or part of their business if they had not had any digital tools as a part of their business model, while those empowered by digital tools were four and a half times more likely to project revenue gains.

Mike Switzer interviews Jake Ward, president of the Connected Commerce Council in Charleston, SC.

Outdoor jobs have taken on a new level of importance and security in this post-COVID world.  Which is why our next guest’s organization has just launched a new online certification program for landscape management professionals.

Mike Switzer interviews Drew Jeffers, a horticulture and natural resource agent with the Clemson University Cooperative Extension in Spartanburg, SC.  Landscape Program: https://www.clemson.edu/extension/scclp/index.html

For parents, deciding how much to save for retirement versus what to set aside for a child’s education can be a  difficult balancing act.  Our next guest says that while saving for your future should be a priority, that doesn’t mean you can’t include funding your child’s education at the same time.

Mike Switzer interviews Rob DeHollander, a certified financial planner in Greenville, SC.

Andy Owens
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews Andy Owens, managing editor of SCBizNews, the company that publishes the Columbia Regional Business ReportCharleston Regional Business JournalGSA Business and SCBizNews magazine.

We’ve heard about the issues facing the meat packing industry during this pandemic.  But what about the multitude of other food processing and distribution facilities across the country and our state?

Mike Switzer interviews Brian King, president of A M King in Greenville, SC.

We interviewed our next guest back in March when the pandemic was just beginning it’s havoc creation across the country and our state and he reported that our state’s business community was committed to do what was necessary to halt the spread of Covid-19 and to help companies survive its wrath.  And now, in the face of record unemployment, they are helping to bring a workforce development and awareness program to our state’s school children.

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