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.

For all of our 21 years doing this show, we have regularly featured news and insights into our state’s entrepreneurial environment.  And recently, we were encouraged to learn of another podcast which has made this endeavor their sole focus.

Mike Switzer interviews Jack Harvey, an SC Launch Entrepreneur-in-Residence and host of the SC Launch CEO podcast.

We’re still early in the new year so you may still be putting into motion those new year’s resolutions, one of which may be to get your financial house in order.  And that may mean that you are looking for a financial advisor.  But where do you begin?  How do you find that perfect financial planner for you?

Mike Switzer interviews David Turner, a certified financial planner in Greenville, SC.

John Warner
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Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur whose insights are published online at Medium under the title “Control Your Destiny”.  He is based in Greenville, S.C.

On Wednesday, we shared a story with you about a Charleston company that had been awarded a $400,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund patient testing of their 3D imaging technology. Today, we’ll tell you about a Midlands biotechnology company that recently received a $900,000 SBIR Fast-Track grant from the NIH that they hope will lead to the development of better therapeutics.

Mike Switzer interviews Andrew Lee, co-founder and chief scientific officer of IMCS, Inc., in Irmo, SC.

For the past year, our next guest says his company has been running at full speed supplying personal protective equipment and disaster related products to all 50 states, including to all the hospital systems in New York City.  It has probably helped that they’ve been in the emergency supply business for over 32 years and whose founders had a background in military logistics.

Mike Switzer interviews Gordon King, president of ProPac, Inc. in North Charleston, SC.

A Lowcountry company recently earned a rare perfect score from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on its grant application for developing a low-cost, handheld, 3D imaging system which they hope will help prevent cervical cancer.  That application resulted in an award of $400,000.

Mike Switzer interviews Joe Carson, chief technology director of Pensievision in Charleston, SC.

Long after the pandemic is over, our next guest believes that COVID‐19 will have reshaped the way we approach and plan for retirement. And he says that some changes will be for the best.

Mike Switzer interviews Rick Van Der Noord, a certified financial planner in Greer, SC.

John Warner
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur whose insights are published online at Medium under the title “Control Your Destiny”.  He is based in Greenville, S.C.

One of the fastest-growing segments of the office space market over the past several years has been co-work spaces.  But then the pandemic hit.  And many office spaces became empty as the new norm became working from home and Zoom meetings.  Some experts are predicting that this trend is here to stay, even after the pandemic has been stopped.  How are co-work companies responding?

Mike Switzer interviews Greg Hilton, co-founder of the SOCO co-work centers in Columbia, SC.

Our state is beginning to make a name for itself in advanced materials research.  That notoriety was furthered recently by our next guest’s efforts in composites for the automotive industry, which won his organization the 2020 Innovision Technology Integration Award.

You may have heard about an acronym Fortune Magazine coined back in 2003 to describe young professionals: HENRYs.  High Earners Not Rich Yet.  Back in my day the term was Yuppies.  But no matter how you refer to them, our next guest says they are facing unique challenges as investors.

Mike Switzer interviews Hans Blake, a chartered financial analyst with Intelligent Investing Advisors in Greenville, SC,and a member of the SC Chapter of the CFA Society.

John Warner
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur whose insights are published online at Medium under the title “Control Your Destiny”.  He is based in Greenville, S.C.

If I were to say the words: entrepreneurship, tourism, science, sustainability, innovation, and then ask you for some business examples, how long would I have to wait for you to say “farming”?  I’m going to guess that it would probably be awhile.  And when we learned about our next guest’s farm, which incorporates all of these and more, we thought you might be interested in learning more, as well.

Mike Switzer interviews Rachel McCormick, marketing coordinator at McLeod Farms in McBee, SC.

Our next guest’s top-rated film festival last occurred just before everyone realized that the virus that had escaped China was now a serious problem for our country, too.  It’s now a year later and the pandemic is still with us but our next guest says the show will still go on.

Mike Switzer interviews Ron Tucker, executive director of the Beaufort International Film Festival scheduled for Feb. 15-19, 2021 in Beaufort, SC.

For at least the past decade, sustainability has become a big focus for the business world and in particular towards packaging that is easier to recycle.  Our next guest’s company recently came up with one such invention that won them the 2020 Innovision Sustainability Award.

Mike Switzer interviews Ben Moore, founder and CEO of TForm Packaging in Williamston, SC.

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