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 hear us talk regularly on this program about the importance of entrepreneurial activity in our state.  While we have a vibrant and growing start-up community here, we still lag significantly behind many other states.  Our next guest is working hard to improve that statistic through her efforts at a local school district.

Mike Switzer interviews Aimee Gray, director of technology at Anderson School District 3 in Anderson, SC. 

Ray Smith
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Last year we introduced you to a high school film festival that made its debut in the Midlands of our state.  It was their first year with a goal of attracting student entries from around the state.  Instead they received entries from around the country and when they began accepting entries for this year’s event, they are reporting submissions from around the world.

Mike Switzer interviews Ray Smith, director of the Doko Film Festival in Blythewood, SC.

We’ve recently discussed on this program the effect on our retirement plans of the new Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act.  That discussion was centered on the law’s implications for individuals.  Today, we’ve asked one of our resident financial experts to help us understand how employers will be affected.

Mike Switzer interviews Roy Janse, a certified financial planner in Greenville, SC.

John Warner
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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.

Eddie Wales
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In 1989, our next guest saw an old vacant automobile parts store in downtown Columbia, SC and thought that it might be a good place to introduce a new trend in dining that was sweeping across the country by turning it into a farm-to-table bistro.  Over 30 years later, he’s still going strong.

Mike Switzer interviews Eddie Wales, owner of Motor Supply in Columbia, SC.

Ben Mackey
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As the economy heated up and the labor market tightened, our next guest noticed an underserved sector in the building maintenance industry and decided to buy a franchise to serve it.

Mike Switzer interviews Ben Mackey, owner of the Columbia, SC location of City Wide Building Maintenance Solutions.

Melanie Huggins
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At the close of their annual summit last year, our next guest’s organization asked its attendees what was the most important issue for them to address going forward.  When over 30 percent replied “racial equity”, that became the focus of this year’s event.

Mike Switzer interviews Melanie Huggins is executive director of the Richland Library and co-chair of South Carolina’s Nonprofit Summit coming to Columbia March 4-6.

Winston Churchill is credited with saying that “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential”. Our next guest says that this is particularly relevant to financial planning but he also wants you to remember that the plans themselves comprise nothing more than guesswork.

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

John Warner
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

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.

Cathy Hood-Pittenger and Larry Nichols
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The homeless situation continues to be an issue for our state’s cities, towns, and their businesses. Many communities across the nation are grappling with this with many different solutions being tried.  Our next guests are working on this issue in Columbia, SC.

Allen Peltzman
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When you have an old, broken computer or other piece of electronics that doesn’t work anymore, you’re not supposed to throw it away.  You are supposed to recycle it.  But that means finding a drop-off place or waiting for a local electronics recycling event offered by your city or county.  Our next guest thought there must be a better way so he started his own electronics recycling company.

Mike Switzer interviews Allen Peltzman, founder of Allen Recycling in Columbia, SC.

Amy Johnson Ely
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As our state continues to look for ways to attract the best and brightest workforce, quality of life is certainly important.  One aspect of that that is showing up on a lot of millenials’ checklists is a bicycle-friendly environment.  And our next guest’s organization is right in the middle of that effort.

Mike Switzer interviews Amy Johnson Ely, executive director of the Palmetto Cycling Coalition in Columbia, SC.  Disclaimer: Mike Switzer is a member of the PCC.

We talked recently on this show about the importance of your investment philosophy being similar to your financial advisor’s but our next guest says it should maybe go a little deeper, that your actual core values should also align.

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

John Warner
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

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.

Grant Phillips
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

After growing their automation business for 30 years in our state, our next guest recently decided to sell his company to a German firm.  What does this mean for one of South Carolina’s fastest growing companies?

Mike Switzer interviews Grant Phillips, president of REI Automation in Columbia, SC.

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