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.

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Have you ever created a recipe that your friends and family thought was so tasty that that led you to think about turning it into a business?  That happened to our next guests and now their products are on the shelves of many national retailers, they’ve won a "Customer Food Choice Award" from QVC, and they've been chosen to serve on Facebook's Small Business Council.

Each year, our next guest’s school hosts a German American business summit to facilitate the growth of our state’s relationship with one of our most significant trading partners.  This year’s event is February 5th.

Mike Switzer interviews Alan Shao, dean of the School of Business at the College of Charleston, a well as their vice president of corporate affairs.

Chappy McKay
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If you traveled through our state over the holidays, you probably noticed a lot of commercial construction going on.  It’s been a busy industry for several years now but will it continue into 2020?

Mike Switzer interviews Chappy McKay, with Trident Construction in North Charleston, SC

Last year, we mentioned that a possible new retirement law could bring some significant changes to your retirement account.  And just before Christmas, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, was signed by the president and is now law.

Mike Switzer interviews Eddie Kramer, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, 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.

Nearly 40 years ago, our next guest, an Iranian immigrant, brought the Subway brand sandwich business to South Carolina with its first location in the Upstate.  That success gave him the confidence to try bringing his Persian heritage to the local food scene with a new restaurant and 12 years later, it’s still there and growing.

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You’ve heard us talk about code schools on this program many times over recent years, as the demand for software developers continues to rise.  But you probably had no idea that there is now a code school for 5-year-olds, right here in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Christina Lazar, franchise owner of Code Ninjas in Tega Cay, SC.

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By now, most people are probably aware that the odds are against entrepreneurs.  Statistics show that more than half of new businesses fail in the first five years.  Which is why our next guest says that if you want to succeed, you need to be prepared to make some critical investments into your enterprise.  And she’s not talking about land, buildings, or equipment.

Mike Switzer interviews Hilary Johnson, founder and business coach with Hatch Tribe in Charleston, SC.

The beginning of a new year is a great time to review your plan for your financial future.  If you are a Millennial, you might want to pay particular attention since you are most likely still in the early years of your career.

Mike Switzer interviews Joy Watkins, a certified financial planner with Anchor Investment Management in Columbia, 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.

Allan Symonette
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If you’re from the South and you’ve ever bought a surprise, little gift for a friend or family member just because, then you probably also know the term for that type of gift.  Our next guest recently decided to turn that type of gift-giving into an e-commerce business.

Mike Switzer interviews Allan Symonette, founder of Surcee in Greenville, SC.

With commercial construction activity in high gear right now, we were not surprised to learn that this year’s SCBizNews fastest growing small company in our state hails from that industry and from one of our busiest areas, the Lowcountry.

Mike Switzer interviews Scott McCormack, owner of Quantum Coatings in Charleston, SC. 

While many of our listeners may know our next guest for his annual free music festival in downtown Columbia, SC, many may not know that his recording studio company also teaches an audio engineering certificate program that is launching a variety of careers in sound production.

Mike Switzer interviews Jay Matheson, founder of the Jam Room Recording Studio, the Jam Room Music Festival, and the Midlands Audio Institute in Columbia, SC.

“Death and Taxes” are the two most often quoted items of inevitability.  Taxes are certainly discussed frequently, whereas death, not so much.  Our next guest says, when it comes to financial planning, that could be a big mistake.

Mike Switzer interviews Laird Green, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group 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.

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