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.

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.

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:

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
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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 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.

Not long after the pandemic started forcing businesses to shut down, Congress came to the rescue with financial aid programs, including grants and low-interest loans.  To what degree have our state’s small companies been able to take advantage of this assistance?

Mike Switzer interviews Savannah Wilburn, a lender relations specialist & public information officer for the South Carolina District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Columbia, SC.

Peter Pigeon
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Have you ever noticed that your tolerance for risk may be at one level when you’re setting your goals with your financial planner, but then along comes a market downturn and suddenly you find that you might be a little more risk-averse than you thought.

Mike Switzer interviews Peter Pigeon, a certified financial planner with Hobbs Group Advisors in Columbia, SC.

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 Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

There is no doubt that the pandemic and resulting quarantines have caused some perhaps permanent shifts in consumer attitudes and behavior.  Which is why our next guest’s company has begun conducting studies to discover how consumers in our area (North and South Carolina) are making decisions about their health and safety, travel, personal finances, buying and shopping habits, and work situations.  What are they discovering?

Mike Switzer interviews Fenton Overdyke, director of research at Chernoff Newman in Columbia, SC.

Exploring Franchising

Jul 16, 2020

An activity that always increases during times of high unemployment is that of looking into starting your own business.  Oftentimes, when someone loses their job, they begin to think that maybe being their own boss would be better.  But should you start from scratch, buy an existing business, or explore available franchises?  Or maybe none of the above?

Mike Switzer interviews Cathey Petkash, a small business and franchising consultant with FRANNET in Charleston, SC.

After growing up in a rural Gullah community outside Charleston, SC, and finishing college in Sumter, our next guest moved to Atlanta and eventually started a catering business based on the Gullah cuisine she loved as a child.  Her business became very successful, culminating not only in winning the food category in Garden and Gun magazine’s 2019 Made in the South Awards, but also in her decision to move back home to support the preservation of the Gullah-Geechee culture in our state.

With the disruptions that occurred in the stock market due to the pandemic, many investors are now focusing on companies that can endure crises like these.

Mike Switzer interviews Joseph Costigan, a chartered financial analyst with Apricus Wealth in Beaufort, SC, and a member of the South Carolina chapter of the CFA Society.