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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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.

Upper respiratory infections are commonly caused by viruses such as influenza, rhinovirus, and coronaviruses.  And because humming is known to alleviate nasal congestion, our next guest’s medical device company is now doing research with the Medical University of South Carolina to determine if their nasal vibrator can help in preventing these infections.

Mike Switzer interviews David Lewis, managing partner at SinuSonic in Columbia, SC.

According to some national surveys, 75% of Generation Z show little or no interest in working for manufacturers and 70% of parents discourage manufacturing as a career.  So where will a manufacturing state like ours get its workforce?  Our next guest believes that video games are the answer.

Mike Switzer interviews Tina Zwolinski, CEO and founder of skillsgapp in Greenville, SC.

There has certainly been a lot more outdoor activity since the start of the pandemic.  And this has generated a lot more traffic on our state’s premier hiking and biking path that stretches from the mountains to the coast.

Mike Switzer interviews Mary Roe, executive director of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, the organization responsible for the creation and maintenance of the Palmetto Trail.

When people are updating their estate documents, they may find that it would be best to put some assets in trust for someone else. But our next guest says that when people make this decision, they sometimes have difficulty deciding who should serve as trustee.

Mike Switzer interviews Jon Robertson, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC.

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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.

Small businesses continue to suffer through this pandemic and fortunately, assistance continues to be available.  For example, our next guest’s South Carolina-based marketing company has just partnered with a California company to create a free, open-source, brand-building toolkit for businesses, nonprofits, and social enterprises.

Mike Switzer interviews Teresa Coles, President of Riggs Partners in West Columbia, SC.  Their new initiative is called Responsible Brand.

Since first opening in 1997 in Pawleys Island, our next guest’s restaurant has grown to 43 locations across the Southeast. And the pandemic hasn’t slowed them down.  Since June, they’ve signed agreements for ten more, opened nine more, and three additional locations are scheduled to open from now until the end of the year.

Mike Switzer interviews Ricky Richardson, CEO of Eggs Up Grill in Pawley’s Island, SC.

The community and workplace experiences of minorities, both sex and race-based, as collected and displayed in libraries and museums are often under-represented.  But new grant money is now available to these institutions to help alleviate this situation.

Mike Switzer interviews Kerri Forrest, director of Lowcountry programs at the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation in Charleston, SC.

The election is over.  But is it?  We do know though, that the pandemic is not finished.  Should investors be thinking about portfolio readjustments before the end of the year regardless of these unknown timelines?

Mike Switzer interviews Doug English, a certified financial planner and resident stock market prognosticator for this program with ACT Advisors in Charleston, 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 SwampfoxSuccess Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

We continue to uncover more doctors’ offices moving toward what has developed as a trend in healthcare over the past several years known as direct primary care via membership programs, which means they do not contract with insurance companies.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris McCarthy, co-founder and chief medical officer with Palmetto Proactive Healthcare in Greenville, SC.

After recently separating from the Air Force, our next guest who is an epidemiologist and a former public health officer, decided to join a national consulting and staffing firm to help schools, businesses, airports and others deal with the job site complications caused by COVID-19.

Mike Switzer interviews Mike Klingshirn with Fusion Cell in Sumter, SC.

Laboratories across the country have pivoted this year to include COVID testing to help with demand.  And we’ve uncovered another one in our state.

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Conroy, a vice president with Premier Medical Laboratory Services in Greenville, SC.

Our economy continues to follow the curve of the pandemic and so while it has significantly rebounded from the depths seen in the spring, it may soon be on its way back there if the coronavirus numbers continue their current trajectory.  And then there’s today’s election.  Regardless of who is our next president, our next guest says don’t expect a magic economic fix anytime soon.

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