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.

One of the most discussed economic issues involving the aftermath of the virus crisis is what will change with our supply chain.  We have already talked with some companies on this show who have changed their sourcing from China to the US.  Will that shift become more widespread?

Our state and national economies have slowly begun to re-open after months of dealing with the global pandemic.  When can we expect to see the level of economic activity return to its pre-virus state?

Mike Switzer interviews Frank Hefner, Director Office of Economic Analysis and Professor of Economics at the College of Charleston.

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 Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine.

A regular guest on this program, John “Swampfox” Warner, often talks about the importance of our state’s innovation and intellectual capital, particularly that which originates from our research universities.  Our next guest is right in the middle of this scene.

The last time we interviewed our next guest two years ago, the economy was humming along and he was staying quite busy in the digital marketing world.  The pandemic, of course, has changed everything and while businesses are starting to open back up, he says they should rethink their marketing strategies.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Manley, CEO and co-founder of Engenius in Greenville, SC.

It’s never easy running a company or organization, but our next guest says that in a time of crisis, such as we are in now, effective leadership is critical.

Jon Roberston
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There’s certainly a lot going on right now even with not a lot going on. We’re still in a pandemic, the stock market continues to be volatile, and congress has passed and may keep passing massive rescue legislation.  What is all of this doing to your financial plan?

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

John Warner
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An update of the news and issues facing the entrepreneurial community in our state.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Accessible Diagnostics and the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

Raising venture capital has always been a struggle in the Palmetto State but late last year, our next guest was able to raise $5 million for her start-up, right out of the gate.  It probably helped that she also runs a venture fund.

Mike Switzer interviews Halle Tecco, CEO of Natalist in Charleston, SC.

When the PGA Tour announced recently that they were restarting professional golf in June, our next guest was happy to find out that his tournament, the only one held in South Carolina, was going to be included when it had previously been written off for this year.

Mike Switzer interviews Steve Wilmot, tournament director of the RBC Heritage coming to Hilton Head Island, SC June 18-21.

Prior to the pandemic, there existed a very tight labor market, with many companies in dire need of qualified employees in order to continue growing their businesses.  With the unemployment rate continuing to balloon into double digits, the recruiting and hiring scene has certainly changed.  How should companies proceed from here?

For years, our state has struggled to find ways to improve its overall performance among our K-12 public schools.  Our next guest’s organization has helped to create an e-learning website to further that effort which won the 2019 Innovision Community Service award.

Mike Switzer interviews Catherine Schumacher, president and CEO of Public Education Partners Greenville County in Greenville, SC. 

John Warner
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An update of the news and issues facing the entrepreneurial community in our state.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Accessible Diagnostics and the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

Allen Gillespie
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As we round the corner of this virus crisis, many investors are starting to think about what the focus of the portfolios should be, which sectors are expected to outperform and underperform as we move into a new normal.

Mike Switzer interviews Allen Gillespie, a chartered financial analyst with Fintrust Capital Advisors in Greenville, SC.

With COVID-19 decimating the cruise industry, our next guest’s Lowcountry company faced a serious dilemma because their main business was designing, manufacturing, and installing cruise ship signage and interiors.  But like many other similarly affected businesses, they completely shifted their operations to manufacture something in demand during this crisis; in their case - medical face shields.

Mike Switzer interviews Patrick McNulty, co-owner of The Bourne Group in North Charleston, SC.