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.

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
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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.

Grant Phillips
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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.

Many businesses find it necessary and profitable to outsource some of their operations.  One of the most common of these examples, especially for entrepreneurs, is an answering service.  With today’s technology, it can make a very small company look anything but.

Mike Switzer interviews Mel Carlen, vice president of operations for the North American headquarters of the British firm, MoneyPenny, in Charleston, SC.

Thousands of film lovers (and many filmmakers) from around the globe will soon be converging on Beaufort, South Carolina for an annual film festival that has been recognized as one of the fastest growing in the Southeast and one of the top 100 in the world.

Mike Switzer interviews Ron Tucker, executive director of the 14th annual Beaufort International Film Festival.

While our next guest expects 2019’s final economic growth numbers to come in significantly lower than those we saw when the year began and that that limp-along trend will continue this year, he does not foresee a recession in 2020.

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.

Meghan Hickman
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Each year, our next guest’s nonprofit organization releases its Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report, kind of a report card on how the central part of our state’s economy is doing compared to other areas.

Mike Switzer interviews Meghan Hickman, executive director of EngenuitySC in Columbia, SC.

Our state’s tourism season is about to kick off with more than 40,000 people expected to attend an annual event in the Lowcountry celebrating the art and sport of wildlife.

Mike Switzer interviews John Powell, executive director of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition coming to Charleston, SC in February.

Dr. Laura Reynolds
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With the state and nation experiencing a serious teacher shortage, one Upstate college is working on new ways to alleviate that situation.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Laura Reynolds, USC Upstate’s Dean of the School of Education, Human Performance, and Health in Spartanburg, SC.

As with any profession, there are those who excel, those who are average, and those who lag in their field.  Financial planning is no different.  To hold yourself out as a “Financial Advisor” you just need to pass a couple of exams that only require about a month’s worth of studying; then you can be responsible for someone’s life savings.  How would you rate your financial advisor?

Mike Switzer interviews Ashton Lawrence, a certified financial planner with Dehollander and Janse Financial Group 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 Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine.