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.

A high quality of life is always important to the business community, and that includes protecting our state’s abundant natural resources.  Something our next guest’s organization stays very busy doing.

Mike Switzer interviews Andy Smith, with Oconee Forever, affiliated with Upstate Forever in Greenville, SC.  Rally in the Valley

Sometimes all a struggling small town needs to revive its economy is a really cool festival.  Our next guest says that is exactly what happened to her town.        

Mike Switzer interviews Carla Angus, education and program manager for ArtFields coming to Lake City, SC April 26-May 4.

Garet Strange
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Hiring a financial planner does not mean the same thing to all people.  And our next guest says that can cause a lot of confusion.  So he’s in our studio today to help clear up some of these myths.

Mike Switzer interviews Garet Strange, a financial planner and vice president of operations for Hobbs Group Advisors in Columbia, SC.

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.

Gregg White
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In just a couple more weeks, the US Small Business Administration will be celebrating National Small Business Week.  And it kicks off in our state with the 14th annual South Carolina Salute to Small Business on Wednesday, May 1, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Mike Switzer interviews Gregg White, district director for the South Carolina District Office of the US Small Business Administration.

Brenda Golden
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If there’s anything we’ve noticed over the 20 years we have been doing this show, it’s the phenomenal growth of resources available to our state’s entrepreneurial community, from mentoring to incubators to even funding.  Resources like StartUp Weekend, an event that takes place around the country and our state and is coming next to Sumter, SC May 3-5.

Our next guest’s Upstate company recently won the 2018 Innovision Small Enterprise Award for synthesizing a new coating with a service temperature of more than 350°C, which helps deliver better performance to optical fibers, wires, and films.

Mike Switzer interviews Adam Haldeman, research and technology manager for Tetramer Technologies in Pendleton, SC.

Brenda Golden
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

If there’s anything we’ve noticed over the 20 years we have been doing this show, it’s the phenomenal growth of resources available to our state’s entrepreneurial community, from mentoring to incubators to even funding.  Resources like StartUp Weekend, an event that takes place around the country and our state and is coming next to Sumter, SC May 3-5.

Our next guest’s Upstate company recently won the 2018 Innovision Small Enterprise Award for synthesizing a new coating with a service temperature of more than 350°C, which helps deliver better performance to optical fibers, wires, and films.

Mike Switzer interviews Adam Haldeman, research and technology manager for Tetramer Technologies in Pendleton, SC.

During the most recent Academy Awards, our next guest’s company won an Oscar for their visual effects work on the movie, “First Man”.  And very soon she will be returning to her home state to share her experiences with attendees of the inaugural statewide high school film competition, Doko Film Fest, coming to her hometown of Blythewood, SC, April 26-27.

Mike Switzer interviews Michelle Eisenreich, a visual effects producer with Double Negative in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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.

Since our next guest became the CEO of one of our large, publicly-traded companies based in the Lowcountry a little more than a year ago, he has instituted some changes that have led the company to get back on the growth track and become noticed again by investors.

Mike Switzer interviews Ray August, CEO of Benefitfocus in Charleston, SC.

Jimmy Braddock and Adele Little
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Alcohol and drugs continue to be a roadblock to success for many people.  Our next guest’s organization has been working with men in the Columbia area who are seeking help in overcoming these types of life issues and they are about to expand their services with a brand new dormitory.

Mike Switzer interviews Jimmy Braddock, program director at Providence Home in Columbia, SC.

Kevin Wentzel
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Doesn’t it seem like technology is sometimes moving too fast to keep up with?  It certainly can for old guys like me.  That’s why we’ve invited a young technology entrepreneur to help us with what he sees happening in tech for the rest of this year.

Mike Switzer interviews Kevin Wentzel, chief operating officer for Kopis in Greenville, SC.

If you’re one of the 10,000 Baby Boomers that is turning 65 every day in this country, you may be as confused as the other 9,999 who are now qualified to receive Medicare coverage.  From Part A to Part D to Medigap, what does it all mean?

Mike Switzer interviews Joy Watkins, a certified financial planner and director of financial planning at Anchor Investment Management in Columbia, SC.

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.

Sergio Aparicio
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

In the technology world, “open source” is the term given to software for which the original source code is made freely available to anyone, allowing it to be redistributed and modified.  Because open source now comprises 80% – 90% of the code in a “typical” application, our next guest says the need to learn more about it has never been more vital.  Which is why our next guest is bringing an open source conference to our state.

For two weeks every April, our state basks in the glory of wonderful weather and the business and sport of golf.  Next week, the Masters plays out in the Georgia/South Carolina border town of Augusta, then the PGA Tour heads to the Harbor Town Golf Links at Hilton Head Island, where our next guest is busy preparing right now.

Mike Switzer interviews Steve Wilmot, tournament director for the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing, coming to Hilton Head Island April 15th-21st.

Paul Naquin
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

I don’t think anyone would argue that the workplace of tomorrow will continue to require new skills and new technologies such as artificial intelligence, intelligent automation, and machine learning in order to stay competitive.  And that’s why our next guest says his company is making a significant investment in our capitol city in these fast-growing technology areas.

Mike Switzer interviews Paul Naquin, executive vice president of operations for Capgemini North America in Columbia, SC.

It’s been a long time since the Great Recession and during that time the R word hasn’t been mentioned much.  Until recently, that is, when all of a sudden the yield curve became inverted, which has oftentimes presaged a recession.  Should we be concerned?  And what is an inverted yield curve?

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.

Peter Brews
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Business degrees continue to rank high in popularity among today’s college students, which makes our next guest optimistic about the future for his institution as it celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

Mike Switzer interviews Peter Brews, dean of the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of SC in Columbia.

Although South Carolina continues to receive bad press on national education rankings, our next guest says there’s more to these students than just test scores.  Which is why he has created an online platform connecting students and young professionals with opportunities for college scholarships, apprentice programs, jobs, and mentors.

Mike Switzer interviews Casey Welch, president and CEO of Tallo in Mt.Pleasant, SC.

Wayne Jones
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Regardless of their age, the majority of business owners have this in common: their business is usually their largest investment.  Which is why our next guest says he continues to be surprised at many business owners’ lack of connecting their business to their retirement planning.

Mike Switzer interviews Wayne Jones, a senior advisor with Pendleton Street Business Advisors in Columbia, SC.

New vs. Used Cars

Mar 26, 2019

Spring is right around the corner which makes a lot of us think of spring cleaning, out with the old and in with the new.  And for some of us that may mean a new car or just a newer car, which our next guest says can bring about a common car buyers dilemma: “Should I buy a new car or used car?”.

Mike Switzer interviews John Cooper, a certified financial planner with Greenwood Capital in Greenwood, SC.

Alan Cooper
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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 Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites in South Carolina: MidlandsBiz, UpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC.

Amy Jolly
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It probably comes as no surprise to you that individuals who experience mental illness can also experience difficulties finding meaningful employment.  Which is why our next guest’s organization exists.

Mike Switzer interviews Amy Jolly, executive director of Work in Progress based in Columbia, SC.

Michael Arndt
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You may have heard recently that hearing aids are going to soon be available over the counter.  Will this be a big disruptor to the hearing industry? Our next guest says yes, but he also adds that much confusion could also result and he says there are other big changes coming to that industry that have not been given much press yet.

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Arndt, owner of Digital Hearing Outlet in Lexington, SC.

Springtime in South Carolina brings warmer weather and our first big national sporting event for the year.  It’s tennis time in the Lowcountry when the world’s top women players will be in our state competing for ranking points and big money.

Mike Switzer interviews Bob Moran, tournament director at the Volvo Car Open coming to Daniel Island, SC March 30-April 7.

Most people make an effort to prepare for their own retirement and to some degree, the possibility of nursing home care.  But our next guest says that not as many people are prepared to take care of an aging parent. The Institute on Aging, though, reports that over 43.5 million Americans are caring for an older family member.

Mike  Switzer interviews Jeff Wildes, a certified financial planner in Georgetown, SC.

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