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.

Peter Pigeon
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When was the last time you reviewed your insurance policies?  Have you ever put together an actual insurance plan to make sure you aren’t missing anything?  Our next guest says many people tend to put off insurance planning because it’s just not a lot of fun. And, he adds, that is unfortunate because insurance should be viewed as a valuable tool in your overall financial plan.

Mike Switzer interviews Peter Pigeon is a Certified Financial Planner with Hobbs Group Advisors in Columbia, SC.

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

Sandy Reeser
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With the tight labor market we are currently experiencing, companies need every advantage they can get in order to lure qualified employees.  It certainly helps if your business is named one of the best places to work ten years in a row.

Kirby Player
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According to the US Department of Agriculture, the average age of a farmer in South Carolina is now approaching 60, continuing an upward trend for the past 30 years.  This is concerning to our Upstate flagship university because agribusiness is actually our state’s largest industry bringing in over $42 billion to our economy.  So they’ve decided to do something about it.

Phil Yanov
Courtesy of Phil Yanov

Many years ago, our next guest saw a need for a networking event specifically to serve the needs of the Upstate’s burgeoning tech industry.  It became so popular that he eventually expanded it to other cities around our state and even to one of our neighboring states.

Mike Switzer interviews Phil Yanov, founder of Tech After Five in Greenville, SC.

Each month we bring you a conversation with one of our state’s leading economists to share with you their thoughts on not only our local economy but the big picture, as well.

Today, Mike Switzer checks in with Frank Hefner, the director of the Office of Economic Analysis at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC.

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.

Sustainable Printing

Nov 1, 2019

As more companies adopt environmentally-friendly business practices, more entreprepreneurs are becoming motivated to create environmentally-friendly companies.

Mike Switzer interviews Donna Brin, founder of bfive40 in Little River, SC.

If I were to ask you what Charleston, SC and Sussex, England have in common, of course you would say “Literature”, wouldn’t you?  Because obviously, you have attended our next guest’s event before.

Mike Switzer interviews Leah Rhyne, director of the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival coming to the Holy City Nov. 7th thru 10th.

Frank Anderson
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In case you hadn’t heard, National Veteran Small Business Week is November 4th through 8th and the South Carolina District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration is participating.  Here to tell us more is their lender relations specialist, Frank Anderson.

Veterans Small Business Matchmaker event Nov. 4, 2019, Columbia, SC

The “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement” Act, also known as the SECURE Act, was passed earlier this year by the US House of Representatives in a nearly unanimous vote.  Although the vote demonstrated strong bipartisanship support, Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, has yet to bring it to a vote.  Our next guest though, feels that some version will eventually make it into law and therefore feels you should know a little more because it would bring significant changes to retirement planning.

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.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an adult is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States every minute.  In addition, they also say that by 2025, the number of people with Alzheimer’s is expected to grow in every state by at least 13 percent and in South Carolina, by 35 percent.  Our next guest’s mother became one of these statistics which motivated him to found a  “first-of-its-kind” memory care day center in the Lowcountry.

Mike Switzer interviews David AvRutick, founder of Alice’s Clubhouse in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

As competition for qualified employees continues to heat up, many companies and staffing firms are focusing their recruitment efforts on US military veterans.  However, our next guest says that while many veterans are aware of this demand for their skills, they’re not sure how to make the necessary connections.

Mike Switzer interviews Jordana Megonigal, CEO of the RECON Network in Greenville, SC.  Veteran Employment and Transition Summit: 11-21-19.

Tyron Javis
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Industry Week is a national publication devoted to news important to manufacturing plants around the world and once a year they publish a list of their “Best Plants in the country”.  Of the six plants selected this year, two were from South Carolina, including our next guest’s company.

Mike Switzer interviews Tyron Javis, plant manager at Intertape Polymer Group in Blythewood, SC.

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