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.

Scott Nuelken
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With the increasing demand and viability of bicycle-riding commuters, more cities and towns in our state are creating and supporting bicycle-friendly initiatives.

Mike Switzer interviews Scott Nuelken, president and CEO of Cola Town Bike Collective in Columbia, SC.

Over 100 years ago, our next guest’s institution of higher learning began as small two-year college helping Upstate textile mill workers obtain a general education.  But recently, they have been approved to offer their first ever bachelor's degree program with a unique real-world business focus.

Mike Switzer interviews Scott Cochran, president of Spartanburg Methodist College in Spartanburg, SC.

Mark Rapp
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I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but jazz is making a comeback in popularity not only across the country but here in our state, as well.  Which means that jazz musicians are also becoming more in demand, which is leading to the necessity for training and instruction.

Mike Switzer interviews Mark Rapp, founder of the ColaJazz organization which runs the ColaJazz Festival in Columbia, SC and the upcoming USC ColaJazz Camp.

It’s probably safe to say that most everyone looks forward to retiring someday.  But when that day comes, how will you know for sure that you are ready?  Our next guest says the answer involves successfully accomplishing five critical steps first.

Mike Switzer interviews Bryan Ballentine, a certified financial planner with Ballentine Capital Management in Greenville, 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.

The last time we interviewed our next guest’s company, they were a small advertising and marketing in the Upstate.  Now they have an office in Los Angeles and new ownership.

Mike Switzer interviews Brandy Amidon, co-president of Brains On Fire in Greenville, SC.

Della Watkins
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As you would probably guess, the business community puts a lot of value on quality of life for their employees, especially when a new site location is being considered.  Things like parks, recreation, theaters, and the arts.  After more than a year and a half of intensive construction and transformation,  one such institution in Columbia has become an even more integral part of that equation.

Mike Switzer interviews Della Watkins, executive director of the Columbia Museum of Art.

We continue to be amazed at the unlikely economic links we discover between our state and other countries around the world.  The latest involves a Lowcountry rug dealer and his attempts to build the same industry in Afghanistan.

Mike Switzer interviews Rob Leahy, owner of Fine Rugs of Charleston in Charleston, SC.

The national and state economies continue to forge ahead into positive territory, however our next guest says there is a tremendous amount of uncertainty when he looks ahead to the next 12 months.

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.

The opioid crisis may not be in the news as much as last year, but our next guest says significant challenges remain in our state for not only affected individuals, but physicians and our workforce, as well.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Kenneth Perry, an emergency room physician at Trident Medical Center in Charleston, SC.

Asheley Scott St. John
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In 2011 our next guest took the bold step of starting her own architectural firm when the nation was still in the early stages of escaping the throes of the Great Recession.  Only eight short years later, she is one of just 22 architects nationwide to be honored by the American Institute of Architects with its 2019 AIA Young Architects Award.

Mike Switzer interviews Asheley Scott St. John, owner and president of 1 x 1 Design in Columbia, South Carolina.

Nicole Elko
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As with most any coastal state, South Carolina has a vibrant, multi-billion dollar tourism industry that brings a lot of value and importance to our beaches.  That’s why, a few years ago, the mayors and administrators of these beach communities came together to form a nonprofit to educate people about the importance of our beaches.

Mike Switzer interviews Nicole Elko, executive director of South Carolina Beach Advocates in Folly Beach, SC.

Jon Robertson
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For many people who own small businesses or who are self employed, setting up a retirement plan for themselves certainly makes sense.  However, as the business grows and more employees are added, these retirement plans can start to get a little more complicated.

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

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.

Bill Edmonds
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How many times during an average workday do you find yourself distracted by something that takes your focus off of an important task you’re right in the middle of?  Maybe it’s a personal call, an equipment breakdown, a lost Internet connection, or maybe just coworker chit-chat. These can not only drive you crazy but also your employer.

Mike Switzer interviews Bill Edmonds, founder of The Alternative Board and Northstar Leadership Solutions in Columbia, SC.  

SC "Hemping" Up

Jun 20, 2019
Eric McClam
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

The hemp business continues to grow in South Carolina.  The latest evidence comes from a press release we came across recently announcing a new collaboration in Columbia utilizing 45,000 square feet of greenhouses to produce hemp seeds, clones and transplants and a goal of creating 40 new jobs.

Nate Terracio
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Most business owners will tell you that a vibrant arts community equals a vibrant economy.  Just over a year ago, our next guest took over management of one of our capital city’s oldest performing arts venues that is positively affecting that economic impact.

Mike Switzer interviews Nate Terracio, director of the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia, SC.

When an institution engages an investment management firm to handle their portfolio, one of the first things they do is agree to an investment policy statement, which is kind of the doctrine by which the money will be managed.  Our next guest says that this is something individuals should have, as well.

For a weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina, Mike Switzer talks with John Warner, co-founder of Accessible Diagnostics and the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

Entrepreneurship is more popular than ever with today’s college students which is why our next guest says that it’s also more important than ever to make sure these students are prepared for the ups and downs of the entrepreneurial journey.

Mike Switzer interviews Gail DePriest, is a senior lecturer and director of executive leadership & corporate relations with Clemson University’s MBA program in Greenville, SC.

Trevor Wright
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About a year ago, you may remember hearing that Amazon was offering would-be entrepreneurs the chance to start their own Amazon delivery business with custom Amazon-logoed vans for as little as $10,000.  I’m sure you’ve probably seen some of those vans.  I have and it seems like all of a sudden they are everywhere.  Indeed, our next guest took that plunge and now operates a 22-van operation in the Midlands area of our state.

Mike Switzer interviews Trevor Wright, an Amazon delivery service operator based in West Columbia, SC.

Our state’s major metropolitan areas continue to see a lot of new construction activity.  One example that came to our attention recently is a new mixed use development in downtown Greenville.

Mike Switzer interviews Erik Weir, a partner and founder of WCM Global Wealth in Greenville, SC, a lead investor in Camperdown.

In today’s age of widespread and available information, our next guest says he continues to be amazed at the misconceptions and mistakes he uncovers regarding a financial plan.

Mike Switzer interviews Wes Johnson, a certified financial planner with ACT Advisors in Charleston, 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.

By now, most of us have heard of blood diamonds and other rare gems and minerals that are mined in third world countries and result in death and mayhem that, at the same time, benefit warlords and corrupt corporations.  Our next guest works for a South Carolina company,  however, that has taken great pains to ensure that the rare minerals they need for their products are not involved in this type of sourcing.

Mike Switzer interviews Joel Sherman, senior director for compliance and sustainability with KEMET Electronics in Simpsonville, SC.

Joseph Rackers and Marina Lomazov
Mike Switzer

For the past 16 years, our state’s flagship university has hosted a piano festival that brings in world class musicians who not only perform but assist with master classes for those interested in a career as a pianist.  This year the festival is also inaugurating a new modern music series at the renovated Columbia Museum of Art and will feature an entrepreneurial venture in the form of a mobile concert hall designed to bring music to unusual locations and underserved communities.

Aaron Erickson
Mike Switzer

Up until last year, our next guest’s advanced manufacturing company has relied on existing space to expand operations at its six facilities nationwide.  That is until they discovered Blythewood, South Carolina, where they recently completed construction of a new, 140,000 square-foot facility.

Mike Switzer interviews Aaron Erickson, plant manager at Charter NEX Films in Blythewood, SC.

Retirement is one of biggest, if not the biggest, financial goals for most Americans.  It is generally a highly anticipated event, promoted by TV commercials showing silver haired retirees enjoying safaris in Africa, dancing on beautiful beaches or playing in parks with grandchildren.  However, our next guest says that research is showing that many retirees, even those who are financially secure, are not experiencing the personal satisfaction they anticipated.

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.