South Carolina Business Review

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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.

Most of us have known someone who has gone through a divorce, in fact it might even be you.  And in the case of a divorce, how often do you suppose each party takes into consideration things like taxes and insurance?  Our next guest says these decisions can have long term consequences and need to be addressed. Mike Switzer interviews Jamie Minster, a certified divorce financial analyst practicing in Charleston, SC.

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Swampfox, a South Carolina business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.Related Links:

http://www.dynepic.com/

Events:
http://www.scautomotivecouncil.com/2015-auto-summit/

Our next guest started playing guitar in bands in high school 23 years ago, eventually forming his own groups, and then 14 years ago started teaching guitar after reuniting with his high school instructor.  Some of his students have gone on to become nationally signed acts, win awards, and have songs in major movies and television shows.  Recently, he has also began teaching via Skype with students as far away as Japan.

Mike Switzer interviews Don Russo, founder and owner of Freeway Music in Columbia, SC.

It's been over a year now since the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina hired a new leader.  He says he's all settled in now and ready to discuss his plans for the school moving forward. Mike Switzer interviews Peter Brews is dean of the Moore School.

  According to MovieMaker magazine, our next guest's event is "one of the 25 coolest general film festivals in the world."  Not bad for a small town in a small state.  But not surprising when this same small town is connected to Forrest Gump, Pat Conroy, Tom Berringer, Demi Moore, Kevin Kline and many, many more big name movies and actors.  And this year, attendees will see Gaffney, SC native and world-reknowned actress Andie MacDowell on stage receiving the festival's inaugural Spirit and Pride of South Carolina award.

The stock and bond markets have been on a multi-year run, with no sizable corrections since the rebound from the Great Recession in 2008.  Will 2015 be the year the markets finally retrace some of their success?  Mike Switzer interviews Doug English, with ACT Advisors in Charleston.

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Swampfox, a South Carolina business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.  

Company mentioned: 
http://www.gooddonegreat.com/csr/

Events:
http://www.scautomotivecouncil.com/2015-auto-summit/

The news just keeps getting better for tourism in our state.  Most of the good news you heard last year was about Charleston and Myrtle Beach, but recently Greenville, South Carolina was named the seventh best place to visit in the U.S. in 2015 by Lonely Planet, one of the world's leading travel media companies.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Stone is president of VisitGreenvilleSC, the official sales and marketing organization for the City and County of Greenville.

Most people are probably aware that South Carolina has been seeing a big increase in it's firearms business as a result of some other states' unfriendly environments for that industry.  Our next guest says that is why his school developed a curriculum in gunsmithing that is bringing in students from as far away as Alaska and resulting in a 2 year waiting list to join the program.

If you happened to visit Christmasville in Rock Hill, South Carolina over the holidays, you may have noticed an exhibit of magazine covers illustrated by Rice Krispies Snap, Crackle and Pop creator, Vernon Grant.  Mr. Grant adopted Rock Hill as his home town and donated to the town most of his original magazine cover illustrations.  Unfortunately they weren't in such great shape.  The good news is that Rock Hill is also home to a world class digital restoration specialist and that's why those magazine covers displayed in Rock Hill look just like the originals.

By now everyone is aware of the new lower oil prices and the corresponding fall in gasoline prices and what it all means to our bank accounts.  But what does it mean to our investment accounts?  Do we sell our energy industry stocks and mutual funds, do we buy more, do we sit and watch?

Mike Switzer interviews Rob DeHollander, a certified financial planner in Greenville, SC.

In this weekly update of the news, events and issues facing 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.

Measuring over 1.5 million on the Scoville Heat Unit Scale, our next guest's creation, known as the Carolina Reaper, was awarded the Guinness World Record in November of 2013 as the hottest pepper in the world.

Mike Switzer interviews Ed Currie, founder, president, and mad-scientist AKA Smokin' Ed of the Puckerbutt Pepper Company (the name of the company will not be mentioned over the air), who grows these peppers and more in his Rock Hill, South Carolina greenhouse.

You may have heard an interview we did early last year with the Upstate software engineering school The Iron Yard about their initiative to train students in the art of computer code and design, all within 12 weeks.  Our next guest is with a Columbia, SC-based web design company helping the Iron Yard teach something known as UX, and it's being mirrored in Austin, Texas.

Hunting has always been big business in South Carolina, and our next guest, an avid hunter himself, saw the need about five years ago to bring the business of hunting into the 21st century through technology.  As an International MBA student, his idea won a business plan competition at the University of South Carolina in 2011 and since actual development, the company's mobile apps have become top sellers nationwide, which is allowing the company to expand into new markets.

January is more than half gone already which means that you should have a head start on your new year's resolutions by now, right?  Our next guest says that if you made some financial resolutions, he has some tips that will help you stay on track.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Beard, a certified financial planner with Gateway Wealth Strategies in Greenville, SC.

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Swampfox, a South Carolina business news service, based in Greenville, S.C. 

By now, most of us have heard of STEM, the initiative to teach science, technology and math in our public schools.  Our next guest says her South Carolina public school has been at the forefront of this initiative since 1988.

Mike Switzer interviews Kim Bowman, the executive vice president for strategic direction at the Governor's School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville, SC.

Eight years ago, we interviewed our next guest's company about a revolutionary new tire design that combined the benefits of a radial tire, such as improved traction and longer wear, into one that requires no air.  Since then, it has been tested on wheelchairs, Segways, passenger cars, and NASA moon rovers and for the past two years successfully sold for use on front-end loaders, proving the demand.  Which has resulted in the recent announcement of a $50 million plant in the Upstate to manufacture the tire.

If you are a diabetic, you know that blood sugar test-strips cost about a dollar each.  Our next guest is a student at Clemson University who says her research team has developed a process to bring the retail price of these down to five cents.  And she has attracted $500,000 from local investors.

Mike Switzer interviews doctoral student Kayla Gainey, chief technology officer for Accessible Diagnostics, currently based at Clemson University. 

You’ve heard the old adage: “A failure to plan is a plan for failure”. Well, there's no better time to put together a written financial plan than the first part of the year. So where do you start?  Our next guest says that there are four areas that should be a part of everyone’s financial plan.

Mike Switzer interviews Rick Van Der Noord one of the inaugural Certified Financial Planning professionals in America, who joins us by phone from his office in Greenville SC.

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Swampfox, a South Carolina business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.    Events: http://www.scautomotivecouncil.com

Our next guest says the biggest change in health care over the next few years will not be the Affordable Care Act, but how people will access physicians and how telehealth will play a prominent role in this shift.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Cole, senior managing partner with eDocHome, based in Greenville, SC.

As you traveled our state's highways this past summer, you may have seen billboards announcing South Carolina's “barbecue trail”.  They were part of a tourism campaign that was not only successful but award-winning.

Mike Switzer interviews Duane Parrish, director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism in Columbia.

The Capital Corporation's list of South Carolina’s 25 Fastest Growing Companies for 2014 was released recently.  Coming in at number one is an Upstate company, which provides financing to residential real estate investors, mainly “house flippers”.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warren, president of Lima One Capital in Greenville.

Our next guest says that, unlike retirement and education, most people rarely even think about socking away money to pay for a wedding.  And she says that's a big mistake.

Mike Switzer interviews Catherine Latto, a certified financial planner in Charleston, SC.

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Innoventure, and its Swampfox business news service, based in Greenville, S.C. 

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing 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.  

Last year, 26,000 came down to Main Street in Columbia to celebrate the city's Famously Hot New Year event.  This year, organizers are expecting even more because they have signed up the city bus system to open 12 routes to assist attendees.  Our next guest says downtown businesses, especially hotels and restaurants, are getting geared up for another successful night.  

Mike Switzer interviews Melanie Murphy, chair of Famously Hot New Year in Columbia, SC.

The Gift of Knowledge

Dec 18, 2014

This time of year, more than any other time, is when so many people focus on charity and helping the nonprofits they care about.  Our next guest says that businesses, in particular, are part of a new trend in giving: the gift of knowledge.

Mike Switzer interviews Madeleine McGee, president of the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations, also known as SCANPO.

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