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.

When the City of Atlanta was hit with a ransomware hack in 2018, it cost local taxpayers $17 million while operations were restored over the next several months.  Our next guest says that cybercrime, ransomware in particular, is estimated to cost businesses and cities $2 trillion this year, and he says this is because these attacks are not widely publicized, catching most everyone off guard.

Mike Switzer interviews Rob Cheng, is a cyber security expert in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Finding a Publisher

Jan 9, 2019
Lisa Anne Cullen
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

If there are any authors in our audience today, I’m sure they know the difficulties in finding a publisher for their work.  Our next guest is an author and illustrator of children’s books who has recently found a publisher in the University of South Carolina Press.

Mike Switzer interviews Lisa Anne Cullen, who lives, writes and draws and Ridgeway, SC.

Alex Chastain
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Studies show that, on average, college graduates earn $1 million more during their lifetimes than people who don’t go to college.  Another study found that people who graduate from college have, on average, four times the net worth of people who don’t.  But it is a big investment, which is why our next guest says there are several questions to answer and decisions to make before attending.

Mike Switzer interviews Alex Chastain, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group 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.

If you were to name the one critical variable that determines the destiny of an organization, what would your guess be?  Money, workers, marketing?  Our next guest says the correct answer is “leadership”.

Mike Switzer interviews Antony Bell, CEO of Leader Development, Inc. in Columbia, SC.

Audio for this program is currently unavailable.

If you were to name the one critical variable that determines the destiny of an organization, what would your guess be?  Money, workers, marketing?  Our next guest says the correct answer is “leadership”.

Mike Switzer interviews Antony Bell, CEO of Leader Development, Inc. in Columbia, SC.

Every year, the US Small Business Administration holds an awards program during National Small Business Week, which, this year, is coming May 5-11.  Nominations are being accepted right now but time is running out because the deadline is only six days away: January 9th.

Well, here we are, 2019 has finally arrived.  We recently heard from USC economist, Joey Von Nessen, on his outlook for our state’s economy for the new year.  Let’s check in with another of South Carolina’s preeminent forecasters and see what he thinks.

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina Moore School's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Curtis Loftis, state treasurer of South Carolina.

Audio for this program is currently unavailable.

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina Moore School's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Curtis Loftis, state treasurer of South Carolina.

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina Moore School's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Steve Benjamin, mayor of Columbia, SC.

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina Moore School's recent 

Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from former South Carolina governor, Jim Hodges.

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina Moore School's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Jeanne Milliken Bonds, senior manager of regional community development for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina Moore School's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Jeanne Milliken Bonds, senior manager of regional community development for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina Moore School's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Dr. Joey Von Nessen, research economist in the Division of Research at the Moore School of Business at USC in Columbia, SC.  Here is a link to the slides presented at the conference.

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina Moore School's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Dr. Joey Von Nessen, research economist in the Division of Research at the Moore School of Business at USC in Columbia, SC.  Here is a link to the slides presented at the conference.

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina Moore School's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Dr. Joey Von Nessen, research economist in the Division of Research at the Moore School of Business at USC in Columbia, SC.  Here is a link to the slides presented at the conference.

Joey Von Nessen
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina Moore School's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Dr. Joey Von Nessen, research economist in the Division of Research at the Moore School of Business at USC in Columbia, SC.  Here is a link to the slides presented at the conference.

The budding young filmmakers in our state can hone their skills at home and at school through various projects, but how do they really know how good they are and if they’re learning the right things?  Our next guest believes that a statewide film festival for high school students can be one of the answers, and so he created one.

Mike Switzer interviews Ray Smith, director of Doko Film Fest coming to Blythewood, SC, April 26-29, 2019.  (Application deadline: Feb. 7, 2019)

For those of you who have been retiring over the past several years, finding a way to squeeze some decent income out of your retirement nest egg has probably been a challenge.  And now, maybe even more so with interest rates still low and a stock market that is seeing increasing volatility.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Cabri, a certified financial  planner with Ameriprise Financial Services in Greenwood, 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.

Ashley Demosthenes
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Most people would agree that promoting strong economic development and maintaining high quality of life are complementary efforts.  Which is why our next guest believes that it’s very important to build trust between, for example, business and conservation relationships.

Mike Switzer interviews Ashley Demosthenes, executive director of the Lowcountry Land Trust.

Tabitha Strickland
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

South Carolina has roughly 100,000 students with disabilities who are being assisted under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Our next guest says that while the majority of these kids are able to earn a state high school diploma, those that fall short are still deserving of recognition that will help them enter the workforce.  Which is why she went to work to help create and implement a new program to assist these students in acquiring the necessary skills to be successful after high school.

Jim Barber
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

As more and more companies from around the world continue to open operations in our state, international business issues are receiving more priority from our state’s colleges and universities and from global executives such as our next guest.

You’ve probably heard by now that someone purchased the winning $1.5 billion mega lottery ticket in our state.  Maybe that person is listening right now.  Or maybe you might be a big lottery winner someday. Which is why we invited our next guest on the show to share his recommended tips on what to do if a big cash windfall does indeed come your way.

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.

Curtis Loftis
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

According to our next guest, over a half billion dollars of unclaimed property is being held by the state of South Carolina waiting to be reunited with its rightful owners.  Could some of this be yours?

Mike Switzer interviews Curtis Loftis, treasurer of the state of South Carolina.

Ron Harvey
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Owning and/or managing a small business is not a small task.  Technologies change, communities change, employees change; how does a leader keep up and lead at the same time?

Mike Switzer interviews Ron Harvey with GCS Consulting in Columbia, SC.

Tim Floyd
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Maintaining creativity in your business can be difficult when there are so many other tasks in front of you.  But our next guest says that the last thing you should want you business to be is predictable and hum-drum. 

Mike Switzer interviews Tim Floyd, founder of Tim Floyd Creative in Lexington, SC.

t’s been said that nothing is certain but death and taxes, and not many topics make for worse conversation starters at the holiday table, but our next guest says it makes a lot of sense to have these difficult conversations with your family sooner rather than later.

Mike Switzer interviews Bethany Griffith, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, South Carolina.

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