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.

Independent Colleges Re-examining Business Model

Nov 6, 2014

You may have heard about a well known small college in Upstate South Carolina that slashed tuition costs last year by over 40%.  As a result, our next guest has been selected for a national steering committee whose goal is to encourage all independent colleges to reexamine their business models.

Mike Switzer interviews Betsy Fleming, President of Converse College in Spartanburg, a member of the Council of Independent Colleges.

You've probably heard about the internationally-acclaimed arts and crafts school in the small North Carolina mountain village of Penland.  But what you may not realize is how big its infuence is on the art scene in the Palmetto State.  Now, for the first time, an exhibition is being held in Columbia to help fund scholarships for Penland's work-study scholarship program.

SC Economic Update from the Moore School

Nov 4, 2014

While the national unemployment rate recently dropped to a new post-recession low, South Carolina's keeps inching in the other direction.  What's with that?

Mike Switzer interviews Joey von Nessen, a research economist with the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business, and their Division of Research, which stays busy tracking and calculating our state's economic statistics.

SC Business Update from John "Swampfox" Warner

Nov 3, 2014

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.  Events: Internet of Things, 2014 South Carolina Business and Research Mission to Israel.

If you are a small business owner, how excited are you when you have to go talk to a banker about financing your business needs?  Probably not so much.  Our next guest is running a web-based company that he says is helping lead a revolution in small business finance by reducing the complexities found in the traditional lending process.

Mike Switzer interviews Hunter Stunzi, co-founder and president of Snapcap based in Charleston, SC.

Local Author Advocates “Edit First”

Oct 30, 2014

Most writers will acknowledge that the odds are against their dream of becoming successfully published authors. Traditional publishers and literary agents reject most of the manuscripts sent to them, and authors who self-publish typically meet with unflattering results as well.  Our next guest says the biggest reason for this is that too many authors do not take the extra step of having their manuscripts professionally edited.

Most college students know they can sell their used textbooks back to the college bookstore but what about their used bookbag or any other item they don't want anymore?  eBay?  Craiglist?  Our next guest recently won a pitch competition for what he says is a better idea: an online marketplace allowing university students, professors, and staff to buy and sell these items between themselves. As a result, he won a year of free space at the USC Columbia Technology Incubator.

Autumn Financial Markets Update

Oct 28, 2014

Autumn is a time of tradition and ritual: the World Series, a new school year, apple cider, and the fall harvest. For those in the financial services industry, fall is time to check in on the U.S. economy, the Federal Reserve, and the financial markets as investors begin their year-end planning.

Mike Switzer interviews Wes Johnson, a Certified Financial Planner with Carolinas Retirement Specialists in Charleston, who is going to give us his autumn update.

SC Business Update From Alan Cooper

Oct 27, 2014

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: MidlandsBizUpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC.

In case you hadn't heard, the American Planning Association recently announced that South Carolina is home to one of their 10 Great Streets in America.  That street is King Street in Charleston.

Mike Switzer interviews Tim Keane, planning director for the City of Charleston, SC.

In 2009, with the great recession setting in and business drying up, our next guest, a real estate developer at the time, started looking for a new way to utilize his sales talents.  Soon after, he visited his alma mater, Florida State University, where he kept hearing from students about how taxis were expensive, parking in town was non-existent and DUIs scared everybody.  So he scribbled on a cocktail napkin: “Green Operated Transportation Carrying Humanity Around”.  And his new company was born.  No, it's not Uber or Lyft.

Taking Capitalism to the Next Level

Oct 22, 2014

There's a new international movement in the business community that is seeking to inspire business owners to elevate not only their profits but humanity as well.  Our next guest recently received approval to launch a chapter of this non-profit organization in the LowCountry.

Mike Switzer interviews Barry Patterson, president of the Charleston chapter of Conscious Capitalism.

SC Business Update From John "SwampFox" Warner

Oct 20, 2014

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.Events: Internet of Things

Most of you are probably familiar with the several forms a business can take: sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company (LLC) and a corporation, further subdivided as a traditional C-corp or S-corp.  But our next guest has formed a relatively new type of corporation, the B-corp. which focuses not only on profits but “benefits” to the community or environment.

Mike Switzer interviews Deb Stirling, chief financial officer for Infinite Habitat, based in Columbia, SC.

Homelessness continues to be a concern to cities and businesses across South Carolina.  Our next guest runs the state's largest homeless shelter and service provider, which recently re-branded itself to reflect what it really provides its clients: a chance to turn their lives around. Mike Switzer interviews Stacy Denaux, CEO of One-Eighty Place in Charleston.