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Midlands Entrepreneur “Producing” Success

  We've talked about this before on this show, but we've just learned that getting your hands on produce from local farmers keeps getting easier and easier.  For example, two Saturdays a month, our next guest and her business partner pack as much local produce that they can find into brown boxes for folks to pick up at various locations around their area.

Mike Switzer interviews Heather Hardy, co-owner of Brown Box Veggies based in Columbia, SC.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.