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Latino Economic Impact Growing Rapidly in SC

Julie G. Smithwick
Mike Switzer

  In case you missed it, the latest U.S. Census shows that South Carolina has the fastest growing Latino population in the country.  This growth brings many economic realities, including how it affects our state's current and future workforce.  That's why our next guest's organization is hosting a business leaders forum next week on this topic.

Mike Switzer interviews Julie G. Smithwick, Executive Director of PASOs Programs at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

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.