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Myrtle Beach Entrepreneur Named State's Top Female Business Person

Denise Thigpen
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  The South Carolina District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently named our next guest the “2016 South Carolina Female Business Person of the Year”.

Mike Switzer interviews Denise Thigpen, Founder and CEO of Wholesale Boutique, in Myrtle Beach.

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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.