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Pros and Cons of Trump Policies for Innovators

Dirk Brown
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Policies being pursued by the new administration in Washington are bringing new challenges and opportunities for our state's innovators, which is why an upcoming innovation and intellectual property summit has this topic on its agenda.

Mike Switzer interviews Dirk Brown, director of the Faber Entrepreneurship Center at USC's Darla Moore School of Business in Columbia, SC, host of the Innovation & IP Business Summit at Wild Dunes, May 17th – 19th.

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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.