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Business Community Affected By Cuts in Arts Funding

Tristan Weinkle
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

With the new administration in Washington proposing cuts in federal funding for arts organizations around the country, our next guest says that it’s not just those organizations that will be affected but the business community, as well.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Tristan Weinkle, owner of South Carolina Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care 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.