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Upstate Tech Company Targets Mental Health Community

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While healthcare has certainly been a popular topic lately, mental healthcare sometimes takes a back seat.  But in Upstate South Carolina, a young technology company is receiving some recognition for their mental health training services and their efforts to bring assistance to those suffering from mental health disorders and stress.

Mike Switzer interviews Robyn Hussa Farrell, CEO of Sharpen, located in the GreenHouse Business Incubator at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, SC.

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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.