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Women's Business Summit Coming to Columbia

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According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, South Carolina is the #4 state in the country for women launching businesses, with over 160,000 woman-owned enterprises.  And we’ve been a top ten state for ten years.  So our next guest says it’s about time to launch a women’s business summit.

Mike Switzer interviews Katherine Swartz Hilton, executive director of the McNair Center for Entrepreneurism & Community Engagement and the co-founder of the Women’s Business Center of South Carolina at Columbia College.

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.