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SC Salutes Small Business on May 1

Gregg White
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

In just a couple more weeks, the US Small Business Administration will be celebrating National Small Business Week.  And it kicks off in our state with the 14th annual South Carolina Salute to Small Business on Wednesday, May 1, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Mike Switzer interviews Gregg White, district director for the South Carolina District Office of the US Small Business Administration.

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.