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Preparing College Students for Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurship is more popular than ever with today’s college students which is why our next guest says that it’s also more important than ever to make sure these students are prepared for the ups and downs of the entrepreneurial journey.

Mike Switzer interviews Gail DePriest, is a senior lecturer and director of executive leadership & corporate relations with Clemson University’s MBA program in Greenville, 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.