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Burgers Lead to Success

hevalo and Monique Wilsondebriano
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Have you ever created a recipe that your friends and family thought was so tasty that that led you to think about turning it into a business?  That happened to our next guests and now their products are on the shelves of many national retailers, they’ve won a "Customer Food Choice Award" from QVC, and they've been chosen to serve on Facebook's Small Business Council.

Mike Switzer interviews Chevalo and Monique Wilsondebriano, owners of Charleston Gourmet Burger Company and Recipe2Success in Charleston, 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.