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Coronavirus and the SC Ports

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The coronavirus has certainly affected the business community and in particular, the supply chain, in which our state is a big player with the port of Charleston.  What are the expectations for this important part of South Carolina’s economy?

Mike Switzer interviews Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the SC Ports Authority in Charleston, 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.