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Coronavirus and the SC Business Community

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Economic activity was looking like business as usual for 2020, meaning all signals pointing to more slow but steady growth.  And then came the coronavirus.  What is the reaction so far from our state’s business community?

Mike Switzer interviews Ted Pitts, president and CEO of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce in Columbia, 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.