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S.C. Ed Institution Recognized for Workforce Development

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In case you hadn’t heard, the Transatlantic Business & Investment Council, an organization that promotes trade and investment between North America and Europe, recently recognized a South Carolina educational institution for its efforts in workforce development.

Mike Switzer interviews Chuck Whipple, director of the Enterprise Campus Authority at Midlands Tech 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.