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Midlands Entrepreneur Recognized in Forbes Magazine

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In case you missed it, Forbes Magazine’s most recent 30 Under 30 list of the nation’s top young entrepreneurs included a Midlands woman who has been working with a nationwide student-led nonprofit that promotes student involvement in K-12 schools and in local and national education policy and issues.  Through her work, more than 10,000 students have become involved in activism.

Mike Switzer interviews Merrit Jones, board president of Student Voice.  She lives and works in West 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.