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EU vs. US Small Business COVID Response

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Our next guest recently talked about the politics of COVID-19 in the European Union at a presentation hosted by the Folks Center for International Business, at the University of South Carolina.  We are lucky enough to have her for the next five minutes to talk about the differences in the way the small business community has dealt with the pandemic in Europe vs. the US.

Mike Switzer interviews Eleanor Beardsley, NPR’s Paris correspondent, reporting on all aspects of French society, politics, and economics.  She is also a South Carolina native with a degree in European history and French from Furman University in Greenville, and a master's degree in International Business from the University of South Carolina.

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.