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SC Business Update From Andy Owens

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews Andy Owens, managing editor of SCBizNews, the company that publishes the Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine

Events:

Dig South Interactive Festival, Charleston - April 28-May 2

Attracts attendees and speakers from across the U.S. including eBay, twitter, Google, Inc., Sega and others.

Just Energy Roundtable, Columbia - April 28

Stakeholders, including S.C. Chapter of NAACP discussing financal impact of energy and renewables

Women Mean Business, Greenville - April 29

Networking trade group for area business leaders and entrepreneurs

Education and Business Workforce Development Summit, Rock Hill - April 30

Catawba Regional Education Center host summit for education, business and government leaders to discuss how to develop South Carolina's workforce.

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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.