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Midlands Scores High in Entrepreneurial, Business Environment

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Mike Switzer interviews Megan Hughes, executive director of EngenuitySC in Columbia, SC.

Our state’s Midlands area recently received its annual competitiveness report from our next guest’s organization and while it shows improvements over prior years and one bright spot in particular, it also shows the Capital City continues to lag behind its peers in most categories.

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.