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New Resource for SC Inventors

South Carolina Business Review
SC Public Radio
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If you are an inventor or potential inventor with what you believe could be a great, new, and profitable idea, you probably are aware of organizations out there that offer assistance. We’ve just learned of another one that is specific to our state.

Mike Switzer interviews Adrian Pelkus, director of the South Carolina Inventors Forum in Lexington, 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.