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Charleston Regional Economic Development and Sustainability, Part 3

South Carolina Business Review
SC Public Radio

Today’s audio comes from the recent ‘Investing in Sustainability Webinar Series’ hosted by The Nature Conversancy and Sustain SC, which was funded by the Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund.

Mike Switzer was the moderator for this event and today’s excerpt comes from his conversation with Anna DeLage, recycling market development manager (Recycling in SC) for the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

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.