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Business Involvement in Societal Change

South Carolina Business Review
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According to a 2021 Harris Poll conducted earlier this year on behalf of the American Psychological Association, 84 percent of U.S. adults say the country has serious societal issues that need to be addressed (think race and politics). Our next guest says that many communities are forming coalitions in an attempt to find equitable solutions.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Laura Bogardus, a change management expert and CEO and co-founder of Noble Aim Consulting in Greenville, SC.

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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.