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After working with Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden in Columbia, SC, the San Antonio Botanical Garden, and the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden at Belmont, NC, our next guest finally decided he was ready to embark on his own entrepreneurial adventure in the landscape business.

Mike Switzer interviews Todd Beasley, owner of Primitive by Design in Columbia, 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.