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Locating Business Sites

South Carolina Business Review
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For most of the last two decades, our next guest has been busy helping companies find locations for their factories and offices. What are companies looking for these days, has anything changed since the pandemic, and is our state a good business location state?

Mike Switzer interviews Didi Caldwell, president and founding principal of Global Location Strategies in Greenville, SC. Their site selection app is site shepherd.

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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.