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When should a small business seek peer advice?

South Carolina Business Review
SC Public Radio

Sometimes small business owners need a little advice. When they do, they can turn to numerous nonprofit small business assistance organizations, and you regularly hear from those right here on this show. But there are also for-profit companies out there that help with coaching and peer advice assistance...like our next guest’s.

Mike Switzer interviews Peter Brougham-Cook, owner of The Alternative Board-Lowcountry franchise in Bluffton, 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.