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Documenting the African-American experience in SC

South Carolina Business Review
SC Public Radio

At about this time last year, we interviewed our next guest about some grants her foundation was making to improve historical documentation of minorities’ workplace and community experiences. This year a new round of grants has recently been announced to continue this work at some additional organizations, part of which will have a specific focus on African Americans.

Mike Switzer interviews Kerri Forrest, director of Lowcountry programs at the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation in Charleston, 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.