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Startup Weekends coming to Beaufort, Myrtle Beach SC

South Carolina Business Review
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If you are a technology entrepreneur or thinking about becoming one, there are events coming to our state’s coast that you may want to know about. Mike Switzer interviews Jess O’Brien, executive director of the Beaufort Digital Corridor in Beaufort, SC, the organization bringing TechStars Startup Weekend to their city April 29-May 1. The Myrtle Beach Techstars Startup Weekend is May 6-8.

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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.