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Lowcountry entrepreneur named Small Business Person of the Year

Jennifer Megliore
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Jennifer Megliore

Our next guest was recently named our state’s Small Business Person of the Year by the US Small Business Administration. She earned this award by successfully operating and growing a gift shop in the Lowcountry. Mike Switzer interviews Jennifer Megliore, owner of ArtWare in Hilton Head Island, 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.