Business & Finance

The financial markets go up and they go down, sometimes they go around and around, and where they’ll go next, no one can say for sure.  That’s why financial advisors recommend diversification, which can help smooth out the ups and downs.  Our next guest says that you can smooth those returns even further by adding liquid alternative investments to your portfolio.  And no, that does not mean buying stock in Jack Daniels.

John Warner
www.innoventure.com

A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Concepts to Companies and founder of the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

  Just like in the White House, there are many business people across the country currently in some form of transition in their careers.  If that’s you, our next guest would like to share with you a few tips on how to make a great impression, proactively becoming aware of the culture and politics of a new organization, and avoiding crucial errors. 

Mike Switzer interviews Dave Baker, a principal and senior consultant with the Palmetto Leadership Center in Anderson, SC.

Leslie Pitner
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Our next guest says that the odds are strong that your child’s orthodontist also treats adults.  What may be news to you though, is that she says you may have a very hard time finding an orthodontist that only treats adults.  And that is the niche market she is attempting to carve a presence in.

Mike Switzer interviews Leslie Pitner, who practices orthodontics for adults only in Columbia, SC.

As the uncertainty in healthcare continues across our state and the nation, one term we are hearing more of lately is high-risk pool.  What exactly is that and if it comes to South Carolina, how will it affect us?

Mike Switzer interviews Lynn Bailey, a healthcare economist in Columbia, SC.

The last time we interviewed our next guest, he was telling us about a new fiduciary rule from the Department of Labor and the effects it might have on investors.  But a lot has happened since then, including a new administration in Washington that may affect the implementation of that rule.

Mike Switzer interviews Jeff Wildes, a certified financial planner in Georgetown, SC.

John Warner
www.innoventure.com

A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Concepts to Companies and founder of the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

Baron Davis
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One trend in high school education over the past several years is to bring more real world career experience to students before they graduate.  One school district in the Midlands of our state has taken that initiative to the next level.

Mike Switzer interviews Baron Davis, superintendent-elect for Richland School District Two and co-founder of Richland Two’s Institute of Innovation, known as R2I2.

Dr. John Robinson
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  In case you haven’t noticed, our population is getting older and older.  In fact, the fastest growing segment of the population is centenarians.  Which could also explain why we are seeing explosive growth in the development of assisted living centers and retirement communities.  And in companies that serve those sectors, such as our next guest.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. John Robinson, co-founder and CEO of WellZesta in Greenville, SC.

Hannah Walters
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You might not be surprised to learn that businesses make more money when more people can walk and bike to their shops, restaurants, etc.  Our next guest’s organization recently released a report that confirms that thought by highlighting the positive economic impact on 10 communities in our state that have invested in bicycle and pedestrian projects.

Mike Switzer interviews Hannah Walters with Eat Smart Move More South Carolina in Columbia, SC.

It’s that time of year when we start to think about spring-cleaning, you know: decluttering our homes and lives as we dust off the dreariness of winter.  Our next guest says the same task can be applied to other areas of your life, as well, including your investments.

Mike Switzer interviews Erica Smith, a certified financial planner with Charleston Investment Advisors in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

John Warner
www.innoventure.com

A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Concepts to Companies and founder of the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

Karl Hudson Phillips
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Software engineers continue to be in great demand across the country and in our state.  And that means there is also considerable demand for training and continuing education in that field.  And our next guest is working to provide that.

Mike Switzer interviews Karl Hudson Phillips, co-organizer of the 2nd annual Syntax Conference coming to Charleston, SC May 18th and 19th.

Michele Abraham
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Over the past five years our next guest’s organization has helped our state’s small business community acquire over $35 billion in government contracts, $215 million dollars in financing, while helping almost 800 entrepreneurs start a business.

Mike Switzer interviews Michele Abraham, state director for the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers.

Dirk Brown
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Policies being pursued by the new administration in Washington are bringing new challenges and opportunities for our state's innovators, which is why an upcoming innovation and intellectual property summit has this topic on its agenda.

Mike Switzer interviews Dirk Brown, director of the Faber Entrepreneurship Center at USC's Darla Moore School of Business in Columbia, SC, host of the Innovation & IP Business Summit at Wild Dunes, May 17th – 19th.

According to recent estimates, anywhere from 40 to 70% of the population will need long-term care at some point.  The fact is we are living longer so the odds are, we may be faced with the dilemma of long-term care, which our next guest says can devastate a family emotionally and financially if you do not have a plan in place.  This is especially important for women who comprise about 80% of nursing home residents.

Mike Switzer interviews Melissa Bane, a CPA and certified financial planner with Greenwood Capital in Greenville, SC.  

John Warner
www.innoventure.com

A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Concepts to Companies and founder of the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

Bob Quinn
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Our next guest’s organization has been helping entrepreneurs in our state grow their new businesses through grant money, investment money and many other resources. Now they are adding to that list with a new summit that will provide a collaborative environment where their client companies and the entrepreneurial community can network, discuss ideas and share experiences.

Mike Switzer interviews Bob Quinn, executive director of SCRA, host of the upcoming SC Launch Summit.

The Striped Skunk

Apr 28, 2017
A Striped Skunk at the London Zoo.
Baby Dinosaur, [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr

The Striped Skunk and the Spotted Skunk are the two varieties found in South Carolina.

Bret Sowers
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Although announcements from Washington continue to signal a return toward emphasizing fossil fuel investments, a small and conservative southern state continues to grow its investment in renewable energy.

Mike Switzer interviews Bret Sowers with Southern Current in Charleston, who recently announced a $10 million solar energy project in Orangeburg County.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
Peter Miller via Flickr

There is a variety of these beauties in South Carolina each Spring.

Ted Creech
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Wireless telecom providers have been experimenting with ways to increase capacity in their coverage areas for many years.  And some of these are now moving from the drawing board into reality.

Mike Switzer interviews Ted Creech, a public affairs specialist with AT&T in Columbia, SC.

The Downy Woodpecker

Apr 26, 2017
A Downy Woodpecker
Eric Bégin via Flickr

The Downy Woodpecker is the smallest found in South Carolina.

Post Tax-Day Economics

Apr 25, 2017

Many economists will tell you that once tax day has come and gone, consumers tend to relax their wallets and notch up spending a little.  Will that be the case again this year or will the uncertainties surrounding potential new policies from Washington keep a lid on things?

Mike Switzer interviews Frank Hefner, director of the Office of Economic Analysis at the College of Charleston.

John Warner
www.innoventure.com

An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites in South Carolina: MidlandsBiz, UpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC.

While we’ve heard doom and gloom stories about hospitals lately, including speculation about their ability to survive in today’s brave new world of healthcare, our next guest says that the current and projected population and economic growth in his area bodes well for his hospitals.

Mike Switzer interviews Todd Gallati, president of Trident Health Systems in Charleston, SC.

Mark Hammond
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South Carolina’s government offices are continuing to move into the 21st century with a recent announcement that more than 150 official business forms can now be filed online for the very first time.

Mike Switzer interviews Mark Hammond, South Carolina’s Secretary of State.

It wasn’t too long ago that few people knew that “the cloud” was no longer just a meteorological term.  In fact, there is now an Upstate South Carolina “cloud” company that is raining money.  In 2015, they were named South Carolina’s Fastest Growing Company and in 2016, they were ranked #73 on the Inc. 5000, the prestigious list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation.

Mike Switzer interviews Shay Houser, co-founder and CEO of Green Cloud, based in Greenville, SC.

Demand for financial education continues to grow at our universities and colleges.  As an example, our next guest says that the number of students seeking a degree in finance or other related disciplines at his institution has increased by 80% over the past ten years.

Mike Switzer interviews Greg Putnam, a lecturer in the finance department at the Moore School of Business at USC in Columbia.

Alan Cooper
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites in South Carolina: MidlandsBiz, UpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC.

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