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John Warner
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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.

Thomas Torrey
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Independent filmmakers crash and burn more than stock car racers, figuratively speaking, of course.  However, our next guest says that may be changing in today’s world of ever-increasing digital film distribution channels.  His first film, “Fare”, after winning audience awards at festivals (and for which he, himself, recently won awards for best actor and best director at the Beaufort International Film Festival), is now in national distribution.

Diane Sumpter
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Our next guest’s organization was recently ranked number two in the nation among minority business assistance organizations for the dollar volume of contracts and financing it has helped its clients acquire.  More than $70 million dollars, in fact, aided by assistance from the US Department of Commerce.

Mike Switzer interviews Diane Sumpter, president and CEO of DESA, Inc., the company that operates the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center in Columbia, SC.

Prescription drugs can be a big part of one’s healthcare costs, but our next guest says that not many people know exactly how pharmacies arrive at the prices that they charge?  Are they regulated?  Are they fair?

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

Because this is tax season, the first quarter of the year is always a good time to review your finances.  But our next guest says that it’s also a good time to review all of your legal documents, like your will and power of attorney.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Cabri, a certified financial planner with Ameriprise Financial Services in Greenwood, 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.

A few years ago we interviewed our next guest about a new inn she had just opened in downtown Greenville right near a popular walking and cycling path known as the Swamp Rabbit Trail.  Recently she has expanded her company to include another inn near the northern end of that route in Traveler’s Rest, SC.

Mike Switzer interviews Wendy Lynam, owner of Swamp Rabbit Inn and Properties.

A few years ago we interviewed our next guest about a new inn she had just opened in downtown Greenville right near a popular walking and cycling path known as the Swamp Rabbit Trail.  Recently she has expanded her company to include another inn near the northern end of that route in Traveler’s Rest, SC.

Mike Switzer interviews Wendy Lynam, owner of Swamp Rabbit Inn and Properties.

Pamela Lackey
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Four years ago, business leaders, educators, students, parents and policymakers from around our state formed an initiative to not only improve but transform the way education is delivered in South Carolina.  How are they doing?

We continue to discover new technology companies in our state that are focusing on niche markets ignored by the bigger players.  And here’s another one.  Our next guest thought that Clemson football fans buying their tickets online ought to be able to pick their seats based on preferences such as shade, who’s sitting next to them, etc. and for traveling fans to learn more about the area.  And his success with Clemson has encouraged him to now take his platform to more teams around the country.

We continue to discover new technology companies in our state that are focusing on niche markets ignored by the bigger players.  And here’s another one.  Our next guest thought that Clemson football fans buying their tickets online ought to be able to pick their seats based on preferences such as shade, who’s sitting next to them, etc. and for traveling fans to learn more about the area.  And his success with Clemson has encouraged him to now take his platform to more teams around the country.

Joey von Nessen
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

With a new administration in Washington and in Columbia, South Carolina, our state’s economy, the national economy, and the stock market continue to hum along in cruise control.  How long will that continue?

Mike Switzer interviews Joey von Nessen, a research economist with the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business, and their Division of Research, which stays busy tracking and calculating our state's economic statistics.

With a new administration in Washington and in Columbia, South Carolina, our state’s economy, the national economy, and the stock market continue to hum along in cruise control.  How long will that continue?

Mike Switzer interviews Joey von Nessen, a research economist with the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business, and their Division of Research, which stays busy tracking and calculating our state's economic statistics.

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

Our next guest was recently named South Carolina’s 2016 Female Entrepreneur of the Year and 2016’s Most Influential Business Woman in South Carolina, due not only to her work in the human resources/payroll industry, but also because of her efforts to improve education through technology in her Upstate community.

Mike Switzer interviews Pamela Evette, President and CEO of Quality Business Solutions in Travelers Rest, SC.

South Carolina has a rich history of global connections, with both individuals and businesses.  And the Upstate is about to celebrate with a month-long, ten county program known as Upstate International Month.

Mike Switzer interviews Tracie Frese, executive director of Upstate International, the organizer of this annual event, now in its fifth year.

Lauren Dillon
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Most internal walls these days are made with sheetrock, but for hundreds of years, they were mostly plaster.  Our next guest is with a South Carolina company that is working to bring back historically authentic slaked lime plasters such as those used 400 years ago in Windsor Castle and St. Paul’s Cathedral.  Their work has, in fact, been installed in the Smithsonian Institute and in many other public buildings, hotels, and businesses across the country.

According to our next guest, we’re entering a time of unprecedented fiscal change in the United States: near zero interest rates, tiny Social Security cost-of-living increases, record government debt, and the disappearance of pensions.  Maybe some of you have tried “Not Your Father’s Root Beer”, but he says “this is not your father’s retirement”…so how are today’s retirees ensuring financial independence for their lifetime?

Mike Switzer interviews Rob DeHollander, a certified financial planner 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 and CEO of Swampfox, an entrepreneur-centric social media company, based in Greenville, S.C.

The odds are good that everyone listening to this show right now has a smartphone.  And if you do, you are probably not going back to a flip phone, a bag phone, or a rotary dial phone hanging on the wall in your kitchen (if you’re one of us old geezers that even knows what those are).  But let’s be honest: when you are on your smartphone, how often are you actually being productive vs. being entertained or distracted?  Our next guest says that it’s very important to figure out how to manage our relationship with this powerful tool.

In 2016, financial markets, the economy, and geopolitics experienced an unusual number of milestones. And while it’s easy to overemphasize change, shine a spotlight on uncertainty, and play up the worst-case scenario, our next guest thinks the way to assess the new dynamic is not to ask, “What’s broken?” or “What will be fixed?” but “How will businesses, markets, and the economy adapt?”

Mike Switzer interviews Doug English, a certified financial planner with ACT Advisors with offices in Greenville, Charleston.

Most people who have lived in South Carolina for a while know that Camden is one of our most popular towns for horse lovers.  But you may not know that it is also one of only a few North America stops on the world tour of the Equus Film Festival, a New York City event dedicated to equestrian-themed film, fine art and authors.

Mike Switzer interviews Suzi Sale, tourism development director for Kershaw County and the city of Camden, SC.

For the past 35 years, South Carolina has been home to a three-day celebration of our entire region’s wildlife and nature through fine art, conservation education, sporting demonstrations, and more, boosting our economy by an estimated $50 million.

Mike Switzer interviews Jimmy Huggins, president and CEO of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition coming to Charleston, SC Feb. 17-19.

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.

Since BMW moved to the Upstate many years ago, South Carolina has become home to a large and growing automotive cluster.  To celebrate the importance of this industry to our state, former SC governor Nikki Haley proclaimed February 20th through 25th as SC Auto Week which is kicked off each year with the South Carolina Automotive Summit, a three-day industry conference that draws hundreds of automotive executives from around the world.

Tom Keith
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Just like business leaders, those that are running nonprofits also need continuing education and leadership training.  For the past several years, the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations has been holding a summit to meet those needs and the next one is coming to Columbia on March 6th through the 8th.

Mike Switzer interviews Tom Keith, president of Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina and co-chair for the 2017 Nonprofit Summit.

Most financial advisors will tell you that they often get requests from their clients to try to time the markets.  That is, to try to pick the best times to get in and out of stocks and bonds throughout the year.  Our next guest says that, for that strategy, 2016 was a particularly difficult year.

Mike Switzer interviews Thomas Dowling, a chartered financial analyst and certified financial planner with Aegis Capital in Hilton Head Island, 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 and CEO of Swampfox, an entrepreneur-centric social media company, based in Greenville, S.C.

Man vs. Machine?

Feb 3, 2017

Even though there has been a lot of rhetoric lately about bad trade deals hurting American workers, most experts will tell you that a much bigger factor has been automation.  However, our next guest says that it’s not man vs. machine, but man and machine working together that promises to drive the future of U.S. and international business.

Mike Switzer interviews Roger Varin, CEO for Staubli Robotics in Duncan, SC.

For 11 years, the Beaufort Film Society has been promoting the film industry in our state’s Lowcountry through educational and special events, such as their annual film festival.

Mike Switzer interviews Ron Tucker, executive director of the Beaufort International Film Festival.

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