Business & Finance

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

Mike Switzer interviews Andy Owens, managing editor of SCBizNews, the company that publishes the Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine.

Lola Jordan
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Regardless of the uncertainty surrounding healthcare, one thing is certain, costs are continuing to go up.  Which is why many companies are developing ways help those in the healthcare industry get their costs under control.  Some of that technology is being built in Columbia, South Carolina, a nationally recognized hub for the healthcare IT industry.

Mike Switzer interviews Lola Jordan, president of Companion Data Services in Columbia, SC.

Tristan Weinkle
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With the new administration in Washington proposing cuts in federal funding for arts organizations around the country, our next guest says that it’s not just those organizations that will be affected but the business community, as well.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Tristan Weinkle, owner of South Carolina Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care in Columbia, SC.

Brad Hoffman
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If you haven’t heard, June is "Ag and Art Tour" Month in South Carolina.  Since 2012, this free, self-guided tour of farms and artisans across several counties in our state has been giving visitors the opportunity to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, purchase food and art, dance to the melodies of bluegrass and folk songs, and learn more about rural life.  This tour is, in fact, the largest free "farm and art" tour in the nation.

Many of you have heard of Columbia’s Bull St. development project.  But if you haven’t, it’s a 20-year, 181-acre project to transform the historic S.C. State Hospital site into a mixed-use neighborhood.  The new Columbia Fireflies baseball team is there with their new stadium.  And many other new tenants are on site as well, some of them in newly restored historic buildings.  However, some are complaining the development isn’t moving along fast enough.