Mike Switzer

Host, Producer

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager.  In 2008, he and his wife, Maggie, sold a Baskin Robbins ice cream store they owned and operated for eight years on Forest Drive in Columbia. 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 which they sold in 2013.

In 2009, Mike and Maggie finished construction of their new “green” home in Blythewood, SC which was awarded Gold Certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program from the US Green Building Council.  In 2011, Mike co-founded Voterheads (www.voterheads.com), a voter education/citizen participation technology company.  He currently serves on the company’s board of directors. He is also past chair of the Town of Blythewood Planning Commission and currently serves as the executive director of the Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce.

Ways to Connect

If you didn’t already know, you are certainly not going to be surprised to find out that boat-sharing is becoming almost as popular as car-sharing.  You know, calling up a boat with your mobile app like you would use Uber or Lyft for a car.  And where better to launch such a service in our state other than Charleston?  That’s just what our next guest has done.

Mike Switzer interviews David Yates, founder of HOBA, Hop on a Boat Anywhere.

In his quarterly Economic Situation Report, our next guest posits that our current economic quagmire (as measured by recent sluggish GDP numbers), is due to "regime uncertainty, or maybe we should call it Tweet Uncertainty".

Mike Switzer interviews Bruce Yandle, Dean Emeritus at the College of Business & Behavioral Science and Alumni Professor of Economics Emeritus, both at Clemson University.  He is also the Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University's Mercatus Center. 

Alan Cooper
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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.

Pivoting to Success

Jun 23, 2017
Colin Griffin
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

We’ve talked before on this show about the Lean Start-Up model for entrepreneurs and how it is keeping many of them in business by spending their time to learn about their potential customers, iterating products and services to meet those needs, re-iterating, pivoting, all the while continuing to move forward and build a company.  Our next guest has been going through this and now feels he is finally close to a sustainable business plan.

Mike Switzer interviews Colin Griffin, is co-founder and chief engineer for Krumware based in Columbia, SC.

Charles Refshauge
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The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce recently named our next guest’s company their “Small Business of the Year”, recognizing their work in digital marketing.  So, we thought we’d invite him to our studio today to check in on the latest trends in web site design, social media, and all things Internet.

Mike Switzer interviews Charles Refshauge, co-founder of A-Line Interactive in Spartanburg.