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

Alan Buck
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Have you noticed that more and more electric vehicles are showing up on our roads and highways?  Even with low gas prices, the EV industry is growing nationally and in our state.

Mike Switzer interviews Alan Buck, the Columbia, SC coordinator for the Drive Electric Event, coming Sept. 9th.

Just when we thought coding schools were becoming passé with the closing of the Iron Yard and other schools, we came across one company who is bullish on the industry and is moving quickly to fill the vacuum left by those who exited.  And they’ve planted a beachhead here in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Tom Wilson, chief technology innovation officer and an instructor at JRS Coding School in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

While the debate over healthcare insurance has certainly been on a lot of people’s minds lately, one new trend in the industry continues to move forward: outcome-based healthcare.  Our next guest’s company is trying to catch that wave.

Mike Switzer interviews Rick Hammer, CEO of SE Healthcare Quality Consulting in Charleston, SC.

Joey Von Nessen
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For the past couple of years, every time we speak to an economist, we seem to get the same story: growth is good, growth is slow, and the forecast is for the same.  What do you suppose we’re going to hear today?

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.

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.

Satish Cherukumalli
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You may have noticed that this summer we’ve had one of the worst mosquito infestations in a while.  While that’s been good for the mosquito pest control companies, it’s also been good for a new technology company in our state that is working on eradication through surveillance.

Mike Switzer interviews Satish Cherukumalli, co-founder and CEO of  TrakitNow in Columbia, SC.

During the US Small Business Administration’s annual Salute to Small Business earlier this year, our next guest was named the co-Young Small Business Person of the Year for South Carolina.  And she says it all started with a trip to Thailand.

Mike Switzer interviews Laura Cannon, co-owner of the Orange Spot Coffee House in North Charleston, SC.

Tia Williams
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  The second sentence on the About page at our next guest’s web site identifies the Midlands of South Carolina as “A region “booming with potential” but somehow still lackluster in its demand for greatness.”  And so she launched a company to dispel that image.

 Mike Switzer interviews Tia Williams, founder of Midlands Anchor in Columbia, SC.

Investing With Impact

Aug 22, 2017

If you haven’t heard, there’s a new term for socially responsible investing.  It’s now referred to as impact investing.  But who are these investors, what are they investing in, and how are these investments performing?

Mike Switzer interviews Greg Garvin with Natural Investments in Charleston, SC.

John Warner
Concepts to Companies

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.

Do you remember what your career plans were when you graduated from high school?  Were you going to college for a specific degree for that career?  Or were you just going to wing it for a while?  Oftentimes, these decisions can put high school students into a quandary of indecision.

Mike Switzer interviews Ian Leslie, co-founder of Vireo Labs in Beaufort, SC, creators of a new mobile app for these students.

By now, surely you have seen a drone or two or three flying around for some reason or another.  More often than not, that reason is an economic one.  They are being used to promote economic development, provide mapping data, assess infrastructure damage from storms, and a for variety of promotional and marketing purposes.  That's just one of the topics that will be covered at the upcoming South Carolina Aerospace Conference and Expo.

SC Healthcare Update

Aug 16, 2017
Lynn Bailey
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Both Congress and the president are on vacation until after Labor Day and as a result, the healthcare debate has quieted down significantly since the vote collapse a few weeks ago.  But our resident healthcare economist says that just because things are quite, there’s still plenty to talk about.

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

Ever since the early days of the Internet, we’ve heard the phrase and many of us have experienced the phrase “information overload”.  Our next guest says this overwhelming abundance of information has also made do-it-yourself financial planning kind of confusing and is bringing people back to the desks of financial planners.  But she also says, you should know how to pick the financial planner that’s right for you.

John Warner
Concepts to Companies

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.

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