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

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing 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.  

Last year, 26,000 came down to Main Street in Columbia to celebrate the city's Famously Hot New Year event.  This year, organizers are expecting even more because they have signed up the city bus system to open 12 routes to assist attendees.  Our next guest says downtown businesses, especially hotels and restaurants, are getting geared up for another successful night.  

Mike Switzer interviews Melanie Murphy, chair of Famously Hot New Year in Columbia, SC.

The Gift of Knowledge

Dec 18, 2014

This time of year, more than any other time, is when so many people focus on charity and helping the nonprofits they care about.  Our next guest says that businesses, in particular, are part of a new trend in giving: the gift of knowledge.

Mike Switzer interviews Madeleine McGee, president of the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations, also known as SCANPO.

If you are a regular listener of this program, you have probably heard many interviews with representatives from New Carolina, the non-profit organization in our state set up many years ago to put into practice the cluster economic theory espoused by Harvard professor Michael Porter.  By most measures, these efforts have been very successful, however our next guest says that since competitiveness is their core focus, the name has officially been changed back to it's original.

Most financial planners will tell you that the usual advice for younger adults' retirement planning is to invest in the higher risk growth category, like stock mutual funds, and to sock away as much as you can every month.  But our next guest says these investments might not be appropriate at all for a young person and that even putting money into a retirement plan may not be the best idea, either.  He says it's all about the cost of “human capital”...something everyone should consider before they invest.

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Innoventure, and its Swampfox business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.

Events: Moore School Economic Outlook Conference

It's that time of year again, not just for checking your gift list and checking it twice, but to hear from the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business and their annual Economic Outlook Conference, where we will hear their prognostication for the new year as well as outlooks from renowned guest speakers.  This year the conference is next Tuesday, Dec. 16th and it will be held for the first time in the brand new Moore School building.

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Innoventure, and its Swampfox business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.

Events: Moore School Economic Outlook Conference

 

  As you are probably aware, universities, colleges and private k-12 schools often have dozens of people working to bring private financial support to their institutions. Our next guest says that his organization is the only entity working to connect private donors to all public K-12 public schools across the state.

Mike Switzer interviews Trip Dubard, executive director of South Carolina Future Minds, based in Florence, SC.

Our next guest's organization has filed patent applications on more than 320 technologies, resulting in 99 issued patents while at the same time being responsible for helping to launch 43 new companies.

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Rusnak, the new executive director at the Medical University of South Carolina's Foundation for Research and Development in Charleston

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing 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.

Our next guest says his mom won't use mobile apps but she will send text messages.  So he designed a messaging service along with a custom built printer that allows her and anyone to text their orders to their favorite restaurants.  And the restaurants, he says, are loving it.

Mike Switzer interviews Greg Oleksiak, co-founder of Eatabit, an order-by-text-message service based in Charleston, SC.

In case you missed it, October was National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  With all the identity theft going on these days, electronic and Internet security have become very top of mind.  And South Carolina's consumer agency recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Identity Theft unit.

Mike Switzer interviews Carri Grube Lybarker, Adminstrator of the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs in Columbia.

You've heard us mention many times on this show the annual Ignite! conference from EngenuitySC and its business ideas competition.  Our next guest was a contestant at Ignite! a few years ago and while he didn't win, his idea has gone on to not only fruition but to the verge of national success.

Mike Switzer interviews Anthony Goldman, founder and president of Koala Bottle, a Columbia, SC - based company that makes a magnetic water bottle that attaches to your bicycle.

How many times in February through April of each year have you looked at your tax situation and wondered if there was anything you could have done last year to make your tax bill smaller?  Well guess what, here we are before the end of the year and we have a guest for you today who has some strategies that you may be able to employ that will make you feel a little better about your tax bill next spring.

Mike Switzer interviews Matt Van Name, a certified financial planner with ASE Wealth Advisors in Greenville, SC.

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Innoventure, and its Swampfox business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.

When we think of entrepreneurship and business incubators, farming is probably not the first thing that comes to mind.  However, our next guest's organization recently made a big leap toward changing that perception when they won a national growth accelerator competition, winning a grant from the US Small Business Administration for its Dirt Works Incubator Farm.

Mike Switzer interviews Nikki Seibert, director of Sustainable Agriculture at Lowcountry Local First in Charleston.

Do You Buy and Hold?

Oct 21, 2014

An age-old argument in the world of investing is: does active portfolio management beat buying and holding over the long term?

Mike Switzer interviews Noel Swain, a certified financial planner with Provest Wealth in Spartanburg, SC.

Homelessness continues to be a concern to cities and businesses across South Carolina.  Our next guest runs the state's largest homeless shelter and service provider, which recently re-branded itself to reflect what it really provides its clients: a chance to turn their lives around. Mike Switzer interviews Stacy Denaux, CEO of One-Eighty Place in Charleston.

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Innoventure, and its Swampfox business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.Related Links: The Harbor Entrepreneur CenterInnovision Award2014 South Carolina Busines

Recent economic statistics, such as the unemployment rate and housing starts, seem to be moving in the wrong direction.  Has the recovery finally run out of steam? 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.

Ever since the South Carolina brewery laws changed last year, new beer-makers have been sprouting up in our state faster than weeds in a hops field.  But then, if you are a beer drinker, you probably already knew that. Mike Switzer interviews Mike Tourville, founder of one of the newest of these keg havens, River Rat Brewery in Columbia, and Drew Walker, the company brewmaster.

  Our next guest's learning institution is one of six four-year degree historically black colleges and universities in South Carolina.  And, as with so many others in this category, her's has also been going through some tough times.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Lady June Cole, interim president of Allen University in Columbia.

Our next guest says there are thousands of job openings right now across our state and thousands of people looking for work, yet most of those jobs continue to go unfilled due to the lack of training most of these jobs require.

Mike Swiitzer interviews Sonny White, president of Midlands Technical College in Columbia.

 

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Innoventure, and its Swampfox business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.

 

Our next guest believes his University start-up company will soon be driving vans around Columbia cool-cleaning home carpets using carbon dioxide, a method he also believes will dramatically reduce allergens in the home.

Mike Switzer interviews Mike Matthews, an engineering professor at the University of South Carolina and the chief technology officer for CarboNix.

 

Many small businesses grapple with succession...who should take over the business if the owner should pass away, become disabled, or just ready to retire.  There's a new trend in dealing with this issue that involves the owner selling the business to someone, oftentimes a young person, who is being mentored by the founder, who agrees to stay on for a few years in an advisory capacity.  This is exactly what has happened recently with an architecture firm in Charleston.

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.

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

 

A South Carolina partnership that is training Greenville County job seekers to fill high-skill manufacturing positions is one of just two programs from across the nation that was honored recently by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

Mike Switzer interviews John Baker, executive director of the Greenville Region Workforce Collaborative.

 

  A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Innoventure, and its Swampfox business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.

 

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