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.

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Most businesses in South Carolina know the importance of our state's water resources.  In fact, many have said that shortages of water are much more likely now this century than oil.

Our next guest says that the adage "out with the old and in with the new" doesn't work anymore for American companies when it comes to their workforce.  He says that experience and wisdom have more value now than ever before and has led to a new buzzword in the human resources field: "unretirement". Mike Switzer interviews Chris Farrell, senior economics contributor at Marketplace, American Public Media’s nationally syndicated public radio business and personal finance program heard weekdays on this network.

In this regular update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina, Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of SwampFox, an entrepreneur-centric business news service based in Greenville, S.C.  

South Carolina's technology awards program known as Innovision handed out their 2014 awards late last year.  The College of Charleston earned the Technology Application Award for 3-dimensional imaging technology that will allow a single snapshot from a digital camera to help doctors diagnose cancer growths in patients in severely under-served regions of the world.  Mike Switzer interviews Dr.

According to published research, 75% of stroke survivors suffer from arm movement damage.  Yet only 15% of patients fully recover, due to what our next guest says is the limited availability of therapy, lack of customization to individual needs, and low compliance to recommended home therapy exercises.

Most businesses in a community will tell you that local festivals are good for business.  And it's that time of year when outdoor festivals are starting to pop up around South Carolina.  One that's showing up on our radar this week is Charleston Wine + Food, which is celebrating it's 10th year, and whose profits go to culinary and hospitality scholarships in Charleston. Mike Switzer interviews Gillian Zettler, executive director for this non-profit organization.

Our next guest says that many, if not most, of the titles behind the names of people in the financial advice industry are largely meaningless. Titles such as financial advisor, financial consultant, financial planner, wealth manager.  Meaningless from a legal and regulatory perspective anyway.  The Securities and Exchange Commission however, has recently proposed new rules that they hope will alleviate this situation. Mike Switzer interviews Dave Gerdt, a certified financial planner with the Hultquist Firm 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 SwampFox, a business news service based in Greenville, S.C.Events:
Imagine Upstatehttp://www.imagineupstate.org/ Smart Statehttp://smartstatesc.org/index Summit on IThttp://www.techjunto.com/events/834

Most people are aware that the government mandate for electronic health care records has spawned a burgeoning industry of software companies helping doctors meet this mandate.  But many don't know that this law is also spurring the growth of medical scribes, trained employees who stand next to the doctor and write down everything he or she says.  Our next guest says doctors are loving this new trend and it's why his company is thriving.

Mike Switzer interviews Sam Jones, founder of eScribe, based in Charleston, SC.

The Capital Corporation's list of South Carolina’s 25 Fastest Growing Companies for 2014 was released recently.  Coming in third was a LowCountry company that provides online information for used car buyers.

Mike Switzer interviews Jeremy Anspach, president and CEO of Charleston, SC-based PureCars.

Last month, the City of Columbia, SC held its final public meeting for Walk Bike Columbia, a project that our next guest says will bring a lot of health, environmental and economic benefits to the city and its residents and businesses.

Mike Switzer interviews Lucinda Statler, the Urban Design Planner for the Planning Department for the City of Columbia.

As we are all only too much aware, this is tax season.  And while most of your 2014 deductions are already done and maxed out, there are still a few opportunities for lowering that tax bill.

Mike Switzer interviews Bryan Ballentine is a certified financial planner with Ballentine Capital Advisors in Greenville, SC. 

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.   


With cars and tires and numerous other automotive products manufactured here in our state, most of our citizens are aware of the importance of that cluster of companies to our economy.  But I would be willing to bet that the majority does not know that South Carolina is ranked second among all U.S. states in automotive exports. Mike Switzer interviews Catherine Hayes is executive director, of the South Carolina Automotive Council in Greenville.

Our next guest says that if kids are hopping, jumping, and running while they are learning math, English and other school subjects, they will not only be fitter, but will learn better. Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Julian Reed, founder of ActivEd, which recently received the Innovation in Education Award from South Carolina's Innovision Awards program.  He is also among the nation’s leading researchers exploring the relationship between obesity, cognition and academic achievement.

Even though gasoline prices have collapsed, they remain very unpredictable and that's why many public and corporate fleets are exploring alternatives to petroleum-based transportation.  And that's why the South Carolina Energy Office has partnered with the US Dept. Of Energy in a new initiative geared toward expanding the use of alternative fuel vehicles. Mike Switzer interviews Jennifer Satterthwaite, coordinator of the Palmetto State Clean Fuels Coalition, part of the nationwide Clean Cities program.

Although our state's economy has now entered the second month of 2015, our economy statistics for 2014's year-end have only recently become available. 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.

A regular update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina. Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Swampfox, a South Carolina business news service, based in Greenville, S.C. 

Have you ever tried selling something to the owner of a local shop or franchise?  Our next guest says that small business owners tend to be elusive and can often leave marketers scratching their heads trying to figure out how to get their message across.  That's why he formed an agency that is focusing on the fast growing segment of marketing known as Business to Small Business or B2SB. Mike Switzer interviews Dan Gliatta, managing partner at Cargo, headquartered in Greenville, SC.

You could say that our next guest is a serial entrepreneur or you could say that he is a bi-polar entrepreneur.  For over a decade, he has been producing custom textbooks for professors and instructors around the world.

If it's one thing our business community agrees about, it's their desire to see everyone become active, successful, and prosperous members of our global economy.  Which just happens to be our next guest's mission. Mike Switzer interviews Jim Morris, CEO of SC Economics, also known as the South Carolina Council on Economic Education.

Most of us have known someone who has gone through a divorce, in fact it might even be you.  And in the case of a divorce, how often do you suppose each party takes into consideration things like taxes and insurance?  Our next guest says these decisions can have long term consequences and need to be addressed. Mike Switzer interviews Jamie Minster, a certified divorce financial analyst practicing in Charleston, 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 Swampfox, a South Carolina business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.Related Links:



Our next guest started playing guitar in bands in high school 23 years ago, eventually forming his own groups, and then 14 years ago started teaching guitar after reuniting with his high school instructor.  Some of his students have gone on to become nationally signed acts, win awards, and have songs in major movies and television shows.  Recently, he has also began teaching via Skype with students as far away as Japan.

Mike Switzer interviews Don Russo, founder and owner of Freeway Music in Columbia, SC.

It's been over a year now since the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina hired a new leader.  He says he's all settled in now and ready to discuss his plans for the school moving forward. Mike Switzer interviews Peter Brews is dean of the Moore School.

The stock and bond markets have been on a multi-year run, with no sizable corrections since the rebound from the Great Recession in 2008.  Will 2015 be the year the markets finally retrace some of their success?  Mike Switzer interviews Doug English, with ACT Advisors 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 Swampfox, a South Carolina business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.  

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The news just keeps getting better for tourism in our state.  Most of the good news you heard last year was about Charleston and Myrtle Beach, but recently Greenville, South Carolina was named the seventh best place to visit in the U.S. in 2015 by Lonely Planet, one of the world's leading travel media companies.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Stone is president of VisitGreenvilleSC, the official sales and marketing organization for the City and County of Greenville.

Most people are probably aware that South Carolina has been seeing a big increase in it's firearms business as a result of some other states' unfriendly environments for that industry.  Our next guest says that is why his school developed a curriculum in gunsmithing that is bringing in students from as far away as Alaska and resulting in a 2 year waiting list to join the program.

If you happened to visit Christmasville in Rock Hill, South Carolina over the holidays, you may have noticed an exhibit of magazine covers illustrated by Rice Krispies Snap, Crackle and Pop creator, Vernon Grant.  Mr. Grant adopted Rock Hill as his home town and donated to the town most of his original magazine cover illustrations.  Unfortunately they weren't in such great shape.  The good news is that Rock Hill is also home to a world class digital restoration specialist and that's why those magazine covers displayed in Rock Hill look just like the originals.