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

John Warner
www.innoventure.com

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.

Erin Hall
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

When a nonprofit organization is searching for a new leader, high on the list of qualifications is that person’s ability to engage and partner with the business community.  A skill which next guest says no doubt helped her to attain her new position.

Mike Switzer interviews Erin Hall, CEO of Palmetto Association for Children and Families in Columbia, SC.

Most everyone who lives in South Carolina, and probably most who have visited here, know the popularity of our sweetgrass basket makers.  But, when sweetgrass began to become more scarce, our next guest taught herself how to use bulrush, a darker, more brittle marsh grass to make what she calls her Beaufort Basket which is now on display at premier locations around the country, including the Smithsonian.

Joey von Nessen
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Recent economic reports are showing that our state continues to perform better than the country as a whole, however some of those upbeat economic indicators are also slowing down.  Could the third longest economic recovery in our history be coming to an end?

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.

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