South Carolina Business Review

Mon-Fri, 7:51 am

The South Carolina Business Review, with host Mike Switzer, focuses on news from South Carolina's business community with interviews of many small business owners and business leaders from around the state. South Carolina's nonprofits, including its colleges and universities are also regularly featured on the program, as well as many of the state's small business support organizations. 

S.C. Business Review Archive 1 (June 2011- September 2014)

S.C. Business Review Archive 2 (PDF; February 2003 - May  2011)

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed on The South Carolina Business Review are their own and are not necessarily those of South Carolina Public Radio.

Greg Pickett
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  Today’s universities are collaborating more and more with industry to design degree programs that address specific company needs.  Last year, our next guest’s MBA program held a think tank with companies in the upstate such as Hubbell, BMW, Michelin, and others on how to enhance the skills of their current and future leaders.  What they discovered was the need to connect business management with data analytics.

  Our next guest has some eye-opening statistics for us today.  Here are a couple: “In the next few years there will be more 65 year olds in our country than children under 5”, and “By 2050, for every 100 people working, there will be a combination of 80 retirees and children requiring support.” These trends, he says, may mean your ability to retire comfortably is at serious risk.

  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.

Lorie Gardner
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  Our next guest’s production company has won more regional and national Addy awards than any other South Carolina company. And she says her success comes from helping companies ask themselves "Why do our customers want us?" As an example, she says just open your closet, reach in and pull something out and ask yourself, "Why is this in here? Does it work for me? Is it building my personal brand, or is it getting in the way?" And she says you can do this with your whole life.

  Co-work spaces continue to grow in popularity and availability across the country and here in South Carolina. These are buildings that rent work space by the hour, week or month and with today’s workforce becoming more mobile and more virtual, you can understand their popularity. Our next guest just opened one of these specifically targeted to creative services professionals.

Mike Switzer interviews Joe Erwin, president of Erwin Creates in Greenville, SC.

Denise Thigpen
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  The South Carolina District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently named our next guest the “2016 South Carolina Female Business Person of the Year”.

Mike Switzer interviews Denise Thigpen, Founder and CEO of Wholesale Boutique, in Myrtle Beach.

  If you have any kind of retirement plan, IRA, 401k, etc., you may want to know that next year, the US Department of Labor will be putting into place a new rule, which is being referred to as the “conflicted advice” rule that changes how investors and advisors work together on these retirement accounts.

Mike Switzer interviews Jeff Wildes, a certified financial planner in Georgetown, SC.

John Warner

  A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Concepts to Companies and founder and CEO of Swampfox, an entrepreneur-centric social media company, based in Greenville, S.C.

  Our next guest is the author of four novels, the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship, and her work has appeared in numerous magazines.  She teaches fiction in the MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte, is the editor of the South Carolina food magazine edibleUpcountry, and her most recent venture is as a partner at M. Judson, an independent bookstore in Greenville, SC.

Mike Switzer interviews Ashley Warlick.

  Although many people refuse to eat oysters in months that don’t have an “r” in their names, our next guest says that it’s still a great business to be in year-round.

Mike Switzer interviews Bob Doran, president of St. Jude Farms, a family-owned seafood company and aquaculture farm located in Green Pond, SC in the heart of the ACE Basin.

  It’s summer storm season again and with last year’s Great Flood still on many South Carolinians’ minds, we thought it would be good to help our business community with some disaster preparedness.

Mike Switzer interviews Kathy Cook, public affairs specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration in Atlanta, GA.

  Our next guest says that people often ask him why investing in the stock market seems more and more like a never-ending roller coaster ride.  Is the market really more volatile than it was ten years ago?  And if so, why?

Mike Switzer interviews Wes Johnson, a certified financial planner with ACT Advisors in North Charleston, SC. 

John Warner

  A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Concepts to Companies and founder and CEO of Swampfox, an entrepreneur-centric social media company, based in Greenville, S.C.

  For the past seven years, our next guest’s magazine has not only been growing its own business but those of many small businesses around our region, through it’s annual “Made in the South” awards.  And a lot of these winning entrepreneurs are right here in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews David DiBenedetto, Editor-In-Chief of Garden and Gun magazine in Charleston, SC, host of Made in the South Awards.

  After working for a long time in New York City, our next guest relocated to Charleston, SC and has been having some success as a fiction writer.  In fact, his book The Girl from Felony Bay, a middle school-level mystery novel, was named the Best Children’s Book of 2014 by the Southern Independent Booksellers Association.

Mike Switzer interviews John Thompson, who lives and writes in Charleston, SC.

Larry and Linda Dixon
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

    You’ve probably been to a yard sale before.  Maybe to find a deal or two on something you may be able to use around the house, or a book to read for the summer.  But our next guests say that there is actually a lot of money to be made as a result of yard sale shopping and in particular on those books.

John Warner

  A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Concepts to Companies and founder and CEO of Swampfox, an entrepreneur-centric social media company, based in Greenville, S.C.

Have you ever heard the old adage: “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”?  When it comes to saving, investing and ultimately generating income from your assets in retirement, our next guest says it is wise to apply that axiom by knowing the factors that are within our control and those that are not.

Mike Switzer interviews Jesse Hansford, a certified financial planner with Gateway Wealth Strategies in Greenville, SC.

  It’s probably safe to say that the vast majority of small businesses with only a handful of employees are most likely not offering much in the way of traditional benefits packages to their employees.  The cost can be burdensome and that’s probably why the law doesn’t require it.  However, our next guest says he believes that no matter the company size, it’s important to invest in your team.

Mike Switzer interviews Rob Cassi, owner of Persimmon Café in Charleston and Summerville, SC.

  Several years ago, our next guest appeared on this program to tell us about his endeavors in the Lowcountry of South Carolina to grow the area’s music industry through his recently formed production company.  One result of his work begins tonight on SCETV with the launch of the series “Live at the Charleston Music Hall”, a showcase of established and upcoming bands. His hope is that this will do for the growing music industry in Charleston what Austin City Limits did for the heart of Texas.