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.

Trends in ETFs

22 hours ago
Sailesh Radha
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

A very popular investment vehicle these days is known as an ETF, an exchange traded fund.  These are basically mutual funds that trade in real time on stock exchanges and they come in all shades and varieties.  Our next guest has drawn some national attention recently with his work on ETFs.

Mike Switzer interviews Sailesh Radha, president & chief investment strategist for Borealis Global Advisory based in Blythewood, SC.

Our next guest’s company came in at #3 in the large company category on the 2016 SC BizNews Roaring 20’s list of our state’s fastest growing enterprises.  What may surprise you is their product: they make frozen waffles and pancakes.

Mike Switzer interviews Tom Baliker,  CEO of US Waffle Company, based in Greenville, SC.

Liz Carlson
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

After being frustrated with the choices she found for clothing for her daughter, our next guest decided to teach herself how to sew.  Thirteen years later, she has more than one million people visiting her women’s-wear web site and she’s shipping her designs all over the world.

Liz Carlson is founder of Southern Fried Chics, based in Rock Hill, SC.

As more and more of the baby boomer generation enters retirement age, our next guest says there are some important underestimations that they need to be aware of.

Mike Switzer interviews Bryan Ballentine, a certified financial planner in Greenville, SC.

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.

Most of us probably would not hesitate to attend the funeral of a business associate or client.  However, our next guest says that with today’s diverse working environment involving race, religion, ethnicity, and even age, she herself has seen that hesitancy.  And that’s why she says it’s not a bad idea for a company to have a procedure in place when a client/customer/business associate passes away.

Mike Switzer interviews Catherine Latto, a certified financial planner in Charleston, SC.

The economy was certainly a political topic during the recent election campaign, as it always seems to be.  Our next guest says that while most believe our economy is built on capitalism and free markets, many also believe that more socialist tenets, such as universal health care and free college education are inevitable.

Mike Switzer interviews Rick Van Der Noord, a certified financial planner in Greer, SC.

Debi Schadel
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Eight years ago, our next guest decided to start a juried craft fair bringing in artisans from all over South Carolina and the Southeast to showcase their creations in our capitol city.  This year a jury of six people vetted more than 300 applications to narrow the list of vendors to the final 95.

Mike Switzer interviews Debi Schadel, founder of Crafty Feast, coming to Columbia on December 11th.

The restaurant and bar industry is booming across the nation and South Carolina as the economy continues to improve.  But our next guest says that this increase in business also brings with it an industry-wide increase in the risk of violating what is known as “dram shop law”, which allows victims of drunk driving accidents to hold bars, restaurants, and other alcohol retailers accountable for the death, injury, or damages caused by an intoxicated customer.

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.

Cybercrime continues to rear its ugly face and is now estimated to be costing companies almost half a trillion dollars a year worldwide.  These networks of cybercriminals are operating from multiple countries with tremendous resources and creativity and only the need for a connection to the Internet.  What should a business do to protect itself and its customers?

Mike Switzer interviews Belton Zeigler, an attorney with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Columbia, SC and a leading member of their Data Management and Cybersecurity Team.

With labor, healthcare, and retirement plan rules and regulations changing constantly, many businesses are choosing to outsource their payroll and benefits departments.  After 20 years in this outsourcing business and recently breaking into the INC 5000 list of Americas fastest growing companies, our next guest says there’s a new term now for his industry: human capital management.

Mike Switzer interviews Roger Martinez, a channel manager with AAP in Summerville, SC.

Most of us have heard of and know what Habitat for Humanity does.  But many do not know that this nonprofit also operates a thrift store that is open to the public and helps fund the organization’s operations.

Mike Switzer interviews Brian Knox, works with Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County.

Last year our state adopted a little-known federal law that helps individuals with disabilities by allowing them to establish a tax-advantaged savings account to assist them in maintaining their health, independence, and quality of life.

Mike Switzer interviews Cheryl Holland, a certified financial planner and founder of Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC.

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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.

Jim Braun
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

After many years working as an engineer in the nuclear industry, our next guest and his partner, decided to take the entrepreneurial leap in 1999 and start a company that designs and builds specialized products and services for the wastewater treatment industry.  Since then, the company has worked with more than 150 nuclear facilities in 14 countries including helping in the recovery and clean-up of the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan in 2011.  In South Carolina, the company annually recycles more than 50 million gallons of wastewater and 800 million gallons of nuclear wastewater.

Greg Sprouse
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Those involved in economic development will tell you that collaboration with potential partners is imperative.  And even more so for the rural counties in our state, where creating, attracting and retaining jobs remains difficult.  And that’s why our next guest’s organization is part of the Central South Carolina Collaborative which recently held a series of forums entitled “Stronger Economies Together”.

These days, many young professionals are realizing they can work from almost anywhere, so why not work where you’d like to live?  Our next guest and his business partner were on their way to live and work in Orlando, a nice place, I’m sure, but when they stopped on the way to see a friend in the Upstate, they realized Greenville was where they really wanted to set up shop.

Mike Switzer interviews Keith Shields, co-founder of Designli, a company building apps for startups and small to mid-size businesses.

While 401k plans are still the most prevalent and popular form of employee retirement savings programs, many others still exist and our next guest says that one, in particular, the “cash balance plan” is not well known but could provide the business owner with big tax breaks.

Mike Switzer interviews Roy Janse, a certified financial planner in Greenville, 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.

Heather Dughaish
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Our next guest is part of an organization in the Midlands of our state that is working to provide resources for entrepreneurs, and connect the start-up community together.  It’s, in fact, part of a global movement dedicated to ensuring that anyone can experience entrepreneurship, no matter where they live. And on November 11th they will be hosting one of their signature events: Google Startup Weekend.

On December 1st, new federal overtime rules will be going into effect that will substantially affect how businesses pay salaried employees.  What does this mean for our state’s businesses and workers?

Mike Switzer interviews Kris Cato, a certified labor and employment law specialist with Blair Cato Pickren Casterline in Columbia, SC. 

The long-awaited 2016 presidential election date of November 8th is almost here.  All of the candidates have talked about how important their agendas are to the economy.  But how does an economist feel about all of that?

Mike Switzer interviews Bruce Yandle, Clemson’s Strom Thurmond Institute Senior Fellow, Clemson Alumni Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus and Dean Emeritus of Clemson's College of Business & Behavioral Science. 

The economy and financial markets are always of interest to our listeners, especially in regard to the different markets’ potential reactions to the upcoming presidential election.  And that’s why we’ve invited one of our investment prognosticators on the show today.

Mike Switzer interviews Doug English, a certified financial planner at ACT Advisors with offices in Greenville and Charleston.  He is also president of the SC Chapter of the Financial Planning Assn.

Alan Cooper
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

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