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.

  

We keep hearing that interest rates are going up but then they never do.

  In fact, in some countries, rates have gone below zero.  That’s right, you have to pay the government to hold your money.  And at the same time, unemployment rates are among the lowest they’ve been in decades but this fact doesn’t seem to be putting any upward pressure on wages.  What’s going on?  Our next guest says it’s a “whacky new world”!

 

  

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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  It’s a mostly universal acknowledgement that quality of life is a top concern for our business community.  And that our next guest says that that quality of life is itself dependent on the level of arts and cultural activities in the community.  And that’s why his school is doing what it can to increase art education opportunities in South Carolina so that these activities can continue to grow and flourish.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Cedric Adderley, President of the Governor's School for Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC.

Benjamin Franklin V
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  For 30 years, our next guest has been researching and participating in the music industry in South Carolina, in particular, the jazz and blues scene.  And that work has led him to author a few books on the subject, all while staying busy as a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at the University of South Carolina.

  Every two years, water industry professionals in our state gather to discuss the growing challenge the industry has of providing the water resources necessary to sustain and grow South Carolina’s economy, without depleting our natural resources.  The South Carolina Water Resources Conference is coming up once again October 12-13.

Mike Switzer interviews Jeff Allen, with Clemson University, coordinator of this event.

Eddie Kramer
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  If you have elderly or recently retired parents, you may have already held a family meeting with them to discuss financial and other issues that family members need to know about and can help with.  Or maybe you haven’t yet.  Family meetings can be sensitive and therefore a little tricky to handle diplomatically.  Our guest today brought with him some do’s and don’ts for talking, in particular, about money with your parents.

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 and CEO of Swampfox, an entrepreneur-centric social media company, based in Greenville, S.C.

We’ve been hearing for some time now about the hot economy and popularity of Charleston, SC.  But how many of you knew that, according to a study released by the Milken Institute, Charleston now ranks fourth in the nation for high tech GDP growth.  In other words, Charleston’s digital economy can now be mentioned alongside Austin, Raleigh, and San Francisco.

Our next guest is originally from Houston Texas, but moved to Upstate South Carolina during the Great Recession.  And after working in the hospitality industry for many years, she decided to take her that experience to the next level by opening her own businesses. 

Mike Switzer interviews Tammy Johnson, owner of Liquid Catering, the Old Cigar Warehouse, and Bravo1 Protection, all in Greenville, SC.

Quality of life is often mentioned as a top factor business and industry consider when choosing their locations.  For two years now, our next guest’s organization has been helping to fund projects and programs toward enhancing the quality of life in the Midlands of our state.

Mike Switzer interviews JoAnn Turnquist, president and CEO of Central Carolina Community Foundation.

  Tax credits have been an issue in the recent political discussion but our next guest says that there is a little-known South Carolina tax credit that many people might want to know about, one that rewards tax payers for charitable giving to our state’s special needs children.

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

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 and CEO of Swampfox, an entrepreneur-centric social media company, based in Greenville, S.C.

Each year, commercial real estate professionals gather in the major markets of our state to discuss current trends and predictions for these markets for the coming year.  One such event is the Charleston Commercial Market Forecast coming September 21st.

Mike Switzer interviews Gerry Schauer, vice president with Avison Young in Charleston, and chair of the planning committee for this event.

As the baby boomer generation continues its slide into retirement years, more and more businesses are sprouting up to service this growing market segment.  One example is our next guest’s company which is focusing on the desire of this group to continue to age safely at home.

Mike Switzer interviews Tom Haas, president of Complete Home Care of America in Greenville, SC.

Cameron Powell
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  You may have noticed that the micro-brewery industry in our state has been in a state of rapid growth since the legislature relaxed some rules a couple years ago that made getting into this business more attractive.  And with more breweries has come more brewery tours, which our next guest says led to his business idea.

Mike Switzer interviews Cameron Powell, owner of Columbia Brew Bus, based in Columbia, SC.

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 and CEO of Swampfox, an entrepreneur-centric social media company, based in Greenville, S.C.

  Most people would agree that college is not for everyone.  And while our next guest says that college can indeed be an important stepping stone to a great career, blue collar careers pay well, can offer interesting work, and might be the right choice financially.

Mike Switzer interviews Kathy Hauer, a certified financial planner with Wilson David Investment Advisors in Aiken, SC.

  You may have heard of equine therapy before, where horses are used to help people recover from mental and physical challenges.  But what you may not know is that it is also used to help professionals gain confidence and assertiveness, improve communication and relationship skills, and become better leaders by learning how to build effective and more collaborative teams of employees.

Mike Switzer interviews Jessica Fry, founder of Wild Hearts Equine Therapy Center in Seneca, SC.

    

Alan Buck
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  The electric car industry continues to grow across the nation and here in our state as more and more manufacturers and dealers are now offering these vehicles.  The industry is celebrated every year with National Drive Electric Week which is coming September 10-18th.

Mike Switzer interviews Alan Buck, one of the city co-captains for the event’s activities in Columbia, SC.

Earl Bridges
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  After growing up in Thailand and eventually moving to the US and graduating from the University of South Carolina’s Masters in International Business program, our next guest co-founded a company that helps large corporations help their employees donate to their favorite charities.  That company has since spun off a new enterprise that has turned its attention to helping those charities become more effective.

  Ever since the bottom of the Great Recession, which seems far, far away now, South Carolina's economy has been moving forward.  But like the rest of the country, that growth hasn’t exactly been by leaps and bounds.  What are the latest numbers showing now?

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.

  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.

Tom Ledbetter
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  While our next guest’s institution of higher learning has often been thought of as a place for employee training programs, he is hoping it will also soon be mentioned as the place to go for student to learn the entrepreneurial skills they will need to turn their business idea into a successful, sustainable, and profitable venture.

Logan Metcalf
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  Originally from New Zealand, our next guest ended up in the US 16 years ago.  After attending Harvard Business School, he moved to Greenville, SC to become the chief financial officer of

Immaculate Baking Company where he helped bake the “world’s biggest cookie” and create the country’s leading brand of natural and organic refrigerated cookie dough.  Four years ago, that company was sold to General Mills and now he has started his own technology company aimed at revolutionizing the way you store your digital memories.

If you don’t get the sleep you need, it’s very possible your performance at work could be affected.  Not to mention other areas of your life.  Over the past several years we have seen the growth of telemedicine, a way to remotely help people with various health issues.  But our next guest says he has now started the first-ever sleep telemedicine practice.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Joe Krainin, founder of Singular Sleep in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

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