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.

Lisa Adams
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Event venues continue to be in high demand across South Carolina for corporate workshops, retreats, and of course, weddings.  A few years ago, our next guest decided that their historic family plantation would fit well into this market, and since then, she says they have not regretted it.

Mike Switzer interviews Lisa Adams, executive creative director of Wavering Place near Eastover, SC.

If you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of new hotels under construction in our state.  In fact, the number is at a high for the current growth cycle.  But our next guest says that this growth is not without its challenges.

Mike Switzer interviews Bruce Collins with OTO Development, a hotel builder, owner, and operator in Spartanburg, SC that specializes in energy and environmentally-friendly hotel construction.

Lynn Bailey
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

 October is open enrollment time for many employer-based insurance plans, and on November 1st, the same begins for Obamacare plans.  With all of the uncertainties that have hit these markets this year, our next guest believes there will be some suffering for enrollees.

Mike Switzer interviews Lynn Bailey, a healthcare economist practicing in Columbia, SC.

We are now many years into the second largest bull market in stock market history.  Our next guest says he believes that the risks have begun to stack up and that it may be time to take some chips off the table.

Mike Switzer interviews Doug English, a certified financial planner with ACT Advisors in Charleston, SC.

John Warner
Concepts to Companies

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.

With the business world almost completely reliant on computers, it should come as no surprise that the market for IT services is strong and growing.  Which is why our next guest decided to launch his own business in this industry two years ago.

Mike Switzer interviews Tim Larson, owner and CEO of Aurora IT Services in Lexington, SC.

By now, most people are aware of 3D printing.  But what most people are apparently confused about is who actually invented it.  While our next guest is mostly known as the father of modern kayaking, he is, in fact, also the owner of the first patent for 3D printing.

Mike Switzer interviews Bill Masters, kayaker, inventor, and entrepreneur in Travelers Rest, SC.

What happens when a divorce lawyer, financial planner, and real estate broker walk into a room? They form a new business that specializes in one-stop shopping for people going through divorce or separation.  That’s what happened recently to our next guest.

Mike Switzer interviews Jamie Minster with Charleston Divorce Services in Charleston, SC.

When we last interviewed our next guest, about a year and a half ago, he was predicting that oil prices were bottoming and about to move higher.  And he was right.  The price moved from $38 a barrel up into the $50s.  What does he think about the energy markets now?

Mike Switzer interviews Tyson Halsey, a chartered financial analyst with Income Growth Advisors in Charleston, SC.

John Warner
Concepts to Companies

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.

For the past couple years, our next guest has been busy restoring and operating Magnolia Farm Lodge, a bed and breakfast, outdoor school and working farm in Ridgeway, SC.  He is also a practicing attorney in Columbia, SC and the leader of the band the Plowboys.  But if that isn’t enough, he has now added two new projects in Ridgeway: Honeysuckle Hill bed and breakfast and Brice’s Country

It's been awhile since you’ve heard us mention IT-ology, the nonprofit organization in Columbia working to grow the information technology workforce in our state.  And that’s because, over the past several months, they have been re-tooling their focus and programs and have a new leader.

Mike Switzer interviews Tammy Mainwaring, president of IT-ology in Columbia, SC.

Entrepreneurs in our state now have a new opportunity to apply for start-up funding of up to $50,000.  But there is a catch.  You will have to move to Charleston for a year.  Which may not be all bad…

Mike Switzer interviews Jake Hare, co-founder and CEO of Launchpeer in Charleston, SC.

The economists we interview on this program each month have been reporting pretty much the same story for several years now: "same old-same old," "slow but steady growth", etc.  But this lackluster economic environment must really be wearying to our next guest whose latest published prognosis includes terms like "sleepwalking” and “zombie-like."

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.

Regardless of the rhetoric that we hear these days, huge demographic shifts are underway in our country that will continue to impact our workforce and our economy.  And our next guest says that because of that, diversity and inclusion in the workplace will be more important than ever for a business to succeed.

You probably know about the big tea plantation in the Lowcountry of our state.  But probably not many know that tea is becoming big business in the Upstate, as well.  In fact, our next guest says that the southern Appalachian climate is ideal for growing tea leaves.

Mike Switzer interviews Steve Lorch, CEO of Table Rock Tea Company in Pickens, SC.

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that it costs a lot of money to keep someone in jail.  $20,000 a year in a state prison, and $30,000 a year in a federal prison.  But the cost is even higher when a former inmate turns back to a life of crime, which is what happened recently when an ex-convict killed a chef in a Charleston restaurant.  A sad situation that our next guest is working hard to alleviate.

Mike Switzer interviews Amy Barch, executive director of Turning Leaf in Charleston, SC.

Our country and our state’s population continues to get older.  Which means more and more people are turning 70 ½, which requires them to begin taking minimum distributions from their IRAs, if they haven’t already started.  Do you know what those requirement details are and what your alternatives might be?

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.

The U.S. government is the largest single purchaser of goods and services in the world, awarding approximately $500 billion in contracts every year.  The US Small Business Administration has offices across the country and in our state that work with the small business community to facilitate acquiring those contracts.

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Corp, lead business opportunity specialist with the SBA's South Carolina district office in Columbia, SC.​

If you didn't know, September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, which makes it a good time to talk about the issues facing the Hispanic business community in our state.

Companies are always telling us that finding and keeping highly qualified employees is a constant challenge.  Our next guest says that that challenge is amplified for foreign companies with facilities here.  And that's why they host annual conferences here in our state for all those involved.  One of these events is coming soon to the Upstate.

Most people would agree that saving for retirement is vital, especially in the current retirement landscape where most companies don't offer large and dependable pensions any longer.  And then there's the survival of the social security system which most people are skeptical about.  Do you have a reliable plan to be financially ready for retirement?

Mike Switzer interviews Tiffany Ritchie, a certified financial planner with Morris Financial Concepts in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

John Warner
Concepts to Companies

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.

Ray Moore
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Because it is so much cheaper than suing and fighting in court, alternative dispute resolution is gaining favor among plaintiffs and defendants alike.  And law firms are noticing this trend and adapting their practices to take advantage of it.

Mike Switzer interviews Ray Moore, an attorney with the Murphy and Grantland Law Firm in Columbia, SC.

As a business owner, president, CEO, or manager it is your responsibility to know what your employees are saying to your clients.  But have you ever thought about how important not only their words are but what their body language is saying as well?

Mike Switzer interviews Gerald Glascock with the Southern Institute of Etiquette and Protocol in Columbia, SC.

Lynn Bailey
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

The American Medical Association says that the physician-patient relationship is the bedrock of the healthcare system in our country.  However, our next guest says that, for the most case, neither physicians nor patients are happy with the current state of that interaction.

Mike Switzer interviews Lynn Bailey, a healthcare economist in Columbia, SC.

Have you ever thought about paying someone to monitor or coach your behavior?  Probably the most common example would be a personal fitness trainer.  But how about when it comes to your financial behavior?  Our next guest says that having an objective voice, separated from the emotions of YOUR money can be a positive.

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

John Warner
Concepts to Companies

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.

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