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. 

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A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Innoventure, and its Swampfox business news service, based in Greenville, S.C. 

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing 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.  

Last year, 26,000 came down to Main Street in Columbia to celebrate the city's Famously Hot New Year event.  This year, organizers are expecting even more because they have signed up the city bus system to open 12 routes to assist attendees.  Our next guest says downtown businesses, especially hotels and restaurants, are getting geared up for another successful night.  

Mike Switzer interviews Melanie Murphy, chair of Famously Hot New Year in Columbia, SC.

The Gift of Knowledge

Dec 18, 2014

This time of year, more than any other time, is when so many people focus on charity and helping the nonprofits they care about.  Our next guest says that businesses, in particular, are part of a new trend in giving: the gift of knowledge.

Mike Switzer interviews Madeleine McGee, president of the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations, also known as SCANPO.

If you are a regular listener of this program, you have probably heard many interviews with representatives from New Carolina, the non-profit organization in our state set up many years ago to put into practice the cluster economic theory espoused by Harvard professor Michael Porter.  By most measures, these efforts have been very successful, however our next guest says that since competitiveness is their core focus, the name has officially been changed back to it's original.

Most financial planners will tell you that the usual advice for younger adults' retirement planning is to invest in the higher risk growth category, like stock mutual funds, and to sock away as much as you can every month.  But our next guest says these investments might not be appropriate at all for a young person and that even putting money into a retirement plan may not be the best idea, either.  He says it's all about the cost of “human capital”...something everyone should consider before they invest.

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Innoventure, and its Swampfox business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.

Events: Moore School Economic Outlook Conference

Grand Strand Tech Incubator Looking for Entrepreneurs

Dec 12, 2014

When we think of the Grand Strand area of South Carolina, we think of fun times at the beach.  Our next guest hopes that you will also soon be thinking of entrepreneurship and technology start-up companies.

Mike Switzer interviews Mike Schroll, founder of Startup.SC, a non-profit technology incubator in Myrtle Beach.

It's that time of year again, not just for checking your gift list and checking it twice, but to hear from the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business and their annual Economic Outlook Conference, where we will hear their prognostication for the new year as well as outlooks from renowned guest speakers.  This year the conference is next Tuesday, Dec. 16th and it will be held for the first time in the brand new Moore School building.

Annual Juried Craft Fair Succeeds in Columbia

Dec 10, 2014

You've probably heard of juried art shows before, but how about asking craftsmen and women to submit their work before they will be accepted to an event?  It's been happening in Columbia for a while now and our next guests say there has been no shortage of entrants.

Mike Switzer interviews Debi Schadel, founder and director of Crafty Feast and Shigeharu Kobayashi, one of the event's judges.

Five Important Considerations Prior to Retirement

Dec 9, 2014

As a new year fast approaches, many of you may also be looking toward retirement.  Our next guest says that if you are, there are five important considerations you should be aware of.

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

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Innoventure, and its Swampfox business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.

Events: Moore School Economic Outlook Conference

Homelessness continues to be a concern to cities and businesses across South Carolina.  Our next guest runs the state's largest homeless shelter and service provider, which recently re-branded itself to reflect what it really provides its clients: a chance to turn their lives around.

Mike Switzer interviews Stacy Denaux, CEO of One-Eighty Place in Charleston.

Pharmaceutical Firm Comes Home to South Carolina

Dec 4, 2014

After starting and growing a successful generic drug manufacturing company to the point of needing to expand and build new space at their headquarters in Orlando, Florida, our next guest's company decided to look homeward to South Carolina.  In June, they moved in to their new 400,000 square foot facility in Lexington County.

Mike Switzer interviews Lou Kennedy, President and co-founder of Nephron Pharmaceuticals.

You've probably heard a couple of our interviews with some of the newest breweries in our state over the past year as that industry is growing rapidly after favorable legislation was enacted in 2013.  Growth is so good in fact, that college courses in brewing and brewery operations will soon be available in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Marilyn Fore, a senior vice president at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Conway, SC.

Stock Market Volatility Getting to You?

Dec 2, 2014

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the most widely watched stock market indicator, has gone up and down and up again over 1,000 points over the last few months.  And that kind of volatility bothers a lot of investors who, according to our next guest, would be better served by remaining focused on their goals and not on the day-to-day happenings in the financial markets.

Mike Switzer interviews Frank Braddock, a certified financial planner with JHS Capital Advisors in Columbia, SC.

SC Business Update From John "SwampFox" Warner

Dec 1, 2014

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Innoventure, and its Swampfox business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.  Events: Moore School Economic Outlook Conference

Unique Language Learning System Helping SC Youth

Nov 28, 2014

(This is a repeat of a previous episode) Four years ago, we interviewed an Irish-American writer and educator who had developed a unique system of teaching languages, in particular Latin and Spanish.  He has since written and self-published several text books that are now being used in private schools all over South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Finnbarr Dunphy, founder of Teach Teanga II - Languages Alive, based in Columbia, SC.

Charleston’s Dilapidated Homes Being Resuscitated

Nov 27, 2014

(This is a repeat of a previous episode) If you've been to Charleston, SC, you know the city is filled with old buildings, many of them historic and many of them in disrepair.  Over the past year, our next guest's company has acquired over 40 of these properties, renovating and restoring them mostly for home buyers, but also for investors.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Leigh-Jones, co-owner of Luxury Simplified Group based in Charleston.

What is a Register Investment Advisor?

Oct 7, 2014

These days, investors have quite a variety of firms to choose from to help them manage their money.  Financial planning firms, banks, mutual fund companies, insurance companies, trust companies, investment management firms...it can sometimes be difficult to determine just who to choose.

Recent economic statistics, such as the unemployment rate and housing starts, seem to be moving in the wrong direction.  Has the recovery finally run out of steam? 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.

High School Art Students Prepped for the Real World

Oct 2, 2014

You often hear us talk about the importance of STEM education in our state's schools and how it relates to what's happening in today's business world.  But recently the arts have been added to that equation of science, technology, engineering, and math, creating a new moniker, known as STEAM.  Our next guest believes that without the arts, a child's career stem may not bloom to it's full potential.

Mike Switzer interviews Former First Lady of S.C., Rachel Hodges, Chair of the Board for the Governor's School for the Arts Foundation.

Plan For Next Year's Tax Bill Now

Sep 30, 2014

The end of the year will be here before you know it and our next guest says that that means you probably should start thinking about tax planning.  Are there things you could do now to minimize your tax bite in the spring?

SC Business Update From Andy Owens

Sep 29, 2014

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing 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.

SC Business Update from John "Swampfox" Warner

Sep 15, 2014

  A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Innoventure, and its Swampfox business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.

 

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Innoventure, and its Swampfox business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.

Trade Secrets Are Key to Success

Aug 29, 2014

 

Successful businesses not only use patents but also trade secrets to protect their profits.  However, our next guest says many companies do not know how to incorporate trade secret protection into their business practices and that businesses of all sizes can utilize this strategy.

Mike Switzer interviews Connie Jones, an intellectual property attorney with Altus IP in Greenville, SC.

 

Our next guest believes his University start-up company will soon be driving vans around Columbia cool-cleaning home carpets using carbon dioxide, a method he also believes will dramatically reduce allergens in the home.

Mike Switzer interviews Mike Matthews, an engineering professor at the University of South Carolina and the chief technology officer for CarboNix.

 

Many small businesses grapple with succession...who should take over the business if the owner should pass away, become disabled, or just ready to retire.  There's a new trend in dealing with this issue that involves the owner selling the business to someone, oftentimes a young person, who is being mentored by the founder, who agrees to stay on for a few years in an advisory capacity.  This is exactly what has happened recently with an architecture firm in Charleston.

Baby Boomers Discover the Cost of Medicare

Aug 26, 2014

 

  As the baby boomer generation continues to roll into the 65+ age group, they are discovering that the myth of free healthcare, known as Medicare, is exactly that, a myth...and that Medicare does, in fact, come with a cost.

Mike Switzer interviews Alex Chastain, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC.  

Additional resource: medicare.gov

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