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.

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
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.

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.

Resources: SC ABLE,  ABLE National Resource Center

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.

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
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.

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

If you are a regular listener to this program, you’ve been hearing the Swampfox, John Warner, mention the upcoming SCBIO conference, but you may not know that that acronym actually stands for the South Carolina Biotechnology Industry Organization. And their goal is to support the advancement of scientific research in our state including helping entrepreneurs launch new companies specializing in medical devices, medicines, diagnostics, health IT, and other biomedical areas.

Rozalynn and Gabby Goodwin.
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

SCORE, the all-volunteer small business counseling arm of the US Small Business Administration, recently held it’s American Small Business Championship awards gala in Washington, DC.  Our next guests’ company was one of the finalists from South Carolina and the winner of the Outstanding Diverse Award..

Ron Reece
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Family-owned enterprises make up over half of all businesses in the U.S. which makes them the most common form of business.  Those businesses generate about 65% of our country’s GDP and account for almost 70% of total U.S. employment. 

There are times in most of our lives when borrowing money becomes a necessity.  And sometimes, that may mean borrowing from our parents or another relative.  Lending money to family members can create an uncomfortable situation and our next guest says that it also creates a whole new layer of obligations and implications for all involved.

Mike Switzer interviews Paul Bolen, a certified financial planner with Cornerstone Financial Strategies in Summerville, 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.

While still small when compared to our neighboring states, South Carolina’s film-making industry continues to grow.  And our next guest says our state’s film festivals are a big part of that growth because they are providing showcases for filmmakers, directors, actors, production companies, and support crew.

Mike Switzer interviews Summer Peacher, co-founder of the Charleston International Film Festival coming to the Charleston Music Hall Nov. 2nd through 6th.

Greg Pierce
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

If you are a bourbon lover, you know that demand is growing rapidly.  And if you are a distiller, you know that to meet that demand, you are going to need more oak barrels.  After 25 years of experience in the spirits industry, our next guest saw the need, ran the numbers, and decided to get in to the barrel business.

Mike Switzer interviews Greg Pierce, founder of Black Water Barrels in Bamberg, SC.

Greg Pierce
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

If you are a bourbon lover, you know that demand is growing rapidly.  And if you are a distiller, you know that to meet that demand, you are going to need more oak barrels.  After 25 years of experience in the spirits industry, our next guest saw the need, ran the numbers, and decided to get in to the barrel business.

Mike Switzer interviews Greg Pierce, founder of Black Water Barrels in Bamberg, SC.

Sometimes, when South Carolina attracts a major employer, a lot of major media attention arrives, as well.  And sometimes we’re just lucky when a premier journalist decides to make our state his home and cover one of our biggest industries, in this case: aerospace.

Mike Switzer interviews Bill Garvey, editor-in-chief of Business & Commercial Aviation, part of the Aviation Week media network.

Sometimes, when South Carolina attracts a major employer, a lot of major media attention arrives, as well.  And sometimes we’re just lucky when a premier journalist decides to make our state his home and cover one of our biggest industries, in this case: aerospace.

Mike Switzer interviews Bill Garvey, editor-in-chief of Business & Commercial Aviation, part of the Aviation Week media network.

Over the past 30 years, the landscape of financial products and advice has changed dramatically.  Has it been for the better or worse?

Mike Switzer interviews Noel Swain, a certified financial planner with Provest Wealth Advisors in Spartanburg, SC.

Over the past 30 years, the landscape of financial products and advice has changed dramatically.  Has it been for the better or worse?

Mike Switzer interviews Noel Swain, a certified financial planner with Provest Wealth Advisors in Spartanburg, 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.

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