business and finance

Mark Hammond
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South Carolina’s government offices are continuing to move into the 21st century with a recent announcement that more than 150 official business forms can now be filed online for the very first time.

Mike Switzer interviews Mark Hammond, South Carolina’s Secretary of State.

It wasn’t too long ago that few people knew that “the cloud” was no longer just a meteorological term.  In fact, there is now an Upstate South Carolina “cloud” company that is raining money.  In 2015, they were named South Carolina’s Fastest Growing Company and in 2016, they were ranked #73 on the Inc. 5000, the prestigious list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation.

Mike Switzer interviews Shay Houser, co-founder and CEO of Green Cloud, based in Greenville, SC.

Demand for financial education continues to grow at our universities and colleges.  As an example, our next guest says that the number of students seeking a degree in finance or other related disciplines at his institution has increased by 80% over the past ten years.

Mike Switzer interviews Greg Putnam, a lecturer in the finance department at the Moore School of Business at USC in Columbia.

Alan Cooper
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  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.

The baby-boomer generation moving into retirement is not only causing personnel issues for many companies but also a concern for their boards.  With so many qualified people retiring, our next guest says it’s important for boards to be prepared and plan ahead.

 Mike Switzer interviews Madeleine McGee, president of TogetherSC based in Columbia, SC.

How many times have you tried to bribe the maître d’ at a popular restaurant in order to jump to the front of the waiting line?  Or maybe it was the usher at your favorite night club?  Our next guest says that his company would rather you pay them through a phone app that will make the whole process easier and less embarrassing.

Mike Switzer interviews Kory Keefer, co-founder of RAAD in Greenville, SC.

Lynn Bailey
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With a new administration in Washington, there has been an increased emphasis on de-regulation.  All businesses have regulation to some degree, including and especially healthcare.  Understandably so.  Although a complete overhaul of our nation’s healthcare system is on hold for now, could regulations come under scrutiny next?

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

Four-year colleges offer a great career path, but two-year colleges and technical certificate programs can also be a good choice, not only for graduating high school seniors but also for those in the workplace who’d like to make a career change.  Our next guest says that some technical certificates can lead to well-paying and interesting jobs.

Mike Switzer interviews Kathy Hauer, a certified financial planner with Wilson David Investment Advisors in Aiken, 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 of the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

Amanda Torruella
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While many are saying that it’s a brave new world for the Latino population in America, a Midlands film festival has, for the first time ever, accepted film submissions from Latin American countries and has made its theme: “Visiones”, which will look at the ways the explosive Latino population growth in the South is impacting our art, film and culture.

Mike Switzer interviews Amada Torruella, co-curator of the Indie Grits film festival at the Nickelodeon Theater in Columbia, SC.

Allison Keyes

A new study finds that having a black elementary school teacher can significantly impact the dropout rate of low-income black students. The study, co-authored by a Johns Hopkins University economist, found that the high school dropout rate is reduced by 29 percent for those students who have at least one black teacher in the third through fifth grades.

Marketplace

With the presidents of China and the U.S. meeting in Florida starting today, it's trade and North Korea likely at the top of the agenda. And one expert on North Korea's relations has noted some signs in the last year or so that President Trump might like to put his "Art of the Deal" negotiating skills to work on fixing the North Korea situation.

You’ve heard many financial planners on this show over the years who have pointed out the dismal savings rate for Americans and how that is leading to many financially unprepared retirees.  Our next guest’s organization has decided to try to do something about that.

When a small town in rural South Carolina announced they were going to be hosting a major art festival, there were, understandably, many skeptics.  But here we are, five years later, and more than 20,000 visitors are expected, with the hotels all booked and the governor is recently presenting the town with a major tourism award.

Mike Switzer interviews Taronda Barnes, program director of ArtFields in Lake City, SC.

In recent years, the national average cost of tuition has risen to over $20,000 for four-year public institutions.  This may also explain why the average student loan debt for a graduating student from a school like Clemson is around $30,000.

Mike Switzer interviews Josh Harris with the College of Business at Clemson University.

  

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 of the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

South Carolina’s film industry is nurtured each year through a grant program that then showcases it’s winners at not only some of our state’s film festivals, such as the one held in Beaufort each February, but in many other states as well, helping spread the word about South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Tom Clark, director of the South Carolina Film Commission, the agency that runs the Indie Grants program.

On April 10th, more than 1,200 volunteers will begin working around the clock when over 130,000 fans will begin pumping almost $100 million into South Carolina's economy, all because 132 world class golfers will invade a small island off our coast.

Mike Switzer interviews Steve Wilmot, tournament director for the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing PGA tournament at Hilton Head, SC.

Duane Parrish
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In case you hadn’t heard, tourism in South Carolina is now a $20 billion industry that supports one in every 10 jobs and generates $1.5 billion in state and local tax revenues.  These numbers represent a 6% increase in tourism activity in 2015 over 2014, and demonstrate a fourth consecutive record year of growth in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Duane Parrish, South Carolina’s director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

When we last interviewed our next guest, he indicated that a lot of trepidation existed among economists who were trying to make forecasts based on the policies espoused by the new administration in Washington.  But that was in December.  Today, we have him on the phone for an update.

Mike Switzer interviews Bruce Yandle, Clemson Alumni Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus and Dean Emeritus of Clemson's College of Business & Behavioral Science. Yandle Economic Situation Report.

An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews Matt Clark, an editor with SCBizNews, the company that publishes the Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine.

South Carolina, like most states, certainly has areas that one might refer to as “off the beaten path”.  And those areas oftentimes struggle to bring jobs and growth to their economies.  Our next guest’s organization though, while representing the most rural economic development region of the state, has been busy building coalitions with industry and government leaders across Europe and North America for the past 21 years.

Mike Switzer interviews Kay Maxwell, with the Southern Carolina Regional Development Alliance in Barnwell, SC.

Rep. Phyllis Henderson
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Most people are aware of generic drugs and how much more inexpensive they are than their comparable brand name pharmaceuticals.  But you may not know that there are new generic-type medications on the market known as biosimilars, that treat chronic diseases such as Crohn’s Disease, cancer, and Rheumatoid Arthritis that are much lower in cost than their comparables known as biologics.  But our next guest says that they are not yet available in our state because our laws don’t address them yet.

Kevin Varner
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

If all goes well, our next guest will soon be opening his second restaurant and brewery, this time in a building listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  What is involved in building a beer garden, brewery, and bottling plant in not only a challenging structure like an 88-year-old airplane hangar, but also at a still-operating air field?

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 of the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

It’s that time of year again when another major sporting event makes another major economic impact in our state.  The Volvo Car Open, a leading professional women's tennis tournament and official WTA event is coming to Daniel Island, just outside Charleston, April 1 - 9.

Mike Switzer interviews the tournament director, Bob Moran.

Martin Short
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

South Carolina’s reservoir of small business assistance resources has grown exponentially over the past 10 years.  However, one such organization has been here for decades and their services have grown, as well.

Mike Switzer interviews Martin Short, economic development and public affairs specialist for the South Carolina district office of the US Small Business Administration in Columbia.

Ellen Recoma
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

As the population continues to age, the health care industry in the United States continues to experience dramatic growth and now, in fact, represents the nation’s largest private industry sector.  That’s why our next guest says her school has added a health care management MBA to its list of degree programs.

Mike Switzer interviews Ellen Ricoma, with the School of Business at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC.

Thirty years ago, social investing began to make its mark in the mutual fund industry by offering investors funds that only invested in companies that were considered responsible stewards of the environment, government, and society as a whole.  Our next guest says that now that trend is much more than a fad, and that most of the younger generation is demanding it.  And that Charleston, SC is a natural location for these types of money managers to thrive.

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 of the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

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