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John Warner
Concepts to Companies

A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Accessible Diagnostics and he runs the Swampfox Facebook Page, all based in Greenville, S.C.

Nancy Oppenheimer
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Artists often find that making a living as an artist can be very difficult.  Besides competing with other artists for space in galleries, another possible source of revenue can be winning art competitions.  One that we’ve recently learned about involves art commissioned for public buildings.  28 states have programs requiring or encouraging new public building projects to include art as a percent of their construction budget.  South Carolina is one of those states and our next guest is one of those winners.

Among all the resources a company has, probably the most crucial to their success is also often the biggest: their human resource.  Our next guest says that the human resource can also be the most challenging to develop.

Jean Meeks-Koch is CEO of Positively People, in Mount Pleasant, SC.

Lynn Bailey
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As the healthcare insurance industry continues to evolve, our next guest says that patients are more and more in need of help in understanding their plan benefits.  And employers are recognizing this, as well she says, with many large corporations now hiring “health advocates” to not only help employees navigate the company’s health benefits plans but to also help them deal with the health plan’s customer service representative.

Allen Gillespie
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  A year ago when we last interviewed our next guest about cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, the leader in this sector, Bitcoin, was near an all-time high in popularity and price.  But a lot has changed since then, or has it?

Mike Switzer interviews Allen Gillespie, a chartered financial analyst with Fintrust Investment Advisors 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 Accessible Diagnostics and he runs the Swampfox Facebook Page, all based in Greenville, S.C.

Rita Patel and Marcus Munse
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Boutique hotels continue to gain traction in the hospitality industry including in South Carolina.  For example, we recently discovered a new one has opened in our our capital city.

Mike Switzer interviews Rita Patel and Marcus Munse, owners of Hotel Trundle in Columbia, SC.

Christa Divis
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Charitable giving continues to evolve as tax laws change and economies cycle up and down.  And our next guest says that new trends can also be a factor.  One that she is seeing now, not only locally but nationwide, is that donors want to see local impact results.

Mike Switzer interviews Christa Divis, chief financial officer for the Coastal Community Foundation in Charleston, SC.

Portfolio management can take many forms these days, from value investing to growth investing to what our next guest calls “ethical investing”.

Mike Switzer interviews Mike Kuckel, a chartered financial analyst and CEO of the Sovereign Financial Group in Greenville, SC.

You may have noticed that so many people these days take a lot of prescription drugs for a lot of different reasons because, as time has gone by, pharmaceutical research results in products designed for these reasons.  But for those who are prescribed multiple drugs, and for those who are administering them, complications can arise resulting in missed doses and overdoses.  After watching nurses in health care facilities administer medications to numerous patients with complex conditions, our next guest experienced the proverbial light-bulb effect, and proceeded to launch a new business.

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 Nashville Entrepreneur Center and the Country Music Association (CMA) recently accepted a  Charleston, SC-based startup into their competitive 2018 Project Music Portfolio program, which is a year-round, entrepreneurship program designed to accelerate the success of music-oriented startups.  And of course, you want to know who that company is…

If you live in or have visited Walterboro, South Carolina recently, you may have noticed a little renaissance going on.  From a farm-to-truck food truck to a new event venue on the river to a former Boeing executive's new aviation company...entrepreneurs are apparently migrating to the area to launch their dreams.  What’s going on in Colleton County?

Mike Switzer interviews Hank Amundson, assistant city manager for the City of Walterboro, South Carolina.

According to the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, fewer than half of people who apply for disability benefits — about 45 percent — are ultimately accepted; and that even getting a hearing takes an average of nearly 600 days.  That’s why our next guest says that you should know what Social Security Disability offers, who is eligible, and what changes have occurred over the past several years.

We’ve talked frequently on this program of the need for an estate plan.  However, in this increasingly digital world the definition of an estate is expanding. Think about your online accounts including banking, Facebook, email, and your Bitcoins!  What happens to these accounts after you’re gone?  It’s an interesting question and one that our guest today is going to address.

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

Bill Vicary
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With 77 million baby boomers currently retired or soon to be retiring in the United States, our population continues to age.  And it’s safe to say that most of them want to stay in their homes for as long as possible.  But our next guest says that a big impediment to that desire is technology: learning it and using it effectively.

Mike Switzer interviews Bill Vicary, founder and president of Vicary Management Group in Greenville, SC.

Laura Corder
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If there is any group of entrepreneurs that is not only hungry for capital but also having a hard time finding some, it’s early-stage start-ups.  If you’re one of these, you won’t want to change your radio dial right now because our next guest is going to tell us about a free, new program her state agency recently launched to help these companies find federal grant money.

If you are a Southern artisan or business with a unique locally made product, you might want to know that a national magazine based in our state goes out of their way to highlight these products each year through their Made in the South awards program.  And the deadline for entry is fast approaching.

Mike Switzer interviews Elizabeth Hutchison, a contributing editor with Garden and Gun magazine in Charleston, SC.

It has been over nine years since the US economy has been in a recession.  This is the second longest expansion period on record.  Some analysts are saying that we are long overdue for a recession, especially since recent gross domestic product numbers came in below the previous three quarters.

Mike Switzer interviews Wes Johnson, a certified financial planner and prognosticator 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 and CEO of Swampfox, an entrepreneur-centric social media company, based in Greenville, S.C.

David Cote
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Our next guest’s company was recently named by Forbes magazine as one of the 500 best employers in the country.  He says the key to their employee success is the company’s cultural compass that points in all directions.

Mike Switzer interviews David Cote, a vice president and head of human resources at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina in Columbia.

Bratton Riley
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These days, when you’re visiting a new website, a chat box will often pop up and ask if you need help.  And you may not even be aware that many times these are automated and are known as chatbots.  Our next guest believes that these chatbots can help make your relationship with local government more efficient and so he started a company to prove it.

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

Elizabeth McClendon
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According to a recent report from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), our state ranks 8th in the nation in new cases of AIDS per capita, with Columbia ranking 5th, Charleston, 22nd and Greenville, 51st.  And our next guest says that 40% of our state’s new cases are age 20 -29, young people just entering the workforce, which she believes could lead to a significant impact on our economy.

Chris Robinson
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Imagine being able to store red blood cells as a bottle of powder on a shelf, not needing any refrigeration or for those who need regular transfusions, being able to receive one through a simple injection into the upper arm, like a shot.  Our next guest is a University of South Carolina professor who has been an integral part of this nano blood technology.

The last time we spoke to our next guest, about three months ago, he said he believed that our country’s economy seemed to be waking up from a long period of sleepwalking.  Well, we’re almost to the midpoint of the year and interest rates are rising, construction activity is reported to be declining, the stock market appears to have stalled, so let’s see how he feels now.

Andy Owens
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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 Andy Owens, managing editor of SCBizNews, the company that publishes the Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine.

Busy Time at SC Ports

Jun 1, 2018

As the economy has been improving over the past several years, our state’s ports authority has been quietly setting new records for container volume while at the same time, continuing its efforts to deepen Charleston Harbor to accommodate the bigger, new Panamax ships which will allow for even more volume to our ports.  And if you missed it, our state’s second inland port recently held its grand opening in Dillon.

Mike Switzer interviews Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority in Charleston, SC.

Don Medlin
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It’s becoming more commonplace to hear about entrepreneurial ventures springing from our state’s research universities.  And they’re getting more interesting, too.  For example, through a collaboration with Clemson University’s physics and astronomy department, our next guest’s company recently won an award for their cancer treatment device.

Mike Switzer interviews Donald Medlin, CEO and co-founder of Medical Beam Laboratories in Greenville, SC.

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