Business & Finance

In 2016, financial markets, the economy, and geopolitics experienced an unusual number of milestones. And while it’s easy to overemphasize change, shine a spotlight on uncertainty, and play up the worst-case scenario, our next guest thinks the way to assess the new dynamic is not to ask, “What’s broken?” or “What will be fixed?” but “How will businesses, markets, and the economy adapt?”

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

Most people who have lived in South Carolina for a while know that Camden is one of our most popular towns for horse lovers.  But you may not know that it is also one of only a few North America stops on the world tour of the Equus Film Festival, a New York City event dedicated to equestrian-themed film, fine art and authors.

Mike Switzer interviews Suzi Sale, tourism development director for Kershaw County and the city of Camden, SC.

For the past 35 years, South Carolina has been home to a three-day celebration of our entire region’s wildlife and nature through fine art, conservation education, sporting demonstrations, and more, boosting our economy by an estimated $50 million.

Mike Switzer interviews Jimmy Huggins, president and CEO of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition coming to Charleston, SC Feb. 17-19.

John Warner
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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.

Since BMW moved to the Upstate many years ago, South Carolina has become home to a large and growing automotive cluster.  To celebrate the importance of this industry to our state, former SC governor Nikki Haley proclaimed February 20th through 25th as SC Auto Week which is kicked off each year with the South Carolina Automotive Summit, a three-day industry conference that draws hundreds of automotive executives from around the world.

Tom Keith
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Just like business leaders, those that are running nonprofits also need continuing education and leadership training.  For the past several years, the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations has been holding a summit to meet those needs and the next one is coming to Columbia on March 6th through the 8th.

Mike Switzer interviews Tom Keith, president of Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina and co-chair for the 2017 Nonprofit Summit.

Most financial advisors will tell you that they often get requests from their clients to try to time the markets.  That is, to try to pick the best times to get in and out of stocks and bonds throughout the year.  Our next guest says that, for that strategy, 2016 was a particularly difficult year.

Mike Switzer interviews Thomas Dowling, a chartered financial analyst and certified financial planner with Aegis Capital in Hilton Head Island, 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.

Man vs. Machine?

Feb 3, 2017

Even though there has been a lot of rhetoric lately about bad trade deals hurting American workers, most experts will tell you that a much bigger factor has been automation.  However, our next guest says that it’s not man vs. machine, but man and machine working together that promises to drive the future of U.S. and international business.

Mike Switzer interviews Roger Varin, CEO for Staubli Robotics in Duncan, SC.

For 11 years, the Beaufort Film Society has been promoting the film industry in our state’s Lowcountry through educational and special events, such as their annual film festival.

Mike Switzer interviews Ron Tucker, executive director of the Beaufort International Film Festival.

Nineteen years ago, our next guest’s parents were running a successful environmental engineering company in Charleston when they heard about serious water supply problems in Honduras brought to light by Hurricane Mitch, and so they decided to help.  After being unable to find an existing water treatment system that could fix the problem, they decided to build one.  They ended up starting a nonprofit to work on this problem around the world.

A new administration in Washington often brings economic uncertainty.  However, our next guest says that no matter who’s in office, our nation’s capital is a slow moving animal.  And that means much of what we can expect for our economy in 2017 is already in place.

Mike Switzer interviews Frank Hefner, director of the Office of Economic Analysis at the College of Charleston.

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.

For 33 years, our next guest’s organization has been recognizing our state’s business leaders through their induction into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame.  This year’s ceremony will be on March 16th in Columbia.

Mike Switzer interviews Rick Morgan, a partner with the McNair Law Firm and a board member with Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina

Dave McNeil
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If you’ve been wondering how the solar business has been doing in South Carolina, our next guest’s company is answering that it is alive and well through the fact that they were recently announced as #1 on the SC BizNews Roaring 20's list of our state’s fastest growing small companies.

Mike Switzer interviews Dave McNeil, president and CEO of Hannah Solar Government Services in Charleston, SC.

For decades now, more and more companies have come to embrace sustainability but our next guest says there is still a long way to go.

Mike Switzer interviews John Meindl, with Furman University's Center for Corporate and Professional Development in Greenville, SC.

Most people have experienced a fire drill at some point in life.  Maybe it was at school, maybe it was with your company.  However, our next guest says there is another kind of business fire drill that she sees not enough companies practice.

Mike Switzer interviews Catherine Latto, a certified financial planner in Charleston, 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.

Kaitlin Blanco-Silva
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Most employers know that when they experience problems with employees they should do so with compassion, consistency and sometimes disciplinary action.  Our next guest says that it’s very important, though, that companies get that balance right.

Mike Switzer interviews Kaitlin Blanco-Silva, CEO of Palmetto Employee Assistance Program in Columbia, SC

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If you are a regular listener of this network, the odds are you also like symphony music.  But how many of you think of your local orchestra as a business?  Our next guest certainly does.

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Smith, executive director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

One of the last pieces of legislation signed into law by President Obama has opened up a big new market for companies specializing in hearing care.

Mike Switzer interviews Jennifer Waddell, owner of Sound Hearing Care in Simpsonville, SC.

Everyone understands that investing also involves risk.  The values fluctuate, there’s inflation risk, interest rate risk, etc.  However, our next guest says that most investors have serious risk misperceptions.

Mike Switzer interviews Doug Buchan, a certified financial planner with Mainstreet Financial Solutions in Mt. Pleasant, 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.

Most people would agree that over the past eight years, healthcare reform has indeed occurred.  Some say for the better, some say for the worse.  With a new administration in Washington, it looks like we may once again be in for some form of healthcare reform.  For South Carolinians, will it be for the better or for the worse?

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

The last time we interviewed our next guest, our discussion revolved around how well South Carolina was doing when competing with North Carolina for economic investment.  Now it looks like both states will soon have new governors.  Will that make a difference?

Mike Switzer interviews Chris William, an investment advisor with Wells Fargo in Charlotte, NC and host of Carolina Business Review, seen weekly on both state’s public television networks.

In order for healthcare companies to make sure that new drugs are safe and effective for their targeted patients, these medicines must go through clinical trials.  Our next guest’s company made it to #10 on the SC BizNews Roaring 20's list of our state’s fastest growing small companies by conducting these types of studies.

Mike Switzer interviews Sean Rice, CEO of Medical Research South in Charleston, SC.

Pete Pigeon
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While a lot of people just finished some rushed year-end tax moves, our next guest says they could have saved themselves a lot of trouble by doing their tax planning at the beginning of the year instead.  Especially business owners who haven’t yet set up a retirement plan for their company.

Mike Switzer interviews Peter Pigeon, a certified financial planner with Hobbs Group Advisors in Columbia, 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.

10 years ago, an attractive piece of Charleston, South Carolina real estate was slated to be developed into a high-end, mixed-use resort-style community…but then the real estate market collapsed.  A few years later, the owners tried to attract industry to the property, but to no avail.  Now it looks like we may be coming full circle as the prospective owners of this Upper Peninsula island have announced plans to build an upscale, mixed-use community there once again.

Elliot Cooper
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

There’s a major small business support organization with offices all across the country, including here in our state, who help entrepreneurs with capital, counseling, landing government contracts, and disaster assistance.  The latter of which, companies in our state have needed two years in a row now.

Mike Switzer interviews Elliott Cooper, South Carolina district director for the US Small Business Administration in Columbia, SC.

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