Business & Finance

Each year, commercial real estate professionals gather in the major markets of our state to discuss current trends and predictions for these markets for the coming year.  One such event is the Charleston Commercial Market Forecast coming September 21st.

Mike Switzer interviews Gerry Schauer, vice president with Avison Young in Charleston, and chair of the planning committee for this event.

As the baby boomer generation continues its slide into retirement years, more and more businesses are sprouting up to service this growing market segment.  One example is our next guest’s company which is focusing on the desire of this group to continue to age safely at home.

Mike Switzer interviews Tom Haas, president of Complete Home Care of America in Greenville, SC.

Cameron Powell
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  You may have noticed that the micro-brewery industry in our state has been in a state of rapid growth since the legislature relaxed some rules a couple years ago that made getting into this business more attractive.  And with more breweries has come more brewery tours, which our next guest says led to his business idea.

Mike Switzer interviews Cameron Powell, owner of Columbia Brew Bus, based in Columbia, SC.

John Warner

    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 college is not for everyone.  And while our next guest says that college can indeed be an important stepping stone to a great career, blue collar careers pay well, can offer interesting work, and might be the right choice financially.

Mike Switzer interviews Kathy Hauer, a certified financial planner with Wilson David Investment Advisors in Aiken, SC.

  You may have heard of equine therapy before, where horses are used to help people recover from mental and physical challenges.  But what you may not know is that it is also used to help professionals gain confidence and assertiveness, improve communication and relationship skills, and become better leaders by learning how to build effective and more collaborative teams of employees.

Mike Switzer interviews Jessica Fry, founder of Wild Hearts Equine Therapy Center in Seneca, SC.


Alan Buck
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  The electric car industry continues to grow across the nation and here in our state as more and more manufacturers and dealers are now offering these vehicles.  The industry is celebrated every year with National Drive Electric Week which is coming September 10-18th.

Mike Switzer interviews Alan Buck, one of the city co-captains for the event’s activities in Columbia, SC.

Earl Bridges
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  After growing up in Thailand and eventually moving to the US and graduating from the University of South Carolina’s Masters in International Business program, our next guest co-founded a company that helps large corporations help their employees donate to their favorite charities.  That company has since spun off a new enterprise that has turned its attention to helping those charities become more effective.

Joey von Nessen
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  Ever since the bottom of the Great Recession, which seems far, far away now, South Carolina's economy has been moving forward.  But like the rest of the country, that growth hasn’t exactly been by leaps and bounds.  What are the latest numbers showing now?

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.

  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.

Tom Ledbetter
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  While our next guest’s institution of higher learning has often been thought of as a place for employee training programs, he is hoping it will also soon be mentioned as the place to go for student to learn the entrepreneurial skills they will need to turn their business idea into a successful, sustainable, and profitable venture.

Logan Metcalf
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  Originally from New Zealand, our next guest ended up in the US 16 years ago.  After attending Harvard Business School, he moved to Greenville, SC to become the chief financial officer of

Immaculate Baking Company where he helped bake the “world’s biggest cookie” and create the country’s leading brand of natural and organic refrigerated cookie dough.  Four years ago, that company was sold to General Mills and now he has started his own technology company aimed at revolutionizing the way you store your digital memories.

If you don’t get the sleep you need, it’s very possible your performance at work could be affected.  Not to mention other areas of your life.  Over the past several years we have seen the growth of telemedicine, a way to remotely help people with various health issues.  But our next guest says he has now started the first-ever sleep telemedicine practice.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Joe Krainin, founder of Singular Sleep in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

  The estate tax, referred to in the political arena recently as the “death tax”, is, like most taxes, something that people like to avoid or reduce as much as possible.  Our next guest says that can be done with a little known trick using college savings plans.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Cabri, a certified financial planner with Ameriprise Financial Services in Greenwood, SC.

John Warner

  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.

Recent statistics show that more than 44 million Americans are providing caregiving for an adult family member and 61 percent of those caregivers are also working either full or part time.  And if that’s not enough, about 13 percent of American households, known as the "sandwich generation" are caring for both children and aging parents.  How are employers dealing with this?

Mike Switzer interviews Barbara Franklin, who leads the Business Task Force of the Greater Charleston Chapter of the National Aging in Place Council.

Kevin Felder
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  With all the choices for advertising these days, how do small business owners navigate through the jungle to determine if radio, television, newspapers, and/or social media are right for them?

Mike Switzer interviews Kevin Felder, founder of The Euniek Group and Indie Ground in Columbia, SC.

  The U.S. military's most advanced fighter jet, the F-35, made its international debut recently at the Farnborough International Air Show in England.  Three of the F-35s displayed there are based here in South Carolina at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort.  And our next guest says the future of the F-35 is not only critically important to defending our nation, but also to South Carolina's aerospace industry.

No matter what stage you are in your career, the impact of taxes plays a significant role in the accumulation or depletion of your assets.  Our next guest says that whether you invest in taxable, tax-deferred, or tax free accounts, the “location” of these investments should be coordinated in your overall planning.

Mike Switzer interviews Rusty Cagle, is a certified financial planner and president of ASE Wealth Advisors in Greenville, SC.

John Warner

  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.

  If you are a small business owner, you know you need to be doing digital marketing, such as Facebook, Twitter, Groupon.  But you also know how complicated and time-consuming these efforts can be and how limited the amount of time is that you have over and above the time you spend just managing your business.  That’s why there are now online companies, that will manage this for you.  And our next guest just started a new one.

Mike Switzer interviews Trey Rust, president of Crowdreach in Charleston, SC.

  Healthcare inflation is historically notorious, but our next guest says that the rate of price increases in South Carolina’s healthcare environment slowed during the Great Recession and during the slow recovery, but is now beginning to increase.

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

John Weidner
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  You may not be aware of this but the Carolinas have the largest energy economy in the Eastern US and are among the most diverse in the world.  Our next guest is contributing to this important economic sector of our state through his work in education and research and was honored for such by receiving an Energy Leadership Award at the recent Energy Inc. Summit in Charlotte, NC.

Mike Switzer interviews John Weidner, chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

  Once you are in your retirement years, your biggest financial risk is “will you outlive your money?”  And our next guest says that a big factor in that equation will be your possible need for long-term care.

Mike Switzer interviews Jim Mitchell, a certified financial planner with Raymond James in Greenville, SC.

John Warner

  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.

Mercedes-Benz is expanding its North Charleston facility to produce vans. It is expected to be an additional 1 million square feet.
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    On a clear sunny day executives and government officials in black hard hats push metal shovels into loose dirt. This ceremonial groundbreaking in front of a leveled plot with construction equipment is the start of Mercedes-Benz Vans expansion in North Charleston.   

The new $500 million assembly plant will be more than double the size of the current facility and eventually employ 1,300 more people.


Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans Volker Mornhinweg said North Charleston was a convenient place to expand.


Mark Williams
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  If you’ve been in South Carolina awhile, you know how important the automobile industry is to our economic health.  And that importance keeps growing with the arrival of Volvo, not to mention all the tire companies that keep coming and expanding.  Our next guest says that there are several things communities across our state can do continue to be successful in attracting these automotive companies.

 Mike Switzer interviews Mark Williams, president of Strategic Development Group in Columbia, SC.

Joe Walker
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  After spending four years in the US Army, including serving in Iraq, our next guest decided to return to civilian life and while looking for a new career, he noticed the similarities between franchising and the military, and decided that that familiarity would work for him.  And the US Small Business Administration agreed recently when they named him the 2016 South Carolina Veteran Small Business Person of the Year.

Mike Switzer interviews Joe Walker, a Marco’s Pizza franchisee in Columbia, SC. 

The business community has, for the most part, fully embraced the Internet as a place to be in order to be competitive.  Our next guest though, says that he still sees many missed opportunities for companies to be engaged in professionally marketing themselves digitally.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Manley, CEO of Engenius in Greenville, SC.

Most people know what estate planning means: having a will, a power of attorney, etc.  But our next guest says that there is much more to consider.

Mike Switzer interviews Tiffany Pripeton Ritchie, a certified financial planner and heritage design professional candidate with Morris Financial Concepts in Mt. Pleasant, SC.