Business & Finance

  For investors, there always seem to be concerns: whether it’s overseas conflict, market declines, potential for recession, weather-related calamities, civil unrest and protest, labor market struggles, and now we have a presidential election year.  How important to your money are all of these controversies and uncertainties?

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Beard, a certified financial planner with Gateway Wealth Strategies in Greenville, SC.

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

  Since South Carolina legislators made it more attractive for filmmakers to do business in our state, our next guest says that, as expected, activity in the film industry here has picked up dramatically.

Mike Switzer interviews Tom Clark, director of the South Carolina Film Commission.

  If you are a business owner, have you ever thought about what your employees think of your products and/or services?  Our next guest says that how you brand yourself to your customers is as important as how you brand yourself as an employer.  And that, in fact, the two are very much connected right now in your company, whether you realize it or not.

Mike Switzer interviews Susan LaMotte, founder & CEO of exaqueo in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

SC Sees Growing Demand for Power Engineers

Jun 15, 2016

  We’ve known for a while that the demand for engineers is very strong in our state.  Now we’re learning that there is a growing demand for a certain subset of engineers, those with knowledge in energy-related fields.  And in an effort to meet that demand, our next guest’s organization has partnered with one of our state’s research universities to offer a new graduate degree program.

Mike Switzer interviews Nancy Muller, the director of the Lowcountry Graduate Center in North Charleston, SC.

  Interest rates have remained low now for quite some time.  And while this has been a positive for our economy, it’s not been so great for those who are trying to generate income from their money by investing in CDs and bonds.  But at least our rates haven’t turned negative yet like they have some countries where investors are actually paying the government to take their money.

Mike Switzer interviews Allen Gillespie, a chartered financial analyst with FinTrust Investment Advisors in Greenville, SC.

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

  Our next guest says that one of the biggest challenges a business faces is to crystallize their vision, getting everyone on the same page and rowing in the same direction and that’s why it’s important to build discipline and accountability into the organization which starts with a healthy, functional and cohesive leadership team.

Mike Switzer interviews Neil McLean, founder and managing partner with Sagacious Partners in Columbia, SC.​

  If you've visited Charleston, you're probably familiar with the Charleston Place Hotel.  But if you haven't visited for a while, you may not know that the hotel has been completely renovated and is now known as Belmond Charleston Place.  What is involved in pumping $30 million into a property that has been around for about 30 years?

Mike Switzer interviews Paul Stracey, the general manager of Belmond Charleston Place.

  Sometimes a homeowners association gets too big to be handled anymore by just a board.  That’s when they hire a management company.  And our next guest says that oftentimes, that chore is very similar to managing a small city.

Mike Switzer interviews Ken Tamsin, CEO of Southern Community Services based in Columbia, SC.

  How many times do you find yourself caught up in the day-to-day grind, and all of a sudden a few little things that you let slip by become big things.  Our next guest says that he has a few “little” items to tell you about regarding your financial plan, that you shouldn’t let slip by.

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.

Joe Seiner
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  Recently, President Obama issued an executive action that will require companies with 100 employees or more to report employee salary information to the federal government in an effort to ensure gender equality in pay.  However, our next guest says that the reporting burden on the small business community may pale in comparison to the litigation burden.

Mike Switzer interviews Joseph Seiner, an employment law professor at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Travis Torcoletti
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  These days, most small business owners are aware of and are addressing cyber security, making sure their technology is protected.  However, our next guest says online threats actually only represent a very small portion of small business fraud.  Instead, he says the most widespread concern is bookkeeper fraud.

Mike Switzer interviews Travis Torcoletti, branch team leader at Regions Bank in Columbia, SC.

Scott Derrick
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  We’ve all heard about the worrisome decline in the nation’s bee population and how that could seriously affect crop production and as a result, our food supply.  Our next guest decided to do something about it by creating products he has patented that help beekeepers achieve success.

Mike Switzer interviews Scott Derrick, owner of the Blythewood Bee Company, in Blythewood, SC.

Joey von Nessen
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  We’ve reached the midpoint of the year and our economy continues to chug along.  Nothing exciting but no apparent danger lurking either, according to our next guest.

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.

  Our next guest has owned multiple restaurants in New York and South Carolina and says it has always been a man's game.  She says the adversity she has had to overcome as a female business owner continues today but at the same time, she is happy with the direction the country is going to make women an equal part of the workforce.  In fact, in 2015, a milestone was reached when more than 5 percent of federal funding – over $17 million - was provided to female-owned small businesses, the highest in our country's history.

  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.

Sammy Nasrollahi
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  South Carolina has one of the highest diabetes rates in the country.  Many blame that on diet and much of that diet-blame goes to sugary beverages like sodas and iced tea.  Our next guest decided to do something about that by creating the first and only patented beverage designed to help diabetics with their blood sugar level.

Mike Switzer interviews Sammy Nasrollahi, co-founder and CEO of Hydro One Premium Beverages in Greenwood, SC.

John Robinson
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  Our guest today says that when people find out he’s a financial advisor, they usually ask him one of two questions: “Do you have any hot investments?” or “What should be my plan of attack when I have extra money?”  What do you think?  Are these good questions?

Mike Switzer interviews Jon Robertson, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC.

  Airport security is on everyone’s mind these days.  And keeping an airport safe is like protecting a small - city, but one where there are constant and imposing threats.   Thousands of people walk on and off the property of a typical large airport every day and it can be a daunting task to manage their access, their vehicles, their baggage etc.  Our next guest has been doing just that since 2003 for airports all across the country.

Mike Switzer interviews David Peeples, president of Intellisoft in Mauldin, SC.

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

  Two months ago was the five-year anniversary of Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown of March 2011.   Although it is unlikely that South Carolina would experience a disaster of this magnitude, our next guest’s time in Japan during this tragedy can give our business community some insight into the importance of being prepared.

Mike Switzer interviews Jeff Herman, who was employed by AXA Life Japan and resided in Tokyo from 2006-2011.  He is now chief operating officer for Wagner Wealth Management in Anderson, SC.

  You’ve probably heard us talk before on this program about the role of university research in maintaining our state’s competiveness, but what you may not have heard is about South Carolina’s connection to the invention of the laser and how one of our research universities is helping students from smaller schools get research experience and learn how they can pay for graduate school.

Amy Beth Franks
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  Last year, a popular business community in the Midlands celebrated their centennial anniversary and our next guest says that the event went so well, they have decided to continue the celebration into this year with new initiatives and activities.

Mike Switzer interviews Amy Beth Franks, executive director of the Five Points Association in Columbia, SC.

  Since the financial crisis of 2008, our next guest says he has been reading reports that Modern Portfolio Theory (which is what asset allocation and diversification is based upon) does not work anymore.  But how can that be true when this strategy has been such a bedrock for portfolios for decades?

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.

  As drone technology continues to improve and prices continue to drop, we are seeing more and more of them in our skies.  And the business community is seeing the advantages of this trend, especially in marketing opportunities.

Andy Lassiter is owner of Sea Island Media and Keen Eye Marketing in Folly Beach, SC.

Mike Ethridge
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  You may not be surprised to learn that, as a group, lawyers have high levels of stress, job dissatisfaction, burnout, divorce, preventable disease, suicide and substance abuse.  And that’s why, a little over a year ago, the South Carolina Bar Association’s Wellness Task Force launched its Living Above the Bar campaign.

Wally BIshop
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  We’ve all heard impressive weight-loss stories before, usually some combination of diet and exercise.  Our next guest embarked on one of those programs and lost over 200 pounds.  But he said the multitude of containers of meal replacements and supplements made his kitchen counter look like a pharmacy.  So he came up with his own formula, but in just one can.

Mike Switzer interviews Wally Bishop, a certified nutritional consultant and creator of Vive Shake, based in Greenville, SC.

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