South Carolina Business Review

Mon-Fri, 7:51 am

The South Carolina Business Review, with host Mike Switzer, focuses on news from South Carolina's business community with interviews of many small business owners and business leaders from around the state. South Carolina's nonprofits, including its colleges and universities are also regularly featured on the program, as well as many of the state's small business support organizations. 

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DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed on The South Carolina Business Review are their own and are not necessarily those of South Carolina Public Radio.

Our next guest was recently named South Carolina’s 2016 Female Entrepreneur of the Year and 2016’s Most Influential Business Woman in South Carolina, due not only to her work in the human resources/payroll industry, but also because of her efforts to improve education through technology in her Upstate community.

Mike Switzer interviews Pamela Evette, President and CEO of Quality Business Solutions in Travelers Rest, SC.

South Carolina has a rich history of global connections, with both individuals and businesses.  And the Upstate is about to celebrate with a month-long, ten county program known as Upstate International Month.

Mike Switzer interviews Tracie Frese, executive director of Upstate International, the organizer of this annual event, now in its fifth year.

Lauren Dillon
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Most internal walls these days are made with sheetrock, but for hundreds of years, they were mostly plaster.  Our next guest is with a South Carolina company that is working to bring back historically authentic slaked lime plasters such as those used 400 years ago in Windsor Castle and St. Paul’s Cathedral.  Their work has, in fact, been installed in the Smithsonian Institute and in many other public buildings, hotels, and businesses across the country.

According to our next guest, we’re entering a time of unprecedented fiscal change in the United States: near zero interest rates, tiny Social Security cost-of-living increases, record government debt, and the disappearance of pensions.  Maybe some of you have tried “Not Your Father’s Root Beer”, but he says “this is not your father’s retirement”…so how are today’s retirees ensuring financial independence for their lifetime?

Mike Switzer interviews Rob DeHollander, a certified financial planner in Greenville, 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.

The odds are good that everyone listening to this show right now has a smartphone.  And if you do, you are probably not going back to a flip phone, a bag phone, or a rotary dial phone hanging on the wall in your kitchen (if you’re one of us old geezers that even knows what those are).  But let’s be honest: when you are on your smartphone, how often are you actually being productive vs. being entertained or distracted?  Our next guest says that it’s very important to figure out how to manage our relationship with this powerful tool.

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
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.

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.

Lynn Bailey
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

As part of our regular series to help our listeners stay informed on the current upheaval in healthcare and how it may affect South Carolinians.

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

Tom Keith
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

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
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

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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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.

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