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. 

S.C. Business Review Archive 1 (June 2011- September 2014)

S.C. Business Review Archive 2 (PDF; February 2003 - May  2011)

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.

V.W. Scheich and Uyen Le
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  Once upon a time, Beaufort, SC was home to the filming of some of Hollywood’s biggest movies; such as Forrest Gump, The Big Chill, The Great Santini, and The Prince of Tides.  But 15 years have gone by since the last feature film was shot there.  Our next guests however, are doing their best to change that this fall.

Mike Switzer interviews VW Scheich and Uyen Le, from Rareform Pictures, whose new movie project is Basement Bob.

Steve Weitzel
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  You may have heard one of our recent interviews regarding new legislation in South Carolina that increased the tax incentives for the solar industry.  We thought that you might also want to know that that same new law is benefiting the geothermal industry in our state, as well.

Mike Switzer interviews Steve Weitzel, South Carolina territory manager for WaterFurnace, Intl.

  Twelve years ago, our next guest started a small Internet marketing company out of his home in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  Now he has a dozen employees and a downtown office and he has come up with a way to use the web to merge marketing, crowdfunding, and economic development into an online tool for small towns and cities.

Mike Switzer interviews Jason Broadwater, founder and CEO of Revenflo and author of “Old Town, New World”.

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.

  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
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.

  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
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  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.

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