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.

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  In case you missed it, a landmark event happened in Florence County this summer, and this event means that for the first time South Carolina-grown sweet potatoes will be commercially packaged and sold nationwide. Not to mention that hundreds of new jobs are being brought to the county as well.

Mike Switzer interviews Woody Swink, an executive with and part of the founding family of McCall Farms, a family-owned producer of Southern canned vegetables based in Effingham, S.C.

  If you haven't figured it out by now, we are in an era of craft beer and distilled spirits renaissance. It seems like new brewers and distillers are the fastest growing segment of small enterprises not only in the U.S., but here in South Carolina, as well. Our next guests became part of this trend after meeting as students at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC and discovering their shared interest in rum.

Mike Switzer interviews Justin Buchanan and Jake MacDowell, co-founders of Red Harbor Rum in Charleston, SC.

    Before you could play video games, and watch movies in your car on your phones, tablets and back-seat TV's, people were creative and played word games with their families on road trips. During one such recent trip, our next guest, an Upstate attorney, came up with a new word game that was such a big hit with her family, she decided to leave the law firm and launch a Kickstarter campaign to bring the game to market.

Mike Switzer interviews Kristin Burrell, owner of Vistavation in Greenville, SC and the game she created is called Redonkulary.

  We’ve seen a lot of volatility across the world recently, both politically and economically. While at the same time, life continues to move at breakneck speed around us thanks to continued advances in science and technology. This might leave you wishing for a little more stability in your life, but our next guest says that adapting to change is par for the course and for that reason, having a financial plan that is flexible can be very important.

Mike Switzer interviews Dave Gerdt, a certified financial planner with The Hultquist Firm Advisors and he joins us by phone from his office 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 business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.

  Over the years, we have conducted interviews with the leaders of South Carolina's two state-supported residential high schools, the Governor's School for Math and Science in Hartsville and the Governor's School for Arts and Humanities in Greenville not only because these public schools are unique in the nation, but because they are considered an integral part of our state's future success in education and business.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Cedric Adderley, the new president of the Governor's School for Arts and Humanities in Greenville.

Mike Madden
Mike Switzer

  Our next guest is an entrepreneur, inventor, and now author who says that his success has come from taking small steps at a time and he has laid out this philosophy in his new book which asks you to take these small steps yourself through understanding the power of two words each week.

Mike Switzer interviews Mark Madden, author of 2 Words 2 Live ByHe lives and writes in Anderson, SC.

  Many historians consider the ancient Egyptian obelisk as the first true form of outdoor advertising.  Today, we have billboards.  For the past 73 years, the Outdoor Advertising Association of America has honored their best billboard campaign with the coveted OBIE award.  And that award name, the OBIE, honors that ancient obelisk.  Our next guest's company recently won that award.

Mike Switzer interviews Todd Turner, corporate creative director for Adams Outdoor Advertising which has an office in Charleston, SC.

Julie G. Smithwick
Mike Switzer

  In case you missed it, the latest U.S. Census shows that South Carolina has the fastest growing Latino population in the country.  This growth brings many economic realities, including how it affects our state's current and future workforce.  That's why our next guest's organization is hosting a business leaders forum next week on this topic.

Mike Switzer interviews Julie G. Smithwick, Executive Director of PASOs Programs at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

  A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing 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.  

  Our next guest's organization has been feeding orphaned kids around the world for 35 years using just your spare change and a plastic bank that resembles a bowl of rice. You may have seen one at a restaurant or convenience store.  In fact, this year they provided 1.8 million meals to needy kids. But with the popularity of credit and debit cards, they recognized that their primary source of income may be in jeopardy. So what did they do?  What does everybody do these days?  They created an app!  And it was recently named the Social Good App of the Year by Facebook.

Mike Switzer interviews Dodd Caldwell, president of Rice Bowls, based in Spartanburg, SC.

  If the prediction is true that South Carolina will be down to only four or five health systems within 10 years, then how will our state's caregivers of today formulate a plan to stay relevant and competitive in a business environment that is changing so rapidly? Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Mike Wattenbarger, a six-time “Top Doctor” designee by Charlotte Business Magazine, the newly-appointed chief of staff at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville, SC.

  Most of us have used the hand gesture for “OK”, when you make a circle with your index finger and thumb.  This is, of course, perfectly acceptable in American business circles but that same symbol in many parts of Europe is actually a vague obscenity - not the thing you want to do when pitching to a European client. And that's only one example of how cultural respect can play such a huge role in today's international business world and there are many more.

Mike Switzer interviews Pamela Eyring, owner of the Protocol School of Washington.  She lives and works in both Washington, DC and Columbia, SC and has worked with heads of state, CEOs of  Fortune 500 companies and four-star generals.

  Our next guest says that there are two ways to build your investment portfolio: by focusing on expected returns or by focusing on goals. Which is best and which are you doing?

Mike Switzer interviews Noel Swain, a certified financial planner with Provest Wealth in Spartanburg, SC.

John Warner

  For this  weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina. Mike Switzer talks with John Warner, co-founder of Concepts to Companies and founder and CEO of Swampfox, an entrepreneur-centric business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.

Monroe Free
Mike Switzer

  Our next guest believes that the strength of the relationship between the board chair and the CEO may be one of the strongest determinants of an organization’s success.  And that could be why the SC Association of Nonprofit Organizations - SCANPO recognized his nonprofit with the 2015 award for excellence in management and governance.

Mike Switzer interviews Monroe Free, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County.

  Angel investors are a viable, early source of funding for young companies.  Ten years ago though, there wasn't much happening in the Palmetto State with this type of capital-raising, but now the network of angel investors is growing rather rapidly in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Matt Dunbar, Managing Director of the Upstate Carolina Angel Network, part of the South Carolina Angel Network.

  While 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, it also represents the same milestone for our next guest's company, which began that year (1865) in Charleston, SC as a supplier of building materials to rebuild the South.  And he attributes the company's long-term success to it's ability to maintain the entrepreneurial spirit of it's founder.

Mike Switzer interviews Maybank Hagood, CEO and third-generation executive of William M. Bird & Co.

  Most people realize that Congress wants us all to save for retirement so the government won't have to support us later in life.  And Congress provides incentives for this desired behavior.  Our next guest says these incentives can mean large tax savings for you and your business.

Mike Switzer interviews Eddie Kramer, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group 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 business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.