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 ETV Radio.

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  South Carolina businesses pay fees when importing goods from outside the U.S.  However, those fees can be dramatically reduced, sometimes by as much as 90%, or even eliminated altogether when those goods come through our Foreign Trade Zones.

Mike Switzer interviews Suzan Carroll-Ramsey, the foreign trade specialist for our state's Foreign Trade Zones at the South Carolina Ports Authority in Charleston.


  Even though oil prices have dropped significantly, most companies are still interested in cutting and controlling their energy costs.  In case you didn't know, there is a federal program known as E3 that helps small and medium-sized manufacturers become more productive with an emphasis on sustainability,  and it is gaining ground in South Carolina.  The latest is a project involving Clemson University and Duke Energy known as SC E3.

Mike Switzer interviews Perry Stephens, manufacturing segment manager with Duke Energy, in Spartanburg.  


  You might be getting tired of hearing this question but when will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates?  And when they do, what will it mean for stocks and bonds?  And how about oil prices and the situation in Greece?  What does it all mean for investors?  How should your portfolios be positioned as the rest of the year unfolds?

Mike Switzer interviews Doug English, a certified financial planner with ACT Advisors with offices in Greenville and Charleston. 


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 business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.


Our next guest recently won the 2014 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by beating out more than 7,500 contenders from around the world, earning her a $35,000 cash award.

 

Mike Switzer interviews Sallie West, who joins us now by phone from her office in Johns Island, South Carolina.​

  The number of South Carolina's resources for those who wish to start their own businesses just got a little bigger.  Columbia College announced recently that a $5 million gift from The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation has allowed the college to establish the McNair Center for Entrepreneurism, which will serve not only students and alumni, but also have as part of its mission to connect with innovation communities in the region.

Mike Switzer interviews Beth Dinndorf, president of Columbia College.


  Most businesses will tell you that before they consider moving or expanding to a new city, they will consider the quality of life in that community.  Things like the arts, the cultural scene, green spaces, events, etc.  And while a lot of cities and towns want more of these things, finding the money for them can sometimes be difficult.  Fortunately, the Midlands of South Carolina recently received just such an infusion of cash.  The Central Carolina Community Foundation, a non-profit that distributes grants to other non-profits in the area, has

  Now that we have entered the second half of 2015, our next guest says it’s time for you to check your personal finances and to reflect on how the year has gone so far, measure the progress, analyze the data, and make any necessary adjustments...just as a business would.

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


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 business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.


  About 30 years ago, our next guest's company founder started experimenting with adding alcohol to his grandma's homemade custard recipe. Since he lived in Kentucky, the alcohol of choice was bourbon, of course. However, alcohol doesn't freeze, which is why the only such products you've seen, says our next guest, are things like low-alcohol popsicles. But the Kentuckian's alcohol ice cream breakthrough came last year and the secret process is now patent pending and the company has decided to make South Carolina it's home base.

Mike Switzer interviews Jenn Randall-Collins, CEO of JB's PR%F, headquartered in Columbia.


  Those who are interested in professional careers in music oftentimes must start young with lessons in whatever instrument they prefer. But lessons these days are nothing like when I took those boring piano lessons decades ago. For example, our next guest owns two music schools in the Midlands where he has installed LED monitors in every classroom that allow students to hook up their mobile devices and laptops, to use tools like the GarageBand app, so they can enhance the level of engagement with their instructors.

Mike Switzer interviews  Marty Fort, who owns the Columbia Arts Academy and the Lexington School of Music.


  Our next guest's Upstate company, which makes high-performance, high-tech bicycle wheel products, has had so much success lately across the globe, that they are being forced to move from their small shop to a new 10,000 square-foot building...but they are still staying true to their roots by keeping the business located alongside a popular bicycle trail. Mike Switzer interviews Boyd Johnson, co-owner of Boyd Cycling in Greenville, SC.


Despite all of the attention the Federal Reserve, interest rates, and inflation receive in the media, our next guest says it's been his experience that very few people understand these terms or how they impact their lives. Mike Switzer interviews Rick Van Der Noord, one of the inaugural Certified Financial Planning professionals in America and he joins us by phone from his office in Greenville, SC.


John Warner
www.innoventure.com

  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.


Barbara Ervin
Mike Switzer

  If you are a regular listener to this program, you know how important the topic of education is to our state's business community.  Gaining traction with some leaders that are looking to reform our education system is the Montessori method of early childhood education.

Mike Switzer interviews Barbara Ervin, Director of Montessori Education at Lander University in Greenwood, SC.  Other resources:

http://blogs.wsj.com/ideas-market/2011/04/05/the-montessori-mafia/
http://www.scpr.org/blogs/economy/2012/03/09/5028/montessori-its-good-business/
http://www.public-montessori.org/


Joanna Weitzel
Mike Switzer

  For the past 30 years, our next guest's organization has been working to introduce children to the ways that nature and the environment can help them become not only better stewards of the communities that they live in but those they work in as well.

Mike Switzer interviews Joanna Weitzel, executive director of Camp Discovery in Blythewood, SC.


Kevin Meredith
Mike Switzer

  Fifteen years ago, one of the most successful companies to ever come out of the University of South Carolina-Columbia Technology Incubator, was born.  After initially focusing on simulation and visualization software for the Department of Defense, they ended up creating extremely realistic digital trees that have not only appeared in hit movies like Snow White and the Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Avatar, but last year won them a Scientific and Technical Academy Award.

Mike Switzer interviews Kevin Meredith, Director of Business Development for IDV, in Lexington, SC, the company that created the award-winning and now world-famous Speedtree software.


  Being disabled can be bad enough without having to also be concerned with money issues.  But our next guest says that many people don't know that a new federal law has been enacted that can help those disabled individuals who felt trapped to now achieve financial independence.

Mike Switzer interviews Catherine Latto, a certified financial planner in Charleston, SC.


John Warner
www.innoventure.com

  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.


  Most South Carolinians know about the strong automotive presence in our state, from BMW, Michelin, and Clemson's ICAR facility to the recent announcement of Volvo coming to the LowCountry.  Our next guest wants you to also know that this state could also soon become the home for the most comprehensive automotive testing grounds in the western hemisphere.

Mike Switzer interviews Jody Bryson, CEO of the International Transportation Innovation Center in Greenville, SC.


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