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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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
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  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.


  Nine years ago our next guest left the fast-paced banking industry to return to her roots and open a spa in downtown Greenville, SC.  She attributes part of her success so far to a women's business networking group, which she also founded.

Mike Switzer interviews Lauren Skelton Siddons, is founder of River Falls Spa and Women Mean Business, in Greenville, SC.


  We've talked about this before on this show, but we've just learned that getting your hands on produce from local farmers keeps getting easier and easier.  For example, two Saturdays a month, our next guest and her business partner pack as much local produce that they can find into brown boxes for folks to pick up at various locations around their area.

Mike Switzer interviews Heather Hardy, co-owner of Brown Box Veggies based in Columbia, SC.


  When most people start planning for their retirement, they also probably think of some estate planning.  Our next guest, however, says the question that should be asked by these people is not what happens “When I die?”, but rather, “What if I live?”  He says it's the unspoken retirement dilemma.

Mike Switzer interviews Bryan Ballentine, a certified financial planner with Ballentine Capital Advisors in Greenville, SC.


  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.

Lowcountry:
Tech After 5 5:30, Tuesday, July 28 at Southend Brewery in Charleston: Tech After 5

Midlands:
Business Workshop from Newberry Small Business Development Center and S.C. Chamber of Commerce Understanding Small Business Health Insurance Opportunities under the Affordable Care Act Noon to 1 p.m. 

Upstate:  GSA Business Panel discussion on the future of elevated pod cars to assist in getting around in the Upstate. 7:30 a.m., July 30, at Kroc Center in Greenville. 


  Because of recent state legislation, South Carolina residents and companies are finding more affordable ways to add solar to their homes and buildings.  In fact, it may even be possible now to install solar with no up-front money, while at the same time improving your cash flow.

Mike Switzer interviews Don Zimmerman, president and CEO of Alder Energy Systems in Mount Pleasant, SC.


  Although our next guest's company has a long history of corporate giving, it has remained very low-key for the sake of anonymity.  However, she says a new day is dawning where corporate social responsibility programs are becoming a significant strategy for recruitment and retention of quality employees.

Mike Switzer interviews Christy Thompson, vice president of worldwide marketing at ScanSource, Inc., in Greenville, SC.


  As demand for energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly buildings has increased over the past 20 years, demand has also grown for ways to monitor, manage and maintain this efficiency.  Our next guest's Upstate company is attempting to be a vital part of that market.

Mike Switzer interviews Daya Apunte, President of SEEfficiency in Greenville, SC.


  In today's age of low interest rates, retirees are becoming more and more interested in making sure they maximize their Social Security benefits.  We talked about this topic before but because it's so complicated, here we go again.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Cabri, a certified financial planner with Ameriprise Financial Services in Greenwood, SC.


  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.


  More and more business leaders are finding value in entrepreneurship.  Our next guest says that there are 14 distinct elements of entrepreneurial behaviors that corporate managers can learn from.

Mike Switzer interviews Graeme Coetzer and Pam Mayer who will soon be teaching these skills at a three-day institute at the College of Charleston.


  Many companies in South Carolina use clean energy, like solar and bio-fuels, but our next guest's organization would like to see our state also become a hub for clean energy manufacturing.  And to that end, they host an annual summit, which is coming to Columbia on July 23rd.

Jim Poch is the executive director of the South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance.


Joey von Nessen
Mike Switzer

  South Carolina's economy continues to march through positive territory as 2015 enters phase two.

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.

  

  The summer travel season is probably when we are all most vulnerable to identity theft.  What are some ways we can protect ourselves now and throughout the year?

Mike Switzer interviews Cheryl Holland, a certified financial planner and founder of Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC.


  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.


  One sign that a legitimate economic recovery is at hand, could be the fact that college graduates are having an easier time finding jobs.  Our next guest says that his university is seeing double-digit growth in corporate job postings and on-campus interviews.

Mike Switzer interviews Tom Halasz, director of the University of South Carolina Career Center.


  Our next guest's start-up company recently won two pitch competitions in less than a week.  The second one, though, left them reeling not only in money, but a lot of publicity.  They won $100,000 from AOL co-founder Steve Case during Case's “Rise of the Rest” tour when it stopped in Charleston.

Mike Switzer interviews Sam Staley, founder of Bidr, which helps nonprofits, schools and companies grow their fundraising event revenues through text messaging.


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