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.

Sammy Nasrollahi
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  South Carolina has one of the highest diabetes rates in the country.  Many blame that on diet and much of that diet-blame goes to sugary beverages like sodas and iced tea.  Our next guest decided to do something about that by creating the first and only patented beverage designed to help diabetics with their blood sugar level.

Mike Switzer interviews Sammy Nasrollahi, co-founder and CEO of Hydro One Premium Beverages in Greenwood, SC.

John Robinson
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  Our guest today says that when people find out he’s a financial advisor, they usually ask him one of two questions: “Do you have any hot investments?” or “What should be my plan of attack when I have extra money?”  What do you think?  Are these good questions?

Mike Switzer interviews Jon Robertson, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, 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.

  Two months ago was the five-year anniversary of Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown of March 2011.   Although it is unlikely that South Carolina would experience a disaster of this magnitude, our next guest’s time in Japan during this tragedy can give our business community some insight into the importance of being prepared.

Mike Switzer interviews Jeff Herman, who was employed by AXA Life Japan and resided in Tokyo from 2006-2011.  He is now chief operating officer for Wagner Wealth Management in Anderson, SC.

  You’ve probably heard us talk before on this program about the role of university research in maintaining our state’s competiveness, but what you may not have heard is about South Carolina’s connection to the invention of the laser and how one of our research universities is helping students from smaller schools get research experience and learn how they can pay for graduate school.

Amy Beth Franks
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  Last year, a popular business community in the Midlands celebrated their centennial anniversary and our next guest says that the event went so well, they have decided to continue the celebration into this year with new initiatives and activities.

Mike Switzer interviews Amy Beth Franks, executive director of the Five Points Association in Columbia, SC.

  Since the financial crisis of 2008, our next guest says he has been reading reports that Modern Portfolio Theory (which is what asset allocation and diversification is based upon) does not work anymore.  But how can that be true when this strategy has been such a bedrock for portfolios for decades?

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.

  As drone technology continues to improve and prices continue to drop, we are seeing more and more of them in our skies.  And the business community is seeing the advantages of this trend, especially in marketing opportunities.

Andy Lassiter is owner of Sea Island Media and Keen Eye Marketing in Folly Beach, SC.

Mike Ethridge
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  You may not be surprised to learn that, as a group, lawyers have high levels of stress, job dissatisfaction, burnout, divorce, preventable disease, suicide and substance abuse.  And that’s why, a little over a year ago, the South Carolina Bar Association’s Wellness Task Force launched its Living Above the Bar campaign.

Wally BIshop
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  We’ve all heard impressive weight-loss stories before, usually some combination of diet and exercise.  Our next guest embarked on one of those programs and lost over 200 pounds.  But he said the multitude of containers of meal replacements and supplements made his kitchen counter look like a pharmacy.  So he came up with his own formula, but in just one can.

Mike Switzer interviews Wally Bishop, a certified nutritional consultant and creator of Vive Shake, based in Greenville, SC.

  You may have noticed that the stock market has been a little more volatile over the last year. While having a sound financial plan and a well-constructed portfolio are obviously very important during such times, our next guest says there are some things you could be doing to help you deal with the emotional side of investing as well.

Mike Switzer interviews Dave Gerdt, a certified financial planner at The Hultquist Firm 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.

  Most of us are aware, especially in this political season, of the reports about inequality in the workplace for women.  Our next guest's organization has just released a report on this subject that she says will be important for corporations who want high profitability, local governments who want to attract businesses, and community members who want to see our state’s economy strengthen.

Mike Switzer interviews Amy Brennan, executive director of the Center for Women in Charleston, SC.

  South Carolina has a reputation for conserving its natural resources.  And sometimes that conflicts with interests of various business sectors.  A good example recently was the combined effort by our state's coastal communities to reject offshore drilling.  Our next guest's organization says that often though, the business community and conservationists work together.  Especially when there's a tax benefit.

Mike Switzer interviews Erin Knight, Land Trust Director with Upstate Forever in Greenville, SC.

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