South Carolina Business Review

Mon-Fri, 5:51 am and 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)

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DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the guests on The South Carolina Business Review are their own and are not necessarily those of South Carolina ETV Radio.

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Business & Finance
12:35 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Art Festival Paints Prosperity for Small SC Town

Three years ago a small South Carolina town decided that the best way to rejuvenate its business community was through art.  And so they held a nine-day juried art festival with $100,000 in cash prizes, an almost unheard of sum of money for a rural art competition.  Is it working?  Our next guest says the growing number of artists involved, increasing sponsorship sales, town improvements (including a new hotel), all point to yes!

Mike Switzer interviews Ray McBride, executive director of Artfields in Lake City.

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Business & Finance
12:33 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Affordable Housing Means Business

For 20 years now, Columbia has been home to a statewide conference dedicated to affordable housing.  Every year, housing-related professionals gather here to collaborate on ways to expand housing choices in South Carolina.  This year, the Palmetto Affordable Housing Forum Starts April 21st.

Mike Switzer interviews Clayton Ingram, marketing and communications director for the South Carolina State Housing Authority.

Business & Finance
12:30 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Business is Booming for Sustainable Restaurants

Today is the first day of the Indie Grits film festival in Columbia.  You may have heard us talk about the event last week (in case you missed those interviews, you can hear them again at our web page: etvradio.org/scbr).  The festival ends on Sunday with the traditional culinary gathering known as Slow Food Columbia which will feature over 18 chefs serving up local, sustainably-produced morsels.

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Business & Finance
10:28 am
Tue April 14, 2015

So Far So Good for SC Economy in 2015

South Carolina's economy has been plugging away for one quarter of the year so far.  How are we doing?  Our next guest says he has the latest numbers.

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. 

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Business & Finance
10:26 am
Mon April 13, 2015

SC Business Update From John "SwampFox" Warner

A regular update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of SwampFox, an entrepreneur-centric business news service based in Greenville, S.C.

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Business & Finance
10:24 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Cotton Takes the High Road and the Low Road

Most people who have driven South Carolina's rural roads have seen the many cotton fields dotting our countryside.  But have you ever wondered where all that cotton goes?  Our next guest decided to follow  the fluffy white stuff all the way to Chinese textile mills and back to department stores right here in the Palmetto State.

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Business & Finance
10:21 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Smart State Chair to Discuss Reversing Neural Damage in Kids

We've talked many times on this show about the importance of South Carolina's endowed chair program, known as SmartState, and how these world-class research scientists are generating millions of dollars of economic activity.  And for the past few years, they have been highlighting their work in a non-technical format through a free and open-to-the-public forum known as the Science Cafe...and held at a local pub in Columbia.

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Business & Finance
9:54 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Software Engineers Still Loving Open-Source

Open-source software continues to be popular with programmers and users alike which is why Columbia, SC, which, by the way, was recently ranked as high as 2nd in the nation in high tech job growth, is once again hosting the Palmetto Open Source Software Conference, known as POSSCON. Mike Switzer interviews the opening keynote speaker Andy Hunt, co-founder of the Pragmatic Bookshelf, which publishes award-winning and critically acclaimed books for software developers.

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Business & Finance
12:41 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Showtime for Southern Filmmakers in Columbia

What started as a DIY film festival for a small and dedicated audience, Indie Grits has grown into a staple of Columbia’s cultural life, giving novice to advanced film makers from around the South a venue for sharing their creations, while at the same time bringing thousands of visitors and a nice economic impact to the capitol city.

Mike Switzer interviews Andy Smith, director of the Nickelodeon theater in Columbia, SC, host of the Indie Grits Film Festival.

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Business & Finance
12:38 am
Mon April 6, 2015

SC Business Update from John "Swampfox" Warner

A regular update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of SwampFox, an entrepreneur-centric business news service based in Greenville, S.C.

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Business & Finance
12:49 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Bathroom Scale Generates Electricity and Recognition for Student Inventor

The business community often advocates "thinking outside the box" and we think we've found some inspiration for that with our next guest.  When he learned of a British company that had come up with a floor tile that generated electricity when it was stepped on, he was disappointed to learn that it only worked if stepped on in the center and that one tile cost almost $4,000.  So he set out to produce an inexpensive, reliable pedestrian-powered electric generator with common materials, such as a bathroom scale...and he succeeded, all while keeping up with his high school studies.

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Business & Finance
12:47 am
Thu April 2, 2015

SC Businesses Struggle With Feral Cats

More and more businesses these days are reporting problems with wild cats hanging around, spreading disease, and just becoming an overall nuisance to their employees and customers.  And not just restaurants as you might expect.  Our next guest says she has helped everyone from hardware stores to insurance offices to dentists alleviate their feral cat problems.

Mike Switzer interviews Pat Peters, owner of Feral Cat Solutions of Chapin, SC.

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Business & Finance
12:43 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Global Tennis Tournament Serves Up Aces for Lowcountry Economy

In case you didn't know, South Carolina is home to the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in the world, and which also happens to have the longest running title sponsor of any sporting event in the United States.  So it's safe to say that the event probably has a pretty nice economic impact, too.

Mike Switzer interviews Bob Moran, director of the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament coming soon to Daniel Island, just outside Charleston, SC.

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Business & Finance
12:43 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Tax Law Changes Possible for Retirement Plans

Every year, tax law changes are proposed as part of the President's budget, and while they may or may not make it into Congress' official budget, financial planners still like to make their clients aware of the potential need to adjust their own budgets accordingly.  This year, some of the proposals involve retirement plans.

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Business & Finance
9:27 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Weekly SC Business Update

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews Grady Johnson, president and group publisher of SCBizNews, the company that publishes the Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine

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Business & Finance
12:41 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Weekly South Carolina Business Update

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.

Business & Finance
12:51 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Clemson Professor Inspiring Future Engineers

As the nation’s infrastructure ages and advanced manufacturing becomes a larger piece of the economic pie, our next guest says the need for engineers will only grow, especially in South Carolina.  And that's why he is working with students in middle and high schools across the state involving them in activities like building air-powered cars and testing towers against earthquakes, to hopefully spur their interest in engineering.

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Business & Finance
12:49 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Columbia Airport Celebrating Continued Growth

I don't know if you've heard, but for the first time in a decade one of South Carolina's under-recognized airports has achieved three consecutive years of growth, finally overcoming the effects of mergers, trends in aviation, and the Great Recession.

Mike Switzer interviews Kaela Harmon, public relations manager for the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

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Business & Finance
9:33 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Engaged Workforce Helps Upstate Company Win National Award

Our next guest's Upstate South Carolina company has been singled out by IndustryWeek magazine as one of the best manufacturing plants in North America. The publication specifically mentioned the company's “engaged workforce” in its announcement of their 25th annual Best Plants competition.

Mike Switzer interviews Gary Cole, operations manager for T&S Brass and Bronze Works in Traveler's Rest, SC. 

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Business & Finance
9:45 am
Tue March 24, 2015

How to Get the Most Out of Your Financial Planner

After physical health, most people would rank financial health next on their list of overall life priorities.  So our next guest says it only makes sense to work with a professional, especially if your situation is complicated.

Mike Switzer interviews Mason Hardy, a certified financial planner and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor with Creative Financial Strategies in Columbia, South Carolina. 

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