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South Carolina Business Review

English, Finance, 1 season, 398 episodes, 1 day, 14 hours, 31 minutes
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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. The program is a production of South Carolina Public Radio.
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How to raise the “standard of care” for your retirement plan

What does the U.S. Department of Labor's “Retirement Security Rule” mean for your retirement plan?
6/25/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Raising the “standard of care” for your retirement plan

On April 23rd, the US Department of Labor released its final version of the “Retirement Security Rule” which outlines a higher standard of care for retirement plans. What does this mean for your retirement plan?
6/25/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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MALI and manufacturing in SC

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John tells us about MALI and what it means to our state’s manufacturers.
6/24/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Lowcountry entrepreneur named SBA 2024 Minority Small Businessperson of the Year

Mike Switzer interviews Courtney Scipio, president of IBA Event Rentals in Charleston, S.C., and SBA’s 2024 Minority Small Businessperson of the Year
6/21/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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New regulations and policy changes affecting S.C. small businesses

Mike Switzer interviews Krystel Reid Heath, chief strategist & CEO at Capitol Consulting Strategies in Charleston, S.C.
6/20/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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SCbio launches new accelerator program

Our next guest’s organization is accepting applications into its new accelerator program formed through a partnership with the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. Mike Switzer interviews James Chappell, president of SCbio in Greenville, S.C.
6/19/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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7 Ideas to Turbocharge Your Wealth

Mike Switzer interviews Anthony Colancecco, a certified financial planner with Ballentine Capital Advisors in Greenville, S.C.
6/18/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Business Update from Jason Thomas

Mike Switzer interviews Jason Thomas, executive editor of SCBizNews, the company that publishes the Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine.
6/17/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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S.C. tech school foundation launches new code school

Mike Switzer interviews Kevin Schumacher, executive director of the Create Opportunity program offered through the South Carolina Technical College System Foundation in Columbia, S.C.
6/14/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Summerville woman named SBA’s SC Female Small Businessperson of the Year

Mike Switzer interviews Tiffany-Johnson Wilson, president and CEO of Johnson and Wilson Real Estate Company in Summerville, S.C.
6/13/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Industry tax credits spur research in SC

South Carolina Research Authority's Andy Olsen explains how the Industry Partnership Fund works on today's South Carolina Business Review
6/12/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Social Security planning critical for women

Our next guest says Social Security planning, particularly for women, is critical. Mike Switzer interviews Becca Mathis, a certified financial planner with Jeter Hrubala Wealth Strategies in Spartanburg, S.C.
6/11/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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A.I. at work in S.C.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John tells us about practical AI applications in S.C.: Carolina Code Conference, Hank AI, Collide Technology.
6/10/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Growing through trade and venture conferences

Mike Switzer interviews Jeff Goff, founder of Natur Athletics in Indian Land, S.C.
6/7/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Will SC real estate commissions be dropping soon?

Mike Switzer interviews Nick Kremydas, CEO of SC Realtors in Columbia, S.C.
6/6/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Midlands CEO named SBA’s Small Business Person of the Year

Mike Switzer interviews Vickey Evans, president and CEO of CORG Management Group in Columbia, S.C.
6/5/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Will interest rate cuts ever happen in 2024?

Mike Switzer interviews Joey Von Nessen, chief economist at the Darla Moore School of Business Division of Research at USC in Columbia, S.C.
6/4/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC winning the numbers game

Mike Switzer interviews Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites, who shares some numbers regarding our state’s attractive economy.
6/3/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Federal equity funding still available for SC entrepreneurs

Mike Switzer interviews Will Cruz, chief investment officer at InvestSC in Columbia, S.C.
5/31/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Challenges for the craft beer industry

Mike Switzer interviews Sam Slaughter, association manager of the South Carolina Brewers Guild
5/30/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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How are universities involved with economic development?

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Stephen Cutler, who now runs the office of Economic Engagement at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
5/29/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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The importance of a health care power of attorney

Mike Switzer interviews Abby Mason, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, S.C.
5/28/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Greenville, SC named a top place to live

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John talks about Greenville recently being named one of the top places to live in the nation.
5/27/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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When sports stadiums do double duty

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Meany, general manager of the Credit One Stadium at Daniel Island, S.C.
5/24/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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15th annual “Made in the South” awards program looking for nominations

Mike Switzer interviews Caroline Sanders Clements is associate editor of Garden and Gun magazine in Charleston, S.C.
5/23/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC cycling buys German company

Mike Switzer interviews Nicole Johnson, co-founder of Boyd Cycling in Greenville, S.C.
5/22/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Small Business Succession Planning

Mike Switzer interviews Jeremy Finger, a certified financial planner with Riverbend Wealth Management in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
5/21/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Business News Update from SCBiznews

Mike Switzer interviews Jason Thomas, executive editor of SCBizNews.
5/20/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Economic development heats up in central SC

Mike Switzer interviews Jason Giulietti, president and CEO of the Central SC Alliance in Columbia.
5/17/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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The importance of design in marketing

Mike Switzer interviews Brynley Farr, founder of ByFarr Design in Columbia, S.C.
5/16/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Improving employee productivity without AI

Mike Switzer interviews Leslie Hayes, founder of The Hayes Approach in Greenville, S.C.
5/15/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Three suggestions if you inherit a trust

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Cabri, a certified financial planner with Wells Fargo Advisors in Greenwood, S.C.
5/14/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Taking advantage of new technologies

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C.
5/13/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Tight labor market keeps SC state agency busy

Mike Switzer interviews William Floyd, director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) in Columbia.
5/10/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Improving Google search results for your company can be free and easy

Mike Switzer interviews Allison Mertens, marketing director with EVG Media in Greenville, S.C.
5/9/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC nonprofit receives $2 million to expand ex-inmate success

Mike Switzer interviews Amy Barch, founder and executive director of Turn90 in Charleston, SC.
5/8/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Understanding the Bitcoin “halving” event

Mike Switzer interviews Ashton Lawrence, a certified financial planner with Mariner Wealth Advisors in Greenville, S.C.
5/7/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Business News Update from Alan Cooper

Mike Switzer interviews Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites in South Carolina: MidlandsBiz, UpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC.
5/6/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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German interest in renewable energies prompts state-level visit to SC

Mike Switzer interviews Jennifer Morgan, German State Secretary and Special Envoy for International Climate Action.
5/3/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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The economic impact of historic preservation

Mike Switzer interviews Donovan Rypkema with PlaceEconomics in Washington, D.C.
5/2/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Connecting businesses with charities

Mike Switzer interviews Erin Johnson with the Central Carolina Community Foundation in Columbia, SC.
5/1/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Has the economy “soft-landed”?

Mike Switzer interviews Frank Hefner, Director Office of Economic Analysis and Professor of Economics at the College of Charleston.
4/30/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Will MUSC’s innovation efforts succeed?

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John discusses the Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) recent initiative to establish an innovation district in downtown Charleston.
4/29/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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The tax benefits of investing in qualified opportunity zones

Mike Switzer interviews Roy Janse, a certified financial planner with Mariner Wealth Advisors in Greenville, SC.
4/26/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Do I really need a business plan?

Mike Switzer interviews Jerry Smith, a third-generation business owner and mentor & coach with SCORE in Greenville, SC.
4/26/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Will lawful immigrants in SC soon be able to receive job-related licenses?

Mike Switzer interviews Andrew Skinner, director of public relations and development for the Hispanic Alliance in Greenville, S.C.
4/25/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Biodiesel growth headwinds?

Mike Switzer interviews Joe Renwick, founder and co-owner of Green Energy BioFuel in Winnsboro, S.C.
4/24/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Ports update, with EV industry and sports news

Mike Switzer interviews Jason Thomas, executive editor of SCBizNews
4/22/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Clemson research helps start new company

Mike Switzer interviews Tim Howard, Facility Solutions Manager at the Clemson University Watt Family Innovation Center, and a co-founder of CarbonCents in Seneca, S.C.
4/19/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Minority Business Accelerator available statewide

Mike Switzer interviews Natasha Pitts, vice president of diversity and economic inclusion at the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. SC Minority Business Accelerator
4/18/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Local filmmaker winning awards

Mike Switzer interviews Thomas Torrey, a producer, writer, and director with Bad Theology Pictures in Fort Mill, SC, recipient of both the Best Director and Audience Choice awards for their feature film, Long December.
4/17/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Reducing taxes for the self-employed

While tax filing deadlines are pretty much done for 2024, our next guest says that while taxes are still fresh on your mind, now is a good time to plan for 2025. Especially if you are self-employed.
4/16/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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AI in SC

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John shares stories regarding artificial intelligence.
4/15/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Small Business Week coming April 28 - May 4

In case you didn’t know, National Small Business Week is arriving April 28th through May 4th this year and our guest today will tell us what’s happening that week in our state.
4/12/20245 minutes, 50 seconds
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SC Native, NPR reporter recognized by USC

One week from today, the multiple award-winning NPR reporter based in Paris, France, Eleanor Beardsley, will be back in our state to receive one more award.
4/11/20245 minutes, 50 seconds
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SC heirloom rice making a comeback

Rice is one of our state’s earliest domesticated crops, and it’s been making a comeback the last several years though, thanks in part to our next guest.
4/10/20245 minutes, 50 seconds
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HSAs could be useful investments

Most people know what an HSA or Health Savings Account is, but our next guest says that these are also the most interesting investment accounts available.
4/9/20245 minutes, 50 seconds
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SC Business News Update from Alan Cooper

An update of the news, events, and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community. Mike Switzer interviews Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites in South Carolina: MidlandsBiz, UpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC. Disclaimer: Alan Cooper’s company has a business relationship with Voterheads.com, an affiliate of Magnolia Media, which is the producer of the South Carolina Business Review.
4/8/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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The economic impact of nuclear in South Carolina

Mike Switzer interviews Jim Little, co-chair of the Southeast Nuclear Advisory Council and an industry representative on our governor’s SC Nuclear Advisory Council.
4/5/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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PGA golf returns to SC April 15th

Mike Switzer interviews Steve Wilmot, tournament director of the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing coming to Hilton Head Island April 15-21.
4/4/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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German ambassador to US visits SC

Close economic ties between South Carolina and Deutschland are why our next guest makes personal visits to our state. Mike Switzer interviews Andreas Michaelis, the German ambassador to the U.S.
4/3/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Forget about an economic recession?

Mike Switzer interviews Bruce Yandle, Dean Emeritus at the College of Business & Behavioral Science and Alumni Professor of Economics Emeritus, both at Clemson University.
4/2/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Greenville airport receives national recognition

Guest John Warner tells us about the Greenville, S.C. airport being named the best small airport in the country and why that’s important to the local economy.
4/1/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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New SC student loan program available

A South Carolina nonprofit is launching a new program to help with student loan repayment.
3/29/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Nonprofits face unique challenges filling job vacancies

The labor market has been tight for some time now and our next guest says it has become very challenging for nonprofit organizations.
3/28/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Targeting locomotives for emissions reductions

The transportation industry continues to be the target for reducing the effects of climate change. Our next guest says that if the railroads want to eliminate their carbon footprint, they must decarbonize line haul locomotives.
3/27/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Another Bitcoin bubble?

Many exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are being assembled right now to invest in crypto, which, of course, increases demand. Could there be another major crypto bubble?
3/26/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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News Update from SCBiznews’ Jason Thomas

An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community.
3/25/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Large, valuable property recently conserved in SC

Once upon a time, a $35 million property, highly desirable for development, would have been out of reach for conservationists. But recently, our next guest’s organization was able to accomplish exactly that with the purchase of a 4400-acre property on deep water along I-95 in our state.
3/22/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Scout Motors breaks ground, on track for EV production

One of the largest manufacturing plants to be built in our state recently held their groundbreaking ceremony in the Midlands and we have their top local representative on the phone to tell us more.
3/21/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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The debt collection industry in SC

Debt collection companies oftentimes don’t have good reputations. But they do provide a necessary service or they wouldn’t exist. Sometimes, a company needs help collecting bad debts and sometimes the person or company owing the debt needs an affordable payment solution.
3/20/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Post-divorce women face many financial challenges

Most estimates show that a woman’s income is cut by 40% after divorce. Most studies also show that women are less likely to feel confident about investing than their male counter-parts and especially in the South where they are traditionally not the primary breadwinner.
3/19/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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AI seen as major influence in SC industry

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John talks about how he sees AI affecting business and industry in our state.
3/18/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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USC law school adds focus on family and small business law

Mike Switzer interviews Benjamin Means, the John T. Campbell Chair in Business and Professional Ethics and director of the Family and Small Business Program at the Joseph F. Rice School of Law at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.
3/15/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Upstate software for builders recognized for technology integration

Effective coordination and communication need to take place between general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and of course, the customer. Our next guest’s Upstate company came up with a software solution to do just that.
3/13/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Investing in AI

Is A.I. a good place to invest? While it has great promise, it also comes with great uncertainty.
3/12/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Celebrating women in business in SC

Mike Switzer interviews Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites in South Carolina, who shares commentary for Women’s History Month regarding women and their career stories in S.C.
3/11/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Raising awareness of brain injuries

In case you didn’t know, March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Our next guest’s organization is working to raise awareness about brain injuries and their impact on individuals and their careers and their communities.
3/8/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Propeller company recognized by Innovision

Our next guest says that practically all boats and ships use a 200-year-old technology when it comes to their propellers and that he has discovered a better way. And he appears to be proving it as our state’s Innovision Awards program recently recognized his company as a finalist in their small business category.
3/7/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Women’s professional tennis adds to SC economy

Mike Switzer interviews Bob Moran, tournament director of the Credit One Charleston Open coming March 30th through April 7th to Daniel Island, SC.
3/6/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Winemaking in the South

While our state is not known for its wine, we are home to about a dozen wineries. One is run by our next guest and his wife, and their Upstate winery has been growing and expanding since the early days of the pandemic.
3/6/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC labor market stays strong

The talk of an economic slowdown or even recession seems to have abated for now, especially since the labor market continues to stay strong. So what is going on in employment these days? Will wages keep rising? Will the unemployment rate move higher?
3/5/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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USC names new director of economic development

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John talks about USC’s new director of economic development, Stephen Cutler.
3/4/20245 minutes, 50 seconds
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SC Black farm invited to national agriculture cohort

The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) recently announced the formation of their latest cohort in their Acres program: Cultivating Equity in Black Agriculture, which trains and certifies Black farmers and ranchers as diverse suppliers, helping them access new markets.
3/1/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC oyster farm spurring growth in industry

A local oyster farm is making a lot of headway in the industry through the relatively new practice of growing oysters in floating cages.
2/29/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Lending resources for riskier entrepreneurs in SC

Not all banks are willing to take the risks of making small business loans in economically depressed areas or to low-income entrepreneurs. Which is one reason our next guest’s nonprofit financial institution exists.
2/28/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Do election years matter to investors?

The latest numbers show that for the eight months leading up to elections, the S&P 500 has gone up almost 10% on average. Here's what one of our resident financial advisors has to say about those numbers.
2/27/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Business News Update from SCBiznews

An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community. Mike Switzer interviews Jason Thomas, executive editor of SCBizNews, the company that publishes the Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine.
2/26/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Hiring more women in SC manufacturing

With the low unemployment rate continuing across our state, employers are becoming more and more competitive in their hiring and as a result, pressure is building at staffing agencies. Our next guest says that one answer may be an effort to place more women in manufacturing jobs
2/23/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Cervical imaging technology wins award

S.C. company developing imaging technology for early-stage detection and analysis of cervical cancer earns InnoVision's Technology Development Award.
2/22/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Are EVs really that environmentally friendly?

With the electric vehicle industry set to become a big player in our state’s economy over the next few years, we thought it might be a good idea to check in with someone who has been involved in the EV world for many years.
2/21/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Investing with the markets at all-time highs

When the stock market is making all-time highs, the question on many investors’ minds is “Is now a good time to buy stocks?” Our next guest says that that is actually not the right question to ask.
2/20/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Advanced optical medical technology available in SC

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John shares his personal experience recently with medical technology in our state.
2/19/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Alzheimer’s research initiative announced in SC

For five decades now, our next guest’s organization has been pioneering medical genetics across not only our state, but the nation, as well. Last month, they kicked off their latest initiative, a major effort in Alzheimer's research. Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Steve Skinner, director of the Greenwood Genetics Center in Greenwood, SC.
2/16/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Advancing economic and financial literacy education in SC

You would think that in today’s world of the Internet (what we used to call the Information Superhighway), most people would be fairly knowledgeable about finances. But our next guest says there is still plenty of work to do. Mike Switzer interviews Chandler Jordan, the new executive director of the SC Council on Economic Education in Columbia, SC.
2/15/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Nonprofit summit coming to SC Feb 21-23

Our next guest says that while our state’s recent economic growth and prosperity has grown it has also further increased existing disparities in our communities. Which is something their latest summit will be addressing. Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Shawn Edwards, the board chair at TogetherSC, host of the upcoming SC Nonprofit Summit, Feb 21-23 in Charleston, SC.
2/14/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Are equity-indexed annuities a good investment?

Satire is defined as a genre of the arts in which abuses and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, often with the intent that some improvement would result. Our next guest hopes to provide us with a little satire today of what he sees as a popular fad in the financial services industry. And he’s hoping you will find the satire useful. Mike Switzer interviews Rick Van Der Noord, a certified financial planner in Greenville SC.
2/13/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Rebranding SC as innovation HQ

Our state’s leading economic development agency recently unveiled a new slogan and long-term plan that includes targeting sectors like advanced energy, electric vehicles, and life sciences for further development. Mike Switzer interviews Harry Lightsey, secretary of the South Carolina Department of Commerce in Columbia, SC.
2/12/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Popular SC film festival returns Feb. 20-25

Our state’s tourism industry continues to grow and our next guest’s annual event continues to add to that growth. In fact, MovieMaker magazine recently named it as one of the best film festival destinations in the country. Mike Switzer interviews Ron Tucker, director of the Beaufort International Film Festival in Beaufort, SC.
2/9/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC sorghum seed company wins technology sustainability award

From Pennsylvania to Mississippi, our next guest’s South Carolina agricultural technology company’s seeds are being planted, helping improve the profitability of local farms while reducing the carbon intensity of food and feed production. And this technology recently earned them the 2023 Innovision Sustainability award. Mike Switzer interviews Zach Brenton, founder of Carolina Seed Systems in Florence, SC.
2/8/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Wildlife event returns to Charleston for 41st year

Since 1983, our next guest’s nonprofit has been involved in furthering wildlife conservation and education in our region of the country with several programs throughout the year. The main event is coming soon to the Lowcountry and bringing with it a nice boost to the local economy. Mike Switzer interviews John Powell, president and CEO of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition coming to Charleston Feb. 16-18.
2/7/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Figuring out market movements in 2024

Well, here we are, one month into a new year already, and investors are still confused about the financial markets. For a while, it looked like the tech bubble was over and that bonds were looking good again. But now, not many are sure. So we’ve asked one of our resident financial analysts to offer his take. Mike Switzer interviews Tyson Halsey, a chartered financial analyst with Income Growth Advisors in Daniel Island, SC.
2/6/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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BMW bringing new robots to SC facility

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John tells us about BMW employing humanoid robots in their Spartanburg County plant.
2/5/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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“Tired of lugging luggage” spawns new business

Have you ever found yourself needing to check out of your hotel many hours before your flight and wondering what to do about your luggage while you got out and enjoyed the local sights one last time? Our next guest has and she decided to do something about it by forming her own luggage logistics service. And it was recently recognized with the 2023 InnoVision Small Business Award. Mike Switzer interviews Amanda Sheridan, founder and CEO of Charleston Bag Valet in Charleston, SC.
2/2/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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“Glass bubble” pills may replace injections

If your doctor told you that the shot he has been giving you is now available to be taken orally through tiny glass bubbles, would you give it a try? Well, it is actually a groundbreaking innovation pioneered by a South Carolina start-up biotech company that has earned an endorsement from the US National Science Foundation and the 2023 InnoVision Technology Integration Award. Mike Switzer interviews George Weeks, chief technology officer with SpheroFill in Aiken, SC.
2/1/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Small business lending hot in the Upstate

The US Small Business Administration facilitates a lot of small business loans all across the country. A small Upstate bank actually broke into the top 25 list of SBA lenders last year with more than $177 million in SBA loans. That’s out of more than 1,500 banks nationwide. Mike Switzer interviews Beth Hallock, president of SBA lending at United Community Bank in Greenville, SC.
1/31/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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The uncertain business of economic forecasting

It’s early in the year still, but as was the case last year, economic forecasts continue to be upended. The latest example just recently when a national jobs report came in stronger than expected and dampened prospects for interest rate cuts. Today we’ll check in with one of our resident economists to get his take. Mike Switzer interviews Frank Hefner, director of the Office of Economic Analysis and a professor of economics at the College of Charleston.
1/30/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Business News Update from SCBiznews

An update of the news, events, and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community. Mike Switzer interviews Jason Thomas, executive editor of SCBizNews, the company that publishes the Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine.
1/29/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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New music learning software company in Midlands earns award

For decades, there has been software available to help you learn to play musical instruments. Our next guest says they have now been able to incorporate machine learning into their gaming-style music learning software that is increasing the likelihood of students to continue their lessons. And this technology recently earned them the 2023 InnoVision Education Award. Mike Switzer interviews Mak Grgic, co-founder of Notey, Inc. in Cayce, SC. YouTube video of awards presentation - Notey presentation starts at 19:15
1/26/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC has new jobs financing chief

We recently learned that one of our state agencies involved in job creation and retention has a new leader. Today, we have him on the phone. Mike Switzer interviews Jesse Smith, the new executive director of the South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority (JEDA) in Columbia, SC.
1/25/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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German-American Business Summit coming soon

With so many German businesses located in our state, it only makes sense that someone should host a conference focused on growing that relationship. And that’s exactly what our next guest’s institution has been doing for several years now. Mike Switzer interviews Paul Schwager, dean of the School of Business at the College of Charleston, host of the German-American Business Summit on Feb. 7th.
1/24/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Capitalizing on the 0% capital gains tax rate

If you’ve been investing in the financial markets for a long time, you could have a portfolio that has grown significantly in value. Which could present a tax problem. Our next guest says there is a way to avoid some of these capital gains and it involves tax planning across generations. Mike Switzer interviews Stephen Maggard, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC.
1/23/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC smart innovation report released

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John tells us about a smart innovation report for SC that he has compiled.
1/22/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Addressing climate change at the local level

You may remember that late last year the United Nations held its annual climate conference, COP28, in Dubai, where world leaders addressed climate change and environmental challenges. Also attending that conference were 151 mayors from around the world including our next guest. Mike Switzer interviews Daniel Rickenmann, mayor of Columbia, SC.
1/19/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Nature Conservancy partners with City of Charleston, SC

Our state has been blessed for many years now with a robust economy. We’ve weathered a financial crisis, a 1,000-year flood, and a pandemic. But can we weather the weather? One of our major cities is taking part in a nature-based program to improve and strengthen its level of resilience. Mike Switzer interviews Dale Morris, chief resilience officer for the City of Charleston, SC. Nature Based Exchange
1/18/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Entrepreneurial funding available through local accelerator program

Entrepreneurial resources in our state continue to expand. Our next guest’s accelerator, for example, is looking for applicants from around South Carolina for its next spring cohort. Their goal, in particular, is to address the gap in venture capital access for women, minority, veteran, and other underfunded demographics. Mike Switzer interviews Millicent Lann, program director at the Benedict College Statewide Investment Accelerator, part of the Tyrone Adam Burroughs School of Business and Entrepreneurship.
1/17/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Bitcoin and the blockchain

With Bitcoin all over the news lately, we thought it might be worthwhile to dig a little deeper into blockchain technology, how it works exactly, and what is the role of Bitcoin in a blockchain anyway? Mike Switzer interviews Ashton Lawrence, a certified financial planner with Mariner Wealth Advisors in Greenville, SC.
1/16/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Three SC organizations lauded for their SC improvement efforts

Mike Switzer interviews Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites in South Carolina: MidlandsBiz, UpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC.
1/15/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Upstate SC Internet company recognized for community service

InnoVision Awards is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of innovation and technology in our state. And each year, as their name implies, they recognize companies, organizations, and individuals toward that end. 2023’s Community Service Award was recently announced and our next Internet solutions company was the recipient. Mike Switzer interviews Kent Winrich, chief technology officer with Open Broadband in Greenville, SC.
1/12/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Real estate photo editing software solution excites investors

I didn’t know this but apparently, photographers and videographers in the real estate industry have a hard time finding skilled editors to help them improve the quality of their photos and videos. So our next guest’s company created a software solution that resulted in an investment of a quarter million dollars from SC Launch. Mike Switzer interviews Moses Nickerson, co-founder and CEO of Pixlmob in Greenville, SC.
1/11/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Indoor greenhouses arrive at SC prison

We’ve interviewed a few companies over the years in the vertical farming industry, also known as CEA or controlled environment agriculture, which usually involves growing plants (mostly greens) in a controlled indoor environment. We recently learned that our next guest’s company was selected to install a vertical farm at a local prison, the first time this has been done onsite at a correctional institution in the U.S. Mike Switzer interviews Don Taylor, founder and CEO of AmplifiedAG in Charleston, SC.
1/10/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Lowering the stress of navigating financial markets

As we start a new year, it’s natural to have concerns about whether the financial decisions you made last year or will be making this year, are the best ones for you and your family. Especially when stock and bond market environments like we’ve seen the last couple of years happen, which can shake the confidence of even the most seasoned investors. Our next guest has some suggestions for us on how to be more confident in financial decision-making. Mike Switzer interviews David Turner, a certified financial planner in Greenville, SC.
1/9/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Artificial intelligence making waves in SC industry

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John tells us about AI’s presence in industry in our state.
1/8/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Historic preservation shaping residential design

Thanks to many old, empty, commercial buildings and tax credits, historic preservation continues to be a significant part of local economic development. Our next guest says that this preservation work is also starting to influence residential design. Mike Switzer interviews Dale Marshall, president of Architrave in Columbia, SC.
1/5/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Increasing revenue from existing customers

Another new year is underway and many sales people are putting into action their plan for growing sales in this new year. Our next guest is a 20-year sales veteran who says that growing the revenue from your existing customers can be as important as prospecting. Mike Switzer interviews Jermaine Edwards, a business growth consultant in Columbia, SC.
1/4/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Charleston marketing company named best place to work

We interview companies in our state each year who have been recognized by one publication or another as a best place to work. But I believe this is the first time we’ve seen one receive this award from an outdoor lifestyle magazine, and for a company that is not even in that line of work. Mike Switzer interviews Lee Deas, founder of Obviouslee, a global marketing company in Charleston, SC, recently recognized as a "Best Place to Work" by Outside Magazine, coming in at #20 out of more than 50 companies nationwide.
1/3/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Planning for a better year financially

Now that we’re into a brand new year, many people begin to think about getting their financial house in order so today we have one of our resident certified financial planners with us to help. Mike Switzer interviews John Cooper with Greenwood Capital in Greenwood, SC.
1/2/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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2023 USC Economic Outlook Conference - Excerpt 10

Today is our final excerpt from the most recent University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business Economic Outlook Conference. Today’s excerpt comes from South Carolina Representative Gary S. Brewer Jr., during the panel discussion on the coming infrastructure expansion and its role in South Carolina's long-run economic competitiveness.
1/1/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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2023 USC Economic Outlook Conference - Excerpt 9

This is the time of year when we share with you some excerpts from the most recent University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business Economic Outlook Conference. Today’s excerpt comes from Bonnie Ammons with the South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority during the panel discussion on the coming infrastructure expansion and its role in South Carolina's long-run economic competitiveness.
12/29/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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2023 USC Economic Outlook Conference - Excerpt 8

This is the time of year when we share with you some excerpts from the most recent University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business Economic Outlook Conference. Today’s excerpt comes from Justin Powell with the South Carolina Department of Transportation, during the panel discussion on the coming infrastructure expansion and its role in South Carolina's long-run economic competitiveness.
12/28/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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2023 USC Economic Outlook Conference - Excerpt 7

This is the time of year when we share with you some excerpts from the most recent University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business Economic Outlook Conference. Today’s excerpt comes from Matt Reiffer with the American Council of Engineering Companies, during the panel discussion on the coming infrastructure expansion and its role in South Carolina's long-run economic competitiveness.
12/27/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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2023 USC Economic Outlook Conference - Excerpt 6

This is the time of year when we share with you some excerpts from the most recent University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business Economic Outlook Conference. Today’s excerpt comes from Doug Woodward, professor of economics, Darla Moore School of Business.
12/26/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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2023 USC Economic Outlook Conference - Excerpt 5

This is the time of year when we share with you some excerpts from the most recent University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business Economic Outlook Conference. Today’s excerpt comes from Doug Woodward, professor of economics, Darla Moore School of Business.
12/25/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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2023 USC Economic Outlook Conference - Excerpt 4

This is the time of year when we share with you some excerpts from the most recent University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business Economic Outlook Conference. Today’s excerpt comes from Doug Woodward, professor of economics, Darla Moore School of Business.
12/22/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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2023 USC Economic Outlook Conference - Excerpt 3

This is the time of year when we share with you some excerpts from the most recent University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business Economic Outlook Conference. Today’s excerpt comes from Joey Von Nessen, chief economist at the Moore School’s Division of Research.
12/21/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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2023 USC Economic Outlook Conference - Excerpt 2

This is the time of year when we share with you some excerpts from the most recent University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business Economic Outlook Conference. Today’s excerpt comes from Joey Von Nessen, chief economist at the Moore School’s Division of Research.
12/20/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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2023 USC Economic Outlook Conference - Excerpt 1

This is the time of year when we share with you some excerpts from the most recent University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business Economic Outlook Conference. Today’s excerpt comes from Joey Von Nessen, chief economist at the Moore School’s Division of Research.
12/19/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Business News Update from SCBiznews

An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community. Mike Switzer interviews Jason Thomas, executive editor of SCBizNews, the company that publishes the Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine.
12/18/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Upstate business finding success on old rail line

One of the first former railroad tracks in our state to be converted to a trail, known as rails-to-trails, was the Swamp Rabbit Trail creating a shared-use bike and pedestrian trail from Greenville to Travelers Rest. One of the first businesses to take the plunge and open up on that trail was a small restaurant and market founded by two women entrepreneurs. Twelve years later it’s still going strong. Mike Switzer interviews Mary Walsh, co-founder of Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery in Greenville, SC.
12/15/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Lancaster County SC attracting new business

In case you didn’t know, Lancaster County is one of the fastest-growing counties in our state, probably in part, because it is in the Charlotte metro area. Our next guest’s digital marketing company has decided to tap into some of that growth by opening a new office there. Mike Switzer interviews Tom Sliker, president and CEO of Broadstreet.net headquartered in Camden, SC.
12/14/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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R&D firm expands in Upstate SC

Most of the time when we hear of a new company expanding its operations in our state, we expect it to involve manufacturing because, quite honestly, we do have a reputation as a manufacturing state. But then we heard about our next guest’s national research and engineering company announcing a significant expansion of its Upstate operations. Mike Switzer interviews Matthew Fordham, with Applied Research Associates in Greenville, SC.
12/13/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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New option available for excess 529-plan funds

Imagine that you have saved diligently over the years to fund your child’s 529 education savings plan, but instead of the expensive private college originally planned for, your daughter chose to enroll at a public university. So now that you have money left over in that 529 plan, what can be done with it? Our next guest says that the good news is that a new option is available now that could help build a retirement fund for your daughter. Mike Switzer interviews Laird Green, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Greenville, SC.
12/12/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Inflation still a top concern for business

Even though inflation continues to be on everybody’s minds these days, the American Farm Bureau Federation’s recent annual survey showed that the average cost of your recent family Thanksgiving dinner should have actually dropped by about 4.5% from last year. But our next guest also completed a recent survey of business leaders in our state and found that while inflation is not number one on their list of concerns, it’s very close. Mike Switzer interviews Bob Morgan, president and CEO of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce in Columbia, SC.
12/11/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Recycling in SC is still happening and growing

Ever since China stopped importing recyclable materials from the US several years ago, we have been hearing from people who say they believe recycling doesn’t matter anymore, and that everything is just going to the landfill anyway, so why bother? But the facts are that our state is home to over 300 recycling companies, a number which actually grew last year, bringing with them over $4 billion in capital investments, and over 1,800 new jobs. Mike Switzer interviews Anna DeLage, recycling market development manager at the SC Dept. of Commerce.
12/8/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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I-77 busy in SC

In case you didn’t know, the 90-mile corridor between Columbia and Charlotte sees more than 145 million people passing through each day. It’s an area that encompasses five South Carolina counties and two metropolitan areas with almost 3.5 million people. That’s a lot of potential commerce and economic development which is why our next guest’s organization was formed. Mike Switzer interviews Chris Finn, the current president and CEO of the I-77 Alliance.
12/7/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC builds on relationship with NASA

Last year, our next guest’s organization was awarded a grant of $1 million with more coming this year, all with the mission of funding collaborative projects benefiting our state’s citizens and NASA. Mike Switzer interviews Catherine Hayes, executive director of CORE SC and an industry manager with the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) in Charleston, SC.
12/6/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Setting up a virtual family office

Many people who solicit the assistance of a financial advisor have preconceived notions of what to expect involving investment management, tax planning, estate planning, etc. However, our next guest says there is often a disconnect between those client expectations and the actual services provided by financial advisors. He says the solution may be a virtual family office. Mike Switzer interviews Jeremy Finger, a certified financial planner with Riverbend Wealth Management in Myrtle Beach, SC.
12/5/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC education challenges continue

Alan tells us about the current challenges to bettering education levels in our state and the recent task force survey from the SC Dept. of Education. Our prior interviews with teacher groups in SC: Teacher Shortage Continues Unabated in SC and Recruiting teachers is a priority in SC. Mike Switzer interviews Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites in South Carolina: MidlandsBiz, UpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC. Disclaimer: Alan Cooper’s company has a business relationship with Voterheads.com, an affiliate of Magnolia Media, which is the producer of the South Carolina Business Review.
12/4/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Local paint company celebrates 50 years of brothers in business

Our state is home to a family-owned paint manufacturer that has been in business for over 100 years and we just learned that they are celebrating another milestone as the two brothers leading the company have now reached fifty years in that business together. They are Pope and Bobby Walker, who run the Rose Talbert Paint Company in Cayce, SC and today, we have Pope on the phone.
12/1/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Reinventing headphones

If you’ve ever worn earbuds or the mini earphones that fit into your ears, you have probably experienced the hassle of them falling out or not being comfortable in your ears. Our next guest thinks his Upstate company has found the solution using 3D printing and as a result has spurred the South Carolina Research Authority’s investment affiliate, SC Launch, to invest a quarter million dollars into the company. Mike Switzer interviews Ric Hoke, founder and CEO of WAVS Custom, in Greenville, SC.
11/30/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Another niche market unveiled

Although we’ve been doing this show for over 23 years, we continue to learn about niche segments of the business world that we hadn’t heard of before. And so it goes with our next guest’s company, owner of a local franchise that specializes in paving and maintaining parking lots. Mike Switzer interviews Charlie Mimms, who along with his wife, Melissa, own and operate Everline Coatings in Columbia, SC
11/29/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Gifting as an estate planning tool

As the year winds down, a lot of financial reviews start to take place. And one of those can involve estate planning. Mike Switzer interviews Chris Cabri, a certified financial planner with Wells Fargo Advisors in Greenwood, SC.
11/28/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC’s charity “Angel List” released for 2023

It’s that time of year when many people take a look at making year-end charitable donations. But before you make that donation, you might want to review their financial information and check to see if that charity is even registered to solicit in our state. And that’s where our next guest comes in. Mark Hammond is the Secretary of State for South Carolina and his office is not only in charge of that information, but they also release their charity”Angel List” each year.
11/27/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Native American art project documentary winning awards

Our next guest and her husband are filmmakers who recently relocated to our state’s Lowcountry. Their documentary about a Native American youth art project and its role in revitalizing their language and culture has won multiple awards across the country, most recently the Susan A. K. Shaffer Humanitarian Award at the Beaufort International Film Festival. Mike Switzer interviews Heather Steinberger, producer of Waniyetu Wowapi: Winter Count.
11/24/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Helping small companies find research grant money

You may have heard us interview companies who have received SBIR or STTR grants to help them fund the research that their young companies depend on to continue to grow and validate their business models. However, applying for these grants or practically any grant can be a daunting process. And that’s why the SC Department of Commerce is now making available free services to companies and entrepreneurs in our state to help them with these grant programs. Kyle Salazar is with the department’s 3PhaseSC program in Columbia.
11/23/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Transforming Clemson’s business school

Three years ago, Clemson University received its largest ever gift: $60 million from Wilbur and Ann Powers in an effort to transform the university’s business school, which now bears their names. What has happened since then? Mike Switzer interviews Wendy York, dean of the Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business at Clemson University.
11/22/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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USC’s 2023 Economic Outlook Conference preview

When the end of the year rolls around, it seems like there is always a lot to talk about when it comes to the economy and what the experts believe will be coming next year. And that’s why our next guest’s business school always hosts an economic outlook conference at this time of year. Mike Switzer interviews Joey Von Nessen, chief economist at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business, whose annual conference is coming December 5th.
11/21/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Business News Update from SCBiznews

An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community. Mike Switzer interviews Jason Thomas, executive editor of SCBizNews, the company that publishes the Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine.
11/20/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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USC launches new advanced manufacturing leadership program

For a very long time, our state has been known as a manufacturing state. And during that time, a lot has happened with technology, enough so that a new segment has emerged known as advanced manufacturing. The recent announcements of several large, new such factories coming to our state has brought to the forefront the need not just for the specialized workforce training but also leadership training specifically tailored to advanced manufacturing. And that’s where our next guest comes in. Mike Switzer interviews Mark Cecchini, associate dean for Executive Education at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business in Columbia, host of the South Carolina Manufacturing Leadership Program.
11/17/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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New recruiting tool unveiled for nonprofit boards

Nonprofit organizations are an integral part of the business community. In fact, board members of nonprofits are often local business leaders. Yet nonprofits also often struggle to recruit new board members which is why our next guest’s organization recently launched a new tool to help with that process. Mike Switzer interviews Madeleine McGee, president of TogetherSC in Columbia.
11/16/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Midlands tech startup raises $750k - mostly from outside SC

It’s not often we hear of a local start-up raising big money from outside the state, but that is what has happened with our next guest’s socially-minded e-commerce company, which has received $750,000 so far this year, most of which has come from a Cleveland-based venture capital firm. Mike Switzer interviews Jeff Spencer, CEO and co-founder of Playfora, in the Boyd Innovation Center in Columbia, S.C.
11/15/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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What’s in store for investors in 2024?

Hard to believe but true, 2023 is winding down and 2024 is right around the corner. For investors, this is the time of the year for retrospection and prognostication. So let’s check in with one of our experts on these issues. Mike Switzer interviews Wes Johnson, a certified financial planner with ACT Advisors in Charleston, S.C.
11/14/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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The business implications of AI

If the tight labor market, inflation, and rising interest rates weren’t enough for the business community to worry about in 2023, then came artificial intelligence. Suddenly, it’s all companies can talk about…how can we use AI to grow our business and protect our business from competition? Our next guest’s business school has put together a conference to address these issues. Mike Switzer interviews Dirk Brown, director of the McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, host of the upcoming Carolina Connect AI conference on December 1st.
11/13/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Sustainability within the supply chain

Our state has long been a proponent of sustainability, and our next guest’s North Carolina company has long been a part of that, with three of its nationwide locations in South Carolina. Wes Carter is president of Atlantic Packaging in Summerville, S.C.
11/10/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Upstate healthcare tech firm receives $250k from SC Launch

Our next guest’s company recently received a $250,000 investment from the South Carolina Research Authority’s investment affiliate, SC Launch. An investment he says will help them scale up their services for independent pharmacies. Darren Schaupp is CEO of SiteLabs, at the Duke Energy Innovation Center in the Clemson Research Park.
11/9/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC building construction program ranks high in national competition

If you heard our recent interview with Laura Hutchinson who runs the Advanced Manufacturing and Skills Trade school at Midlands Technical College, you might remember her mentioning that the building construction class won the 2022 national championship and placed second in the nation this year. And so today, we have on the phone the director of that program. Mike Switzer interviews Robbie Sharpe, the Building Construction Program Director at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, S.C.
11/8/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Is crypto a legitimate investment?

A lot has happened in the cryptocurrency market over the past several months so we thought it might be a good time to check in with our resident crypto expert to get his thoughts. Mike Switzer interviews Allen Gillespie, chief investment officer at FinTrust Capital Advisors in Greenville, S.C.
11/7/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Business News Update from Alan Cooper

An update of the news, events, and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community. Mike Switzer interviews Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites in South Carolina: MidlandsBiz, UpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC.
11/6/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Growing social entrepreneurs

Many people are familiar with the term social entrepreneurship which involves creating companies that strive to solve social problems, such as poverty, education, healthcare, and environmental sustainability. Our next guest’s college has initiated a program to attract like-minded students. Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Ben Bailey, a political science professor at Presbyterian College and the director of the college's Service Entrepreneurship Program.
11/3/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Employing technology to attract workers

The current unemployment rate in our state is about 3%, with companies continuing to struggle to find qualified workers, especially because so many are already employed and not actively seeking work. However, our next guest says that many underemployed people can be exposed to job opportunities that are a better fit for their skilled qualifications by using a technology known as programmatic advertising. Mike Switzer interviews Holly Rollins, CEO of 10X Digital, a marketing firm in Greenville, S.C.
11/2/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Columbia, SC airport updating dining and shopping choices

With 26+ daily, nonstop flights to nine major cities, our next guest’s airport has decided that they will soon update the restaurant and shopping opportunities available to the one million+ passengers that use this airport. Mike Switzer interviews Mike Gula, president and CEO of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.
11/1/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Time to add energy and metals to portfolios?

Rising interest rates and more global conflict continue to put pressure on financial markets so we thought now might be a good time to check in with one of our resident investment analysts to get his take on the current situation. Mike Switzer interviews Tyson Halsey, a chartered financial analyst with Income Growth Advisors in Daniel Island, SC.
10/31/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Many variables affecting economy

Low unemployment, an aging population, higher interest rates and inflation, and global conflict are all factors our next guest says are weighing on our economy. Mike Switzer interviews Bruce Yandle, Dean Emeritus at the College of Business & Behavioral Science and Alumni Professor of Economics Emeritus, both at Clemson University. He is also the Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center which publishes his Economic Situation Report.
10/30/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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New streaming channel dedicated to S.C. creatives

Our next guest has discovered that there are a lot of interesting and talented people in our state who need help connecting with others and showcasing those talents across the state, the nation, and even the world. Mike Switzer interviews Neal Kinard, founder of The Palmetto Network in Charleston, S.C.
10/27/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Music festival returns to Columbia, SC November 4th

It’s that time of year again when a popular music festival returns to the streets of our capital city, bringing with it a significant economic impact. Mike Switzer interviews Jay Matheson, owner of the Jam Room Recording Studio and founder of the Jam Room Music Festival coming November 4th to Columbia, S.C.
10/26/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Advanced mfg workforce development in full swing in S.C.

Our state has definitely built up a solid reputation as a manufacturing state over the past several decades, and that reputation has been built on the success of our technical school system and its workforce development programs. That’s something our next guest is thick in the middle of. Mike Switzer interviews Laura Hutchinson Davis, chair of the School of Advanced Manufacturing and Skilled Trades at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, S.C.
10/25/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Year-end tax strategies

As we approach the end of the year, opportunities to optimize your tax situation begin to diminish. But our next guest says that there are still several strategies that you have time to employ. Mike Switzer interviews Beth Jeter Hrubala, a certified financial planner in Spartanburg, S.C.
10/24/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Business News Update from SCBiznews

An update of the news, events, and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community. Mike Switzer interviews Jason Thomas, executive editor of SCBizNews, the company that publishes the Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business, and SCBizNews magazine.
10/23/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Midlands, S.C. recruiting company named best place to work

SCBizNews recently announced their annual Best Places to Work list in our state, and our next guest’s recruiting company came in at number one in the small company category. Mike Switzer interviews Steve Bryant, CEO of SystemTec in Columbia, S.C.
10/20/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Camden, S.C. experiencing significant economic resurgence

After their population had been shrinking for four decades, our state’s oldest inland city has reversed its fortunes over the past 15 years, and that has resulted in more commercial investment over the past five years than in each of the prior 25. Mike Switzer interviews Shawn Putnam, planning and development director for the City of Camden, S.C.
10/19/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC basketball star continues philanthropic efforts for families in need

Successful careers often lead to successful philanthropy. And that’s the case with our next guest who, over three decades ago, used his basketball success to create a charity that raises funds for children and families in need with the ultimate goal of fostering civic engagement and leadership, and driving economic growth. Mike Switzer interviews Alex English, co-founder of the Let’s Share Foundation in Columbia, S.C., host of the 3rd annual Alex English Celebrity Golf Tournament happening at the end of this month.
10/18/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Preparing for retirement plan auto-enrollment

We’re almost a year away now when employers will be required to automatically enroll eligible employees in retirement savings plans, such as a 401(k) or 403(b) plan. That all starts December 31, 2024, and our next guest says “You know how time flies, best to get prepared as soon as you can.” Mike Switzer interviews Scotty Scott, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, S.C.
10/17/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Fastest growing companies in S.C. named recently at event in Columbia

Each year, our next guest’s investment banking firm names their top 50 fastest growing companies in our state which were recently announced for 2023 at a celebration in Columbia, SC. Dan Adams is president and CEO of The Capital Corporation in Greenville, S.C.
10/16/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Non-English speaking populations present challenges for city governments

Several years ago, we interviewed our next guest about a chatbot service his company had developed to help residents communicate with their local governments about various issues, such as potholes. Now they have added a multilingual version because many cities are finding that their non-English speaking population is on the rise. Mike Switzer interviews Bratton Riley, cofounder and CEO of Citibot in Charleston, S.C.
10/13/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Managing super-cargo loads from Upstate SC

Ten years ago, our next guest and his partner decided to leave their leadership positions at GE in the Upstate and start their own company because they believed they could develop a better way to manage the transportation of large cargo loads. Will Stephan is co-founder of Logisticus in Greenville, S.C.
10/12/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Entrepreneurial resources available to SC veterans

Most people are aware that there are many services available to our community of veterans to help them succeed after their military service is finished. But not even many veterans themselves are aware of our next guest’s resource that can help them start or grow a business. Mike Switzer interviews CJ Williams, director of the South Carolina Veterans Business Outreach Center at the Citadel in Charleston, SC.
10/11/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Generating extra cash in your portfolio while waiting for stocks to buy

If you’ve got your eye on some stocks but want to wait to buy because you think the market may be heading a little lower, then our next guest has a portfolio strategy that will pay you while you wait. Mike Switzer interviews Ashton Lawrence with Mariner Wealth Advisors in Greenville, S.C.
10/10/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Business News Update from Alan Cooper

An update of the news, events, and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community. Mike Switzer interviews Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites in South Carolina: MidlandsBiz, UpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC.
10/9/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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“Best place to work” award lands in Columbia

By now, most of us have heard the phrase “call before you dig,” which is an effort to prevent underground cables, wires, and pipes from being damaged. It’s actually a law in our state and part of a nationwide network. Our next guest runs the company responsible for these efforts in South Carolina and was recently named by SCBizNews as one of the best places to work in our state. Mike Switzer interviews Misty Wise, executive director of SC811 in Columbia, SC.
10/6/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Trends in senior living

In case you haven’t noticed, the number of senior living communities has been increasing dramatically over the past decade. Which means it's a fast-growing business to be in, which is right where our next guest is. Danny Sanford is CEO of Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community in West Columbia, SC.
10/5/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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USC has new business school dean

In case you haven’t heard, there is a new dean at our state’s flagship university business school. And we have him on the phone. Mike Switzer interviews Rohit Verma, dean of the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
10/4/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC economy chugging along

Our state’s economy continues to move forward regardless of the recent rise in inflation and interest rates. How long can this scenario continue? Mike Switzer interviews Joey Von Nessen, chief economist at the Darla Moore School of Business at USC in Columbia, SC.
10/3/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Building opportunities for college students to stay in SC

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John shares an update from the recent Innoventure Futures Festival and about the upcoming Upstate Talent Forum.
10/2/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC animal farm provides sanctuary for over 100 animals and is a hit on TikTok

Most small companies would love to have millions of followers on social media to help them get their business to the next level. So, most entrepreneurs would be understandably envious of our next guest’s small farm that has over 4 million followers on TikTok. Mike Switzer interviews Jason Southers, co-founder of Goat Daddy Farm in Elgin, S.C.
9/29/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Nonprofit angel fund launches in Upstate S.C.

Most people have heard of angel investors, and angel funds that invest in early stage start-up companies that haven’t quite made it to the level of venture capital funding yet. Angels are usually for-profit investors, but we recently discovered a non-profit angel fund in our state and thought you might want to learn more, too. Mike Switzer interviews Mike Gatchell, CEO and co-founder of Abundance Capital in Greenville, S.C.
9/28/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Lowcountry entrepreneur makes Forbes top women list

As you may have heard on a previous episode of the program, Forbes magazine recently announced their “50 Over 50” Women list, and in the Lifestyle category, the owner of a distillery and women’s magazine in the Lowcountry of our state made that list. Mike Switzer interviews “Pixie” Paula Dezzutti, founder of Striped Pig Distillery and Skirt! magazine in Charleston, SC.
9/27/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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The CFP designation began 54 years ago

Not many folks can say that they have actively participated in their profession since its infancy. But our next guest has done so for nearly 40 years with a professional designation that can trace its origin to only 54 years ago. Mike Switzer interviews Rick Van Der Noord, one of the inaugural Certified Financial Planners in the nation, and he joins us from his office in Greenville S.C.
9/26/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Business News Update from SCBiznews

An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community. Mike Switzer interviews Jason Thomas, executive editor of SCBizNews, the company that publishes the Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine.
9/25/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Serious social media research happening in SC

Social media has become a major industry over the past decade and a big influence in the advertising industry. Which is keeping our next guest and his students busy at an Upstate university. Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Brandon Boatwright, director of the Social Media Listening Center at Clemson University.
9/22/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC real estate market experiencing uncertainties

According to our next guest, the real estate market in South Carolina is currently experiencing a great deal of confusion due to recent market shifts, changes in interest rates, and other developments. Mike Switzer interviews Nick Carlson, co-founder of Wilson Associates and current president of the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors in Greenville, SC.
9/21/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Global business conference coming to Upstate SC

With so many foreign companies locating in our state and buying products made in our state, most people would agree that global engagement is critical to the health of the economy. Which is why our next guest’s organization holds an event for the business community in our Upstate that focuses on international business topics. Mike Switzer interviews Tracie Frese, executive director of the World Affairs Council Upstate, host of the 2023 Global Upstate Conference on International Business and World Affairs taking place in Greer, SC, between October 3 & 4.
9/20/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Changing interest rates affect everyone

Interest rates are on a lot of people’s minds these days as they continue to inch higher. So, we are going to check in with one of our resident financial advisors to see what his advice is for individuals and companies that may need some portfolio rebalancing or loan reshuffling. Mike Switzer interviews Jared Crawford, a certified financial planner in North Myrtle Beach, SC.
9/19/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Addressing SC’s 'brain drain'

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John talks about a recent Post and Courier article about our state’s brain drain and how that will be addressed at the upcoming Innoventure Futures Festival in Greenville, S.C. Sept. 22, 2023.
9/18/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Upstate entrepreneur among top 50 women in the US

An upstate business owner was recently named to the prestigious 50 Over 50: Impact list at Forbes magazine, recognizing the achievements of female entrepreneurs and leaders across the country over the age of 50. And that’s putting her in pretty good company alongside names such as Viola Davis, Jamie Lee Curtis and Gloria Steinem. Mike Switzer interviews Britt Vergnolle, founder and CEO of BDV Solutions in Greenville, SC.
9/15/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Jazz festival returns to Columbia, SC

Most business owners would agree that a city’s quality of life is an important factor in the recruitment and retainment of quality employees. And that includes art and cultural events. Our next guest is working hard to maintain and grow the level of cultural activity in our state’s capital city. Mike Switzer interviews Mark Rapp, founder and executive director of ColaJazz Foundation, host of the upcoming ColaJazz Fest in Columbia, SC September 30 - October 1.
9/14/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Training professionals in agriculture, forestry, natural resources and environmental stewardship in SC

Careers in environment, agriculture, and forestry are becoming more and more popular in our state thanks to numerous job opportunities in those areas as well as to educational opportunities such as those offered by our next guest’s Upstate university. Mike Switzer interviews Kirby Player, coordinator of the Palmetto Leadership Program for the Environment, Agriculture and Forestry (PLEAF) at Clemson University.
9/13/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Are CDs the best place for your money right now?

When was the last time your investment advisor suggested to you that CDs were the best place to put your money. I mean, they’re normally all about stocks, right? But our next guest says that, indeed, CDs are his favorite right now. Mike Switzer interviews Doug English, a certified financial planner with ACT Advisors in Charleston, SC.
9/12/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Business News Update from Alan Cooper

An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community. Mike Switzer interviews Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites in South Carolina: MidlandsBiz, UpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC.
9/11/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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New entrepreneurial facility opens in Midlands

The start-up community in our capital city recently gained a new resource when our next guest’s nonprofit organization opened up their new facility which is providing co-working and networking opportunities and more thanks to some outside funding that they were able to attain last year. Mike Switzer interviews Caroline Crowder, executive director of GrowCo in Columbia, SC.
9/8/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Mobile grocery stores invading food deserts across SC

Like many states around the country, ours also has pockets across the state’s metropolitan areas where fresh foods are hard to come by…areas known as food deserts. Our next guest is a journalist that has been reporting on this issue and the new trend toward mobile grocery stores. Mike Switzer interviews Jessica Holdman, with the Post and Courier in Columbia, SC.
9/7/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Connecting SC factories and suppliers

When the COVID-19 pandemic essentially shut down the international supply chain, many American businesses realized that locally sourced suppliers were going to be essential in avoiding future disruptions in the manufacturing process. As a result, our next guest’s organization decided to help bring a new tool to our state’s manufacturers in an effort to avoid this problem in the future. Mike Switzer interviews Sara Hazzard, president and CEO of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance in Columbia. Companies can sign up for Connex South Carolina by visiting SCMEP.org/Connex.
9/6/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC economist expects 'rolling recession'

It’s that time again when we like to check in with one of our resident economists to get their perspective on the outlook for our state’s economy and the national picture. Mike Switzer interviews Frank Hefner, Director of the Office of Economic Analysis and Professor of Economics at the College of Charleston.
9/5/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Big companies in SC have innovation needs

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John tells us about five big advanced manufacturers in our state that will be presenting the innovation needs at the Innoventure Futures Festival in Greenville, SC Sept. 22, 2023.
9/4/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC seed company expanding operations

A 50-year-old Midlands-area agricultural supply company recently received a $150,000 South Carolina Agribusiness Incentives Grant to help with their $1.2 million expansion into a new county. Mike Switzer interviews Robert Ethridge, president of Mixon Seed Service in Orangeburg, SC.
9/1/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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2nd generation, family-owned company expanding in the Lowcountry

Over 60 years ago, our next guest’s company got its start in New York launching a line of maintenance products for boats. Then, in 1995, after a merger with a coatings and flooring manufacturer, they relocated to our state and have since expanded into products for the light aviation and recreational vehicle markets and contract manufacturing. Mike Switzer interviews Maike Kowal with Life Industries in North Charleston, SC.
8/31/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Recruiting teachers is a priority in SC

You may have heard our recent interview with Sherry East, president of the South Carolina Education Association about the current teacher shortage in our state. Today, we will hear from someone affiliated with a teacher recruitment initiative funded by the SC Dept. of Education. Mike Switzer interviews Katie Crews, a senior program manager with TEACH South Carolina in Columbia. TeachSC Community Interest Survey for those interested in becoming teachers, volunteers, and/or substitute teachers.
8/30/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Should you pay off your mortgage early?

Paying off your mortgage early can seem like a great idea - who wouldn't want to own their home free and clear and stop making monthly payments? But is it always the best move financially? We’ve invited our next guest to the show today to help answer that question. Mike Switzer interviews Garet Strange, a certified financial planner with Hobbs Group Advisors in Columbia, SC.
8/29/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC business news update from SCBiznews

An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community. Mike Switzer interviews Jason Thomas, executive editor of SCBizNews, the company that publishes the Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine.
8/28/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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New commercial kitchen opens in Columbia

As we’ve noted recently, the pandemic motivated many people to start their own companies, and in one category more than others - food. After starting her own food truck last year, our next guest recently decided to also enter the commercial kitchen business. Mike Switzer interviews Carena Jones, co-owner of Just Jonesin’ Commissary Kitchen in Columbia, SC.
8/25/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC jam entrepreneurs find support from ACRE

We’ve come to learn that while many companies closed during the pandemic, many also began. Our next guest is one such example. During the economic shutdown, she and her co-founder turned their hobby of jam-making into a growing enterprise with the help of a grant from the South Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship, known as ACRE. Mike Switzer interviews Jessica Henry, co-founder of Sakhar Jams in Columbia, SC.
8/24/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Second-largest peach farm in nation is in SC

For some reason, most people still believe Georgia is the leading peach grower in the country but actually our state produces three times as much. In fact, only California is ahead of us and the second-largest peach farm in the country is here and is run by our next guest. Mike Switzer interviews Chalmers Carr, CEO of Titan Farms in Ridge Spring, SC.
8/23/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Investors in a quandary over tech stocks

Everyone’s heard the old adage “don’t put all your eggs in one basket”. And you probably also know this is often applied to investment strategy. Unfortunately, the top 10 stocks in the US market, mostly technology companies, are now concentrated in major indices, like the S&P 500, to the highest degree in nearly five decades. While the performance of this handful of stocks has been terrific over the past 10 years, our next guest says that this concentration now presents a dilemma for investors going forward. Mike Switzer interviews Rob DeHollander, a certified financial planner in Greenville, SC.
8/22/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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New money coming into SC for vehicle research

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John tells us about new electric vehicle news in SC and the director of the Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility (C2M2) at Clemson University receiving a $20 million grant from US Dept. of Transportation and starting a new center: the National Center for Transportation Cybersecurity and Resiliency (TraCR).
8/21/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Mentoring entrepreneurs in SC

Over the years, we’ve come across many entrepreneurs who have utilized the free mentoring services provided by our next guest’s organization but it’s been a while since we’ve checked in with them. So today we’re ringing them up. Mike Switzer interviews Jim Helfgott, district director for the South Carolina chapter of SCORE.
8/18/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Natural gas coalition formed in the Carolinas

Natural gas is often listed in the clean energy category. Some people might say a more appropriate moniker would be “cleaner than oil”. But either way, our next guest is plugging away at furthering the growth of the industry as part of a recently formed organization in the Carolinas that represents all parts of the natural gas supply chain, along with public gas entities and economic development groups. Mike Switzer interviews Bruce McKay, a board member of the Carolinas Natural Gas Coalition in Columbia, SC and a senior director of external affairs at Berkshire Hathaway Energy Gas Transmission & Storage in Richmond, VA.
8/17/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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International African American Museum opens in Charleston

After over 20 years of planning, our next guest’s museum officially opened to the public this June, with a mission of helping visitors learn the full story of the African American journey. Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Tonya M. Matthews, president and CEO of the International African American Museum in Charleston.
8/16/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Taking stock of your retirement plans

We’re in that time of year where many people are going through open enrollment to determine their employer benefits for the next year. So our next guest says that makes this a perfect time for individuals and business owners alike to evaluate their 401(k)s and retirement plans. Mike Switzer interviews Anne Marie Ashworth, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Greenville.
8/15/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Business News Update from Alan Cooper

An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community. Mike Switzer interviews Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites in South Carolina: MidlandsBiz, UpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC.
8/14/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Statewide E-Commerce Site Launching for Small Companies

Our state has thousands of small businesses and many of them are involved in e-commerce. Our next guest’s nonprofit organization is currently developing a statewide, commission-free, online marketplace that connects our state’s small companies to a centralized e-commerce South Carolina-centric community. Mike Switzer interviews Jenny Boulware with the Municipal Association of South Carolina in Columbia, creators of WeShopSC.
8/12/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Company Joins Smart Earring Race

So you have a smartphone and maybe a smartwatch, how about trying smart jewelry? Our next guest’s Upstate start-up has, in fact, patented a smart earring that tracks biodata, such as body temperature, activity, sleep, and even women’s fertility and menstrual cycles. Mike Switzer interviews Lindsey Calcutt, CEO of Incora Health in Greenville, SC.
8/10/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Habitat ReStores Continue to Grow

Our next guest’s home supply store is one of many in our state and country that help local families to build, rehabilitate and repair safe and affordable homes in our communities. Mike Switzer interviews Kevin Oliver, manager of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in West Columbia, SC.
8/9/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Role of a Financial Planner in Tax Planning

Our next guest says that most people do not realize the importance of proactive tax planning during the overall financial planning process. Why? Well, he says the investment industry typically doesn’t allow investment representatives to talk about taxes, and most CPAs do not perform proactive tax planning unless their clients request it. Mike Switzer interviews Peter Pigeon, a certified financial planner with Hobbs Group Advisors in Columbia, SC.
8/8/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Listeners Respond to Topic of Innovation Collaboration in SC

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John tells us about new traction involving large companies collaborating with mid-size and entrepreneurial companies in SC as a result of this radio show.
8/7/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SBA Celebrates 70 Years

The Small Business Act, signed into law by President Eisenhower in 1953, created a new government agency whose mission was to promote the interests of small businesses in order to enhance competition in the marketplace. Seventy years later, the institution continues to be a valuable resource for our nation’s small business community. Mike Switzer interviews Gregg White, the SBA’s district director for South Carolina.
8/4/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Upstate Entrepreneur Launches Unique Dog Bed Company

After founding, operating, and exiting several small businesses throughout his life, our next guest launched his current enterprise: elevated dog beds. Why? Let’s find out. Mike Switzer interviews David Prince, founder of Truman and Teddy in Greenville, SC.
8/3/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Caring for Aging Parents

With the current rapid growth of our aging population, more and more adults are finding themselves caring for their parents. Our next guest says that can be a difficult world to navigate. Mike Switzer interviews Anna Gelbman Edmonds, founder of Reverse Magazine in Columbia, SC.
8/2/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Can you predict a recession in today’s crazy economy?

Our next guest says that, economically speaking, these are definitely challenging times. A serious overseas war, rising interest rates, up and down inflation, layoffs, strikes, AI, crazy politics, regional bank failures, and yet, a historically low unemployment rate continues. So, is a recession coming or not? Mike Switzer interviews Bruce Yandle, Dean Emeritus at the College of Business & Behavioral Science and Alumni Professor of Economics Emeritus, both at Clemson University. He is also the Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center which publishes his Economic Situation Report.
8/1/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SCBiznews Shares State Business Trends

An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community. Mike Switzer interviews Jason Thomas, executive editor of SCBizNews, the company that publishes the Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine.
7/31/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Receiving $551 Million to Expand Broadband Access

In case you missed it, our state was recently awarded more than $551 million from the federal government to deploy affordable and reliable high-speed internet to over 100,000 homes and small businesses across our rural communities who do not currently have that access. Mike Switzer interviews Jim Stritzinger, director of the SC Broadband Office, which is part of our state’s Office of Regulatory Staff. SCDigitalDrive.org
7/28/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Bison Breeding Breaks Through in SC

When you think of the livestock industry in our state, the odds are you would not think of bison. Which is why we were surprised to learn about our next guest’s 215-acre ranch with a herd of over 40 bison located in our Olde English District. Mike Switzer interviews Fred Ilse, founder and CEO of Tatanka Bison Ranch in York, SC.
7/27/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Life Sciences Industry Fastest Growing in Southeast

After a stint heading up Louisiana’s economic development efforts, our next guest took over the reins of those same efforts for our state’s life sciences industry two years ago. Let’s check in and see how he and that sector of our state are doing. Mike Switzer interviews James Chappell, president and CEO of SCBIO in Greenville, SC.
7/26/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Should your values involve your investments?

Socially responsible investing, sustainable investing, ESG investing, faith-based investing, and biblically responsible investing all describe forms of investing whose proponents hope to leave the world a better place by changing the companies they own. Today, we’re going to take a little closer look at these terms with the help of our next guest. Mike Switzer interviews Jeff Wildes, a certified financial planner in Georgetown, SC.
7/25/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Challenges of Collaboration Creation

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John talks about his efforts to form a consortium to focus on advanced manufacturing and supply chain technologies in SC.
7/24/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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University of SC Rated Best in Country for Veterans

For two years in a row now, our next guest’s university has been named as the best in the country for veterans by the Military Times. And they weren’t even on the radar three years ago. Mike Switzer interviews Jared Evans, executive director for Veterans and Military Affairs at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.
7/21/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Real Estate Activity Buzzing after Scout Motors Announcement

The largest economic development project ever announced in our state, Scout Motors coming to Richland County, has, as would be expected, ratcheted up real estate activity in that part of the Midlands. And our next guest is going to give us some insight into what is indeed happening. Mike Switzer interviews Darren Rhodes, managing broker with SouthEast Land and Real Estate in Orangeburg, SC.
7/20/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Clemson Creating “Lab for the Future” of Agribusiness

While we frequently talk about the various growth industries in our state such as automotive, aerospace, and healthcare, agriculture remains an important part of South Carolina’s economy. An Upstate university, in fact, is working hard to develop, test, and help implement new technologies for increasing productivity and decreasing costs in the agribusiness sector. Mike Switzer interviews Mallory Douglass with the Clemson University Center for Agricultural Technology, known as CU-CAT.
7/19/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Individual bonds vs. Bond Mutual Funds

With interest rates considerably higher than they were a year ago, many investors are becoming interested again in income generating investments. Today, we will talk about the advantages to investing in individual bonds vs. bond mutual funds. Mike Switzer interviews Roy Janse, a certified financial planner with Mariner Wealth Advisors in Greenville, SC.
7/18/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Alan Cooper Shares Business News from around SC

An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community. Mike Switzer interviews Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites in South Carolina: MidlandsBiz, UpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC. Disclaimer: Alan Cooper’s company has a business relationship with Voterheads.com, an affiliate of Magnolia Media, which is the producer of the South Carolina Business Review.
7/17/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Economic Development Efforts in Rock Hill Honored Recently

13 years ago, the South Carolina Community Capital Alliance was formed with the mission of increasing capital resources for our state’s underserved and undercapitalized communities with the hope that the additional funding would lead to valuable new jobs. And each year, the Alliance recognizes individuals or organizations that have made a difference toward that end. And one of those persons is our next guest. Mike Switzer interviews Lisa Brown with the Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation, a recipient of the Alliance’s 2023 Community Champion Award.
7/14/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Teacher Shortage Continues Unabated in SC

The labor market continues to be tight almost everywhere and in some areas that situation has existed for a long time. Such as, in education. Mike Switzer interviews Sherry East, president of the South Carolina Education Association in West Columbia, SC.
7/13/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Preparing your Finances for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season has started and while many people are preparing their homes and businesses for the possibility of a hurricane or tropical storm, our next guest says it’s also the perfect time to make sure your finances are in order. Mike Switzer interviews Justin Hawkins, a regional banking director for Wells Fargo in Greenville, SC.
7/12/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Avoiding 'financial porn'

In case you didn’t know, “financial porn” is a slang term used to describe sensationalist reports of financial news and products that could cause irrational investment buying that can be detrimental to an investor's financial health. I had never heard this term before which is why we are dialing up our next guest for some help. Mike Switzer interviews Anthony Colancecco, a certified financial planner in Greenville, SC.
7/11/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Listeners React to Recent Interview

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John talks about listener responses to one of our recent interviews regarding a national technology grant program.
7/10/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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COVID public health emergency ends - what does that mean for companies and their workers?

The COVID-19 national and public health emergencies officially ended recently and our next guest says that this is causing some confusion for employers and employees regarding testing, vaccinations, and even remote working. Mike Switzer interviews Hagood Tighe, an employment lawyer with Fisher Phillips in Columbia, SC.
7/7/20235 minutes, 50 seconds
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SC analyst does not see recession looming

Two years ago, our next guest was bearish on stocks and bonds when interest rates were much lower. But now that the Federal Reserve has ratched up short term rates and 10-year Treasury yields have jumped from 0.5% to nearly 4.0%, we thought now would be a good time to check in with him to see if he still feels the same. Mike Switzer interviews Tyson Halsey, a chartered financial analyst with Income Growth Advisors in Daniel Island, SC.
7/6/20235 minutes, 50 seconds
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Mid-year economic forecast from USC’s chief economist

We’re halfway through the year and many economists are still divided over the topic of a recession. Is one looming or not? Mike Switzer interviews Joey Von Nessen, chief economist at the Division of Research at the Darla Moore School of Business at USC in Columbia, SC.
7/5/20235 minutes, 50 seconds
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Careers post criminal life

(This is a replay of a previous program which originally aired Mar. 23, 2023) We keep hearing about companies having a really hard time finding qualified employees. There simply are lots of job openings all across the country. Our next guest is trying to help with this situation by working with the business community to find careers for former prison inmates. Mike Switzer interviews Bryan Stirling, director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections in Columbia.
7/4/20235 minutes, 50 seconds
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Expanding intellectual property understanding through education

(This is a replay of a previous program which originally aired Mar. 10, 2023) As a minority in the legal profession, our next guest found it easy to understand the challenges faced by minorities, especially in her particular area of expertise, intellectual property law, where she encountered many creators who had no idea what the topic even meant. Shontavia Johnson is now using her skills to actively change the entrepreneurial landscape of our state and the world in her position as the associate vice president of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Clemson University.
7/3/20235 minutes, 50 seconds
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SC deputy commerce secretary receives community award

13 years ago, the South Carolina Community Capital Alliance was formed with the mission of increasing capital resources for our state’s underserved and undercapitalized communities with the hope that the additional funding would lead to valuable new jobs. And each year, the Alliance recognizes individuals or organizations that have made a difference toward that end. And one of those persons is our next guest. Mike Switzer interviews Ashely Teasdel, Deputy Secretary of Commerce of the South Carolina Department of Commerce and recipient of the Alliance’s 2023 Community Champion Award.
6/30/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Lowcountry printer named fastest growing business in SC by Inc.com

With a growth rate of almost 1,600% over the past two years, our next guest’s software and swag printing company was recently named the fastest growing business in South Carolina (and #17 in the entire Southeast Region) by Inc.com. Mike Switzer interviews Jayson Tompkins, CEO and co-founder of Print Your Cause, based in Mount Pleasant, SC.
6/29/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Mobile sawmill finding plenty of work in SC

Most people know, or at least aren’t surprised to learn, that timber is our state’s number one cash crop. And all of that timber is owned not just by big forest products companies, but also by individuals. A market that our next guest has found lucrative through his mobile sawyer business. Mike Switzer interviews Ted Bullock, owner of Carolina Sawyers in Charleston, SC.
6/28/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Teenagers with summer jobs can start contributing to an IRA

Building a retirement nest egg is one of the most important financial activities you can engage in. And the earlier you can get started on that task, of course, the better. Our next guest says that even teenagers with summer jobs can start contributing to their own IRAs. Mike Switzer interviews Alex Chastain, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC.
6/27/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Business News Update from SCBiznews

An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community. Mike Switzer interviews Jason Thomas, executive editor of SCBizNews, the company that publishes the Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine.
6/26/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Company fleets switching to EV

More and more individuals are making the switch to electric vehicles these days and so are companies. In fact, our next guest’s Upstate company fleet recently logged over one million EV miles. Mike Switzer interviews Chris Russo, co-owner of Elite Home Care, Day Centers and Transportation in Spartanburg, SC.
6/23/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Lowcountry skin and hair care entrepreneur wins award from SBA

Our next guest’s story involves the Gulla Geechee culture, a rare disease, a passion for science and creating, a chemistry degree, and entrepreneurship. All of which recently resulted in her attaining the honor of being named the SC Female Small Business Person of the Year by the US Small Business Administration. Mike Switzer interviews Abenaa Moore, founder of Naturally Geechee in North Charleston, SC.
6/22/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Upstate bra company lands TV appearance

It’s not too often that a small business gets to have its product featured on a national television show but that’s exactly what happened to our next guest when her innovative undergarment recently appeared on the Today show on NBC. Mike Switzer interviews Erin Mehagan, founder of Livi Lu Lane in Greenville, SC.
6/21/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Stocks seem to be recovering from 2022 losses, why aren't bonds?

You’ve probably noticed that your 401k balance has been looking better over the last few months. If you don’t have any bonds in your portfolio, that is. While the stock market has been recovering, the bond market is still suffering. What gives? After all, the Fed stopped raising interest rates. Mike Switzer interviews Wes Johnson, a certified financial planner with ACT Advisors in Charleston, SC.
6/20/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Can SC win a federal innovation grant for economic development?

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John tells us about an innovation ecosystem grant from the federal Economic Development Administration that is taking applications through August 15th.
6/19/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Upstate cybersecurity firm receives funding boost

The South Carolina Research Authority’s investment affiliate, SC Launch recently added another company to its portfolio with a $250,000 investment into an Upstate start-up in the cybersecurity market. Mike Switzer interviews Martin White with Ruffian Software in Mauldin, SC.
6/16/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC hog farmer wins award

Humanely raised livestock is becoming more and more important to consumers, especially after recent year’s reporting regarding hog farms in eastern North Carolina. It’s important to our next guest as well, who has turned that passion into a profitable and growing business that has earned him the honor of being named the SC Minority Small Business Person of the Year. Mike Switzer interviews Marvin Ross, owner of Peculiar Pig Farm in Dorchester, SC.
6/15/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Upstate company still happily growing in SC

We often hear about our state being an in-migration state where many more people are moving here than leaving here. But, as you may have heard in our interviews over the years, this has been happening with companies for a while. Today we have another example: a 103-year-old manufacturing company that relocated here from New York in 2007. Mike Switzer interviews Kevin Fee, president of Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co. in Liberty, SC.
6/14/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Preparing finances for a divorce

Last week, we interviewed a financial planner about the fact that women are making and managing an increasing percentage of our country’s wealth these days due to a number of factors: hard work, death of a spouse, and, according to our next guest, divorce. And she agrees with last week’s guest that many women still find themselves uncomfortable with investments which can add further complications to divorce. Mike Switzer interviews Stephanie Vokral, a certified divorce financial analyst with The Financial Knot in Columbia, SC.
6/13/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Upstate SC noticed for unrealized potential

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John talks about the unrealized potential a national entity sees in the Upstate.
6/12/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Upstate company wins exporter award

Today we are continuing our coverage of the recently announced Small Business Week awards from the US Small Business Administration. An Upstate chemical mixing and blending company was named the South Carolina Small Business Exporter of the Year. Mike Switzer interviews Joseph Wilson, Jr. is president and CEO of Toll Solutions in Duncan, SC.
6/9/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Lowcountry apron maker wins award

The US Small Business Administration recently announced their annual awards. And our next guest was named the South Carolina Rural Small Business Person of the Year who has become known for his leather work aprons. Mike Switzer interviews Michael Williams, owner of Calavera Tool Works in Johns Island, SC.
6/8/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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The importance of getting a good night’s sleep

If you’re a new parent and your child is having trouble sleeping at night, your performance at work the next day could certainly be affected. Actually, lack of adequate sleep for any reason could certainly affect your work life and in fact, your entire life. Which is exactly what happened to our next guest and why she decided to enter the sleep business. Mike Switzer interviews Kim Rogers, founder of Sleeping Well Consulting in Lexington, SC.
6/7/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Understanding the financial challenges faced by women

Women are making, and managing, an increasing amount of wealth. One contributing factor is that as aging baby-boomer men pass on, they are also passing on the household wealth to their female spouses who tend to be younger and live longer. But our next guest says that women, in general, continue to feel uncomfortable managing these investments. So today, she is going to share some recommendations. Mike Switzer interviews Beth Jeter Hrubala, a certified financial planner in Spartanburg, SC.
6/6/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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AI, SC, and healthcare

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John talks about a new artificial intelligence initiative for the healthcare industry in the state.
6/5/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Nonprofits and the business community

By now, most people have heard of the Ronald McDonald houses which provide housing for families with seriously ill children so they can stay together near the child’s medical care. Our state has three locations and today we are going to check in with one to see how they are working with the local business community. Mike Switzer interviews Beth Lowrie, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia.
6/2/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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“T” is for Township plan

“T” is for Township plan. For the first forty years of South Carolina’s existence, almost ninety percent of settlers lived within thirty miles of Charleston. Since the colony had had a Black majority since 1706, Governor Robert Johnson proposed a plan for the orderly settlement of the Carolina frontier in an attempt to rectify the colony’s racial imbalance with mass White immigration and to provide a front line of defense against the Spaniards and Indians.
6/1/20231 minute, 38 seconds
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National magazine looking for business award nominees

Between now and June 20th, a southern lifestyle magazine based in the Lowcountry is continuing to take nominations for their fourteenth annual Made in the South Awards. Mike Switzer interviews Caroline Clements, associate editor of Garden and Gun magazine in Charleston, SC.
6/1/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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US debt concerns and the SC economy

The most talked about topic in economics these days is the US debt default talks between two houses, the White House and congressional House. Has all this uncertainty caused any economic harm to our state? Mike Switzer interviews Frank Hefner, Director Office of Economic Analysis and Professor of Economics at the College of Charleston.
5/31/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Business News update from Alan Cooper

An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community. Mike Switzer interviews Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites in South Carolina: MidlandsBiz, UpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC. Disclaimer: Alan Cooper’s company has a business relationship with Voterheads.com, an affiliate of Magnolia Media, which is the producer of the South Carolina Business Review.
5/30/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Reversing military suicide trends

(Originally broadcast 3-9-23) - Suicide continues to be a very serious problem within our military community but there is a crisis mapping program available now in one county in our state that hopes to turn that tide. Mike Switzer interviews Jessica Varney, a collaboration manager with Pickens County, which recently won the community service award from Innovision.
5/29/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Students create personal digital portfolios

Founded in 2016, our next guest’s nonprofit organization is working to connect our state’s next generation to career opportunities in our state by helping them create personal digital portfolios. Mike Switzer interviews Elisabeth Kovacs, executive director of SC Future Makers, an initiative of the SC Manufacturers Alliance.
5/26/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Three investments that could give your small business a boost

Every entrepreneur knows that you have to spend money to make money, and although that may feel a little risky sometimes, our next guest says that there are some ways to get a lot of bang for your buck. Mike Switzer interviews Adriana Fominaya, a small business community engagement consultant with Wells Fargo.
5/25/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Collaborative effort brings major bike manufacturer to the Upstate

A French bicycle company whose bikes have won Olympic gold, multiple world championships, and numerous stages of the Tour de France will soon be operating in the Upstate the nation’s largest carbon fiber bicycle factory. Mike Switzer interviews John Lummus, president and CEO of the Upstate SC Alliance about TIME Bicycles about their move to Spartanburg County.
5/24/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Is the US Dollar losing its status as the reserve currency?

You may have seen stories recently mentioning the possibility that the US dollar is in jeopardy of losing its reserve currency status, whether that is because it has been weakening relative to other currencies, or because of trades between other nations like China and Russia that are denominated in non-dollar currencies. What could this mean for our money here at home? Mike Switzer interviews Anthony Colancecco, a certified financial planner with Ballentine Capital Advisors in Greenville, SC.
5/23/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Improving the supply chain

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John talks about how applying artificial intelligence and quantum computing to the supply chain could provide significant opportunities in SC.
5/22/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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The challenges of getting a college degree late in life

When we last interviewed our next guest, he was very busy with his construction business. But when most people would be pretty content with a successful 20-year career, he decided to complete his PhD from Clemson University. Mike Switzer interviews Todd Usher, president of Addison Homes Greenville, SC.
5/19/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Football Hall of Fame celebrates 10 years

Careers in football are the dreams of many high school and college students across our state. But only a small percentage of them realize those dreams. Our next guest’s organization celebrates those careers, as well as its own 10th anniversary this year, and does its best to prepare those who participate in that sport, for success not only in football but other careers, as well. Mike Switzer interviews David Wyatt, president of the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame in Greenville, SC.
5/18/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Lowcountry entrepreneur named Small Business Person of the Year

Our next guest was recently named our state’s Small Business Person of the Year by the US Small Business Administration. She earned this award by successfully operating and growing a gift shop in the Lowcountry. Mike Switzer interviews Jennifer Megliore, owner of ArtWare in Hilton Head Island, SC.
5/17/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Can charitable strategies help cut tax bill?

With the lifetime estate and gift tax exemption, currently $12.92 million for individuals, scheduled to sunset in two years and decrease to around $6 million starting in 2026, our next guest says now is a good time to make the most of your charitable giving strategies. Mike Switzer interviews Ashton Lawrence, a certified financial planner with Mariner Wealth Advisors in Greenville, SC.
5/16/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC orgs receive cybersecurity grants

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John tells us about two area organizations each recently receiving $1 million grants for cybersecurity research.
5/15/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Midlands company accepted into Techstars - Part 2

Today we continue our discussion from yesterday about a company that was recently accepted into the Austin, Texas location of Techstars, a leading startup accelerator program. They are only the third Midlands-area company in our state to participate in the program, and their business model involves the sneaker resale market. We found this topic quite interesting and so we invited our guest to return for part two. Mike Switzer interviews Brett Nilsen, CEO and co-founder of Copyt in Columbia, SC.
5/12/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Midlands company accepted into Techstars - Part 1

Our next guest’s company was recently accepted into the Austin, Texas location of Techstars, a leading startup accelerator program. They are the third Midlands-area company to participate in the program, which in itself indicates they may have something special. But what’s really interesting is that their business model involves the sneaker resale market. Now that’s a specialty. Mike Switzer interviews Brett Nilsen, CEO and co-founder of Copyt in Columbia, SC.
5/11/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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How augmented reality is furthering productivity

The tight labor market continues to push companies toward finding more efficient ways to operate with fewer employees. Our next guest’s company has been busy developing augmented reality software for just this purpose and that has moved them onto the radar of SC Launch and a $250,000 investment. Mike Switzer interviews Angela Ortiz, co-founder of New Forge Technologies in Lake Wylie, SC.
5/10/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Is crypto back?

The cryptocurrency market has been on a steady rebound this year. Ok, well maybe steady is not the right word because it has certainly continued its traditional volatility. So where does it go from here? Mike Switzer interviews Allen Gillespie, chief investment officer at FinTrust Capital Advisors in Greenville, SC.
5/9/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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The intersection of industry, universities, local govt, and econ dev

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John talks about the importance of the intersection of industry, universities, local government, and economic development.
5/8/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Bringing the “job-challenged” into the labor pool

As the tight labor market continues to pressure business growth, organizations like those run by our next guest are becoming increasingly important as pipelines for talent. Mike Switzer interviews Anne Walker, president and CEO of the Alston Wilkes Society in Columbia, SC.
5/5/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Upstate market research company winning grants

Two years ago our next guest’s company received $75,000 in grants from SC Launch and just recently, they received another $300,000. All to help them continue to penetrate the market research industry. Mike Switzer interviews Michael Donofrio, co-founder and CEO of TestedHQ in Mauldin, SC.
5/4/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Culinary entrepreneur succeeding in Upstate SC

For the past 40 years, our next guest’s Upstate family-run bakery has been shipping seven-layer cakes across the country and receiving national recognition. Today, we’re going to look into their secret to success. Mike Switzer interviews Richard Reutter, president of Caroline’s Cakes in Spartanburg, SC.
5/3/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Recession on the horizon?

Many stock market analysts and economists continue to predict an economic slowdown later this year, maybe even a recession. So let’s check in with one of our resident economists to get his thoughts. Mike Switzer interviews Bruce Yandle, Dean Emeritus at the College of Business & Behavioral Science and Alumni Professor of Economics Emeritus, both at Clemson University. He is also the Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center which publishes his Economic Situation Report.
5/2/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC business news update from SCBiznews

An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community. Mike Switzer interviews Jason Thomas, executive editor of SCBizNews, the company that publishes the Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine.
5/1/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Are higher interest rates affecting mergers and acquisitions?

Over the past few years, we have seen a lot of mergers and acquisitions among small to medium-size companies. Our next guest says that the higher interest rate situation is beginning to slow down this activity. Mike Switzer interviews David Moore, CEO at BlueChip Mergers and Acquisitions in Charleston, SC.
4/28/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Getting students interested early in healthcare careers

The job market continues to remain tight, with none tighter than the healthcare industry. For more than 10 years, our next guest’s organization has been working to engage and interest students in healthcare careers through actual experience. As a result of this work, they were awarded the recent Innovision Education Award. Mike Switzer interviews Al Squire, executive director of the MedEx Academy, part of Prisma Health in Greenville, SC.
4/27/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Preparing SC business for recession

The recent increases in inflation and interest rates, and the continued tight labor market have created an operating climate that many current business leaders have never experienced. And now with a potential economic slowdown on the horizon, our next guest says some creative financing solutions may be necessary to help some of these companies meet their goals. Mike Switzer interviews Thomas Anderson, a commercial banking executive with Wells Fargo in Charleston, SC.
4/26/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Graduations, new grade levels, and finances

We’re one month into the spring season now which means we’re about a month away from the end of another school year and for some, that also means graduation. Our next guest says this is also a good time to talk about how these milestones in our children’s lives could affect our and their finances. Mike Switzer interviews Jon Robertson, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC.
4/25/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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New “ideas festival” coming to SC this fall

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John tells us about a new event he has put together: Innoventure Ideas Festival 2023.
4/24/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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The backstory about Scout Motors coming to Richland County, SC

By now, most everybody has heard about the Scout Motors plant coming to Blythewood, SC, bringing a multi-billion-dollar investment by both the company and the state, and a goal of 4,000 jobs. We’ve learned that this deal was one of the fastest tracked in our state’s history with necessary legislation moving through the statehouse in only 10 days. And there’s a backstory we found pretty interesting, too. Mike Switzer interviews Jeff Ruble, director of the Richland County Economic Development Office in Columbia, SC.
4/21/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Recycled glass making a comeback

Recycled glass used to be a hot item, in demand for various uses. Then used glass became so abundant that local government waste collection agencies were forced to give it away due to the resulting price collapse. But now, demand is back as companies such as our next guest runs, are very busy turning glass into sand. Mike Swizter interviews Zeb Parsons, president of Bricolage Dynamics in Pickens, SC.
4/20/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Tax efficient investing

Even though the dreaded tax deadline is now behind us, many people are still going to have taxes on their minds and how to make next year’s situation better. Our next guest says there are many strategies you can employ now that may help. Mike Switzer interviews Garet Strange, a certified financial planner with Hobbs Group Advisors in Columbia, SC.
4/18/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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The importance of college grads to economic development

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John talks about the continuing challenge our state faces in retaining college graduates, referencing a recent report from the Greenville Development Corporation.
4/17/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Responding to active shooters in the workplace

Sadly, gun violence continues across the country. FBI data in fact, shows active shooter incidents have more than doubled in the U.S. between 2019 and 2021. While mass shootings at schools dominate the news, many more are occurring at other workplaces. Which is why our next guest’s organization will be presenting response solutions at a conference for our state’s human resources professionals in Greenville April 26-27. Mike Switzer interviews Chad Ayers, owner of Proactive Response Group in Greenville, SC.
4/14/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Small Business Week is April 30-May 6

Every year during the first week of May, the US Small Business Administration names a national small business person of the year, as well as one for each state. At the same time, the agency hosts events that expose small businesses to new business strategies, networking opportunities, and educational sessions. This year, National Small Business Week is April 30-May 6. Mike Switzer interviews Gregg White, the SBA’s district director for South Carolina.
4/13/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Native American art project documentary winning awards

Our next guest and her husband are filmmakers who recently relocated to our state’s Lowcountry. Their documentary about a Native American youth art project and its role in revitalizing their language and culture has won multiple awards across the country, most recently the Susan A. K. Shaffer Humanitarian Award at the Beaufort International Film Festival. Mike Switzer interviews Heather Steinberger, producer of Waniyetu Wowapi: Winter Count.
4/12/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Adjusting your financial plan to a life crisis

Most financial plans are customized to a person’s unique situation and goals and are framed within an average set of assumptions. But you can’t put life into a spreadsheet. Sometimes unexpected and even dramatic things happen. What does a person do then? Mike Switzer interviews Rick Van Der Noord, a certified financial planner in Greenville, SC.
4/11/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Important business events coming soon to SC

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John talks about upcoming events of importance to our state’s business community: DigSouth Tech Summit, SCRA Summit, and Furman Center for Innovative Leadership.
4/10/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Helping small companies find research grant money

You may have heard us interview companies who have received SBIR or STTR grants to help them fund the research that their young companies depend on to continue to grow and validate their business models. However, applying for these grants or practically any grant can be a daunting process. And that’s why the SC Department of Commerce is now making available free services to companies and entrepreneurs in our state to help them with these grant programs. Kyle Salazar is with the department’s 3PhaseSC program in Columbia.
4/7/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Artfields celebrates 11 years with 11-day art festival

Art galleries, art education, public art, art crawl, art competition with a $50,000 first prize, in other words - art madness. Certainly sounds like a big city event, yet a small town in our state has been doing this type of art festival for a decade now. Mike Switzer interviews Carla Angus, director of community engagement for the 11th annual edition of Artfields in Lake City, SC, coming April 19-29, 2023.
4/5/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Economic uncertainties continue…but for how long?

The recent news regarding some regional bank failures has definitely added to the economic confusion that so far has dominated financial news in 2023. Is there any reason to believe that the skies will clear before this year moves too much further along. Mike Switzer interviews Joey Von Nessen, chief economist at the Darla Moore School of Business at USC in Columbia, SC.
4/4/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC celebrates Innovation Month

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John talks about April being designated as Innovation Month in our state and what the state’s challenges are in this area and what is being celebrated.
4/3/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Biomedical waste facility opens in Lowcountry

As the population continues to age and the healthcare economy continues to grow, so does the need to properly dispose of medical waste. Which is why our next guest’s company decided to invest over $3 million to build a 13,000 sq ft facility in the Lowcountry. Mike Switzer interviews David Squalli, chief operating officer at EcoSteris in Summerville, SC.
3/31/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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RBC Heritage economic impact expected to grow this year

In 1969, Hilton Head Island was a little-known place in our state’s Lowcountry when a local developer announced that a PGA-level golf tournament would be played there that year. It’s still held there every year and has recently been elevated to the status of a top tour event with a purse of $20 million and a commitment to play from the tour’s top players. This will also undoubtedly have an elevated impact on our state’s economy. Mike Switzer interviews Steve Wilmot, director of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing coming for its 55th year April 10-16.
3/31/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Developing more effective policing strategies

Guns, crime, questionable police tactics…are all issues on the forefront of criminal law these days. One institution of higher learning in our state has decided to provide a new resource for these topics. Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Michele Covington, director of the new Crime Analysis Center in Greenville, SC, part of the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, SC. She is also the author of the new book: Guns in America: An introduction and Overview.
3/30/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Disabled and special needs person face many career challenges

Disabled and special needs individuals want careers as much as anyone. But, as you would expect, many challenges stand in the way. Our next guest’s organization is working hard to help. Mike Switzer interviews Dee DiCarlo, director of business & employment development for Thrive Upstate, formerly known as the Greenville County Disability and Special Needs Board.
3/29/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Tax savings from the Inflation Reduction Act

It’s no secret that the Inflation Reduction Act is going to make an impact on our country’s sustainability efforts. But just how much of an impact will depend on several variables. One of which is how many consumers will take advantage of the tax incentives offered by the legislation. Mike Switzer interviews Jared Crawford, a certified financial planner in North Myrtle Beach, SC.
3/28/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Business News Update from Alan Cooper

An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community. Mike Switzer interviews Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites in South Carolina: MidlandsBiz, UpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC. Disclaimer: Alan Cooper’s company has a business relationship with Voterheads.com, an affiliate of Magnolia Media, which is the producer of the South Carolina Business Review.
3/27/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC legal software firm raising millions in funding

Off the shelf, customer service software has been around for a long time. Lately, some software companies are building it more specifically tailored to certain markets. Such as our next guest’s company which is having some success targeting the lawyer industry and as a result, raising significant funding. Mike Switzer interviews Andy Seavers, CEO of Case Status in North Charleston, SC.
3/24/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Careers post criminal life

We keep hearing about companies having a really hard time finding qualified employees. There simply are lots of job openings all across the country. Our next guest is trying to help with this situation by working with the business community to find careers for former prison inmates. Mike Switzer interviews Bryan Stirling, director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections in Columbia.
3/23/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Women’s professional tennis returning to Charleston for 51st year

One of the largest professional women’s sporting events is returning to the Lowcountry soon and will be sure to once again generate significant economic activity for our state. Mike Switzer interviews Bob Moran, tournament director of the Credit One Charleston Open coming April 1-9 to Daniel Island, SC.
3/22/20235 minutes, 50 seconds
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Cutting through the investment noise

When you listen to the news today, there’s no shortage of things to worry about. Both domestically and abroad investors have much to process right now and a lot of it is conflicting. Economic growth is up and down. Job growth has stayed strong though. But both consumer and business confidence are down—until recently. And, of course, the generationally-high inflation rates have been reversing —until recently, when they started higher again. What’s an investor to make of all this? Mike Switzer interviews Rob DeHollander, a certified financial planner in Greenville, SC.
3/21/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Spending money to attract industry

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John talks about the recent announcement by the state of South Carolina that they will spend about $1.3 billion to assist Scout Motors, a subsidiary of Volkswagen, to locate their headquarters here.
3/20/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Upstate biotech company wins award

Our state’s research universities are continuously discovering new technologies that are making their way into the commercial marketplace. Our next guest’s company licensed research from Clemson and has used it to develop a new process that could improve the efficiency of diagnostic tests such as biopsies. It also won them the most recent Technology Development award from Innovision. Mike Switzer interviews Terri Bruce, founder and CEO of Victory ExoFibres in Central, SC.
3/17/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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New brewery launched in Columbia

We recently attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for one of our state’s newest breweries located in a historic building in an area of the Midlands that is undergoing a serious revival. Mike Switzer interviews Sara Middleton Styles, co-owner of Peak Drift Brewing in Columbia, SC.
3/16/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Midlands sensor company wins small business award

It’s just a fact that the older we get the more we fall. And of course, the population continues to age so more people are falling and sometimes they not only can’t get up, but are also unable to let anyone know. Our next guest’s company is using sensors to detect when a person falls and that technology led them to receiving the most recent small business award from Innovision. Mike Switzer interviews Victor Hirth, co-founder and chief medical officer of Asset, LLC in Columbia, SC.
3/15/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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2022 Social Security annual report released

Social Security recently released its annual report for last year and with all the talk recently about the program’s longevity and funding issues we thought it might be a good idea to talk to one of our resident financial planners to discuss the report’s implications for retirement planning. Mike Switzer interviews John Cooper, a certified financial planner with Greenwood Capital in Greenwood, SC.
3/14/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Charleston clean energy company receiving mega-funding

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John talks about Palmetto Clean Technology and the significant sums of money they are raising.
3/13/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Expanding intellectual property understanding through education

As a minority in the legal profession, our next guest found it easy to understand the challenges faced by minorities, especially in her particular area of expertise, intellectual property law, where she encountered many creators who had no idea what the topic even meant. Shontavia Johnson is now using her skills to actively change the entrepreneurial landscape of our state and the world in her position as the associate vice president of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Clemson University.
3/10/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Reversing military suicide trends

Suicide continues to be a very serious problem within our military community but there is a crisis mapping program available now in one county in our state that hopes to turn that tide. Mike Switzer interviews Jessica Varney, a collaboration manager with Pickens County, which recently won the community service award from Innovision.
3/9/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Upstate lubricant company winning awards

Our next guest’s company has been receiving accolades and monetary awards because of their development of biodegradable, nontoxic lubricants, including receiving the most recent Sustainability Award from Innovision. Mike Switzer interviews Jeff DiMaio, CEO at VBase Oil Company, a subsidiary of Tetramer in Pendleton, SC.
3/8/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Preparing for the rest of your life at age 50

There are approximately 21 million people in our country who are in their early 50s. Our next guest says that if that’s you and you haven’t prepared yourself for the next 50 years, you may be in trouble. Mike Switzer interviews Jeremy Finger, a certified financial planner and CEO at Riverbend Wealth Management in Myrtle Beach, SC.
3/7/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Clemson professor receives $20 million grant

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John tells us about a Clemson professor who has received a $20 million grant to conduct cybersecurity research for our country’s transportation network, in particular for electric and autonomous vehicles.
3/6/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Innovating drug delivery wins Upstate company award

Improvements in drug delivery technology have resulted in our next guest’s company winning the most recent technology application award from Innovision. Mike Switzer interviews Scott Pancoast, CEO of Zylo Therapeutics in Greenville, SC.
3/3/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SCRA releases impressive annual numbers

Our next guest’s organization recently released their annual report showing some pretty impressive contributions to our state’s economy. Mike Switzer interviews Bob Quinn, executive director of the South Carolina Research Authority in Summerville, SC.
3/2/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC-based executive assistant company raises $2.6 million seed money

Women in tech is certainly not a new thing anymore and they continue to show up in larger numbers at the top as founders and CEOs. Our next guest is one such example. After founding an executive-to-assistant matching service, she has launched what she claims to be the first-ever office management platform for executive assistants. Mike Switzer interviews Paige McPheely, founder and CEO of Base, in Greenville, SC.
3/1/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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The confusing economic direction of 2023

The latest economic trends continue to confuse. One day inflation is cooling, housing starts are down, and the next day shows consumer demand on the rise, fueling those inflation fears again. Is this going to be 2023’s way of life for your favorite local economist? Mike Switzer interviews Frank Hefner, Director Office of Economic Analysis and Professor of Economics at the College of Charleston.
2/28/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC Business News Update from SCBiznews

An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community. Mike Switzer interviews Jason Thomas, executive editor of SCBizNews, the company that publishes the Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine.
2/27/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Letting frustrations “rip” constructively and artistically

Most of us would probably agree that there is a lot of frustration and anger going on in America these days that didn’t start with the pandemic but certainly was exacerbated by it. Our next guest is a working artist that has decided to address this situation with a participatory art project entitled “Just Let It Rip”. Mike Switzer interviews Melinda Hoffman, an artist who works and lives in Mauldin, SC.
2/24/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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How to obtain disaster relief from the SBA

Welcome to the first episode in a quarterly series we are presenting this year featuring the South Carolina office of the US Small Business Administration. We’ll be taking a deeper dive into all of their services available to our state’s small business community, starting today with disaster relief. Mike Switzer interviews Gregg White, the SBA’s SC district director.
2/23/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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GE spinoff locates in Greenville, SC

You might be aware that General Electric has been spinning off its many businesses lately. One of those has decided to establish its headquarters in our Upstate. Mike Switzer interviews Manish Bhandari, president and CEO of Current in Greenville, SC.
2/22/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Financial markets outlook could be improving

2022 was a bad year for the financial markets, in fact it was one of those rare years when both stocks and bonds experienced negative returns. But our next guest says that this year should be the exact opposite. Mike Switzer interviews Doug English, a certified financial planner and our resident market prognosticator with ACT Advisors in Charleston, SC.
2/21/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Luring a hot industry to SC

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John discusses our state’s efforts to attract the electric vehicle industry: SC Powers EV
2/20/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Viral video brings fame to Upstate production company

Released in July of 2020, our next guest’s short film now has more than 112 million views, spawned sequels, and has launched his small upstate production company into stardom. Mike Switzer interviews Sam Wickert, co-founder of SOKRISPYMEDIA in Greenville, SC, the company behind the viral video: Chalk Warfare.
2/17/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Culinary event brings big economic impact to SC’s Lowcountry

Next month, our next guest’s organization will celebrate the 17th edition of its annual food and wine festival, bringing more than 100 events to locations throughout the Lowcountry. And an annual economic impact exceeding $25 million. Mike Switzer interviews Alyssa Maute Smith, executive director of the Charleston Wine and Food Festival, coming March 1-5.
2/16/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Greenville kicks off film festival season

Film festival season has begun and in our state, the first one is just around the corner. Mike Switzer interviews Ken Seay, co-founder of the Reedy Reels Film Festival in Greenville, SC.
2/15/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Understanding the latest debt ceiling standoff

Once again, our country is facing the uncertainty caused by our national debt ceiling. How will it affect our personal financial lives? Mike Switzer interviews Chris Cabri, a certified financial planner with Wells Fargo Advisors in Greenwood, SC.
2/14/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Flying car company chooses SC for HQ

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John talks about why it’s important that SkyDrive, Inc. chose SC for its headquarters.
2/13/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Capitalizing on SC’s English heritage

You may have noticed that our state has several cities, towns, and counties named after places in England. And a lot of them are concentrated between Columbia and Charlotte. Over the past several years, this area has been developing an economic identity all its own. Mike Switzer interviews Jenny Parrish, executive director of our state’s Olde English District in Fort Lawn, SC.
2/10/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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International films featured in Beaufort, SC

Our next guest’s Lowcountry film festival is curated by an advisory board with a pretty distinguished list of names, including Blythe Danner, Andie Macdowell, and Gary Sinise. We’ve been attending this event for over a decade and as they enter their 17th year, the featured films continue to improve and impress. Mike Switzer interviews Ron Tucker, president and CEO of the Beaufort Film Society, the organization behind the Beaufort International Film Festival.
2/9/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Keeping the best and brightest local

During one of our recent Monday morning conversations with entrepreneurial advocate, John Warner, we talked about a Midlands organization that is working to keep the area’s college graduates in the area by exposing them to employers and opportunities they may not have been aware of. Kelsey Bickley is the board chair at Columbia Opportunity Resource, in Columbia, SC.
2/8/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Are you taking a shortcut in your financial life?

Most everybody appreciates a good shortcut from time to time. However, our next guest, who has 33 years experience advising people about their finances, says shortcuts rarely work when it comes to your money. Mike Switzer interviews Bobby Cummings, a certified financial planner in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
2/7/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC population changes impacting income levels

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John talks about state population demographics and their importance to income levels and the state economy and educational attainment. Census data by city and county in SC can be found here: https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/SC/DIS010221
2/6/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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The power of service

Our next guest believes that doing good through service is the key to success not only for individuals but for companies, as well. Mike Switzer interviews Dan Hoppe, executive director of Multiplying Good in Myrtle Beach, SC.
2/3/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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The unique SC problem of bad traffic safety

Did you know that our country has one of the worst traffic safety records in the world? If you do, you would probably not be surprised to also learn that South Carolina drivers cause the most traffic accidents in the country which gives our state the highest traffic fatality rate, as well. And this statistic keeps our next guest very busy. Mike Switzer interviews Amy Johnson Ely, executive director of the Palmetto Cycling Coalition in Columbia. Disclaimer: Mike Switzer is a member of the PCC.
2/2/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Solving long distance wine challenges

Our next guest once had a thriving career in the hospitality industry working as a sommelier and growing the wine program at an Upstate resort into a multi-million-dollar business. Now he’s a tech entrepreneur helping the wine industry preserve taste. Mike Switzer interviews Eric Cooperman, founder of Bottle Titan, in Greenville, SC.
2/1/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Where is our economy headed next?

At about this time each year, we hear economic forecasts from the Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland. That event has concluded and our next guest says he’d like to share his thoughts on those prognostications. Mike Switzer interviews Bruce Yandle, Dean Emeritus at the College of Business & Behavioral Science and Alumni Professor of Economics Emeritus, both at Clemson University. He is also the Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center which publishes his Economic Situation Report.
1/31/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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A review of the SC Governor’s State of the State address

Mike Switzer interviews Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites in South Carolina: MidlandsBiz, UpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC. Disclaimer: Alan Cooper’s company has a business relationship with Voterheads.com, an affiliate of Magnolia Media, which is the producer of the South Carolina Business Review.
1/30/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Mobile app vs web app

Not too long ago, most companies wanted a mobile app for their business. But today, the mobile app vs web app choice is not always a clear decision. If you survey startup founders, you will hear strong opinions on either side. The reason for the disparity is that the answer really depends on your business and the nature of your app. Joining us today to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both choices is Katie Iannace, a business analyst with Designli in Greenville, SC.
1/27/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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German companies continue to have big impact in SC

The 7th annual German-American Business Summit is coming to the College of Charleston on February 8th and here to tell us more about the event is Knudt Flor, the former CEO of BMW and the current senior vice president for Innovation and Industry Engagement at the College of Charleston.
1/26/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Creating a climate smart lumber industry

Timber is big business in our state and, in fact, is our largest cash crop. But as most people are aware, trees are also a big part of the climate change equation. Which is why our next guest is leading an effort to create a climate smart lumber industry. Mike Switzer interviews Rob Baldwin, a professor and the Margaret H. Lloyd Endowed Chair of Conservation in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University.
1/25/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Retirement planning changes again

Nearly three years after the SECURE Act was passed in December 2019, another retirement bill was enacted known as SECURE Act 2.0, which has brought another wave of changes to retirement planning. Mike Switzer interviews Ann Beckwith, certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC.
1/24/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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EV industry growing in SC

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John updates us on the growing electric vehicle industry in SC.
1/23/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Lowcountry company developing vision loss treatments

Our next guest’s company became an SC Launch member company in 2019, receiving a $25,000 academic startup grant. Three years later, they became an SC Launch portfolio company with a $200,000 investment. And all because of treatments they are developing to address vision loss. Mike Switzer interviews Michael Voevodsky, president and CEO of MitoChem Therapeutics in Charleston, SC.
1/20/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Textile innovations continue in SC

Over the past several years, our next guest’s small manufacturing company has continued to win awards and recognition for their innovations and growth, most recently the 2022 Emerging Manufacturer of the Year award from the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Mike Switzer interviews Donna Brin, president and CEO of bFIVE40 in Little River, SC.
1/19/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Grilling pellet trend expands into nuts

1/18/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Higher interest rates are bad and good

Rising interest rates have obviously created challenges for home buyers and other borrowers. However, for investors this situation is creating an opportunity that has not been seen in decades. Mike Switzer interviews Roy Janse, a certified financial planner at Goldfinch Wealth Management in Greenville, SC.
1/17/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Greenville gets new venture fund

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, our resident serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John tells us about a new $6 million venture capital fund recently started in Greenville.
1/16/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Healthcare staffing in demand

SCBizNews recently named our next guest’s healthcare staffing company not only one of the fastest growing for 2022 but also one of the best places to work in our state, as well. Mike Switzer interviews Natasha Lee, founder and CEO of Floyd Lee Locums in North Charleston, SC.
1/13/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC biofuel company recognized for growth

Our next guest’s company keeps showing up on our radar. They started over a decade ago as a pretty small operation in a pretty small town in the Midlands of our state and have since expanded their operations to several states and most recently were named #1 high-growth small company by SCBizNews. Mike Switzer interviews “Bio” Joe Renwick, founder of Green Energy Biofuel in Winnsboro, SC.
1/12/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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USC Greenville med school celebrates ten years

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, our country could see a significant shortage of physicians over the next decade. Over the past decade, our next guest’s institution has been working hard to keep that from happening in our state. Mike Switzer interviews Marjorie Jenkins, dean of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville, SC.
1/11/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Five ways to spend unused 529 Plan funds

The main vehicle parents use these days to save money for their children’s education is the 529 plan. But what happens to the money in that plan if your child decides not to go to college? Or maybe they go to a less expensive college than you had anticipated and some money is left over in the plan? Mike Switzer interviews Laird Green, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Greenville, SC.
1/10/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Greenville-Anderson #1 on national Innovation Hubs Index

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John tells us about how the CHIPS Act is putting the Upstate on the map for innovation.
1/9/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Small business issues grab early 2023 headlines

If you can believe it, the first week of 2023 is wrapping up fast. Our next guest says that before the year gets away from us, he has a few things he believes small businesses should be aware of. Mike Switzer interviews Frank Knapp, President and CEO of the SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce in Columbia.
1/6/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Mattress industry highly competitive

The mattress market in this country is big business with more than 16 million mattresses sold each year at an estimated overall value of over $17 billion. For over 90 years, our next guest’s Upstate company has been a part of that industry. Mike Switzer interviews Jay Orders, CEO of Engineered Sleep Mattress Company in Greenville, SC.
1/5/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Upstate city named a best place to raise a family

Fortune magazine recently named our next guest’s Upstate city as one of the top 25 places in the country to raise a family, the only one on the list from South Carolina. Mike Switzer interviews JR Charles, community development director for the city of Mauldin, SC.
1/4/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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Cryptocurrency in divorce

Cryptocurrency continues to gain acceptance into investor portfolios. But because it has more complications than standard investments, it also introduces more complications into asset negotiations when a divorce arises. Mike Switzer interviews Stephanie Vokral, a certified financial planner and a certified divorce financial analyst with The Financial Knot, in Columbia, SC.
1/3/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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SC’s largest economic development project potential impact

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Innoventure in Greenville, S.C. John discusses the potential impact of the largest economic development project in SC history recently announced by the SC Dept. of Commerce: Redwood Materials.
1/2/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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2022 USC Economic Outlook Conference - Excerpt 10

This is the time of year when we share with you some excerpts from the most recent University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business Economic Outlook Conference. Today’s excerpt comes from Joey Von Nessen, research economist at the University of SC Darla Moore School of Business Division of Research.
12/30/20225 minutes, 49 seconds
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2022 USC Economic Outlook Conference - Excerpt 8

This is the time of year when we share with you some excerpts from the most recent University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business Economic Outlook Conference. Today’s excerpt comes from Joey Von Nessen, research economist at the University of SC Darla Moore School of Business Division of Research.
12/28/20225 minutes, 49 seconds
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2022 USC Economic Outlook Conference - Excerpt 7

This is the time of year when we share with you some excerpts from the most recent University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business Economic Outlook Conference. Today’s excerpt comes from Joey Von Nessen, research economist at the University of SC Darla Moore School of Business Division of Research.
12/27/20225 minutes, 49 seconds
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2022 USC Economic Outlook Conference - Excerpt 5

This is the time of year when we share with you some excerpts from the most recent University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business Economic Outlook Conference. Today’s excerpt comes from Daniel Rickenmann, mayor of the City of Columbia, SC.
12/23/20225 minutes, 49 seconds
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2022 USC Economic Outlook Conference - Excerpt 4

This is the time of year when we share with you some excerpts from the most recent University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business Economic Outlook Conference. Today’s excerpt comes from Felicia Rhue Howard, vice president of economic development strategy for Dominion Energy.
12/22/20225 minutes, 49 seconds
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2022 USC Economic Outlook Conference - Excerpt 3

This is the time of year when we share with you some excerpts from the most recent University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business Economic Outlook Conference. Today’s excerpt comes from Felicia Rhue Howard, vice president of economic development strategy for Dominion Energy.
12/21/20225 minutes, 49 seconds
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2022 USC Economic Outlook Conference - Excerpt 2

This is the time of year when we share with you some excerpts from the most recent University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business Economic Outlook Conference. Today’s excerpt comes from Barbara Melvin, CEO of South Carolina Ports.
12/20/20225 minutes, 49 seconds
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2022 USC Economic Outlook Conference - Excerpt 1

This is the time of year when we share with you some excerpts from the most recent University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business Economic Outlook Conference. Today’s excerpt comes from Barbara Melvin, CEO of South Carolina Ports.
12/19/20225 minutes, 49 seconds
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Turning recipes into food products

About three years ago, we interviewed our next guest and her husband about their prepackaged hamburger marinades and sauces that are now on grocery store shelves across the country. As a result of their success, they have appeared on many network TV shows and became regular guests on QVC after winning QVC's "Customer Food Choice Award". Now they are staying busy teaching people how to package and sell their own food products. Mike Switzer interviews Monique Wilsondebriano, co-founder of the Charleston Gourmet Burger Company and now Recipe for Retail in North Charleston, SC.
12/15/20225 minutes, 49 seconds
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Aging in place

As our population continues to age, a popular scenario has started to emerge, and it does not involve nursing homes. More and more of our elderly are deciding that they want to age in place. That is - at home. Joining us today to tell us more about this trend is Dina Mewett, executive director of BeWell@Home in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
12/14/20225 minutes, 49 seconds