Business & Finance

John Warner
www.innoventure.com

  A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Concepts to Companies and founder and CEO of Swampfox, an entrepreneur-centric social media company, based in Greenville, S.C.

Joe Seiner
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  Recently, President Obama issued an executive action that will require companies with 100 employees or more to report employee salary information to the federal government in an effort to ensure gender equality in pay.  However, our next guest says that the reporting burden on the small business community may pale in comparison to the litigation burden.

Mike Switzer interviews Joseph Seiner, an employment law professor at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Travis Torcoletti
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  These days, most small business owners are aware of and are addressing cyber security, making sure their technology is protected.  However, our next guest says online threats actually only represent a very small portion of small business fraud.  Instead, he says the most widespread concern is bookkeeper fraud.

Mike Switzer interviews Travis Torcoletti, branch team leader at Regions Bank in Columbia, SC.

Scott Derrick
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  We’ve all heard about the worrisome decline in the nation’s bee population and how that could seriously affect crop production and as a result, our food supply.  Our next guest decided to do something about it by creating products he has patented that help beekeepers achieve success.

Mike Switzer interviews Scott Derrick, owner of the Blythewood Bee Company, in Blythewood, SC.

Joey von Nessen
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  We’ve reached the midpoint of the year and our economy continues to chug along.  Nothing exciting but no apparent danger lurking either, according to our next guest.

Mike Switzer interviews Joey Von Nessen, a research economist with the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business, and their Division of Research, which stays busy tracking and calculating our state's economic statistics.

  Our next guest has owned multiple restaurants in New York and South Carolina and says it has always been a man's game.  She says the adversity she has had to overcome as a female business owner continues today but at the same time, she is happy with the direction the country is going to make women an equal part of the workforce.  In fact, in 2015, a milestone was reached when more than 5 percent of federal funding – over $17 million - was provided to female-owned small businesses, the highest in our country's history.

  An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews Andy Owens, managing editor of SCBizNews, the company that publishes the Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine.

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

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

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

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

  Airport security is on everyone’s mind these days.  And keeping an airport safe is like protecting a small - city, but one where there are constant and imposing threats.   Thousands of people walk on and off the property of a typical large airport every day and it can be a daunting task to manage their access, their vehicles, their baggage etc.  Our next guest has been doing just that since 2003 for airports all across the country.

Mike Switzer interviews David Peeples, president of Intellisoft in Mauldin, SC.

John Warner
www.innoventure.com

    

  A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Concepts to Companies and founder and CEO of Swampfox, an entrepreneur-centric social media company, based in Greenville, S.C.

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Warner
www.innoventure.com

  A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Concepts to Companies and founder and CEO of Swampfox, an entrepreneur-centric social media company, based in Greenville, S.C.

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

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

Mike Ethridge
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

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

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

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

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

Mike Switzer interviews Dave Gerdt, a certified financial planner at The Hultquist Firm Advisors in Greenville, SC.

John Warner
www.innoventure.com

  A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Concepts to Companies and founder and CEO of Swampfox, an entrepreneur-centric social media company, based in Greenville, S.C.

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

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

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

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

  We are all aware of the tainted water supply issues facing the residents of Flint, Michigan.  Fortunately, South Carolina is generally blessed with some of the best ground water in the country – good tasting and free from hardness-causing minerals and natural contaminants.  However, that doesn’t mean our state is exempt from concerns about lead, chemical and biological hazards in the water.  These are the kinds of problems related to infrastructure, agriculture, or industrial activities in and around populated areas…and can happen anywhere.

  When the largest demographic group in the country, baby boomers, began moving into retirement mode at the beginning of this century, that segment of the population started receiving a lot of attention.  Several years ago, a Harris Poll identified four types of these new retirees, ranging from youthful and optimistic to worried struggler.  Our next guest has been working with these groups for many years and says the categories are indeed real.  Which one is yours?

John Warner
www.innoventure.com

  A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Concepts to Companies and founder and CEO of Swampfox, an entrepreneur-centric social media company, based in Greenville, S.C.

Michel van Tooren
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  When Boeing made their groundbreaking announcement of building one of its Dreamliner plants in our state, business leaders knew that the company and its suppliers would need support from our research universities. That's why several successful South Carolina business people made a few significant donations that funded our next guest's organization in 2011.

Mike Switzer interviews Michel van Tooren, deputy director of the McNair Center at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Rosemary Hedden
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  Sometimes finding a job can be difficult.  It can be even more difficult if the job-searcher has a disability.  And our next guest says that it can be extremely difficult if that person has been diagnosed with mental illness.  She should know; her organization has been helping these folks in the Midlands for 20 years.

Mike Switzer interviews Rosemary Hedden, executive director of Work in Progress, based in Columbia, SC.

     If you’ve been in South Carolina for a while, you are probably aware of some of our state’s wealth of ghost stories and supernatural folklore.  Our next guest decided to take one of those stories and turn it into a video game which was recently chosen to be showcased at PAX South, one of the biggest gaming conventions in the US.

    Because we’re in a presidential election year, 2016 could turn out to be an economically important one.  Interest rates have moved up a little, employment is growing, but then we hear about global trade imbalances, budget deficits, and corporate tax havens.  What does it all really mean for our economy, both here in South Carolina and nationally?

Mike Switzer interviews Frank Hefner, a professor of economics and the director of the Office of Economic Analysis at the College of Charleston.

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