Mike Switzer

Host, Producer

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager.  In 2008, he and his wife, Maggie, sold a Baskin Robbins ice cream store they owned and operated for eight years on Forest Drive in Columbia. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts which they sold in 2013.

In 2009, Mike and Maggie finished construction of their new “green” home in Blythewood, SC which was awarded Gold Certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program from the US Green Building Council.  In 2011, Mike co-founded Voterheads (www.voterheads.com), a voter education/citizen participation technology company.  He currently serves on the company’s board of directors. He is also past chair of the Town of Blythewood Planning Commission and currently serves as the executive director of the Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce.

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When we last interviewed our next guest, he indicated that a lot of trepidation existed among economists who were trying to make forecasts based on the policies espoused by the new administration in Washington.  But that was in December.  Today, we have him on the phone for an update.

Mike Switzer interviews Bruce Yandle, Clemson Alumni Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus and Dean Emeritus of Clemson's College of Business & Behavioral Science. Yandle Economic Situation Report.

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

Mike Switzer interviews Matt Clark, an editor with SCBizNews, the company that publishes the Columbia Regional Business Report, Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine.

South Carolina, like most states, certainly has areas that one might refer to as “off the beaten path”.  And those areas oftentimes struggle to bring jobs and growth to their economies.  Our next guest’s organization though, while representing the most rural economic development region of the state, has been busy building coalitions with industry and government leaders across Europe and North America for the past 21 years.

Mike Switzer interviews Kay Maxwell, with the Southern Carolina Regional Development Alliance in Barnwell, SC.

Rep. Phyllis Henderson
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Most people are aware of generic drugs and how much more inexpensive they are than their comparable brand name pharmaceuticals.  But you may not know that there are new generic-type medications on the market known as biosimilars, that treat chronic diseases such as Crohn’s Disease, cancer, and Rheumatoid Arthritis that are much lower in cost than their comparables known as biologics.  But our next guest says that they are not yet available in our state because our laws don’t address them yet.

Kevin Varner
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If all goes well, our next guest will soon be opening his second restaurant and brewery, this time in a building listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  What is involved in building a beer garden, brewery, and bottling plant in not only a challenging structure like an 88-year-old airplane hangar, but also at a still-operating air field?

As someone starts mapping out their retirement, one question many have is “Should I begin taking my social security payments before full retirement age, or wait?”

Mike Switzer interviews Rusty Cagle, a certified financial planner and president of ASE Wealth 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 of the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

It’s that time of year again when another major sporting event makes another major economic impact in our state.  The Volvo Car Open, a leading professional women's tennis tournament and official WTA event is coming to Daniel Island, just outside Charleston, April 1 - 9.

Mike Switzer interviews the tournament director, Bob Moran.

South Carolina’s reservoir of small business assistance resources has grown exponentially over the past 10 years.  However, one such organization has been here for decades and their services have grown, as well.

Mike Switzer interviews Martin Short, economic development and public affairs specialist for the South Carolina district office of the US Small Business Administration in Columbia.

Ellen Recoma
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As the population continues to age, the health care industry in the United States continues to experience dramatic growth and now, in fact, represents the nation’s largest private industry sector.  That’s why our next guest says her school has added a health care management MBA to its list of degree programs.

Mike Switzer interviews Ellen Ricoma, with the School of Business at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC.

Thirty years ago, social investing began to make its mark in the mutual fund industry by offering investors funds that only invested in companies that were considered responsible stewards of the environment, government, and society as a whole.  Our next guest says that now that trend is much more than a fad, and that most of the younger generation is demanding it.  And that Charleston, SC is a natural location for these types of money managers to thrive.

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 of the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

Thomas Torrey
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Independent filmmakers crash and burn more than stock car racers, figuratively speaking, of course.  However, our next guest says that may be changing in today’s world of ever-increasing digital film distribution channels.  His first film, “Fare”, after winning audience awards at festivals (and for which he, himself, recently won awards for best actor and best director at the Beaufort International Film Festival), is now in national distribution.

Diane Sumpter
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Our next guest’s organization was recently ranked number two in the nation among minority business assistance organizations for the dollar volume of contracts and financing it has helped its clients acquire.  More than $70 million dollars, in fact, aided by assistance from the US Department of Commerce.

Mike Switzer interviews Diane Sumpter, president and CEO of DESA, Inc., the company that operates the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center in Columbia, SC.

Prescription drugs can be a big part of one’s healthcare costs, but our next guest says that not many people know exactly how pharmacies arrive at the prices that they charge?  Are they regulated?  Are they fair?

Mike Switzer interviews Lynn Bailey, a healthcare economist in Columbia, SC.

Because this is tax season, the first quarter of the year is always a good time to review your finances.  But our next guest says that it’s also a good time to review all of your legal documents, like your will and power of attorney.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Cabri, a certified financial planner with Ameriprise Financial Services in Greenwood, 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 of the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

A few years ago we interviewed our next guest about a new inn she had just opened in downtown Greenville right near a popular walking and cycling path known as the Swamp Rabbit Trail.  Recently she has expanded her company to include another inn near the northern end of that route in Traveler’s Rest, SC.

Mike Switzer interviews Wendy Lynam, owner of Swamp Rabbit Inn and Properties.

A few years ago we interviewed our next guest about a new inn she had just opened in downtown Greenville right near a popular walking and cycling path known as the Swamp Rabbit Trail.  Recently she has expanded her company to include another inn near the northern end of that route in Traveler’s Rest, SC.

Mike Switzer interviews Wendy Lynam, owner of Swamp Rabbit Inn and Properties.

Pamela Lackey
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Four years ago, business leaders, educators, students, parents and policymakers from around our state formed an initiative to not only improve but transform the way education is delivered in South Carolina.  How are they doing?

We continue to discover new technology companies in our state that are focusing on niche markets ignored by the bigger players.  And here’s another one.  Our next guest thought that Clemson football fans buying their tickets online ought to be able to pick their seats based on preferences such as shade, who’s sitting next to them, etc. and for traveling fans to learn more about the area.  And his success with Clemson has encouraged him to now take his platform to more teams around the country.

We continue to discover new technology companies in our state that are focusing on niche markets ignored by the bigger players.  And here’s another one.  Our next guest thought that Clemson football fans buying their tickets online ought to be able to pick their seats based on preferences such as shade, who’s sitting next to them, etc. and for traveling fans to learn more about the area.  And his success with Clemson has encouraged him to now take his platform to more teams around the country.

Joey von Nessen
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With a new administration in Washington and in Columbia, South Carolina, our state’s economy, the national economy, and the stock market continue to hum along in cruise control.  How long will that continue?

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.

With a new administration in Washington and in Columbia, South Carolina, our state’s economy, the national economy, and the stock market continue to hum along in cruise control.  How long will that continue?

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.

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

Our next guest was recently named South Carolina’s 2016 Female Entrepreneur of the Year and 2016’s Most Influential Business Woman in South Carolina, due not only to her work in the human resources/payroll industry, but also because of her efforts to improve education through technology in her Upstate community.

Mike Switzer interviews Pamela Evette, President and CEO of Quality Business Solutions in Travelers Rest, SC.

South Carolina has a rich history of global connections, with both individuals and businesses.  And the Upstate is about to celebrate with a month-long, ten county program known as Upstate International Month.

Mike Switzer interviews Tracie Frese, executive director of Upstate International, the organizer of this annual event, now in its fifth year.

Lauren Dillon
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Most internal walls these days are made with sheetrock, but for hundreds of years, they were mostly plaster.  Our next guest is with a South Carolina company that is working to bring back historically authentic slaked lime plasters such as those used 400 years ago in Windsor Castle and St. Paul’s Cathedral.  Their work has, in fact, been installed in the Smithsonian Institute and in many other public buildings, hotels, and businesses across the country.

According to our next guest, we’re entering a time of unprecedented fiscal change in the United States: near zero interest rates, tiny Social Security cost-of-living increases, record government debt, and the disappearance of pensions.  Maybe some of you have tried “Not Your Father’s Root Beer”, but he says “this is not your father’s retirement”…so how are today’s retirees ensuring financial independence for their lifetime?

Mike Switzer interviews Rob DeHollander, a certified financial planner 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.

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