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.

Ways to Connect

The University of South Carolina recently released a new economic impact study indicating that jobs, tax revenue, and spending by South Carolina’s arts-related sector adds $9.7 billion annually to our state’s economy.

Mike Switzer interviews Ken May, executive director of the South Carolina Arts Commission in Columbia, SC.

Lynn Bailey
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During the latest flu season, our state hit a 5 year high in terms of flu hospitalizations and deaths.  January and February were so bad that hospitals had heated tents set up as triage areas outside their Emergency Room entrances.  Many simply ran out of rooms and beds.  Our next guest says that for employers and employees who are part of the Gig Economy (independent contract workers) this type of situation can be very expensive because these employers and employees usually live with no paid sick leave.

The topic of estate planning usually conjures up thoughts of wealthy people with complicated situations.  But our next guest says that if you own any kind of property (a house, car, retirement plan) then you have an estate and as a result, you should also have a plan.

Mike Switzer interviews Joy Watkins, a certified financial planner with Anchor Investment Management in Columbia, SC.

John Warner
Concepts to Companies

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.

You may be aware that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, but what you may not know is that the cost of child abuse and neglect is estimated to be at least $1 billion in our state alone.  Our next guest says that this issue is something the business community should pay attention to because investing in child development now could alleviate problems in the workforce in the years ahead.

Mike Switzer interviews Joan Hoffman with the Children’s Trust of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.

In 2005, the last grocery store left in our next guest’s Lowcountry community closed and suddenly she found herself living where a lot of South Carolinians live: in an urban food desert.  But rather than relocate, she accepted the challenge and helped organize a local nonprofit that has not only brought a grocery store back to the community but is creating economic development opportunities through sustainable farming programs and healthier onsite grocery services.  And it’s spreading across the state.

Bobby Hitt
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According to "Area Development" magazine, our state consistently ranks as one of the top five states to do business in the nation.  Maybe that’s why new business and expansion announcements seem to be released by our commerce department almost weekly.

Mike Switzer interviews Bobby Hitt, South Carolina’s secretary of commerce.

Dirk Brown
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Our state’s colleges and universities continue to grow their support for our entrepreneurial community through the development of new programs, degrees, conferences and more.  Our next guest’s institution has been on the forefront of this movement for quite some time.

After an unusual two-year period of calm in the stock market, 2018 has seen a return to volatility.  Our next guest says that as a result, he has a lot of investors asking where do we go from here.

Mike Switzer interviews Doug English, a certified financial planner with ACT Advisors in Greenville and Charleston, SC and frequent market prognosticator on this program.

John Warner
Concepts to Companies

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 businesses are aware that loans are available through the US Small Business Administration, but our next guest says there remains a lot of confusion about the actual loan process and the various types of loan programs.

Mike Switzer interviews Frank Anderson, a lender relations specialist with the South Carolina district office of the SBA in Columbia, SC.

Daniel Broucek and Jessica Pooser.
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Most people know our guests’ state agency through their efforts to help dislocated employees learn new skills.  But you may not know that that they also work with our schools to help students be better prepared for the workforce.

Mike Switzer interviews Daniel Broucek, a transition job coach and Jessica Pooser, a counselor, both with the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department in Columbia, SC.

SC Launch, the entrepreneurial program from SCRA, recently decided to invest in our next guest’s company because of their unique way of helping lower limb amputees with prosthetics through 3-D printing,

Mike Switzer interviews Barry Hand, co-founder and CEO of Extremiti3D, in John’s Island, SC.

Joey Von Nessen
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The US economy continues to experience healthy gains as we move into the 2nd quarter of 2018. Employment and wage growth have been stronger and in South Carolina, GDP growth is currently outpacing the national average. Yet our next guest warns that new tariffs, a volatile stock market, a shortage of skilled workers, and the prospects of higher inflation have the potential to rock the boat. What should we expect for our state and the nation as we head towards the summer months?

John Warner
Concepts to Companies

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 coastal populations increase, a greater strain is put on the marine ecosystem which can cause more habitat and species to be lost each year because of poor water quality. But our next guest says that if we just had more oysters out there, their toxin-filtering ability would be a big help.  So he started an oyster knife company with a goal of doing just that.

Mike Switzer interviews Casey Davidson, founder of Toadfish Outfitters in Charleston, SC.

Agriculture is big business in our state and our next guest’s state agency wants to make it even bigger.  That’s why they’ve launched a brand new entrepreneurship program.

Mike Switzer interviews Jack Shuler, executive director of the Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship at the SC Department of Agriculture.

Raj Aluri
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You are probably already aware that we live in a diverse, multicultural state.  And once a year, businesses, organizations, and individuals come together in the Midlands to celebrate the music, culture, food and performing arts of the various cultures, nationalities, races and language groups represented in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Raj Aluri, director of the Columbia International Festival coming April 14-15 to the state fairgrounds.

One day this past February, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped over 1500 points and has seen some fairly volatile days since then.  Our next guest says he believes this is a sign that after many years of growth, the tide has turned and that there currently exists much risk in stocks, bonds, and real estate.

Mike Switzer interviews Tyson Halsey, a chartered financial analyst and the managing member of Income Growth Advisors in Charleston, SC.

John Warner
Concepts to Companies

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.

When we last interviewed our next guest, she had just opened the only women-focused bicycle shop in the country.  Over the past eight years, her business has grown so dramatically she has moved into a new location and partnered with a major bicycle manufacturer to begin making her design of a new women’s bicycle, right here in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Robin Bylenga, founder of Pedal Chic in Greenville, SC.

Melissa Azallion
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents recently raided close to 100 7-Eleven stores across 17 states, demanding employment verification from managers in an attempt to crackdown on the employment of undocumented immigrants.  With the acting ICE Director saying late last year that employment audits would likely increase five-fold in 2018, our next guest says this could result in more prosecutions and higher fines for employers, including those throughout South Carolina.  Is your business ready?

Most people are aware that golf is big business in South Carolina.  But you may not know that our state’s premiere men’s professional golf tournament is celebrating its 50th anniversary in just twelve more days.

Mike Switzer interviews Steve Wilmot, tournament director for the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing, coming to Hilton Head Island April 9-15th.

By now, most people have a basic understanding about the new tax law and how it’ll impact their 2018 tax returns. But one area that hasn’t gotten as much attention in local or national news is the new law’s possible effect on Health Savings Accounts.  Our next guest says the result may be an increased use of HSA’s.

Mike Switzer interviews Josh Harris, a certified financial planner with Clemson University where he also works as a lecturer and academic advisor.

John Warner
Concepts to Companies

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.

Natalie Britt
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As you are probably aware, tourism is a big economic driver in our state. And sometimes, as our next guest will point out, a public/private partnership can help with that equation.

Mike Switzer interviews Natalie Britt, executive director of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation in Columbia, SC.

Water is one of our state’s most abundant natural resources, and making sure that water is clean, is an important selling point when our economic developers are recruiting new business.  And our next guest is part of that equation.  His local utility is currently gaining national recognition for its involvement in the Savannah River Clean Water Fund where five utilities in South Carolina and Georgia are pooling their resources to protect their large watershed.

Lori Peacock
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Workman's compensation claims can be a big headache for a company, not only affecting insurance premiums, but also down time on the manufacturing line.  Our next guest says that besides all the standard safety training, an employee's physical fitness can be just as important.

Mike Switzer interviews Lori Peacock, president of Physical Performance Solutions in Aiken, SC.

Managing Cash Flow

Mar 20, 2018

When we think about our finances, whether for home or a business, we often think of the income and expenses, but our next guest says that too often people don’t recognize the importance of the actual process of planning and managing cash flow.

Mike Switzer interviews Jeff Wildes, a certified financial planner in Georgetown, SC.

Andy Owens
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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.

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