South Carolina Business Review

Mon-Fri, 7:51 am

The South Carolina Business Review, with host Mike Switzer, focuses on news from South Carolina's business community with interviews of many small business owners and business leaders from around the state. South Carolina's nonprofits, including its colleges and universities are also regularly featured on the program, as well as many of the state's small business support organizations. 

S.C. Business Review Archive 1 (June 2011- September 2014)

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

Unique Language Learning System Helping SC Youth

Nov 28, 2014

(This is a repeat of a previous episode) Four years ago, we interviewed an Irish-American writer and educator who had developed a unique system of teaching languages, in particular Latin and Spanish.  He has since written and self-published several text books that are now being used in private schools all over South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Finnbarr Dunphy, founder of Teach Teanga II - Languages Alive, based in Columbia, SC.

Charleston’s Dilapidated Homes Being Resuscitated

Nov 27, 2014

(This is a repeat of a previous episode) If you've been to Charleston, SC, you know the city is filled with old buildings, many of them historic and many of them in disrepair.  Over the past year, our next guest's company has acquired over 40 of these properties, renovating and restoring them mostly for home buyers, but also for investors.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Leigh-Jones, co-owner of Luxury Simplified Group based in Charleston.

Tax Credits Fund Local Economic Growth

Nov 14, 2014

It's that time of year when you may be looking at your tax situation and as a result, looking for tax breaks.  Our next guest says he knows a good one that will also provide a direct benefit to our state's economy.

Mike Switzer interviews Bernie Mazyck is president and CEO of the South Carolina Association of Community Economic Development.

SC's I-77 Counties Collaborate for Economic Growth

Nov 12, 2014

Each year, South Carolina's General Assembly allocates some of your tax dollars to supporting our state's regional economic development organizations. This latest fiscal year saw $5 million doled out through the South Carolina Department of Commerce, $675,000 of that to a new partnership run by our next guest.

Mike Switzer interviews Rich Fletcher is the president and CEO of the I-77 Alliance, which is comprised of York, Chester, Fairfield and Richland counties.

Maximize Your Social Security Benefits

Nov 11, 2014

With so many baby boomers reaching retirement age, how to maximize one's social security benefits has become a hot topic these days.  Although it was originally not meant to be, our next guest says that Social Security is, indeed, a critical component of retirement planning.

Mike Switzer interviews Susan McCants, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia.

SC Business Update From John "SwampFox" Warner

Nov 10, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Innoventure, and its Swampfox business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.  Events: Ignite!

Youth entrepreneurship in South Carolina made history recently when our next guest, an eighteen year old College of Charleston freshman from Fort Mill, SC placed runner-up in the 2014 NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in Silicon Valley.

Independent Colleges Re-examining Business Model

Nov 6, 2014

You may have heard about a well known small college in Upstate South Carolina that slashed tuition costs last year by over 40%.  As a result, our next guest has been selected for a national steering committee whose goal is to encourage all independent colleges to reexamine their business models.

Mike Switzer interviews Betsy Fleming, President of Converse College in Spartanburg, a member of the Council of Independent Colleges.

You've probably heard about the internationally-acclaimed arts and crafts school in the small North Carolina mountain village of Penland.  But what you may not realize is how big its infuence is on the art scene in the Palmetto State.  Now, for the first time, an exhibition is being held in Columbia to help fund scholarships for Penland's work-study scholarship program.

SC Economic Update from the Moore School

Nov 4, 2014

While the national unemployment rate recently dropped to a new post-recession low, South Carolina's keeps inching in the other direction.  What's with that?

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.

SC Business Update from John "Swampfox" Warner

Nov 3, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Innoventure, and its Swampfox business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.  Events: Internet of Things, 2014 South Carolina Business and Research Mission to Israel.

If you are a small business owner, how excited are you when you have to go talk to a banker about financing your business needs?  Probably not so much.  Our next guest is running a web-based company that he says is helping lead a revolution in small business finance by reducing the complexities found in the traditional lending process.

Mike Switzer interviews Hunter Stunzi, co-founder and president of Snapcap based in Charleston, SC.

Local Author Advocates “Edit First”

Oct 30, 2014

Most writers will acknowledge that the odds are against their dream of becoming successfully published authors. Traditional publishers and literary agents reject most of the manuscripts sent to them, and authors who self-publish typically meet with unflattering results as well.  Our next guest says the biggest reason for this is that too many authors do not take the extra step of having their manuscripts professionally edited.

Most college students know they can sell their used textbooks back to the college bookstore but what about their used bookbag or any other item they don't want anymore?  eBay?  Craiglist?  Our next guest recently won a pitch competition for what he says is a better idea: an online marketplace allowing university students, professors, and staff to buy and sell these items between themselves. As a result, he won a year of free space at the USC Columbia Technology Incubator.

Autumn Financial Markets Update

Oct 28, 2014

Autumn is a time of tradition and ritual: the World Series, a new school year, apple cider, and the fall harvest. For those in the financial services industry, fall is time to check in on the U.S. economy, the Federal Reserve, and the financial markets as investors begin their year-end planning.

Mike Switzer interviews Wes Johnson, a Certified Financial Planner with Carolinas Retirement Specialists in Charleston, who is going to give us his autumn update.

SC Business Update From Alan Cooper

Oct 27, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites in South Carolina: MidlandsBizUpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC.

In case you hadn't heard, the American Planning Association recently announced that South Carolina is home to one of their 10 Great Streets in America.  That street is King Street in Charleston.

Mike Switzer interviews Tim Keane, planning director for the City of Charleston, SC.

In 2009, with the great recession setting in and business drying up, our next guest, a real estate developer at the time, started looking for a new way to utilize his sales talents.  Soon after, he visited his alma mater, Florida State University, where he kept hearing from students about how taxis were expensive, parking in town was non-existent and DUIs scared everybody.  So he scribbled on a cocktail napkin: “Green Operated Transportation Carrying Humanity Around”.  And his new company was born.  No, it's not Uber or Lyft.

Taking Capitalism to the Next Level

Oct 22, 2014

There's a new international movement in the business community that is seeking to inspire business owners to elevate not only their profits but humanity as well.  Our next guest recently received approval to launch a chapter of this non-profit organization in the LowCountry.

Mike Switzer interviews Barry Patterson, president of the Charleston chapter of Conscious Capitalism.

SC Business Update From John "SwampFox" Warner

Oct 20, 2014

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Innoventure, and its Swampfox business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.Events: Internet of Things

Most of you are probably familiar with the several forms a business can take: sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company (LLC) and a corporation, further subdivided as a traditional C-corp or S-corp.  But our next guest has formed a relatively new type of corporation, the B-corp. which focuses not only on profits but “benefits” to the community or environment.

Mike Switzer interviews Deb Stirling, chief financial officer for Infinite Habitat, based in Columbia, SC.

Homelessness continues to be a concern to cities and businesses across South Carolina.  Our next guest runs the state's largest homeless shelter and service provider, which recently re-branded itself to reflect what it really provides its clients: a chance to turn their lives around. Mike Switzer interviews Stacy Denaux, CEO of One-Eighty Place in Charleston.

1-Year MBA Program Succeeding in Charleston

Oct 16, 2014

We've been hearing some talk lately that one of our state's newest MBA programs has apparently hit its stride with students and employers alike.  So we thought we'd look into it. Mike Switzer interviews Jim Kindley, director of the College of Charleston's MBA program, now in it's fifth year.

Human fertility clinics have a lot more tools in their trade these days that are not only resulting in happier customers, but a healthier bottom line as well. Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Michael Slowey, a reproductive endocrinologist with Coastal Fertility Specialists in Mt. Pleasant.

Have You Run Your “Fiscal Fire Drill”?

Oct 14, 2014

In many households, one person manages the family finances.  But if something happens to that fiscally knowledgeable family member, does anyone else know how to access the financial information?  Our next guest says that whether you are single or part of a family, you need to run what she calls a "FISCAL Fire Drill". Mike Switzer interviews Catherine Latto, a certified financial planner with Latto and Associates in Charleston. 

SC Business Update From John "SwampFox" Warner

Oct 13, 2014

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Innoventure, and its Swampfox business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.

Do Your Salespeople Have the Right Attitude?

Oct 10, 2014

There are a lot of factors that can affect the overall performance of a business, but one thing is for sure: If you don't have sales, you don't have a business. Mike Switzer interviews Bill McCrary, founder and CEO of Sandler Training South Carolina, a franchisee of Sandler Training, the national organization recently named the number one training company in America by Entrepreneur Magazine.

Does Your Company Incentive Plan Deliver Results?

Oct 9, 2014

It's fairly standard practice these days for companies of all sizes to offer their employees performance incentives as part of their compensation.  Our next guest however, says he sees companies across our state and the country wasting millions of dollars on incentive plans and bonus systems that don't deliver the desired results. Mike Switzer interviews John Carroll, president of Unlimited Performance based in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

Robot Assistance or Robot Invasion?

Oct 8, 2014

If you have an older parent living on their own, would you feel more comfortable if you had a way to monitor them and their living conditions from afar?  Our next guest says she hopes to start testing just such a system soon by installing robot monitors in assisted living centers in the Midlands of South Carolina. Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Jenay Beer, a computer science and social work professor at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.Assistive Robotics and Tech Lab links: Artlab, SmartHome

What is a Register Investment Advisor?

Oct 7, 2014

These days, investors have quite a variety of firms to choose from to help them manage their money.  Financial planning firms, banks, mutual fund companies, insurance companies, trust companies, investment management can sometimes be difficult to determine just who to choose.