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)

S.C. Business Review Archive 2 (PDF; February 2003 - May  2011)

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.

The news just keeps getting better for tourism in our state.  Most of the good news you heard last year was about Charleston and Myrtle Beach, but recently Greenville, South Carolina was named the seventh best place to visit in the U.S. in 2015 by Lonely Planet, one of the world's leading travel media companies.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Stone is president of VisitGreenvilleSC, the official sales and marketing organization for the City and County of Greenville.

Most people are probably aware that South Carolina has been seeing a big increase in it's firearms business as a result of some other states' unfriendly environments for that industry.  Our next guest says that is why his school developed a curriculum in gunsmithing that is bringing in students from as far away as Alaska and resulting in a 2 year waiting list to join the program.

If you happened to visit Christmasville in Rock Hill, South Carolina over the holidays, you may have noticed an exhibit of magazine covers illustrated by Rice Krispies Snap, Crackle and Pop creator, Vernon Grant.  Mr. Grant adopted Rock Hill as his home town and donated to the town most of his original magazine cover illustrations.  Unfortunately they weren't in such great shape.  The good news is that Rock Hill is also home to a world class digital restoration specialist and that's why those magazine covers displayed in Rock Hill look just like the originals.

By now everyone is aware of the new lower oil prices and the corresponding fall in gasoline prices and what it all means to our bank accounts.  But what does it mean to our investment accounts?  Do we sell our energy industry stocks and mutual funds, do we buy more, do we sit and watch?

Mike Switzer interviews Rob DeHollander, a certified financial planner in Greenville, SC.

In this weekly update of the news, events and issues facing 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.

Measuring over 1.5 million on the Scoville Heat Unit Scale, our next guest's creation, known as the Carolina Reaper, was awarded the Guinness World Record in November of 2013 as the hottest pepper in the world.

Mike Switzer interviews Ed Currie, founder, president, and mad-scientist AKA Smokin' Ed of the Puckerbutt Pepper Company (the name of the company will not be mentioned over the air), who grows these peppers and more in his Rock Hill, South Carolina greenhouse.

You may have heard an interview we did early last year with the Upstate software engineering school The Iron Yard about their initiative to train students in the art of computer code and design, all within 12 weeks.  Our next guest is with a Columbia, SC-based web design company helping the Iron Yard teach something known as UX, and it's being mirrored in Austin, Texas.

Hunting has always been big business in South Carolina, and our next guest, an avid hunter himself, saw the need about five years ago to bring the business of hunting into the 21st century through technology.  As an International MBA student, his idea won a business plan competition at the University of South Carolina in 2011 and since actual development, the company's mobile apps have become top sellers nationwide, which is allowing the company to expand into new markets.

January is more than half gone already which means that you should have a head start on your new year's resolutions by now, right?  Our next guest says that if you made some financial resolutions, he has some tips that will help you stay on track.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Beard, a certified financial planner with Gateway Wealth Strategies in Greenville, SC.

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Swampfox, a South Carolina business news service, based in Greenville, S.C. 

By now, most of us have heard of STEM, the initiative to teach science, technology and math in our public schools.  Our next guest says her South Carolina public school has been at the forefront of this initiative since 1988.

Mike Switzer interviews Kim Bowman, the executive vice president for strategic direction at the Governor's School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville, SC.

Eight years ago, we interviewed our next guest's company about a revolutionary new tire design that combined the benefits of a radial tire, such as improved traction and longer wear, into one that requires no air.  Since then, it has been tested on wheelchairs, Segways, passenger cars, and NASA moon rovers and for the past two years successfully sold for use on front-end loaders, proving the demand.  Which has resulted in the recent announcement of a $50 million plant in the Upstate to manufacture the tire.

If you are a diabetic, you know that blood sugar test-strips cost about a dollar each.  Our next guest is a student at Clemson University who says her research team has developed a process to bring the retail price of these down to five cents.  And she has attracted $500,000 from local investors.

Mike Switzer interviews doctoral student Kayla Gainey, chief technology officer for Accessible Diagnostics, currently based at Clemson University. 

You’ve heard the old adage: “A failure to plan is a plan for failure”. Well, there's no better time to put together a written financial plan than the first part of the year. So where do you start?  Our next guest says that there are four areas that should be a part of everyone’s financial plan.

Mike Switzer interviews Rick Van Der Noord one of the inaugural Certified Financial Planning professionals in America, who joins us by phone from his office in Greenville SC.

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner founder and CEO of Swampfox, a South Carolina business news service, based in Greenville, S.C.    Events:

Our next guest says the biggest change in health care over the next few years will not be the Affordable Care Act, but how people will access physicians and how telehealth will play a prominent role in this shift.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Cole, senior managing partner with eDocHome, based in Greenville, SC.

As you traveled our state's highways this past summer, you may have seen billboards announcing South Carolina's “barbecue trail”.  They were part of a tourism campaign that was not only successful but award-winning.

Mike Switzer interviews Duane Parrish, director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism in Columbia.

The Capital Corporation's list of South Carolina’s 25 Fastest Growing Companies for 2014 was released recently.  Coming in at number one is an Upstate company, which provides financing to residential real estate investors, mainly “house flippers”.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warren, president of Lima One Capital in Greenville.

Our next guest says that, unlike retirement and education, most people rarely even think about socking away money to pay for a wedding.  And she says that's a big mistake.

Mike Switzer interviews Catherine Latto, a certified financial planner in Charleston, SC.

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. 

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: MidlandsBiz, UpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC.  

Last year, 26,000 came down to Main Street in Columbia to celebrate the city's Famously Hot New Year event.  This year, organizers are expecting even more because they have signed up the city bus system to open 12 routes to assist attendees.  Our next guest says downtown businesses, especially hotels and restaurants, are getting geared up for another successful night.  

Mike Switzer interviews Melanie Murphy, chair of Famously Hot New Year in Columbia, SC.

The Gift of Knowledge

Dec 18, 2014

This time of year, more than any other time, is when so many people focus on charity and helping the nonprofits they care about.  Our next guest says that businesses, in particular, are part of a new trend in giving: the gift of knowledge.

Mike Switzer interviews Madeleine McGee, president of the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations, also known as SCANPO.

If you are a regular listener of this program, you have probably heard many interviews with representatives from New Carolina, the non-profit organization in our state set up many years ago to put into practice the cluster economic theory espoused by Harvard professor Michael Porter.  By most measures, these efforts have been very successful, however our next guest says that since competitiveness is their core focus, the name has officially been changed back to it's original.

Most financial planners will tell you that the usual advice for younger adults' retirement planning is to invest in the higher risk growth category, like stock mutual funds, and to sock away as much as you can every month.  But our next guest says these investments might not be appropriate at all for a young person and that even putting money into a retirement plan may not be the best idea, either.  He says it's all about the cost of “human capital”...something everyone should consider before they invest.

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: Moore School Economic Outlook Conference

Grand Strand Tech Incubator Looking for Entrepreneurs

Dec 12, 2014

When we think of the Grand Strand area of South Carolina, we think of fun times at the beach.  Our next guest hopes that you will also soon be thinking of entrepreneurship and technology start-up companies.

Mike Switzer interviews Mike Schroll, founder of Startup.SC, a non-profit technology incubator in Myrtle Beach.

It's that time of year again, not just for checking your gift list and checking it twice, but to hear from the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business and their annual Economic Outlook Conference, where we will hear their prognostication for the new year as well as outlooks from renowned guest speakers.  This year the conference is next Tuesday, Dec. 16th and it will be held for the first time in the brand new Moore School building.

Annual Juried Craft Fair Succeeds in Columbia

Dec 10, 2014

You've probably heard of juried art shows before, but how about asking craftsmen and women to submit their work before they will be accepted to an event?  It's been happening in Columbia for a while now and our next guests say there has been no shortage of entrants.

Mike Switzer interviews Debi Schadel, founder and director of Crafty Feast and Shigeharu Kobayashi, one of the event's judges.

Five Important Considerations Prior to Retirement

Dec 9, 2014

As a new year fast approaches, many of you may also be looking toward retirement.  Our next guest says that if you are, there are five important considerations you should be aware of.

Mike Switzer interviews Bryan Ballentine, a certified financial planner with Ballentine Capital Advisors in Greenville, SC.