business and finance

David Cote
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Our next guest’s company was recently named by Forbes magazine as one of the 500 best employers in the country.  He says the key to their employee success is the company’s cultural compass that points in all directions.

Mike Switzer interviews David Cote, a vice president and head of human resources at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina in Columbia.

Doctors, lawyers, and CPAs are considered professional occupations, that is: having a specialized body of knowledge, and having education, experience, and ethical requirements.

Our next guest believes that certified financial planning should also be considered a bona fide “profession” and he’s working hard to make it happen.\

Mike Switzer interviews Rick Van der Noord, a certified financial planner in Greenville, SC.

Recovering Food Waste

Jun 8, 2018

Americans throw away billions of pounds of food each year, worth billions of dollars and enough to feed millions of people. In fact, according a recent report on food waste by Johns Hopkins University, if we were able to recover all of our wasted food, we could provide a 2,000-calorie diet to 84% of the population.  Our next guest’s university is working with a major South Carolina corporation on an initiative to address this issue.

Most people realize that starting and operating your own business takes a lot of work.  Our next guest says she knows what it’s like to be one of these exhausted, stressed, overworked entrepreneurs with not much time left over for the loved ones in their lives.  Which is why she wrote a book in an effort to help those with what she calls “lifestyle deficit disorder”.

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.

In case you haven’t noticed, activity in the bond market is signaling higher interest rates, the stock market is wobbling, and yet all the economic numbers continue to look decent.  But the definition of “decent” is relative.  Our next guest says the economy has really been sleepwalking since the Great Recession and that perhaps it may be about to wake up.

A regular review of your financial plan and investment portfolio is always a good idea.  This is not just to make sure you are still on track to meet your goals, but to also make sure your risks haven’t increased past your initially desired risk threshold.  And our next guest says that is especially a good idea when financial markets have been setting record highs.

Mike Switzer interviews Les Detterbeck, a chartered financial analyst in Charleston, SC.

Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

Feb 16, 2018

Recent trends seem to be indicating a pick-up in first-time home-buying.  For example, some local apartment managers I have talked to say that they are seeing a significant increase in people breaking their leases to buy a house.  Our next guest says that if you are a first-time home-buyer, there are some things you should know.

Mike Switzer interviews Travis Torcoletti, a mortgage loan officer with Regions Mortgage in Columbia, SC.

While our next guest’s institution has a reputation for churning out military officers and business managers, their focus has changed significantly over the past few years to meet the workforce demands for engineers.

Mike Switzer interviews Ron Welch, dean of engineering at the Citadel in Charleston, SC.

2017 was the costliest year for extreme weather and climate disasters in American history.  Which means there was a lot of money spent on home repairs, probably the highest amount going to roofs.  To our next guest, who had experience in this area serving as insurance commissioner for the states of South Carolina and Texas and running insurance companies in Louisiana and South Carolina, this presented a business opportunity.

Mike Switzer interviews Eleanor Kitzman, co-founder of MyStrongHome 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.

Thousands of movie lovers and film-makers from around the world will soon be hitting the shores of one of our state’s historic coastal towns for an annual event that the Southeast Tourism Society recently rated as one of their top picks.

Mike Switzer interviews Ron Tucker, executive director of the Twelfth Annual Beaufort International Film Festival, which begins February 21st.

Most business owners and managers would agree that employee engagement is not only a good thing but a necessary thing toward achieving success.  Our next guest says that sometimes that can be a difficult chore, which is why his company has developed a way to use digital signage in the workplace as a possible solution.

Mike Switzer interviews Joshua Gale, director of creative services at The Office People in Charleston, SC.

If there’s one thing our state has an abundance of, it’s small rural towns and cities.  Probably the biggest challenge these communities face is: increasing, and in a lot of case, creating economic vitality.  Our next guest’s locale believes they have found a winning formula.

Mike Switzer interviews Seth Kines, director of VisitLakeCitySC at the Greater Lake City Community Development Office in Lake City, SC.

There are a lot of mixed opinions out there about the new tax law.  Some think the new law is great and will create jobs, some say it’s a huge give away to corporations.  What do financial planners think?

Mike Switzer interviews Wes Johnson, a certified financial planner with ACT 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.

According to most economists, the current low unemployment rate is reflective of what they refer to as “full employment”.  Can that rate go lower?  And what about the worker shortage we keep hearing about?  Will that drive up wages and as a result, also finally bring back a worrisome inflation rate?

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

Gerald Seals
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Most companies will tell you that their brand, and what it stands for, is their business.  Sometimes, a brand can get stale and need rebranding.  This can apply to cities and counties, too, as you will soon hear from our next guest.

Mike Switzer interviews Gerald Seals, administrator for Richland County, SC.

Howard and Teri Gore
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Most managers will tell you how important it is to train and inspire their employees.  And those managers are usually with really big companies.  It’s not too often we hear about a small business that goes out of their way to do this.  Which is why we thought you might want to hear from our next guests who believe bringing professional learning opportunities to their staff is one of the reasons for their success.

Mike Switzer interviews Howard and Terri Gore, owners of Gore Salon in Irmo, SC.

Even in the 21st century, we continue to be made aware of the many challenges faced by women.  And our next guest says that he sees that in their financial lives as well.

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

Grady Johnson
scbiznews.com

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

Businesses, like individuals, face a myriad of risks.  Which is why businesses, like individuals, purchase insurance.  As 2018 unfolds, our next guest says that there are some significant challenges facing the business insurance industry that the business community needs to be aware of.

Mike Switzer interviews Tommy Suggs, president and CEO of Keenan Suggs/HUB Carolinas 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.

Everyone knows what an entrepreneur is, but have you ever heard of an “intrapreneur?”  According to our next guest, intrapreneurs can play a critical role in the success of medium to large companies, yet many companies are unaware that these valuable resources are actually some of their current employees.

Mike Switzer interviews Gray Somerville, co-founder & CEO of LaunchPath Innovation in Charleston, SC.

When our next guest decided to open a fine dining restaurant in downtown Greenville 21 years ago, many thought he had lost his mind.  At that time, the city was still in the planning stages of its downtown transformation and jumping on board that endeavor was certainly a risk.  But as you can guess, it paid off.  His company now owns 8 restaurants, a private catering space, a food truck and employs more than 550 people.

Mike Switzer interviews Carl Sobosinski, founder and owner of Table 301 Restaurant Group in Greenville, 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.

The significant presence of Germany-based industry in our state was an important factor in our next guest’s institution deciding to launch an annual conference last year to address issues facing the German-American business community.  Last year’s topic focused on workforce needs, this year it’s innovation in manufacturing.

With the attack on globalism occuring in Washington, you might think that cross-border corporate mergers would be slowing down.  But our next guest says she continues to stay very busy and, in fact, financial analysts are saying the new tax law may increase her work load significantly.

Mike Switzer interviews Melinda Davis Lux,  a mergers and acquisitions attorney for the Womble Bond Dickinson law firm in Greenville, SC.

With the new tax law canceling the requirement for individuals to purchase health insurance, it seems the most obvious affected party in the whole healthcare equation would be healthcare providers.  After all, isn’t that the first thing the hospital or doctor’s office asks you for: your insurance card?

Mike Switzer interviews Christian Soura, vice president of policy and finance at the South Carolina Hospital Association.

Our next guest says that he often senses anxiety coming from the person entering his office.  This might not be surprising if our guest were a surgeon, or a dentist.

Mike Switzer interviews Noel Swain, a certified financial planner with Provest Wealth Advisors in Spartanburg, SC. 

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