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September 2014

Historically Black School in Columbia Hoping for Fiscal Turnaround
September 26, 2014

Our next guest's learning institution is one of six four-year degree historically black colleges and universities in South Carolina.  And, as with so many others in this category, her's has also been going through some tough times.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Lady June Cole, interim president of Allen University in Columbia.

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High Court Providing Protection from Patent Trolls
September 19, 2014

There has been a lot of talk and concern in recent years about “patent trolls” – entities that own patents and threaten infringement lawsuits to obtain license fees, but which do not actually make products using the patents they own.  And although federal legislation has been introduced to address this problem, Congress has not been able to agree on the details.  Recently however, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided a handful of patent cases that could have a substantial impact on patent trolls without that legislation.

Mike Switzer interviews Wallace Lightsey, a trial lawyer with the Wyche law firm in Greenville.  Patent Troll Update

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Unique Language Learning System Helping SC Youth
September 18, 2014

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.

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Bike Trail in Greenville Encourages New Business Formation
September 17, 2014

You may have heard about Greenville's 18-mile bike trail, known as the Swamp Rabbit Trail that has become an economic engine for the area, connecting downtown Greenville with Furman University and the town of Travelers Rest.  This former railway is part of a nationwide trend known as rails-to-trails and it's paving a path for many new businesses along the way.  Our next guest recently opened one of the newest of these businesses.

Mike Switzer interviews Wendy Lyman, founder of the Swamp Rabbit Inn in Greenville.

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Haven’t Saved for Retirement Yet? Better Late than Never!
September 16, 2014

A recent retirement readiness report showed that one third of the people between the ages of 55 and 64, haven't saved anything for retirement.  Our next guest says that though some of these people may feel their retirement situation is hopeless, there are many actions they can take to get themselves back on track.

Mike Switzer interviews Roy Janse, a certified financial planner with Dehollander and Janse Financial in Greenville, SC.

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
September 15, 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.

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This Time, the Rise in SC’s Unemployment Rate is a Good Sign
September 12, 2014

Our next guest has been reporting rosy statistics for South Carolina's economy for some time now on this show.  But recently, our regular guest, John "Swampfox" Warner, pointed out that while the state has been making positive jobs announcements, it doesn't announce when jobs are lost, such as Sealed Air's recent move to North Carolina.  The Swampfox also pointed out that our state's GDP growth is actually lagging behind that of Georgia and North Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Joey von Nessen, 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.

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SC Technical Colleges Offering “Quick Jobs” Training
September 11, 2014

Our next guest says there are thousands of job openings right now across our state and thousands of people looking for work, yet most of those jobs continue to go unfilled due to the lack of training most of these jobs require.

Mike Swiitzer interviews Sonny White, president of Midlands Technical College in Columbia.

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It’s Not Just Boeing That’s Fueling SC’s Aerospace Industry Growth
September 10, 2014

A couple weeks ago, you may have heard our discussion about the recently released aerospace industry impact study on our state's economy.  The numbers were very positive with some of that impact directly due to work being done by our next guest.

Mike Switzer interviews Steve Townes, CEO & founder of Ranger Aerospace in Greenville, SC, and member of the SC Aerospace task Force.  More resources:

www.azaleacapital.com   (Azalea is the lead investor)

The other private equity partner in the new venture, is: www.argosycapital.com

SC Aerospace Impact Surveyhttp://palmettoscene.org/blog/south-carolina-aerospace-industry-booming

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Does Your Financial Plan know Your Life Expectancy?
September 09, 2014

Most everyone understands what life expectancy is, (and you may even have a good of idea of yours) but our next guest says not many people fully comprehend the importance of this assumption in their financial planning.

Mike Switzer interviews Rick Van Der Noord, one of the first Certified Financial Planning professionals in America and he joins us from his office in Greenville SC.  Social Security website

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
September 08, 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.  Click here for more info on Nano Conference.

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Unemployed Tech Worker Reconfigures Success
September 05, 2014

(This is a repeat of an earlier episode)

A Navy veteran and Clemson University graduate, our next guest spent 11 years in the information technology field working with mainframe computers, and then he lost his job when the company he worked for migrated to a new network, eliminating his position. As he searched for jobs, he discovered that even with a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems, he needed to update his technical skills and certifications. He found some financial aid, enrolled at Greenville Technical College, and on the same day he graduated, he updated his LInkedIn profile, and within three hours, received a phone call for a job interview with a local company. Within 24 hours, he had two job interviews lined up.

Mike Switzer interviews Brian McClure, who is now with CompuCom, a contractor for BMW's North American headquarters in Greer, S.C.

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Columbia Kitchen Incubator Hits Growth Phase
September 04, 2014

The last time we interviewed our next guest, he had just opened a commercial kitchen incubator for food entrepreneurs in Columbia, SC.  A year and a half ago, they started with just two customers and now they have more than 50.

Mike Switzer interviews Dave Roberts, founder of the DER Kitchen Incubator in Columbia.

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Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Financial Planner
September 03, 2014

We regularly receive emails from listeners asking for help picking a financial advisor.  And we always recommend that you interview more than one person before you choose. Today, we are going to help you with questions to ask when interviewing someone to help with your money.

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

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
September 02, 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.

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New Standardized License Application Helps Business
September 01, 2014

(This is a repeat of an earlier episode)

Getting a business up and running can be a daunting challenge. Getting financing, establishing a business plan and getting the necessary government licenses and permits can be very confusing. For businesses that have people working in multiple cities and counties, securing the needed business licenses can be especially time-consuming.  To remedy this situation, our next guest's organization has collaborated with others around the state to create a standardized business license application, which she says makes the entire process much more business-friendly.

Mike Switzer interviews Reba Campbell, Deputy Executive Director of the Municipal Association of South Carolina.

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August 2014

Trade Secrets Are Key to Success
August 29, 2014

Successful businesses not only use patents but also trade secrets to protect their profits.  However, our next guest says many companies do not know how to incorporate trade secret protection into their business practices and that businesses of all sizes can utilize this strategy.

Mike Switzer interviews Connie Jones, an intellectual property attorney with Altus IP in Greenville, SC.

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USC Start-up Kills Allergens With CO2
August 28, 2014

Our next guest believes his University start-up company will soon be driving vans around Columbia cool-cleaning home carpets using carbon dioxide, a method he also believes will dramatically reduce allergens in the home.

Mike Switzer interviews Mike Matthews, an engineering professor at the University of South Carolina and the chief technology officer for CarboNix.

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Mentoring Part of New Trend in Business Succession Planning
August 27, 2014

Many small businesses grapple with succession...who should take over the business if the owner should pass away, become disabled, or just ready to retire.  There's a new trend in dealing with this issue that involves the owner selling the business to someone, oftentimes a young person, who is being mentored by the founder, who agrees to stay on for a few years in an advisory capacity.  This is exactly what has happened recently with an architecture firm in Charleston.

Mike Switzer interviews Wally Seinsheimer, the original founder of Dolphin Architects and Builders and Christopher Ibsen, the new owner.

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Baby Boomers Discover the Cost of Medicare
August 26, 2014

As the baby boomer generation continues to roll into the 65+ age group, they are discovering that the myth of free healthcare, known as Medicare, is exactly that, a myth...and that Medicare does, in fact, come with a cost.

Mike Switzer interviews Alex Chastain, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC.  Additional resource: medicare.gov

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SC Business Update From Alan Cooper
August 25, 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: MidlandsBiz, UpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC.

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SC Nonprofit Connecting Private Donors With Public Schools
August 22, 2014

As you are probably aware, universities, colleges and private k-12 schools often have dozens of people working to bring private financial support to their institutions. Our next guest says that his organization is the only entity working to connect private donors to all public K-12 public schools across the state.

Mike Switzer interviews Trip Dubard, executive director of South Carolina Future Minds, based in Florence, SC.

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SC Dog Whisperer Finds Success With Training Business
August 21, 2014

Not everybody is born with the skills necessary to become a dog whisperer, which is why most people who aspire to becoming one, attend a dog training school.  Our next guest runs just such a facility in the Upstate and is legendary in her field, training the first two retrievers to earn *both* field and obedience championships.

Mike Switzer interviews Connie Cleveland, founder and CEO of Dog Trainers Workshop in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Upstate Unemployed Gain $40k Jobs in Less Than 12 Months
August 20, 2014

A South Carolina partnership that is training Greenville County job seekers to fill high-skill manufacturing positions is one of just two programs from across the nation that was honored recently by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

Mike Switzer interviews John Baker, executive director of the Greenville Region Workforce Collaborative.

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Why You Should Take Advantage of Your Employer’s Retirement Plan
August 19, 2014

Our next guest says that not only is your employer's retirement plan the best way to build that nest egg, it's also the easiest...yet many people don't take full advantage of it.

Mike Switzer interviews Neil Brown, a certified financial planner with Burkett Financial Services in West Columbia.  Resources: 

http://guides.wsj.com/personal-finance/retirement/how-to-make-the-most-of-your-401k-plan/

http://money.howstuffworks.com/personal-finance/retirement-planning/401k.htm 

http://www.bankrate.com/finance/investing/investing-401k-plan-1.aspx

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/no-plan-for-your-401k-youre-not-alone-2014-03-04

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
August 18, 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.

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SC Aerospace Industry Booming
August 15, 2014

With seemingly regular jobs announcements from Boeing in Charleston, there is no doubt the aerospace industry is growing fast in S.C. and results of just such an economic impact study will soon be released from the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business.

Mike Switzer interviews Martin Keaney, executive director of the Ronald E. McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research in Columbia, who shares a preview of that study, which will be officially released at Aerospace Industry Day.

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Former Massage Therapist Brings Rolfing to the Upstate
August 14, 2014

Our next guest started out as a massage therapist, then he taught massage therapy at Greenville Tech and Spartanburg Community College, but then he discovered the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration and became a Rolfer.

Mike Switzer interviews Will Schilling, owner of Upstate Rolfing and he joins us by phone from his office in Greenville.

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Charleston’s Dilapidated Homes Being Resuscitated
August 13, 2014

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 and he joins us now by phone from his office in Charleston.

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Alternative Debt Investments Gaining Traction
August 12, 2014

Diversification between stocks and bonds has always been the cornerstone to protecting gains in your investment portfolio, but with stocks and bonds showing high levels of correlation over the past few years, are there alternative investments that investors should be considering?

Mike Switzer interviews Matt Van Name, a Certified Financial Planner and the Director of Investments and Retirement Plans at ASE Wealth Advisors in Greenville.  Business Development Company Directory

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
August 11, 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.  Charleston Startup Weekend

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Electronic Health Records Part of Brave New World
August 08, 2014

Besides what is referred to as Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act also mandated the conversion of paper-based record keeping of patient files to a nation of electronic health records.  Our next guest says this is a sea change that is going on quietly behind the scenes of most hospitals and healthcare providers, creating a brave new world for healthcare — particularly if these different software systems start speaking to one another to share information and if genetic information can get integrated in your health record.

Mike Switzer interviews Clay Grayson, a healthcare attorney with Grayson Thomas in Charleston, SC.

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Cocktails Stir Up Success for Charleston Couple
August 07, 2014

If you are a drinker of cocktails, you may have found it quite expensive and time-consuming to keep all the necessary ingredients on hand and to assemble them into your favorite drinks.  Our next guest says he and his wife certainly felt that way and so they decided to do something about it by creating pre-made mixes for the most popular cocktails such as an old-fashioned or tom collins.  They've been so successful that they are now are winning awards and being added to product lines around the country.

Mike Switzer interviews Joe Raya, co-founder of Bittermilk, based in Charleston.

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SC Economy Still a Pretty Picture
August 06, 2014

We've made the turn and are well on our way into the second half of 2014 and so one might say that it's all downhill from here.  But our next guest would beg to differ as he still sees rosy times ahead for South Carolina's economy.

Mike Switzer interviews Joey von Nessen, 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.

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Higher Capital Gains Taxes Affecting Investors
August 05, 2014

Since the financial markets have done so well over the past couple of years, many people may now be facing the downside of the upside, and that is capital gains taxes.  And our next guest says many investors may not be aware that not only are capital gains tax rates higher now, but there is an additional tax to consider as well.

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

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
August 04, 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.

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Charleston Entrepreneurs Gather to Share Ideas
August 01, 2014

Many times, getting together with like minds can be one of the best ways for small business owners to share ideas and best practices that will help them to succeed.  And that's why a LowCountry entrepreneurial organization has recently launched a series of forums to accomplish just that.

Mike Switzer interviews John Osborne, co-founder and director of the Harbor Entrepreneur Center in Charleston.

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July 2014

Should SC Students be Required to Learn Pros and Cons of Evolution?
July 31, 2014

Editor's note: This show was taped before the recent compromise: http://www.thestate.com/2014/07/29/3590110/update-to-teaching-evolution-clears.html

Most businesses would agree that the topic of education is very important to them.  And this is why we discuss it from time to time.  Most recently was about a month ago when our regular Monday morning guest, John Warner, who at the time was a member of our state's Education Oversight Committee, mentioned that he voted against the EOC's recommendation to require biology students to construct scientific arguments that both support and discredit evolution.  John Warner indicated that some scientists expressed concern to him that this proposal could affect our state's efforts to recruit prominent researchers to our state such as those currently being sought for South Carolina's SmartState endowed chair program.  This morning we have the other side of that vote for you.

Mike Switzer interviews Phillip Bowers, a nuclear safety specialist with Duke Energy and member of the Education Oversight Committee who voted for that proposal, which, by the way, was not adopted by the state board of education.

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LowCountry Mom Discovers Entrepreneurship By Entertaining Kids
July 30, 2014

As a mother herself, our next guest says she recognized the extreme amount of stress that planning a child’s party can put on parents, because she experienced it herself. So she set out to alleviate that stress, the shopping, organizing, and planning, by creating a company that would allow her clients to sit back, relax and enjoy that special day with their child.

Mike Switzer interviews Corrie Silvers, founder of Teacups and Trucks, based in Charleston.

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Are Boomers Ready for Retirement?
July 29, 2014

According Pew Research, 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 today and every day for the next 19 years.  Our next guest says that as these boomers contemplate retirement, they have some important questions to ask and decisions to make.

Mike Switzer interviews Rob DeHollander, a certified financial planner with Dehollander and Janse in Greenville, SC.

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
July 28, 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.

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Picking, Collecting, and Selling on the Rise in SC
July 25, 2014

Surfing TV channels these days, it's hard to not come across a reality show about auctions, storage unit auctions, pawn shops, and the hobby known as "picking".  And likewise almost every neighborhood seems to have at least 5 yard sales every Saturday morning, and many selling their finds in consignments shops, antique malls, and on eBay.  Our next guest sees this trend continuing to rise as people look to supplement income, downsize their lifestyle, or liquidate estates of relatives.

Mike Switzer interviews Holli Roberts, an auctioneer with McGee Auction Gallery in West Columbia.

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Columbia SC Economy Picking Up Steam
July 24, 2014

Our state capital is not only home to state government, but to six sizeable universities including the University of South Carolina (with over 30,000 students living and going to school in the city center), three major hospitals, large insurance technology companies and the nation's largest Army training facility...just to name of few of the city's economic engines.  And our next guest is doing all he can to not only attract more to the area, but to retain and work with what the city already has.

Mike Switzer interviews Ryan Coleman, director of economic development at the city of Columbia.

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Ex-Investment Banker Carves Success With Oyster Knife
July 23, 2014

Three years ago, our next guest decided to call it quits on a thirteen-year career as an investment banker and instead, took the entrepreneurial plunge and became a knife-maker.  Not just any knives but one, in particular, that would become an award-winning oyster knife from Garden and Gun magazine's Made in the South awards.

Mike Switzer interviews Greenville native Chris Williams, founder of the Williams Knife Company.

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Did You Know an HSA can be Used to Fund Retirement?
July 22, 2014

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) have been around before the new healthcare reform law and they're still available now.  And with so much emphasis now on high-deductible health insurance plans, our next guest says that the HSA could be a valuable benefit.

Mike Switzer interviews Susan McCants, a Certified Financial Planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia.

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
July 21, 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.

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Is Your Jointly-Owned Property Set Up Correctly?
July 18, 2014

Many times, two or more people will consider buying property together.  And we're not necessarily talking about couples.  Our next guest says that buying real estate with someone else can have its perks, if it is done with care.

Mike Switzer interviews Abby Mason, a certfied financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia.

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Education Cooperation Results in LowCountry Grad Program
July 17, 2014

We've talked recently about the need for graduate-level educational opportunities in our state and a Charleston-based partnership contacted us recently to let us know that they are doing just that.

Mike Switzer interviews Nancy Muller, director of the Lowcountry Graduate Center.

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Free Times in Columbia Attracts New Owner
July 16, 2014

Many communities across the country are home to independent newspapers and many are located in college towns with a majority of their readers college-age.  Our next guest recently purchased just such a newspaper here in South Carolina but he says you may be surprised to find out that the average age of his readers is much older.

Mike Switzer interviews Charlie Nutt, owner and publisher of the Free Times in Columbia.

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SC Financial Advisor Predicts Double-Digit Returns for Stocks this Year
July 15, 2014

With the heat of summer upon us now, it's easy to forget the recent unusually cold and snowy winter most of the country went through, including sunny South Carolina.  If you heard our recent interview with economist Joey Von Nessen from the University of South Carolina, you heard him talk about the significant impact this harsh winter had on the U.S. economy.

Mike Switzer interviews Doug English with Carolinas Retirement Specialists in Greenville, who gives us a financial planner's perspective on the recently released GDP figures.

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
July 14, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Upstate Pet Products Company Succeeding in Europe
July 11, 2014

Earlier this year, our next guest heard me interview a Columbia, SC company called WishBox USA that helps small businesses sell and ship their products to new markets in Europe.  His pet products are now selling across the continent and doing so well that he is moving into a new, larger facility.

Mike Switzer interviews Gary O'Donnell is vice president of marketing at Snoozer Pet Products based in Greenville, SC.

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Nationally Recognized Public Speaking School in Camden Continues After Founder Dies
July 10, 2014

Although Reid Buckley, founder of one of the most well-known public speaking schools in the country, recently passed away, our next guest says the school is continuing and her goal is to not only maintain Reid's legacy but to bring the school up to 21st century standards.

Mike Switzer interviews Caroline Avinger, president of the Buckley School of Public Speaking in Camden, SC.

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Google Pilots Kids’ Career Program in Lowcountry
July 09, 2014

Google South Carolina is celebrating an education milestone in our state’s Lowcountry.  At the start of this past school year, they launched a two-year pilot program that created after-school and summer clubs that help students learn and explore careers in computer science.  The last club for this school year is happening this summer, and more than 1200 students have taken part.

Mike Switzer interviews JamieSue Goodman, technical program manager for CS First in Berkeley County.

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Are You Using the Correct Inflation Rate in Your Financial Plan?
July 08, 2014

Most everyone understands what inflation is: the rising cost of goods and services, and how it's pretty much a fact of life.  But how many people fully comprehend the importance of this assumption in their financial planning?  Our next guest says the answer may surprise you.  Here to shine new light on an old topic is one of the inaugural Certified Financial Planning professionals in America:

Mike Switzer interviews Rick Van Der Noord by phone from his office in Greenville SC.  More info at US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
July 07, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Charleston Chamber Calls for More Secondary Technology Education
July 04, 2014

Since 2007, the population of the tri-county area around Charleston, South Carolina has grown by almost twice the rate of the national average.  And over the next five years, employment growth is expected to increase by almost 50%.  Our next guest's organization says this is good news, but that there is a dark side: that in fact there exists a dangerously wide gap between the college degrees available from local institutions, and the degrees needed by local employers.

Mike Switzer interviews Laura Varn, a volunteer with the "Degrees of Change" initiative at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

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Learning-Disabled Children Find Success
July 03, 2014

We talk about education regularly on this show because it's a topic of vital importance to our business community.  Most of the time, we focus on public schools and the efforts out there to improve public education outcomes.  Today, we are going to talk about the struggle facing parents with children diagnosed with learning disorders.  After her own experience with her learning-disabled child, our next guest went on to form a non-profit which is succeeding in enabling parents and teachers not only to better understand learning disabilities but most importantly, putting these kids on track to success.

Mike Switzer interviews Donna Weston, founder and executive director of the Discovery Program of South Carolina.

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New Private Equity Firm Launched in West Columbia
July 02, 2014

A new private equity firm has recently been created in West Columbia with a goal of acquiring South Carolina companies with attractive growth potential.

Mike Switzer interviews former SC Secretary of Commerce Joe Taylor, the person leading this effort, Southland Capital Partners

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Columbia Man Recognized for Small Business Financing Efforts
July 01, 2014

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently named our next guest the 2014 South Carolina Small Business Financing Advocate of the Year.

Mike Switzer interviews Frank Knapp, president, CEO and co-founder of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce.

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June 2014

SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
June 30, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Irmo Company Makes Inc 5000
June 27, 2014

Over the last three years, our next guest's company has had an impressive average growth rate of over 40%, which has launched them not only into the list of the top 25 fastest growing companies in South Carolina but the Inc 5000, as well.  And he says they've done it by focusing on customer service.

MIke Switzer interviews Brian Thomas, president of A3 Communications based in Irmo, SC.

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MUSC Nurse Program #2 in Nation
June 26, 2014

Our next guest says her school's focus on technology is one reason they were recently named #2 in the country by US NEWS and World Report for online graduate programs for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.

Mike Switzer interviews Robin Bissinger, Associate Dean for Academics at the Medical University of South Carolina's College of Nursing and a neo-natal nurse practitioner at MUSC in Charleston.

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Have You Heard About MyRA?
June 25, 2014

If you watched President Obama give his state of the union address earlier this year, you may have noticed he mentioned a new type of retirement account available to individuals by the end of this year.

We haven't heard much about MyRA and so Mike Switzer asks Scotty Scott, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, to enlighten us.

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“Made in the South” Contest Could Launch Local Entrepreneurs
June 24, 2014

Charleston-based Garden & Gun magazine is looking for southern artisans and entrepreneurs to enter their fifth annual Made in the South Awards contest.  They not only have a feature article in the magazine waiting for the grand prizewinner, but a check for $10,000, as well.

Mike Switzer interviews Garden and Gun's editor-in-chief, David DiBenedetto.

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
June 24, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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New President of SC Bar Confident in Legal Profession’s Future
June 20, 2014

It used to be that becoming a lawyer was considered a very desirable career choice.  But the word on the street lately is that earning a living as a new lawyer is becoming increasingly difficult.  Are there too many lawyers?  Are technological advances and the Internet providing cost competition?

Mike Switzer interviews Cal Watson, an attorney with the Sowell Gray law firm in Columbia and he was recently sworn in as president of the South Carolina Bar Association.

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Angel Investor Activity Increasing After New SC Law
June 19, 2014

With newly enacted tax breaks, angel investors in South Carolina are a little more active than they have been in the past.  In fact, they are now gathering in groups to form what may be referred to as a high-stakes mutual fund for qualified investors in our state.

Mike Switzer interviews Charlie Banks, managing director of the South Carolina Angel Network based in Columbia.

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Solar Bill Energizes SC Clean Energy Advocates
June 18, 2014

The recently enacted solar bill will probably mean many smiling faces at this year's SC Clean Energy Summit coming July 9th to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Mike Switzer interviews Jim Poch, executive director of the South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance, the host organization for this event.

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Piano Festival Keys Up Capitol City This Week
June 17, 2014

There's a festival occurring this week in South Carolina's capital city that offers a rare opportunity to view the music-making process beyond the concert hall.  In addition to nightly concerts, the Southeastern Piano Festival features lectures, master classes and a live piano competition open to the public.

Mike Switzer interviews Joe Rackers, associate professor of piano at the University of South Carolina and the festival's program director.

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
June 16, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Statewide Technology Innovation Awards Program Looking for Entries
June 13, 2014

An Upstate technology innovation awards program has expanded its efforts to the entire state of South Carolina and they are looking for entries for their 2014 awards.

Mike Switzer interviews Doug Kim, advisory board chair for Innovision, based in Greenville.

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STEM Charter School Opening Soon in Columbia
June 12, 2014

Both charter schools and STEM learning are hot topics in education these days. Columbia will soon be opening a public charter school that focuses on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Mike Swizter interviews Bala Sivankoil, board chair at the South Carolina Science Academy.

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Local Farmers Celebrated at Columbia Restaurant
June 11, 2014

Our next guest says that although he chooses to buy slightly pricier sustainable groceries for his restaurant, it has turned out to be a good business decision.

Mike Switzer interviews Eddie Wales, owner of the Motor Supply Bistro in Columbia's Vista and he is celebrating his success with his local farming partners this week during the restaurant's biannual farm-to-table event, known as Harvest Week.

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Internet Conference Starts Tomorrow in Columbia
June 10, 2014

Tomorrow, in Columbia, the second annual Connections conference will highlight the latest in hardware, software, infrastructure, and broadband. This event, hosted by IT-oLogy and Connect South Carolina will include high profile technology experts who will be sharing their research through keynote presentations.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Jerry Tessendorf, who is one of those speakers and a Clemson University Division of Visual Computing professor and 2008 Academy Award winner for Technical Achievement.

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
June 09, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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SC Economy Leading Nation
June 06, 2014

We're almost to the halfway point of 2014 and South Carolina's economy continues to not only stay in positive territory, but to lead the nation, as well.

Mike Switzer interviews Joey von Nessen, with the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business, and their Division of Research.

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NLRB Finding Fault With Non-Union Companies
June 05, 2014

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), among other things, grants employees the right to unionize and collectively bargain.  Our next guest says that's why many times, non-unionized companies, which are most companies in South Carolina, assume that the NLRA only applies to the unionized workplace.  But, in fact, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has increasingly pursued enforcement actions against non-unionized employers as the rate of private sector unionization has decreased.

Mike Switzer interviews Honoré Hishamunda, an attorney with the Wyche law firm in Greenville.

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Experts Say Investment Choices Appear Unattractive
June 04, 2014

The US stock market is near all-time highs and it seems like everything we read in the news says that bonds may also be risky at this time because they can lose value when interest rates rise.  So if stocks are expensive, and the “experts” say bonds are bad, what else can we do?

Mike Switzer interviews Wes Johnson is a Certified Financial Planner with Carolinas Retirement Specialists in Charleston.

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Science Cafe Speaker Advocates Healthy Living as a Cancer-Fighting Tool
June 03, 2014

On June 10th it will once again be time for the Science Cafe in Columbia.  Each month, the Midlands economic development organization known as EngenuitySC brings one of the researchers from South Carolina's SmartState program to a pub in Five Points to talk about their research.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert, the SmartState Endowed Chair in Cancer Equity at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, who is this month's speaker at the upcoming Science Cafe.

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
June 02, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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May 2014

Charleston Summer Camp Program Educating Youth Through Journalism
May 30, 2014

After traveling through Texas, Washington, DC, and Atlanta over the past several years, our next guest returned home to Charleston, SC.

Mike Switzer interviews Linda Dennis, a self-professed Backpack Journalist who is currently running a Scholastic Journalism Program for youth.

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Subscription Boxes Open Up New Channel for Retailers
May 29, 2014

It seems like everytime we turn around, the Internet has opened up a new retail channel for the business community.  And the newest that we've just learned about is something called a subscription box, where the consumer subscribes to receive a monthly box of goods from a local area including everything from dog toys to clothing to food.

Mike Switzer interviews Laura Angermeier, owner of Charleston Epicurean, the first subscription box for Charleston.

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Drop-In Learning Center Finds Success in LowCountry
May 28, 2014

In 2013, our next guest decided to jump headfirst into a relatively new model in childcare: drop-in learning centers.  It’s proving to be very popular for the rising number of work-from-home entrepreneurs and telecommuters in bigger cities like Atlanta, but there are still very few of these centers in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Maren Anderson, owner of Play Garden in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

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Can Your Business Continue to Operate If Your Office Burns Down?
May 27, 2014

My next guest's office burned down a few weeks ago.  But fortunately for him, they maintain off-site backup of their work every day so they didn’t lose any client information.  All they lost were the paper files, personal items and business equipment.  And they were back up and running in three days.

Mike Switzer interviews Noel Swain with Provest Wealth in Greenville, SC, who instead of a financial planning topic today, is going to share with us some tips for disaster recovery.

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
May 26, 2014

(Today's show is a replay of an earlier broadcast that was not heard on all stations due to technical difficluties) A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Get Googly With It at GoogleFest
May 23, 2014

Google's presence in our state continues to grow, as witnessed by their recent expansion in Berkeley County.  And their commitment to public training is growing as well.  For example, teachers, small business owners, non-profit employees, veterans, emergency preparedness officials, and the public in general are being invited to the Lowcountry for a two-day event known as GoogleFest on June 17th and 18th.

Mike Switzer interviews Eric Wages, operations manager for Google South Carolina and he joins us by phone from his company's office in Moncks Corner.

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Southern Guitar Festival Coming Soon to Columbia
May 22, 2014

Three years ago our next guest gathered an enthusiastic group of guitarists and raised the necessary funds to produce the first Southern Guitar Festival and Competition in Columbia.  And it's still going strong.

Mike Switzer interviews Marina Alexandra, a professional classical guitarist with a Masters degree in Performance from the University of South Carolina.

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Getting Press Coverage for Your Company Is Increasingly Difficult
May 21, 2014

Because the Internet has had such an impact on the journalism industry, it has drastically changed how a company secures media coverage these days.  How should you construct a press release and who should you send it to?

Mike Switzer interviews Lyn Mettler, a PR/media consultant with Step Ahead.

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Finding the Right Financial Advisor
May 20, 2014

Like  many relationships, finding the right fit with a financial advisor takes research and time. What are some things to consider and questions to ask when looking to begin a relationship with a financial advisor?

Mike Switzer interviews Bethany Griffith, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia.

Additional resources – 
www.NAPFA.org 
www.fpanet.org 
www.CFP.net 
http://www.finra.org/Investors/ToolsCalculators/BrokerCheck/

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
May 19, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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New Leader at Engenuity SC Hits the Ground Running
May 16, 2014

A Midlands economic development firm has been staying very busy with projects like Science Cafe, Ignite!, NuHub, and Richland STEM, many of which you hear about on this show.  And now they are under new leadership.

Mike Switzer interviews Meghan Hughes, a graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College and a former press secretary for US Senator Lindsey Graham, is now the executive director of EngenuitySC.

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Training Students for the Real World
May 15, 2014

How should you dress for an interview?  What is proper dining etiquette for a business luncheon? How should you address your colleagues in a professional setting?  These are not the questions that would normally be asked of high school students, but our next guest says that if they want to navigate the business world successfully, they'll need those answers.

Mike Switzer interviews Paul Smith, founder of BEST Carolina, and he leads an after-school program at Lower Richland High School in Columbia providing small group training, soft skills development, stress and financial management, entrepreneurship training and more to students.

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Are Timeshares Investments?
May 14, 2014

You may be surprised to find out that with over $12 billion a year in annual sales, the timeshare industry is obviously still around.  And there are many people who love it and many who don't.  Our next guest has seen a lot of these timeshare contracts and joins us this morning to give us some insight into this still significant industry.

Mike Switzer interviews Jeb Zoller, a Certified Financial Planner and partner at DaVinci Financial Designs in Columbia SC.

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Wordcamp Coming Saturday to Charleston
May 13, 2014

Many businesses use Wordpress to create their first and sometimes only, website.  It is so popular that training sessions are popping up all over the country to show businesses and non-profits how to get the most out of using Wordpress.

Mike Switzer interviews Karl Hudson Phillips, the organizer for one of these sessions coming soon to Charleston, known as WordCamp.

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
May 12, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Money Myths Exposed
May 09, 2014

As a financial planner, our next guest says that he continues to be amazed at the number of myths about money he regularly encounters.  So this morning he is going to help us separate fact from fiction.

Mike Switzer interviews Roy Janse, a certified financial planner with Dehollander and Janse in Greenville, SC.

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Competition Motivates Myrtle Beach Resort Renovations
May 08, 2014

Summer beach season will soon be here and South Carolina's Myrtle Beach leads all others in our state as a vacation beach destination.  This morning we are going to check in with a large hotel/resort owner at the beach to see what they think about this summer's prospects.

Mike Switzer interviews Matt Klugman, director of sales and marketing for Crown Reef Resort, part of Vacation Myrtle Beach, a cooperative of 14 ocean-front beach resorts.

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Upstate College Bridges Space for Students to the Real World
May 07, 2014

Because they have determined that nearly 45% of recent college graduates are unemployed or underemployed, a small, private liberal arts college in the Upstate is attempting to change education by giving students of all majors real-world experiences in consulting, in starting their own businesses or social entrepreneurship projects, and in professional readiness so they will have the skills employers want.

Mike Switzer interviews Scott Cochran, dean of The Space at Wofford College in Spartanburg.

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Two SC Community Foundations Host Day of Online Giving
May 06, 2014

In case you haven't heard, May 6th is Give Local America day, a national day of giving sponsored by the National Council on Foundations. That day will commemorate the 100th anniversary of community foundations. There are now more than 750 community foundations across the country which help people support issues they care about. What's extra cool about this day is that gifts made on May 6th will be amplified with bonus funds from local South Carolina donors.  Two South Carolina community foundations are participating and they are calling today "SC Gives".

Mike Switzer interviews George Stevens, president of the Coastal Community Foundation and JoAnn Turnquist, president of the Central Carolina Community Foundation.  Today's online-only giving sites are: LowCountry Giving Day and Midlands Gives

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
May 05, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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South Carolina Economy Continues to Roll
May 02, 2014

South Carolina's economy continues to roll along in 2014.  Joining us this morning to give us the details is the guy who compiles our state's economic statistics.

Mike Switzer interviews Joey von Nessen, with the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business, and their Division of Research.

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When Is the Right Time to Begin Taking Social Security?
May 01, 2014

As the Baby-Boomer generation continues to age, a larger and larger segment of the population is moving into the Social Security phase of their lives. And our next guest says they continue to be confused about when to start taking those distributions...62, 65, 67, 70?

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

Social Security Links:

Social Security resources and additional information
www.ballentinecapital.com  

General information on Social Security
http://socialsecurity.gov/ 

Income Taxes and Your Social Security Benefits
http://www.ssa.gov/planners/taxes.htm 

Social Security Benefit Calculators
http://www.ssa.gov/planners/benefitcalculators.htm 

Retirement Benefits Brochure
http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10035.pdf

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April 2014

New Standardized License Application Helps Business
April 30, 2014

Getting a business up and running can be a daunting challenge. Getting financing, establishing a business plan and getting the necessary government licenses and permits can be very confusing. For businesses that have people working in multiple cities and counties, securing the needed business licenses can be especially time-consuming.  To remedy this situation, our next guest's organization has collaborated with others around the state to create a standardized business license application, which she says makes the entire process much more business-friendly.

Mike Switzer interviews Reba Campbell, Deputy Executive Director of the Municipal Association of South Carolina.

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Unemployed Tech Worker Reconfigures Success
April 29, 2014

A Navy veteran and Clemson University graduate, our next guest spent 11 years in the information technology field working with mainframe computers, and then he lost his job when the company he worked for migrated to a new network, eliminating his position. As he searched for jobs, he discovered that even with a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems, he needed to update his technical skills and certifications. He found some financial aid, enrolled at Greenville Technical College, and on the same day he graduated, he updated his LInkedIn profile, and within three hours, received a phone call for a job interview with a local company. Within 24 hours, he had two job interviews lined up.

Mike Switzer interviews Brian McClure, who is now with CompuCom, a contractor for BMW's North American headquarters in Greer, S.C.

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
April 28, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Part of South Carolina Suffers in the “Southern Crescent”
April 25, 2014

Our next guest says that the Southeastern United States could become a much more powerful economic engine if it could figure out a way to keep its best and brightest people from continuing to abandon its poverty-stricken rural communities.  He says the affected areas combine to create a huge crescent-shaped region across the south that his organization refers to, in fact, as the Southern Crescent.

Mike Switzer interviews Andy Brack, president of The Center for a Better South.

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High School Student Brings TEDxYouth Event to Columbia
April 24, 2014

Most people by now have heard of TED talks where leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about.  Our next guest is involved in a TED offshoot event for youth known as TEDxYouth@ColumbiaSC.

Mike Swizer interviews Kevin Rabinovich, an 11th grader at AC Flora High School, who is the founder and director.  This year's TEDxYouth@ColumbiaSC is April 26th at IT-ology.

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SC’s Tax Incentives Beneficial to Individuals, Businesses and Communities
April 23, 2014

South Carolina, like many states, has taken a proactive stance with economic development by offering tax incentives which continue to change our state's business environment.  Our next guest says that these initiatives prove beneficial in job creation, protecting our natural resources, revitalizing historic structures and focusing on the needs of our communities.  However, he also says most of the benefits are under-utilized due to lack of knowledge that they even exist.

Mike Switzer interviews Rusty Cagle, a certified financial planner with ASE Wealth Advisors in Greenville, SC.  Additional resources:

http://gsabusiness.com/news/50567-angel-investor-tax-credits-go-unclaimed

https://palmettokidsfirst.org/

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Big Names in Web Design Appearing Soon in Columbia
April 22, 2014

For the last few years, huge names in web design have been coming to speak at a conference in Columbia, SC.  People like President Obama's 2012 campaign design director, Josh Higgins (who is now a bigtime VP at Facebook in CA).  But no one outside of tech insider circles really knows about this conference.  Why?  Because tickets sell out so fast to attendees from as far away as Seattle and Japan, they don't have to do any PR.

Mike Switzer interviews Gene Crawford, founder and director of ConvergeSE, coming again to Columbia May 1st to 3rd.

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
April 21, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Artfields Revives Lake City Economy
April 18, 2014

Last year, we reported on a cultural event in a rural South Carolina community whose goal was to use art to revive the local economy.  Our next guest says it was a resounding success with over 20,000 people attending and an economic impact in excess of $5 million.

Mike Switzer interviews Karen Fowler, director of Artfields in Lake City, S.C.

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Charleston Chamber Calls for More Secondary Technology Education
April 17, 2014


Since 2007, the population of the tri-county area around Charleston, South Carolina has grown by almost twice the rate of the national average.  And over the next five years, employment growth is expected to increase by almost 50%.  Our next guest's organization says this is good news, but that there is a dark side: that in fact there exists a dangerously wide gap between the college degrees available from local institutions, and the degrees needed by local employers.

Mike Switzer interviews Laura Varn, a volunteer with the "Degrees of Change" initiative at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

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HR Start-Up Enters Local Business Accelerator Program
April 16, 2014

Over a year ago, we reported on a company that won a $15,000 technology prize to help them launch their human resources software business.  Since then, they built their software, launched the product, and have now been accepted into the Columbia technology accelerator known as Tminus6.

Mike Switzer interviews Sean Rankin, president of HuddleHR based in Columbia.

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IT Summit Coming Soon to S.C.
April 15, 2014

Information technology (IT) is continuing to drive innovation and job creation across many sectors of our state's economy.  More than 67,000 people in South Carolina are employed in a technology-related occupation at an average salary of $64,693, and our next guest says those numbers and their economic impact will only increase, if we can develop some strategies learned from a recent study that uncovered pockets of technology success already occurring in our state.

Mike Switzer interviews Matt Gardner, an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco, in the Graduate School of Business and a senior advisor to the Bay Area Council. He is an occasional contributor and special correspondent to the weekly radio program Biotech Nation, heard on NPR and elsewhere, and he will soon be in our sunny state as the keynote speaker at a statewide summit on IT.

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
April 14, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Groupon Helps Launch Local Business
April 11, 2014

Our next guest found herself at an unfulfilling desk job in insurance for 12 yrs. So she took $1,000 out of her life insurance policy for supplies to build her own business, while still working for the insurance company.  When she found she wasn't making the money she was hoping for, she decided to partner with Groupon and one year later, she was successfully out on her own.

Mike Swizter interviews Jana Gambrell, founder of Palmetto Paint and Pour in Columbia, S.C.

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Retirement Planning is More About the Head than the Money
April 10, 2014

When you mention retirement planning, most people (and their advisors), think about money.  How much will I need, How much do I have, How much will I spend, etc.  However, our next guest says that wrapping your head around this whole retirement planning issue can be just as important as the money.

Mike Switzer interviews Neil Brown, a certified financial planner with Burkett Financial Services in West Columbia.  Resources: APA Practice Central  US News article on retirement  Russell.com

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Upstate Entrepreneur Feeling Good Vibrations
April 09, 2014

During our next guest's stint as publisher of an upstate natural living magazine, she discovered something known as whole-body vibration, which she says had such a positive impact on her health that she decided to go into the business herself.

Mike Switzer interviews Linda Craig, founder of Circulation Nation based in Greer, S.C.  Additional Link:  Healthy Living Expo

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South Carolina Economy Humming Along in 2014
April 08, 2014

So far, 2014 is being kind to South Carolina's economy.  Unemployment is dropping like a rock, economic development announcements are everywhere.  Will it continue?

Mike Switzer interviews Joey von Nessen, with the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business, and their Division of Research.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
April 07, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Another “Top 25 Coolest Film Festival” Happening Soon in Columbia
April 04, 2014

Earlier this year, we told you about a South Carolina film festival that made it into MovieMaker magazine’s list of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World.  That was the Beaufort International Film Festival in February.  This month, another one from our state will be taking place and it made the list for the second time.

Mike Switzer interviews Seth Gadsden, co-director of the Indie Grits Film Festival, hosted by South Carolina's oldest independent film house, the Nickelodeon Theater in Columbia.

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Upstate Tourism Organization Garners Kudos
April 03, 2014

Our next guest's organization was recently honored with the South Carolina Governor’s Cup at the 2014 Governor’s Conference on Tourism & Travel, our state’s largest gathering of tourism industry professionals. This award is presented annually for demonstrating “extraordinary achievement in marketing a South Carolina attraction or destination”.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Stone, president of VisitGreenvilleSC.

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Local Illustrator Discovers a Picture is Worth 5,000 Subscribers
April 02, 2014

Each weekday, our next guest rises at 4:45 in the morning, reads the news, picks an interesting story, creates an illustration for that story and posts it to her blog. These illustrations have become so popular that they are being picked up by the national media, including NPR's Morning Edition which recently turned her illustrations into a week-long feature.

Mike Switzer interviews Maria Fabrizio, an illustrator + designer living and working in Columbia, SC and founder and creator of Wordless News.

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Physician Assistant Opportunities Growing in SC
April 01, 2014

During a recent interview on this show with a nurse practitioner, the comment was made that physician assistants work under the supervision of a doctor.  However, we were since informed that, while PAs have been trained, since the inception of the profession over 40 years ago, to serve patients as part of a medical team that includes doctors, nurses, medical assistants and office staff, they often practice autonomously.

Mike Switzer interviews Paul Jacques, Associate Professor in the Division of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.  Additional info: I'm a PA

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March 2014

S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
March 31, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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If You Don’t Need the Tax Deduction, Think Roth
March 28, 2014

As the April 15th tax deadline approaches, many people are considering lowering their tax bill or increasing their refund by making a contribution to a retirement account.  Our next guest says that maybe you should instead think about making that contribution to a retirement account that does not give you a current tax deduction, that is into a Roth IRA or Roth 401(k).

Mike Switzer interviews Corinne Sheridan, a certified financial planner at Abacus Planning Group in Columbia.

Vanguard article about whether to choose a Roth, traditional, or a mix

Online calculator to see the impact of your Roth savings over time

Forbes article about Roth 401(k) conversions

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Learning-Disabled Children Find Success
March 27, 2014

We talk about education regularly on this show because it's a topic of vital importance to our business community.  Most of the time, we focus on public schools and the efforts out there to improve public education outcomes.  Today, we are going to talk about the struggle facing parents with children diagnosed with learning disorders.  After her own experience with her learning-disabled child, our next guest went on to form a non-profit which is succeeding in enabling parents and teachers not only to better understand learning disabilities but most importantly, putting these kids on track to success.

Mike Switzer interviews Donna Weston, founder and executive director of the Discovery Program of South Carolina.

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Moore School’s New Dean Means Business
March 26, 2014

Earlier this year, the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business named it's new dean, after several months of searching.

Mike Switzer interviews Peter Brews, a native of South Africa, who had been a professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina and former associate dean of its OneMBA program.

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Charleston Restaurant Company Begins Expansion Phase
March 25, 2014

Over a year ago, a Charleston-based fine-dining restaurant company made the decision to expand outside of the LowCountry for the first time.  And that location was Columbia and the restaurant, The Oak Table.

Mike Switzer interviews Steve Palmer, managing partner at the Indigo Road Restaurant Group and he joins us now by phone from his office in Charleston.

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
March 24, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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SC Business Hall of Fame Celebrates 30 Years
March 21, 2014

South Carolina's business leaders come from all walks of life and on April 1st, you will have the chance to find out just how diverse this group is when Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina hosts the 30th Anniversary of the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame.

Mike Switzer interviews Stephanie Stuckey, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina and Rick Morgan, an attorney with Columbia's McNair law firm and chair of the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame.

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Women’s Professional Tennis Strokes Charleston’s Economy
March 20, 2014

South Carolina will soon be hosting for the 42nd consecutive year, a world-class sporting event bringing attendees from all over the world to the Palmetto State and showcasing the state's LowCountry to 143 countries via newly expanded TV coverage.

Mike Switzer interviews Bob Moran, tournament director for the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament coming to Daniel Island March 29th through April 6th.

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The Trials, Tribulations, and Successes of Obamacare in SC
March 19, 2014

Our next guest worked for nearly 20 years on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on issues involving Medicare, Medicaid, health care reform, insurance policy and tax policy.  She has since gone on to form her own insurance agency in South Carolina designed to help consumers with the changing insurance marketplace, in particular with the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

Mike Switzer interviews Marcia Alfaro, a principal with Visionary Insurance, based in Charleston.

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Is the Stock Market Poised for a Sell-Off?
March 18, 2014

After a terrific 5-year recovery in stocks, many prognosticators believe the bull market is running out of steam and so are calling for a correction.  Are we due for a sell-off and what are some ways to manage the inevitable ups and downs of the market?

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

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
March 17, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Non-Profits Succeed With Best Practices
March 14, 2014

The South Carolina Association for Non-Profit Organizations, known as SCANPO, recently held their annual summit in Charleston where they shared best practices from around the state and announced their annual Erin Hardwick Award for Nonprofit Excellence.

Mike Switzer interviews Madeleine McGee, President of SCANPO.

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S.C. Businesses Face Risks From Expiration of Windows XP
March 13, 2014

On April 8th, Microsoft will discontinue support on its most utilized operating system–Windows XP. With no more support available for XP, including security fixes and software updates, our next guest says that any PC running Windows XP after April 8th will be subject to numerous risks.

Mike Switzer interviews Amy Justis, president of CMIT Solutions in Charleston, S.C.  More Info.

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Can Nobel Prize Winners Predict the Markets?
March 12, 2014

Most stock brokers and financial advisors will tell you that their clients expect them to have a crystal ball when it comes predicting stock prices and financial markets.  If only such a prognistication device was available!  However, the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics was given to three researchers who have made progress in that area.

Mike Switzer interviews Cheryl Holland, a certified financial planner and founder of Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC.

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Upstate Code Academy Launches Expansion
March 11, 2014

What was once a small for-profit business incubator has recently exploded into not only a nurturer of start-up companies, but a school for geeks through their code academy that has launched new locations recently in Charleston and Atlanta.

Mike Switzer interviews Eric Dodds, chief marketing officer for The Iron Yard based in Greenville, SC.

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
March 10, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Will the Financial Markets Escape the Polar Vortex?
March 07, 2014

Does the snow and ice this year have you ready for spring?  After a prosperous 2013, the financial markets have also been feeling a little chilly lately.  Joining us is this morning with his regular market update and forecast is Doug English, a certified financial planner and principal with Carolinas Retirement Specialists in Greenville, SC.

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Blue Chip HR leaders Speaking Soon in Columbia
March 06, 2014

Finding the right people for your company or organization can be a daunting task and has in fact, developed into something of an art form.  The Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in Columbia has decided to tackle this subject head on with their upcoming Chief Human Resource Officer conference that is featuring an impressive lineup of guest speakers.

Mike Switzer interviews Anthony Nyberg, a management professor at USC in Columbia.

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S.C. Entrepreneurs Back on the FastTrac
March 05, 2014

If you are thinking of starting up a new company, there are many resources available to you in South Carolina.  If you are in the Midlands, you'll be happy to know that after a two year hiatus, the nationally-recognized FastTrac entrepreneurial training program is once again available.

Mike Switzer interviews Tom Ledbetter, Associate Vice President at the Enterprise Campus at Midlands Technical College in Northeast Columbia.

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Is Nanotechnology a Risk to the Environment?
March 04, 2014

We haven't heard alot about nanotechnology lately, but our next guest says it is indeed alive and well and affecting our everyday lives. And on March 11th he will present his research on the impact of nanotechnology at EngenuitySC's next Science Cafe in Columbia.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Jamie Lead, SmartState Endowed Chair in Environmental Science and Risk at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
March 03, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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February 2014

Boeing Backs New Literary and STEM program in S.C.
February 28, 2014

The business community is always interested in advances in education efforts in our state, and sometimes, they contribute in a large way. A local nonprofit organization that recruits young adults to serve as fulltime tutors, mentors and role models in high-need urban public schools, announced recently that The Boeing Company is helping to sponsor a new program that will serve as a demonstration and training site for statewide afterschool service providers in Literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Gail Wilson-Giarratano, executive director of City Year Columbia.

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Commercial Real Estate Rebounding With Economy
February 27, 2014

Because of the recent snow and ice storm, many people did not hear the Thursday show and so here it is in it's entirety:

We've been hearing a lot lately about how the housing market is rebounding significantly from the depths of the Great Recession.  But how about the commercial real estate market?  Our next guest says they are doing quite well, too.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Fraser, a principal and managing director with Avison Young in Charleston.

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How is the Affordable Care Act Working in S.C.?
February 26, 2014

Because of the recent snow and ice storm, many people did not hear the Wednesday show and so here it is in it's entirety:

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is now in place and people are signed up and continuing to sign up for this new version of health care insurance.  How is it going in South Carolina?

Mike Switzer interviews Lynn Bailey, a health care economist practicing in Columbia.

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Columbia Coffee Shop Double-Drips Success
February 25, 2014

After the closing of a popular coffee shop in the Five Points area of Columbia a few years ago, our next guest decided that the coffee void left behind was just too much for him to bear.  So he leased the space and re-opened the shop under a new name and soon experienced enough success to open a second location in Columbia's downtown business district.

Mike Switzer interviews Sean McCrossin, owner of Drip Coffee.

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
February 24, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Hilton Head Resort Makes Top 25
February 21, 2014

South Carolina continues to be recognized by the tourism industry.  Our next guest's resort recently made it into the top 25 of Travel + Leisure magazine's list of the World’s Best Family Resorts.

Mike Switzer interviews Brad Marra, assistant VP of resort operations for Palmetto Dunes, on Hilton Head Island, SC.

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S.C.‘s First Gigabit Community Lands in Summerville
February 20, 2014

Hi-speed Internet access is becoming a necessity in everyday life these days.  And some developers are working hard to bring the next level, known as ultra-fast Internet, to entire communities.  Our next guest's company recently announced that their new development in Summerville is the first Gigabit community in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Ken Seeger, president of MWV Community Development and Land Management, developers of the new community: Nexton.

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S.C. Coastal Agency Impacts Tri-State Economy
February 19, 2014

A recent economic study completed by the Darla Moore School of Business has found that a little known South Carolina state agency involved in economic opportunities and the conservation of our state's coastal and marine resources is responsible for generating millions of dollars in economic impact in the tri-state region.

MIke Switzer interviews Rick DeVoe, executive director of the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium.

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Tax Season Tax Tips
February 18, 2014

It's tax season again when some people and businesses are scrambling for ideas on how to lower their tax bill before the filing deadline, which is March 15th for most businesses and April 15th for individuals.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Beard with Gateway Wealth Strategies in Greenville, SC who helps with some tax tips.

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
February 17, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Boeing Backs New Literary and STEM program in S.C.
February 14, 2014

The business community is always interested in advances in education efforts in our state, and sometimes, they contribute in a large way. A local nonprofit organization that recruits young adults to serve as fulltime tutors, mentors and role models in high-need urban public schools, announced recently that The Boeing Company is helping to sponsor a new program that will serve as a demonstration and training site for statewide afterschool service providers in Literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Gail Wilson-Giarratano, executive director of City Year Columbia.

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Commercial Real Estate Rebounding With Economy
February 13, 2014

We've been hearing a lot lately about how the housing market is rebounding significantly from the depths of the Great Recession.  But how about the commercial real estate market?  Our next guest says they are doing quite well, too.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Fraser, a principal and managing director with Avison Young in Charleston.

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How is the Affordable Care Act Working in S.C.?
February 12, 2014

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is now in place and people are signed up and continuing to sign up for this new version of health care insurance.  How is it going in South Carolina?

Mike Switzer interviews Lynn Bailey, a health care economist practicing in Columbia.

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Do You Have a Giving Plan?
February 11, 2014

Financial advisors will tell you that charitable giving is an important part of most people's financial plans.  Maybe one of your new year's resolutions is to include charitable giving in your monthly budget, versus waiting until the end of the year when you start looking for tax deductions.

Mike Switzer interviews Frank Braddock, a Certified Financial Planner and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy who works with families and foundations throughout the country.  Frank is the current President of the South Carolina Financial Planning Association and is on the Board of the South Carolina Planned Giving Council.  Additional Resource:  SC Secretary of State Charities List  

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
February 10, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Planes, Trains, and Warehouses Move S.C.‘s Economy
February 07, 2014

When most people hear the words, transportation, distribution, logistics...they probably think of the trucking industry.  But the TDL industry (as it is known) is a lot more than trucks.  It includes warehouses, trains, buses, and airports.  And here in South Carolina, the TDL industry is its own cluster at New Carolina, our state's Council on Competitiveness, and they are having their annual summit on Feb. 12th in Columbia.

Mike Switzer inteerviews Dan Mann, Executive Director of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, a member of the TDL cluster.

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Beaufort Celebrates Film Industry
February 06, 2014

It's that time of year again, when independent film fans gather deep into South Carolina's LowCountry to see the latest entries in the annual Beaufort International Film Festival.

Mike Switzer interviews Run Tucker, the festival's director.

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S.C. Economy Continues to Improve
February 05, 2014

South Carolina recently announced that its unemployment rate has dropped to a post-recession low of 6.6%.  As 2014 unfolds, will the employment situation in our state continue to improve?

Mike Switzer interviews Joey Von Nessen, a research economist with the Moore School of Business Division of Research at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

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Science Cafe Re-Opens in Columbia
February 04, 2014

It's a new year and time for EngenuitySC to re-start its regular series in Columbia known as the Science Cafe.  The next one is scheduled for the evening of February 11, at the Speakeasy in Five Points, where the latest innovations from Clemson’s International Center for Automotive Research (ICAR) will be unveiled.

Mike Switzer interviews EngenuitySC's Executive Director, George Hutton.

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
February 03, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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January 2014

Nurse Practitioners Vie For Recognition in S.C.
January 31, 2014

With the aging of the population and the roll out of the Affordable Care Act, the need for primary care providers is expected to dramatically increase.  One type of primary care provider that hasn't had much publicity is a nurse practitioner which is an advanced practice registered nurses.  These nurses are educated, licensed and certified to assess, diagnose and manage acute and chronic diseases.

Mike Switzer interviews Cindy McLure, a nurse practioner and owner of Southern Cosmetic Laser and she joins us now by phone from her office in Summerville.

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Solar Company Leads Growth in S.C.
January 30, 2014

For the past three years, our next guest's company has grown by more than 1,000%, which resulted in them being named the Fastest Growing Company in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Andrew Streit, director of project management for Charleston, SC-based SolBright Renewable Energy, a solar project management company.

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Guinness World Record Attempt Coming Soon to Columbia
January 29, 2014

You've probably heard us talking about this over the past few weeks, but if not, Columbia will soon attempt the GUINNESS WORLD record for the most bowties tied simultaneously! And, it's a benefit for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Empric, an adjudicator for Guinness World Records.  Bow Tie Event in Columbia

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Be Prepared for Financial Success in 2014
January 28, 2014

Here we are near the end of January already.  Which means you've had almost a whole month to start putting into place your new year's resolutions.  A common resolution for many is to have a financially successful year.  In case that is one of yours, our next guest syas there are 10 simple steps that anyone can take to make 2014 a financially successful year.

Mike Switzer interviews Alex Chastain, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia.

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
January 27, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Economic Developers See Bright Future for S.C.
January 24, 2014

In 1965, a group of visionary professionals dedicated to developing the economy of our state founded the South Carolina Industrial Developers' Association, because, well, they wanted South Carolina to prosper. They envisioned a bright future for South Carolina and were determined to be a force of positive influence on economic development.

Mike Switzer interviews Jeff McKay, President of what is now known as the South Carolina Economic Developers Association.  He also serves as the Executive Director of one of the association's member organizations, the North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA) in Florence, S.C.

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Unemployed Architect Launches New Career Serving Non-Profits
January 23, 2014

As part of a large architectural firm in Greenville for nearly 30 years, our next guest was the architect for the Peace Center, and the Newberry Opera House, among many others  Along the way, he saw leaders struggle to translate noble causes into action. He decided to use what he saw to help leaders of churches and community organizations gather support and move forward with their own building projects.

Mike Switzer interviews Ron Geyer, president of Good City Architects, who joins us by phone from his office in Greenville, S.C.

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Fast Growing Apparel Tide Rolls from S.C.
January 22, 2014

The idea for our next guest's company was born not on the coast of South Carolina where the founder spent his summers, but on a trip to Italy where historical architecture, couture clothing, and high-performnce sports cars led him to start a Greenville, S.C. company that combined craftsmanship, clean lines, fine quality, and classic design into an upscale clothing manufacturer.

Mike Switzer interviews Will Priest, vice president of operations at Southern Tide.  Southern Tide came in at #5 on the list of Fastest Growing Companies in South Carolina and is the only company to be ranked within the top five fastest growing private S.C. companies for three straight years.  And is the fastest growing apparel company on the 2013 Inc. 5,000 list.  Bow Tie Event

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Is a 6% Return on Your Money Better Than an 8% Return?
January 21, 2014

Oftentimes, if investors focus too much on returns or trying to beat the market, our next guest says, "They may be missing out on the opportunity to build real wealth. In fact, getting a higher return may even translate to having less money."

Mike Switzer interviews Rick Van Der Noord, a certified financial planner in Greenville, S.C.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
January 20, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Green Jobs Promoted in S.C.
January 17, 2014

The Green Movement in South Carolina continues to be alive and well, thanks in part to our next guest's non-profit. This non-profit is part of a collaborative of organizations and community leaders who have joined together to expand the number of energy efficiency sector jobs throughout the state.

Mike Switzer interviews Bryan Cordell, Executive Director of The Sustainability Institute, which is part of the Energy Efficiency Jobs Network based in Charleston, S.C.

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Animal Rehab Center Opens in Upstate S.C.
January 16, 2014

Our next guest is a licensed veterinarian who has worked for four years as the owner of a general practice veterinary clinic, and prior to that as chief of staff in a corporate veterinary hospital. Today, she's very busy in a specialty area of veterinary care which is still not really well known, but is growing and flourishing.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Dicki Kennedy, a specialist in canine rehabilitation. She has opened the first veterinary rehab clinic in Upstate South Carolina, the Animal Rehab and Conditioning Center.

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Ft. Mill Company Ties One On
January 15, 2014

Our next guest discovered a niche market in menswear in 1986, making pocket squares on his dining room table.  He has since moved into a large workshop where he now also makes bowties, cumberbunds, t-shirts, braces, and belts.  Randall Hanauer joins us by phone now from R. Hanauer's headquarters in Ft. Mill, S.C. 

Check out the Bow Tie Event in Columbia.

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Does an All-Time Market High Mean Portfolio Readjustment Time?
January 14, 2014

Even though the markets have been reaching all time highs recently, many investors still remember the recent pain the “Great Recession” caused their portfolios.  Should investors adjust their strategies when the markets reach all-time highs?

Mike Switzer interviews Rusty Cagle, a certified financial planner with ASE Wealth Advisors in Greenville, S.C.  He has co-authored the book, Plan of Action: Strategies to Help You Build and Preserve Wealth.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
January 13, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Verizon Succeeding With Healthier Employees
January 10, 2014

Consistently singled out for its commitment to workplace wellness, our next guest's company has earned the designation of a Health & Wellness Trailblazer by the Alliance for Workplace Excellence.  An example is not only the company’s healthy vending machines and employee cafeterias, but farmers markets are actually brought on-site to encourage the consumption of fresh and local produce.

Mike Switzer interviews Shelley Hinson, who directs Verizon's Health & Wellness Center in Elgin, SC and supervises the company's Health & Wellness program in Charleston, in addition to some half dozen others along the East Coast.

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Micro-Businesses Nurtured in S.C.
January 09, 2014

Our next guest says he stays busy helping small businesses and microenterprises grow across South Carolina through a federal-state partnership known as the Individual Development Account Program.  He says this program has helped capitalize over 103 microbusinesses since 2005, and that they just received additional federal dollars for continuation of the program.

Mike Switzer interviews Bernie Mazyck, President & CEO of the SC Association of Community Development Corporations, based in Charleston, S.C.

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Midlands Man Opens European Markets to US Small Businessses
January 08, 2014

The idea for our our next next guest's business was borne out of his many trips throughout Europe and other parts of the world. Friends and colleagues would often ask him about products from smaller US companies that they wish they could purchase, but couldn't because these smaller companies did not ship overseas. So he decided build a low-cost shipping networks for these companies and their foriegn customer "wannabees".

Mike Switzer interviews Jerry Smith, founder of WishBox, based in Columbia, SC.

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A Company’s P/E Ratio is Often Overlooked by Investors
January 07, 2014

When most people look at buying a business, they usually compare the price of that business to how much profit that business earns and that helps them determine if it is a good value or not.  But when most people buy stocks or mutual funds, our next guest says they often overlook that most basic measure of value, which is known as the Price to Earnings ratio or PE.

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

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
January 06, 2014

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Excerpt from University of South Carolina’s Economic Outlook Conference
January 03, 2014

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley.

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Excerpt from University of South Carolina Economic Outlook Conference
January 02, 2014

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley.

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Excerpt from University of South Carolina’s Economic Outlook Conference
January 01, 2014

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Cullen Roche, Founder of Orcam Financial Group and the Pragmatic Capitalism Blog.

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2013

December 2013

Excerpt from University of South Carolina Economic Outlook Conference
December 31, 2013

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Cullen Roche, Founder of Orcam Financial Group and the Pragmatic Capitalism Blog.

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Excerpt from University of South Carolina’s Economic Outlook Conference
December 30, 2013

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Cullen Roche, Founder of Orcam Financial Group and the Pragmatic Capitalism Blog.

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Excerpt from University of South Carolina’s Economic Outlook Conference
December 27, 2013

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Ray Owens, Senior Economist with the Richmond Federal Reserve.

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Excerpt from University of South Carolina Economic Outlook Conference
December 26, 2013

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Ray Owens, Senior Economist with the Richmond Federal Reserve.

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Excerpt from University of South Carolina’s Economic Outlook Conference
December 25, 2013

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Dr. Joey Von Nessen, with USC's Darla Moore School of Business Division of Research.

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Excerpt from University of South Carolina’s Economic Outlook Conference
December 24, 2013

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Dr. Joey Von Nessen, with USC's Darla Moore School of Business Division of Research.

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Excerpt from University of South Carolina Economic Outlook Conference
December 23, 2013

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Dr. Joey Von Nessen, with USC's Darla Moore School of Business Division of Research.

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Columbia “Hot About Town” on New Year’s Eve
December 20, 2013

In its third year now, Columbia's New Year's Eve celebration known as Famously Hot New Year will be here soon and the event's orgaanizers say it promises to be bigger and better with this year's headline act: Kool and the Gang.

Mike Switzer intervuews Sam Johnson, assistant to Mayor Steve Benjamin.

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Goodwill Rehabs Disabled Workers
December 19, 2013

You may have heard our interview recently with Parnell Diggs, president of the National Federation of the Blind in SC regarding special minimum wage exemptions for workers with disabilities. Mr. Parnell is pushing for Congress to stop allowing employers to receive permission to pay some disabled workers less than minimum wage, a wage that he says is sometimes only pennies per hour.  Our next guest says his organization does utilize this minimum wage exemption to employ disabled workers who otherwise would not be able to find a job.

Mike Switzer interviews Robert Smith, president and CEO of Goodwill of Lower SC.

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Charleston Man Pushes Others to Success
December 18, 2013

After reading a story in Sports Illustrated about a 70-year-old man who had pushed his disabled son for 33 years in road races and triathlons, our next guest was motivated to do the same for a disabled child in his area by raising money to purchase a running chair for the child and running with her in a race.  Since then he has started a non-profit foundation to purchase these running chairs for others.

Mike Switzer interviews Sean Glassberg, founder of Racers for Pacers in Charleston.

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Retired Colonel Organizes New Life
December 17, 2013

Our next guest is a retired colonel from the US Marine Corps who has found her second career as a professional organizer and daily money manager and she says she has found her passion again.

Mike Switzer interviews Roxanne Cheney, who joins us by phone from Beaufort, SC.

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
December 16, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Charleston Student Semi-Finalist in National Business Competition
December 13, 2013

In October, two Charleston area Yescarolina high school students, out of only 39 nationwide, traveled to New York City as finalists in the National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Mike Switzer interviews Evan Knox, a junior at Charleston Collegiate Scholl, who was one of those students.  Evan made it all the way to the semi-finals which is the top 12 in the country.  His company is Bullseye Web Designs.

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B2B Marketing Firm Celebrates 20 Years
December 12, 2013

During the most recent economic downturn, many marketing companies went out of business as companies scaled back their advertising budgets.  In fact, many are still struggling.  Our next guest, however, says his firm has not only survived but is thriving in the business-to-business marketing sector and recently celebrated their 20th anniversary.

Mike Switzer interviews Craig O'Neal, president of Vantage Point Marketing in Greenville, SC.

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Upstate Law Firm Wins Diversity Award
December 11, 2013

Our next guest says that there is a shallow pool of minority professionals which poses an ongoing challenge for South Carolina companies that want to have a diversified workforce.  But one local law firm is working hard to acheive that diversification and recently won an award for their efforts.

Mike Switzer interviews Jennifer Johnsen, the diversity committee chair for Gallivan, White & Boyd in Greenville, SC.

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Does Your Financial Advisor Have a Conflict of Interest?
December 10, 2013

If you use an investment professional for your financial advice, are they providing recommendations that are in your best interest or theirs?   The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (or FINRA) has been looking closely at conflicts of interest recently and has proposed a fiduciary standard to apply to both brokers and investment advisors.

Mike Switzer interviews Rob Dehollander, President of DeHollander & Janse Financial Group Greenville, S.C.  Rob is also a certified financial planner and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
December 09, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Are You Planning Your Giving or Just Planning on Giving?
December 06, 2013

Most charities will tell you that this time of year is the giving time of year.  Donations are almost always higher in November and December than any other months.  Our next guest says that most people should also have a written plan for their philanthropic efforts and that they should have some sense of return for their donations, almost as if it was an investment.

Mike Switzer interviews Frank Braddock, a certified financial planner and chartered advisor in philanthropy in Columbia, SC.

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Columbia Gets Crafty
December 05, 2013

Craft fairs occcur regularly across South Carolina but not very many of them consist of vendors that are handpicked by qualified jurors.  But at this time, each year, one does occur in Columbia, known as Crafty Feast.

Mike Switzer interviews Sally Peek, one of the vendors who was able to quit her job and work full time with her craft from home, Nana By Sally.

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Clusters Working in S.C.‘s Economy
December 04, 2013

Almost ten years ago, Harvard professor and internationally lauded economic development guru Michael Porter, gave a speech here in South Carolina where he recommended a specific economic development strategy for our state known as clustering.  Since then, our next guest's organization has been hard at work implementing that strategy, and many would say to great successs.

Mike Switzer interviews Laura McKinney, executive director of New Carolina, South Carolina's Council on Competitiveness.

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USC’s Moore School of Business Presents: The Great Unwinding
December 03, 2013

It's that time of year again for the annual Economic Outlook conference from USC's Moore School of Business.

Mike Switzer interviews Joey von Nessen, with the Moore School's Divivsion of Research.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
December 02, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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November 2013

Lexington Woman Discovers Entrepreneurship Through Chance Meeting with USC Students
November 29, 2013

(Replay from a previous broadcast) A great new business idea often starts with the phrase "Wouldn't it be nice if ___________ and then that "if" gets created, hopefully by you, right? Well, once again that has happened, this time with a Lexington entrepreneur who couldn't find the lotion she wanted for her sensitive skin, so she cooked it up in her kitchen, met some USC students, and now she has a growing business.

Mike Switzer interviews Misty Rawls, founder of Just Wanna Melt.

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Is Diversification Dead?
November 28, 2013

(Replay from a previous broadcast) As the last quarter of the year fast approaches, many of you will be reviewing your investment and retirement portfolios and wondering if your mix of stocks and bonds has been working and if it might need tweaking going forward.  Our next guest does this for a living and says she has been hearing people complain that diversification into various asset classes has not been paying off for them.  So, is diversification dead?

Mike Switzer Cheryl Holland, a certified financial planner and the award-winning founder of Abacus Planning Group in Columbia.

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Sometimes Appearances Do Make All the Difference—Revitalizing a South Carolina Downtown
November 27, 2013

(Replay from an earlier broadcast) Many South Carolina towns and cities struggle with their efforts to turn around their downtowns. Some of these areas have become over-run with blight, one empty building after another. Our next guest, who has achieved significant success in revitalizing two medium-size cities' downtown areas in our state over the last decade, says that you can't even begin to make progress if local government doesn't enact and enforce an Appearance and Maintenance ordinance. 

Mike Switzer interviews Ray Reich, the downtown development manager for Florence, S.C.

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John’s Island SCORE’s a New Restaurant
November 26, 2013

The restaurant business is well known to be a graveyard for entrepreneurs, but our next guest decided that wasn't enough to scare him and his wife away, especially since they both had experience in the food and beverage industry.

Mike Switzer interviews Jim Sweeney, who along with his wife, Dawn, recently opened Sweeney's Restaurant on John's Island, near Charleston.  Sweeney's is our SCORE Success Story of the Month.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
November 25, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Social Security Strategies Can Alleviate Small Cost-of-Living Adjustments
November 22, 2013

This coming January, nearly 63 million Americans will receive a small increase in their monthly social security benefits. They will receive, in fact, the smallest increase they've seen in 10 years. How important are these annual increases to our country's social security recipients?

Mike Switzer interviews Doug English, a certified financial planner with Carolinas Retirement Specialists with offices in Charleston, Greenville, and Asheville.

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Tried to Reach Your Legislator Lately?
November 21, 2013

How often have you or your company tried or thought about trying to reach an elected official to voice your concerns over a legislative topic? Our next guest says that many people try through a form letter on the legislator's website but never hear back...he knows why and says he has a solution.

Mike Switzer interviews Chip Felkel, founder of the RAP Index based in Greenville, S.C. 

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Micro-Brewery in Spartanburg Bubbling Up Double-Digit Growth
November 20, 2013

A small brewery in Spartanburg, S.C. recently made it to the top 20 in the country to receive a commercial in the upcoming Super Bowl. They didn't make it to the winner's circle, but the company is optimistic that the contest is evidence that they are on the right track.

Mike Switzer interviews Henry Depew, President of RJ Rockers Brewery.

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National Magazine Builds Success from Charleston, S.C.
November 19, 2013

Our next guest has appeared on our show a few times over the past few years, and the reason is because her company continues to amaze us. In today's world of declining circulation for print media, such as newspapers and magazines, her national magazine's ad revenue, circulation, and newsstand numbers continue to show double-digit growth, all the while, based in Charleston, S.C.

Mike Switzer interviews Rebecca Darwin, President and CEO of Garden and Gun Magazine. Their Jubilee Festival, which she mentions in the interview, is Dec. 6-8 in Charleston.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
November 18, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Women IT Professionals Banding Together in Upstate S.C.
November 15, 2013

Our next guest founded a women's technology networking group because she says women, more than anyone, can benefit from using technology to maintain a healthy home/work balance.

Mike Switzer interviews Jill Rose, president of Upstate Women in Technology.

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Three Mega-Watt Solar Farm to be Online in S.C. by End of Year
November 14, 2013

You've probably heard that our state’s electric cooperatives are teaming with Santee Cooper to construct the state’s largest solar farm. Located in Colleton County, it is scheduled to produce power by the end of this year, and when operating at peak capacity will generate 3MW of electricity.

Mike Switzer interviews Mike Couick, CEO of the Electric Cooperatives of SC.

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S.C. Inventor Succeeds With Electricity Monitoring Device
November 13, 2013

In case you were wondering, the green movement in South Carolina is still alive and well. One example is our next guest's company, which is busy manufacturing a real-time in-home electricity management system, which he says allows you to view your energy usage remotely.

Mike Switzer interviews Dolph Rodenberg, President of Energy, Inc., makers of The Energy Detective.

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What’s a Retirement Investor to Do With Volatile Stock Markets and Low Interest Rates?
November 12, 2013

The stock market seems to be perenially volatile and meanwhile, interest rates continue to stay low.  So what is an investor to do when they are someone who needs a little more certainty in their retirement savings or retirement income.

Mike Switzer interviews Carter Boucher, a Certified Financial Planner with Boucher Capital Management in Anderson, SC.  He is also a registered representative for Triad Advisors and an investment advisor representative with Ballentine Capital Advisors.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
November 11, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Disabled Workers Fighting for Right to Receive Minimum Wage
November 08, 2013

Our next guest says there is a fairly hot topic circulating in the world of disability and the business community, at the moment, surrounding the federal minimum wage. He says most people do not realize that the federal minimum wage (that became law as part of the Fair Labor Standards Act) contains a provision allowing employers to pay disabled workers less than the federal minimum wage, even pennies per hour.

Mike Switzer interviews Parnell Diggs, President of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina.

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Money Available for Affordable Housing Developers
November 07, 2013

An adequate supply of affordable housing is a goal of most municipalities.  But does this mean cities and towns need to try to attract developers of housing projects that may eventually become slums?

Mike Switzer interviews Brian Huskey, who was recently appointed the Executive Director of the Midlands Housing Trust Fund. The Trust was created as an initiative of the United Way of the Midlands of South Carolina with a mission to preserve and expand the stock of affordable housing in the area.

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300,000 Square Foot Business Incubator Offers Free Space in Spartanburg
November 06, 2013

If you are a regular listener, you know that we regularly feature stories about our state's active and growing entrepreneurial climate.  We recently learned that South Carolina, in fact, is home to the largest business incubator in the Southeast and the 4th largest in the nation, which we think is a pretty big deal.

Mike Switzer interviews Mike Forrester, director of Spartanburg Community College's Center for Business & Entrepreneurial Development.

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Employees’ Financial Health Should Concern Employers
November 05, 2013

Healthcare enrollment, in particular for health insurance through the Affordable Health Care Act, has certainly been on small business owners' minds lately.  But our next guest says that in addition to health care, a business owner should also be concerned with employees' financial health.

Mike Switzer interviews Pam Horack, a financial planner with Pathfinder Planning in Lake Wylie, S.C.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
November 04, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Successful Architects Still Use Hand-Drawings
November 01, 2013

You probably expect that most architects these days use fancy software programs to do their drawings. And you would be right. However, we recently learned of one firm that still uses hand-drawings but in conjunction with advanced 3-D software.

Mike Switzer interviews Jamey Arthur, director of the Charleston studio of Vin-Yet Architecture.

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October 2013

Biotech Start-Ups Find Assistance in S.C.
October 31, 2013

South Carolina's entrepreneurial scene keeps showing up on our radar. Our next guest's organization just finished a very successful Start-Up Boot Camp with eight fledgling companies graduating.

Mike Switzer interviews Wayne Roper, president of SC BIO in Greenwood.

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Doctors Are Encouraging Kids to Read
October 30, 2013

In case you didn't know, November 1 is National Family Literacy Day, and our next guest's organization is busy spreading the word and working with the business community to help families to nurture their small children with books.

Mike Switzer interviews Callee Boulware, executive director of Reach Out and Read Carolinas, also known as ROAR.

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Property Rights Come with Responsibilities
October 29, 2013

Owning property, whether it is personal property or real estate, is a source of joy for many people. But our next guest says that source of enjoyment also comes with a certain level of responsibility.

Mike Switzer interviews Susan McCants, a Certified Financial Planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
October 28, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C. Crowdfunding sites mentioned on today's show: http://fundingcharleston.com/  
http://www.serrus.com/new-sec-regulations-spark-transformation-for-serrus-capital-partners/   https://www.innoventure.com/ventures/view/50abc4a9-4768-4188-b28a-007dac101012#updates   SCcrowdfund.com

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Verizon Initiates Military Hiring Program in S.C.
October 25, 2013

When people leave the military, they sometimes have a hard time transitioning to a new career, especially when the economy is difficult as it has been over the last several years. But our next guest's company has decided to do something about that.

Mike Switzer interviews Michele Brookshire, from Verizon's Talent Acquisition Team which recently initiated a Military Hiring program.

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IT-oLogy and Midlands Tech GRIT the Unemployed for Success
October 24, 2013

In 2012, Midlands Technical College in Columbia was awarded a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to fund their Growing Resources for Information Technology (GRIT) program. The purpose of the program is to build a training infrastructure for information technology occupations for unemployed veterans, minorities, women and others.

Mike Switzer interviews Lori Mack, the GRIT Coordinator for IT-oLogy, a partner with Midlands Tech in this program.

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Greenville Woman SCORES Success “Pedaling” to Women
October 23, 2013

Our next guest claims to have founded the first women-specific bicycle shop and athletic boutique in the country. Her business is also our SCORE success story for this month. You may remember that SCORE is the volunteer small business counseling arm of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Mike Switzer interviews Robin Bylenga, owner of Pedal Chic in Greenville, S.C.

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What Happens to Your Account when Your Financial Adviser Retires?
October 22, 2013

The population is getting older and in case you haven't noticed, your financial advisor may be graying around the temples, as well. What will happen to your accounts when he or she retires?  For those of you whose financial advisors are nearing their retirement years, this could be an important question.

Mike Switzer interviews Doug English, a financial practice acquisition and continuity expert in Asheville N.C.  He is also a Certified Financial Planner with Carolinas Retirement Specialists with offices in Charleston and Greenville, and you might recognize his name because we have sought his advice on topics for this show now for more than 10 years.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
October 21, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Is Your Company Doing Enough To Make Sure You Plan for a Comfortable Retirement?
October 18, 2013

Our next guest believes that employers who offer a retirement plan to their employees should be doing more to help these employees to be financially prepared for retirement. And to acheive this end, he recently went to school to become a Certified Behavioral Finance Analyst.

Mike Switzer interviews Chip Hardy with PrimeTRUST Advisors in Columbia.

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Private Information is a Vital Business Asset Often Underestimated
October 17, 2013

Most businesses are aware of the need to protect vital information. But our next guest says that the entire company’s processes, policies, and systems should reflect the value of those private information assets.

Mike Switzer interviews Jack Pringle, an attorney with the Columbia, S.C. office of Adams and Reese.

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Columbia Group Flying High with Restoration Fever
October 16, 2013

You may recognize the name Curtiss Wright as the aerospace company born out of the early days of flight and the efforts of the Wright brothers. The Curtiss-Wright company built over 30 hangars for their airplanes in the 1920s and '30s all across the U.S. There are only two unchanged Curtiss-Wright hangars still in existence from that era, and one is in Columbia, S.C. Our next guests have launched an effort to preserve and restore the structure, including turning it into a restaurant, special events/banquet venue and a S.C. Aerospace Museum.

Mike Switzer interviews Scott Linaberry and Krisdee Foster with CWH Partners in Columbia.

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Research Shows Young Adults Ill-Prepared for Retirement
October 15, 2013

Our next guest says that his research is showing that young adults, not baby boomers, are most at risk when it comes to being prepared for retirement.

Mike Switzer interviews Scott Spann, a certified financial planner with Financial Finesse in Charleston.  Financial Finess Retirement Plan Estimator   Retirement calculator:  E$Planner Basic

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
October 14, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Clean Energy Jobs Up in S.C.
October 11, 2013

Our next guest's organization recently completed a study of the employment situation in the clean energy sector and he says the results are good.

Mike Switzer interviews Jim Poch, the new executive director of the South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance.

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Junior Achievement Helping To Fill Skills Gap
October 10, 2013

Many jobs in South Carolina continue to go unfilled because they require that the applicant have more than a high school degree but not so much as a four-year college degree. These are referred to as "middle-skilled" occupations. Our next guest says that her organization is helping to bridge this skills gap.

Mike Switzer interviews Stephanie Stuckey, president of Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina.

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Lexington Woman Discovers Entrepreneurship Through Chance Meeting with USC Students
October 09, 2013

A great new business idea often starts with the phrase "Wouldn't it be nice if ___________ and then that "if" gets created, hopefully by you, right? Well, once again that has happened, this time with a Lexington entrepreneur who couldn't find the lotion she wanted for her sensitive skin, so she cooked it up in her kitchen, met some USC students, and now she has a growing business.

Mike Switzer interviews Misty Rawls, founder of Just Wanna Melt.

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EngenuitySC Ignites Knowledge Economy
October 08, 2013

Our next guest's organization is striving to enhance the Midlands' economic competitiveness by nurturing the area's innovation economy.  And each year, they celebrate their work with a gala event in Columbia known as "Ignite!".

Mike Switzer interviews Holt Chetwood, Midlands Market President at Wells Fargo, which is a sponsor for the Ignite! Ideas Contest, and he's a member of the EngenuitySC Executive Committee, the host organization.

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
October 07, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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New Healthcare Insurance Options for S.C.
October 04, 2013

October 1 has come and gone and that means the healthcare insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, are now open for business. What does this mean for those of us living in South Carolina? How will buying healthcare insurance change?

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Baughman, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia. 

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Don’t Wear a Bib While Conducting Business at Dinner
October 03, 2013

In today's economy, the last thing a business would want to do is to lose a customer or prospect over something that might be considered trivial. Our next guest says that inappropriate manners and/or attire has soured many a business deal, and that's why we asked her here this morning so that, hopefully, that won't happen to you.

Mike Switzer interviews Deborah O’Connor, a social strategist and president of Successful Image in Columbia, S.C. 

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Successful Columbia Restaurateur Ventures Down the Whiskey Road
October 02, 2013

The restaurant business can be a dog-eat-dog world, sometimes coming and going faster than you can make your next reservation. Our next guest hasn't had that problem though. He's a successful serial restaurateur in Columbia who has brought to life recognizable names such as Mr. Friendly's, Solstice, Gervais and Vine, Rosso, and now Bourbon, featuring cajun/creole style food and of course, whiskey. Speaking of which, he's also decided to launch what he hopes will become an annual event: The Great American Whiskey Fair.

Mike Switzer interviews Kristian Niemi.

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S.C. High School Students Studying College-Level Engineering Virtually
October 01, 2013

STEM, the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math continues to be a hot trend in today's schools, and nowhere is it hotter in South Carolina than at the Governor's School for Science and Math in Hartsville, where a college-level engineering course has sprung to life.

Mike Switzer interviews Alison Mann, the school's Director of Marketing.

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September 2013

S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
September 30, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Charleston Company SCOREs with Alpaca Fleece
September 27, 2013

If you are a regular listener, you know that once a month we like feature to a success story from SCORE, the volunteer small business counseling arm of the US Small Business Administration.  SCORE has chapters all across South Carolina and today's story comes from Charleston where our next guest's company specializes in products made from Alpaca fleece.  An Alpaca is a Peruvian animal that is similar to a llama, only smaller.

Mike Switzer interviews Ryan Bymaster with The Latin Collection.

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Financial Landscape Continues to Change for Retirees
September 26, 2013

Retirement planning began a sea change over thirty years ago when Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA's) were born.  Then came 401k plans and the demise of pension plans, now the Affordable Health Care Act is just one more sign to our next guest that the financial landscape continues to change for retirees.

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

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New Healthcare Law May Bring Design Changes to Facilities
September 25, 2013

The Affordable Care Act will soon be changing how you shop for health insurance and healthcare and our next guest says that as a result of this, his company is seeing new trends in the design and construction of new health care  facilities.

Mike Switzer interviews Larry Kogut, director of architecture at GMK Associates in Columbia, ranked by Modern Healthcare as the #7 health-care design-build firm in the nation.  Larry himself, has over 34 years of experience in the industry and is a nationally recognized expert on designing minimally invasive operating rooms.

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Golf Goes For the Green in More Ways than One
September 24, 2013

When you think of golf and the word green, you probably think of that flat surface with the short grass upon which the players execute their putting stroke.  Rarely do people think of golf and the other green, sustainability green.  But there is an event coming to Hilton Head Island, SC, that hopes to change that perspective.

Mike Switzer interviews Teresa Wade, executive director of Experience Green, a nonprofit that will be hosting that event, called "Sustainability in Golf…Beyond the Green."

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
September 23, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Is Diversification Dead?
September 20, 2013

As the last quarter of the year fast approaches, many of you will be reviewing your investment and retirement portfolios and wondering if your mix of stocks and bonds has been working and if it might need tweaking going forward.  Our next guest does this for a living and says she has been hearing people complain that diversification into various asset classes has not been paying off for them.  So, is diversification dead?

Mike Switzer Cheryl Holland, a certified financial planner and the award-winning founder of Abacus Planning Group in Columbia.

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Charleston Attorney is 2nd Female in 90 Years to Run Prestigious Organization
September 19, 2013

Although the statistics show that the number of women leading America's law firms is stagnating and their pay is still below that of their male peers, they are making real strides in the legal profession on the national and international levels.  Our next guest is an excellent example.

Mike Switzer interviews Charleston attorney, Molly Hood Craig, who has recently been elected President of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).  The IADC is an invitation-only, professional legal organization comprised of almost 2,500 defense lawyers from 36 countries and the United States. 

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Businesses Fight to Save Ancient Tree on Johns Island
September 18, 2013

If you are a long-time South Carolina resident, you've probably heard about the ancient and giganticly-sprawling live oak tree in Charleston known as the Angel Oak.  You may also have even heard about recent efforts to develop land near the tree that preservationists and nearby businesses say may be the death knell for this state landmark.  In fact, the area business community and non-profits are right now engaged in a $1.2 million fundraising effort to buy the surrounding land to keep it from being developed.

Mike Switzer interviews Elizabeth Hagood, director of the LowCountry Open Land Trust in Charleston.

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Columbia Organization Puts Emphasis on Design
September 17, 2013

Since 1997, our next guest's organization has been hosting events in an effort to engage, challenge and inspire people to appreciate the impact of design on our everyday lives.  Tonight is their Tatoo design event.

Mike Switzer interviews Elizabeth Nkuo Johnson, President of the Columbia Design League.

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
September 16, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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New Carolina Working to Transform S.C. Schools
September 13, 2013

Earlier this year, New Carolina, known as S.C.'s Council on Competitiveness, unveiled TransformSC, an initiative to transform public education in South Carolina. At their education summit held in May, over 300 business leaders, school officials, and others rethinking public school in South Carolina discussed totally transforming what they referred to as an outdated school system that was designed for a society of 100 years ago, not for today's technologically advanced society. Later this month, TransformSC is hosting a Fall Workshop for the schools who have been accepted as TransformSC learning laboratories.

Mike Switzer interviews Jim Reynolds, president of Total Comfort Solutions in Columbia and a member of TransformSC.

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Sometimes Appearances Do Make All the Difference—Revitalizing a South Carolina Downtown
September 12, 2013

Many South Carolina towns and cities struggle with their efforts to turn around their downtowns. Some of these areas have become over-run with blight, one empty building after another. Our next guest, who has achieved significant success in revitalizing two medium-size cities' downtown areas in our state over the last decade, says that you can't even begin to make progress if local government doesn't enact and enforce an Appearance and Maintenance ordinance. 

Mike Switzer interviews Ray Reich, the downtown development manager for Florence, S.C.

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How Will S.C.‘s Midlands Plan for a Half-Million New Residents?
September 11, 2013

Most municipalities would tell you that if they had a choice between planned growth and random growth, they would always choose planned. But the reality is that most towns and cities grow by random sprawl. The irony for a city like Columbia is that it was originally a well-planned city with wide streets on a nicely-laid out grid. But then urban flight came along and neighborhoods and shopping centers began popping up haphazardly. Our next guests say that 450,000 new people will be living in South Carolina's Midlands by 2040 and they want to make sure the planning for that growth is done right.

Mike Switzer interviews Herbert Ames and Irene Dumas Tyson are with Midlands Reality Check.

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Regional Water Conference Coming to Upstate S.C.
September 10, 2013

Over the past several years, the topic of municipal water has usually been discussed in conjunction with drought and the resulting water shortages. This year's heavy rains have, for the moment, taken drought out of that discussion, but there are always issues involving our water resources.

Mike Switzer interviews Ken Tuck, with Spartanburg Water, and chair of the upcoming Confluence Conference in Greenville, S.C. that will bring together water thought leaders from our Tri-State area. Last year, the conference won a national award from the American Waterworks Association. 

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
September 09, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Columbia Company Invents Fuel-Saving Tail-Fin for Truckers
September 06, 2013

Most people realize that 18-wheelers use a lot of fuel...on average, in fact, about $71,000 each, annually. And that's why they are always looking for ways to make these big rigs more energy efficient. Our next guest believes his company has found a new and better tail-fin system that he says will allow truckers to save another 5% on their fuel costs.

Mike Switzer interviews Dave McNamara, co-founder of Big Rig Innovations in Columbia, S.C.

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Off-Grid Apartment/Condos Coming to Upstate S.C.
September 05, 2013

Our next guest says he and a partner have designed and developed a plan to build off-grid apartment/condos with production organic vegetable gardens. And he plans to build their first homes in Greenville, S.C.

Mike Switzer interviews Mark Clayton, the engineer and developer for this project, Renewable-Sustainable-Living.

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IT-oLogy to Host “Trends 2013” in Columbia
September 04, 2013

IT-oLogy, the Columbia, S.C.-based non-profit promoting the information technology profession in our state, will host its third annual "Trends" conference soon in the capital city. The event will focus on the topic of actionable analytics. What are actionable analytics? Our next guest says they can be especially useful in law enforcement.

Mike Switzer interviews Rob Davis, the former police chief of San Jose, California. He is now with Hillard Heintze, a law enforcement consulting firm in Chicago, and he will be one of the presenters at Trends 2013.

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Reverse Mortgages Have a New Twist
September 03, 2013

The closer you are to retirement, the more your financial plan starts focusing on distribution and less on accumulation. With income investments not offering very exciting yields these days, how are you going to generate that retirement income you need? Our next guest says that some statisticians and advisors are recommending that you consider using your home.

Mike Switzer interviews Rick Van Der Noord, a Certified Financial Planner in Greenville S.C.

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
September 02, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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August 2013

Green Is Good for Business
August 31, 2013

By now, most businesses are aware that implementing sustainable solutions in the workplace is not only good for the bottom line, but the top line as well. But if you aren't riding that wave yet or if you are and would like to stay current on the latest and greatest, you may want to know about the Green Is Good For Business conference coming soon to Columbia.

Mike Switzer interviews Mary Pat Baldauf, who is affectionately known as the City of Columbia's Green Goddess.

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Local Biofuels Company Working with Schools
August 29, 2013

For the last several years, our next guest's company has been converting discarded cooking oil into diesel fuel and selling it from their conversion facility and pumping station in Winnsboro, S.C. They have been so successful that they have decided to help a local school district use their product for their school buses and as a fundraising tool.

Mike Switzer interviews "Bio" Joe Renwick, owner of Midlands Biofuels.

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Putting Your Retirement on Auto-Pilot
August 28, 2013

More and more people are starting to put their retirement plans on auto-pilot because, let's face it, we're all too busy and some things just have to be delegated. A popular auto-pilot method these days for retirement plans is known as a "Retirement Date" or "Target Date" mutual fund. In fact, last year, Vanguard, a major 401(k) plan provider with over $400 billion in retirement plan assets, reported that two-thirds of new money coming into their plans were invested in these date-oriented funds.

Mike Switzer interviews Roy Janse, a managing principal with DeHollander & Janse Financial Group Greenville, S.C. Roy is also a certified financial planner and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary.

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Columbia’s Vista Business District Celebrates Success
August 27, 2013

Many of our state's downtowns have been experiencing a revival in business as the economy continues to improve.  And our next guest says Columbia is no exception as it's historic Vista area continues to thrive.

Mike Switzer interviews Sarah Lewis, executive director of the Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit organization charged with assisting its member business with their endeavors towards success.  Their annual celebration, Viva La Vista, is coming Sept. 7th.

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
August 26, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Plastic Money Causing Rise in Fraud
August 23, 2013

I don't know about you, but I rarely use cash or write checks anymore. This increasing prevalence of "plastic" money has unfortunately been accompanied by a rise in credit and debit card fraud. Our next guest says she has some tips for preventing fraud and for those who have become victims of credit or debit card fraud, and she has some tips for you, too.

Mike Switzer interviews Bethany Griffith, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia.  Additional resources:

·     Personal bank or credit card website

·     www.annualcreditreport.com

·     www.consumer.ftc.org

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Former SCORE Employee Succeeds in Discovering Money for Others
August 22, 2013

(Due to technical difficulties during the original airing of this episode on July 25th, we are running it again for your enjoyment today.)

If you are a regular listener, you know we like to feature success stories from SCORE each month. SCORE, if you don't know, is the volunteer small business counseling arm of the U.S. Small Business Administration. While working for a local SCORE chapter, our next guest conceived of a new venture to research, find, and recover outstanding fee and tax moneys left in big company and local/state taxing authority accounts. In fact, he actually found $300 in overpaid fees that his local SCORE chapter was owed from AT&T.

Mike Switzer interviews Jay Blocksom, founder of Good News Asset Recovery now based in Buchanan, Georgia.

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LA Screenwriter Becomes Novelist in Beaufort
August 21, 2013

We met our next guest at the Beaufort International Film Festival earlier this year where she was conducting a screenwriter's workshop on how to sell your screenplay.  She has, herself, written and sold many screenplays, which were made into successful TV movies.

Mike Switzer interviews Haden Yelin, who since moving to Beaufort from Los Angeles, has now decided to become a novelist, self-publishing her first work, The Conjurer. During the interview, Haden recommended the book "How To Write a Movie in 21 Days" by Viki King.

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Is the Cyclical Bull Inside the Secular Bear About to End?
August 20, 2013

Our next guest believes that most people think there is only one type of bull or bear market, but he says there are actually two. What are they, which are we in right now, and where are we headed?

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

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
August 19, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Columbia Bargain Hunter Treasures the Chase
August 16, 2013

You may have suspected this. In fact, you yourself may be participating. People are making money by purchasing items from yard sales and Goodwill and selling them at antique malls and consignment shops. Our next guest says it's an activity that is both fruitful and fun.

Mike Switzer interviews Helen Fellers, who lives and bargains in Columbia. She sells her treasures at Booth #36 at the City Market in Downtown Columbia.

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Un-Conference for Web Developers Coming Soon to Upstate
August 15, 2013

If you are a regular listener, you know that we like to feature upcoming conferences that we feel may be of interest to our state's business community. Today we are going to talk about one that our next guest refers to as an un-conference.

Mike Switzer interviews Benjamin Young, one of the organizers of REST Fest, which focuses on a specific type of Web development. He joins us by phone from his office in Greenville, S.C.

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Crowdfunding Regulations Now Issued
August 14, 2013

Almost a year ago, Congress passed a law to permit companies to contact a wider pool of potential investors to raise capital without having to engage in the expense of a full-blown public securities offering. Since then, many companies and investors have been waiting for the Securities and Exchange Commission to issue the rules necessary for them to take advantage of this change. On July 10, the SEC finally adopted these regulations.

Mike Switzer interviews Andy Coburn, a securities lawyer with the Wyche Law Firm in Greenville, S.C.

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Insurance “Gaps” Can Be Costly
August 13, 2013

Most people have property and casualty insurance, but many people have inadequate protection, or what professionals would call "gaps" in their coverage.

Mike Switzer interviews Jon Robertson, a Certified Financial Planner® with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, and he joins us this morning to share with us the "gaps" in coverage he frequently sees.

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
August 12, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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SCRA Named Non-Profit of the Year
August 09, 2013

Our next guest's organization recently won two American Business Awards at an annual event in Chicago, one as the Non-Profit Company of the Year and the other for Social Responsibility.

Mike Switzer interviews Bill Mahoney, CEO at SCRA, formerly known as the South Carolina Research Authority.

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S.C. Utility Awards Students for Solar Innovations
August 08, 2013

You've probably heard the solar industry in S.C. express their desire for more cooperation not only from legislators but also from the electric utilities in order to make S.C. a more solar-friendly environment for growth. One utility recently took a small step forward in this area by awarding student prizes for submissions to a competition that sought creative, yet practical ways to expand the development of solar power in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Mollie Gore, manager of Corporate Communications for Santee Cooper based in Moncks Corner, S.C.

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Economic Hope for Abandoned Buildings
August 07, 2013

South Carolina's Governor Nikki Haley recently signed the Abandoned Buildings Revitalization Act into law. The bill's sponsors say this new law offers developers incentives for redeveloping abandoned commercial spaces and will pump capital and jobs into areas of South Carolina that have been blighted by the Great Recession.

Mike Switzer interviews Mike Bedenbaugh, director of the Palmetto Trust, one of the backers of this new law.

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New Colonoscopy Technology Makes Its Way to Columbia
August 06, 2013

Most people know that colon cancer is a slow growing cancer and with the wide availability of colonoscopies these days, that's why doctors say deaths from colon cancer shouldn't be happening.  Our next guests however, say that statistics show that 10% of the people who do die from colon cancer actually had a colonoscopy within the previous five years.  That's why they are promoting a high-quality colonoscopy that they say could virtually eliminate these tragedies.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Stephen Lloyd, Medical Director of the South Carolina Medical Endoscopy Center in Columbia and Dr. Piet de Groen, an international expert in colonoscopy from the Mayo Clinic and both were recently at USC's Moore School of Business where they demonstrated Dr. de Groen’s new proprietary software system that automatically captures and analyzes data during a live colonoscopy.

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
August 05, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Furman University Business Class Helps Alleviate Guatemalan Water Shortage
August 02, 2013

We talk a lot about entrepreneurship on this show and just recently we were introduced to a college course in the Upstate that traveled to Guatemala to learn about the business community there and in particular, its water supplies.

Mike Switzer interviews Bruce Clemens, a business professor at Furman University in the Greenville and one of his students, Sarah Gauby.

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Science Cafe in Columbia Features Human Simulators
August 01, 2013

In case you didn't know, August is National Inventors' Month, and EngenuitySC is celebrating by bringing one of our state's leading innovators to it's Aug. 13th Science Cafe in Columbia.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. John Schaefer, a SmartState Endowed Chair at the Medical University of SC who is working on establishing a statewide network of patient simulator training and research labs across the state.

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July 2013

Lowcountry Tech Company Wins Awards for Maritime Mobile Apps
July 31, 2013

A Lowcountry marketing and technology company has recently been winning awards through their work designing innovative mobile applications, specifically for the marine industry.

Mike Switzer interviews Jared Jester, founder, owner, and chief creative mind behind Jester Communications and he joins us now by phone from his company's headquarters in Bluffton, S.C.

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Helping the Younger Generation Save a Little More
July 30, 2013

Many parents and grandparents want to make sure their family makes the right choices with their money. But just telling them to do something can be as easy as it is ineffective.

Mike Switzer interviews Jeb Zoller, a Certified Financial Planner and Partner at DaVinci Financial Designs in Columbia, and he joins us this morning to share a few tools and methods of persuasion to help younger generations save a little more.

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
July 29, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Midlands Literacy Organization Targets Homeless
July 26, 2013

Our next guest's organization is a Midlands nonprofit that was started in 1968 with a budget of $50. They have since recruited and trained over 1,500 reading and writing tutors who are helping to turn the tide of illiteracy in Lexington and Richland counties.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Matthews, the director of Turning Pages, formerly known as the Greater Columbia Literacy Council.

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Former SCORE Employee Succeeds in Discovering Money for Others
July 25, 2013

If you are a regular listener, you know we like to feature success stories from SCORE each month.  SCORE, if you don't know, is the volunteer small business counseling arm of the U.S. Small Business Administration. While working for a local SCORE chapter, our next guest conceived of a new venture to research, find, and recover outstanding fee and tax moneys left in big company and local/state taxing authority accounts. In fact, he actually found $300 in overpaid fees that his local SCORE chapter was owed from AT&T.

Mike Switzer interviews Jay Blocksom, founder of Good News Asset Recovery now based in Buchanan, Georgia.

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Future Baseball Stars in Easley this Week
July 24, 2013

An international sporting event that has taken place in Easley, S.C. for the last few years is here again from July 24 to 31.  The Big League Baseball World Series brings in 16-18 year-old baseball stars from Europe, Asia, Latin America, Canada and the United States.

Mike Switzer interviews Jon Humphrey, the tournament director.

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Is a Retirement Crisis Looming?
July 23, 2013

Our next guest says that many individuals spend more time planning their summer vacation than retirement, which leads him to believe there is a looming retirement crisis on the horizon for this country.

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Baughman, a Certified Financial Planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
July 22, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Columbia Architect Finds Success with Schools
July 19, 2013

Over the past several years, our next guest's architectural firm has won numerous awards, most recently for a middle school project in Blythewood, S.C., which features flexible, technology-rich, collaborative learning spaces.

Mike Switzer interviews Doug Quackenbush, president of Quackenbush Architects + Planners in Columbia, S.C.

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Charleston Company Attempts to Take Homes Off the Grid
July 18, 2013

In case you haven't heard, a LowCountry, South Carolina company is using the same technology employed in NASA’s Hubble Space Program and the Viking Moon Probe to commercialize energy systems  that provide residential power, HVAC, hot water, and back-up batteries capable of removing homes from the power grid.

Mike Switzer interviews Warren Miller, chief technology officer for Hy-Stor in Charleston.

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Upstate Bar and Screenwriter Rockin’ For TV Success
July 17, 2013

When you think of rock-and-roll and Upstate South Carolina, you might think of the Marshall Tucker band from Spartanburg, if you're an old guy like me, that is. But there's also a bar in Greenville that's known for helping to launch the careers of current groups, such as the Zac Brown Band, Alabama Shakes, John Mayer, and Sugarland. Now, Greenville's HandleBar, has become the setting for a pilot TV show based on a book written by the HandleBar's owner, John Jeter.

Mike Switzer interviews Scott Gould, screenwriter for "Rockin' A Hard Place," who also runs the creative writing department at the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities.

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Should You Plan for the Future or Live for Today?
July 16, 2013

Our next guest is in the financial planning business, and he says that he continues to see many people who are not adequately planning for retirement, but who are instead, "just living for today."

Mike Switzer interviews Neil Brown, CPA and certified financial planner with Burkett Financial Services in West Columbia.  www.americasaves.org  www.choosetosave.org  vanguard

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
July 15, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Local Economic Development Gets Boost from University of S.C.
July 12, 2013

In the last five years, the University of South Carolina has filed more than 400 invention disclosures on behalf of faculty, applied for more than 250 new patent applications with 66 U.S. patents issued, and executed 86 licenses representing 120 technologies. Furthermore, the USC-Columbia Technology Incubator has graduated 31 companies and currently has 45 tenants. And there are now 28 active start-up companies using university technologies, creating  everything from new smartphone apps to fuel cell technology.  And that's why the university recently decided it needed a central department to coordinate all of these activities.

Mike Switzer interviews Bill Kirkland, executive director of USC's new Office of Economic Engagement.  Bill also runs the USC-Columbia Technology Incubator.

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Upstate Attorney Recognized on Magazine Cover
July 11, 2013

Our next guest was recently featured on the cover of South Carolina Super Lawyers magazine. The publication is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Mike Switzer interviews Henry Parr, an attorney with the Wyche Law Firm in Greenville, and the magazine recognized him for his work in business litigation.

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University of S.C. Offering Online Degrees
July 10, 2013

In case you haven't noticed, more and more universities are jumping on board the virtual degree program. And South Carolina is no different. Our state's residents now have the opportunity to earn a University of South Carolina degree anytime, anywhere through its online programs.

Mike Switzer interviews Susan Elkins, chancellor of USC's Palmetto College, where enrollment in their online degree programs is now underway.

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Rising Interest Rates Affecting Bond Market
July 09, 2013

If you haven't noticed, interest rates have been rising, which means the bond market has been experiencing difficult times. For those of you concerned about the bonds in your portfolio, we've invited Doug English to help with this topic this morning. Doug is a Certified Financial Planner with Carolinas Retirement Specialists in Charleston and Greenville.

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
July 08, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Commercial Kitchen Incubator Thrives in Columbia
July 05, 2013

(This is a replay of a previous broadcast) You may have noticed the popularity in recent years of food trucks. But did you know that in South Carolina, all food cart, food truck operators and caterers are required by the Department of Health and Environmental Control to have a commercial kitchen for a base of operations? And how many food truck operators already have their own commercial kitchen? Our next guest says he has the answer.

Mike Switzer interviews David Roberts, the founder of the DER Kitchen Incubator in Columbia.

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Walterboro Man Finds Success in Sludge and Slime
July 04, 2013

(This is a replay of a previous broadcast) When our next guest began his career in the hazardous waste business, the industry was still sending drums of flammable sludge and acid liquid to landfills. But now anything going to a landfill has to meet very restrictive treatment criteria.

Mike Switzer interviews Ron Harvey, owner of Jasper Compliance, based in Walterboro, S.C.

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Clean Energy Summit Coming to Columbia
July 03, 2013

The 2013 S.C. Clean Energy Summit is coming next month to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Mike Switzer interviews Tom French, executive director of the South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance, the organization hosting the event.

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Funding Retirement is #1 Employee Issue
July 02, 2013

Since the 1980s, the burden of funding retirement accounts has shifted almost entirely to the employee. Our next guest says that while the percentage of people adequately funding their retirement has increased, it continues to be the #1 financial issue for employees.

Mike Switzer interviews Scott Spann, a certified financial planner with Financial Finesse in Charleston, S.C. Provided links: Retirement Plan Estimator and Research Best Practices

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
July 01, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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June 2013

Beaufort, S.C. Organization Helps with the Business Side of Art
June 28, 2013

Our next guest is an artist in Beaufort, S.C. who has discovered an organization that handles the business side of being an artist, so she can better concentrate on her art.

Mike Switzer interviews Cindy Male by phone from her studio at ARTworks, part of the Arts Council of Beaufort County.

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LowCountry Woman Scores Success in Relational Financial Counseling
June 27, 2013

As a CPA and former financial planner at a Big 5 accounting firm, our next guest says she has taken that experience and combined it with her relational skills to help high-net worth business owners and families navigate through the technical and emotional issues of financial, estate, and business planning.

Mike Switzer interviews Melissa Mitchell-Blitch, owner of EreditaConsulting based in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.  Her company is our SCORE Success Story this month.

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Business Leaders Work to Transform Education in S.C.
June 26, 2013

South Carolina's Council on Competitiveness, known as New Carolina recently unveiled an initiative that the organization hopes will transform public education in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Mike Brenan and Pam Lackey, local business leaders heading up the Initiative known as TransformSC.

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Avoiding the Gift Tax
June 25, 2013

A commonly used estate planning tool is gifting.  Giving family and friends money or items before you pass on in order to reduce the size of your taxable estate.  This is especially useful if you were going to bequeath to these individuals anyway and if you believe you will have a taxable estate.  But people who gift incorrectly often find themselves owing taxes they don’t understand.

Mike Switzer interviews Carter Boucher, a Certified Financial Planner in Anderson, SC.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
June 24, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Required Minimum Distribution Rules For IRAs Can Be Avoided
June 21, 2013

Now that investors have completed their tax returns for 2012, our next guest says they should turn their attention to planning for this year's taxes.  For those of you over the age of 70, or with parents in that group, this means the possibility of required minimum distributions from a retirement account.

Mike Switzer interviews Scotty Scott, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia.

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Charleston Bakery Fills Wholesale Niche
June 20, 2013

If you've been to Charleston lately, you've probably noticed the ever-increasing number of restaurants opening up all over the city.  It has become not only Conde Nast's #1 tourist spot in the world but a very popular "foodie" destination,
as well.  Last fall our next guest decided to take advantage of this burgeoning situation, by providing the area's fine dining establishments with a source for local artisan baked goods. 

Mike Switzer interviews David Schnell, owner of Brown's Court Bakery and he joins us by phone from his boulangerie in Charleston.

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A Sister’s Call
June 19, 2013

In 1977, our next guest's brother went missing. Twenty years later, he showed back up in his hometown of Greenville, S.C., suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. Over the next fourteen years, his sister, Rebecca Schaper, attempted, and she and her family would even say, became obsessed, with trying to help Call Richmond to recover and return to society as a normal productive person. These extraordinary circumstances were filmed and turned into the documentary, "A Sister’s Call," which has won numerous awards around the country.  We came across Rebecca at the Beaufort International Film Festival earlier this year.

Mike Switzer interviews Rebecca Schaper in the studio in Columbia.

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Do Your Kids Know What to Do With Their Summer Job Money?
June 18, 2013

With the onset of summer, it's not only vacation time but summer-job season for your teenager. In fact, for many of you, this could mean your child's first paycheck. Our next guest says that if you haven't done so yet, this is an excellent time to teach your child some financial skills.

Mike Switzer interviews Jon Robertson, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia.

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
June 17, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Columbia Filmmaker Finds Success in Hollywood
June 14, 2013

Working with movie stars like Ed Harris, David Duchovny, Mickey Rooney, and Tippi Hedren, our next guest has found success in Hollywood, something that many South Carolina filmmakers aspire to achieve.

Mike Switzer interviews Julian Adams, a Columbia native, Hammond School and University of South Carolina graduate whose movies include The Last Confederate and most recently, Phantom Planet.  His company is Solar Film Works.

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S.C. Healthcare Insurer Emphasizes “Medical Home” as Key to Success
June 13, 2013

Healthcare remains a hot topic in S.C. and our next guest says his company is working hard to reduce health care disparities across the state, while saving significant tax dollars through Medicaid managed care.

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Jernigan, originally from North, South Carolina, and now founder, president and CEO of Select Health of South Carolina, as well as regional president of the Southern Division of AmeriHealth Caritas.

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Easley Golf Teacher Whips Up Success
June 12, 2013

After giving up on his dream to become a professional golfer on the PGA Tour, our next guest turned his talents instead to teaching golf, which led to an unlikely invention that has now been sold 90,000 times, including to over 200 tour players.

Mike Switzer interviews Jim Hackenberg, owner and creator of the Orange Whip golf trainer based in Easley, S.C.

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Insurance Technology and Services Cluster Contributes to Midlands Economy In a Big Way
June 11, 2013

With companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield, Colonial Life, Accenture, and many others, Columbia, South Carolina is home to a growing cluster of important companies in the insurance technology, and services industry.  Employees in this cluster earn an average salary of $62,000 and contribute a direct economic impact to our state of $4.2 billion. And tomorrow, the cluster will feature Steve Hall, former CEO of Duck Creek Technologies as part of their executive speaker series.

Mike Switzer interviews Eileen Potter with Accenture and Alan Whelchel with Colonial Life, both are members of Columbia's Insurance Technology & Services Cluster.

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
June 10, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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SC Commerce Offers Large and Small Business Support
June 07, 2013

If you asked the average person on the street about the South Carolina Department of Commerce, they would probably tell you that "yeah, those are the guys that try to bring the big companies to South Carolina to create jobs." But, for the past several years, our next guest has been working hard to change that image.

Mike Switzer interviews Chuck Bundy, the Commerce Department’s Deputy Director of Small Business and Existing Industry, overseeing small business and existing industry development, and support, designed to increase the growth and competitiveness of South Carolina's businesses who are already here, large or small.

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Columbia Firm Celebrates 50 Years of Infrastructure Work
June 06, 2013

The sad state of our state's infrastructure has been in the news a lot lately which reminds us that regardless of the state of our economy, those types of necessary expenditures will have to be made.  Our next guest would be happy if that was sooner rather than later.  Celebrating 50 years in business this year, his company does civil engineering and land surveying.

Mike Switzer interviews Gene Dinkins, president of Cox and Dinkins in Columbia.  He is also the current president of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.

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SC Children’s Authors and Illustrtators Sought
June 05, 2013

Almost eight years ago, the University of South Carolina's School of Library and Information Science launched the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy, a statewide initiative to reduce illiteracy in South Carolina by partnering with local public and school libraries.  Now they have partnered with USC Press, the university's publishing arm, to create Young Palmetto Books, an educational children's and young adult book series. 

Mike Switzer interviews Center director Kim Jeffcoat, who is part of an editorial board that is looking for South Carolina authors and illustrators interested in participating in this project.

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To Index or Not to Index…Your Investments
June 04, 2013

Ever since index mutual funds were created decades ago, the argument of active versus passive investing has existed...with both sides claiming victory.  But our next guest says that it really all boils down to where you are in the market cycle, which is why he says both strategies have their place.

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

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
June 03, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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May 2013

SC’s Largest Accounting Firm Grows Through Recession
May 31, 2013

Five years ago, one of South Carolina's largest accounting, tax and consulting firms embarked on a rapid course of change that led to geographical expansion and an 80% increase in revenue. But our next guest says that the changes were not without their challenges, particularly within a context of a global recession.

Mike Switzer interviews Rick Davis, managing partner at Elliott Davis based in Greenville, SC.

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Aiken Massage Therapist SCOREs Success Helping Aching Bodies
May 30, 2013

If you are a regular listener, you are probably familiar with SCORE, the volunteer organization dedicated to helping small businesses grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.  But what you may not know is that Sam’s Club recently partnered with SCORE in a contest that provided 102 businesses nationwide – 2 in every state and in Washington, DC - with a $1,000 gift card to purchase merchandise critical to run their business. Sam’s Club also sent these winners to a 2-day “High Speed Growth Seminar,” featuring key executives and workshops on attracting customers, branding, online marketing and developing a sales plan. Our next guest was one of those lucky winners.

Mike Switzer interviews Kristen Sojourner, owner of My Aiken Body, a restorative massage wellness center in, where else but, Aiken, SC, and is our SCORE Success Story of the Month.

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Wildlife Management Degree Available in SC
May 29, 2013

Considered one of the most outstanding gifts to wildlife conservation in North America, the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center was willed to our state's Department of Natural Resources in 1976 by the late Boston Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey. Composed of 31 square miles of marsh, managed wetlands, ocean beach, longleaf pine forest and maritime forest, this area is principally dedicated as a wildlife preserve, research area and waterfowl refuge.  We thought you'd be interested to also know that our next guest's organization recently developed a two-year degree program in wildlife and forestry management using this pristine island off our coast.

Mike Switzer interviews Marilyn Fore, senior vice president of Horry Georgetown Technical College.

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Despite Recent Record-Setting Highs, Americans Still Not Enthused About Stock Market
May 28, 2013

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up over 30% from April 2008 (before the financial debacle) through April 2013. That sounds like a lot but it is actually only 5.8% per year.  Our next guest says 6% is pretty good in today's era of low interest rates, which makes it hard to understand why Americans are still not rushing to put their money back into the stock market.

Mike Switzer interviews Kendall Anderson, a Chartered Financial Analyst in Rock Hill, SC.

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
May 27, 2013

A weekly update of the news, events and issues facing South Carolina's business community. *Special encore presentation of last week's show highlighting South Carolina's SmartState program.

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Civic Hackers Gathering Soon in Columbia
May 24, 2013

If you haven't heard, hacking has taken on an entirely new and positive implication these days.  So positive, in fact, that Columbia, SC has decided take part in the upcoming, first ever National Day of Civic Hacking.

Mike Switzer interviews Karl McCollester, the partner/manager with IT-ology in Columbia and the committee chair for South Carolina's participation in this event. And by way of full disclosure, Karl is also a business partner with Mike Switzer in a venture known as Voterheads, which is just one of the many sponsors of this event.

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Upstate Organization Brings Hope to Children
May 23, 2013

Caring for abused and neglected children, as well as assisting stressed and isolated families, is very demanding and sometimes thankless work, but salvaging children in our state is important work for South Carolina's future.

Mike Switzer interviews Chamlee Loscuito, CEO of the Ellen Hines Smith Girls' Home, which has recently merged with Childrens' Shelter of the Upstate, now called "Hope Center for Children" in Spartanburg, S.C.

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S.C. Elementary Teachers Win National PBS Awards
May 22, 2013

Our next guests are recent recipients of PBS' 2012 Teacher Innovator Awards which honor educators from across the country who are using digital media in new and unique ways to improve students' learning.

Mike Switzer interviews Lynn Dempsey, a teacher of the gifted and talented at Lexington Elementary School, and Lori Russell, a 1st grade teacher at Meadow Glen Elementary School, also in Lexington, S.C.

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Philanthropy Can Be for All Tax Brackets
May 21, 2013

As the population ages, financial advisors say they are seeing more and more people interested in philanthropy. And some concerns they are encountering are whether you have to have large amounts of money to be an effective philanthropist and most importantly, why give to a cause in the first place?

Mike Switzer interviews Frank Braddock, a certified financial planner with JHS Capital Advisors in Columbia.

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S.C. Business Update from John Warner
May 20, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John "Swampfox" Warner, founder and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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IP Business Summit Coming Soon to S.C.
May 17, 2013

Our next guest says that intangible assets represent about 80% or more of the value in most companies and yet even the most seasoned executive and managers are generally not aware of current best practices for legally protecting and strongly leveraging those assets. He's here this morning to tell us about the National IP Taskforce Business Summit, coming soon to South Carolina, that is considered to be the preeminent meeting in the United States for executives and managers to learn about and discuss intellectual property strategy and management. Attendees and speakers will be attending from around the world.

Mike Switzer interviews Dirk Brown, director of the Faber Entrepreneurship Center at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

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Should Our Kids Work While In School?
May 16, 2013

Our next guest believes that our society has prolonged adolescence by allowing parents to continue to control their children's money. Men in particular, she says, have retained adolescence through video games, while young women have been forced to grow up by raising children out of wedlock. She says that this and the current economy are working against many college graduates while many jobs go unfilled due to a skills mismatch between schools and businesses.

Mike Switzer interviews Pam Horack, an independent, fee-only financial planner with Pathfinder Planning in Lake Wylie, S.C.

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Columbia Blogger Finds Success with All Things Local
May 15, 2013

As you may have heard not too long ago on this program, blogging has once again regained popularity as a form of social media for many companies. Our next guest is a professional blogger and print writer, with her most well-known venture being The Shop Tart, which is all about shopping locally for everything from clothing to locally grown food.

Mike Switzer interviews Anne Wolfe Postic, who lives and writes in Columbia, S.C.  Other blogs she writes for are The Kitchn and The Daily Digress.

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Technology/Broadband Conference Coming to Columbia Thursday
May 14, 2013

This Thursday, May 16th, local and state leaders, technology professionals, and state educators are coming together in Columbia to highlight innovative ways technology is impacting different industry sectors - and reiterating the demand for quality broadband to support these applications.  IT-oLogy, in partnership with South Carolina Connects is presenting their Connections 2013 Conference.

Mike Switzer interviews James Ashley, a creative engineer with the Emerging Experiences Practice at Razorfish, a global digital advertising agency in Atlanta, and one of the keynote presenting speakers.

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S.C. Business Update from John Warner
May 13, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Corporate Chaplains - A Fast-Growing Career Field
May 10, 2013

Our next guest has been in the military chaplain business for many years but says that a whole new field has opened up that is the fastest growing segment in the chaplain career field: corporate chaplains. Apparently, more and more companies are adding chaplains to their payrolls.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Mike Langston, presently the professor of Chaplain Ministries at Columbia International University in Columbia, S.C. His responsibilities include the development of the Chaplaincy track course materials and instructing/teaching for the master’s and doctorate level programs in chaplaincy. He is ordained and endorsed through the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Former Lobbyist Takes Over the Reins at S.C.‘s Dept. of Insurance
May 09, 2013

In case you haven't heard, South Carolina has a new director at its Department of Insurance.

Mike Switzer interviews Ray Farmer, who prior to joining the DOI, worked for 32 years as a lobbyist with the property/casualty insurance trade group known as the American Insurance Association.

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Local Stock Market Analyst Says to Avoid Stock Market from May to October
May 08, 2013

Our next guest has been studying the financial markets and their trends and writing about them for many years. One trend in particular that he believes you should take notice of is the stock market adage: "Sell in May and go away."  He says the stock market's best months are usually between November and April, and that studies show it may not be a bad idea to take some or most of your money off the table between May and October.

Sailesh S. Radha is President & Chief Market Strategist for Intermarket Research & Analytics in Blythewood, S.C.

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Upstate Marketing Company Succeeds with Pro-Bono Work
May 07, 2013

Over the many years we've been doing this show, we've noticed one common denominator among the successful business owners we've interviewed. They all believe strongly in giving back to their communities. And our next guest is no different. Her passion for her communtiy led her to develop the Live Here Give Here program that provides pro-bono marketing and promotional assistance to area non-profits.

Mike Switzer interviews Debbie Nelson, president and founder of DNA Creative Communications in Greenville.

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S.C. Business Update from John Warner
May 06, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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LowCountry Family SCOREs with Meal Delivery Business
May 03, 2013

While working in the nursing home and assisted living industries in South Carolina's LowCountry for over 15 years, our next guest discovered a need for home meal delivery that has since turned into a thriving and growing business for him and his family.

Mike Switzer interviews Tony Makar, owner of Gourmet on Wheels in Beaufort, S.C., our SCORE Success Story of the Month. SCORE is the all-volunteer small business counseling arm of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Large Increase in U.S. Energy Production Affects Investors
May 02, 2013

In case you hadn't noticed, our nation is quietly undergoing a renaissance in the energy sector. Last year, the increase in U.S. oil production was the largest since the beginning of the petroleum era more than 150 years ago. Our next guest says this has numerous financial implications for all Americans.

Mike Switzer interviews Rob DeHollander, a Certified Financial Planner and president of DeHollander & Janse Financial Group in Greenville S.C.

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S.C.-Based Professional Development Program Helps Teachers Everywhere
May 01, 2013

As you may have heard, education has been a popular topic on our Facebook page recently. Why? Because the business community in our state regards quality of education as a top priority.  We also recently learned about a teacher-training program, based in South Carolina, that for 20 years now has been helping teachers in all 50 states and even at some overseas schools, seek recertification, a salary increase or professional development.

Mike Switzer interviews Tania McDuffie, a professor at Converse College in Spartanburg and an instructor with TeacherStep.

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April 2013

Columbia Attorney Promotes Collaboration
April 30, 2013

Our next guest says that some family court lawyers have become disillusioned by the way the court system and divorce laws in S.C. can strain family relationships beyond repair, ruining many a childhood. But she also says, there is another option.

Mike Switzer interviews Shannon Burnett, a Columbia attorney and president of the South Carolina Collaborative Law Institute and a member of its Columbia chapter.

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S.C. Business Update from John Warner
April 29, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Spot Factoring Is Another Option for Cash-Strapped Businesses
April 26, 2013

Although the economy appears to have turned the corner from the Great Recession, our next guest says many businesses still find themselves unable to obtain credit lines from banks. And so another option for funding that they turn to, in this situation, is known as factoring, in which a company offers to buy another company's accounts receivable at a discount, in order to provide some short-term working capital. But factoring doesn't always have the greatest reputation.

Mike Switzer vinterviews Mark Osborn, a Principal with the Interface Financial Group in Mt. Pleasant, a "spot-factoring" company.

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Six S.C. Small Business Consultants Achieve Global Certification
April 25, 2013

Six South Carolina Small Business Development Center consultants recently became Certified Global Business Professionals, the only nationally-accepted, international trade credential supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Education.

Mike Switzer interviews Pete Oliver, Columbia area SBDC manager.

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Healthcare Membership Program Opens in Upstate
April 24, 2013

With recent and upcoming changes in our country's health care system and a well-publicized physician shortage on the horizon, some new ventures are starting to pop up including here in South Carolina. Our next guest is a local physycian who has joined one of these ventures, known as a membership care program.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Jack Durham, who recently joined PartnerMD's first office in S.C., in Greenville. after practicing for many years in the Upstate.

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Three Common Mistakes Investors Make
April 23, 2013

The financial markets can sometimes be confusing, regardless of whether the trend is up, down, or sideways, which is one reason many investors will tell you they have a hard time consistently making money. But our next guest says that there are really three common pitfalls that hold investors back.

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

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
April 22, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Should Life Insurance Be Considered for College Funding?
April 19, 2013

Parents are always looking for the best way to fund their kids’ education, especially when education costs continue to increase and when scholarships, grants, and credits are covering less of the overall costs. We've recently talked about college funding on this show, but our guest today is going to share with us a strategy that has been around for a long time, but after dropping off most people's radar for a while, is once again getting some attention: using cash value life insurance.

Mike Switzer interviews Jeb Zoller, a Certified Financial Planner and Partner at DaVinci Financial Designs in Columbia.  

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New Carolina’s New Leader Busy with Economic Cluster Growth
April 18, 2013

Late last year, our next guest took over the reins of New Carolina, the organization also known as the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness.

Mike Switzer interviews Neil McLean, the new executive director of New Carolina, who has, in fact, been working with S.C.'s economic clusters for about five years through his former position as the executive director of EngenuitySC.

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World-Renowned Cinematographer to be Honored at Upcoming Charleston International Film Festival
April 17, 2013

The upcoming Charleston International Film Festival will be including a new event this year, its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. And Academy Award-nominated and Emmy award-winning cinematographer Bill Butler is its first recipient. Just a few of Bill's more well-known film credits include "Jaws", "Rocky II, III, IV", "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", "Grease," and "Stripes."  Bill has also received the Lifetime Acheviement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers.

Mike Switzer interviews Bill Butler by phone from his home office in Lakeside, Montana.

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Mortgage Assistance and Tax Credits Still Available During Housing Recovery
April 16, 2013

In case you weren't aware, April is Fair Housing Month. And by all indications, the housing market is enjoying a fair recovery right now after years of turmoil.

Mike Switzer interviews Clayton Ingram, Director of Marketing and Communications at the SC State Housing Finance and Development Authority in Columbia.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
April 15, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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High School Senior Wins with Mobile Phone Apps
April 12, 2013

SC Economics is the non-profit organization in our state dedicated to helping teachers teach economics and personal finance. Besides the ever-popular Stock Market Game, another initiative they sponsor is their Young Entrepreneurs contest. Our next guest is one of those winners who discovered that local businesses needed someone to design Apple and Android apps for their customers.

Mike Switzer interviews Aaron Ross, a senior at Spartanburg High School and founder of Insert Name Here Designs.

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Walterboro Man Finds Success With Sludge and Slime
April 11, 2013

When our next guest began his career in the hazardous waste business the industry was still sending drums of flammable sludge and acid liquid to landfills. But now anything going to landfill has to meet very restrictive treatment criteria.

Mike Switzer interviews Ron Harvey, owner of Jasper Compliance, based in Walterboro, SC.

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Lake City’s Business Community Celebrates the Arts
April 10, 2013

We last interviewed our next guest several months ago when she was very busy working with the arts and business communities, in preparation for a major art event coming to her small South Carolina town--an art event with $100,000 in prize money, an amount almost unheard of, especially in South Carolina. With that event fast approaching, we thought we'd check in to see how things are going.

Mike Switzer interviews Karen Fowler, a Lake City businesswoman who is helping to organize ArtFields, a 10-day celebration of art and culture that will take over Lake City in mid-April.

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USC’s Professional MBA Cracks US News Top 20 Rankings
April 09, 2013

Sometimes, the only way to move up the ladder in your chosen career is to further your education.  Many universities and college across South Carolina offer the working professional a way to earn a masters degree while keeping their job.

Mike Switzer interviews Tim Carroll, director of the Professional MBA program at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
April 08, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Indie Grits Film Festival Celebrates Seven Years
April 05, 2013

In its seventh year now, the Indie Grits film festival, hosted by the Nickelodeon Theatre, is coming soon to Columbia, S.C.

Mike Switzer interviews Andy Smith, director of the film festival and Nickelodeon's executive director and Anne Postic is a Nickelodeon board member.

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SpeedNews Aerospace Conference Coming to Charleston
April 04, 2013

After a successful career in the Air Force and as a small business entrepreneur, our next guest decided to join the South Carolina Department of Commerce just two years ago. One of the projects he's working on is the SpeedNews Aerospace Manufacturing Conference coming April 9-10 to Charleston, S.C.

Mike Switzer interviews George Patrick, Deputy Secretary of the SC Department of Commerce.

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It’s Not Too Late for a Roth IRA
April 03, 2013

It’s tax season and when we think about taxes, we also try to think of ways to reduce our tax burden. Almost 19 million U.S. households own at least one of these ways to reduce taxes. And that vehicle we're going to talk about today is a Roth IRA. Our next guest says it's not too late to take advantage of this popular tax strategy.

Mike Switzer interviews Roy Janse, a Certified Financial Planner and Managing Principal with DeHollander & Janse Financial Group in Greenville, S.C.

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Anderson 7th-Grader Wins Entrepreneur Contest with Cookies
April 02, 2013

SC Economics is the non-profit organization in our state dedicated to helping teachers teach economics and personal finance. Besides the ever-popular Stock Market Game, another initiative they sponsor is their Young Entrepreneurs contest. Our next guest is one of those winners who discovered that home baking can be profitable.

Mike Switzer interviews Gracie Cromer, a 7th-grader at Glenview Middle School in Anderson, S.C. and founder of Gracie’s Gourment…One Cookie at a Time.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
April 01, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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March 2013

S.C. Media Tech Company Receives Funding
March 29, 2013

Because so many TV shows and other short video productions are free to watch on the Internet, their producers and owners often lament the lack of revenue generation from these projects.  Our next guest, however, says he has a way for them to start making money by incorporating product placements into the videos after the videos are shot.

Mike Switzer interviews Dirk Brown, President of Pandoodle, which was featured on this show a year ago, and which has since received some major funding.

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S.C. Is Building the Nation’s All-Electric Transit Buses
March 28, 2013

In case you didn't know, South Carolina is home to the nation’s first and only manufacturer of zero-emissions, 100 percent battery-electric transit buses.

Mike Switzer interviews Ian Shackleton, vice president of sales and marketing at Proterra Inc. and he joins us now by phone from his company's headquarters in Greenville, S.C.

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World’s Largest Women’s-Only Tennis Tournament Coming Soon to S.C.
March 27, 2013

In case you weren't aware, South Carolina is home to the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in the world. In fact, this event also boasts the longest running title sponsor of any sporting event in the United States, as well as in all of professional tennis, world-wide. We're speaking of course, of the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament coming to Daniel Island March 30th – April 7th.

Mike Switzer interviews Bob Moran, the tournament director.

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Scholarships and Tax Benefits Ease College Costs
March 26, 2013

With high school students applying for college and graduation season approaching, higher education costs may be top of mind for some of you out there. But there are scholarships available to S.C. students and even tax benefits for paying tuition. 

Mike Switzer interviews Abby Donevant, a Certified Financial Planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia. SC Commission on Higher Education

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
March 25, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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CEO Ushers in Growth Phase for Columbia IT Company
March 22, 2013

A little over four years ago, our next guest joined the board of directors of a sleepy little technology company in Columbia, S.C. and in less than a year became the company's CEO with a goal of turning a sluggish company into a high impact growth company.  What has happened since then?  2012 was a record year and, in fact, the company is now stealing customers from IT giants like Symantec.

Mike Switzer interviews Mike Coney, president and CEO at Unitrends.

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S.C. Commerce Department Celebrates Success
March 21, 2013

For a little over two years now, our next guest has been busy working to bring industry and jobs to the Palmetto State. And by most measures, his tenure, so far, has been a resounding success.

Mike Switzer interviews Bobby Hitt, secretary of the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

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Open-Source Software Conference Highlights Industry Growth
March 20, 2013

Software can sometimes be divided into two main categories: closed-source and open-source. Closed-source software can only be modified by its creators, while open-source is open and available to everyone to improve. Open-source software is a movement all its own and that movement is coming to Columbia for its annual review at the Palmetto Open Source Software Conference (POSSCON), presented by IT-oLogy, on March 27-28.

Mike Switzer interviews Harper Reed from Chicago, the conference keynote speaker and former chief technology officer for Obama for America 2012.

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Birds of Prey Science Center Grows as S.C. Tourist Attraction
March 19, 2013

Founded as Charleston Raptor Center in 1991, our next guest's organization has grown into a unique blend of science center, wildlife sanctuary and tourism attraction  And a recent grant from the BP Foundation has ensured the organization's continued growth.

Mike Switzer interviews Jim Elliott, executive director of the Avian Conservation Center in Awendaw, S.C., also known as the Center for Birds of Prey.

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
March 18, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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GIS Means Business for Local Firm
March 15, 2013

GIS has been a buzzword for many years now for cities, counties and economic developers. It stands for Geographic Information Systems that integrate hardware, software, and geographical data that can be used to reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, reports, and charts. Our next guest's company recently won an award for its development of a GIS iPad application for commercial real estate leasing agents.

Mike Switzer interviews David Beitz and George Daigh, founders of Beitz and Daigh Geographics in Columbia.

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Upstate Biotech Firm Expands to Columbia
March 14, 2013

Less than a year after the founder of an upstate biotech firm bought his company back from a British outfit, he orchestrated his first new acquisition of a laboratory research company in Columbia's Innovista Research Campus.

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Bolick, CEO of Selah Genomics which recently purchased EnGenCore, run by John Busch.

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The Fashion Business Helps Handicapped Children in S.C.
March 13, 2013

Fashion and charity will soon meet in Columbia when the Wine, Dine & Design fashion show hits the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on March 18th.

Mike Switzer interviews Ann Akerman, CEO of the Walker Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind.

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Could Higher Gasoline Prices Affect Our Investments?
March 12, 2013

We are all paying more to fill up our cars with gas lately...well maybe not all of us.  Some of you may be driving electric cars.  While those of us that are pumping gas are feeling the pinch in our wallets, are there some implications for our investments?

Mike Switzer interviews Doug English, a certified financial planner with Carolinas Retirement Specialists in Greenville and Charleston.

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
March 11, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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What to Look For in a Tax Preparer
March 08, 2013

So here we are again, entering everyone's favorite time of year, tax season!  And here at the SC Business Review, we always do our best to help you cope with this wonderful time of year.  Today's topic is what to look for in a tax preparer.

Mike Switzer interviews Neil Brown, a certified financial planner and CPA with Burkett Financial Services in West Columbia, SC.  Here are links to more info:

www.irs.gov

www.sctax.gov

www.360taxes.org

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Transportation Summit Coming to Columbia March 14
March 07, 2013

We've been hearing a lot lately about the need for South Carolina to commit more dollars to the state's transportation infrastructure and that is sure to be a topic at New Carolina's upcoming Transportation, Distribution, Logistics summit in Columbia.

Mike Switzer interviews Belton Zeigler, an attorney with the Columbia law firm Pope Zeigler, a member of New Carolina's TDL Council.

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Commercial Kitchen Incubator Thrives in Columbia
March 06, 2013

You may have noticed the popularity in recent years of food trucks. But did you know that in South Carolina, all food cart, food truck operators and caterers are required by the Department of Health and Environmental Control to have a commercial kitchen for a base of operations? And how many food truck operators already have their own commercial kitchen? Our next guest says he has the answer.

Mike Switzer interviews David Roberts, the founder of the DER Kitchen Incubator in Columbia.

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Can Alligator DNA Help Humans?
March 05, 2013

By partnering with fertility doctors and examining species like alligators, our next guest and his team are studying the way that personal care products may be adversely affecting humans.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Louis Guillette, one of the South Carolina SmartState Endowed Chairs of Marine Genomics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He will be in Columbia March 12 to speak about his research at EngenuitySC's Science Cafe.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
March 04, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Newberry Hospital Looks to Toyota Model for Operational Success
March 01, 2013

Hospitals across South Carolina pleaded recently with the state legislature to accept the federal government's money in order to expand the Medicaid program in our state. Because Medicaid is just one of the issues they face, our next guest's hospital decided to turn to the Toyota model to improve their operations.

Mike Switzer interviews Rob Torres, director of quality at the Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

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February 2013

Moore School Releases New Tax Tool for Predicting State’s Revenues
February 28, 2013

Researchers at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business have recently released a free online tool to help South Carolina government, business and community leaders calculate the impact that changes in tax laws can have on the state’s revenue.

Mike Switzer interviews the Moore School Dean, Hildy Teegen, about their new S.C. Tax Tool at SC Dash.

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USC Student Venture Wins Social Impact Prize
February 27, 2013

Our next guest and his team recently presented an idea at a contest at USC's Moore School of Business for a nonprofit venture that helps people living in poverty receive low-cost medical treatment. He pitched his team’s concept in a five-minute format before a panel of judges and a capacity crowd and won the Maxient Social Impact Prize and $5,000.

Mike Switzer interviews Howard Glenn, an International MBA student at USC's Moore School and his team's venture is call Watsi.

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Target Funds Match Time Horizon
February 26, 2013

Many years ago, the mutual fund industry set up an easy way for investors to automatically manage a diverse group of mutual funds based on the number of years in your time horizon.

These are known as "target date" funds and joining Mike Switzer this morning to tell us more is Scotty Scott with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia.

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
February 25, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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S.C. Kids Learning about Money but More Progress Needed
February 22, 2013

It's been a while since we checked in on the progress that our state's teachers are making in teaching our children economics and personal finance. So today you'll hear an update.

Mike Switzer interviews Helen Meyers, president of SC Economics, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping our state's teachers teach these important money-related subjects.

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Local Restaurant with Funny Name Celebrates 35 Years of Success
February 21, 2013

Our next guest's parents opened the first Lizard’s Thicket Southern-style restaurant in Columbia 35 years ago, and now there are 15 locations in the Midlands, with over 700 employees serving over 13,000 diners daily.

Mike Switzer interviews Bobby Williams, chairman of Lizard’s Thicket and the son of founders Bob and Anna Williams.

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Non-Partisan Movement to Fix National Debt Mobilizes in S.C.
February 20, 2013

Many people are thankful that Congress took action on New Year’s Day to avoid the “Fiscal Cliff.”  But, many are still unhappy about the country's growing debt. There is, in fact, a growing bi-partisan campaign called Fix the Debt. The coalition is made up of business, government and policy leaders who say a grave danger is posed by America’s long-term debt.

Mike Switzer interviews the co-chairs of Fix the Debt South Carolina – former Attorney General Henry McMaster, a Republican, and Charleston Representative Leon Stavrinakis, a Democrat.  

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Realtor’s Use of Social Media Garners Success
February 19, 2013

Our next guest recently received an award from Angie's List that goes only to the top 5% of businesses for good reviews and being responsive. She credits her success to her active use of social media.

Mike Switzer interviews Jill Moylan, owner of Home Advantage Realty in Columbia.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
February 18, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Local Marketing Firm Joins National Pro Bono Initiative
February 15, 2013

Most companies participate in some way in their local communities, usually through donations in time or money from their owners and employees. Our next guest's company has decided to join a national initiative that is working to mobilize billions of dollars of skills-based pro bono service from the business community by the end of this year.

Mike Switzer interviews Teresa Coles with the Columbia-based PR/marketing firm Riggs Partners. She is also the South Carolina liaison for Billion+ Change, the national initiative headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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Charleston Battery Scores with Fans
February 14, 2013

Professional soccer season has started in South Carolina and each year the sport continues to grow in popularity.

Mike Switzer interviews Andrew Bell, the president of the Charleston Battery, South Carolina's only professional soccer team.

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Nell Newman to Speak at Upstate Forever Luncheon in Greenville
February 13, 2013

You may know our next guest as the daughter of actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, but one day she became an entrepreneur when she convinced her father to let her start an organic line of groceries after cooking him an all-organic Thanksgiving meal. Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to where she is now, as president of the company and the keynote speaker for the Upstate Forever's ForeverGreen Annual Awards Luncheon in Greenville, S.C on February 21st.

Mike Switzer interviews Nell Newman, president of Newman's Own Organics and she joins us by phone from her office in Aptos, California.

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Managing Debt is Year-Long Process
February 12, 2013

The holiday shopping season has been gone for over a month now, so many people are now receiving those credit card statements in the mail showing higher balances and may be starting to feel a little buyer's remorse. Managing your debt can be a year-long process, but there's no better time than the present to get started.

Mike Switzer interviews Jim Agostini, a Certified Financial Planner and Investment Advisor with DaVinci Financial Designs in Columbia.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
February 11, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Upstate Supply Company Finds Success on the Internet
February 08, 2013

Our next guest started in business in 2006, primarily exporting industrial supplies to the Middle East, but in recent years, they began adding office supplies and furniture and selling in the U.S. Now they are offering over 140,000 items through their store on the Internet.

Mike Switzer interviews Jeff Joseph, president of Alliance Supply, based in Spartanburg, S.C.

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Upstate Financial Planner Likes Stochastic Analysis
February 07, 2013

Our next guest says that financial planning is a process of making decisions in the present that will have impact and consequences in the future. And since he doesn't have a crystal ball, he likes to use a complex set of formulas, known as Stochastic Analysis to assist his clients with their retirement planning.

Mike Switzer interviews Rick Van Der Noord, a certified financial planner in Greenville, S.C.

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Filmmakers Have Chance to Shine in Beaufort, S.C.
February 06, 2013

The 7th annual Beaufort International Film Festival begins February 13 in our state's LowCountry, showcasing not only filmmakers from South Carolina but from around the world.

Mike Switzer interviews Ron Tucker, the festival director.

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CFAs Help CFPs with Investment Research
February 05, 2013

If you are a regular listener of this program, you know we often feature an interview with a certified financial planner to keep you abreast of the latest trends in personal finance. There is another group of financial experts that works more behind-the-scenes and often with financial planners, to help them help you and your money stay on track.

Mike Switzer interviews Robert Key, a chartered financial analyst with CCM Investment Advisors in Columbia.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
February 04, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Charleston Magazine Tackles Redesign
February 01, 2013

Most large cities have their own magazine, publications that extoll the virtues of the locale's people and culture. But one LowCountry city's publication recently decided to undergo a complete redesign in an effort to not only feature the city's history but their increasing progressiveness.

Mike Switzer interviews Darcy Shankland, editor of Charleston magazine.

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January 2013

USC MBA Student Wins $15,000 Technology Prize for HR Software Idea
January 31, 2013

Our next guest says that “If you’ve ever had to fill out an employee review or time sheet, you know the absolute agony of it and that most business software is terrible."  So he presented an idea for solving this issue at the recent University of South Carolina student competition, The Proving Ground, and won the $15,000 SCRA Technology prize.

Mike Switzer interviews Sean Rankin, an MBA student whose new idea is called Huddle HR.

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Jewelry Maker Inspired by Sweet Grass Baskets Finds Success
January 30, 2013

Our next guest took her love of the history of South Carolina's rice farms and turned it into a jewelry business that is inspred by probably the most famous product to ever come out of the rice farms, sweet grass baskets.

Mike Switzer interviews Janie Manning, co-founder of Sweet Charleston Designs.

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SHE Invades Columbia Business Community February 8th
January 29, 2013

Conventions and expos have long been a way for the business communtiy to showcase products and services to different market segments.  And our next guest has discovered that South Carolina's women comprise one of the
largest and most lucrative of these segments.

Mike Switzer interviews Jacqui Bomar, the brains behind SHE, a women's expo appearing in Charleston, Greenville, and coming Feb. 8th to Columbia.

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
January 28, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Improv Workshops Now Helping Companies in LowCountry Succeed
January 25, 2013

Our next guest says that most business people depend on their left-brain analytical skills to perform their tasks at work but that research shows that 90% of what business professionals do is spontaneous or right-brained. So her company designs improvisational workshops for companies which she says develops greater leadership, teamwork and communications skills.

Mike Switzer Allison Gilmore, founder of Dumore Improv, which, although based in Atlanta, has just expanded for the first time to Charleston, SC.

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Baby Boomers Face Long Term Care Issues
January 24, 2013

We continue to hear about the economic significance of the aging Baby Boomer generation. One area that is sure to feel the pressure of this event is the cost of long term care services. Our next guest says that long term care insurance is one tool that could help alleviate this burden.

Mike Switzer interviews Andrew Jones, a Certified Financial Planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC.

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Two Brothers Discover Each Other and Launch Jerky Business
January 23, 2013

Almost three years ago, our next guest received a call from a man who told him he was the brother he’d never known he had.  Once they got to know each other, they were both amazed to find out that each chose the same college degree, criminal justice, and, at one point, both became restaurateurs.  Now they have gone into business together making beef jerky.

Mike Switzer interviews Eddie Wales, owner of Motor Supply restaurant in Columbia and Paul Brock, an attorney and owner of Broad Street Cafe in Durham, NC and both are founders of Two Brothers Jerky based in Columbia.

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New Organization Promoting Clean Energy Jobs in SC
January 22, 2013

Last year, a new non-profit organization was born in South Carolina with a goal of creating an environment in our state that will attract clean energy businesses and create new jobs in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Tom French, executive director of the South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance based in Columbia.

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
January 21, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Top National Dancers Performing Soon in Columbia
January 18, 2013

Some of the nation's top dancers will be performing soon in Columbia as part of the Columbia Classical Ballet's LifeChance series which this year is raising money for the Free Medical Clinic of Columbia.

Mike Switzer interviews Jeffrey Day, who is an arts consultant and the media relations director for the Columbia Classical Ballet.

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Local Interior Design Firm Celebrates 50 Years
January 17, 2013

Despite the many economic ups and downs over the last half-century, our next guest's company has made a name for itself in the Southeast with 50 years in the interior design business, in particular in commercial and historic preservation design.

Mike Switzer interviews Carol Hamilton, a partner with Pulliam Morris in Columbia, SC.

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Fiscal Cliff Avoided: What Next For Our Money?
January 16, 2013

As you know, Congress passed legislation to keep the country from going over the fiscal cliff...so where did we actually land instead and how will it affect your money?

Mike Switzer interviews Roy Janse, a Certified Financial Planner and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary in Greenville, SC.

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Spray Foam Popularity Spurs Charleston Company’s Growth
January 15, 2013

Energy conservation continues grow in SC as evidenced by the fact that our next guest's company, the largest spray-foam insulator in the Southeast, was recently named the 4th fastest growing small business in SC, by SC BIZ NEWS.

Mike Switzer interviews Clint Allen, president of Energy One America, based in Charleston, SC.

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
January 14, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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LowCountry University Offers Online Degrees
January 11, 2013

Most everybody would agree that a college degree increases the chances of a higher paying job.  But if you are already a working adult with a family, how are you going to find the time to complete that degree?  Our next guest's LowCountry university recently decided to join the ranks of schools across the country now offering online degrees.

Mike Swizter interviews Gary Vance, the new dean in the College of Adult and Professional Studies at Charleston Southern University.

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Charter Schools Moving Forward in SC
January 10, 2013

From time to time on this show, the topic of educations comes up and how important it is to our state's business community that we have high-performimg, vibrant and improving public schools.  One sector of the school system
that often receives accolades, and sometimes controversy, is South Carolina's Public Charter School District.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Wayne Brazell, superintendent of SC's Public Charter School District.

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Midlands Navigates to “Great”
January 09, 2013

Seven years ago, our next guest's organization gathered a business taskforce in Columbia, SC, whose purpose was to identify the initiatives required to move the Midlands region from what they perceived as "good" to what they wanted, which was "great".  And since then that is exactly what they have been working on.

Mike Switzer interviews Mike Crapps, president and CEO of First Community Bank in Lexington, and the chairman of the Navigating from Good to Great Foundation.

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Upstate Ad Agency Wins Top Award Again
January 08, 2013

Our next guest's company was recently honored as the top advertising agency in the Carolinas by the Business Marketing Association.  This marks the 4th consecutive and 5th year out of the past six.

Mike Switzer interviews Craig O'Neal, founder and CEO of VantagePoint, based in Greenville, SC.

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
January 07, 2013

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Excerpts From USC’s 2012 Economic Outlook Conference
January 04, 2013

Mike Switzer presents excerpts from this year's 2012 Economic Outlook Conference held recently by the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.

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Excerpts From USC’s 2012 Economic Outlook Conference
January 03, 2013

Mike Switzer presents excerpts from this year's 2012 Economic Outlook Conference held recently by the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.

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Excerpts From USC’s 2012 Economic Outlook Conference
January 02, 2013

Mike Switzer presents excerpts from this year's 2012 Economic Outlook Conference held recently by the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.

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Excerpts From USC’s 2012 Economic Outlook Conference
January 01, 2013

Mike Switzer presents excerpts from this year's 2012 Economic Outlook Conference held recently by the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.

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2012

December 2012

Excerpts From USC’s 2012 Economic Outlook Conference
December 31, 2012

Mike Switzer presents excerpts from this year's 2012 Economic Outlook Conference held recently by the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.

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Excerpts From USC’s 2012 Economic Outlook Conference
December 28, 2012

Mike Switzer presents excerpts from this year's 2012 Economic Outlook Conference held recently by the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.

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Excerpts From USC’s 2012 Economic Outlook Conference
December 27, 2012

Mike Switzer presents excerpts from this year's 2012 Economic Outlook Conference held recently by the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.

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Excerpts From USC’s 2012 Economic Outlook Conference
December 26, 2012

Mike Switzer presents excerpts from this year's 2012 Economic Outlook Conference held recently by the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.

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Excerpts From USC’s 2012 Economic Outlook Conference
December 25, 2012

Mike Switzer presents excerpts from this year's 2012 Economic Outlook Conference held recently by the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.

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Excerpts from USC’s 2012 Economic Outlook Conference
December 24, 2012

Mike Switzer presents excerpts from this year's 2012 Economic Outlook Conference held recently by the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.

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LowCountry Military Software Contractor Succeeds With Employees
December 21, 2012

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce recently named our next guest's company, a software, technology, and engineering firm, as the best small company to work for in our state.

Mike Switzer interviews Ryan Lemire, Executive Director of Operations and Development at Geocent in N. Charleston, S.C.

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Upstate Entrepreneur Succeeds with English Lessons
December 20, 2012

Ten years ago, Kim recognized a need for a rigorous program to train teachers of English as a Second Language. She now has over 150 graduates teaching all over the world and has spawned several other language schools.

Mike Switzer interviews Kim Carroll, founder and director of English for Life based in Greenville, S.C.

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Lake City Hopes to Spur Economic Development Through Art
December 19, 2012

Our next guest is very busy these days working with the arts and business communities in her small South Carolina town, in an effort to spur economic development and, in the process, revitalize her town.

Mike Switzer interviews Karen Fowler, a Lake City businesswoman who is helping to organize ArtFields, a 10-day celebration of art and culture that will take over Lake City next April.

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Thinking About a Budget for Your New Year’s Resolution?  Think Again!
December 18, 2012

As we get closer to the new year, many families and individuals start to come up with their New Year's resolutions: Get the work done around the house, get organized, lose weight, and get their finances in order and live on their budget. However, our guest this morning says that “budgets don’t work.”

Mike Switzer interviews Jeb Zoller, a Certified Financial Planner and Partner at DaVinci Financial Designs in Columbia.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
December 17, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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The Carolinas’ In-Migration Worth Billions
December 14, 2012

We've all known for a while that the Carolinas have been a popular region of the country for retirees. Our next guest says that, in fact, this in-migration has a $38 billion effect on our economy with its estimated 450,000 new faces we see every year.

Mike Switzer interviews Pat Mason, co-founder of the Center For Carolina Living in Columbia, S.C.

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Social Emotional Learning Prepares Kids for Success
December 13, 2012

Our next guest says that not a week goes by without somebody from the business world telling her that they wish their co-workers had received the social emotional learning in their childhood that her organization is teaching kids today.

Mike Switzer interviews Bridget Laird, CEO of WINGS for Kids a non-profit based in Charleston, S.C.

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Columbia, S.C. Business Succeeds with “Worst” Slogan
December 12, 2012

Many S.C. retail businesses find themselves working hard to distinguish themselves from the big national companies, especially in this economic environment. Today's guest says her business continues to adapt and grow as they face today's challenges.

Mike Switzer interviews Carolett Cromer Turner, president of Cromers in Columbia, the company with the slogan "Guaranteed Worst in Town".

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Famously Hot New Year Rocks Columbia
December 11, 2012

Last year, Columbia held it's first ever Famously Hot New Year's Eve party on Main Street in front of the Statehouse.  It was considered a huge success and so almost immediately the planning began for this year's event.

Mike Switzer interviews one of the co-chair's of Columbia's Famously Hot New Year, Charles Appleby.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
December 10, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Economic Outlook Conference Comes to Columbia Dec. 12th
December 07, 2012

The prospects of jobs and income growth versus the peril of falling off a fiscal cliff in post-election 2013 are not only on a lot of people's minds right now but these topics will also be the focus of the Darla Moore School of
Business’ 32nd annual Economic Outlook Conference
, coming to Columbia on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Mike Switzer interviews Joey Von Nessen, with the Division of Research at USC's Darla Moore School of Business which puts on this annual event.

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Unraveling the Logistics of Black Friday
December 06, 2012

After witnessing the nation go bananas every year with Black Friday sales events, our next guest thought it was a good time of year to talk about the logistics of the ever-increasing monster of the holiday gift-giving season.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Scott Mason, a supply chain expert, professor and the Fluor Endowed Chair at Clemson University, part of SC's SmartState program, who will be the guest speaker at EngenuitySC's Science Café on Tuesday, December 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at SpeakEasy cocktail bar
in Five Points in Columbia.

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Local Entrepreneur SCOREs with Product for Hunters
December 05, 2012

Every month we try to feature a success story from SCORE, the volunteer small business counseling arm of the US Small Business Administration.  SCORE's volunteers are usually retired executives and small business owners.
Our next guest worked closely with the Charleston chapter of SCORE to patent his product, find a product development and production company, and market his product.  He sold out of his gun rests the first week they were available.  
Mike Switzer interviews Carl Griffin, founder of No-Miss and he joins us by phone from his office in Charleston.

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Are Your Investments Prepared for 2013?
December 04, 2012

This is the time of year when the economy and stock markets seem to be of peak interest to our listeners.  Our next guest says that uncertainty abounds for 2013 and that there are three scenarios that you should be prepared for.

Mike Switzer interviews Doug English, with Carolinas Retirement Specialists in Charleston and Greenville.

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
December 03, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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November 2012

Engineering Firm Named Best Place To Work in SC
November 30, 2012

Ever since the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and SC Biz magazine partnered seven years ago to start a "best places to work in SC" competition, our next guest's company has been a winner.  This year they ranked #1 in the large company category.

Mike Switzer interviews Bob Fei, President of Life Cycle Engineering in Charleston, SC.

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SC Faces Health Care Insurance Issues After Election
November 29, 2012

When the national health care reform law was upheld by the Supreme Court last year, many business owners turned their attention to the election to see if the Republicans would be able to win the Oval Office and/or enough seats in Congress to attempt a repeal. But with the President being re-elected and the Democrats actually picking up some seats in Congress, our next guest says she is optimistic about the outlook for health care reform to proceed here in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Lynn Bailey, a health care economist practicing in Columbia.

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Former Restaurateur Opens Local Credit Card Processing Company
November 28, 2012

If you are a small business owner in the retail industry, you probably receive solicitations regularly from credit card processors trying to get your business. Our next guest is a former restaurant owner in Columbia who says he feels that there is a lot going on in the credit card processing industry that, while legal, may not be ethical. And that's why he decided to open up his own processing company.

Mike Switzer interviews Nate Good, president of Good Team Payment Processing in Columbia.

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Local Food Market Finds Success With Technology
November 27, 2012

Locally grown food continues to gain traction in South Carolina as consumers become more aware of its health, environmental and economic benefits.  Our next guest is finding success in this area from the merchant side with a co-op style local food market that also uses modern technology.

Mike Switzer interviews Lauren Kelly, co-owner of the Sea Islands Local Outlet (known as SILO) in Beaufort, SC.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
November 26, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Columbia Art Museum Explores New Angle With Rothko Exhibit
November 23, 2012

One of the world’s most influential and best-known artists of the 20th century is now being featured at the Columbia Museum of Art with the exhibit, Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade 1940-1950.

Mike Switzer interviews Will South, curator of the museum and Harry Cooper, curator for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., which is where most of this collection came from.

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Is Now the Time to Buy Spanish and Italian Bonds?
November 22, 2012

Research is an important part of the investment process, however many small firms are finding it difficult to pay the ever-increasing costs of establishing their own in-house research team. Our next guest says that is exactly why he has decided to focus on that market.

Mike Switzer interviews Sailesh Radha, President of Intermarket Research & Analytics based in Blythewood, S.C.

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USC Looking for Tourism Entrepreneurs
November 21, 2012

Tourism is big business in South Carolina, and probably about to get much bigger with Charleston being recently named the best city to visit on the planet.  And that's why our next guest has launched a campaign to find entrepreneurs who want to start a tourism business in our state.

Mike Switzer interviews Simon Hudson, director of the SmartState Tourism Center, one of the endowed chairs at the University of SC.

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Is Now the Right Time to Invest?
November 20, 2012

The stock market has been pulling back lately. Maybe it's just profit-taking after three decent years of trending upward. Or could it be because of fears surrounding the "fiscal cliff" or unrest in the Middle East. Our next guest says that regardless of the reason, this is a good time to be investing, especially in your retirement plan at work.

Mike Switzer interviews Bill Harwood, a CPA and Certified Financial Planner, practicing in Columbia at Harwood Wealth Management.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
November 19, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Florence IT Company Honored at White House
November 16, 2012

Our next guest was recently recognized in a ceremony at the White House, as a "Top 100 Company Started by Young Entrepreneurs."

Mike Switzer interviews Robby Hill, founder and CEO of HillSouth IT Solutions, headquartered in Florence, S.C.

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Fastest Growing Job Category is Health Care IT
November 15, 2012

Our next guest says that one of the fastest growing job categories today is health care information technology and that's why USC in Columbia has launched a new masters in health care information technology degree program.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Betty Regan, chair of the Integrated Information Technology Program at the University of South Carolina's College of Hospitality Retail and Sport Management.

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Does Holiday Shopping Influence Your Money Habits?
November 14, 2012

Doesn't it seem to you that the holiday shopping season starts earlier and earlier each year?  Do you think it influences your money habits in any way?

Mike Switzer interviews Ted McLyman, CEO of Apexx Behavioral Solutions Group in Augusta, GA and author of the book "Money Makes Me Crazy: a Prescription For Money Sanity".

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S.C. Cement Factory Wins Manufacturer of Year Award
November 13, 2012

The S.C. Chamber of Commerce recently announced its Manufacturer of the Year awards and the large company category award went to a cement factory in Holly Hill.

Mike Switzer interviews Joe McFalls, plant manager at Holcim, in Holly Hill.

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
November 12, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Close Your Business Deal at a Horse Race
November 09, 2012

Business owners and salespeople are always looking for relaxing venues to meet customers and maybe close a few deals.  Our next guest says that, unlike football games and other sporting events, there is a good deal of down time at horse races, which allows for conversations and business dealings.

Mike Switzer interviews Teri Teed, assistant director of the Carolina Cup Racing Association, the host organization for the upcoming Colonial Cup steeplechase event in Camden, SC.

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Camden Physician Lauches App for Health Insurance Claims
November 08, 2012

Most patients are aware of the war over healthcare reform in our country but our next guest says many are unaware of an ongoing struggle their doctors wage daily trying to get paid by insurance companies. He says insurers have overburdened healthcare professionals with increasing paperwork and compliance demands, all involving arcane coding and documentation rules and regulations.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Tray Dunaway, a Camden-SC physician, decided to fight back in 1997 by creating a system that streamlines the health care insurance claims process.

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Biotechnology Conference Coming Soon to S.C.
November 07, 2012

Our next guest's organization is leading South Carolina's efforts to grow South Carolina’s life sciences economy. And that discussion will be at the forefront of their upcoming conference in Greenville called "What Next".

Mike Switzer interviews Wayne Roper, president of the South Carolina Biotechnology Industry Organization, known as SCBIO.

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Investor Anxiety May Continue After Election
November 06, 2012

After today, the election will finally be behind us and uncertainty reduced, but the markets will still have potential for volatility which always adds to investor anxiety.  The past three years have seen the markets rise about 35%, yet investors remain cautious and stressed out about their investments.

Mike Switzer interviews Rob DeHollander, a Certified Financial Planner in Greenville, SC.

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
November 05, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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LowCountry Outdoor Apparel and Equipment Company Finds Success With Community Involvement
November 02, 2012

Our next guest's company has decided to make community involvement a big part of their business plan and he says it's a big part of their success.

Mike Switzer interviews Beezer Molten, president of Half-Moon Outfitters based in Charleston, SC, co-sponsor with the Mount Pleasant Land Conservancy of the upcoming Golden Nugget Paddle n' Party.

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Charleston Showcases Art Investment Fair
November 01, 2012

We regularly feature a financial planning or investment topic on this show, but rarely has the subject come up of investing in art.  Our next guest says her non-profit institution is about to hold it's first ever event featuring the opportunity for both seasoned and new collectors to invest in art.

Mike Switzer interviews Angela Mack, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston which has partnered with the Charleston Fine Art Dealers Association (CFADA) for the Fine Arts Weekend and the Art on Paper Fair from November 2nd through 4th.

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October 2012

Blogging May Help Your Business
October 31, 2012

If your business is looking for an inexpensive way to get your message out, our next guest says there's no better time than now to blog. Blogging is an oldie but goodie and she says, a very effective way to be more visible in the search engines, like Google.

Mike Switzer interviews Lyn Mettler, a social media expert with Step Ahead, a PR, marketing firm based in Charleston.

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The Fiscal Cliff, 2012 Elections, and Tax Planning
October 30, 2012

Recently on this show, we have discussed the upcoming "fiscal cliff" and the election and how they both may affect investment planning. This morning, we are going to discuss the effect these events may have on your tax planning.

Mike Switzer interviews Angel Marvin, a CPA and financial advisor with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia.

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
October 29, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Midlands Fundraising Company Offers S.C. Products
October 26, 2012

If you have children in school, you know all about fundraisers like chocolate bars and wrapping paper that kids are asked to sell to your friends, neighbors and co-workers. There's nothing wrong with that. But what our next guest says is wrong is that the products being sold and the profits the parent company makes don't stay in South Carolina. That's why he has started a local fundraising company that offers products made by small businesses all over our state.

Mike Switzer interviews Ken Carey, founder and CEO of Local Happiness based in Columbia, S.C.

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Retired Midlands Business Owner Receives Guide Dog School Award
October 25, 2012

The last time we interviewed this morning's guest, she shared with us some business etiquette tips.  She has some new tips for us today, regarding guide dogs and the workplace.

Mike Switzer interviews Ann Humphries, former president of Columbia, SC-based Eticon.  She is also legally blind and recently received the Graduate of the Year award by Southeastern Guide Dogs school in Palmetto, FL. Here is a link to Ann's Blog: Adventures with Brego.

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Upstate Executive Search Firm Succeeds With New Technology
October 24, 2012

Most of the business owners we interview on this program tell us that finding good employees is critical to their success and one of their biggest challenges.  Our next guest says her company has discovered a technology that takes the guesswork out of hiring the right people, and in fact guarantees that it will work.

Mike Switzer interviews Jane Allen, Managing Director of SmartWork | Network in Greenville, SC.

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How Will the “Fiscal Cliff” Affect Your Financial Plan?
October 23, 2012

Regardless of who is elected, without new legislation, the Bush tax cuts, the temporary payroll tax cut and extended unemployment benefits will all expire at the end of this year.  This is what you may have heard referred to as the Fiscal Cliff. How is this possibilty going to affect your financial plan and is there anything you should do to prepare?

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Beard, a Certified Financial Planner with Gateway Wealth Strategies in Greenville, SC.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
October 22, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Lowcountry Parents Create e-Health Village
October 19, 2012

Since they first appeared on our show about a year and a half ago, we've been staying in touch with two Lowcountry, S.C. parents of children with special needs who have developed an online health social network & organizer. Their company has experienced growing pains like most start-ups, but the founders believe they are now ready for the big-time.

Mike Switzer interviews Florence & Kwame Iwegbue, co-founders of Livewello. Kwame is also a physician at Roper Hospital in Charleston, S.C.

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S.C. Mortgage Banker Makes Inc 500
October 18, 2012

South Carolina’s largest privately owned mortgage banker was recently named to Inc. magazine’s annual Inc. 500, which is their ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing companies.

Mike Switzer interviews Wade Douroux, president and CEO of Resource Financial Services in Columbia, S.C.

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Gift Shop Scores in North Augusta
October 17, 2012

Our next guests believe that first impressions are always important, especially in the South. And that's why they named their North Augusta, South Carolina gift shop Impressions of the South.

Mike Switzer interviews Eva Watkins, founder of Impressions of the South in North Augusta and Jim Childress, their SCORE counselor.  Impressions of the South is our SCORE success story this month.

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Montessori Method Helps Columbia Kids Succeed
October 16, 2012

Education remains a hot topic in South Carolina. Most experts agree that early childhood education remains the key to establishing the habits that students need in order to succeed.

Mike Switzer interviews Karen Kuse, director of the Montessori School of Columbia, S.C.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
October 15, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Camden, S.C. Finds Success with Antiques
October 12, 2012

If you are a regular listener of this program, you may remember a recent trivia question about Camden, S.C.  In 1774, King George III granted a license for Camden to hold a public fair on what is now known as Fair Street.  That license was believed to be the first ever issued for a public fair in what was then the British Colonies. Camden is also the oldest inland city in South Carolina, and so it only seemed natural to our next guest for the city to hold an antiques fair.

Mike Switzer interviews Hope Cooper, executive director of the National Steeplechase Museum in Camden, S.C., one of the main charities benefiting from the Camden Antiques Fair.

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Writer’s Festival Accepting Entries
October 11, 2012

This year, the Hub City Writers Project and its sister organization HUB-BUB held the first annual Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival in Spartanburg, a project celebrating the literature and film of Upstate South Carolina. It was a sell-out this year and they are now accepting applications for next spring's event, Expecting Goodness Film Festival.

Mike Switzer interviews Kari Jackson, Assistant Director of the Hub City Writers Project.

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Greenville Taproom First in Country to “Growl” Wine
October 10, 2012

If you are a beer connoisseur, you probably know how to buy it in bulk via a half-gallon jug known as a growler. Our next guest recently celebrated two years in business selling growlers, but not just filled with American craft beer. They may be the only taproom in the country selling growlers of wine.

Mike Switzer interviews Ed Buffington, co-owner of The Community Tap in downtown Greenville, S.C.

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Check the Facts Before You Invest In Election Results
October 09, 2012

The election season is becoming fast and furious.  Recently on this program we asked a financial advisor what he recommended investors do with their money based on his market and election prognositications. But our next guest says that you should look at the facts first before you decide to change your investments based on the election.

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

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
October 08, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Local Recording Studio Celebrates Success
October 05, 2012

For 25 years, our next guest has been helping musicians around the Midlands of South Carolina to record their music and achieve their dreams of success.

Mike Switzer interviews Jay Matheson, owner of the Jam Room Recording Studio, which is celebrating this milestone with a big music festival soon in Columbia.

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Columbia Art Museum Finds Success with Big-Time Exhibits
October 04, 2012

One of the world’s most influential and best-known artists of the 20th century is now being featured at the Columbia Museum of Art with the exhibit, Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade 1940-1950.

Mike Switzer interviews Will South, curator of the museum and Harry Cooper, curator for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., which is where most of this collection came from.

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Technology Conference Coming to Columbia
October 03, 2012

One of the largest conferences in the Southeast is attracting some of the big names in the tech industry to speak in Columbia soon. One of them is Jim Stickley, who has stolen credit cards, hacked Social Security numbers, robbed banks, and created fake ATMs. He is an identity thief, but he is not a criminal, he is a cyber security expert who is hired by corporations to perform these attacks to test their security.

Mike Switzer interviews John Davis with the Carolina Technology Conference coming to Columbia on Tuesday, October 9.

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It’s Never Too Late to Start a Financial Checklist
October 02, 2012

We talk about financial planning on this show about once a week, and this week's guest says that it's not too late in the year to make yourself a financial checklist and reap the benefits by year-end.

Mike Switzer interviews Rusty Cagle, a Certified Financial Planner at ASE Wealth Advisors in Greenville, S.C.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
October 01, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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September 2012

Spartanburg Wins Plug-In City of the Year Award
September 28, 2012

When people think of electric vehicle readiness, states like California, Texas, and Oregon come to mind. But one state that is quietly surprising the nation is South Carolina. According to the Department of Energy’s alternative fuel locator, South Carolina ranks seventh in public charging station locations per capita.

Mike Switzer interviews James Poch, Executive Director of Plug In Carolina and he will be in Spartanburg tonight presenting the city with its 2012 Plug-In City Of The Year award.

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Professional Presentations Essential for Success
September 27, 2012

Whether it’s a presentation to a small group or a speech before hundreds, making professional presentations can be intimidating–-but it’s an essential skill for business success.

Mike Switzer interviews Brad Stratton, Director of the Center for Business Communication at the Darla Moore School of Business at USC in Columbia.  Breakfast Series Event is Oct. 2.

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Columbia’s Vista Guild Showcases Area Restaurants
September 26, 2012

Through a new partnership with the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, our next guest's organization is now coordinating tours for conventions and meetings that are taking place downtown.

Mike Switzer interviews Sarah Luadzers, executive director of Columbia’s Congaree Vista Guild, which is also soon to host its fifth annual restaurant showcase, Viva La Vista.

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Is Your Portfolio Ready for this Election?
September 25, 2012

The political season is in full swing and some of you may be wondering how the end result could impact the financial markets.

Mike Switzer interviews financial prognosticator Doug English. Doug is also a Certified Financial Planner with Carolinas Retirement Specialists in Greenville.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
September 24, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Local Investment Research Firm Finds Success
September 21, 2012

Research is an important part of the investment process, however many small firms are finding it difficult to pay the ever-increasing costs of establishing their own in-house research team. Our next guest says that is exactly why he has decided to focus on that market.

Mike Switzer interviews Sailesh Radha, President of Intermarket Research & Analytics based in Blythewood, S.C.

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Columbia Airport Raises Expectations
September 20, 2012

Our next guest says that contrary to rumors of its closing, the Columbia Metroplitan Airport is not only doing fine, but moving ahead with multimillion dollar construction projects and working with airlines to bring in more routes to become more competitive with other state airports.

Mike Switzer interviews Kaela Harmon, Public Relations Manager for the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

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S.C. Employer Benefits Survey Released
September 19, 2012

Our next guest's company recently released the findings of their bi-annual statewide survey on South Carolina Employer Benefits, and apparently there are numerous interesting aspects of how things are changing in S.C. versus the rest of the country.


Mike Switzer interviews David Slade, with Rosenfeld Einstein in Greenville, S.C.

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Upstate Training Programs Available for Unfilled Manufacturing Jobs
September 18, 2012

Our next guest says that her organization is receiving calls on a weekly basis from Upstate manufacturing employers (like GE, Honeywell, Bosch, etc.) seeking potential job applicants and yet, unemployment in the area continues to be higher than the national average.


Mike Switzer interviews Kathy McKinzie, Director of Career Planning & Placement at Spartanburg Community College.

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
September 17, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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“S.C. Info Highway” Succeeds as S.C.‘s “Front Door”
September 14, 2012

Several years ago, we interviewed a small start-up website that was aiming to be everything South Carolina, and in fact their name is an acronym for South Carolina Information Highway. Over the years, they have become successful in that goal and with all the Internet competition these days, we thought you might enjoy hearing how they did it.

Robin and Rod Welch are co-founders of SCIWAY, now known as South Carolina's Front Door.

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Midlands Technical College Celebrates New State-of-the-Art Theater
September 13, 2012

How does a relatively new theater at a local technical college compete with all the other performing arts venues in the capital city? Our next guest says it may have something to do with the state-of-the-art facility itself and, of course, booking acts that people want to see.

Mike Switzer interviews Katie Fox, director of Theatre Operations at the 400-seat Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College.

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Green is Good for Business in S.C.
September 12, 2012

In case you were wondering how to implement some sustainability strategies into your business plan, the sixth annual Green is Good for Business conference is coming September 18 to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Mike Switzer interviews the Green Goddess for the City of Columbia, Mary Pat Baldauf and from the Columbia Chamber, C. Grant Jackson.

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Do You Have an Eldercare Plan?
September 11, 2012

Today approximately 13% of the U.S. population is over age 65. By 2030, projections show that approximately 20% of the U.S. population will be over age 65. Why are these numbers important? Because three out of four Americans will need some type of long-term care assistance during their lifetimes.

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Baughman, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia.

Resources

1.     National Council on Aging

2.     National Alliance for Care Giving

3.     National Association of Geriatric Care Managers

4.     Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities

5.     Fivewishes.org Resource for living wills

6.     National Clearinghouse for Long Term Care

7.     National Elder Law Foundation

8.     Retirementcommunity.com: locator for different types of retirement communities

9.     The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk

about their wishes for end-of-life care.

10.     AARP.com/relationships/care giving-resource-center: comprehensive list of Q&A for

visiting a retirement community

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
September 10, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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New S.C. Small Business Resource Focuses on Start-Ups
September 07, 2012

In case you haven't heard, South Carolina has a new small business resource. One that is particularly focused on helping start-up companies.

Mike Switzer interviews Greg Hilton, director of the new Center for Entrepreneurial and Technological Innovation in Columbia.

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USC Uncovers Walmart Sustainability Strategy
September 06, 2012

You may have heard of Walmart's efforts to initiate a companywide sustainability strategy a couple years ago. But do you know what they accomplished, what worked and what didn’t work? The retailing giant is usually private when it comes to their business strategies but our next guest has gained unprecedented access to Walmart to research the company’s corporate sustainability efforts.


Mike Switzer interviews Andrew Spicer, an associate professor at the Darla Moore School of Business in Columbia.

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Women’s Organization Brings Sustainability Summit to Upstate
September 05, 2012

Although we've been talking on this show for many years now about corporate sustainability and most people are aware now that it is not a fad, our next guest says that it is still new to many real estate professionals. And that's why she is helping bring an event to South Carolina entitled “Sustainability Summit: Greening the Upstate,” which is taking place on September 7 in downtown Greenville.

Maurie Lawrence is an attorney at the Wyche law firm and co-chair of this event.

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Small Business Succeed with the Right Financial Strategies
September 04, 2012

Our next guest says that part of a small business owner's success comes from having a financial plan not only for themselves but for their business.

Mike Switzer interviews Jim Agostini, a certified financial planner with DaVinci Financial Designs in Columbia and he joins us this morning to help us identify some successful financial strategies for business owners.

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
September 03, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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August 2012

Do You Have a Retirement Distribution Plan?
August 31, 2012

Our next guest says that every year, for the next twenty years, there will be about 10,000 baby boomers transitioning from the accumulation phase of their financial plan to the distribution phase. Are you one of those people, and if so, do you have a distribution plan?

Mike Switzer interviews Rick Van Der Noord. Rick is a certified financial planner in Greenville S.C. More info at Financial Planners Assn. of SC.

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Banks Find Growth at S.C.‘s Mid-Size Companies
August 30, 2012

We continue to hear from businesses around the state that one of their biggest obstacles to growth is obtaining funding from their bank. We are about three years removed now from the depths of the Great Recession, yet money is still tight. When will it change or are we simply in a brave new world?

Mike Switzer interviews Gregg Frierson, senior vice president and senior credit products manager for South Carolina Middle Market Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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Your Life Insurance Policy May Be Worth More than You Realize
August 29, 2012

Most people, at some point in their lives, own a life insurance policy. And, at some point, some people realize they don't need life insurance anymore. If that's you and you have a life policy, should you cash it in, borrow against it, or keep it?

Mike Switzer interviews Brad Strickland, a founding member of Melville Capital, a company that specializes in this area. He joins us by phone from his office in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

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You Shouldn’t Have to Pinch Your Pennies in Retirement
August 28, 2012

Our next guest says that American workers are facing an emerging crisis that they are not paying enough attention to. And that is, severely insufficient retirement funding. Underfunded government and private pensions, as well as a Social Security system that is under-stress, in addition to relatively low 401(k) account balances could be setting the stage for a penny-pinching retirement lifestyle.

Mike Switzer interviews Chip Hunt with PrimeTRUST Advisors, a retirement plan consulting firm located in Greenville and Columbia.

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
August 27, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Ex-S.C. Teacher Scores Success with Motivational Coaching
August 24, 2012

Just about everybody in every career field finds themselves in a rut at some point where they need some inspiration to help them get them going again. Many turn to motivational books and CDs, and some turn to personal coaches. Our next guest has discovered a niche market in helping teachers re-ignite their passion for educating children.

Mike Switzer interviews Wynn Godbold, owner of Bee Sharp in Myrtle Beach, S.C.  She's also our SCORE success story for this month. SCORE is the volunteer small business counseling arm of the U.S. Small Business Administration with chapters all across S.C.

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Transcriptionist Finds Niche Market with Doctors
August 23, 2012

With the implementation of the requirement for doctors' offices to now keep electronic medical records in full force, and healthcare providers now discovering the challenges they face in meeting documentation requirements, our next guest says her business is booming.

Mike Switzer interviews Nancy Davis, president and CEO of Bumgarner Transcription and EMR Integration, based in Mauldin, South Carolina.

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Columbia Author Helps Businesses with Best-Selling Book
August 22, 2012

We originally interviewed our next guest a few years ago about his then new book entitled "Statistics for Six Sigma Made Easy." Six Sigma, if you don't know, is a data-based methodology that emphasizes using data to drive decision making. There have been over 300 books written on Six Sigma and apparently his book is the best-selling one in the world on this topic.

Mike Switzer interviews Warren Brussee from Columbia, S.C.

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Investors’ Focus Shifts to U.S.
August 21, 2012

For most of this year, investors have been focused on the need for capital by some European countries and their banks. Our next guest says that now all eyes are turning to the U.S. and the upcoming elections.

Mike Switzer interviews Doug English. Doug is a Certified Financial Planner® and the owner of Carolinas Retirement Specialists with offices in Charleston and Greenville.

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
August 20, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Upstate Non-Profit to Expand Fresh Produce Donations Statewide
August 17, 2012

Most people are familiar with charitable food donation programs, such as food banks. And when you think of these, normally you think of canned food and other packaged food types of donations. Our next guest's organization, however, is succeeding with a different approach to fighting hunger through donations of fresh local produce. In fact, he says the state of South Carolina is so impressed with their work so far, that they have been asked to take the program statewide.


Mike Switzer interviews Bo Cable, executive director of the Generous Garden Project in Greenville, S.C.

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Charleston Beer Event Promotes Better Water
August 16, 2012

For the second year in a row, organizers in Charleston have come up with a way to promote the town's pub business and support a local charity, all through what is now known as the Charleston Pub Crawl.

Mike Switzer interviews Boomer Oyler, managing partner of the Becket Agency, the Charleston marketing and PR firm handling this event. Charleston Waterkeeper is the charity benefitting from this year's event.

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S.C. Launches Aerospace Task Force
August 15, 2012

Our next guest was recently named by the South Carolina Department of Commerce to direct the new S.C. Aerospace Task Force, an advisory council to the Secretary of Commerce on the development of a strategic initiative to enhance and grow the state’s aerospace industry.


Mike Switzer interviews Charlie Farrell, a banking and finance graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he also played basketball for Coach Frank McGuire and where he continues to serve as an adjunct faculty member. And his aerospace background includes more than 3,000 hours as a fighter pilot for the Marine Corps and Air National Guard.

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Your Temperament Might Be Your Financial Fingerprint
August 14, 2012

Our next guest is a retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. who has written a new book entitled Money Makes Me Crazy! A Prescription for Money Sanity. His book and his company are based on the
concept that individuals have specific and unique temperaments that influence all decision making. And in order to make better choices, people need to know and understand their temperaments.


Mike Switzer interviews Ted McLyman, CEO of Apexx Behavior Solutions and he joins us by phone from his company's headquarters in Augusta, Georgia.

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
August 13, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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New Business Incubator Opens in Lowcountry
August 10, 2012

More resources continue to develop across S.C. to help small business owners and entrepreneurs become successful. One of the most recent is the Don Ryan Center for Innovation, a public-private partnership that has opened in Bluffton, S.C.  It is a partnership involving the Town of Bluffton, Clemson University, and private financial support.  

Mike Switzer interviews Jordan Berliner, the director of the new center.

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Lowcountry Design Firm Earns National Award
August 09, 2012

Our next guest's company was recently named the top small graphic design firm in the nation by How Magazine, which is a graphic design trade publication known for discovering the nation's most talented designers.

Mike Switzer interviews Courtney Rowson, co-owner of Stitch Design and their letterpress company, Sideshow Press. And she joins us now by phone from her company's headquarters in Charleston, S.C.

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State Organization Helps Economic Developers to Succeed
August 08, 2012

For 47 years, our next guest's organization has been helping our state's economic developers to become better at what they do, attracting and retaining jobs in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews George Wolfe, president of the S.C. Economic Developers Association. He is also a partner of the Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough law firm, where he practices economic development, governmental, and corporate law, and he chairs the firm’s economic development practice group.

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Investors May Need to Update Records
August 07, 2012

You may have noticed that the 1099 you received earlier this year from your stock broker also now includes the cost basis of any securities you sold. Our next guest says this is because of a new law that is going to cause some investors to have to put in a little extra work to get their investment records up-to-speed.

Mike Switzer interviews Scotty Scott, a Certified Financial Planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia. www.abacusplanninggroup.com and www.irs.gov

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
August 06, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Old S.C. Family Recipe Hits Market and Wins Award
August 03, 2012

Last September, our next guest decided to take an old family recipe for a Creole sauce to market, and in less than a year has become a SOFI Silver award finalist at this summer's big specialty food show in Washington D.C. In case you were wondering, SOFI stands for "specialty outstanding food innovation."

Mike Switzer interviews Jason Luquire, co-founder of Carolina Creole based in Pawley's Island, S.C.

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S.C. Home to New Health Insurance Cooperative
August 02, 2012

The constitutionality of President Obama's Affordable Healthcare Act was recently decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Does the recent ruling have any effect on health insurance co-ops, which have been coming to life in South Carolina recently?


Mike Switzer interviews Cooper Littlejohn, CEO of the South Carolina Health Cooperative, which just completed its first enrollment period. www.schealthco-op.com

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S.C. Emerges as Major Golf Host
August 01, 2012

For the first time ever, South Carolina is soon to host a major golf tournament. The PGA Championship begins August 6 at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island and is sure to have a
major impact on the Lowcountry's economy.

Mike Switzer interviews Brett Sterba, the championship director. www.pga.com/pgachampionship/2012

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July 2012

Making Decisions About Other People’s Money Can Be Challenging
July 31, 2012

Sometimes, for mutliple reasons, people can become responsible for making decisions about other people’s money. And when that happens, they face many challenges, including confusing information, legal risks, and ongoing regulatory changes.


Mike Switzer interviews Mario Nardone, a chartered financial analyst with Morris Financial Concepts in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. www.mfcplanners.com

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S.C. Business Update from John “SwampFox” Warner
July 30, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Local Hunting and Fishing Magazine Delivers 31 Years of Success
July 27, 2012

For 31 years, our next guest's Columbia, S.C.-based magazine has been successfully delivering hunting and fishing articles and stories to their subscribers worldwide. They are not only known for their sporting literature but also for their photography and classically illustrated cover.

Mike Switzer interviews Charles Wechsler, publisher of Sporting Classics magazine. www.sportingclassics.com

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More Commuting via Bicycles Causes Need for Safety Awareness
July 26, 2012

More cities across our state are starting to put into place bicycle-friendly environments, and that is contributing to more people considering bicycling to work. Our next guest says that is a good reason for cyclers and non-cyclers to know more about bicycle safety.

Mike Switzer interviews Cait Costello with the Palmetto Cycling Coalition, a statewide non-profit organization based in Columbia, S.C. www.pccsc.net and www.SafeStreetsSaveLives.org

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Spartanburg Area Has New Business Assistance Leader
July 25, 2012

One of the many resources available to South Carolina's entrepreneurs is our state's system of Small Business Development Centers, known as SBDC. These are operated though 17 locations via a partnership with four of S.C.'s leading universities.


Mike Switzer interviews the new Spartanburg area manager, Elizabeth Smith, and Michele Abraham, the SBDC state director. www.scsbdc.com

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Moore School Offers Business Education Breakfast Series
July 24, 2012

The Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina will hold the next session of its new monthly business education breakfast series for the state’s business owners and managers on Tuesday, July 31. 

The event is entitled “An Employer’s Guide to Avoiding Social Media Snafus: From a Legal Perspective,” and there are more to come in the following months.

Mike Switzer interviews Brian Love, the director of program development at the Moore School. www.learnmoore.com

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
July 23, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Businesses Face New Guidelines When Hiring Ex-Offenders
July 20, 2012

Common sense would suggest that businesses consider criminal records when making the determination to hire or retain employees.  However, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued some guidelines that create potential liabilities when employers exclude or terminate employment based on someone's criminal background.   

Mike Switzer interviews Mark Bakker, a civil litigator and employment lawyer with the Wyche law firm. in Greenville, SC.  Mark has been at Wyche over 15 years, handling litigation in federal and state courts, and advising a variety of employers and individuals on employment law.  www.wyche.com

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Many Options Are Available For Those Who Inherit An IRA
July 19, 2012

More and more people are inheriting IRAs and other retirement accounts as the big wave of baby-boomer IRA account holders move through their retirement years.  If you find yourself in this position, understanding the available options for inheriting an IRA can help you avoid immediate taxation of this inheritance.

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Baughman, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia.  www.abacusplanninggroup.com

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Sumter, S.C. Native Finds Success with National Barber Chain
July 18, 2012

We all know that haircuts are a necessary part of life...well some of us do anyway. But today's guest also saw that a haircut company just for men was hard to find, so he started one. Sport Clips was established in 1993 and franchised in 1995 by Founder and CEO Gordon Logan, a native of Sumter, S.C. The franchise ranks in Entrepreneur Magazine’s top 20 “fastest growing franchises” and in the top 100 in the “Franchise 500,” and in the top 10 in Forbes’ “Top 20 Franchises to Start.”
Mike Switzer interviews Gordon by phone from his company's headquarters in Georgetown, Texas.  http://sportclips.com

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Take Your Company to the Next Level with Free Online Video Series
July 17, 2012

Today's guest is part of an Upstate financial advisory firm that is releasing a library of 25 free online videos for business owners in eight core areas that they believe are the most important to master in order to take your company to the next level: strategy, market positioning, people, process & procedures, financial, culture, innovation and momentum.

Mike Switzer interviews Hagen H. Rogers, Executive Managing Director for Watermark Advisors in Greenville, SC.  www.watermarkadvisors.com/paradigm

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
July 16, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Can Your Facebook Account Cost You Your Job?
July 13, 2012

Those of us with social media accounts, like Facebook and Twitter, are constantly warned not to post embarrassing items.  It’s now part of conventional wisdom that indiscreet posts could keep you from getting – or keeping – a job.  But are there reasons an employer might not want to look too deeply into such intimate details of an employee’s or applicant’s life?

Mike Switzer interviews Ted Gentry, a litigator and employment lawyer with the Wyche law firm in Greenville, SC.  Ted has been at Wyche over 20 years, handling litigation in federal and state courts, and advising a variety of employers and individuals on employment law issues.

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S.C. Foreign Trade Zones Growing
July 12, 2012

One sign of the continued recovery in the economy is the growth we're seeing in the activity occuring at S.C.'s two Foriegn Trade Zones. There are now 12 active warehouse distribution sites and 7 active manufacturing sites with total volume in the two foriegn trade zones at over $33 billion.

Mike Switzer interviews Suzan Carroll-Ramsey, a foriegn trade zone specialist with the SC Ports Authority in Charleston.

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Physical Therapy Business SCOREs in Irmo
July 11, 2012

Today we are featuring our monthly success story from SCORE, the volunteer small-business counseling arm of the U.S. Small Business Administration, where mostly retired business executives help local small businesses achieve success. There are many SCORE chapters across S.C. and today's story comes from the Irmo chapter.


Mike Switzer interviews Dan Wells, owner of MedFIT, a physical therapy and wellness center located in the Columbia suburb. 

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Disadvantaged Business Owners Find Angel in the Upstate
July 10, 2012

Socially and economically disadvantaged business owners often find themselves struggling to raise capital for their companies. Fortunately, an Upstate SC corporate angel has come to the rescue helping entrepreneurs such as a cupcake maker, bike shop owner, fancy hat maker, dry cleaner, and a bike safety product manufacturer.


Mike Switzer interviews John Tully, who leads the Michelin Development Corporation, based in Greenville, SC.

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
July 09, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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S.C. Scientist Believes Cars Will Run on Carbon Dioxide
July 06, 2012

As hybrids and now electric cars become more and more commonplace on our roads, our next guest says he has come up with a new way to fuel automobiles: using waste carbon dioxide, such as that produced by power plants.

Mike Switzer interviews David Doty, Founder, President, CEO, Chief Scientist, and Chairman of the Board of Doty Scientific in Columbia, S.C. www.dotyenergy.com

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Charleston Company “Grows” Roof Business
July 05, 2012

We haven't talked about the green revolution in a while, but we were introduced to a company recently that believes one of the best ways for a business to reduce their energy costs is to put dirt and plants on their roof.

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Whitfield, President of Green Roof Outfitters based in North Charleston, SC.  www.greenroofoutfitters.com

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Healthy Vending Machines Now in Upstate S.C.
July 04, 2012

Most of us have heard the news reports about South Carolina's high obesity rates and at the same time, some of you may have noticed the vending machines in our schools and workplaces filled with what most nutritionists would say are unhealthy snacks. Our next guest and his wife decided to do something about that.

Mike Switzer interviews Buck and Meggie Bradberry, owners of Upstate Healthy Living in Greenville, S.C.  www.upstatehealthyliving.com

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Ex-Offenders Find Job Hunting Difficult
July 03, 2012

In today's environment of high unemployment, the people who are having the hardest time finding jobs are probably the same people who always find that task most difficult...those who have been released from prison.  Our next guest runs a non-profit organization that provides transitional assistance for ex-offenders and their families.

Mike Switzer interviews Steve Harbin, president of Changing The Way. He's also president of MRP Inc., a for-profit licensed employment agency.  www.changingtheway.org  www.focusjobsearch.com

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Protect Yourself From Identity Theft: Do Some Shredding!
July 02, 2012

Identity theft is a major concern for many people in today's brave new world of technology.  Fortunately though, we have someone in the studio today who is going to share with us some identity protection tips.

Mike Switzer interviews Susan McCants, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC.  Additional resource: Better Business Bureau

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June 2012

Women’s Presidents Organization Has New SC Chapter
June 29, 2012

More and more women are not only becoming business leaders, they are becoming presidents of their companies.  And now these women presidents have their own organization.

Mike Switzer interviews Ann Elliott, chair of the new South Carolina chapter of the Women Presidents' Organization (WPO).  The WPO is an international membership organization
with 100 chapters in US, Canada, Peru, South Africa and United Kingdom.

Contact Ann Elliott, Chapter Chair, SC Chapter
The Berkana Company LLC
PO Box 50461
Columbia, South Carolina 29250
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Are Unpaid Interns Legal?
June 28, 2012

With summer comes vacations.  But for college students, summer means job hunting.  Many students are eager to gain workplace experience and make connections with potential employers.  And of course, businesses always welcome low-cost help.  But in today's economic environment, the American workplace has seen an increased emphasis on unpaid internships.

Mike Switzer interviews Ted Gentry, a civil litigator and employment lawyer with the Wyche law firm. in Greenville.  Ted has been at Wyche over 20 years, handling litigation in federal and state courts, and advising a variety of employers and individuals on employment law.

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Former University Groundskeeper Finds Success with Sustainability
June 27, 2012

Our next guest was a groundskeeper at Furman University in the late 1980s when he decided to put away the lawnmower, go to college and study landscape architecture. In college, he learned about native-plant communities, which he eventually made the cornerstone of his company.

Mike Switzer interviews Rick Huffman, owner of Earth Design, which he opened in 1996 in Pickens, S.C.

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What Questions Should Employees and Employers Ask About the Company Retirement Plan?
June 26, 2012

Our next guest says that most employees don't know enough about their retirement plans to make them really work like they're supposed to and that in fact, the same goes for the business owner.  So what questions should you ask about your company retirement plan and what questions should the owner or HR director ask so that they choose the right 401k advisor and plan administrator?


Mike Switzer interviews Charlie Capasso, a certified financial planner with Detterbeck Wealth Management in Charleston, SC.

Other resources:

Financial Finesse

Finanacial Planning Assn.

National Assn. of Personal Financial Advisors

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
June 25, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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S.C. Filmmaker Starts Distribution Company
June 22, 2012

If you are a regular listener of this program, you have probably heard our interviews lately with aspiring young South Carolina filmmakers who are busy traveling the film festival circuit and building their resumes. Our next guest says he believes the time has come for South Carolina to host an Internet-based film distribution company to help these fledgling artists.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris White, founder of just such a venture known as Paris MTN Scout in Greenville, S.C.

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Could JOBS Act Make Start-Up Business Funding Easier?
June 21, 2012

On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act into law. The Act is intended to make it easier for companies to raise money through public and private offerings of stock.

Mike Switzer interviews Andy Coburn, a corporate attorney with the Wyche law firm in Greenville, South Carolina.  Andy has experience assisting public and private companies with securities offerings.

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S.C. Excels in STEM Education
June 20, 2012

Lately, we've been hearing the importance of STEM education...Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. South Carolina and the country as a whole are concerned that other states and countries are passing us by in STEM proficiency. However, many of you may be unaware that one high school in our state has been a leader in this area for the past 14 years.

Mike Switzer interviews Kim Bowman, CEO of the Governor's School for Science and Math Foundation and the executive vice president of strategic direction for the school in Hartsville.

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Who’s Been Buying and Selling in the Stock Market Recently?
June 19, 2012

When stock markets go up and down, most of us realize that these movements are caused by there being more buyers than sellers or vice versa on any given day.  But is it important to know who the buyers and sellers are and if it is, how can we find out?

Mike Switzer interviews Doug English, a Certified Financial Planner® and the owner of Carolinas Retirement Specialists with offices in Charleston and Greenville.

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
June 18, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

Mick Zais' presentation to the SC Education Oversight Committee

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S.C. Doctor Invents Ultrasound Needle
June 15, 2012

Our next guest is a South Carolina doctor who has invented a tool that he says could save lives by cutting down the risk of infection. Because of it's recent FDA approval, the device could soon be used in hospitals around the world.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Steve Ridley, an Emergency Room doctor with Palmetto Health in Columbia and founder of Soma Access Systems.

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GoogleFest Coming Next Week to SC LowCountry
June 14, 2012

You may have heard one of our guests recently talking about the fact that many businesses aren't coming close to taking advantage of all the tools available on the Internet today, and it should come as no surprise that many of these tools are from Google.  If you are a small business, non-profit, or an educator, you will soon have the opportunity to find out more and straight from the horse's mouth.  On June 21st, Google is presenting 'Googlefest', a free, one-day conference that will take place at Trident Technical College in the LowCountry.


Mike Switzer interviews Eric Wages, operations manager for Google South Carolina and he joins us by phone from his company's office in Goose Creek.

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Piano Festival Boosts Midlands Economy
June 13, 2012

Dozens of families from around the country are in Columbia right now watching their children perform in the 10th annual Southeastern Piano Festival. This is the type of event that provides a nice economic boost to the capital city during a normally slow time of year.

Mike Switzer interviews Joseph Rackers, the co-director of the event, who is also with USC's School of Music in Columbia, the host organization.

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Do You Know Who The Best Beneficiary Is For Your Retirement Accounts?
June 12, 2012

Our next guest is a financial planner who says that he fields many questions about beneficiary designations for retirement accounts.  Questions such as:  "If my beneficiary designation on my IRA or 401-K is different from my will, which one will be used?" and "How will my beneficiaries be taxed on the distributions from a Roth IRA vs. a traditional IRA?"

Mike Switzer interviews Mike Miller, a certified financial planner with Planfirst in Greenville, SC.

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
June 11, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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LowCountry Hotelier Outpacing Industry
June 08, 2012

In the hotel industry, probably the most important measure of financial performance is what is known as RevPAR, revenue per available room.  Our next guest recently had the satisfaction of reporting that
his company's RevPAR growth rate last year came in at over 16%, twice the national average.

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Tall, president and chief operating officer for Charlestowne Hotels.

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Mergers and Acquisitions On The Rise
June 07, 2012

As the economy recovers, our next guest says corporate mergers and acquisitions are on the rise.  How is this affecting South Carolina's business climate?

Mike Switzer interviews Melinda Davis Lux, an M&A attorney with the Wyche law firm in Greenville, SC.  Melinda has represented buyers and sellers in M&A transactions valued at over $1 billion.

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Corporate Etiquette vs. The Hoodie
June 06, 2012

Our next guest says that while 26-year-old Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is showing up at his company's roadshow events in his collection of trademark hoodies, it could be giving a whole generation the false idea that if you start a tech company or any kind of company, you can dress like you’re about to head out on your skateboard. Is he the exception, or the new rule?

Mike Switzer interviews Caroline Avinger, founder and president of Protocol, LLC, a corporate etiquette consulting firm.

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Do You Need an Umbrella?
June 05, 2012

Most people would agree that lawsuits have become commonplace in today's world. And that's why an unfortunate accident can jeopardize your family’s financial security and peace of mind. Our next guest says that the protection you need may come from what is known as an umbrella insurance policies.

Mike Switzer interviews Bethany Griffith, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, South Carolina.

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
June 04, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Building Arts College in Charleston Seen as Heroic
June 01, 2012

Southern Living magazine recently named our next guest's institution a “Hero of the New South”.

Mike Switzer interviews General Colby Broadwater, president of the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, SC.

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May 2012

Local Filmaker Finds Success With Documentaries
May 31, 2012

Several years ago, our next guest was introduced to a group of cancer survivors who participated in a special kind of boat racing sport known as dragon boat racing.  The experience impressed her so much that she decided to start working on a documentary film about it.

Mike Switzer interviews Liz Oakley, a South Carolina filmaker and her film, Awaken the Dragon, has recently been making its way around the film festival circuit.

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Golfers Swamp Upstate for Bi-Lo Charities
May 30, 2012

According to Golf Magazine, the largest one-day charity golf event in the country is the upcoming Bi-Lo Charity Classic. Soon there will be approximately 1,300 golfers playing at 11 courses across Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina.


Mike Switzer interviews Mike Byars, Bi-Lo's CEO and he joins us by phone from his company's headquartes in Mauldin, S.C.

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Local Museum Wins Top Five National Award
May 29, 2012

Our next guest's institution was one of only ten recipients of the 2011 Gold Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and it's located in Columbia, SC.

Mike Switzer interviews Catherine Horne, executive director of our state's children's museum, EdVenture.

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Local Writer Finds Success with e-Books
May 28, 2012

A lot of people will tell you that they have a novel inside them that one day is going to be written. These days, with the Internet and e-books, more and more people are doing this.

Mike Switzer interviews McKendree (Mike) Long, a writer from Blythewood, S.C. who is doing just that.

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Local Entrepreneur Finds Success with Online News
May 25, 2012

Since our next guest appeared on our show about two years ago, his Midlands S.C. business news website has expanded across the state and, despite the challenges, has continued to find success.

Mike Switzer interviews Alan Cooper, owner and founder of http://midlandsbiz.com/, http://lowcountrybizsc.com/ and http://upstatebizsc.com/.

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Lowcountry Housing Trust Helps Small Businesses with Financing Needs
May 24, 2012

Our next guest's organization is helping small businesses in our state's Lowcountry by providing financing when they may not qualify for credit from traditional lending institutions.

Mike Switzer interviews Michelle Mapp with the Lowcountry Housing Trust in North Charleston, S.C. http://lowcountryhousingtrust.org/

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Piccolo Spoleto Returns for 34th Year on May 25
May 23, 2012

It's that time of year again when art, culture and entertainment fans from around the world converge on Charleston, S.C. for the annual Spoleto festival. And a very popular part of this annual event is it's sister festival, Piccolo Spoleto.

Mike Switzer interviews Ellen Dressler Moryl, Piccolo Spoleto's executive director at Charleston's Office of Cultural Affairs. http://www.piccolospoleto.com/

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The Pros and Cons of Borrowing from Your 401k Plan
May 22, 2012

Sometimes, when you have to borrow money, wouldn't it be great if you could just borrow from yourself and pay yourself the interest? Well, if you have a 401k plan, you may be able to do just that.

Mike Switzer interviews Manuel Martinez, a certified financial planner with Charleston Wealth Advisors. http://charlestonfinancialadvisors.com/

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
May 21, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Charleston Company Brings in The Green With Efficient Lighting
May 18, 2012

The South Carolina Ports Authority says it has become brighter and more energy efficient, thanks to our next guest's company.

Mike Switzer interviews Dan Gould, vice president of technology and implementation at Green Lighting Group in Charleston, SC. www.greenlightinggroup.com

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Myrtle Beach To Host US-Canada Trade Conference May 20th
May 17, 2012

South Carolina will host the 5th Annual Southeastern U.S. - Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) trade conference in Myrtle Beach on May 20-22. where more than 300 Canadian and U.S. business and government leaders will connect to promote trade and investment opportunities.

Mike Switzer interviews George Patrick, Deputy Secretary of the SC Dept. of Commerce. www.sccommerce.com

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Communication Deficits Can Disrupt Efforts To Succeed
May 16, 2012

In case you didn't know, May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Most of us would agree that speech, language and hearing deficits can be extremely disruptive in a person's efforts to lead a productive and successful life. Our next guest is trying to do something about that.

Mike Switzer interviews Sally Asquith, President and Clinical Director at Carolina Speech and Language Center in Summerville, S.C. www.mycsal.com

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Free Personal Finance Resources Available From State Credit Union
May 15, 2012

Personal finance can be an ongoing learning experience. Fortunately there are many resources out there to help.

Mike Switzer interviews Suzette Morganelli, manager of Financial Counseling and Education at the State Credit Union. www.scscu.com

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
May 14, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Lowcountry Financial Services Firm Finds Success with Global Charity
May 11, 2012

Most successful business owners will tell you that community involvement is a big part of their success. Our next guest defines community in a more global context.

Mike Switzer interviews Britt Gilbert, owner of Commonwealth Financial Group, a Daniel Island, S.C.-based financial services firm that has begun a charity that is currently helping women and babies in Uganda. http://www.commonwealthcares.org/ and http://www.palmettomedical.org/

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Power of the Purse Helps Charities
May 10, 2012

Each year, more than two hundred women who are business executives, community leaders and entrepreneurs in the Midlands of S.C. participate in a live and silent auction of purses to raise money for women's and children's charities.

Mike Switzer interviews Stacy Lindenburg with the Columbia organization, Women in Philanthropy, and Karen Blackmon, honorary chairperson for the WIP's annual event: "The Power of the Purse." http://www.womeninphilanthropy.com/

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Salute To Small Business on May 16 in Columbia
May 09, 2012

South Carolina's ninth annual Salute to Small Business is coming to Columbia on Wednesday, May 16.

Mike Switzer interviews Anna Huntley with the S.C. District office of the US Small Business Administration. http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3145/news/138031

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Are Reverse Mortgages a Good Choice for Income?
May 08, 2012

With interest rates at all-time lows, many retirees are struggling to find ways to generate income from their retirement accounts. However, many are finding that one resource may be the equity they have in their homes. That equity could be accessed via a stream of income known as a reverse mortgage. Reverse mortgages have not received favorable reviews in the past because of high costs, but our next guest says some of those costs have dropped significantly. Is it time to reconsider a reverse mortgage?

Mike Switzer interviews Alex Chastain, a certfied financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, S.C. http://www.abacusplanninggroup.com/home.html and http://www.aarp.org/money/credit-loans-debt/reverse_mortgages/ and http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD and http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/federal_housing_administration and http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/moneymatters/your-home.shtml and http://www.ncoa.org/

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
May 07, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Pension Forum Coming to Greenville
May 04, 2012

Our next guest says that a number of recent studies are indicating that most workers in this country are not on track for a secure retirement. Social Security has it's issues, of course, and he says people and companies aren't contributing enough to 401k plans, and the defined benefit pension plans that still exist are under severe stress.

Mike Switzer interviews Chip Hunt, with PrimeTrust Advisors, a Greenville, S.C.-based company that specializes in retirement plans. http://www.primetrustadvisors.com/ http://www.pensionmanagementforum.com/

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Entrepreneur Resource Center at USC Has New Director
May 03, 2012

Did you know that almost three-quarters of our nation's high school students say that they want to start their own company some day. And why not? One million new ventures are started each year in this country. And many resources abound to help them, from the Internet to our next guest's organization.

Mike Switzer interviews Dirk Brown, Director of the Faber Entrepreneurship Center at the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. http://www.moore.sc.edu/facultyandresearch/researchcenters/faberentrepreneurshipcenter.aspx

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Lebanese Restaurant Finds Success In Columbia
May 02, 2012

Restaurant owners are usually the type of people who really love what they do. They pretty much have to because most will tell you owning a restaurant is a lot of work. Our next guest will tell you that specialty restaurants have their own unique set of challenges.

Mike Switzer interviews Elie Herro, owner/operator of Pita's, a Lebanese/Mediterranean restaurant in Columbia. http://www.pitasofcolumbiasc.com/

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Bucket Investment Strategy Might Work for Retirees
May 01, 2012

Many retirees follow the rule that financial advisors have prescribed for decades: Invest in a diversified mix of stocks and bonds, then withdraw about 4 or 5% of the portfolio value each year. But with record low interest rates and a stock market that has gone sideways for more than a decade, does this strategy still work?

Mike Switzer interviews Rob Dehollander, a certified financial planner with Dehollander and Janse Financial Group in Greenville, S.C. www.djfinancial.com

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April 2012

S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
April 30, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Franchises Find Champion In Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
April 27, 2012

Our next guest is a Lowcountry entrepreneur who says he's passionate about changing the rules of an established, multi-million dollar industry. The industry he competes in generates leads for franchises.

Mike Switzer interviews Dave Schwartz, President, CEO and Founder of Franchise Clique in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. www.franchiseclique.com

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SCORE Helps Wedding Planner Succeed in Charleston
April 26, 2012

It's that time of year when event planners across the state begin to get very busy. How do they deal with the spring and summer rush of business and then cope with the downtime later?

Mike Switzer interviews Tanis Jackson, who runs an event planning operation in Summerville, S.C. and is our SCORE success story for this month. SCORE is the all-volunteer small business counseling arm of the U.S. Small Business Administration and they have chapters all across South Carolina. www.score.org www.tanisjevents.com

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State Committee Announces Unfavorable Education Results
April 25, 2012

The S.C. Education Oversight Committee recently announced the state’s progress toward improving K-12 education during its annual report to the media. Unfortunately, the numbers weren't good.

Mike Switzer interviews Neil Robinson, board chair of the Education Oversight Committee. www.eoc.sc.gov

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Many Factors Can Affect Your Life Insurance Application
April 24, 2012

Most people may not realize that when they apply for life insurance, many factors can come into play. The insurance company may look at your medical records, your driving record and other databases. How can you optimize your chances of getting a decent life insurance policy?

Mike Switzer interviews Molly Thomas, a registered para-planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia. www.mib.com www.weissrating.com www.abacusplanninggroup.com

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
April 23, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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More Businesses Offering Long-Term Care Insurance Benefit to Employees
April 20, 2012

When the Obama health care bill became law, many people were looking to an option in there known as the CLASS Act for their long-term care planning. But the CLASS Act is now no longer a part of the larger health care reform bill, so we're back to people needing to think about how they will pay for long-term care themselves. Our next guest says that now, it's even more important to get employees engaged in looking at long-term care benefits while they are still in the work force.

Mike Switzer interviews Barbara Franklin, owner of Franklin & Associates, a long-term care planning company in Charleston, S.C.

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Residential Arts High School Succeeds in Upstate
April 19, 2012

South Carolina is unique in the country in that it is home to two publicly supported residential high schools that offer high-level and nurturing learning environments for our state's gifted and talented students. One is the math and science school in Hartsville, and the other focuses on the arts, where our next guest is located.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Bruce Halverson, President of the SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville.

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Business and Art Work Together In Annual Columbia Festival
April 18, 2012

We've been told many times by guests on our program how important the arts are to the business community. Quality of life is always high on their list and cultural activities play a big part in that. Our next guest says that some businesses even go so far as to enthusiastically participate with the arts community and these events.

Mike Switzer interviews Sarah Luadzers, director of the Vista Guild in Columbia and they are preparing for their 21st annual Artista Vista.

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Saving For College Can Cause Anxiety
April 17, 2012

Graduation season is fast approaching and it is undoubtedly causing many parents a little anxiety. Tuition costs are increasing each year and funding your child’s college education can be one of your largest expenses.

Mike Switzer interviews Abby Donevant, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia.

Federal Student Aid

SC Future Scholar

College Board

Saving For College

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
April 16, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Indie Grits Film Festival Keeps Growing
April 13, 2012

You've heard us talk about the growing popularity of film festivals across South Carolina recently. One of the biggest and most unusual is the Indie Grits festival coming soon to Columbia. In it's sixth year now, this event has grown to 11 days and partners with outside organizations such as the South Carolina Philharmonic, Slow Food Columbia and a new partner this year, ConvergeSE, a conference for web designers and developers, that has become very popular in its own right.

Mike Switzer interviews Andy Smith, director of the Indie Grits film festival.

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Annual Food and Wine Fest Returns to Columbia Benefitting 11-County Charity
April 12, 2012

Nonprofits often turn to festivals as a source for fundraising, and our next guest's organization is no different.

Mike Switzer interviews JoAnn Turnquist, President of the Central Carolina Community Foundation which will be bringing it's annual wine and food fest to Columbia on April 17.

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Darlington County Schools Set Example for State
April 11, 2012

The S.C. Education Oversight Committee recently announced the state’s progress toward improving K-12 education and fulfilling its 2020 Vision. Unfortunately, the numbers revealed that South Carolina is not progressing in most key areas. Could this be a wake-up call that new strategies and tactics may be necessary? One bright spot is the story of what is happening in one part of the Pee Dee area of our state.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Rainey Knight, School District Superintendent for Darlington County.

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Recycled Fashion Comes to Columbia
April 10, 2012

Everybody knows that  "fashion" is big business, but how many of you are aware that our state's capital is home to a group that continues to capitalize on the growth of the fashion industry each and every year? The Columbia Design League is once again bringing their annual recycled fashion show and fundraiser, known as Runaway Runway to the Township Auditorium in Columbia on April 21st. 

Mike Switzer interviews Anna Redwine, President of the Columbia Design League.

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
April 09, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Furman University Students Walk for Water
April 06, 2012

Water shortages have been making global headlines for several years now, and our next guest says that this problem can only be solved by entrepreneurs developing better filters and better sanitation devices, and constructing water facilities in underdeveloped countries. And to that end, Furman University is sponsoring a water walk in an effort to raise money to fund a water project they are involved in, in Guatemala.

Mike Switzer interviews Bruce Clemens, associate professor in the Business and Accounting Dept. at Furman in Greenville.

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Beaufort Screenplay Writer Finds Success
April 05, 2012

Film festivals are becoming more and more popular across South Carolina, and there's one in particular that offers something that most don't: a table-read of screenplays.

Mike Switzer interviews Teresa Bruce, a South Carolina screenplay writer who won the Best Screenplay award for her work, The Wedding Photographer, at this year's Beaufort International Film Festival. Teresa lives and writes in Beaufort, S.C.

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It’s Film Festival Time in Charleston!
April 04, 2012

One of South Carolina's upcoming film festivals is moving its venue this year into what also happens to be one of our state's oldest cinemas, the Sotille Theatre in Charleston, which played host to the S.C. premiere of Gone With the Wind.

Mike Switzer interviews Summer Peacher, co-founder and president of the Charleston International Film Festival.

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Alternative Investments Gain Popularity
April 03, 2012

With today's low interest rate environment and stock prices that seem high when compared with where they were two or three years ago, many investors are looking for new places to put their money. So what comprises the "alternate investments" category?

Mike Switzer interviews Neil Brown, a CPA and certified financial planner with Burkett Financial Services in West Columbia, S.C.

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
April 02, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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March 2012

State Agency Works to Attract Filmmakers to S.C.
March 30, 2012

All you need to do to see what a breathtakingly beautiful state we live in is to visit the Web site of our next guest.

Mike Switzer interviews Tom Clark, director of the South Carolina Film Commission, part of the state Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, who says his office stays busy year-round recruiting filmmakers to South Carolina.

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Local Writer Finds Success
March 29, 2012

A lot of people will tell you that they have a novel inside them that one day is going to be written. These days, with the Internet and e-books, more and more people are doing this.

Mike Switzer interviews McKendree (Mike) Long, a writer from Blythewood, S.C. who is doing just that.

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Local Filmmakers Building Resume
March 28, 2012

You may have heard about the cat that has been correctly predicting the deaths of elderly residents of an assisted living village in New England. Our next guest heard about it, and he and his sister decided that it would make a great theme for a movie.  And so, with assistance from the South Carolina Film Commission, they made it...and it recently played and was nominated for two awards at the Beaufort International Film Festival.

Mike Switzer interviews Brian and Jocyln Rish, brother and sister residents of S.C. and the co-writers and producers of the short film, Saying Goodbye.

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Last-Minute Tax Strategies for 2011 Tax Returns
March 27, 2012

Even though we are well into 2012 now and right in the middle of tax season, many people may not be aware that there are still some things you can do that can positively affect your 2011 tax returns.

Mike Switzer interviews Jon Robertson, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, who helps us this morning with some last-minute tax strategies.

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
March 26, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure, based in Greenville, S.C.

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Financial Planners Practice Self Regulation
March 23, 2012

From time to time, we hear about unethical investment practices but rarely do we hear about the self-regulation that goes on in the investment industry.  Our next guest has recently been appointed to serve on a Washingto DC-based commission to oversee the ethics of Certified Financial Planners.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Beard, who received a degree in Financial Management from Clemson University, where he now mentors students in the University’s College of Business and Behavioral Science.  He has 17 years of experience in the financial planning industry and is currently a Vice President with Gateway Wealth Strategies, a division of the Bank of Travelers Rest, SC.

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Video Technology Company Lands in Columbia, SC
March 22, 2012

New technologies continue to be developed that allow businesses to take advantage of marketing opportunities on the Internet.

Mike Switzer interviews our next guest, who is the holder of 25 patents, some of which can help a company accomplish branding goals through personalized and interactive experiences.  Prior to co-founding his current company, Pandoodle, Dr. Dirk Brown was CEO of Neoconix, a venture capital-funded electronics technology company serving Fortune 100 customers worldwide.  Dirk is also the current Director of the Faber Entrepreneurship Center at the Moore School of Business at USC in Columbia.

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National Tennis Tournament Stoking Lowcountry Economy for 40 Years
March 21, 2012

South Carolina has been home to the Family Circle Cup women's tennis tournament since 1973, which has the distinction of having the longest running title sponsor in either men's or women's professional tennis. The event brings a nice economic boost to our state's LowCountry each spring and always features some of the biggest stars in women's tennis.

Mike Switzer interviews Bob Moran, the Tournament Director and he joins us by phone from his office at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island, S.C.

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Furman University Provides Sustainability Assistance To Businesses
March 20, 2012

Furman University’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development is introducing a new corporate sustainability program that they say can help businesses lower operational costs in the areas of energy, water and waste management while also positively impacting the community.  The program is called BEST (businesses engaging in sustainability for tomorrow) and is also made possible through a grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

Mike Switzer interviews Brad Bechtold, Director of Continuing Education at Furman University.

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
March 19, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast www.innoventure2012.com based in Greenville, S.C.

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Sustainability Conference Coming Soon to Greenville, S.C.
March 16, 2012

GM has stopped production of the Chevy Volt, solar companies are going bankrupt...is the green era over? Our next guest says that sustainability continues to be a way of life these days for businesses and the U.S. Green Building Council is doing its part to get the word out. In fact the S.C. Chapter will soon be holding its annual SustainSC conference in Greenville.

Mike Switzer interviews Denise Sherman, a LEED Accredited Professional with Agru America in Georgetown, S.C. and the USGBC SC Chapter Chair.

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Trustees Have Serious Responsibilities
March 15, 2012

At one point or another, most people come into contact with a trustee, whether that is through a family trust, a charitable trust or as an investor in a mutual fund. So what exactly should the average person know about the responsibilites of a trustee?

Mike Switzer interviews John Winthrop, a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University's business school who has many years experience as a trustee and is now practicing in Charleston, S.C.

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Open Source Software Conference Coming to Columbia
March 14, 2012

The Palmetto Open Source Software Conference will soon be comingto Columbia again to discuss the latest issues for technologists, business and government IT leaders, and educators. Last year, around 500 people from 24 states, 30 colleges and universities and 100+ business and government organizations participated.

Mike Switzer interviews Todd Lewis, the Palmetto Open Source Software Conference chair.

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Can the Stock Market Keep Climbing?
March 13, 2012

The stock market recently hit post-recession highs, and many investors are asking their advisors how much higher can it go? In fact, our next guest says that is usually the first question he hears these days.

Mike Switzer interviews Mario Nardone, a Chartered Financial Analyst with Morris Financial Concepts in Charleston, S.C.

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
March 12, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast www.innoventure2012.com based in Greenville, S.C.

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Don’t Proscrastinate Estate Planning
March 09, 2012

Death is something most of us don't like to think about, and financial planners say that's probably one reason most people don't have an estate plan. Our next guest says that even if you don't have a sizable estate though, you should still have a plan.

Mike Switzer interviews Troy Barrentine, a certified financial planner with Oak Capital Management in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. www.oakcapitalmgt.com

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Women Business Organizations Still Thrive
March 08, 2012

In today's age of sexual diversity in the workplace, do women, for example, still need their own separate business organizations?  An Upstate SC chamber of commerce believes they do.

Mike Switzer interviews Kris Burris, chair of the Greenwood Chamber's Women’s Leadership Council. www.greenwoodscchamber.org/womens-leadership-council

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S.C.-Based Magazine Winning National Awards
March 07, 2012

A few years ago, we featured a story about the first woman publisher of New Yorker magazine, who moved to Charleston, S.C. and started a new magazine about the South that has since become a highly successful, award-winning publication. 

Mike Switzer interviews Rebecca Darwin, President and CEO of Garden and Gun magazine based in Charleston, S.C. www.gardenandgun.comP

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Midlands Veterinary Hospital Brings New Radiation Therapy to SC
March 06, 2012

A local veterinary clinic has completed construction on a state-of-the-art intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) facility for dogs and cats who are being treated for cancer.  The center will be the only IMRT facility for pets in South Carolina and one of a handful of such facilities in the Southeastern United States.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Brett Feder, with South Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Columbia, SC. www.scvetspecialists.com

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
March 05, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast www.innoventure2012.com based in Greenville, S.C.

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How Do Retirees Cope With Low Yielding Investments?
March 02, 2012

Interest rates are low, the stock market has been flat for more than a decade.  How are retirees going to generate income from their investments?

Mike Switzer interviews Rusty Cagle, a certified financial planner with ASE Advisors in Greenville, SC.

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Upstate Chamber Nurturing Entrepreneurs
March 01, 2012

Since 2006 Upstate South Carolina has been working to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem that nurtures the start-up and growth of globally-impactful, knowledge-based companies.  It's called the NEXT initiative and it is being spearheaded by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.

Mike Switzer interviews John Moore, with the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.

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February 2012

Businesses Pin Their Hopes on New Social Media
February 29, 2012

Social media continues to grow in popularity, as many businesses search for ways to reach out to customers and prospects in a cost-effective way. And new types of social media continue to be created to meet this demand. One you may not have heard of is Pinterest, which recently passed Google Plus in its traffic count.

Mike Switzer interviews Lyn Mettler, a social media expert with the PR/marketing firm of Step Ahead, based in Charleston, S.C. www.stepaheadinc.com

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NonProfit Works to Bring Talent to Columbia
February 28, 2012

According to our next guest, her organization's vision is to create an innovative, energized and successful community that attracts, inspires, develops and retains the best talent in the world. Sounds like something all communities would want.

Mike Switzer interviews Katherine Swartz, Executive Director of Columbia Opportunity Resource. www.ourcor.org

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
February 27, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast www.innoventure2012.com based in Greenville, S.C.

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USC’s Third Largest College Among SC’s Largest Career Launchers
February 24, 2012

Tourism is now the number one industry in South Carolina, responsible for more than $17 billion dollars in spending and employing more than 200,000 people – that's roughly 10% of South Carolina’s workforce.  Careers in tourism in SC sometimes get their start through the University of South Carolina's College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management.

Mike Switzer interviews the college's dean, Dr. Brian Mihalik. www.hrsm.sc.edu

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LowCountry Resident Launches Credit Card Comparison Web Site
February 23, 2012

You may have noticed that as the economy has slowly been improving, those old credit card offers that mostly disappeared during the recession have started to show up in your mailbox again. And just so you know this time which ones are better than others, our next guest has created a web site that allows users to compare credit cards side-by-side.

Mike Switzer interviews Charleston, SC resident Chris Mettler, founder of CompareCards. www.comparecards.com

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SCANPO Hosting Conference in Columbia Feb 28, 29 and March 1
February 22, 2012

In a lot of cases, non-profit organizations face the same struggles that their for-profit counterparts face, and some that are very unique, which is why they will be gathering in Columbia soon for a series of workshops. 

Mike Switzer interviews Mac Bennett, President & CEO of United Way of the Midlands, part of the S.C. Assn. of Non-Profit Organizations, known as SCANPO, the group hosting the upcoming event. www.scanpo.org

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SC Investment Firm Launches Family of Mutual Funds
February 21, 2012

Our next guest's company goes back fifty years, originally beginning as the Investment Division of Greenwood Mills, a leading textile manufacturer of the time. Today, Greenwood Capital has grown to become one of the largest registered independent financial investment firms in the Southeast. Yet after 25+ years of providing investment management solutions to institutions and high net worth individuals, Greenwood Capital has decided to enter the mutual fund business with their family of Crescent Funds.

Mike Switzer interviews John D. Wiseman, Director of Fixed Income for Greenwood Capital, and Walter Todd, the firm's chief investment officer. www.greenwoodcapital.com

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
February 20, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast www.innoventure2012.com based in Greenville, S.C.

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The Right Research Can Bring You Closer To Your Customers
February 17, 2012

Many companies are looking for strategic direction in this tough economy. Our next guest says they are not going to find it in tea leaves, crystal balls or in anecdotal feedback from their sales team.  He says they should aggressively seek closer alignment with their customers and markets.

Mike Switzer interviews John Barrett, CEO and founder of Priority Metrics Group, a Spartanburg-based research consulting group. www.pmgco.com

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Local Apparel Company Wins Design Award For YMCA Uniforms
February 16, 2012

A locally grown textile company was this year's big winner in the uniform industry's big annual awards ceremony known as the Wearables Design Awards. Two of the three awards this company won were for employee uniform pieces designed for the YMCA of the USA.

Mike Switzer interviews Tom Merritt, founder and Co-CEO of OOBE, Inc. based in Greenville, S.C. http://oobe.com

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Columbia Incubator Hatches Successful Businesses
February 15, 2012

Since its inception in November 1998, our next guest's organization has helped entrepreneurs commercialize their ideas, produced successful, financially viable and freestanding businesses, and created hundreds of additional jobs in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Agata Chydzinski, Director of Operations for the USC-Columbia Technology Incubator. http://incubator.research.sc.edu

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Do You Have Money Saved For Medical Costs After Retirement?
February 14, 2012

Our next guest says that a recent study shows most people are not adequately saving for retirement and that could mean most people are also probably not going to be prepared to handle their health care costs in retirement either.

Mike Switzer interviews Neil Brown, a CPA and certified financial planner with Burkett Financial Services in West Columbia, SC. www.burkettfs.com and www.hsaadministrators.com

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S.C. Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
February 13, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast www.innoventure2012.com based in Greenville, S.C.

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Local Company Dispatches Success Nationwide
February 10, 2012

You may not be aware of this, but one of our country's leaders in providing communications systems to the transportation industry is based right here in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Mike Branning, president of Avtec, Inc. based in Gilbert. www.avtecinc.com

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Personal Budgeting Often Overlooked
February 09, 2012

We are now into the second month of 2012 and perhaps some of those New year's resolutions are working for you and maybe some are not.  Our next guest says that one resolution you should make a part of your life every year for a healthier financial life is to create and maintain a budget.

Mike Switzer interviews Cheryl Holland, a certified financial planner and principal with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC. www.abacusplanninggroup.com and www.mint.com  Quicken.intuit.com

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Film Festival Returns to Beaufort
February 08, 2012

If you are a regular listener of this show, you know that over the past several years, S.C. has become home to more and more film festivals, some of which are becoming quite successful. One such festival is the Beaufort International Film Festival.

Mike Switzer interviews Ron Tucker, the festival director. www.beaufortfilmfestival.com

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Teaching Teachers How to Teach Economics and Personal Finance
February 07, 2012

Those of you who have children in South Carolina's public school system are probably aware of the economics tool teachers use known as the stock market game.  That takes place because of our next guest's organization, which is involved in teaching teachers how to teach economics and personal finance.

Mike Switzer interviews Helen Myers, president of SC Economics based in Columbia. www.sceconomics.org

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
February 06, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast www.innoventure2012.com based in Greenville, S.C.

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Are You Using The Internet Efficiently?
February 03, 2012

The Internet has been with us, in use by the masses anyway, for about two decades.  During that time, it has become a massive vehicle for information dissemination. Our next guest says many people are far from using the Internet efficiently.

Mike Switzer interviews David Vine, a seminar, workshop, and webinar instructor on all things Internet, based in Aiken, SC. http://davidvineassociates.com

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Boeing and SC Electric and Gas Team up For Largest Solar Array in Southeast
February 02, 2012

You've probably heard about or seen the pictures of the largest single rooftop solar panel installation in the Southeast recently put in place by South Carolina Electric & Gas on the new Boeing plant in North Charleston.  In fact it's one of the largest in the United States generating 2.6-megawatts of renewable energy, through more than 18,000 thin-film photovoltaic solar laminates covering 10 acres of Boeing's 14-acre roof on the 787 Final Assembly building.

To find out how it all came about and how they did it, Mike Switzer interviews Bob Long, general manager of resources planning for South Carolina Electric & Gas in Columbia. http://sceg.com/en/

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Health of S.C. Physician Workforce Improving but More Needed
February 01, 2012

A report released late last year by the South Carolina Office for Healthcare Workforce Analysis and Planning shows that although the training and growth of physician manpower in our state is improving, we still will experience doctor shortages over the next decade.

Mike Switzer interviews Lynn Bailey, a health care economist practicing in Columbia, S.C.  Lynn Bailey is not associated with the Office for Healthcare Workforce, but was speaking today as an independent analyst.  We will be interviewing someone soon who will disccuss Ms. Bailey's comments and the report from a different perspective.  Stay tuned...

www.officeforhealthcareworkforce.org

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January 2012

Need New Year Financial Stress Relief?
January 31, 2012

As the new year continues to unfold, many of you may be looking at your holiday credit card bills, your W-2 forms, and wondering if there are some strategies out there for relieving the financial stress you may be feeling. 

Mike Switzer interviews Jim Agostini, a certified financial planner with First Command Financial Planning in Columbia. www.firstcommand.com/adv/search/getOffice.do?officeID=CSC

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SC Business Update From John “SwampFox” Warner
January 30, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast www.innoventure2012.com based in Greenville, S.C.

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Greenville Group Helps People Find and Keep Good Jobs
January 27, 2012

In today's economy, it has become more important than ever to be prepared to find and secure a good job. Our next guest is part of a workforce training program that is doing that for people in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

Mike Switzer interviews Ginger Lawrence, who serves on the Workforce Readiness Council of the Greenville Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. greenvillehr.shrm.org

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SC Playground Company Hits Pay Dirt
January 26, 2012

20 years ago, our next guest started a small, family-run business manufacturing wooden playground structures in rural Lexington County for local schools and parks. As the business grew, it became a supplier to the US military, making playground equipment for military installations around the country and eventually to international bases and schools.  However, 10 years ago, they closed their manufacturing plant in Red Bank, SC, and our now a distributor for that same equipment made by other companies.

Mike Switzer interviews Grace Keller, President and CEO of Creative Outdoor Designs in Ballentine, SC. www.creativeoutdoordesigns.com

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World Beer Festival Returns to Columbia
January 25, 2012

In just a few more days, the World Beer Festival will be back in Columbia, S.C. for the fourth year in a row. Columbia's Mayor, Steve Benjamin, says the festival has an impact on the local economy of about $1.5 million, and our next guest says Columbia was chosen as a festival site because it had all the ingredients of a growing beer culture that was about to take off.

Mike Switzer interviews Daniel Bradford, president of All About Beer magazine, the host of this event, and he joins us by phone from his office in Durham, N.C. www.allaboutbeer.com

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SC Financial Advisor Predicts Good Year For Markets
January 24, 2012

The economy and stock markets are always of interest to our listeners.

Mike Switzer interviews Doug English with Carolinas Retirement Specialists in Charleston to hear his 2012 market outlook. www.carolinasretirementspecialists.com

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
January 23, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast www.innoventure2012.com based in Greenville, S.C.

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Local Band Supports Children’s Shelter
January 20, 2012

No, that is not Elton John you hear singing on today's show, but our next guest, a local musician who performs an Elton John tribute every year in Columbia to help raise money for the Nancy K Perry Children Shelter.

Mike Switzer interviews Greg Bickley, lead singer and keyboard player with Tokyo Joe. www.tokyojoe.net

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USC Engineering College Driving New Research
January 19, 2012

You may not be aware of this but the College of Engineering & Computing at the University of South Carolina in Columbia contains some of the foremost researchers in the country, driving technology in materials, energy, and something called "condition-based maintenance". Our next guest says all of this is attracting not only more engineers to our state but new industry as well.

Mike Switzer interviews Tony Ambler, Dean of USC's College of Engineering and Computing. http://cec.sc.edu

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Local Scientist Believes Cars Will Run on Carbon Dioxide
January 18, 2012

As hybrids and now electric cars become more and more commonplace on our roads, our next guest says he has come up with a new way to fuel automobiles: using waste carbon dioxide, such as that produced by power plants.

Mike Switzer interviews David Doty, Founder, President, CEO, Chief Scientist, and Chairman of the Board of Doty Scientific in Columbia, S.C. www.dotyenergy.com

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Midlands Construction Firm Founder Named Business Person of the Year
January 17, 2012

Over the last couple of years, our next guest's company has received numerous awards, including being named as one of SC's fastest growing companies three years in a row and one of America's fastest growing engineering companies.  Their most recent award was when the company's founder and leader was named the 2011 Small Business Person of the year by the US Small Business Administration.

Mike Switzer interviews Dan Dennis, president and CEO of the Dennis Corporation, based in Columbia, SC. www.denniscorporation.com

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
January 16, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast www.innoventure2012.com based in Greenville, S.C.

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Upstate Organization Assists International Businesses
January 13, 2012

If you are a regular listener of this show, you know that South Carolina is home to several nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to expanding our state's international business opportunities.

Mike Switzer interviews Whitney Walters, who is the head of one such organization, the International Center of the Upstate. www.internationalupstate.org/ICUgala.html

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Columbia Chamber Wins With Community Development
January 12, 2012

Local Chambers of Commerce are often involved in community development, working to make the city or town an attractive place to be for both businesses and consumers.  And as with most activites like this, a lot of planning is involved.

Mike Switzer interviews C. Grant Jackson, the person in charge of community development for the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce who was recently presented the City Center Partnership's Chairman's Award for his work developing a three-year strategic plan and a 10-year Business Improvement District (BID) Renewal Plan. www.columbiachamber.com

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Ultrasound Institute Succeeds at USC School of Medicine
January 11, 2012

When you think of the word ultrasound, you probably are reminded of the tiny images of your child before he or she was born. But our next guest says that with the rapid advances in ultrasound technology in making machines smaller, cheaper and smarter, ultrasonography as a clinical tool could very well be the stethoscope of the future.

Mike Switzer interviews Richard Hoppmann, Dean of the University of South Carolina's School of Medicine in Columbia. http://ultrasoundinstitute.med.sc.edu

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Does Financial Planning Work Anymore?
January 10, 2012

In the face of an uncertain economic outlook for 2012, and the flat performance of most investments over the past 10 years, even the most optimistic people may be becoming a little concerned about the value of investing and financial
planning at all.

Here to help us with this topic this morning is an admittedly biased Rick Van Der Noord, a certified financial planner in Greenville SC. www.fpasouthcarolina.org

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
January 09, 2012

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast www.innoventure2012.com based in Greenville, S.C.

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Excerpts from USC Economic Outlook Conference Part 9
January 06, 2012

Mike Switzer provides audio excerpts from the recent Economic Outlook Conference hosted by the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Today's excerpt is from the South Carolina Economic Outlook by Bobby Hitt, Secretary, South Carolina Department of Commerce.

http://mooreschool.sc.edu/facultyandresearch/researchcenters/divisionofresearch.aspx

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Excerpts from USC Economic Outlook Conference Part 8
January 05, 2012

Mike Switzer provides audio excerpts from the recent Economic Outlook Conference hosted by the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Today's excerpt is from the South Carolina Economic Outlook by Bobby Hitt, Secretary, South Carolina Department of Commerce.

http://mooreschool.sc.edu/facultyandresearch/researchcenters/divisionofresearch.aspx

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Excerpts from USC Economic Outlook Conference Part 7
January 04, 2012

Mike Switzer provides audio excerpts from the recent Economic Outlook Conference hosted by the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Today's excerpt is from the South Carolina Economic Outlook by Dr. Doug Woodward, Director, Division of Research, Darla Moore School of Business.

http://mooreschool.sc.edu/facultyandresearch/researchcenters/divisionofresearch.aspx

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Excerpts from USC Economic Outlook Conference Part 6
January 03, 2012

Mike Switzer provides audio excerpts from the recent Economic Outlook Conference hosted by the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Today's excerpt is from the South Carolina Economic Outlook by Dr. Doug Woodward, Director, Division of Research, Darla Moore School of Business.

http://mooreschool.sc.edu/facultyandresearch/researchcenters/divisionofresearch.aspx

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Excerpts from USC Economic Outlook Conference Part 5
January 02, 2012

Mike Switzer provides audio excerpts from the recent Economic Outlook Conference hosted by the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Today's excerpt is from the South Carolina Economic Outlook by Dr. Joseph Von Nessen, Research Associate, Division of Research, Darla Moore School of Business.

http://mooreschool.sc.edu/facultyandresearch/researchcenters/divisionofresearch.aspx

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2011

December 2011

Excerpts from USC Economic Outlook Conference Part 4
December 30, 2011

Mike Switzer provides audio excerpts from the recent Economic Outlook Conference hosted by the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Today's excerpt is from the South Carolina Economic Outlook by Dr. Joseph Von Nessen, Research Associate, Division of Research, Darla Moore School of Business.

http://mooreschool.sc.edu/facultyandresearch/researchcenters/divisionofresearch.aspx

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Excerpts from USC Economic Outlook Conference Part 3
December 29, 2011

Mike Switzer provides audio excerpts from the recent Economic Outlook Conference hosted by the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Today's excerpt is from the South Carolina Economic Outlook by Dr. Joseph Von Nessen, Research Associate, Division of Research, Darla Moore School of Business.

http://mooreschool.sc.edu/facultyandresearch/researchcenters/divisionofresearch.aspx

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Excerpts from USC Economic Outlook Conference Part 2
December 28, 2011

Mike Switzer provides audio excerpts from the recent Economic Outlook Conference hosted by the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Today's excerpt is from the Keynote Address: The Economy Rolls Into an Election Year: Results and Rhetoric by Dr. John Silvia, Chief Economist Wells Fargo.

http://mooreschool.sc.edu/facultyandresearch/researchcenters/divisionofresearch.aspx

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Excerpts from USC Economic Outlook Conference Part 1
December 27, 2011

Mike Switzer provides audio excerpts from the recent Economic Outlook Conference hosted by the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Today's excerpt is from the Keynote Address: The Economy Rolls Into an Election Year: Results and Rhetoric by Dr. John Silvia, Chief Economist Wells Fargo.

http://mooreschool.sc.edu/facultyandresearch/researchcenters/divisionofresearch.aspx

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
December 26, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast www.innoventure2012.com based in Greenville, S.C.

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Crinum Bulbs are Big Business for Midlands Farmer
December 23, 2011

A Midlands farmer makes his living primarily through growing and selling crinum bulbs, but he also stays busy in all facets of the horticulture business.

Mike Switzer interviews Jenks Farmer, owner of Lushlife Nurseries in Columbia, SC.  www.jenksfarmer.com

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Local Beekeeper Ships Bees Nationwide
December 22, 2011

A Midlands man became interested in local, raw honey in 2001 to help his wife with her allergies. But after encountering a swarm of bees and then consulting with a long-time beekeeper in Camden SC, he began keeping bees as a hobby, with just two colonies. He is now a commercial beekeeper with over a thousand honeybee colonies scattered all over South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Craig Bell, owner of Bell Honey in Rembert, SC. www.bellhoney.com

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Guitar Pedal Company Finds Success in Columbia, SC
December 21, 2011

Our next guest says his industry is practically recession proof and is one of the few products where global consumers will pay a premium for American manufacturing.  No, it's not liquor and it's not ice cream.

Mike Switzer interviews Philippe Herndon, founder of the Caroline Guitar Company, a Columbia, SC manufacturer of no, not guitars, but effects pedals for musicians, mainly guitar players. www.carolineguitar.com

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US Army Reserves Recruiting is Successful in SC
December 20, 2011

We've done plenty of programs about various career fields one might think about getting into these days, but I don't think we've ever talked about the military as a career so today...

Mike Switzer interviews Sgt. 1st Class Richard Humbertson, a US Army Reserve Recruiter in Sumter, SC. www.goarmy.com/locate-a-recruiter.E-V-NA-29150.result.html

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
December 19, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast www.innoventure2012.com based in Greenville, S.C.

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New Jobs Available in Financial Services Industry
December 16, 2011

While the economy is showing signs of improving and unemployment has been coming down, many people will tell you that jobs are still hard to find.  Our next guest, though, says that her industry is hiring.

Mike Switzer interviews Elise Bidwell, the South Carolina regional representative for Edward Jones, a St. Louis-based financial services firm.  And we also need to let you know that she was appointed recently by South Carolina's governor, Nicky Haley, to the ETV Commission. www.edwardjones.com

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Business Coach Sets Up Shop In Low Country
December 15, 2011

Our next guest says she often hears that most people think it's hard to be successful because they believe a lot of the myths out there like: "It's hard to make a living doing something you love to do."...or "It costs too much money for marketing and PR, consulting, and coaching for me to think about that for my business."

Mike Switzer interviews Suzanne Evans, a South Carolina native who now makes her living as a nationally recognized expert on business and success coaching.  She joins us by phone from her office in Murrell's Inlet, SC. http://suzanneevans.org/

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Is Your Retirement Plan Still On Track?
December 14, 2011

As the economy continues to muddle along, more and more people are looking at their retirement planning and wondering if they’re still on track. Our next guest says that this time of year is, in fact, a great time for a retirement plan check-up.

Mike Switzer interviews Rob DeHollander, a certified financial planner with DeHollander and Janse in Greenville, S.C. www.djfinancial.com

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Local Doctor Opens Lab Test Franchise in the Midlands
December 13, 2011

Most people have heard of good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, but our next guest says that you may not be aware of a test for lipid particles that are more dangerous than cholesterol.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Peter Zvejnieks, owner of Any Lab Test Now in West Columbia, S.C.  www.anylabtestwestcolumbia.com

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
December 12, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast www.innoventure2012.com based in Greenville, S.C.

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Lab Chemical Business Grows In Charleston Despite High Metals Prices
December 09, 2011

Most people are aware that precious metals prices have skyrocketed over the last few years.  And these price increases haven't just affected the jewelry business.  Our next guest says they have also affected the cost of the chemical products they make for laboratories.

Mike Switzer interviews Connie Hayes, CEO of High Purity Standards in Charleston, SC.  www.highpuritystandards.com

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New Immigration Laws Affect Employers Jan. 1
December 08, 2011

Immigration laws have been changing around the country, including South Carolina, and as a result, many businesses are finding themselves facing new hiring regulations. Jan. 1st is the start date for the amended "Illegal Aliens and Private Employment" law that will require every employer in this state to verify their new hires through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify system. Companies that fail to comply can lose the right to operate their business.

Mike Switzer interviews Jim Knight, the administrator for the S.C. Office of Immigrant Worker Compliance at the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.  www.llr.sc.gov/immigration/index.asp?file=E-verify.htm

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Grain Lady Finds Success With Help From SCORE
December 07, 2011

After learning about natural whole grains and then becoming fanatical about using them in her cooking and baking, our next guest became known around Irmo as The Grain Lady. Cindy Kroske, along with her husband, Mark, now own and operate My Favorite Things, a brick and mortar grain store and Internet business in Columbia, near Irmo.

Mike Switzer interviews Cindy about their business, which is also our SCORE success story for this month. SCORE is the volunteer small business counseling arm of the U.S. Small Business Administration.  www.score.org and www.GrainLady.com

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Year-End Tax Planning May Pay Off
December 06, 2011

It's that time of the year when families are preparing for the holidays, but our next guest says it's also a good time to look at what you can do before the end of the year to help your bottom line from both a tax planning and a retirement planning perspective.

Mike Switzer interviews Jeb Zoller, a certified financial planner with First Command Financial Planning, Inc. in Columbia, S.C.  www.firstcommand.com

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
December 05, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast www.innoventure2012.com based in Greenville, S.C.

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CPA’s “Green” Conference To Be in Columbia Next Week
December 02, 2011

Even with the difficulties you hear from solar companies these days, the green revolution continues to roll along. Even CPA's are getting involved now. The South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA) is inviting business leaders (people?) to attend an upcoming conference on emerging trends in accounting involvng corporate sustainability.

Mike Switzer interviews Erin Hardwick, the executive director of the South Carolina Assn. of CPA's.  www.scacpa.org/sustainabilityconference

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Is Your Company’s Web Site Mobile Friendly?
December 01, 2011

First there were Blackberries, then the iPhone and Androids, and now a vast portion of the population is using a smartphone in one form or another. And if you have one, you may have noticed that when you use your phone to browse the Internet, some websites are easier to view than others.

Mike Switzer interviews Kevin Tavera with Capital Software Consultants, a Columbia, S.C. business that is helping businesses develop those mobile-friendly websites.  www.capsoftinc.com

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November 2011

Annual Economic Outlook Conference is Next Week in Columbia
November 30, 2011

It's that time of year again when the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business puts on its annual economic outlook conference.

Mike Switzer interviews Joey Von Nessen with the Moore School's Division of Research about this year's event, scheduled for Dec 7th. 

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Bennettsville Paper Mill Wins Silver Crescent Award
November 29, 2011

The Silver Crescent Awards for excellence in manufacturing in South Carolina were handed out recently at a luncheon in Greenville. The winner in the mid-sized company category for 2011 is the Domtar Paper Mill in Marlboro County.

Mike Switzer interviews Bill Edwards, company VP & the Mill's Manager.  www.paperbecause.com

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
November 28, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast www.innoventure2012.com based in Greenville, S.C.

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S.C. Endowed Chair Program Helping Seniors
November 25, 2011

S.C.'s Centers for Economic Excellence program has one center that is up and running but still searching for a researcher to take the position of its endowed chair.

Mike Switzer interviews Deb Krotish, the executive director of SeniorSmart, based at USC in Columbia. www.seniorsmart.org

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Upstate PR Man Goes Solo With Success
November 24, 2011

With the economy about to take a nose-dive a couple of years ago, an upstate marketing and public relations specialist was just breaking out on his own after working for someone else for years.

Mike Switzer interviews Sam Patrick, President of Patrick Marketing & Communications in Greenville, S.C. www.patrickmkt.com

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S.C. Doctor Develops Special Needs App
November 23, 2011

Two lowcountry S.C. parents of children with special needs have developed a health social network and organizer for the Web and your smart phone.

Mike Switzer interviews Florence & Kwame Iwegbue, founders of iBiomed. Kwame is also a Physician at Roper Hospital in Charleston, S.C. www.ibiomed.me

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Can Boomers Afford Retirement?
November 22, 2011

As the largest segment of our population, known as the baby boomers, continues to roll into their retirement phase, many are wondering if they will be able to afford retirement, especially with today's global political and economic uncertainties. If you haven't retired yet, how will you know when and if you are ready financially?

Mike Switzer interviews Heath Bartlett, a financial advisor practicing in Lexington, S.C. www.bartlett-financial.com

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
November 21, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast www.innoventure2012.com based in Greenville, S.C.

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Seniors Advised to Review Medicare Options
November 18, 2011

The average 65 year-old couple without employer health coverage will spend approximately $200K in health care costs during the balance of their lives.  And medical costs continue to rise 6% annually on average. Our next guest says that's why it's very important, after you turn 65, to make sure you spend the time to analyze your options during what is known as the open enrollment period.

Mike Switzer interviews Laura Scharr-Bykowsky, a certified financial planner and Principal with Ascend Financial Planning in Columbia.  www.ascendfinancialplanning.com and www.medicare.gov

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Grants Available to SC Exporters
November 17, 2011

As the world continues to grow smaller through globalization and interconnectivity, many small businesses are understanding the need to look at exports as a way to grow their business. Our next guest says that there are three new opportunities available now for small businesses to take that leap.

Mike Switzer interviews Fred Monk, President of ECI/Find New Markets, a non-profit export assistance organization based in Columbia, SC.  www.findnewmarkets.com and www.sccommerce.com

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Charleston Company “Grows” Roof Business
November 16, 2011

We haven't talked about the green revolution in a while, but we were introduced to a company recently that believes one of the best ways for a business to reduce their energy costs is to put dirt and plants on their roof.

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Whitfield, President of Green Roof Outfitters based in North Charleston, SC.  www.greenroofoutfitters.com

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AT&T’s SC Leader Wins Chamber Award
November 15, 2011

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce recently announced their 2011 Business Leader of the Year award. Mike Switzer interviews this year's recipient, Pamela Lackey, President of AT&T's South Carolina operations, based in Columbia.  www.scchamber.net/mediacenter.aspx?article_id=17 and www.att.com

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
November 14, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast www.innoventure2012.com based in Greenville, S.C.

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How to Maximize Your Giving
November 11, 2011

The last two months of the year, besides being the holiday season, are also known as the peak season for charitable giving. With so many charities out there, how do you know who to give your money to? Which charities are the most efficient at using your money to accomplish its goals?

Mike Switzer interviews Cheryl Holland, an award-winning certified financial planner and principal with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia.  www.abacusplanninggroup.com and www.charitynavigator.org and www.bbb.org

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S.C. Prepares for a Major!
November 10, 2011

Less than a year from now, the state of S.C. will play host to its first ever major golf championship when the 2012 PGA Championship comes to Kiawah Island. What is involved in preparing for such an event and what does it mean economically to our state?

Mike Switzer interviews Brett Sterba, the PGA Championship director, by phone from his office at Kiawah.  www.PGA2012.com

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Businesses Save with Their Own Health Clinics
November 09, 2011

In today’s world, health care costs continue to increase, even as health care reform evolves.  Our next guest says the best way for some organizations to deal with this is to install their own health and wellness clinic.

Rick Gantt is a vice president with Benefit Controls Companies in Greenville, S.C.  www.benefitcontrols.com

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Artists’ Loft School: SCORE’s Success in Charleston
November 08, 2011

Sometimes budget cutbacks by one organization can lead to a business opportunity for another.  One such venture has occurred in the Low Country that's filling an arts gap left by public school program cutbacks in recent years. Joan Body is co-owner of "The Artists' Loft School," our SCORE success story for this month.  If you don't know, SCORE is the volunteer small business counseling arm of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Mike Switzer interviews Joan by phone from her office in Charleston, S.C.  www.theartistsloftschool.com

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S.C. Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
November 07, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast www.innoventure2012.com based in Greenville, S.C.

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Midlands Company Helps College Libraries Save Money
November 04, 2011

Libraries, like all government agencies are feeling the pinch of budget cuts. Our next guest says that the average university library can spend about $200,000 per year on their library catalog system.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Anthony Snell, President of SnellPro in Columbia, S.C.  www.snellpro.com

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Non-Married Couples Need Financial Planning
November 03, 2011

Our next guest says that financial planning should always play a big part of any relationship, but when couples decide to either delay marriage or not to get married at all, a whole new set of financial planning issues can develop.

Mike Switzer interviews Jon Robertson, a financial advisor with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, S.C.  www.abacusplanninggroup.com

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Award Winning Non-Profit Helps Lower School Violence
November 02, 2011

The Central Carolna Community Foundation recently held its annual Philanthopy Awards and the big winner this year was a small non-profit organization that helps kids learn about and deal with abuse by introducing them to abused  animals.

Mike Switzer interviews Adele Little, director of The Healing Species, based in Orangeburg, SC.  www.healingspecies.org

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Fast Growing New Sport Brings SC Teacher Business Opportunity
November 01, 2011

Our next guest says there is a new sport that is exploding with popularity and he has launched a business that he hopes will be the place to go in central South Carolina for everything you need to know about this new sport.

Mike Switzer interviews Steve Fisher, a high school teacher in Irmo, SC and the owner of California Republic SC, a business dedicated to standup paddleboarding.  www.californiarepublicSC.com

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October 2011

SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
October 31, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (http://www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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Is Now the Time to Refinance Your Mortgage?
October 28, 2011

Not too long ago, you may have heard about the Federal Reserve's new program aimed at reviving the economy, called “Operation Twist.”  It's focus is to continue to lower long-term interest rates.  Does that mean that if you haven't refinanced your mortgage yet, should you continue to hold out for even lower rates?

Mike Switzer interviews Heath Bartlett, an investment advisor and mortgage loan officer in Lexington, SC.  www.bartlett-financial.com

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Low Country Automotive Supplier Wins Silver Crescent Award
October 27, 2011

The Silver Crescent Awards for excellence in manufacturing in South Carolina were handed out recently.  The winner in the Large Manufacturers category for 2011 is the Robert Bosch company in North Charleston.

Mike Switzer interviews Larry Lautenshlager, the company's technical plant manager.  www.silvercrescentsc.org and www.bosch.us

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Diabetes Research Grows in SC
October 26, 2011

With South Carolina's high incidence of diabetes, many of you may be aware that October is national diabetes month.  But did you also know that SC is home to a company that is conducting a lot of clinical research right now on
diabetes?

Mike Switzer interviews Nancy Durham, President & CEO of Mountain View Clinical Research in Greer, South Carolina.  www.mvcresearch.com

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New Economic Strategy for LowCountry
October 25, 2011

In these times of tight budgets and lower economic activity, industrial recruitment hasn't been easy.  Some local economic development organizations are coming up with new out-of-the-box strategies.

Mike Switzer interviews Steve Warner, VP of Global Marketing/Regional Competitiveness for the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, who is helping lead their brand new economic development strategy for the LowCountry's tri-county region.   www.crda.org

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
October 24, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (http://www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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SC Plastic Surgeon Concerned About Breast Reconstruction Education
October 21, 2011

If you've been seeing a lot of pink ribbons recently, it's because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Over 230,000 new cases of breast cancer are expected in the US this year, and our next guest says that he sees the need to help women get more educated about their options for breast reconstruction.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Ram Kalus, a plastic surgeon in Charleston, SC.  www.plasticsurgerycarolina.com

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Healthy Vending Machines are Now in Upstate SC
October 20, 2011

Most of us have heard the news reports about South Carolina's high obesity rates and at the same some of you may have noticed the vending machines in our schools and workplaces filled with what most nutritionists would say are unhealthy snacks.  Our next guest and his wife decided to do something about that.

Mike Switzer interviews Buck and Meggie Bradberry, owners of Upstate Healthy Living in Greenville, SC.  www.upstatehealthyliving.com

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Student Transport Company Foundation Sponsors Nationwide Tour Golf Championship on Daniel Island
October 19, 2011

South Carolina is the only state in the country that owns and maintains its own school buses.  And you may have heard that our governor, Nikki Haley has made study the privatization of our state’s school bus fleet a priority. Our next guest's company had made it their priority to be a part of this implementation.  They also have a student education foundation that is sponsoring this year's Nationwide Tour Golf Championship coming next week to Danieal Island, SC.

Mike Switzer interviews Pete Pearson, an executive vice president with Student Transportation, Inc.  and president of the Student Transportation of America Education Foundation.  He joins us by phone from his company's regional headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA.  www.sta-ips.com and www.pgatour.com/h

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Too Many Black Swans in the Stock Market?
October 18, 2011

Many of you may have seen "The Black Swan", the bestselling book and movie about a ballet dancer struggling with the balance of good and bad in her performances. Our next guest says that in financial markets black swans are something entirely different.

Mike Switzer interviews Doug English, a financial advisor with Carolinas Retirement Specialists in Greenville SC.  www.carolinasretirementspecialists.com

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
October 17, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (http://www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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Orangeburg Company Wins Silver Crescent Award
October 14, 2011

The Silver Crescent Awards for excellence in manufacturing in South Carolina were handed out recently at a luncheon in Greenville.  The winner in the small company category for 2011 is Cox Industries of Orangeburg.

Mike Switzer interviews Keith Harris, the company's Vice President of Marketing.  www.silvercrescentsc.org and www.coxwood.com

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Technology Conference Coming Soon to Columbia
October 13, 2011

If you are looking to enhance your information technology skills or maybe just explore careers in IT, you may want to know about the Carolina Technology Conference coming Tuesday October 18th the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Mike Switzer interviews the conference director, John Davis.  www.carolinatechnologyconference.com

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Low Interest Rates Make Investors Unhappy
October 12, 2011

In today's low interest rate environment, borrowers are happy, if they can get a loan.  Yet investors and savers needing income from CD's and bonds are far from happy.  Where do these people turn for income now?

Mike Switzer interviews Neil Brown, a certified financial planner with Burkett Financial Services in West Columbia, SC.  www.pimco.com and www.investinginbonds.com and www.morningstar.com

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Another “New Idea” Contest Comes to Columbia
October 11, 2011

Our next guest's organization is hosting a contest right now to collect ideas via YouTube to find the best homegrown idea to start or enhance the next big movement in Columbia

and give them $5000 to do it.

Mike Switzer interviews Greg Hilton and Frank Avery with EngenuitySC, the host organization for Ignite 2011.  www.engenuitysc.com/ignite

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
October 10, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (http://www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

Additional Business Resources:

SC Business One Stop www.scbos.com

SCORE  www.score.org

Small Business Development Center  scsbdc.moore.sc.edu

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Upstate Non-Profit Launches Efforts To Educate Employers on Poverty
October 07, 2011

After 24 years of directing the non-profit organization: United Ministries in Greenville, SC, our next guest retired from that position to teach, preach and write about the lessons she learned working to alleviate poverty.

Mike Switzer interviews Beth Lindsay Templeton, who is now the director of "Our Eyes Were Opened", a poverty education program for individuals and businesses.

www.oureyeswereopened.org

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Former Radio Host Helps People Find Jobs
October 06, 2011

In today's economy, many people are having trouble finding jobs.  Could one factor be a person's inability to get themselves an actual job interview in the first place?  If so, our next guest is trying to rectify that problem, while at the same time promote his new book via a contest entitled:  The Worst Interview.

Mike Switzer interviews Andy Thomas, a South Carolina radio personality whose recent book is entitled:  "The Job I Need, Needs Me".  He now does seminars and workshops around the Southeast.  www.andythomasproductions.com

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Richland County Hires First-Ever Economic Development Director
October 05, 2011

In case you hadn't heard, Richland County recently hired its first ever Director of Economic Development.  The new director has been charge with recruiting new industry and retaining and expanding existing industry.

Mike Switzer interviews Nelson Lindsay, who graduated from Wofford College and got his Masters in public administration from USC and is a graduate of the Economic Development program of the University of Oklahoma.  Prior to his new position at Richland County, Mr. Lindsay was the Economic Development Director of Kershaw County since 1997.  www.richlandonline.com

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Do You Have an Investment Battle Plan?
October 04, 2011

To help keep this country safe, the Pentagon maintains a file room of ready-to-use battle plans for just about any possible scenario that could ever arise. Our next guest says that to some extent, a person’s financial plan should be just as proactive to possible changes.

Mike Switzer interviews Rick Van Der Noord, a Certified Financial Planner in Greenville SC.  www.fpanet.org

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SC Business Update from John “Swamp Fox” Warner
October 03, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (http://www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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September 2011

Southern Living Taste of Charleston Coming Soon
September 30, 2011

Downtown festivals and events continue to be a big hit with local businesses. One such event is coming soon when the Charleston Restaurant Association partners with Southern Living Magazine for the Southern Living Taste of Charleston on Oct. 8th and 9th.

Mike Switzer interviews Kathy Britzius, Executive Director of the Charleston Restaurant Association.  www.CharlestonRestaurantAssociation.com

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Columbia World Affairs Council Honors SC’s Senior Statesmen
September 29, 2011

The Columbia World Affairs Council has named South Carolina’s two senior statesmen as its Global Vision Award recipients for 2011.  Congressman Jim Clyburn and Senator Lindsey Graham will be honored at a black-tie gala on Monday, October 10 at the Columbia Marriott.

Mike Switzer interviews Fred Monk, the chairman emeritus of the Columbia World Affairs Council.  www.columbiawac.org

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Leadership Conference for Women Coming Soon to USC
September 28, 2011

You may not be aware of this but research shows that companies with a higher percentage of women in top management also experience a higher return on equity and sales.  Erin Wolf has lectured across the country at various universities and major corporations on the role of gender in today’s workplace. Ms. Wolf has a recently published book entitled: Lessons from the Trenches: A Woman’s Guide to Winning the Corporate Game. She is a graduate of Duke University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mike Switzer interviews Erin Wolf this morning about a two-day leadership program for women coming to USC's Darla Moore School of Business next week.  http://mooreschool.sc.edu/events.aspx?start_date=9%2f23%2f2011&end_date=10%2f23%2f2011&appointment_id=729

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Should Estate Planning Be On Your Radar?
September 27, 2011

In my 20-year experience as a financial advisor, the one area of financial planning I saw most people procrastinate with was estate planning.  When should you start working on this?  Age 30, 50?  

Mike Switzer interviews Rusty Cagle, a certified financial planner with ASE Wealth Advisors in Greenville, SC.  www.aseadvisors.com

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
September 26, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (http://www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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Ex-Offenders Find Job-Hunting Difficult
September 23, 2011

In today's environment of high unemployment, the people who are having the hardest time finding jobs are probably the same people who always find that task most difficult...those who have been released from prison.  Our next guest runs a non-profit organization that provides transitional assistance for ex-offenders and their families.

Mike Switzer interviews Steve Harbin, president of Changing The Way. He's also president of MRP Inc., a for-profit licensed employment agency.  www.changingtheway.org  www.focusjobsearch.com

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Are Humans Not Wired for Investment Decision-Making?
September 22, 2011

Have you been having trouble makiing investment decisions lately?  The markets have been acting kind of crazy...or maybe it's just us.  Our next guest says the new scientific research in the behavioral finance field suggests that the human brain may not be wired to make optimal investment decisions.  

Mike Switzer interviews Andrew Jones, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia. www.abacusplanninggroup.com and www.myrisktolerance.com

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Harvard Professor Returns to Columbia for Celebration
September 21, 2011

On September 22nd, New Carolina, the organization leading the cluster economic strategy in our state, will be celebrating it's 7th Anniversary, and doing so with a major event at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Columbia.  Harvard professor Michael Porter, the man credited with planting the cluster strategy seed in SC, will be the keynote speaker.

Mike Switzer interviews George Fletcher, the director of New Carolina.  www.newcarolina.org

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Myrtle Beach Insurance Agency is SCORE Success Story of the Month
September 20, 2011

When our next guest decided to open an insurance agency, he turned to his local chapter of SCORE for help in developing a business plan.  SCORE is the volunteer small business counseling arm of the US Small Business Administration.

Mike Switzer interviews H. P. Bryan, owner of the Bryan Insurance Agency, our SCORE Success Story for this month.  He joins us by phone from his office in Myrtle Beach, SC.  www.score.org

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
September 19, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (http://www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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SC Home to New “Green” Clothing Company
September 16, 2011

As the green revolution grows across our country, South Carolina continues to participate. Our next guest's company is making a line of 100% recycled polyester clothing including both filament and spun yarns which he is currently turning into medical scrubs and t-shirts. 

Mike Switzer interviews Jack Miller, CEO of SustainTex, based in Greenville, SC.  www.mantrameds.com and www.earthspunapparel.com

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Viva La Vista Returns to Columbia for 4th Year
September 15, 2011

SC's economy usually profits when business and government work together.  An example is when hospitality tax money is used to support the businesses that help generate that tax.  The 4th annual Viva la Vista, is one such event, which was created to highlight Columbia's Vista-area restaurants.  This year's festival is Sunday, September 25th.

Mike Switzer interviews Sarah Luadzers, the new executive director of the Congaree Vista Guild.  www.VistaColumbia.com

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Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks Workshop in Columbia Next Week
September 14, 2011

An important part of our economy is new business formation and an important part of new business formation is intellectual property: patents, trademarks, and copyrights.  For those of you with an interest in this area, help is on the way.  The Midlands chapter of SCORE, the volunteer small business counseling arm of the US Small Business Administration is holding a seminar on this topic in Columbia on Sep. 20th.

Mike Switzer interviews the presenter for this workshop, John Perkins, an attorney with the Greenville, SC office of Metcalf, Perkins and Atkinson.  www.scoremidlands.org

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Local Organization Seeks to Eliminate Illiteracy in SC
September 13, 2011

In case you didn't know, this is National Literacy Week and our next guest's organization is aggressively involved in stamping out illiteracy in our state.  

Mike Switzer interviews Ellen Hinrichs, the director of community philanthropy for the Central Carolina Community Foundation.  www.yourfoundation.org

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
September 12, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (http://www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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Are Your Property Insurance Policies Adequate?
September 09, 2011

With hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters occurring these days across the country, it might be a good time to check your property and casualty insurance policies.  Our next guest says there's no point in optimizing your investment portfolio and saving properly for retirement if you don't have adequate P&C coverage.

Mike Switzer interviews Molly Thomas, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia.  www.abacusplanninggroup.com  www.floodsmart.gov  www.freeflood.com  www.weissratings.com

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Antiques Roadshow Host is Distinguished Graduate from Florence , SC
September 08, 2011

It will probably come to no surpise to most of our listeners that Antiques Roadshow is the highest rated primetime series on PBS and has been for the past sixteen years.  But you may not be aware that the Emmy-nominated show's host for the past seven years is a 1980 graduate of South Carolina's West Florence High School.  He started his television career as an assistant at Dick Clark Productions and quickly moved in front of the camera as the announcer for the popular game show “Shop Til You Drop”, followed by hosting many other successful shows until finally landing at Antiques Roadshow in 2004.

Mike Switzer interviews Mark Walberg, who will be in Florence, SC on Sep. 29th, where he will be receiving a Distinguished Graduate award from The School Foundation in Florence.

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New Cataract Laser Arrives in Charleston, SC
September 07, 2011

In case you missed it, August was Cataract Awareness Month and if you didn't know, cataract correction is actually the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the United States, with more than 3 million surgeries each year. In fact, according to the National Eye Institute, more than 20 million people in the U.S. older than 40 have cataracts and more than half will develop cataracts by age 80.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Kerry Solomon, who has been performing cataract correction surgery since 1990 and has been named one of the “Top 50 Opinion Leaders in the Fields of Cataract and Refractive Surgery” worldwide.  And he was recently chosen to be one of the first to use the brand new laser technology for cataract correction.  Dr. Kerry joins us by phone from his office at the Physicians Eye Surgery Center in Charleston.  www.AllAboutVision.com  www.LenSxLasers.com  www.drkerrysolomon.com  www.carolinaeyecare.com

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Free IT Workshop in Columbia Tomorow
September 06, 2011

Information technology continues to be a growth industry in SC and local professionals will have an oportunity this week to learn how to best leverage the latest advances in IT.

Mike Switzer interviews Lonnie Emard, executive director of IT-Ology in Columbia.  www.gartnerinfo.com

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
September 05, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (http://www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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Multiple Money Managers May Reduce Portfolio Volatility
September 02, 2011

With all of the volatility in the markets lately, we thought it would be a good idea to continue to check in with local financial planners to get their perspective.

Mike Switzer interviews Scott Edgerton, a certified financial planner with Core Advisors, a fee-only financial planning and wealth management firm in Chapin, SC.  www.coreadvisors.com

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SC Company Brings Science to Fishing
September 01, 2011

The fishing industry has always been big in SC.  How has it dealt with the Great Recession and where does it go from here?

Mike Switzer interviews Glenn Young, national sales manager for ZMan Fishing Products in Ladson, SC.  www.zmanfishing.com

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August 2011

An Update From SC’s Electric Car Guru
August 31, 2011

For several years now, our next guest's organization has been pushing for the development and acceptance of electric cars in South Carolina.  That goal is now becoming a reality with electric cars being produced nationally now by major automobile companies and electric car charging stations sprouting up across our state.

Mike Switzer interviews James Poch, the executive director of Plug In Carolina, based in Charleston.  www.plugincarolina.org

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Local Grocer Promotes Local Vendors
August 30, 2011

Most of us have probably heard the mantra: Buy Local.  And we all understand that when we buy local products and services, the local economy usually does better.  Our next guest says his grocery store has decided to take that strategy to heart.

Mike Switzer interviews John Owens, Assistant Vice President for Business Development for the Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company in Charleston, SC.  www.thepig.net

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
August 29, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (http://www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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Small Recycling Company Targets Businesses
August 26, 2011

How many times have you been to a restaurant or other business and seen plastic bottles, cardboard, aluminum cans, glass bottles just being thrown into the trash when they could have been kept out of our landfills and recycled instead?  In fact, it's hard to believe that in today's day and age, many businesses still feel their only choice is to pay, through monthly garbage hauling and container fees, to place their recyclable materials in the landfill.  But our next guest says there is another option.

Mike Switzer interviews Nancy Ogburn, founder of Tomato Palms, a recycling company for businesses, based in Columbia, SC.  www.tomatopalms.com

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Technology Idea Class Coming to Columbia
August 25, 2011

Are you a raving technogeek with the next big idea? Or just someone with a technology idea that you feel pretty good about.  If so, you may want to know that assistance is available through a 14-week education program in SC known as TechVenture.

Mike Switzer interviews Greg Hilton, a Senior Project Manager at EngenuitySC in Columbia. 

www.techventurecolumbia.com
www.engenuitysc.com

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Mobile App Idea Could Win SC Prize
August 24, 2011

If you are a computer programming student or professional with an idea for a mobile application for i-Phones or Android phones, you may want to know about an upcoming event that will award cash and other prizes to the winning app developer.

Mike Switzer interviews Amanda Noyes, a software developer at SPARC, the company sponsoring the first annual Hackathon event in Charleston.  hackathon.sparcedge.com

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Businesses and Non-Profit Join to Help Elderly and Disabled
August 23, 2011

This summer, a local non-profit organization has been busy making repairs to many homes of elderly or disabled homeowners. And local businesses are jumping on board.  

Mike Switzer interviews Hank Chardos, executive director and founder of Home Works, based in Irmo, SC.  www.homeworksofamerica.org

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
August 22, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (http://www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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Planning Is Essential for New Businesses
August 19, 2011

Current business studies have shown that in today’s economy more and more people are considering starting a new business.  If you are starting a new business (or even thinking about it), there are many factors to consider—from
tax benefits and incentives to the form of business you plan to establish. Investigating the potential for a new business and getting the business started can be an expensive proposition and proper planning from the beginning is the key.

Mike Switzer interviews Angel Marvin, a CPA and personal financial specialist with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia.  www.abacusplanninggroup.com

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Naval Research Excels in SC
August 18, 2011

You may not be aware of this, but there are 9 Navy Centers of Excellence in the US developing and applying new technologies to keep our Navy the most technologically advanced

in the world. Because of a premier SC non-profit organization, 2 of the 9 are headquartered here in SC.

Mike Switzer interviews Bill Mahoney, the President and CEO of SCRA, formerly know as the SC Research Authority.  www.scra.org

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Once Bankrupt Publications Provide Upbeat SC Business Outlook
August 17, 2011

Regardless of what you hear or read, SC's business community remains vibrant and opportunistic.  If you are a subscriber to any of our next guest's publications, you

would probably agree.

Mike Switzer interviews Andy Owens, Managing editor of SC Biz News, the publisher of Charleston Regional Business Journal, Columbia Regional Business Report, GSA Business,

SC BIZ Magazine, and a jobs and employment web site.  www.scbiznews.com

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Local Advisor Expects Positive Year for Financial Markets
August 16, 2011

The economy and financial markets are certainly on investors minds these days.

Mike Switzer interviews Doug English, a certified financial planner with Carolinas Retirement Specialists in Greenville, SC.  Doug shares his perspective on the current situation and an outlook for the

rest of the year.  www.carolinasretirementspecialists.com

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
August 15, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (http://www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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Attn:  Young Entrepreneurs!
August 12, 2011

If you have school-aged children, you may want to know about an organization that is working to help teachers teach personal personal finance, economics.  And right now they are accepting nominations for their Young Entrepreneur Award.

Mike Switzer interviews Helen Meyers, president of SC Economics.  www.sceconomics.org

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Worrying About the Economy?
August 11, 2011

The recent US debt crisis certainly stirred up concern about our economy.  Now that the debt ceiling has been raised, should we stop worrying about the economy?

Mike Switzer interviews Steve Slifer, who has been an economist for almost 40 years, serving with the Fedral Reserve in Wash. DC and as the Chief US economist for Lehman Brothers.  Now he runs his own consulting firm, Numbernomics, out of Charleston, SC.  www.numbernomics.com

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European Bands Find Success in SC
August 10, 2011

About 4 years ago our next guest launched a music promotion business in SC in an effort to bring some French musicians to the US to share their music.  It has been successful enough that bands have been coming back every year and they recently announced this year's tour.

Mike Switzer interviews Rodney Cord, co-founder of Blue Mouth Promotions in Florence, SC.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Mouth-Promotions-LLC/196747020357137

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Planning for Eldercare
August 09, 2011

It’s no secret that our population is getting older. Today, approximately 13% of the US population is over age 65. That number is expected to jump to about 20% by the year 2030. So it’s a pretty safe bet that a lot of us will eventually have to care for an aging loved-one and oour next guest says it's imperative that proper planning up front is better than waiting until you receive that “crisis” phone call.

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Baughman, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC.  www.abacusplanninggroup.com

Also:

1. State Department of Insurance website www.doi.sc.gov consumer guide to long term care
insurance
2. NAPGCM –National Association of Geriatric Care Managers www.caremanager.org
3. www.carf.org : Consumer Guide to Understanding Financial Performance and Reporting
4. www.Livingto100.com offers a life expectancy calculator with a good variety of input
5. www.retirementcommunity.com : locator for different types of retirement communities
6. The National Alliance for Caregiving www.caregiving.org
7. www.benefitscheckup.org Benefits Checkup includes more than 2,000 public and private
benefits programs
8. www.eldercare.gov Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging
connecting you to services for older adults and their families.
9. The North American Securities Administration has some great senior investor protection
resources. www.nsaa.org

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
August 08, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (http://www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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Being Too Conservative Can be a Deadly Investment Strategy
August 05, 2011

Ever since the great recession started three years ago, investors have leaned towards the cautious side.  Even with the big comeback stocks have made.  But being too conservative can be a deadly investment strategy.

Mike Switzer interviews Bryan Ballentine, an investment advisor practicing in Greenville, SC.  www.ballentinecapital.com

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Multimedia Business in Aiken Prospers
August 04, 2011

Multimedia can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people, including business owners where it can mean anything from audio-visual equipment for office presentations to webinars.

Mike Switzer interviews Jeff Siler, owner of CSRA Multimedia in Aiken, SC.  His business is also our SCORE success story this month.  SCORE is the volunteer small business counseling arm of the US Small Business
Adminstration with offices all around SC.  www.score.org and www.csramultimedia.com

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SC and Israel Announce Economic Collaboration
August 03, 2011

A major economic initiative in SC was recently announced by the Southeast Region of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

Mike Switzer interviews Jonathan Zucker, president of The Intertech Group in Charleston.  www.sc-israel.org

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SC Solar Organizations Merge
August 02, 2011

The solar energy industry continues to grow in the US and in SC.  Recently, SC's Solar Council and the SC Solar Business Alliance voted to merge in an effort to strengthen their legislative efforts in our state.

Mike Switzer interviews Andrew Streit, founder of the SC Solar Business Alliance, based in Columbia.  www.solarbusinessalliance.com

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
August 01, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (http://www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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July 2011

Many Business Owners Turn to Peer Groups for Assistance
July 29, 2011

In today's economy, many small business owners are turning to peer groups for ideas and motivation.

Mike Switzer interviews Terry Weaver, who runs one of those peer groups in South Carolina: Chief Executive Boards International, based in Greenville.

www.chiefexecutiveboards.com

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Many Business Owners May Need Help With Strategy
July 28, 2011

Companies that are looking to raise money from investors need to be healthy enough to show the capital markets that they have solid revenue growth, nice profitability and strong enough momentum to continue to move forward.  
But many business owners may be lacking other standards that the capital markets require, such as expertise in the fields of strategy, market positioning, executive leadership, and innovation.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. David Furse, who has over 30 years experience as a strategy consultant, entrepreneur and professor and is currently a Senior Consultant with Watermark Advisors in Greenville, SC.  www.watermarkadvisors.com/new/pages/davidFurse.html

www.surveymonkey.com/s/Are-You-Ready-For-Strategy

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SC Organization Named Non-Profit of the Year
July 27, 2011

SC Launch was recently named Nonprofit Organization of the Year by the 2011 American Business Awards.  This national award, known as The Stevie Award, recognized SC Launch for their role in leading collaborative entrepreneurial and economic development efforts in SC.

Mike Switzer interviews Bill Mahoney, CEO of SCRA, formerly known as the SC Research authority and the parent company of SC Launch.  www.sclaunch.org

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Lending Money to Family and Friends Can Be Tricky
July 26, 2011

With the current economy, and banks' tight credit standards, people often turn to friends and family for loans when they need money. 
But lending money to your family and friends can be a delicate subject.  Yet, our next guest says investors may be more willing
to lend money to friends and family because of current low bond yields.  

Mike Switzer interviews Abby Donevant, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC.  www.abacusplanninggroup.com

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
July 25, 2011

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


Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (http://www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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Do You Have An Up-To-Date Estate Plan?
July 22, 2011

One often overlooked aspect of an individual’s financial plan is a review of his estate plan to make sure that the plan still meets the individual’s needs.  Why should someone review their estate plan?

Mike Switzer interviews Jon Robertson, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC  www.abacusplanninggroup.com

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LowCountry Company Offers Electric Vehicles to Public Service Agencies
July 21, 2011

SC's LowCountry is home to a new venture that is taking off across the U.S. by establishing the only national sales and service network
of electric vehicles for public service agencies. These electric cars, which are designed for police, fire, EMS, campus security, mall security, etc. can
cost as little as $10/month to operate.

Mike Switzer interviews Warren Miller, VP Product Development for Eva Safety & Security on Daniel Island, SC.  www.eva-safetyandsecurity.com

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A Local Nonprofit Provides Non-traditional Business Loans
July 20, 2011

A Midlands organization was established in 1958 by the South Carolina State Legislature to promote business and industry within the state.
And yet, you may not have even heard of them.

Mike Switzer interviews Edwin Lesley, president and CEO of the Business Development Corporation of SC (BDC), which
provides promising businesses a source for commercial loans not usually undertaken by traditional lending institutions.

www.businessdevelopment.org

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Midlands Architecture Firm Wins Award for Adaptive Use
July 19, 2011

As words like sustainability and green become part of our everyday vocabulary, businesses continue adopt these strategies as well.
One example is when an existing building is converted into a one with a different purpose than previously.  It's called "adaptive reuse".

Mike Switzer interviews Tripp Riley, vice president with Studio 2LR, a Columbia architecture and interior design firm that recently earned
recognition from Historic Columbia Foundation for the firm’s work on adaptive use of a mixed-use development in downtown Columbia.
Mike also interviews Robin Waites, executive director of Historic Columbia Foundation.

www.studio2lr.com

www.historiccolumbia.org

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
July 18, 2011

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


Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (http://www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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Midlands Company Pushes LED and Induction Lighting
July 15, 2011

By now, we are all familiar with energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs, known as cfl's.  And you may have also heard of the next generation of energy efficient lighting know as LED and induction.

Mike Switzer interviews Sammie Taylor, co-owner of the GreenWay Group in Columbia, SC.  www.thegreenwaygroupllc.com

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Chimes Ring Up Dollars for Bluffton Woman
July 14, 2011

A LowCountry woman is the inventor of patented instructional aids for playing music without knowing anything about reading music.

Mike Switzer interviews Mary Scovel, owner of Bluffton, SC-based Chimers Charts, our SCORE Success Story this month. SCORE is the volunteer small business counseling arm of the US Small Business Administration. 

www.chimerscharts.com
www.score.org

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Crinum Bulbs are Big Business for Midlands Farmer
July 13, 2011

A Midlands farmer makes his living primarily through growing and selling crinum bulbs, but he also stays busy in all facets of the horticulture business.

Mike Switzer interviews Jenks Farmer, owner of Lushlife Nurseries in Columbia, SC.  www.jenksfarmer.com

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Financial Impact of Marrying Later in Life can be Complicated.
July 12, 2011

At any age, marriage is an important decision that impacts almost every aspect of life. For older individuals, marriage presents even more unique challenges and opportunities. One of these challenges deals with finances. The financial impact of marrying later in life can be complicated.

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

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
July 11, 2011

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


Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (http://www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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Early Tax Planning Can Make a Difference
July 08, 2011

Tax season is over and many of us won’t even think about taxes again until next year or maybe around the end of this year.  But an Upstate financial advisor says that tax planning early can make a big difference in your annual tax bill.


Mike Switzer interviews Rusty Cagle, a Certified Financial Planner with ASE Wealth Advisors in Greenville, SC.  http://www.aseadvisors.com

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Green Businesses See Demand in Recession
July 07, 2011

Relying on her business management skills, a Mt. Pleasant, SC woman left the concrete jungles of corporate America two years ago to start a new business in Charleston, SC.

Mike Switzer interviews Sharon Harvey, founder of Charleston Naturally, a retailer of environmentally-friendly personal care products.  www.charlestonnaturally.com

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Workplace Flexibility Workshop Comning to Greenville, SC
July 06, 2011

On Tuesday, July 12, the Women's Bureau of the National Dept. of Labor will co-host a half-day workshop in Greenville about flexibility in the workplace.
This is a popular program that has been happening in cities all across the country.

Mike Switzer interviews Leanne Fuller, the Senior Human Resources Manager at Baldor Electric in Greenville, S.C.  She is also program chair for the Greenville Society of Human Resource Management.   http://NDWFgreenvilleSC.eventbrite.com

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Hiding Towers is Big Business
July 05, 2011

Wireless communications have become a mainstay of everyday life.  And the wireless industry continues to erect tall towers for their antennas at the risk of spoiling the aesthetics of our countryside.  There's a company in Charleston that has been working since 1992 to hide these antennas.

Mike Switzer interviews Sean McLernon, CEO of Stealth Concealment Solutions, Inc.  http://stealthsite.com

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What Separates Successful Business Visionaries from the Rest of Us?
July 04, 2011

Replay of a previous show: A former Wall Street Journal and Fortune magazine writer is living and writing in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

Mike Switzer interviews Erik Calonius, author of the new book: Ten Steps Ahead: What Separates Successful Business Visionaries from the Rest of Us. calonius.com

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Quality = World-Class for Many SC Businesses
July 01, 2011

To a lot of companies, terms like ISO, TS and AS are not just registrations or certifications. They're the difference between being recognized as a "world-class" organization and the rest of the pack. But the same things that make these designations so respected also make them extremely intimidating to obtain...they require a lot of time, energy, and effort.
Mike Switzer interviews Dennis Gillian, a Business Development Associate with AQA International in Columbia, SC.  www.aqainternational.com

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June 2011

Medical Transcription Business Booms
June 30, 2011

After her son was diagnosed with a sever learning disability, a Columbia sleep clinic employee started her won medical transcription business from home, which has now grown into a stand-alone business.
Mike Switzer interviews Angela DeCosty, founder of Alacri-Tech Solutions.  www.alacritechsolutions.com

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“Who’s In Charge of You?”
June 29, 2011

A professional speaker and author from Clemson challenges people to take responsibility for their own actions and take the steps necessary for success. Mike Switzer interviews Steve Edwards, author of Who’s In Charge of You? Answer That & Everything Changeswww.theamazingfactor.com

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Midlands Woman Creates Modular Medical Apparel
June 28, 2011

A Midlands woman began her company after her husband's death in 2007 and came out of her experience in dealing with his illness
prior to his death.  Mike Switzer interviews Liz Taylor-Barry, founder of Barry Basics, a maker of “modular medical apparel”.  www.albarryfoundation.org and www.barrybasics.com

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
June 27, 2011

A weekly update of the news, events, and issues facing South Carolina's business community.
Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (http://www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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Killing Mosquitos Can Be Big Business
June 24, 2011

A local resident was so fed up with mosquitos that he decided to try a relatively new technology that was derived from fly spray systems that were used to protect expensive racehorses. He says it worked so good that he decided to buy the marketing rights to sell the product where he lives.

Mike Switzer interviews Barry Bettenhausen, owner of Greenville Mosquito in Greenville, SC.  www.greenvillemosquito.com

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Frozen Yogurt Business Makes a Comeback
June 23, 2011

With the help of SCORE, the volunteer small business counseling arm of the US Small Business Administration, a new frozen yogurt business has opened in Columbia, SC.

Mike Switzer interviews Raees "RK" Kahn, owner of Yoghut Premium Frozen Yogurt.  www.yoghut.com

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South Carolina is Home for a Real “Character”
June 22, 2011

A British citizen and accomplished actor, author, educator and museum curator living in Columbia, SC makes his living traveling around (mostly in SC) performing historical character monologues for libraries, museums and other organizations.

Mike Switzer interviews Howard Burnham.  www.howardburnham.com

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Financial Planners Believe in Financial Education for Kids
June 21, 2011

Teaching your children the skills and knowledge to be financially self sufficient can be just as important as saving for college.

Mike Switzer interviews Cheryl Holland, a certified financial planner and founder of Abacus Planning Group in Columbia.  www.abacusplanninggroup.com  and

Raising Financially Fit Kids – Joline Godfrey and

Money Savvy Generation  (www.msgen.com)

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
June 20, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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Local Attorney Believes College Students Should Learn the Art of Negotiation
June 17, 2011

Throughout a long and fruitful career, a business leader constantly uses the delicate skill of negotiation.  Yet college business students rarely focus on developing that skill, and as a result are unprepared for negotiations with vendors, clients, bosses, and even potential employers.  What characteristics make up a skilled negotiator, and what principles must you learn in order to negotiate great deals?

Mike Switzer interviews Melinda Davis Lux, a corporate transactional and M&A attorney from The Wyche Law Firm.  Melinda spends part of her time teaching a class on negotiation to USC-Upstate business students. www.wyche.com

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Health Care Reform Workshop for Businesses Coming to Columbia Next Week
June 16, 2011

Last year's health care reform law still has many business owners confused. Fortunately, the Midlands chapter of SCORE has decided to do something about it by scheduling a workshop entitled: "Small Business Survival Guide for the Recent Health Care Reform". If you don't know, SCORE is the volunteer small business counseling arm of the US Small Business Administration.

Mike Switzer interviews the presenter for the workshop, attorney Michael Ott with the Charlotte office of Malone, Thompson, Summers and Ott, a labor, employment & benefits law firm based in Columbia, SC.  www.scoremidlands.com

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A SC Beekeeper Rents his Bees Out Across America
June 15, 2011

A Midlands man became interested in local, raw honey in 2001 to help his wife with her allergies. But after encountering a swarm of bees and then consulting with a long-time beekeeper in Camden SC, he began keeping bees as a hobby, with just two colonies. He is now a commercial beekeeper with over a thousand honeybee colonies scattered all over South Carolina.

Craig Bell is owner of Bell Honey in Rembert, SC.www.bellhoney.com

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A LowCountry Family Seafood Business Gets Creative in a Struggling Industry
June 14, 2011

A LowCountry family has been in the seafood business since 1970. They now own 3 shrimp trawlers and 5 oyster boats and are coming up with new ways to grow the business as SC's seafood industry struggles.

Craig Reaves' business is called Sea Eagle Market in Beaufort, SC. seaeaglemarket.com

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
June 13, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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June is Micro Enterprise Development Month in SC
June 10, 2011

Micro enterprises are the smallest of businesses (less than 5 employees) and according to the SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce, they make up 87% of our state's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews SC state representative Kenneth Hodges, who is the sponsor of this resolution and Haidee Stith, the former director of the former S.C. Women's Business Center, and currently a consultant with On Point Services in Lexington, SC and a board member of the SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce. www.opservices.us and www.scsbc.org

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How About a “Cocky Pop”?
June 09, 2011

A Mt. Pleasant, SC company recently acquired the first and only collegiate license for molded university and college mascot lollipops. Mike Switzer interviews Mark Lenhart, co-founder of Team Candy Suckers. www.teamcandysuckers.com

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Greenville, SC Has a New Water Boss
June 08, 2011

As we head into another warm season, many have stated that water will be the new oil as battles over water rights between municipalities continue to persist. Mike Switzer interviews David Bereskin, the former CEO of the North Las Vegas water system and the new CEO of the Greenville Water System. www.greenvillewater.com

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A Local Financial Planner Believes Interest Rates are Heading Higher
June 07, 2011

Interest rates continue to remain low and while that's good for borrowers, many retirees are wondering how long they can go on earning practically nothing on their fixed income savings accounts like bank cd's.

Mike Switzer interviews Neil Brown, a CPA and CFP with Burkett Financial Services in West Columbia, SC. www.pimco.com and www.investinginbonds.com and www.burkettfs.com

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SC Business Update from John “Swampfox” Warner
June 06, 2011

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

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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SC Electric Cooperatives Trying to Bring Big Industry to Mega Site
June 03, 2011

Large industrial investments require large parcels of land.  Mike Switzer interviews Ralph Thomas, president of the SC Power Team, representing SC’s 20 non-profit electric cooperatives and Santee Cooper in their industrial recruitment efforts, including with the new I-95 1,920 acre Mega Site located near Dillon, South Carolina. www.scpowerteam.com

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Roller Derbies are Experiencing a Revival
June 02, 2011

A SC non-profit organization is using a sport that is experiencing a re-birth to not only promote sportswomanship and female empowerment but also community consciousness through charity involvement.  Mike Switzer interviews Leah Miller, Executive Director of the Columbia QuadSquad Rollergirls skate team. www.columbiaquadsquad.com

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A LowCountry CPA Finds Success as a Screenwriter
June 01, 2011

A screenplay entry at the recent Beaufort International Film Festival is being marketed in Hollywood.  Mike Switzer interviews Marcia Chandler Rhea is a screenwriter and CPA in Charleston. www.beaufortfilmfestival.com

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May 2011

Will You Outlive Your Money?
May 31, 2011

      Stockmarket volatility, inflation, increased life spans, and costs of assisted care living often scare those in retirement and those planning for retirement that they don’t or won't have enough money saved for retirement. Mike Switzer interviews Andrew Jones, certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC. www.abacusplanninggroup.com and www.ssa.gov/estimator and www.longtermcare.gov

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National Labor Relations Board May Bring Changes Soon to the Workplace
May 30, 2011

(replay) Business owners and employees are concerned about recent events in Wisconsin, Ohio, and South Carolina and about possible new changes coming from the National Labor Relations Board.
Mike Switzer interviews Mason Alexander, partner at the labor law firm Fisher & Phillips in Charlotte, NC and Brett Bursey, executive director of the SC Progressive Network. www.nlrb.gov and www.laborlawyers.com and www.scpronet.com

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Encouraging more capital investment in SC
May 27, 2011

Recent proposed legislation is intended to encourage more angel capital investing in our state. Mike Switzer interviews Matt Dunbar, Managing Director of the Upstate Carolina Angel Network in Greenville, SC. www.upstateangels.org

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SustainSC 2011
May 26, 2011

The South Carolina Chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) will be hosting their annual conference and expo called SustainSC 2011 on June 2nd and 3rd at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.  Mike Switzer interviews Adam Bernholz, the USGBC-SC Chapter Chair. www.usgbcsc.org

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Slather it on
May 25, 2011

A LowCountry woman’s passion for food finally led her to follow her dream of being a food entrepreneur. Mike Switzer interviews Robin Rhea, co-owner of Slather Brand Foods in Charleston, SC, a purveyor of heirloom BBQ sauce. www.slatheriton.com

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Commodity investments
May 24, 2011

Commodity prices, like oil and gold and corn, have been going up. Should you add these types of investments to your portfolio?
Mike Switzer interviews Robert DeHollander, a Certified Financial Planner with DeHollander & Janse Financial Group in Greenville, SC. www.djfinancial.com

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Swampfox update
May 23, 2011

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (http://www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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Total Care
May 20, 2011

A LowCountry, SC, homebuilder recently acquired a franchise that specializes in home warranty and property maintenance for full-time, part-time and totally absentee residents based on software that was created by students at Clemson University.  Mike Switzer interviews Steve Tilton, owner of Tilton Group Signature Homes and a Total Care franchise in Bluffton, SC.

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Family businesss
May 19, 2011

A marriage can sometimes be strained when two married people are operating a business entity together. Mike Switzer interviews Ron Reece, a psychologist in Greenville who works with closely-held businesses and family-owned businesses.

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Author Erik Calonius
May 18, 2011

A former Wall Street Journal  and Fortune magazine writer is living and writing in Mt. Pleasant, SC.  Mike Switzer interviews Erik Calonius, author of the new book: Ten Steps Ahead: What Separates Successful Business Visionaries from the Rest of Us. http://www.calonius.com

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Planning for college
May 17, 2011

Parents and students are finishing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA, and sitting down with Financial Aid Representatives at colleges and universities, trying to figure out how to pay for college.  Mike Switzer interviews Jeb Zoller, a Certified Financial Planner with First Command Financial Planning, in Columbia. www.ed.gov and www.firstcommand.com

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Swampfox update
May 16, 2011

The pulse of the SC business community is being monitored through news, blog comments, and events at http://www.swampfox.ws, a weekly feature on the SC Business Review.  Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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Non-profits in the economic downturn
May 13, 2011

Since the economic downturn of 2008, not only have businesses had to tighten their belts, but non-profit organizations as well.

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Tax planning for next year
May 12, 2011

There may be no time better than right after you have filed last year's tax returns to start doing some tax planning for the new year.

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Celadon Fine Arts Festival
May 11, 2011

Beaufort, SC will soon host a new economic opportunity for creative artists at the Celadon Fine Arts Festival.

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Award winning documentary film maker
May 10, 2011

A SC native who now lives in Los Angeles, CA recently won the award for Best Screenplay at the Beaufort International Film Festival for a film entitled 180 Proof, the story of a notorious Carolina moonshiner.  www.adamsumner.com

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Swampfox update 05-09-11
May 09, 2011

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (http://www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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SCORE success story of the month
May 06, 2011

Mike Switzer interviews Alicia Floyd, a Citadel Outstanding MBA Student of the Year and co-owner of Floyd Fence in Charleston, SC.  www.floydfence.com  www.score.org

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Social entrepreneurship
May 05, 2011

Mike Switzer interviews Davis Folsom, professor of Economics and Business at USC-Beaufort.

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Metering fees from utility companies
May 04, 2011

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Smith, manager of energy programs for Central Electric, representing SC electric cooperatives.  www.cepci.org

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The health care overhaul
May 03, 2011

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Baughman, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC.  www.abacusplanninggroup.com  www.healthcare.gov  www.medicare.gov  www.kff.org

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Swampfox update
May 02, 2011

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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April 2011

Small Business Administration
April 29, 2011

Anna Huntley, Public Information Officer for the SBA's South Carolina District Office.

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Salute to small business
April 28, 2011

Laura Scharr-Bykowski is a cfp and principal with Ascend Financial Planning in Columbia, SC. She tells us about this year's Salute to Small Business, from the US Small Business Administration, coming to Columbia on May 4th

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Upstate Spice of Life Show
April 27, 2011

Jacqui Bomar is President & Owner of JBM & Associates, a producer of consumer shows across South Carolina and Georgia. She talks with Mike about three simple things one can do to improve your investment success.

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Artista Vista
April 26, 2011

Jeffery Day, former arts writer for The State, who is now curating the installation and performance component of Artista Vista.

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Swampfox update
April 25, 2011

Mike talks with John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast based in Greenville, SC.

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Sibling Partnerships
April 22, 2011

Sibling Partnerships

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Regional Education Center of Pendleton
April 21, 2011

Narrative: A former school teacher recently won an award for his work with schools and businesses in the Upstate of SC.

Description: Mike Switzer interviews Rick Murphy, coordinator for the Regional Education Center in Pendleton, SC. http://www.scpathways.org

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USPS regulations change
April 20, 2011

Narrative: Effective January 2011, there was a major change in postal regulations that may help the marketing efforts of many small businesses.

Description: Mike Switzer interviews Tim Williams, a Mailing Solutions Specialist with the United States Postal Service in Richmond, VA and Debbie Olavarria, SC’s local USPS retail marketing manager. http://www.usps.com and .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Upgrading the look of a restaurant
April 19, 2011

Narrative: One of the challenges the fast food industry faces is staying relevant and appealing to its customers.

Description: Mike Switzer interviews George Sensor, owner and operator of thirteen McDonald’s restaurants in the Midlands-SC area.

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Swampfox update
April 18, 2011

Narrative: The pulse of the SC business community and the Southeast Innovation Corridor is being monitored through news, blog comments, and events at http://www.swampfox.ws, a weekly feature on the SC Business Review.

Description: Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, founder and publisher of http://www.swampfox.ws and CEO of Innoventure SouthEast (http://www.innoventuresoutheast.com) based in Greenville, SC.

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