Mike Switzer

Free Code School Launched by SC Commerce

By Mike Switzer

Laura Corder

A little over two years ago, our next guest’s state agency launched a trial online platform that would allow any South Carolina resident with Internet access to learn how to become a software engineer for free.  And now this no-cost code school, SC Codes, is out of the pilot stage and officially launched.

Protecting Your Business from Ransomware

By Mike Switzer

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When the City of Atlanta was hit with a ransomware hack in 2018, it cost local taxpayers $17 million while operations were restored over the next several months.  Our next guest says that cybercrime, ransomware in particular, is estimated to cost businesses and cities $2 trillion this year, and he says this is because these attacks are not widely publicized, catching most everyone off guard.

Mike Switzer interviews Rob Cheng, is a cyber security expert in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Finding a Publisher

By Mike Switzer

Lisa Anne Cullen

If there are any authors in our audience today, I’m sure they know the difficulties in finding a publisher for their work.  Our next guest is an author and illustrator of children’s books who has recently found a publisher in the University of South Carolina Press.

Mike Switzer interviews Lisa Anne Cullen, who lives, writes and draws and Ridgeway, SC.

Planning and Paying for College

By Mike Switzer

Alex Chastain

Studies show that, on average, college graduates earn $1 million more during their lifetimes than people who don’t go to college.  Another study found that people who graduate from college have, on average, four times the net worth of people who don’t.  But it is a big investment, which is why our next guest says there are several questions to answer and decisions to make before attending.

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

The Importance of Leadership

By Mike Switzer

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If you were to name the one critical variable that determines the destiny of an organization, what would your guess be?  Money, workers, marketing?  Our next guest says the correct answer is “leadership”.

Mike Switzer interviews Antony Bell, CEO of Leader Development, Inc. in Columbia, SC.

High School Film Fest Coming to SC

By Mike Switzer

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The budding young filmmakers in our state can hone their skills at home and at school through various projects, but how do they really know how good they are and if they’re learning the right things?  Our next guest believes that a statewide film festival for high school students can be one of the answers, and so he created one.

Mike Switzer interviews Ray Smith, director of Doko Film Fest coming to Blythewood, SC, April 26-29, 2019.  (Application deadline: Feb. 7, 2019)

Building Trust Between Sometimes Opposing Sides

By Mike Switzer

Ashley Demosthenes

Most people would agree that promoting strong economic development and maintaining high quality of life are complementary efforts.  Which is why our next guest believes that it’s very important to build trust between, for example, business and conservation relationships.

Mike Switzer interviews Ashley Demosthenes, executive director of the Lowcountry Land Trust.