Mike Switzer

Financial Planning Lessons Learned from the Pandemic

By Mike Switzer

Joy WatkinsThere is no doubt that everybody is learning a lesson or two (or three or more) from this pandemic. Maybe it’s the importance of sanitary living or maybe it’s all about money. Our next guest says that there are certainly some financial planning lessons that have become much more important. Mike Switzer interviews Joy Watkins, a certified financial planner, principal, and director of financial planning at Anchor Investment Management in Columbia, SC.

Workers' Comp and the Virus Crisis

By Mike Switzer

South Carolina Business Review logoAs companies continue to re-open their doors, health experts say that until much more testing has been done and a vaccine developed, they may be increasing their risk of employees and customers becoming sick with COVID-19. How has the pandemic affected workers’ compensation claims so far and what does it mean going forward? Mike Switzer interviews Kevin Couch, a workers’ compensation employer defense attorney with Willison, Jones, Carter and Baxley in Greenville, SC.

Selling in the Age of Covid

By Mike Switzer

Doug QuackenbosIn a post-Covid world, the sales process is being reinvented, just like so many others. While e-commerce and video calls have been tools for sales reps for a long time, they have certainly increased in popularity. Are the days of face-to-face sales presentations gone forever? Mike Switzer interviews Doug Quackenbos, a lecturer in the Department of Marketing at the Darla Moore School of Business at USC in Columbia, SC. This is Part 9 in our weekly series entitled “Managerial Insights-Supporting Businesses During an Uncertain Time” as part of a partnership with the Moore School’s Executive...

The Pandemic Shifts the Supply Chain

By Mike Switzer

South Carolina Business Review logoOne of the most discussed economic issues involving the aftermath of the virus crisis is what will change with our supply chain. We have already talked with some companies on this show who have changed their sourcing from China to the US. Will that shift become more widespread? Mike Switzer interviews Mark Ferguson, the Dewey H. Johnson Professor of Operations and Supply Chain in the Darla Moore School of Business at USC in Columbia, SC. This is Part 7 in our weekly series entitled “Managerial Insights-Supporting Businesses During an Uncertain Time” as part of a partnership with the Moore...

Using Technology for Safer Operations

By Mike Switzer

South Carolina Business Review logoMost manufacturing companies, especially larger ones, employ or contract with safety professionals to keep their operations safe for their employees and to comply with government safety regulations and inspections. It’s an old-fashioned industry that we’ve learned recently is also employing the latest technology. Mike Switzer interviews Nathan Bennett, vice president of technology at Life and Safety Consultants in Greenville, SC.

Growing Healthcare Trends that are Flying Under the Radar

By Mike Switzer

Dr. Mary Brittain BlankenshipWith a lot of the election talk focused on the issue of healthcare, there are two trends in that area that haven’t received much publicity but that we’ve reported on for several years and in fact, are trends that keep growing, albeit maybe more slowly than our next guest would prefer. Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Mary Brittain Blankenship, founder of Spruce MD Integrative Medicine in Greenville, SC.

Columbia Uses Internet Connectivity to Lure Companies

By Mike Switzer

Dean SchusterThe Bull Street District in Columbia has recently attracted another high-profile technology company. Our next guest said the move was made easier by the fact that the district has gigabit Internet connectivity, something that is fast becoming a very useful economic development tool. Mike Switzer interviews Dean Schuster, co-founder of truematter , in Columbia, SC.

Not Much Demand for Middle-Aged Unemployed Professionals

By Mike Switzer

South Carolina Business Review logoBy now most people are aware of the tight labor market resulting from the strong economy and its high demand for workers. However, it appears that many middle-aged unemployed professionals are not benefitting from this situation. What’s going on? Mike Switzer interviews Frank Hefner, Director Office of Economic Analysis and Professor of Economics at the College of Charleston . Recent Forbes article on this topic .

Winston Churchill: "Planning is Essential"

By Mike Switzer

South Carolina Business Review logoWinston Churchill is credited with saying that “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential”. Our next guest says that this is particularly relevant to financial planning but he also wants you to remember that the plans themselves comprise nothing more than guesswork. Mike Switzer interviews Rick Van Der Noord, a certified financial planner in Greenville, SC .

SC Business Update from John "Swampfox" Warner

By Mike Switzer

John WarnerA weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina. Mike Switzer interviews John Warner, co-founder of Accessible Diagnostics and the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

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