Lou Kennedy | Women Vision SC

By Linda O'Bryon

Lou KennedyPresident, CEO, and Owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation As president, CEO and owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Lou Kennedy runs a global company out of West Columbia, South Carolina. She and her husband helped establish the Kennedy Pharmacy Center Innovation Center in conjunction with the USC School of Pharmacy. She received South Carolina’s Order of the Palmetto in recognition of a lifetime of service. Kennedy said, “I turned 50 a couple of years back and since that big birthday milestone, I really have focused on what I could do, not only in job goals but also in the...

Tameika Isaac Devine | Women Vision SC

By Linda O'Bryon

Tameika Isaac DevineFounding Partner at Jabber, & Isaac, P.A. Columbia City Council, 5th Term Tameika Isaac Devine was age 29 when she ran for office for the first time. She became the first African American female and the youngest person on the Columbia City Council. She recalls winning that election by less than 200 votes. “If those 200 people did not vote, I wouldn’t be here today.” Now some 18 years later, Tameika Isaac Devine continues in her 5th term on the Columbia City Council. She is the founding partner in her law firm, Jabber & Isaac, PA. She is also an author and public speaker. Isaac Devine...

Keisha Hawes | Women Vision SC

By Linda O'Bryon

Keisha HawesKeisha Hawes was age 31 when she had a heart attack. She was a wife and mother, who was holding down several part-time jobs in the Charleston area to help to make ends meet. She has taken the experience of her heart attack as a way to “serve another purpose.” She said, “when I was stuck on the fact of suffering a heart attack, I actually suffered. I continued my suffering. When I took a moment and I stopped and I said, ‘no, let's look at this from the lens of you survived a heart attack. So now, what is the purpose in your survival? How can you repurpose this to now be a benefit to people...

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...

Malissa Burnette | Women Vision SC

By Linda O'Bryon

M. Malissa BurnetteCo-founder, Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA Malissa Burnette is an award-winning attorney and advocate for equal rights for all. She is co-founder of the Burnette Shutt & McDaniel law firm in Columbia. She waged a legal battle to change the rules and allow women to attend The Citadel. She successfully challenged a rule that barred young girls from playing football. More recently, she and Nekki Shutt, another of the firm’s founding partners, were lead counsel in the case that made same-sex marriage legal in South Carolina. Since 1993, she has been a South Carolina Supreme Court certified...

University Research Sparks Innovation in SC

By Alfred Turner

South Carolina Business Review logoA regular guest on this program, John “Swampfox” Warner, often talks about the importance of our state’s innovation and intellectual capital, particularly that which originates from our research universities. Our next guest is right in the middle of this scene. Mike Switzer interviews John Ballato , professor of materials science and engineering at Clemson University , and the Center For Optical Materials Science And Engineering Technologies (COMSET) where he holds the Sirrine Endowed Chair, part of South Carolina’s SmartState endowed chair program . He is also Clemson’s former vice president...

Pet fosters and adoptions are up since COVID-19

By Lynn Cornfoot

Pet Adoptions are up since COVID-19Since people have more time on their hands due to COVID-19, why not foster or adopt a pet? If there is a silver lining in this pandemic, it's that more animals are finding loving homes to weather the storm. For more information, contact City of Columbia Animal Services .

Made Here | Natural soap for manly men

By Kaitlyn Cannon

K Bar Soap K Bar Soap Co. is a veteran-owned soap company based in Clover , South Carolina. Owner Chris McKinney makes "natural soap for manly men" and explains that one day, the idea for creating his brand just "clicked." He says, "Every time I'd go into a store, I'd see these handmade soaps that always catered to the female side, but why is there nothing catered to men?" It was then that he decided he was going to make hand soap in the shape of grenades, and name each scent after his time in the military. He acknowledges that his product is a "tough sell" because men "usually just use whatever their...

Soda City Market expresses encouragement and creativity during pandemic

By Charles Dymock

Soda City Market Soda City Market has been a staple of local business in the Midlands since 2005. The Main Street market, normally lined with vendors and street performers every Saturday morning, is now desolate due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CEO of Soda City Market, Emile DeFelice, has had to make some difficult decisions in response to the coronavirus. “We are now a skeleton staff, I laid myself off first and I have one remaining staff member,” stated DeFelice. This sacrifice comes with words of encouragement for his patrons and vendors. “We will all get back to normal at some point—we can’t wait to be...

Business Financial Management During a Pandemic

By Alfred Turner

South Carolina Business Review logoThe stress the global pandemic has put on the business community has added new dimensions to the science of cost controls. How does one manage costs when everything is broken? Mike Switzer interviews Mark Cecchini, chair of the School of Accounting at the Darla Moore School of Business at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. This is Part 2 in our weekly series entitled “Managerial Insights-Supporting Businesses During an Uncertain Time” , which will be followed up with a live Zoom conference this coming Monday, May 4th at 3pm.