Business

Upstate Business Has Gone to the Dogs

By Mike Switzer

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Many of us around the country find ourselves on our sofas glued to the TV on Thanksgiving.  OK maybe it’s because we can’t move after stuffing on stuffing, but let’s face it, the National Dog Show is fascinating!  (You probably thought I was going to mention the parade or football.)  Our next guest is capitalizing on the need for well-behaved dogs, building a significant dog-training business not only in the Upstate where she is headquartered, but all over the country and now the globe.

Can Chatbots Connect You to City Government?

By Victoria Hansen

North Charleston uses chatbot for customer service

Bratton Riley has a true appreciation of city workers, whether they're picking up our trash or keeping us safe.  The 44 year-old has had a bird's eye view as the son of former Charleston City Mayor Joe Riley.  But he knows not everyone shares that appreciation.  Dealing with government can be difficult.  So he's created a chatbot called Citibot  in hopes of making it more accessible.

S.C. Rich in Small Business Resources

By Mike Switzer

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Starting and running a small business takes a lot of work.  And in many cases, a lot of assistance.  Fortunately, there are several organizations in our state that can help a small business and our next guest runs one that also supports two more.

Co-work Expanding in Greenville

By Mike Switzer

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Each month, our next guest’s company brings in top marketers from national and international brands such as The Ritz Carlton, Southwest Airlines, and Chick-fil-A to speak to his customers in an intimate setting about the strategies they use to push their brands beyond their competition.  That intimate setting is the fast-growing phenomenon known as a co-work space.

Mike Switzer interviews Joe Erwin, president of Endeavor in Greenville, SC.

Helping High School Students Succeed in the Real World

By Mike Switzer

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Despite the best efforts of parents and teachers, sometimes high school students need a little extra help to be best prepared to succeed in college and/or the workplace.  Oftentimes, outside organizations can provide that guidance and assistance.  Our next guest runs one of these that is part of an organization founded 45 years ago by former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Mike Switzer interviews Heather Love, state director for the South Carolina chapter of the Jefferson Awards Foundation.

Helping Your Employees Retire Ready

By Mike Switzer

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According to a recent national survey, 71% of Americans aren’t saving enough for retirement, 58% feel the same or less secure than last year, and 46% have less savings today than they expected they would five years ago.  Our next guest says that employers should be taking initiatives toward changing these numbers so he has some suggestions for the employers in our audience on how they can help their employees become retirement-ready.

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