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.

SC Cotton Farm Wins Award

By Alfred Turner

South Carolina Business Review logoWhile the textile industry in our state is not quite what it once was, there are still success stories out there. For example, our next guest decided to take cotton from their fields in Darlington County and create a blanket that was named the Overall Winner in Garden & Gun Magazine's 2019 “Made in the South Awards ”. Mike Switzer interviews Tracy Woodard, co-founder of Covered in Cotton in Florence, 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 .

Franchising Building Maintenance

By Alfred Turner

Ben MackeyAs the economy heated up and the labor market tightened, our next guest noticed an underserved sector in the building maintenance industry and decided to buy a franchise to serve it. Mike Switzer interviews Ben Mackey, owner of the Columbia, SC location of City Wide Building Maintenance Solutions .

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.

Addressing the Homeless Situation in the Midlands

By Mike Switzer

Cathy Hood-Pittenger and Larry NicholsThe homeless situation continues to be an issue for our state’s cities, towns, and their businesses. Many communities across the nation are grappling with this with many different solutions being tried. Our next guests are working on this issue in Columbia, SC. Mike Switzer interviews Larry Nichols with Family Promise and Cathy Hood-Pittenger, homeless coordinator for the United Way in Columbia, SC , part of the Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless .

Scribble: Don't look for opportunities; try to create opportunities

By Scribble

Notes on Innovation from Srikanth PillaSrikanth Pilla is a man of many degrees — receiving his B.S., M.S., and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering before attending Stanford University to complete his postdoctoral training. He worked as an assistant scientist at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, before coming to Clemson University’s Innovation Campus for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in 2013, as an Assistant Professor of Automotive Engineering. In addition to his work at Clemson, he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Renewable Materials, as well as an editor on several other...

Making SC More Bicycle Friendly

By Alfred Turner

Amy Johnson ElyAs our state continues to look for ways to attract the best and brightest workforce, quality of life is certainly important. One aspect of that that is showing up on a lot of millenials’ checklists is a bicycle-friendly environment. And our next guest’s organization is right in the middle of that effort. Mike Switzer interviews Amy Johnson Ely, executive director of the Palmetto Cycling Coalition in Columbia, SC. Disclaimer: Mike Switzer is a member of the PCC.