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.

Answering Your Own Business Phone?

By Alfred Turner

South Carolina Business Review logoMany businesses find it necessary and profitable to outsource some of their operations. One of the most common of these examples, especially for entrepreneurs, is an answering service. With today’s technology, it can make a very small company look anything but. Mike Switzer interviews Mel Carlen, vice president of operations for the North American headquarters of the British firm, MoneyPenny , in Charleston, SC.

Scribble: Advice for entrepreneurs from co-founder of Neuroene Therapeutics

By Scribble

Sherine Chan, Neuroene TherapeuticsSherine Chan Co-Founder of Neuroene Therapeutics After spending her early professional life in medical research and education, Sherine Chan has turned to the world of entrepreneurship. Alongside her role as an Associate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, Sherine has co-founded a potentially groundbreaking pharmaceutical company. She and her business partner have discovered novel Vitamin K-based therapeutics that target new mechanisms and are safe, specific, and different from current drugs on the market for the treatment of epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and other...

Female Fitness in Business

By Ricky Taylor

Female Fitness in BusinessEvery new year many pledge to improve their health and fitness routines. Unfortunately, exercising and eating healthily can at times be quite challenging. In this story, take a look at a group of ladies who have found a way to turn their passion for health and fitness into careers that are both physically and financially rewarding. Watch the full episode: Health and Wellness in the New Year

Beaufort Film Festival Season Kicks Off Soon

By Alfred Turner

South Carolina Business Review logoThousands of film lovers (and many filmmakers) from around the globe will soon be converging on Beaufort, South Carolina for an annual film festival that has been recognized as one of the fastest growing in the Southeast and one of the top 100 in the world. Mike Switzer interviews Ron Tucker, executive director of the 14th annual Beaufort International Film Festival .