Helping Women Succeed in Hospitality

By Mike Switzer

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After working as the director of events for the Charleston Wine + Food Festival for seven years, our next guest discovered that what she really wanted to do was help women succeed in the hospitality industry.  As a result, last year she launched a workshop that drew over 200 women from across the country to our state to learn from some of the most respected women in food, beverage, and travel.

Mike Switzer interviews Randi Weinstein, founder of Fab, the Charleston event that is returning in June.


By William Richardson

robot inside a manufacturing facility

Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of engineering that includes a combination of systems engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, telecommunications engineering, control engineering and computer engineering. As technology advances, the subfields of engineering multiply and adapt. Mechatronics' aim is a design process that unifies these subfields. Many schools in the Upstate of South Carolina are keying in on the educational aspects of this technical field.

Women’s Pioneering Tennis Tournament Celebrates 45 Years in SC's Lowcountry

By Mike Switzer

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Spring is in the air and that means a lot of outdoor sporting events will soon be bringing an economic force to our state. Big golf tournaments in Augusta, Hilton Head, and Charlotte, for example.  But first up is one of the premier tournaments in women’s professional tennis, the one that was actually at the forefront of equal pay efforts in the sport 45 years ago.

Mike Switzer interviews Bob Moran, tournament director at the Volvo Car Open in Daniel Island, SC.

Cyber Thieves Targeting Smaller Companies

By Mike Switzer

Kimico Myers

While we often hear news about large companies and even governments getting their computer systems hacked, our next guest says that, in fact, small and medium-size companies are more likely to be targets for cyber thieves because these businesses tend to not invest in the additional monitoring and security that large businesses do.

Mike Switzer interviews Kimico Myers, owner of the Columbia, SC franchise of TeamLogic IT.

Women's Financial Skills Still Lacking

By Mike Switzer

Stephanie Vokral

As you may be aware, March is Women’s History Month.  Even with all the economic progress women have made over the last 100 years, our next guest says she is still surprised to see how many women are unprepared financially when a crisis hits, like divorce.

Mike Switzer interviews Stephanie Vokral, a certified financial planner with Critical Transitions Wealth Advisors in Columbia, SC.

Growing Diamonds

By Tabitha Safdi

Growing Diamonds

SCIO Diamond Technology is revolutionizing the diamond industry. Located in downtown Greenville, SCIO now has a recipe to grow diamonds in a lab. With this new technology, there is a multitude of possibilities for the future.

Goodwill Helping Seniors and Ex-Criminals Find Jobs

By Mike Switzer

Pat Michaels



Pat Michaels


As the South Carolina economy and unemployment rate have improved dramatically since the Great Recession, our next guest says there are still pockets of our population that face challenges finding jobs, such as senior citizens and those with a criminal background.  And that’s why those are now the focus of his organization’s job placement efforts.

Mike Switzer interviews Pat Michaels, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina based in Greenville, SC.

Another COG in SC’s Economic Wheel

By Mike Switzer

Randy Pellisero

A Council of Government, also known as a COG, is an association of local governments, usually across several counties, that work towards facilitating intergovernmental land use and transportation planning, community development, mapping, and more, such as economic development, which happens to be our next guest’s focus.

Mike Switzer interviews Randy Pellisero, the senior lending officer at the Catawba Regional Council of Governments in Rock Hill, SC.

Science Project Became Business, Partnership with Walmart for Columbia Family

By Tut Underwood

David Jones inspects a ball half as it comes off the conveyor belt at the Stee-rike 3 plant in Columbia.

David Jones and his son Brantley are baseball fans.  Brantley played as a youngster, and was so enthusiastic about batting practice that his older brother, who didn’t like the game, was forced by circumstance to invent a pitching machine so he wouldn’t have to pitch to his brother for hours every day.  That machine, created as a school science project when he was only 11, and Brantley just 9, became the foundation for a business.