South Carolina Business Review Turns 20

By Tut Underwood

Mike SwitzerFor 20 years now, the South Carolina Business Review has brought business leaders, entrepreneurs and commentators to listeners of South Carolina Public Radio. Mike Switzer has hosted the program its entire run, and takes satisfaction at its 20th anniversary. Starting in radio in high school in Canada, he later became a stockbroker and investment adviser. He called on his earlier radio experience to start a 30-minute business program on a Columbia commercial station because he "saw it as an opportunity to increase my business through contacts and networking, and at the same time provide a...

Made Here | Goat Yoga

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Goat Yoga at the White Home in Rock Hill, SCCritter Creek Farm raises Fainting Goats and Nigerian Dwarf Goats, as well as farms flowers full-time. On top of that, Critter Creek Farm 's Terri Gustin decided to jump on the Goat Yoga train three years ago. She made that decision after her children had gone off to college. She explains, "No one was coming to the farm and playing with the babies except for me, and I really promise that when you buy baby goats from us that they're very socialized, they're friendly." She continues, "They're naturally afraid of people, so this really trains them to become social." She also says that Goat Yoga...

Helping Youth Achieve Success

By Alfred Turner

South Carolina Business Review logo100 years ago our next guest’s national organization began helping young people to be successfully prepared to one day enter the workforce. Since then, they have spawned chapters all across the nation, including several in our state, one of which is run by our next guest. Mike Switzer interviews Connie Lanzi, president of Junior Achievement of Upstate South Carolina .

Made Here | Juvenile Justice System Youth Create and Sell Original Work

By RoseCatherine James

Art created by Juvenile Justice System Youths.The Department of Juvenile Justice's Store of Hope sells products made by young people who are involved with the juvenile justice system. DJJ's Broad River Road campus includes six work-study programs for youth who have obtained a high school diploma or a G.E.D. and are in good standing in the system. The products made in the work-study programs are sold to the public through the Store of Hope . The money made in the store goes toward paying for the program, buying supplies, and paying the youth. Anthony, who is in the Upholstery work-study program, compares working on furniture to working on...

Giving Back Opens Doors

By Alfred Turner

South Carolina Business Review logoWe have interviewed thousands of business owners on this show over the past 20 years and a common trait among many of them is their desire to give back to their communities. It’s good for the heart and soul and it’s good for business. And our next guest is one more example. Over the past 18 years, his company has donated over three and a half million dollars to preservation efforts in Charleston, SC and that has helped open the door to his latest business opportunity: the first commercial tours of one of the city’s most significant cemeteries. Mike Switzer interviews John LaVerne, owner of...

Jazz Musicians in Demand

By Alfred Turner

Mark RappMark Rapp Credit Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but jazz is making a comeback in popularity not only across the country but here in our state, as well. Which means that jazz musicians are also becoming more in demand, which is leading to the necessity for training and instruction. Mike Switzer interviews Mark Rapp , founder of the ColaJazz organization which runs the ColaJazz Festival in Columbia, SC and the upcoming USC ColaJazz Camp .

Made Here | Ceramics - and More!

By RoseCatherine James

Ceramics and More studioCeramics and More is a family-owned and operated walk-in studio offering ceramics, canvases, and clay hand building. The business was previously owned by Jennifer Elkins’ in-laws, before they passed it down to her family in 2017. Ceramics and More offers something for everyone – no experience required. Owner Jennifer Elkins says, “I feel like art is super therapeutic and it’s an outlet for a lot of people. I feel like the kids need the outlet for their growth and development.” She continues, “I’ve seen the effects on my children, and I’m so thankful we have that in our family.” Made Here is a...

Preparing for Retirement with a 5-Step Program

By Alfred Turner

South Carolina Business Review logoIt’s probably safe to say that most everyone looks forward to retiring someday. But when that day comes, how will you know for sure that you are ready? Our next guest says the answer involves successfully accomplishing five critical steps first. Mike Switzer interviews Bryan Ballentine, a certified financial planner with Ballentine Capital Management in Greenville, SC.

SCPA named among Best Places to Work in South Carolina

 Best Places to Work in South CarolinaCHARLESTON, SC – JUNE 24, 2019 – S.C. Ports Authority (SCPA) was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. The 14th annual awards program recognizes the best employers in the state, highlighting companies that benefit the state’s economy, workforce and businesses. SCPA facilitates 187,200 statewide jobs and generates a $53 billion economic impact annually in South Carolina. Seventy-five companies have been recognized overall in two categories for the 2019 awards. SCPA won an award in the category for companies with 250-plus employees. Ranked companies will be...

Lowcountry Rug Dealer Believes in Afghanistan

By Alfred Turner

South Carolina Business Review logoWe continue to be amazed at the unlikely economic links we discover between our state and other countries around the world. The latest involves a Lowcountry rug dealer and his attempts to build the same industry in Afghanistan. Mike Switzer interviews Rob Leahy, owner of Fine Rugs of Charleston in Charleston, SC.