SC Insurer Named a "Best" Employer

By Mike Switzer

David Cote

Our next guest’s company was recently named by Forbes magazine as one of the 500 best employers in the country.  He says the key to their employee success is the company’s cultural compass that points in all directions.

Mike Switzer interviews David Cote, a vice president and head of human resources at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina in Columbia.

Automating Your Government Experience With Chatbots

By Alfred Turner

Bratton Riley

Bratton Riley Credit Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio These days, when you’re visiting a new website, a chat box will often pop up and ask if you need help.  And you may not even be aware that many times these are automated and are known as chatbots.  Our next guest believes that these chatbots can help make your relationship with local government more efficient and so he started a company to prove it.

Should Financial Planning be a "Profession"?

By Mike Switzer

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Doctors, lawyers, and CPAs are considered professional occupations, that is: having a specialized body of knowledge, and having education, experience, and ethical requirements.

Our next guest believes that certified financial planning should also be considered a bona fide “profession” and he’s working hard to make it happen.\

Mike Switzer interviews Rick Van der Noord, a certified financial planner in Greenville, SC.

Recovering Food Waste

By Mike Switzer

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Americans throw away billions of pounds of food each year, worth billions of dollars and enough to feed millions of people. In fact, according a recent report on food waste by Johns Hopkins University, if we were able to recover all of our wasted food, we could provide a 2,000-calorie diet to 84% of the population.  Our next guest’s university is working with a major South Carolina corporation on an initiative to address this issue.

USC Professor Helping to Develop Nanoblood

By Mike Switzer

Chris Robinson

Imagine being able to store red blood cells as a bottle of powder on a shelf, not needing any refrigeration or for those who need regular transfusions, being able to receive one through a simple injection into the upper arm, like a shot.  Our next guest is a University of South Carolina professor who has been an integral part of this nano blood technology.

Could Clouds be Appearing in Our Blue Sky Economy?

By Alfred Turner

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The last time we spoke to our next guest, about three months ago, he said he believed that our country’s economy seemed to be waking up from a long period of sleepwalking.  Well, we’re almost to the midpoint of the year and interest rates are rising, construction activity is reported to be declining, the stock market appears to have stalled, so let’s see how he feels now.

Busy Time at SC Ports

By Mike Switzer

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As the economy has been improving over the past several years, our state’s ports authority has been quietly setting new records for container volume while at the same time, continuing its efforts to deepen Charleston Harbor to accommodate the bigger, new Panamax ships which will allow for even more volume to our ports.  And if you missed it, our state’s second inland port recently held its grand opening in Dillon.

Mike Switzer interviews Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority in Charleston, SC.

Clemson Research Leads to Award-Winning Device

By Mike Switzer

Don Medlin

It’s becoming more commonplace to hear about entrepreneurial ventures springing from our state’s research universities.  And they’re getting more interesting, too.  For example, through a collaboration with Clemson University’s physics and astronomy department, our next guest’s company recently won an award for their cancer treatment device.

Mike Switzer interviews Donald Medlin, CEO and co-founder of Medical Beam Laboratories in Greenville, SC.

Finding Jobs for the Disabled

By Mike Switzer

Kimberly Tissot

Despite the workforce shortages we continue to hear about across a variety of industries, our next guest says that there are hundreds of thousands of untapped employees right here in South Carolina: people with disabilities.  A group which, in South Carolina, happens to have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.

Mike Switzer interviews Kimberly Tissot, executive director of ABLE SC in Columbia, SC.