Mike Switzer

Turning Social Networks Over to the Users

By Mike Switzer

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The social media world is fast evolving as Facebook and others work on new privacy policies and their associated algorithms.  There are even new forms of social networks appearing that want to turn control of these types of platforms over to the users and away from the “powers that be”.  Our next guest sees that trend as a business opportunity.

Mike Switzer interviews Rosemary O’Neill, co-founder of Narrative, based in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

Are You a Public Service Employee With Student Loan Debt?

By Mike Switzer

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Unless you have or had a student loan, you may not have heard of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program which began in 2007 with a simple idea: provide debt relief to borrowers in critical but often low-paying careers after they make 10 years of timely student loan repayments. Law enforcement employees and public school teachers are examples of those who would be eligible.  But in the spring 2017, many individuals who chose those types of careers learned that their federal student loans may not qualify for this relief after all.

The Importance of Real ID for Business Travelers

By Mike Switzer

Kevin Shwedo

Even with the growth and popularity of teleconferencing, many businesses still find face-to-face meetings and in-person conferences fruitful and therefore, imperative to their success.  And many of these meetings require boarding an airplane.  Which is why our next guest wants you to know about the looming deadline for Real ID, an upcoming federal requirement for air travel.

Promoting STEM Education

By Mike Switzer

Guarav Sangal

Most people are aware of the many efforts in the education sector over the past several years to increase and improve our children’s exposure to science, technology, engineering, and math: known as STEM so that eventually, maybe more high school graduates might consider one of those career fields where demand remains high.  Our next guest has decided to turn his STEM experience into an entrepreneurial venture to further this educational trend.

Mike Switzer interviews Gaurav Sangal, a franchisee of STEM for Kids in Columbia, SC.

Upstate Artist Wins "Building" Art Competition

By Mike Switzer

Nancy Oppenheimer

Artists often find that making a living as an artist can be very difficult.  Besides competing with other artists for space in galleries, another possible source of revenue can be winning art competitions.  One that we’ve recently learned about involves art commissioned for public buildings.  28 states have programs requiring or encouraging new public building projects to include art as a percent of their construction budget.  South Carolina is one of those states and our next guest is one of those winners.

Entrepreneur Addresses Multiple-Prescription Drug Administration Issues

By Mike Switzer

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You may have noticed that so many people these days take a lot of prescription drugs for a lot of different reasons because, as time has gone by, pharmaceutical research results in products designed for these reasons.  But for those who are prescribed multiple drugs, and for those who are administering them, complications can arise resulting in missed doses and overdoses.  After watching nurses in health care facilities administer medications to numerous patients with complex conditions, our next guest experienced the proverbial light-bulb effect, and proceeded to launch a new business.

Walterboro, SC Experiencing Entrepreneurial Revival

By Mike Switzer

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If you live in or have visited Walterboro, South Carolina recently, you may have noticed a little renaissance going on.  From a farm-to-truck food truck to a new event venue on the river to a former Boeing executive's new aviation company...entrepreneurs are apparently migrating to the area to launch their dreams.  What’s going on in Colleton County?

Mike Switzer interviews Hank Amundson, assistant city manager for the City of Walterboro, South Carolina.

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