So, what's The Buzz with Burnie?
The man, the myth, the South Carolina legend - Burnie Maybank wears many hats, economic development pro among them. Join us each week as Burnie and co-host Kara Gormley Meador talk to industry experts from all sectors & corners of the Palmetto State (and beyond!).
And, don’t worry, we’ll get to the bees. Alright? Alright.
Episode 53: SCRA & New Forge Technologies
The South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) is helping recruit and launch some of South Carolina's leading tech start-ups around the state. We spoke with SCRA Industry Manager Catherine Hayes and New Forge Technologies Co-Founder Javier Ortiz to learn more about SCRA's many programs - what they are, how they're mutually beneficial to existing industries and start-ups alike, and how innovations - like New Forge's augmented reality tech is changing the game for manufacturers. Tune in!
Episode 52 - Rick Todd, President & CEO, SC Trucking Association
The Buzz is On The Road Again and Truckin' right along with another episode, where we sat down with South Carolina Trucking Association President & CEO Rick Todd. Logistics and supply chain movement remain critical to econ dev activity around South Carolina, especially with COVID-19 straining logistics capabilities. We discuss that, plus the state of S.C. roads (thank you, DOT!), plus training the next generation of trucking pros. And more! Check it out.
Episode 51: David Lockwood, COO, Colliers International | South Carolina
Burnie + Kara recently sat down with David Lockwood (Colliers International South Carolina) to discuss the status of commercial real estate in South Carolina. What are the major sector trends David is seeing? What has COVID recovery looked like? How was his latest run? (looking at you, F3ers!) We had fun with this interview, and know you'll enjoy it, so tune in!
Want more David in your life? Follow him on Twitter for some fantastic run motivation.
Episode 50: Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Julie Medich (CHS) and John Skvarla (RAL) on Food & Beverage Manufacturing
Food and beverage manufacturing is an economic development sub-sector that's taking off across the Carolinas, so Nexsen Pruet is diving deeper into the subject. Why is this taking off here, and why now? Attorneys John Skvarla (Raleigh) and Julie Medich (Charleston) join The Buzz to discuss trends they are seeing, as well as to highlight NP's upcoming Food & Beverage Friday Webinars. Both sessions are *free* and *virtual,* so anyone can join from anywhere (need we say more?).
Session 1 of Food & Beverage Friday explores Innovation in the Food and Beverage Industry, while Session 2 will cover Workforce Issues in the Food and Beverage Manufacturing Industry. ( - Click for more details and to register)
Episode 49: Shennice Cleckley, Google Digital Coach & Entrepreneur
Shennice Cleckley is a small-business owner, SHE-EO, and mom, among MANY things. Recently, she spoke with Burnie and Kara about her role as a Google Digital Coach. In this position, she helps educate and equip South Carolina small business owners - especially minority business owners - with the *FREE* tools they can use to promote, grow and sustain their business. Looking for new customers? Don't know who your target customers are or should be? Shennice can help with that, and MUCH more. Listen to hear more, or visit Shennice online to register for a class.
Episode 48: Ethel Bunch, President & CEO, Sustain SC
In South Carolina, among many things, we love seeing our businesses thrive, and we love our beautiful outdoors. Ethel Bunch explains how Sustain South Carolina is the organization at the intersection of industry and conservation, bringing together Palmetto State business leaders to discuss, set, and achieve their sustainability goals.
Is your company pushing to expand its ESG performance? Sustain SC is the "E" in that equation - and they may be able to help your company.
Find out more at www.sustainsouthcarolina.org.
Learning so much from this podcast. Big thanks to Burnie and his esteemed team!