A rose to CampusKnot for landing a $100,000 grant to expand its online marketing efforts. The Starkville-based online education platform designed by a group of Mississippi State students was launched four years ago to provide online interaction between students and teachers, services that became in great demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognizing its value, Innovate Mississippi, a nonprofit organization focused on cultivating innovative technology and entrepreneurship, awarded the grant to help establish the company’s new marketing plan. It’s the first such grant CampusKnot has received. As we have said before, home-grown entrepreneurs are vital to the success of our state, so we are delighted by the success CampusKnot has achieved and for the support it is being provided.
A rose to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle and two local physicians’ groups — BMG–Golden Triangle General and Vascular Surgery and Gastroenterology Associates — for teaming up to provide free colon cancer consultations on March 20 and March 27. Citizens can learn information about all aspects of colon health, including risk factors, testing and treatment options for colorectal cancer.Due to social distancing and privacy requirements, appointments are required by calling 662-244-2979 or 800-544-8762, ext. 2979. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health, so this information is vital to the health of our community. We thank those who are volunteering their time and expertise to provide this important public health service.
A rose to Sonya Macleans as she prepares to open Sweetie’s Cafe, across the street from Ola J. Pickett Park in Caledonia. We are always thrilled when there is news of a new business opening in the Golden Triangle, and we are particularly excited for the new business in Caledonia. With a small tax base such as the one in Caledonia, the opening of every new business is a cause worth celebrating. The proximity to the park is likely to be appealing since the park is, by a wide margin, the biggest gathering place for the community of 1,100 residents. The decision to locate her business is not entirely strategic, Maclean said. “We wanted to do something close to home,” Maclean said. “We’re excited about being there. I grew up in Caledonia, we’re building a house in Caledonia, so we’re ready and excited to open up.” We wish all our new businesses success. Their success is the community’s success.