Good for Business With Colin Krieger

Good for Business With Colin Krieger I believe what's good for business is good for our community.If you have good news,call me :662.329.7653. My day job is being a Realtor at RE/MAX Partners
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Cook Out Opens in Columbus, and More!COLUMBUS & STARKVILLE, MS – Courtesy of the DispatchThe much-anticipated Cook Out...
05/02/2019

Cook Out Opens in Columbus, and More!

COLUMBUS & STARKVILLE, MS – Courtesy of the Dispatch

The much-anticipated Cook Out has opened in Columbus on 18th; Starkville will soon have 800+ more homes services by C-Spire's high-speed fiber optic internet service; Huck's to host a benefit to help rebuild Zachary's Saturday night after Market Street. The community is coming together for businesses new and old, and THAT'S Good For Business!

http://colinkrieger.com/2019/05/02/cook-out-opens-in-columbus-benefit-for-zacharys-at-market-street-and-more/

Market Street Fest 2019 Starts Friday – And So Do the Street ClosingsCOLUMBUS, MS – Courtesy of The DispatchColumbus...
05/01/2019

Market Street Fest 2019 Starts Friday – And So Do the Street Closings

COLUMBUS, MS – Courtesy of The Dispatch

Columbus will play host to its 24th annual Market Street Festival this Friday and Saturday, May 3rd and 4th. There will be food, music, fun & games, artwork of all kinds for sale, and more! The city will also play host to over two hundred vendors of all kinds, and some shops plan to feature Festival specials. This is a great opportunity to get out there with the family hand have fun, while supporting many local businesses and local artisans. And THAT'S Good for Business!

http://colinkrieger.com/2019/05/01/market-street-fest-2019-starts-friday-and-so-do-the-street-closings/

Hybrid OR Unit Brings Hope to Cardiac Patients at BaptistCOLUMBUS, MS – Courtesy of The DispatchYears in the making, t...
04/30/2019

Hybrid OR Unit Brings Hope to Cardiac Patients at Baptist

COLUMBUS, MS – Courtesy of The Dispatch

Years in the making, the "Hybrid Operating Room" at Baptist Memorial Hospital is designed to allow surgeons to perform many procedures with little to no invasion of the patient's body, making things easier for them and safer for their patients. It involves an X-Ray machine capable of sending real-time data to a bank of computers nearby, so that the doctors can often cut far less into their patients in order to heal them. That means less time under the knife for many patients, which means less recovery time, and more patients can get taken care of more rapidly -- That's good for your health and THAT'S Good for Business!

http://colinkrieger.com/2019/04/30/hybrid-or-unit-brings-hope-to-cardiac-patients-at-baptist/

04/26/2019

Big Ice doesn’t want you to know this secret. But, Uncle Colin learned summin’ today.
Game changer, folks!

#bagofice

Thanks to my friend Eric Dawson and our LOCALLY OWNED Sonic Drive-Ins for all they do!

Refrigeration Supply Co, Others Back After Recovering from Disaster After DisasterCOLUMBUS, MS – Courtesy of The Dispa...
04/25/2019

Refrigeration Supply Co, Others Back After Recovering from Disaster After Disaster

COLUMBUS, MS – Courtesy of The Dispatch

Early in the wee hours Of November 4th last year, Refrigeration Supply Co (RSC) owner Dennis Jones was awakened by a call from his alarm company; he went to check out his store on Tuscaloosa Road, only to find that a car had crashed through the front glass window and then caught fire, setting the whole place ablaze. However, they picked up the pieces and moved to a new location on Gardner -- which was promptly destroyed by an EF-3 tornado. They rebuilt again, and they're still in business, ready and rarin' to go. And THAT'S Good for Business!

http://colinkrieger.com/2019/04/25/refrigeration-supply-co-others-back-after-recovering-from-disaster-after-disaster/

CLW Gains National RecognitionOne part of local government that is getting better all the time. Kudos to Todd Gale and h...
04/19/2019

CLW Gains National Recognition

One part of local government that is getting better all the time. Kudos to Todd Gale and his team!

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COLUMBUS, MS – Courtesy of WCBI

[PRESS RELEASE]

Columbus Light and Water earned national recognition for its reliable and safe electric service.

The American Public Power Association gave Columbus Light and Water a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation. Only 270 public power utilities hold the RP3 designation in the country.

The process to get designation took a year for Columbus but, the designation will last three years.

To receive the designation public power utilities must show expertise in reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement.

http://colinkrieger.com/2019/04/19/clw-gains-national-recognition/

MUW to Get a New Baseball FacilityColumbus, MS – Courtesy The MUW SpectatorThe W is looking to give its baseball playe...
04/17/2019

MUW to Get a New Baseball Facility

Columbus, MS – Courtesy The MUW Spectator

The W is looking to give its baseball players a new home in which to roost. Plans for fundraising have begun with the intention of adding a baseball field to the campus near Pohl Gymnasium. The hope is that this will encourage both players and fans to come on by and have a good time. Sports are good for the community and good for the University, and THAT'S Good for Business!

http://colinkrieger.com/2019/04/17/muw-to-get-a-new-baseball-facility/

Improvements may be on the Horizon for Troubled Leigh MallCOLUMBUS, MS -- Courtesy of the DispatchJones Lange LaSalle Am...
04/14/2019

Improvements may be on the Horizon for Troubled Leigh Mall

COLUMBUS, MS -- Courtesy of the Dispatch

Jones Lange LaSalle Americas (JLL), the new management firm in charge of Leigh Mall, have begun the much-needed work of fixing up the mall’s parking lot and roof while also seeking new tenants to take part in what many hope will be a brighter, better future for the mall. Caroline Hearnsberger of Tupelo’s The Retail Coach (TRC), recently gave a presentation to local business owners regarding the future of Leigh Mall. Along the way, she stated that JLL recently approved a bid for these repairs:

“They’re definitely interested in, and wanting to, do repairs to the inside and the places in the parking lot that aren’t exactly safe,” she said. “They’ve already taken care of the missing tiles in the interior. So they’re definitely moving forward in making the property look better.”

Hearnsberger went on to say that JLL has been acting on fixes such as these after they took over in late 2018; the prior owners were moved to do some minor parking lot fixes only under pressure from the local government. Where the old owners failed to act, the new ones are eager to do so, especially when it comes to repopulating the mall with new businesses:

“I can’t go into specifics,” she said. “But there are still companies definitely interested in that space. … It’s just a matter of putting the right puzzle pieces together.”

She also stated that there has been some interest in the vacated space on Hwy 45 where K-Mart used to be, and on the soon-to-be closed Office Depot space not far from Leigh Mall: “I know it’s frustrating to see people vacating those spaces,” she said. “But there is movement.”

However, TRC is also looking to help improve downtown: “When you have people living and working down there, they often just want to walk down somewhere and get a bite to eat or buy shoes, whatever,” Hearnsberger went on to say. “And there just aren’t that many vacancies here.” She has a point – there are only twelve vacancies among the 136 retail spaces downtown, according to CMSD’s Barbara Bigelow; they’d like to see that last dozen filled up.

“People love having a personal shopping experience,” Hearnsberger continued. “Especially younger people — the people in the 18 to 24 age range — they like being able to touch and look at the merchandise. They can go and get what they need right away instead of waiting for shipping.”

https://cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=72997

Lee High RememberedCOLUMBUS, MS – Courtesy of the DispatchStudents and instructors alike have fond memories of their t...
04/12/2019

Lee High Remembered

COLUMBUS, MS – Courtesy of the Dispatch

Students and instructors alike have fond memories of their time at Lee High in Columbus. The site is currently undergoing renovations in order to turn it into a combination mall/apartment complex with 23 residential units available. The developer, Scott Berry, class of 1971, is making a place for people to live that does all it can to preserve the memory of what it was before. That's good for Columbus, and THAT'S Good for Business!

http://colinkrieger.com/2019/04/12/lee-high-remembered/

(Dispatch file photo)

June 1st, 2019 will be Lemonade Day! It's an opportunity for kids to learn the basics of running a business, marketing, ...
04/09/2019

June 1st, 2019 will be Lemonade Day! It's an opportunity for kids to learn the basics of running a business, marketing, and (hopefully) turning a profit. An offshoot of the national LD program, it began last year in Starkville, and its success – over 150 kids up to 6th-grade level took part, setting up 64 lemonade stands throughout the city – has led to expanding the local program to both Columbus and West Point.

"All you have to do is go buy lemonade," Rupp said. "So it's really easy for the public to get involved." – And THAT'S Good for Business!

(Courtesy photos via the Dispatch/Facebook users)

Official page: https://lemonadeday.org/golden-triangle

Please see our page for more info and links:

http://colinkrieger.com/2019/04/09/lemonade-day-is-coming/

CARL HOGAN TOYOTA Gives Two Cars to EMCC’s Auto Tech ProgramCOLUMBUS, MS – Courtesy of EMCCStudents in East Mississi...
04/05/2019

CARL HOGAN TOYOTA Gives Two Cars to EMCC’s Auto Tech Program

COLUMBUS, MS – Courtesy of EMCC

Students in East Mississippi Community College’s
Automotive Technology Program now have two new cars upon which to hone their skills: a pair of Toyota Corollas that have been donated by Carl Hogan Toyota. This will help EMCC further their goal of educating their students in the ATP, making it that much easier for them to graduate work-ready technicians for CHT and other Toyota dealerships nationwide. And THAT'S Good for Business!

http://colinkrieger.com/2019/04/05/carl-hogan-toyota-gives-two-cars-to-emccs-auto-tech-program/

Tea for Two and a Spa for YouGOLDEN TRIANGLE REGION – Courtesy of the DispatchStarkville Nutrition is spinning off two...
04/05/2019

Tea for Two and a Spa for You

GOLDEN TRIANGLE REGION – Courtesy of the Dispatch

Starkville Nutrition is spinning off two new Columbus locations in the next couple of months, the newly-renamed Allegro Spa is bigger and better than ever, and West Point is having a city-wide series of yard sales Saturday morning...and THAT'S Good for Business!

http://colinkrieger.com/2019/04/04/tea-for-two-and-a-spa-for-you/

Starkville Considers Ways to Go Forward on Cornerstone ParkSTARKVILLE, MS – Courtesy of the DispatchThe Mississippi Se...
03/28/2019

Starkville Considers Ways to Go Forward on Cornerstone Park

STARKVILLE, MS – Courtesy of the Dispatch

The Mississippi Senate approved HB 1565 this week with a 51-1 vote. As it is believed that the Governor will sign it into law soon. The new law will add 1% to the existing 2% restaurant tax, which is expected to bring in about $2 million in its first year. A Referendum is to follow. This could mean a new space for both local and wider-area sports and tournaments once completed, bringing in tourists and teams from far and wide -- and THAT'S Good for Business!

http://colinkrieger.com/2019/03/28/starkville-considers-ways-to-go-forward-on-cornerstone-park/

[VIDEO] Restoration Progresses Apace at Waverly MansionGOLDEN TRIANGLE – Courtesy of WCBIPart of the Pilgrimage once a...
03/28/2019
Restoration comes to Waverly Mansion

[VIDEO] Restoration Progresses Apace at Waverly Mansion

GOLDEN TRIANGLE – Courtesy of WCBI

Part of the Pilgrimage once again, restoration on Clay County’s Waverly Mansion have been moving forward at full tilt. Hundreds of visitors come there every year for the Pilgrimage, even in its partially-restored status, to see its beauty and wonder what it will look like when it’s all done. Interest in our area brings in new residents, new customers, and even new shops...And THAT'S Good for Business!

http://colinkrieger.com/2019/03/28/video-restoration-progresses-apace-at-waverly-mansion/

Waverley Mansion in Clay County plays hosts to visitors year-round.

[VIDEO] Small Businesses in Starkville Do Gangbusters on Game DaysSTARKVILLE, MS – Courtesy of WCBIWhile smaller busin...
03/25/2019
Small Businesses in Starkville Flourish on Game Days - WCBI TV | Your News Leader

[VIDEO] Small Businesses in Starkville Do Gangbusters on Game Days

STARKVILLE, MS – Courtesy of WCBI

While smaller businesses often have to work that much harder in order to compete with large corporations, many have found that catering to game day crowds is a formula for success. Some have even changed their operating hours to account for the games, to their benefit. Tourists come in droves to support their college teams and local shops, and THAT’S Good for Business!

https://www.wcbi.com/small-businesses-starkville-flourish-game-days/

Most small businesses struggle to compete with bigger corporate owned establishments, but it seems like college towns provide a healthier atmosphere-- especially on game days.

Generational Credit Opens its Doors in ColumbusCOLUMBUS, MS - Courtesy of the CLCCHave bad credit in need of repair beca...
03/22/2019

Generational Credit Opens its Doors in Columbus

COLUMBUS, MS - Courtesy of the CLCC

Have bad credit in need of repair because of erroneous information on it that you've not been able to get corrected? Swing on by and see what these fine folks can do for you. With their help, they can help you to resolve this surprisingly common issue – They're helping the people of Columbus. That's good for the city, and THAT'S Good for Business!

http://colinkrieger.com/2019/03/22/generation-credit-opens-its-doors-in-columbus/

The recent retail shutdowns are not at all unique to Columbus. Large chains are closing down nationwide stores at a blis...
03/19/2019
‘Retail apocalypse’ continues: Gap, Family Dollar, thousands of other stores will close this year

The recent retail shutdowns are not at all unique to Columbus. Large chains are closing down nationwide stores at a blistering pace.
Mississippi has recently reformed laws regarding collecting online tax revenue, which should ease some of the tax impact at a local level.
It’s now more important than ever to support locally-owned retails outlets to keep the our economy running strong.
Tag or mention a local store that deserves some love, and we’ll try and get by and do a story on them soon!

This year is setting up to be a year that will be full of store closures.

Councilmen to Hear from Retail Coach Soon About Leigh Mall's Future and MoreColumbus councilmen will be in session this ...
03/19/2019

Councilmen to Hear from Retail Coach Soon About Leigh Mall's Future and More

Columbus councilmen will be in session this evening, where they will hear a progress report from the firm "The Retail Coach" (TRC) on their efforts to recruit new businesses to the city (in Leigh Mall, in particular). They are working on finding new tenants for existing buildings, getting physical improvements done to the properties (e.g. building repair and parking lot repair) and more in order to make these areas more attractive to potential tenants. And THAT's Good For Business!

http://colinkrieger.com/2019/03/19/councilmen-to-hear-from-retail-coach-soon-about-leigh-malls-future-and-more/

Photo by Amanda Lien - Dispatch Staff

Office Depot to Close In ColumbusWhile it isn’t great news, Office Depot has closed 100’s of stores nationwide. I’...
03/15/2019

Office Depot to Close In Columbus

While it isn’t great news, Office Depot has closed 100’s of stores nationwide. I’m hoping this will be a good thing for local suppliers, like Newell Paper, Prographix, Sullivan’s Office Supplies, Magnolia Business Systems and others.

From the article:

“Really we just need different big-box stores," she said. "If you look at KMart closing, KMarts were closing across the U.S. JCPenneys are struggling in smaller markets. ... It's not just something that's a problem specifically to Columbus”

Great scoop by The Commercial Dispatch:

http://cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=72415

03/13/2019
City of Columbus, MS - Mayor's Office

Hat’s off to Kroger for stepping up big time and helping out!

Kroger of Columbus delivered a truckload of non-perishable food to Columbus for victims of the February 23, 2019 tornado and flood. Mayor Robert Smith met with local manager Deco Simmons and many of the store employees to unload the donations. THANK YOU to Kroger for the help and support to our community at this time of need.

Developer Mark Castleberry is far from Done with Work in Golden TriangleGOLDEN TRIANGLE – Courtesy of Progress/The Com...
03/11/2019

Developer Mark Castleberry is far from Done with Work in Golden Triangle

GOLDEN TRIANGLE – Courtesy of Progress/The Commercial Dispatch

Mark Castleberry has had a twenty-year history as one of the GTR's most prolific developers, and who’s vision and ambition have made a huge impact in the Golden Triangle.

https://www.progressmag.com/home/2019/3/11/at-home-with-mark-castleberry

Progress continues on the Lofts af Lee project. Good to see the continued investment. Can’t wait to see the finished p...
03/11/2019

Progress continues on the Lofts af Lee project. Good to see the continued investment. Can’t wait to see the finished product

Renovations for the Lofts @ Lee Apartments are underway at the old Historical S.D. Lee High School campus in Columbus, MS! This 76,254 square foot project is moving along. Like this page to follow the complete renovation process.

Baptist’s Business Over Breakfast Brings in the BestCOLUMBUS, MS – Courtesy of the Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Comme...
03/07/2019
Baptist’s Business Over Breakfast Brings in the Best – Good for Business with Colin Krieger, Realtor ® (RE/MAX Partners)

Baptist’s Business Over Breakfast Brings in the Best

COLUMBUS, MS – Courtesy of the Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle sponsored Business Over Breakfast this morning, and it was a resounding success! BOB is an extension of their existing Business After Hours program, which has proven to be quite popular. Now, business professionals and curious citizens alike have more opportunities to check out local businesses, network with one another, and have some good chow while they’re at it. All are welcome to these events — Please see the CLCC FaceBook page for a schedule of these and other events.

Baptist CEO Paul Cade presented an informative overview and update on BMHGT for the assembled crowd.

The next BOB is scheduled for 7:30 AM at CSpire on Hwy 45, where one of the first BOB events took place.

http://colinkrieger.com/2019/03/07/baptists-business-over-breakfast-brings-in-the-best/

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