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Chamber News January 2012

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The Sault Area Chamber of Commerce serves to promote, advance and contribute to the economic well-being of the business community and visitor experience, while preserving the character, history, and traditions of the greater Sault Ste. Marie area. Its mission is to exhibit positive community leadership by supporting activities to improve the education and economic development of the business community and serving members with valuable support to improve business activity and collaboration in the community.  

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City of Sault Ste Marie

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Sault Economic Development Corporation

International Bridge Administration

EUP United Way

Sault Area Schools

Lake Superior State University

Calendar of Events...


January 26

LSSU Basketball v. Ohio Dominican


January 26-29

Chippewa Theater Guild Production


January 27

Soo Eagles Hockey


January 27-28

Hockey Lakers v Ohio State


January 28

International 500 Puck-A-Palooza

Free to the Public


January 28

SSM Snowmobile Assoc. Radar Run


LSSU Basketball with Tiffin


February 4

44th Annual I-500 Snowmobile Race


February 10-11

20th Annual Fun Run & Rally


February 11

Community Action Walk for Warmth


February 16

Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet



for more details 


Kewadin Casino

Cocktails & Social at 6:00 pm

Dinner served at 7:00 pm

Tickets are $35 per guest



F.M. Mansfield Business Award

Historic Business Award

Student Citizen Award


Special Guest Speaker: Michael Moll


Michael E. "Mike" Moll currently serves as the Protective Security Advisor (PSA) for the Grand Rapids, Michigan District. Mr. Moll supports homeland security efforts, serving in an advising and reach-back capacity to state Homeland Security Advisors. His presentation will discuss several cases of Pre-Operational and Hostile Surveillance at Critical Infrastructure sites in Michigan as well as study the methodology of how a potential attack is conducted.  The DHS 'See Something, Say Something' strategy will also be discussed to include how businesses can implement sound protective measures.  


Formal invitations will be sent to Chamber members the week of January 30.  If you are interested in reserving a space, please contact the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce at 906-632-3301 or at office@saultstemarie.org.  Individual tickets are $35 each with various group sponsorship levels available for businesses and organizations that wish to reserve tables.  


"We must become the change we want to see." Gandhi


Change is difficult. It is rarely an overnight process and on those occasions for which such change does occur overnight, the results are often not desired. Change that is meaningful takes time. Change that adds value takes commitment. Change should be purposeful.


I believe the year ahead will see many changes for the Chamber. Some will be immediate and quite noticeable; others will take time and perhaps will not be as self-evident. Invariably, however, change will occur. As the year progresses, you will begin to notice the impact of changes occurring at the Chamber. Some of you may have noticed the new activity on our Facebook page, including a new "Chamber Member of the Day" feature. The editorial that you are reading, and the format for which you are reading it, is indeed, a change from the past as well.


Where real change will occur, and the type of change that we all desire, is the change that will benefit the business community and specifically Chamber membership. This change cannot be done by one person alone. This change will require you, as a Chamber member, to invest in your membership. It will also require me to reach out to membership, which I will continue to do. This essentially sums up the challenge for myself and the Chamber as a whole: to increase ownership and add value to your Chamber. How can you do this? Join a committee. Share your interests. Volunteer. Be active in your membership and together we'll change for the better.




Al Case
Executive Director
Chamber News

Sault Area Chamber of Commerce hours:  Monday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm or by appointment.

Ambassador's meet on the 1st Tuesday at noon at the Sault Chamber of Commerce. Learn more about Ambassadors or "Red Coats" by visiting our website

Board of Director's meet at 7:30 a.m. on the 2nd Friday of each Month at the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce.  The n
ext scheduled meeting is Friday, February 10.  All Chamber members are welcome to attend.

Welcome New Members!

Bunker Manufacturing, Inc.
1501 W. 12th Street
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783

International Bridge Administration
934 Bridge Plaza
Sault Ste. Marie, MI  49783
International Bridge Website

Sault Ste Marie Snowmobile Association
1205 9th Street West
Sault Ste MAarie, MI  49783

2012 Calendar of Events - Interested in being on our events calendar?  Contact our office at 906-632-3301 or e-mail office@saultstemarie.org 
Chamber Member News

Community Room of Bayliss Public Library   541 Library Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Saturdays 9:30am- 12:30pm 


Come see what's fresh and local at this week's market! There are new vendors, with new fresh produce and handmade foods and products, all made in the Eastern Upper Peninsula.  


The Sault Events Inc. and the I-500 Committee invite you, your teammates and families to enjoy the "experience of a life-time" at the 2012 Puck-A-Palooza FREE hockey!!!  Read more...   


In addition, as part of the anticipation leading up to the 44th running of the I-500, local businesses are encouraged to decorate their windows as part of the 2nd annual Best Dressed Window in Sault Ste Marie competition.  


The Sault Snowmobile Association would like to inform the public that this Saturday's Radar Run as been postponed and re-scheduled for Saturday, February 25.  For more information on this event and other SSA activities, please visit their website at http://www.sootrails.org/   


The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society invites the public for the first presentation in Shipwreck Museum Speaker Series Program: U.S. Coast Guard Cutter MACKINAW by Mike Fornes.  The presentation will take place at the Soo Brewing Company on Monday, January 30, 2012, at 7:00pm.  For more details, click here.      

Community Notes

The City of Sault Ste. Marie is encouraging residents to stop by an open house for the Non-Motorized Transportation Plan on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The open house will take place in the City Hall Commission Chambers, located at 225 E. Portage Ave. Persons with disabilities needing help to participate should call the City Clerk's Office at 906 635-5261 in advance to request mobility, visual, hearing, or other assistance.  Additional questions or comments may also be directed to Project Coordinator, Ellen Benoit at (906) 635-1581 or ellen@eup-planning.org.

Special Olympics Michigan would like to invite the public to the 2012 Sault Sainte Marie Polar Plunge at Rotary Park on February 18. Registration will start at 9:00 a.m. The parade of costumes will start at 10:00 a.m. and  the plunge will start at 10:30 a.m. For more information, please visit the First Giving homepage.    


The EUP United Way is in need of nominations that lead up to our Annual Volunteer Thank you Luncheon in April. This is a great way to recognize, for FREE, someone that gives back to their community.  Remember we don't just recognize individuals, but GROUPS and BUSINESSES as well.  Read more here... 


In addition, the EUP United Way is in need of 30 more Citizen's Review Panel members for agency presentations on February 9th. If you are able please let us know. CRP members watch agency presentations and help us score them to determine funding. Be at part of United Way! Email tracey@unitedwayeup.org for more info.   


Warm things up this winter with the EUP United Way Caribbean Night on Saturday, February 11 at the Elk's Lodge at 7 pm.  Tickets are $20 per person.  Check out their promotional flier for more details.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone the annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19. On that weekend, everyone - residents and non-residents alike - can fish without a license, though all other fishing regulations still apply.   

The Algonquin Ski Trail
will host its 3rd annual Family Fun Day Fundraiser on Saturday, February 25.  This is a Fundraiser for grooming and maintaining the Algonquin Cross-Country Ski Trail. This year, 50% of the proceeds will go toward the construction 
of the EUP Hospice House being built in the Sault and 50% of the proceeds will go toward maintaining the Algonquin Ski Trail. For information on volunteering, click here.  To learn more about sponsorship, click here.  

Interested in having your community event published in the Chamber Newsletter? Please send prepared and edited releases to director@saultstemarie.org.  Any additional items must be provided in a pdf format.  The Sault Area Chamber of Commerce reserves final right of publication with all submissions for Community Notes. 

Educational Happenings

St. Mary's School wishes to invite the public to its OPEN HOUSE AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL Thursday, February 2, 6:00 PM!

This event is open to the public who want to find out more information about the school and meet the teachers and staff.  St. Mary's School offers a Faith-based  Pre-school, Elementary, and Middle School program.  For more information, please contact St. Mary's School.    


Essence of Europe


Lake Superior State University communication and performing arts professor, Dr. Patrick Santoro, accompanies students and community members on a 19 day tour of Europe that explores the continent's rich diversity of artworks, from theatre, dance, music, painting, sculpture, and architecture. Led by Education First (EF) College Study Tours, travelers on the Essence of Europe itinerary will visit 6 countries-Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, and England-immersing themselves in the history and culture of major European cities, such as Munich, Venice, Rome, Florence, Paris, and London, as well as smaller towns and regions. Travel costs are $4,361 for community members and includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommoda�tions, bus and train transportation, breakfast and select dinners, a full-time EF tour director, guided sightseeing tours, and entrance fees to select attractions such as Dachau, the Sistine Chapel, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Colosseum, and St. Peter's Basilica. Travel dates are May 17-June 4, 2012. To participate in this once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunity, or for further information, contact Santoro at psantoro@lssu.edu or 906.635.2118. Deadline for registration is February 10.

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