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.
Calendar of Events...
Twilight Tours at Seney National Wildlife Refuge
May 31 - June 2
AIM 2012 Can-Am Invitational Walleye Tournament
Chamber Challenge Golf Scramble
Annual Flea Market
Barbershop Chorus & Sweet Adelines at
Walleye Seminar 2012 Bay Mills Resort & Casinos
Shipwreck Museum Maritime Speaker Series at Whitefish Point
LSSU Lake State Golf Classic
Mackinac Island Lilac Festival
Free Fishing Weekend in Michigan
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Board of Directors
President, The White-Thomas Law Firm, PLLC
President-Elect, Superior Insurance
Past-President, U.P. Engineers & Architects
Treasurer, Northern Life Yoga/Studio
Director, War Memorial Hospital
Director, Allstar Graphics
Director, Lake Superior State University
Director, Sovereign Communications
Director, Kewadin Casino
Director, Bay Mills Resort & Casino
Director, The Antlers Restaurant
Al Case, Executive Director
Joann Bartunek, Office Manager
|Only a short time remains to register for your place in the 18th Annual Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament! Once again we'll enjoy golf at the majestic Wild Bluff Golf Course and have a great meal at the Clubhouse. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to network and have fun at the first June golf outing on the Bluff on Friday, June 1. |
This event is not only a great opportunity to spend a Friday on the golf course networking, it is also an investment in your local Chamber of Commerce. Your support helps us to bring new programming to our members and also helps us to continue to bring old and new events alike to the community, including the Economic Luncheon, The Great Race, International Bridge Walk, Fourth of July Parade, Candidate Forums, and much more.
Your $75 registration fee includes:
- 18 holes of golf with a motorized cart
- Lots of contests with great prizes
- Winners' trophies & door prizes
- A fun-filled Friday with great networking
- Dinner banquet following at the clubhouse
Questions? Please call the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce at 906-632-3301 or e-mail email@example.com
With Special Thanks to our Eagle Sponsor:
"In Summer, the song sings itself." ~ William Carlos Williams
Earlier this year I attended a meeting wherein a poll question was asked of participants in order to test the feedback technology being used. The poll question: what is your favorite season? The overwhelming response: summer.
Summer is a preferred season for many of us as we embrace the warmer weather and longer days. For me personally, summer brings back a tapestry of memories with friends and family enjoying barbeques, days at the beach, and the beauty of a live musical performance on a hot summer evening.
This summer will undoubtedly be another summer for me to remember, even if it isn't quite as relaxing as those of my youth. With June just around the corner, Chamber sponsored events and activities will kick into high gear as the warmer weather approaches and more of us find ourselves outdoors. The very first day of the month starts us off with our annual Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament at Wild Bluff in Brimley. To conclude the month on the 30th, the Chamber will once again coordinate the 26th Annual International Bridge Walk. In between will be a variety of other activities to keep our area vibrant and active as we begin our summer in earnest.
Summer is a fine season and it will undoubtedly pass us by without hesitation, hopefully leaving us with lots of happy memories of warm days with family and friends. The Chamber is excited to be a part of creating those memories and looks forward to you joining us for the several events we'll be involved in over the summer. This issue of the newsletter has a particular emphasis on such activity and provides a preview of just some of those events for which we hope to see you out making memories with your family and friends.
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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 next scheduled meeting is Friday, June 8. All Chamber members are welcome to attend.
Welcome New Members!
Girls on the Run of the EUP
PO Box 632
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783
4398 I-75 Business Spur, Cascade Crossings
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783
Phone: 906-632-2800Web: www.maurices.com
119 E. Portage Avenue
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
State Farm Insurance-Leisa Mansfield Agency
1514 Ashmun Street
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783Phone: 906-635-1593
Munoscong Golf Association
141 East Twenty-two Mile Road
Pickford, MI 49774
Soo Corner Store
204 E. Portage Avenue
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783Phone: 906-632-7672
Walleye Seminar 2012, a brand new Chamber event for 2012, will take place on Sunday, June 3, 2012 from 10am - 3:30pm. This event will serve as the conclusion to the AIM 2012 Can-Am Invitational Walleye Tournament, a special invitational tournament which will be open to 30 Pro Anglers from the United States and 30 Pro Anglers from Canada. For more information and to register online, click here.
Need More Golf? Join the Inaugural Chamber Challenge Golf League! If one tournament isn't enough to satisfy your golf and networking appetite, then consider joining the brand new Chamber Challenge Golf League this summer. This innovative golf league will take place from June 14th - August 30th and feature 3 Chamber member courses: Wild Bluff, Tanglewood Marsh, and the Sault Ste Marie Country Club. This is a co-ed, 12-week "3-person Speedy Scramble" league that will provide plenty of golf and socializing. To learn more and to register a team, please download the league registration form (pdf) or visit the Chamber Challenge Golf League homepage.
Start Your Engines! The Great Race is coming to Sault Ste Marie! The Great Race, an event like no other, is coming to our town on Saturday, June 23. The Great Race is a cross-country rally that pits driver/navigator teams against the clock and against each other. This year's event will be around the Great Lakes, covering 19 cities, 2 countries and 4 states. Entrants will participate in a timed, controlled-speed, endurance competition over scenic public highways and roads. The scores for each team are the result of a team's ability to follow all designated course instructions precisely.
Join us Saturday June 23, 2012 to welcome the teams as they roll into town. The first car is expected to arrive in Sault Ste. Marie around 5 p.m. and another car will arrive each minute for the following hour and a half. The cars will remain parked on East Water Street to allow spectators to visit with the participants and to look at the cars. It is common for kids to climb in the cars for a first-hand look. The racers will stay the night and set off through Canada Sunday morning. As part of festivities, food, drink, and music will be available for all in attendance.
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Trouble reading the fine print? Click on the poster to link to the International Bridge Walk homepage.
The Chamber Ambassadors or "Red Coats" recently co-hosted three Ribbon Cutting events, including a community health initiative, a remodeled rehabilitation facility, and a brand new clothing boutique.
Chamber Ambassadors or "Red Coats" assist with the Grand Opening of the Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Lunch Loop on May 3 in front of the Avery Center. The Downtown Lunch Loop provides opportunities to exercise in a convenient location, whether it is during a break, a lunch hour, or before or after work. The suggested route begins at the front of Avery Square on Ashmun Street. "Just Shoe It" markers are located every one tenth of a mile throughout the nine tenths of a mile course.
Staff from Tendercare of Sault Ste Marie, located at 1011 Meridian Street, participate in the ceremonial ribbon cutting to celebrate their facility-wide renovation as well as their new state of the art Rehabilitation Center. As part of the festivities, there was grilling in the courtyard, delicious desserts, raffle prizes, and live entertainment. The Sault Chamber Ambassadors or "Red Coats" came to support the opening of the newly renovated facility along with ex-officio Ambassador, Mayor Tony Bosbous.
April Brueggeman, along with her sister and daughter, is joined by the Chamber Ambassadors or "Red Coats" as she cuts the ceremonial ribbon to officially open her new store, Hidden Treasures, located at 119 Portage across from Lynn Auto Parts. Featuring brand new apparel from various department stores, Hidden Treasures offers something for everyone. Gently used clothing is also available as well.
Business After Five for June will be on the water with the Soo Locks Boat Tours on Thursday, June 21.
Business After Five or BA5 is a great opportunity to network with fellow Chamber members while supporting a local Chamber business in the process. BA5 takes place the third Thursday of each month and includes fun, food, and prizes. Visit our calendar
for a list of all the BA5 locations in 2012. Petals on Ashmun
hosted the May BA5 with a beautiful spread of snacks and beverages inside their greenhouse. Petals on Ashmun was a recipient of a 2011 award for "Contributions to Beautification" in the state of Michigan presented by Keep Michigan Beautiful
2012 Calendar of Events - Interested in being on our events calendar? Contact our office at 906-632-3301 or e-mail email@example.com
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Kuhl's Koffee House will be having their Seasonal Grand Opening on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 7am.
Kuhl's proudly serves Michigan roasted coffee, offers awesome drinks and outstanding customer service. Come in relax, take full advantage of their wireless internet and enjoy your full relaxing beverage experience.
War Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be hosting the 30th Annual Flea Market on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 8:00am - 1:30pm at Kaine's Rink at 1001 E. Easterday Avenue. All proceeds stay locally and help buy needed equipment for the hospital. In addition to the flea market, there will also be a raffle drawing with chances to win $1,000, $500, and $250. Tickets may be purchased at the WMH Gift Shop or from any WMH Auxiliary member. For more information and details on how to donate items, please call any of the following phone numbers: 635-4381, 632-3712, 632-7713, or 635-1141.
Girls on the Run will be hosting the Third Annual Summer Solstice 5K Fun Run on Saturday, June 16 at Sherman Park. This is a great opportunity to bring your friends and family to celebrate the longest day of the year with Girls on the Run of Chippewa County! Join them for a 5K fun run or walk to celebrate our community, active lifestyles, and the summer sun. Special registration discounts are avaialbe for families of up to four participants. Questions? Call 906-632-8109, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Summer Solstice homepage.
The White-Thomas Law Firm, PLLC is pleased to announce that they have moved their office to 105 West Water Street. They will still have the same pone, fax, e-mail, and website and they are very excited about their new location. In addition to their new location, Shelley White-Thomas recently attended an educational conference in Williamsburg, VA during the first week of May hosted by the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. The Academy is the premier national educational organization promoting excellence in estate planning by providing member attorneys with research and vital updates in estate, tax, and business planning laws since 1993. Read more...
Beaver's ATV Rental of Drummond Island is pleased to announce they now have a new website available. Beaver's rents 1 and 2 person ATVs (reasonable / competitive rates). All rental units are clean, well maintained and leave their shop with a full tank of fuel. For more information, call 906-493-5663.
Bayliss Public Library is pleased to again be chosen to host a Michigan Notable Author, one of 20 chosen by the Library of Michigan for this year. Crime novelist, Scott Sparling, will speak at the library on Tuesday, June 12, at 7:00 p.m. about his book Wire to Wire. The novel has a full cast of colorful characters including the brain damaged, freight car hopping lead character. Between Arizona and Michigan, Sparling nails the sense of place in his writing while taking his reader on an uncommon journey. Learn more about this and other events by visiting the Bayliss Library homepage.
The United Way of the EUP has been the lucky recipient of 23 prints donated by Huntington Bank. Some of these prints are of the Edmund Fitzgerald and are signed by local artist David Conklin and 2 are signed by Gordon Lightfoot as well. There are also a few Pat Norton prints. If you would like to review them they are visible at the United Way of the EUP homepage at www.UnitedWayEUP.org. Each print is framed and matted with descriptions and measurements with each photo. A public auction of these items will take place on Tuesday, June 19th at Huntington Bank from 5:30pm - 8:00pm. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served with artwork on display in public locations in Sault Ste. Marie throughout the month of May.
Want to recognize a deserving volunteer? Help recognize the unsung heroes who volunteer their time and talents to make the U.P. a better place to live by nominating them for the 2012 U.P. Services awards. Nominations are due June 1, 2012. Awards are made possible by the U.P. Volunteer Network.
The International Bridge Authority is "Celebrating International Friendship"
"The celebration events, festivities, and initiatives that are planned were developed with our bi-national community in mind," said IBA General Manager Phil Becker. "The goal of the plan is to commemorate what the bridge has meant to citizens in our twin cities, the province of Ontario, the state of Michigan, and our two great nations over the last 50 years." A full slate of activities is in store for the celebration, including a bridge lighting, bridge walk, and much more. See the full schedule of celebration events here...
The Summer Sault Ste. Marie Farmers' Market is back once again with a recent opening on their old stomping ground on May 2! Back at their old location under the canopy at the corner of Ashmun St. and Easterday Ave, they're excited about another summer of helping local farmers and crafters share the fruits of their labor with the public. There will be one change this year - to help ensure customer safety. Although vendors will begin setting up around 3 pm, there will be NO CUSTOMER SALES until 4 pm.
Hospice of the Eastern Upper Peninsula
is seeking volunteers willing to get on stage for its second annual Dancing with the Stars.
The friendly contest that pits friends and neighbors against each other for a good cause - raising money for Hospice of the EUP's Hospice House -- is set for Oct. 19 at Kewadin Casino's Dream Makers Theatre. Similar to the Dancing with the Stars that is seen on national television, eight couples will compete in front of a panel of judges and the audience for bragging rights, the People's Choice Award and the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. Learn more...
War Memorial Nurses Association Hosts 5K Run/Walk for Hospice House
and raises $5,000. Charlotte Folkersma (right) presents a check for $5,000 to Tracey Holt, Executive Director of Hospice of the EUP on Saturday, May 6 before the start of the Race for Hospice 5K Run/Walk in Sault Ste. Marie.
Community Shower for Hospice of the EUP is set to take place this June with all items going towards the new Hospice House. Registries are available at many local businesses and cash donations are accepted as well. Learn more...
The Bill Dowd Memorial Park Playground committee is looking for your help on June 16th at 8 am to help with the development of the new park. Come build memories and community spirit at the corner of Shunk Road and 10th Ave. Learn more...
Golf, Golf, Golf! Summer is nearly upon us which means there are a slew of golf opportunities in our area. The Chamber Challenge kicks off the month of June at Wild Bluff which is then followed by the Lock City Open on June 9th and 10th at the Sault Ste Marie Country Club. At the same time, LSSU will travel south for the Lake State Golf Classic June 8 - 10 at the Otsego Club in Gaylord. Shortly thereafter, the 1st Annual Jackman Golf Scramble will take place at Munoscong Golf Course on June 16th. Once the fun wraps up in June, LSSU will be back at it again for the Bud Cooper Classic on July 20th at the Sault Ste Marie Country Club. Not be outdone, summer will end with lots more golf fun on Friday, August 31, for the annual War Memorial Hospital Development Fund Golf Outing at Wild Bluff. Take your pick or pick them all, there is enough golf to go around for everyone this summer!
DNR urges public to prevent nuisance bear problems: put away birdfeeders, trash cans
Each spring as hibernating bears leave their winter dens and resume daily activity, wildlife officials in northern Michigan receive many calls about bears hanging around and even destroying man-made food sources such as birdfeeders, trash cans and grills. This year has been no exception, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
"At this time of year, bears are on the move and are looking for food," said DNR bear specialist Adam Bump. "They are hungry after spending months hibernating, and will often resort to finding food in unnatural places, such as residential backyards." Read more...
Michigan elk and bear hunting licenses are now being accepted through June 1. Hunters may apply online at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings or at any retail license agent.
There are 200 elk licenses available for the 2012 hunting season, divided evenly between hunts in August/September and December. The August/September hunt is designed to target elk outside the primary elk range before these elk move for the breeding season. The December hunt will occur in the core elk range and also allows additional harvest outside the core area. Read more...
The Department of Natural Resources' Fisheries Division is asking for public input on potential changes to brook trout daily possession limits for Upper Peninsula streams. The brook trout is native to Michigan's Upper Peninsula and some parts of the Lower Peninsula and is the official state fish. Since the early 1900s, Fisheries Division has used a combination of stocking, habitat improvements and fishing regulations to protect and enhance brook trout fishing opportunities. One of the tools that fisheries managers have used to protect and rehabilitate brook trout populations is possession limits.
The public is being asked to comment on regulation options through an online survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BrookTroutRegulations. You can also take the survey over the telephone by calling Debbie Robinson at the Plainwell Operations Service Center at (269) 685-6851. The online and telephone surveys will close on Friday, May 25.
Interested in having your business partner with the DNR? Consider signing up for the Recreation Passport Perks program. The Passport Perks program will get your business posted on the DNR website and expose you to thousands of recreational park users throughout the state. Learn more...
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The Univeristy of Michigan Road Scholars paid a visit to Sault Ste Marie on April 30. Pictured above are community panelists from local organizations as they prepare remarks at the Ramada Plaza Ojibway Hotel. From left to right, Phil Becker of the International Bridge Administration; Justin Knepper of the Downtown Development Authority; Dr. David Finley, Dean of Business, Engineering, and Economic Development at LSSU; Kevin Sprague of the Army Corps of Engineers (Soo Locks Authority); Kristen Claus of the Economic Development Corporation; and Jeff Holt of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The panelists presented information on various aspects of the local community and region to over 30 traveling faculty from the University of Michigan known as the Road Scholars. The event was coordinated and co-sponsored by the Economic Development Corporation and Sault Area Chamber of Commerce. Read more...
Smart Ground Breaking: Administrators from Lake Superior State University and the city of Sault Ste. Marie turn the first bits of ground at the city's air industrial park in preparation for construction of an entrepreneurial center that will offer services for small business start-ups. Construction begins May 1 and should be completed by mid-February. The building is part of Sault Ste. Marie's SmartZone, which brings together the Sault Economic Development Corporation, LSSU's Product Development Center and more to promote establishment of businesses in the area. From l-r with shovels are: Eric Becks, co-director of the LSSU PDC and president/CEO of SSMmart; Sault Mayor Tony Bosbous; LSSU President Tony McLain; Sault EDC Chair Jeff Holt; Sault EDC Director Kristen Claus and David Finley, dean of the LSSU College of Business, Engineering and Economic Development. (LSSU Photo by John Shibley)
State Senate Utilizes Videoconferencing to Hear Committee Testimony The Senate Natural Resources, Environment, and Great Lakes Committee held a meeting in Lansing while using videoconference to take testimony from Escanaba.
In an effort to bridge the distance between the Upper Peninsula and Lansing, committee chairman Senator Tom Casperson organized the meeting on Thursday, April 26 to provide U.P. residents with the opportunity to make their voices heard without traveling to the capital. Read more...
Want to become a government contractor? If your company has been considering the field of government contracting, consider a free class to give you the skills and knowledge you need to have success. Learn more...
Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency is hosting a series of free educational seminars for Michigan businesses from April 12th thru October 16th of 2012 to answer questions regarding the state's unemployment insurance program (UI). If you are interested in dates and locations, please read more...
Senate Bill 300: Restrict credit score use in insurance underwriting Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on May 2, 2012, to prohibit insurers from using "credit information" (under a broad definition of that term contained in the bill) to deny cancel or choose to not renew a policy. Also, to impose restrictions, plus requirements for credit-status confirmation, disclosures and more, on an insurer using credit or credit-based "insurance scores" to determine the price at which it will issue an insurance policy.
Senate Bill 321: Exclude medical marijuana from reimbursable no fault insurance services Passed 35 to 2 in the Senate on May 8, 2012, to exclude medical marijuana from the reimbursable expenses provided to injured or disabled individuals who are receiving benefits under the unlimited personal injury protection (PIP) insurance coverage mandated by the state's no-fault auto insurance law.
Senate Bill 888: Impose new fee (tax) on grain dealers
Passed 71 to 35 in the House on May 10, 2012, to impose a new fee (tax) on produce sales from farmers to "grain dealers," who are subject to a state regulatory regime and government insurance scheme.
Senate Bill 1065: Cut tax imposed on business tools and equipment Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate on May 10, 2012 to revise
details of the "Plant Rehabilitation and Industrial Development Act" to accommodate the proposal in Senate Bills 1069 to 1072 to cut or eliminate the property tax businesses currently pay on their tools and equipment (called the "personal property tax").
Senate Bill 1068: Cut tax imposed on business tools and equipment Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate on May 10, 2012, to revise details of the "Plant Rehabilitation and Industrial Development Act" to accommodate the proposal in Senate Bills 1069 to 1072 to cut the property tax that manufacturers currently pay on business tools and equipment (called the "personal property tax"), and eliminate it for smaller non-manufacturing businesses.
Senate Bill 126: Vehicle trade-in "use tax on the difference" only Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on May 15, 2012, to exempt fromtax the value of a trade-in on the purchase of a new motor vehicle or titled watercraft. The buyer would only pay tax on the difference between the value of the trade-in and the purchase price of the new item.
Senior Class Party Volunteers Needed The Sault High Senior Class Graduation Party Committee is seeking volunteers to chaperone the Senior Class Graduation Party on May 27th, starting at 10 p.m. at the Cisler Center at LSSU. The goal of this party is to provide an alcohol-free, safe environment for graduating seniors to celebrate their achievement. The party goes until 3 a.m. and offers the following activities for graduating seniors:
- A casino room
- Bronco bull riding
- Airbrush tattoos
- Dancing contests
- A photo booth
- An obstacle course
- American gladiator wrestling
- Gift giveaways
- And many more!
The committee needs an adult chaperone at each of these activities. In addition, each entrance needs a monitor. You do not need to be the parent of a graduating senior to help, you just need to be over the age of 21. For more information or to sign up, please contact Sault High Senior Class Graduation Party Committee Chairman Susan Fitzpatrick at 906-632-9554 or Marcey Thorne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Superior State University is taking applications for a scholarship earmarked for students overcoming the challenges of epilepsy. Incoming freshmen accepted by April 1 as well as currently enrolled LSSU students have until May 31 to apply for the Leah Marie Bollin Memorial Award. Read more...
INAUGURAL HONOR -Graduating Lake Superior State University student Leslie Booth (left) of Pickford, Mich., receives the inaugural Sault Area Chamber of Commerce Achievement Award during a School of Business annual recognition dinner held April 21 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The Chamber award will be presented each year to an outstanding senior and is one of the highest honors an LSSU business student can receive. Presenting the award is LSSU economics professor Christopher Brunt and Chamber treasurer Allison Brawley. Booth is completing her degree in business administration-management, with a minor in finance and economics.(LSSU/John Shibley)
GOTTA SHARE THIS - Lake Superior State University students Tiffany Mitchell (center, left) and Jessica Wagner (right) join their classmates in celebration after LSSU President Tony MacLain formally conferred their degrees. They joined more than 500 graduates who received more than 600 degrees and certificates in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., on April 28. (LSSU/John Shibley) Want more details on LSSU commencement? Read more...
coaches Steve Hettinga (Mens Coach) and Justin Rees (Womens Coach) wish to speak to community groups this summer regarding Lake Superior State Basketball Programs. They have a lot of exciting things going on in their programs, from camps and clinics to community service projects. The coaches are looking to tell you about their quality student athletes and the hard work they are putting in at Lake State and throughout the Sault Ste. Marie community. They are trying to create a relationship between their players and more people in the community to support them in their Student/Athlete lives. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Men's Assistant Coach, Tim Kisner at 635-2607.
2012 Superior Edventures Summer Camps Announced
LSSU Summer Camps offer a variety of hands on learning opportunities throughout the summer right here in the beautiful EUP. For a full list of camps and dates, please visit the Edventures homepage.
The Chippewa County Community Foundation, a non-profit organization serving the people of Chippewa County, Michigan, seeks a highly motivated individual to be responsible for the operations, fund development, and community relations of the CCCF. Learn more...