August 2020 Newsletter
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Thank You Smithers for your 2020 Chamber Sponsorship
Chamber Challenge 2020
This years Sault Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber Challenge was done a bit differently then we were use to because of the current COVID restrictions in place, however that didn't stop us from having a safe and fun filled day at Wild Bluff Golf Course in Brimley, Michigan. Rather then a "Shotgun" start for the Chamber Challenge we instead worked with the Wild Bluff team and scheduled tee times. Golfers were still able to interact and network, but in a safe distanced manner. A delicious box lunch was also served by Bay Mills Resort and Casino due to no reception after the tournament.


50/50 Winner:
Don Mansfield

Men Division:
1st Place: Steve Hettinga and Luke Ogren
2nd Place: David John and Mark Savoie

Mixed Division:
1st Place: Eric Thomas and
Shelly White- Thomas
2nd Place: James Parker and
Sue Fitzpatrick

Women's Division
1st Place: Betsy Huggett and
Katie Barkley
2nd Place: Sandy DePlonty and
Cheryl Wyers

We would like to thank Bay Mills Resort and Casino as well as Wild Bluff Golf Course for their hospitality and support to the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce.

We would also like to give a shout out to our amazing sponsors of the 2020 Chamber Challenge because without them the Chamber Challenge would not be possible.

Thank you to our
Premier Sponsor:
Thank You to our
Gold Sponsors
Thank You to our
Silver and Bronze Sponsors
Business After 5
Due to the current restrictions in place and to help keep our community safe and healthy the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel all Business After 5's for the remainder of 2020. Executive Director Tony Haller will work with the businesses that had to cancel in 2020 due to COVID 19 and hopes to reschedule them all in 2021. If you are a member of the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce and would like to schedule a Business After 5 at your business please contact us here at the Chamber as Tony will be working on scheduling for 2021.
We really miss networking with you all!
Ribbon Cutting
On August 6th, 2020 a Ribbon Cutting was held at the new Arfstrom Faunt Teen Foster Home on 3 Mile Rd. in Sault Ste Marie. This beautiful new 6,000 square foot build will give 12 kids a place to go to feel connected to someone and a safe place that they can call home.
More information and how to become involved can be found at the Chippewa County Family Project Website.
Member News:
Please keep sending us your flyers!
Member News is not to be confused with the popular flyer section of our newsletter located at the very bottom of the newsletter. We know times are different right now but please if you have a special, event, or something you want advertised via a JPEG or PDF file/flyer please please please SEND IT TO US! We want to advertise for you!
New to the Chamber Newsletter
Welcome to Member News! This is the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce's newest spot in their Newsletter. This is where we can help our members share information about whats going on within their business or organization with our readers. Often times businesses or employees don't like to... "toot their own horn" that's OK! Let us do it for you! Some examples may be: an employee who was promoted, an award that an employee or the business or organization received, positive stats to report to the community, open houses or customer appreciation gatherings. Whatever kind of positive news you would like shared feel free to send it our way. Of course the Chamber does reserve the right to choose not to share depending on the material.
Welcome Dr. Marisol Seys D.D.S.
Cooper Dental is pleased to announce the addition of their new associate, Dr. Marisol Seys, D.D.S., who joins them after a year of practice in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Dr. Marisol completed her undergrad in Biology Health Professions in 2015 at Northwestern College (Iowa) and immediately attended dental school at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Her interests include hiking, exploring Michigan, craft breweries, and tinkering on a new project car with her partner of four years, Mason. She joins the practice September 1st, and will be seeing patients Tuesdays through Fridays. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Marisol to Cooper Dental. 
Leah Jackson
Please help us congratulate Leah Jackson with RE/MAX Northstar on being named the EUP Board of Realtors 2020 Realtor of the Year! Congratulations Leah!!

Membership Information
Renewed Members July 2020
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Do you know of a business in the area who would benefit from joining the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce? Please share our Membership Application with them!

Click Here for our Chamber Contact Information, Staff Directory, and The Chamber Office Hours 
Click Here for a list of our Chamber Board of Directors or if your interested in becoming a Chamber Board Member Click Here for an Application
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As a member benefit, all Chamber Members may submit events and press releases to be published in the Chamber E-Newsletter. Events may be submitted by emailing Office Manager Melissa At: The Chamber publishes items that are sent to the Chamber by Chamber Members, Take advantage of this benefit like many members already are!
Business After 5:
Business After 5 is designed to help make valuable business contacts and enjoy a night of networking with fellow professionals in a fun, relaxed setting. This event is open to Members and Non-Members. Are you a Member interested in hosting a Business After 5? Please Contact the Chamber Director Tony Haller at or call (906) 632-3301
Ribbon Cuttings:
Are you a Chamber Member or are interested in becoming a Chamber Member and would like to have a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony? Let us know about your Grand Opening or your Re-Grand Opening and be welcomed by Chamber Board Members, Chamber Ambassadors and the Chamber Executive Director in a celebratory Ribbon Cutting. Contact us at for more information.
Sault Area Chamber of Commerce- 2581 I-75 Business Spur- Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783 phone: (906) 632-3301- fax: (906) 632-2331