September 2020 Newsletter
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2020 Virtual International
Bridge Walk
Due to COVID the 2020 International Bridge Walk was cancelled. However, City and Chamber Representatives from both Sault,MI And Sault, ONT put together this great video of this years Virtual International Bridge Walk. The video has tons of great pictures and videos from both the present and the past and is filled with local history facts. There is also a link at the bottom of the video to print out your 2020 “Bridge Walk” certificate. Enjoy and please share with your friends!
Happy Fall!
The Sault Area Chamber is open with their full time hours once again! 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. Stop by for some Chamber Bucks, bring us your fliers, or just say hello
Have a event, announcement, or special you would like shared with the community? Send it our way and we will help get the word out!
Member News:
We need your help with an important survey from the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. The Alliance is actively advocating to the Administration that bars and restaurants in Northern Michigan be given a bit more flexibility in operation, which is obviously especially important with colder weather upon us limiting outdoor capacity. Towards that end, they are trying to better understand the impacts to the industry at the moment.
The exhibit that will be in Alberta House Arts Center during October is called “Emerging Artists” and it has been created for you and others like you who have been too shy or too busy to show the public your work.   It won’t cost you a cent to exhibit, and if you want to sell your work, all the profit goes to you. The “New and Emerging Artists” exhibit will be showcased in the Alberta House galleries all of October. 
The only stipulations the for the submitter are that it be your own work, and, if you are under 18, we want to know your age. The information we need on the back of the work is on the call to artists. If you want to sell your work, Alberta House will sell it for you, with no commission charged. If you aren’t interested in selling, put “NFS” on it when you bring it in.  All you have to do is to get it ready to hang or display, add you information on the back and bring it to Alberta House September 24, 25 or 26, between 11 a.m. ands 4 p.m. Details, rules and other information are on pages 8 & 9, in the September issue of Alberta House News, on line at and/or 
There are lots of awards in this show, in many different categories. Questions? Jeanne Tubman is in charge of this show. Call her with questions at 906-630-6868.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who made a donation towards the fundraising efforts for WMH Road to Recovery. Central Savings Banks was able to raise $6,935.27!
Pictured are Ron Meister CSB CEO, Rob Landis CSB SVP, Mark Savoie CSB President, Justin McLean CSB AVP, Teresa Armstrong and Krystle Gerzetich both of WHM Marketing and Volunteer Services and Andrea Masters CSB Marketing Director
We have been working diligently to deliver backpacks and supplies to schools across Chippewa County. COVID19 may have left us without a Chippewa County Project Backpack carnival this year, but it won't take away our passion to ensure children have the tools they need for a successful year!
If your child is being home-schooled this year and you are in need of supplies, please let us know. We may be able to help.
We have had two local businesses who have generously donated to assist our students. Supplies include items such as PreK and Kindergarten workbooks, crayons, pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers and folders. Supplies are limited.
Call, email (or send us a message here) to make an appointment to pick up a bag of supplies - we can also ensure a contactless delivery if you'd like.
Construction continues on the Lake Superior State University $14 million Barch Center for Freshwater Research and Education, set to open in 2021
More Lake Superior State University News:

Lake Superior State University Repeats as Among the Best in Annual College Rankings from “U.S. News & World Report”
Lake Superior State University again ranks as one of the best institutions in higher education, according to U.S. News & World Report.
The 2021 college rankings singled out LSSU in three categories that it had also made in 2020: best regional colleges in the Midwest; top public schools, regional colleges, in the Midwest; and best undergraduate engineering programs nationwide.
For 2021, LSSU tied for 46th best regional college in the Midwest, from 76 ranked; in 2020, it rated 45th from 70 ranked. There are 366 regional colleges—185 private, 170 pubic, and 11 for-profit—in the country, focusing on undergraduate education and granting less than 50 percent of degrees in liberal arts disciplines, per U.S. News & World Report. LSSU also repeated as third in top public schools, regional colleges, Midwest. LSSU rose four slots in undergraduate engineering nationwide: tying for 157 out of 220 for 2021, up from a tie for 161 out of 210 for 2020.
LSSU also tied for 46th in top performers on social mobility in regional colleges in the Midwest out of 76 ranked.
And LSSU was included unranked among 481 institutions listed in a category new to the influential annual ratings: undergraduate computer science programs nationwide.
“These findings further validate part of our mission to equip graduates with the knowledge, practical skills, and inner strength to craft a life of meaningful employment and personal fulfillment while enhancing the quality of life in the Great Lakes region and the larger world,” said LSSU President Dr. Rodney S. Hanley. “We appreciate substantiation of what has been and will always be among our many hallmarks: providing excellence and innovation in teaching and learning, plus offering a wide range of opportunities for growth academically, professionally, culturally, and socially.”
U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings for 2021 assessed 1,452 U.S. bachelor’s degree-granting institutions on 17 measures of academic quality, including graduation and retention rates, social mobility, expert opinion/peer review, faculty resources, financial aid, and alumni giving, indicate press materials.
Congratulations Lieutenant FRED SCHNEIDER on his 20 years of service with the City of Sault Ste. Marie Fire Department. Fred was hired as a Firefighter by the City Fire Department on July 23, 2000; he later promoted to Lieutenant. Thank you for your continued service to our City and congratulations on your 20 years of service with the City of Sault Ste. Marie!
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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