February 2021 Newsletter
Brought to you by:
Smith and Company Real Estate
Thank You for your 2021 Chamber Sponsorship!
Smith and Company
Real Estate
3291 Interstate 75 Business Spur,
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Phone: 906-632-9696
With many buyers still out looking we are in need of more homes. If you’ve considered selling NOW is the time. Housing supplies have not kept up with demand because building has become increasingly expensive. The Realtors at Smith & Company Real Estate can provide a CMA (Comparable Market Analysis) to help determine what your house might sell for in today’s market. This is a completely free service. Contact us today and talk to one of our full time Realtors so we can help you list to sell!
Welcome New Chamber Members!
EUP News
4234 I-75 Business Spur
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783
(906) 203-1206
EUPNews.com is the only locally owned, completely digital news agency in the region. With a minimal staff, we provide local, state, and national news, sports, as well as the most accurate weather forecasting you can get with Jim Lehocky's Weather Plus. We believe that we reach the largest digital audience of any local news provider.
fishnet LLC
P.O. Box 368
Brimley, MI
(906) 440-3392
fishnet LLC is a promotional products distributor who also provides graphic design, web design, and marketing services. We specialize in working with small businesses, events, and promotions.
Lume Cannabis Co.
246 W. 3 Mile Rd.
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783
(906) 275-4302
We aren't like other Cannabis brands. We're actually our own brand. We build our own cultivation facilities exclusively growing our won cannabis, package our own product, and sell it only from our own stores. We control the entire process from start to finish, so we can ensure its exceptionally executed every single time with no cut corners, no easy ways out, no compromises, and no other guys.
The result of this is high quality Cannabis that you simply wont find anywhere else.
Our flower is thoughtfully grown, well cared for and carefully harvested by hand. And our stores are meticulously designed to help you find the perfect product for the best possible experiences. Because to us, quality is everything, a quality product, a quality experience, and a quality result. Period.
Northern Lights Cannabis Co.
2736 West M-28
Dafter, MI 49724
(906) 248-8630
Northern Lights Cannabis Co. was founded with the mission of making cannabis an affordable. authentic, and high quality experience. Northern Lights Cannabis Co. has developed a competitive advantage by enacting rules and regulations befitting of Bay Mills Indian Community. These regulations allow the cultivation and recreational sale of the highest quality cannabis at a price that is substantially lower then any competitor available. From seed to sale, Northern Light Cannabis Co. goes the extra mile to ensure our cannabis is pure and customer experiences are exceptional.
Tax Pros
3392 I-75 Business Spur Suite A
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783
(906) 632-7999
Tax Pros of Sault Ste Marie specialize with Small Business and Individual Tax Return preparation, Payroll Services- Federal and State Reporting and the Unemployment Insurance Agency. They also are able to help with Bookkeeping Services and IRS representation.
Thank You Renewed Members January 2021!
Chamber News:
Chamber Ambassadors
Make Donation
Recently Chamber Ambassadors made a $500 donation to the Salvation Army Food Bank. Presenting the check is Executive Director Tony Haller and Chamber Ambassadors. Accepting the check is Envoy Eric and Debbie Gilbert of the Salvation Army.
2021 Chamber Sponsorship Packages Now Available
We are rolling out our 2021 Sault Area Chamber of Commerce Sponsorship Packages. We understand that we are in strange times right now, but your support to the Chamber of Commerce brings great exposure and benefits to your business. Please consider our packages for your business.
Chamber Board Opening
We have a Board Opening at the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce that needs to be filled. We are a board of 12 directors and we meet the second Friday of every month normally in person at 7:30am, but more recently due to COVID we have been meeting on Zoom.
Join our team!
White-Wiles Home
Wonderful afternoon as we helped celebrate the opening of the White-Wiles Home in Rudyard! Thank you to everyone for your generosity! It is a great addition to the community!
Bob and Sally Wiles cutting the ribbon!
Member News:
This Section is Reserved for YOU!
Send us announcements, specials, employee appreciation, employee promotions, job openings or store sales and we will put them in this section of our newsletter to share with the community and our surrounding areas.
Lake Superior Academy
The Lake Superior Academy is in search of a new Board Member to join their team. Ideally the Board Member would have some Financial Experience in their background, however that is not required. Read the description of the school to the left by clicking on the photo. Their contact information is also listed on the bottom of the photo.
EUP Business Impact Survey
In order to assist in determining how the Eastern Upper Peninsula has been specifically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, we urge EUP business owners/managers to complete the survey in the link below.

This brief survey, which should take 5-10 minutes to complete, asks various questions as to how the pandemic affected the business, how the owners/managers responded, and how future business plans may have changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The results are confidential and will only be used in combination with other responses to guide our planning and business assistance efforts.

EUP Regional Planning & Development Commission

1118 E. Easterday Avenue
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

906 635-1581

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Kim Wilcox at
Thank you for your assistance!
Sault Ste Marie Economic Development Corporation
USCG Vinyl Program
A Note From the SSM EDC:
In 2017 we launched the USCG Vinyl Program as a part of a larger goal to become a U.S. Coast Guard City. 40-60 NEW USCG families arrive each summer, and having a community that is welcoming is crucial to everyone’s success. This program can be beneficial to any business by creating free advertising on our website (saultedc.com/uscg) and with occasional pushes on social media, to get new customers into your business. We can also distribute your company information in the welcome binders that we distribute each summer to these incoming USCG families. If you are interested in participating simply email Tracey at tlaitinen@saultcity.com. The program is delivered at no-cost to the participants.
Soo Theatre Launches $640,500 Capital Campaign to Restore Exterior
The Soo Theatre Board of Directors is enthused to announce the official kick-off of a capital campaign to restore the Building’s historic exterior, including the marquee, primary entrance, storefronts, upper windows, masonry, emergency exits and other features. Nancy Kirkpatrick, president of the Board, made the announcement. The decision to move forward with a phased approach to fully restoring the historic building follows a vote last year to move ahead with this phase, which is estimated at a cost of more than $640,500. The Soo Theatre was constructed in 1930 and has undergone many changes and alterations over the years. In 2003, the Soo Theatre Project, a non-profit organization was formed to purchase the building, vacant at the time, and began the nearly 20-year process of bringing the Theatre back into operation and restoring portions of the interior and exterior as funding has allowed. Colleen Arbic, who has served on the Board of Directors since 2003, and currently as Executive Director, believes it is time to launch another phase of the capital campaign to restore the exterior. She stated, “After years of reworking plans, working with engineers, architects, staff and volunteers, the Soo Theatre Board is confident that these plans should be put into action. Restoring the exterior is the right choice for this Knepper Development Strategies Phone: (906)630-0579 Justin.d.knepper@gmail.com 119 Peck Street Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 Facebook.com/knepperdevstrats moment. It will bring the building back to the beautiful look it had in the 1940’s. Just imagine being on Ashmun Street and seeing lights on the marquee once again!” The Soo Theatre Board engaged the assistance of former Downtown Development Director Justin Knepper, now with his own company, Knepper Development Strategies, to assist in fundraising efforts. Knepper has recently completed design and capital campaign print and social media materials and plans to schedule calls and meetings with key donors over the next few months. Knepper stated, “I believe the Soo Theatre is one of Sault Ste. Marie’s most important assets across the entire community. I am excited to work with the Soo Theatre Board and staff on this project; I cannot wait for the day when contractors start setting up their scaffolding and getting to work. Whether you can pledge $500,000 or five dollars, we appreciate every person, no matter where you live or where you’re from, donating to restore our City’s beautiful, historic Theatre.” “We owe a debt of gratitude to the many donors, countless numbers of volunteers, inkind service contributors, Board , committee members, and staff who have helped to upgrade the building. All of these people have made it possible to stage productions and start an arts education program that is unique in this area and that continues to grow”, Arbic stated. Arbic would also like to thank the Theatre Board of Directors and the creative staff who have worked so tirelessly to keep the Theatre operational during the COVID crisis, and who have supported the vision to launch a capital campaign at the beginning of 2021: Nancy Kirkpatrick, Board President Dawn Bumstead, Vice President Susan Camp, Secretary Carol Andary, Treasurer Brad Blair Michele Callaghan Brian Chapman, City Manager Laura Collins-Downwind Larry Jacques Leisa Mansfield Tom Ewing, Honorary Member Mary McKay, Honorary Member Karen Hughes Beacom, Artistic Director Maggie Twining, Education Director For further information regarding the Soo Theatre and the capital campaign, please visit www.sootheatre.org, contact Justin Knepper at justin.d.knepper@gmail.com, or call him at (906) 630—0579. 
Employment Opportunities
Lynn Auto Parts, Inc.
A Note From Owner Michael Lynn:
Now Hiring for Lynn Auto Parts and Hardware. I need counter people, cashiers, office, shipping & receiving and drivers for the spring and summer for Sault Ste Marie, Kinross, Pickford, and Brimley.
I will also be looking for a Sales Manager. Must be able to travel to Manistique, Petoskey, Munising, Brimley, Kinross, St Ignace, Cedarville, Pickford, and Newberry. Focus will be on sales growth in automotive and hardware, mergers and acquisitions, acquiring talent, and property management. Message me or come into our Soo location for applications!
Pennzoil is hiring two full time positions.
Fill out an application at Pennzoil.
3165 I-75 Business Spur.
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783
Freighter View
Assisted Living
Resident Care Assistant-
Assist residents with activities of daily living and medications, must enjoy working with the elderly, part time and full time available, all shifts available. Work with us in our beautiful community where you will be appreciated and supported. A fulfilling career awaits you! Apply today in person or at www.freighterview.com
The Palace Mexican Restaurant & Saloon
The Palace is hiring for all positions.
You can get an application in person at
200 W Portage Ave,
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Walmart is hiring for several different positions at their Sault Ste Marie Location. Starting March 13, 2021 the starting wage for Digital and Stocking associates will be up to $14 an hour! Inquire at the Customer Service counter.
The Antlers
The Antlers Is gearing up for spring.
Now taking experienced applications for the kitchen and dining room.
Please apply in person at 804 E Portage Ave, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Clyde's Drive In
We are currently looking for people to cook and prep for the season if you know someone 16 or older that will be looking for a job let them know. I will be posting times and dates to apply in the near future on our Facebook Page.
Thank you
MLS Sales Report and International Bridge Traffic
Eastern Upper Peninsula
MLS January Sales Report
International Bridge Administration
January Traffic Release
Links to Accurate COVID 19 Information
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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 director@saultstemarie.org 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 director@saultstemarie.org for more information.
Sault Area Chamber of Commerce- 2581 I-75 Business Spur- Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783
info@saultstemarie.org- phone: (906) 632-3301- fax: (906) 632-2331