January 2021 Newsletter
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Central Savings Bank
Thank You for your 2021 Chamber Sponsorship!
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Contact Information
Central Savings Bank
Customer Service
PO Box 339
511 Bingham Ave.
Sault Ste. Marie MI, 49783
Call: 800-562-4880; 906-635-6250 or 906-253-1260
Commerce App Support: 

With nine current branch locations Central Savings Bank has been serving the Eastern Upper Peninsula with all your banking needs since 1902.
Welcome New Chamber Members!
Knepper Development Strategies
Owner: Justin Knepper
119 Peck St.
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783
(906) 630-0579
Knepper Development Strategies is based in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and offers a wide variety of services. Primary services include grant writing, development/construction management, fundraising, design, historic preservation, and incentives.
Oaklawn Laser Works
Owner: Nick Connors 
(906) 647-2407
Oaklawn Laser Works offers laser engraving services for markers, urns, and memorials - for both pets and people. They engrave on stainless steel, glass, leather, wood, or almost any other material. Keep them in mind to create that perfect custom gift for your friends or family.
Thank You Renewed Members December 2020!
Chamber News:
Chamber Bucks
We here at the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce would like to take this time to say THANK YOU to our very generous community. In the months of November and December The Sault Area Chamber of Commerce sold $117,000 worth of Chamber Bucks'. That is A LOT of money sold in just two months that is ALL staying
RIGHT HERE in our community!
Thank You Sault Ste Marie!
**Just a reminder that Chamber Bucks are sold year round out of the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce office. Stop in and get yours for holidays, birthdays, weddings, or employee incentives**
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!
Chamber Board Elections
On Friday January 15th at the monthly Sault Area Chamber of Commerce board meeting directors held elections for board positions. New board president is Sandy DePlonty of War Memorial Hospital replacing now Past President Julie Wiater of ReMax and The Guest House. Other board positions consist of Tim Ellis of Eagle Radio 95.1 as the President Elect, Connie Toensing of Chippewa County Credit Union as the Vice President, Chris Oshelski of Lake Superior State University as Treasurer, and Amy Goetz of Mid American Title and The Lockview Restaurant as Secretary. The Sault Area Chamber of Commerce board consists of 12 board members all of which volunteer their time and efforts to be apart of the board. Thank You to our dedicated board!
Member News:
Hospice of the EUP
Valentines Fundraiser
Hospice of the EUP has partnered with local business Alpine Chocolate Haus for a Valentines Fundraiser. An array of different treats are available for purchase on the order form (found here) and can be picked up or delivered. Please print out a order form and place in your break room, sell to your fellow employees, and see if your family or friends would like to purchase any. Hospice of the EUP does so much for our community and with COVID restrictions in place we need to step up as a community and help them with all the fundraising we can.

-Orders due January 26th for a February 4th Delivery/Pick up

-Orders due February 2nd for a February 11th Delivery/Pick up

Contact Mary Jo Duvall for Questions
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.
Exciting New Things Happening at
Superior Café AND at
Superior Coffee Roasting Co Inc.
If you driving down Portage Ave in Downtown Sault Ste Marie you may notice a brand new business sign that pops out at you. Superior Cafe located at 215 W. Portage Ave. Sault Ste. Marie, MI recently updated their signage on the outside of their business to a brand new one that makes the Café stand out more to people passing by. However, the sign is not the only thing you will soon notice is different. Owner, Ron Kurnik, has all new windows and doors on order and should be here and installed in the next couple weeks as well. Its great to see business owners updating, caring, and maintaining their business buildings. Mr.Kurnik also has been busy at the location of his other business Superior Coffee Roasting Co. Inc. located at 2611 Ashmun Street, Sault Ste Marie, MI where he had an addition built on to his building to properly allow him to expand his roasting operations and make for easier distribution. We here at the Chamber wish Ron the best success in both of the locations.
Superior Cafe is open with their normal business hours:
Mon-Fri 6am-6pm
Sat-Sun 8am-5pm
They are doing regular pick up or curbside pick up.
Downtown Sault Ste Marie MI
Pub Crawl
Are you an annual Pub Crawl shirt collector? Don't worry, you can still add 2021 to your collection however there are limited quantities available this year so pre order now to make sure you don't miss out!
Short Sleeve $10 Small through 3XL
Long Sleeve $15 Small through 3XL
2021 "Pub Crawl" Details.
FEBRUARY 1-7, 2021
-Buy a shirt
-Make (7) different food/drink purchases from 7 different downtown bars/restaurants from February 1-7 and earn a signature for each purchase
*Note this event is carry out friendly and will only include dine in if the bar/restaurant restrictions are lifted and the establishment chooses to do so. Bar/Restaurant openings/closures are tentative.
-Post your completed "crawl" and show your support for downtown businesses by uploading a photo of your signatures to Facebook or Instagram with #downtownsault
-Completed shirts with posts will be entered for a special giveaway to be announced soon!
SAULT STE MARIE – Due to the hardships we continue to face through COVID-19, United Way of the Eastern Upper Peninsula’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, RSVP, felt it even more important this year to find ways to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Through our partnership with Bayliss Public Library and passionate volunteers, we are providing support in the community by serving to bridge the gap between generations during a time where many are feeling isolated.

               At United Way we have been focusing on isolated seniors throughout the EUP and finding ways to help keep our community connected. Our goal for this year’s Day of Service is to be that connection for those that feel like they aren’t connected. Being homebound can feel isolating enough but with the added factor of a global pandemic, the feelings of isolation can be exponential. We have planned a contactless day of service to ensure that everyone in the community can remain as safe as possible. A card making craft kit and letter writing activity will be made available, free of charge, to members of our community who would like to help share some of their joy this month. These cards and letters will then be safely redistributed to local seniors, reminding them that they are not alone.
We encourage the community to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and get involved to spread light and positivity throughout the EUP. "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out have, only love can do that." – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
 Kits will be available for pickup at Bayliss Library beginning Tuesday, January 19th until Friday, January 22nd. Kits will then need to be returned to the Bayliss or the United Way office, located at 511 Ashmun St. Suite 200 (2nd floor of Huntington Bank building) in downtown Sault Ste. Marie by Monday January 25th. If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about how you can volunteer in the community, contact us at 906-632-3700, ext. 3 or email kenzi@unitedwayeup.org.
Eastern Upper Peninsula
MLS December Sales Report
International Bridge Administration
December Traffic Release
Links to Accurate COVID 19 Information
Join the Chamber?
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 Ambassadors or if your interested in joining the Chamber Ambassadors
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: office@saultstemarie.org. 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 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
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