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Sault Area Chamber of Commerce 
May 2018
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Thank You for your 2018 Gold Sponsorship!
In This Issue
Upcoming Chamber Events

2018 Chamber Challenge!
Call the Chamber TODAY to sign up your team!

The 2018 Membership 
Are Here!
Stop into the Chamber to get yours TODAY!

Chamber Board Openings
 There is currently two open seats on our Board of Directors here at the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce.  If you or someone you know is interested please have them contact for questions.
Welcome New Chamber Members!
We welcome any businesses in Sault Ste Marie and surrounding areas to become Sault Area Chamber of Commerce Members.  Applications can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.  Please click on the New Member logos below to be directed to their business website.

Welcome! We appreciate your support for the 
Sault Area Chamber of Commerce!
Chamber Staff:

Tony Haller
Executive Director

Melissa Meehan
Office Manager

Board of Directors
Todd Chapman
Cloverland Electric

Jeremy Gagnon
President Elect
U.P. Engineers & Architects

J ulie Wiater
Vice President
The Guest House

Scott Nason
Northern Transitions

James Parker
Central Savings Bank

Chris Oshelski
Lake Superior State University

Josh Billington
Small Business Development Center

Kent Smith
Eagle Radio

Maxx Anderson
Smith & Co. Real Estate

Caity Woolcocks
Up North Nutrition & Gym 906

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Chamber Ambassadors
Terri Parker 
Edward Jones

Teresa Armstrong
War Memorial Hospital

Anna Bonacci-Slater
Century 21 Advantage Plus  

Laura Bouschor
ReMax NorthStar Realty

Tim Ellis
War Memorial Hospital
Eagle Radio 95.1

Tom Ewing
Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation

Michelle Gose
Don Wilson Insurance Agency

Mary K McGinn
Barb Hampton
Smith & Co. Real Estate

Jeanine LaCross
Arfstrom Pharmacy

Leisa Mansfield
State Farm Insurance

Luanna Luxton- Armstong
Academy of Performing Arts

Kim Shadnaw
Sault Schools

Stephanie Sabatine
Lake Superior State University

Amy Slater
Fudge Du Locke

Claudia Weiler
Old Mission Bank

April Renewed 
Sault Area 
Chamber of Commerce Members:

Moloney's Alley

Dairy Queen

S&T Electrical

Hoover Precision Products

Anderson Tackman & Co.

Mansfield Insurace Agency- State Farm

Pingatore Cleaners

Superior Insurance Agency

Complete Business Services

Haske Post Co.



Diane Peppler Resource Center

Hampton Inn

Chippewa Motors

Mountain Stone

ETNA Supply Company

Day Makers Salon and Spa

Timber Ridge Resort

Thank You 
for Your Continued Support!
Thank You
to our 
Gold Sponsors

Thank You
to Our 
Silver Sponsors

Thank You
To Our 
Bronze Sponsors

Huntington Bank

Precision Edge


Arfstrom Pharmacy

Capstone Leadership Solutions

Don Wilson Insurance Agency

Spring Updated Information Needed!

Hello Chamber Members,

The Sault Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank you for your membership and support of the Chamber. As a part of your membership to the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce, we try our best to advertise your business the best we can. One of the ways we get information about your business out to the public is our brochure walls located here inside the office. The tourist traffic in the office here at the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce has been starting to get busier, especially now that the Soo Locks are open. The first thing people look to when they enter the office is the brochure wall. It is important that we have your latest brochures here in the office. Please take advantage of this Chamber Member Benefit by dropping off any new or updated Business brochures or business cards.  If your business offers some type of admission then please make sure we have the correct amount listed on our 2018 Rate Sheet by calling me here at the Chamber at (906) 632-3301.  We want these brochure and business card walls to be as Member friendly as possible. We look forward to having your brochure and business information prominently displayed at our Chamber Office.

Thank You,
Melissa Meehan
Office Manager
Spring Economic Luncheon
"State of the Community"
On Thursday May 3rd the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2018 Spring Economic Luncheon at Lake Superior State University's Superior Room. The delicious Luncheon was catered by LSSU catering and a fantastic job was done by them.  Thank You to all the staff at LSSU catering for a hands down superb job.  Also, a big Thank You goes out to our speakers, Chris Olsen from the Chippewa County EDC, Dr. Peter Mitchell and Dr. Ashley Moerke from Lake Superior State University, and Rory Ring of the Sault Ste Marie Ontario Chamber of Commerce.  All the speakers had very interesting information about our community and surrounding areas to share with our luncheon guests.  We here at the Chamber would also like to thank all of our Sponsors of the luncheon as well as everyone who bought tickets!  Without all of YOU these luncheons would not be possible, so THANK YOU!

Student Citizen Award  Scholarship
Congratulations Matt Knowles!
Every year The Sault Area Chamber of Commerce sends out information on the Student Citizen Scholarship to High Schools in Sault Ste Marie and Surrounding Areas.  The Student Citizen Scholarship is for $1,000 and is composed from (4) $250 sponsors.  This year the sponsors were Soo Co-Op Credit Union, Old Mission Bank, Parker's Ace Hardware, and Central Savings Bank.  The High School Seniors send their application to the Chamber of Commerce and the winner is chosen by the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Executive Committee.  If the Senior chosen is planning to attend Lake Superior State University than the college adds another $1,000 to the scholarship by deducting the additional $1,000 off their tuition for their first semester.  This year the Chamber Executive Committee read over several scholarship applications, all of which had very good candidates but in the end it was Matt Knowles's Application that met the most requirements and stood out the most.  Congratulations Matt!

Pictured Above is Chamber Treasurer Scott Nason (left) with 
Scholarship  Recipient Matt Knowles (right)

Business After 5- Applebee's Grill & Bar

On April 19th the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce held a Business After 5 at Applebee's Grill and Bar.  Manager of Applebee's Mary K McGinn welcomed the Business After 5 attendees and expressed how excited they were to once again be Chamber Members.  Applebees introduced their new head chef to the crowd and shared some awesome appetizers, some of which you may even see on the menu soon!  Applebee's also let the crowd know that they do have a "banquet" room available for parties, business meetings, private dinners, VIP events, or whatever your needs may be.  Thanks for the hospitality at Business After 5 Applebees!

**Business After 5 is a free event for Chamber AND Non-Chamber Members, please join us this month at Gregory Gardens on May 17th 5pm-7pm**
Lukenda School of Business Recognition Dinner

The Sault Area Chamber of Commerce presented its Achievement Award at the Lukenda School of Business recognition dinner. Graduating Lake Superior State University student Karly VanderMolen (Center) received award, it was presented by Chamber Director Tony Haller and LSSU business professor Jody Rebek.
Presbyterian Church Soup Kitchen
Recently Sault Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Director's participated in the Presbyterian Church Soup Kitchen. Pictured are Directors (F) Maxx Anderson, Julie Wiater, (B) Tony Haller, Todd Chapman, Scott Nason.  
(Also present was Director Jeremy Gagnon who skipped the picture to watch the food and make sure nothing  burnt)  

Sault Chamber of Commerce Documents

We Love to Hear From You!
Sault Area Chamber of Commerce Staff
Executive Director: Tony Haller
Office Manager: Melissa Meehan
Sault Area Chamber of Commerce
2581 1-75 Business Spur
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783
Phone: (906) 632-3301
Fax: (906) 632-2331
Chamber Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Chamber Reminders
Reminder: 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 on our website at or by email to

All press releases should come in Word or JPEG document format to The Chamber publishes items that are sent to the Chamber by Chamber Members.  Take advantage of this benefit like many members are!
Ambassador's meet on the 1st Tuesday at noon at the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce. Learn more about Ambassadors or "Red Coats" by visiting our website
Would you like to become a local Chamber Ambassador?  
Contact us today at 906-632-3301 for more information.  

Board of Directors Monthly Meeting
Chamber Board of Director's meet at 7:30 a.m. on the 2nd Friday of each Month. 
 All Chamber Members are welcome to attend monthly meetings. If you are a Chamber Member and would like to host the Chamber Board at your location, contact us at
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 Member and Non-members. 
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 re-Grand Opening and be welcomed by Chamber Board Members, Chamber Executive Director and Chamber Ambassadors/Red Coats in a celebratory Ribbon-Cutting! Contact us at