November 2020 Newsletter
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About War Memorial Hospital
War Memorial Hospital is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Through the years we have helped generation after generation reach better health. Our organization has been striving to serve the needs of our region for more than 100 years. We at War Memorial Hospital are loyal to our community and region, and will continue to strive for excellence in healthcare.
War Memorial Hospital continues to provide safe, reliable healthcare services during COVID-19. Don’t delay medical appointments or put off seeking the care you need. We have taken steps to ensure a safe environment for our patients and staff.
Our clinics are open and providers are caring for patients. When seeing your physician face to face is not an option, WMH is offering telehealth appointments over the phone and through secure video. Please contact your provider’s office for more details.

500 Osborn Blvd
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Thank You War Memorial Hospital for your
2020 Chamber Sponsorship

New Members:
Deer Park Lodge
29209 Co Rd. 407
Newberry, MI 49868
(906) 658-3341

Deer Park Lodge Resort on Muskallonge Lake offers lakefront family vacation fun with sandy beaches, sitting areas, fire pits, boat rentals, and great scenic sunsets. Sit and relax with family and friends along the edge of Muskallonge, roast hot dogs and marshmallows at our beach fire pit, and watch a beautiful sunset. Muskallonge Lake is situated between Muskallonge Lake and Lake Superior. This area is known very well for its lakes, forest, streams, and beaches.

Our beautiful Upper Peninsula Vacation Rentals on the Lake are situated just 1,800 feet from Lake Superior. We have 6 cabins to choose from, each with it's own character and echo the charm of the Upper Peninsula. We also offer Deer Park Lodge Resort Boat Rentals by the day or week. We have over 350 feet of pristine & sandy beach frontage on gorgeous Muskallonge lake. This is the perfect location for a family friendly UP Vacation. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
"We have everything you need and more here at Deer Park Lodge on Muskallonge Lake. Our rentals cabins are clean, cozy and reflect the earthiness of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Our General Store offers a great selection of food, gifts, beer, wine, clothing, hats, camping supplies, fishing supplies, tackle, rods and reels, nets, along with live bait. We invite you to find your "Four Seasons of Fun on Muskallonge Lake" right here at Deer Park Lodge. We look forward to hearing from you!"—Rick & Kristi Jackson, Owners and Hosts
Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District
The EUPISD is the largest geographic district in Michigan, covering approximately 4,000 square miles and serves three counties, 19 school districts and 7,000 students.
We offer many services and collaborates with the 19 districts, Lake Superior State University, Bay Mills Community College, human service providers as well as business and industry to offer quality educational opportunities to all citizens in the tri-county area.
The educational services offered by EUPISD include curriculum alignment, school improvement, data analysis, Reading Recovery, after school programming, professional development, MiSTEM Region, Career, Technical and Special Education Services. 
The EUPISD operates a state-of-the-art distance learning network and wireless Internet access for all districts.
Chamber News:
Chamber Bucks
Chamber Bucks are on sale now! Come to the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce to purchase your Chamber Bucks today. Get just a few for your child's teacher(s), a few to put in that older kids stocking, or buy a lot and hand them out to your employees at work as bonuses. Whatever the need may be Chamber Bucks are the way to go. Recipients can spend their Chamber Bucks at gas stations, grocery stores, gift shops, restaurants, and more across Sault Ste Marie and the surrounding areas.

Ribbon Cuttings:
Sears Hometown Store
Recently Chamber Ambassadors and Dignitaries including State Senator Wayne Schmidt and Don Gerrie, Mayor of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan held a ribbon cutting at Sears Hometown Store. New Owners Eric Welch and Roger Charles did the honor. Sears is located at 1140 West 3 Mile Road. They are open Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.
Northern Light Cannabis Co.
Recently Sault Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Board Members, and Bay Mills Indian Community Dignitaries held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Northern Light Cannabis Co. Northern Light Cannabis is located at 2736 M-28 Dafter, Michigan. It is open 9am-9pm daily. They feature many different cannabis products to serve all needs. Cutting the Ribbon left to right Rachel Burtt, Bay Mills Tribal Council Member, Beverly Carrick, Secretary and Brenda Bjorne, Vice President.
History of Hometown Heroes
Chamber Ambassadors, Board Members and Sault Ste Marie Dignitaries recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for History of Hometown Heroes. History of Hometown Heroes is a program that families or individuals can purchase commemorative banners honoring veterans. Cutting the Ribbon is Abby Baker, CEO/Founder. She can be reached at 906-322-2406 or
Member News:
Sault Ste. Marie, MI. November 11, 2020: Downtown Sault Ste. Marie will be hosting the annual Parker ACE Hardware Parade of Lights on Friday evening, November 27th but will operate with a different format than years past. In true 2020 fashion, COVID has forced many to get creative in an effort to accommodate social distancing measures. Several towns throughout the country have found success in a “reverse style” parade where the floats or displays are stationary while parade goers to remain in their cars with their families and drive by the spectacle. We remain conscience of the rising COVID cases locally and as an effort to implement safety precautions without jeopardizing the event as a whole; The Downtown Development Authority has chosen to host this year’s parade in a “reverse style” format, additionally omitting any exchanging of treats and the public community tree lighting event. Unfortunately, while we will also not be able to allow personal contact with Santa Clause this year, at the end of the parade we still encourage kids to wave at Santa and drop off a letter or wish list to one of his elves as you pass by. The Parade of Lights will begin at the North end of the Bingham Street Bridge near the intersection of Lyon Street. From 6:30-8:00pm, parade goers can then enjoy the show of lights along the West side of the street throughout the length of Bingham traveling north until the parade finishes with Santa. Additionally, City Hall’s Christmas tree will be lit and ready for parade goers to conclude their Parade of Lights experience if you continue to drive to Portage St. This year we are excited to announce prizes once again for the floats or displays that are the best lit and best representation of the holidays. Winners will receive their prizes in Downtown Dollars. 1st place - $250, 2nd place $150, 3rd place $50. If you would like to enter the parade or have any general questions about the event please contact Kayla at .

Smithers located in Brimley, MI Adds New Testing Areas and Capabilities at Winter Proving Grounds.

Construction is currently underway on Superior Coffee Roasting Company's new addition!
Eastern Upper Peninsula
MLS October Sales Report
International Bridge Administration
October Traffic Release
Links to Accurate COVID 19 Information
TEAM SBA Financing Round Table
Schedule of Upcoming Webinars
Free Business Financing Roundtables
The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Michigan Small Business Development Center are pleased to offer free TEAM SBA Roundtables on small business lending across the state.  
The roundtable gives current or prospective small business owners insight into the SBA Guaranty Loan Program and the criteria used by loan officers to evaluate a loan request.  A team of experts will demystify the lending process, debunk the myths about SBA programs, and share real life examples of successful loan applicants.  The roundtable is taught by experienced lenders with expertise in small business and SBA financing. Thousands of clients have attended the roundtables since 1998.  The roundtable is best suited to those seeking financing for their business, have good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in the business.

Southwest Michigan SBDC
Nov. 13, 2020
1 to 3:00 p.m.
Nov. 13, 2020
Register:  HERE
Northwest Regional SBDC
Dec. 2, 2020
9 to 11:00 a.m.
Register:  HERE

The Michigan Small Business Development Center enhances Michigan's economic well-being by providing counseling, training, research and advocacy for new ventures, existing small businesses and innovative technology companies.
New Grants for Qualified Small Businesses
to Expand Capacity this Winter
The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) is providing at least $3,000,000 in federal CARES Act funds to help qualifying small businesses expand their capacity by adding weatherized, temporary outdoor facilities.
If your business is eligible and may benefit from this opportunity, SBAM recommends being prepared to apply when the applications open on November 18, 2020 at Noon EST. These grants will be dispersed on a first come basis!

Who is eligible?
Michigan-based commercial firms and nonprofits with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees in these industries:
·    Restaurants and/or bars
·    Banquet centers
·    Retail stores
·    Gyms and fitness centers
·    Local governments, including cities, townships, villages and counties that provide common space for businesses
·    Commercial property owners who provide common space for tenants
Membership Information
Renewed Members October 2020
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 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