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Posted on July 15th, 2020

Michigan Small Business Restart Program

In response to the economic impact of COVID-19, the State of Michigan has allocated $100 million of CARES Act funding to implement the Michigan Small Business Restart Program to support the needs of Michigan Businesses directly impacted by COVID-19. The application for businesses to apply for funding will open on July 15, 2020.

You may go to the website (https://www.michiganbusiness.org/restart/?fbclid=IwAR3SNnMYVgx5EAAFpYidva59GX_jeuLlDs-U9O3I9fpEjkvS3LdkQyLH47Q) for eligibility guidelines and further information.

Those that received a Small Business Relief Grant (MSBRG) are thought to be eligible to apply for this Small Business Restart Grant. If you have questions, reach out to us directly.
(906) 495-5631

Attached is a video going through the application process, step-by-step. #CCEDC #MichiganSmallBusiness #RestartGrant

Small Business Restart Program – Tutorial


Posted on March 30th, 2020

Michigan Economic Development Corporation: Small Business Relief Program Grants

Michigan Economic Development Corporation: 

Small Business Relief Program Grants​

The State of Michigan has announced a grant program totaling $10 million statewide. The Upper Peninsula applied for $1 million and received $500,000 total to available businesses across the U.P.   To qualify for this, program your business must meet these fundamental criteria:

  • Does your company have 50 or fewer employees?
  • Does your company need working capital to support payroll, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business?
  • Can your company demonstrate an income loss resulting from an Executive Order and/or the COVID-19 outbreak?

Applications are due by April 5, 2020. Please see link below for the application.  After completion please send to chrisolson@chippewacountyedc.com. Please note that there are two pages to complete. Grant recipients will be notified the week of April 13, 2020




Posted on January 23rd, 2020


January 23, 2020


Total passengers at Chippewa County Int’l Airport (CIU) increased 5% in 2019, when compared to 2018, which too was an increase from past years. 48,344 passengers flew to/from the Chippewa County Airport in 2019, which was an increase of 2,000 passengers over 2018.

“The way our passenger numbers were increasing throughout the year, I really thought we would break 50,000 passengers this year”, stated Airport Manager Tami Beseau, but we came up a little short”. “Although that would have been great, what business isn’t pleased with a 5 % increase year after year”?

“I want to thank air travelers in the EUP, Northern Lower Michigan and the Algoma region for continuing to support, the Chippewa County Int’l Airport”, said Beseau.

Skywest Airlines a Delta Connection carrier continues to provide reliable service to/from Detroit and Minneapolis seven days a week. In 2019, Skywest Airlines completed 98% of their scheduled flights. Having a 98% assurance your flight out of Chippewa will be completed is important to those business travelers flying regularly for work, and those travelers that are taking a much anticipated time certain vacation.

In the winter months, …

Posted on January 23rd, 2020

County EDC Board Welcomes Appointments to Board of Directors

January 20, 2020

County EDC Board Welcomes Appointments to Board of Directors

The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners during its Regular session on Thursday, January 2nd appointed Mr. Jeff Hagan as a Board of Director of the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Hagan will replace Mr. Kurt Perron who elected not to be considered for reappointment. In addition the EDC also welcomed the reappointment of Director’s Dan Dasho and Dr. Ralf Wilhelms to the County EDC Board for a 6 year term.

Mr. Hagan is currently the CEO of Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission (EUPRPDC). The EUPRPDC is one of 14 Regional Agencies in the State of Michigan and is a multi-county organization to assist local governments in the EUP in the areas of grant writing, community surveys, land use planning, recreation planning, economic and community development, transportation, and GIS mapping. The EUPRPDC is a regional, non-profit government agency. Mr. Hagan also serves as Vice-President on the Michigan Association of Regions, member of Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) and MAP Government Relations Committee, Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) advisory council, Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy Board of Directors, and possesses a MSU Master Citizen Planner Certification.

“We are …

Posted on May 24th, 2019

Portland Business Leaders Fly Restored DC3

Portland business leaders fly restored DC3 to Normandy, France for 75th Anniversary of D Day

PORTLAND, OR – On Friday morning, May 24, a group of Portland area business leaders will fly to Normandy, France, to join the celebration commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D Day, honoring the brave soldiers of that historic battle. 11 adventurous passengers and crew will make this trip in a restored DC3. And, to make this special trip even more interesting, they will follow a flight path of the actual troop carrier flights en route to D Day. On the morning of May 24, 2019, 8 passengers and 3 crew members (mechanics) depart from the Aurora Airport in a restored 1937 DC 3, owned by Pete Nickerson, on a trip commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D Day. For this memorable flight, 6 of the passengers are pilots, and 5 are also military Veterans.

The flight departs from Aurora, Oregon (about 24 miles south of Portland) early in the morning and will have stops in Montana, North Dakota, Michigan, New York, Maine, and Canada, Greenland, Iceland and Scotland before landing in Duxford, England on May 31. The plane will cruise at 5,000 feet, traveling at roughly

Posted on May 22nd, 2019

Chippewa County Potential Spaceport

Press Release: May 21. 2019 For Immediate Release

Chippewa County Potential Spaceport

Michigan Aerospace Manufacturing Association discuss Potential Spaceport in Chippewa County

Gavin Brown, executive director of the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association, speaks to local officials at the Chippewa County EDC about a potential Northern Michigan spaceport in Chippewa County. Chippewa County International Airport is one of five sites in Northern Michigan under consideration for the proposed spaceport. Brown plans to announce the site selection in September 2019.

CIU– Chippewa County International Airport is one of the five airports in the state being considered as a potential site for a proposed northern Michigan spaceport.

Local officials gathered Thursday at the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation to host the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturing Association’s (MAMA) Executive Director, Mr. Gavin Brown. The purpose of the meeting was to have MAMA present the Michigan Launch Initiative, the site selection process, and the significant economic impact a spaceport would have for Chippewa County.

The Michigan Launch Initiative’s intent is to establish spaceport operations in northern Michigan, with a public-private partnership (3P) organized by MAMA, with backing from a private investment group. “Our mission is to highlight the resources in the state of Michigan regarding

Posted on May 14th, 2019

Chippewa County EDC Receives Economic Development Administration Technical Assistance and Planning Grant

The Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation applied for and received an Economic Development Administration Technical Assistance and Planning grant. This grant will allow the EDC to hire a professional firm to devise a planning strategy for its Air and Industrial Park in order to attract firms, generate jobs, and help identify key areas of infrastructure investment. “These grants are highly competitive and a key tool to assist the EDC in positioning itself for business attraction”, stated EDC President Chris Olson. “This project will also directly tie into the recent efforts between the City of Sault Ste. Marie EDC and the Chippewa County EDC on expansion of the existing Foreign Trade Zone, to encompass all of Chippewa County”. The recommendations provided will help identify key areas of infrastructure investment and provide professionally-prepared evidence describing the business case for the EUP.

The EDC was successful in obtaining this grant with the assistance of the Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning. “This EDA planning investment is integral for economic growth in Chippewa County, as evidenced by the Transportation Logistics Strategy that the Commission recently completed, which identified a need vertical assets (buildings) for prospective development”, said CEO Jeff Hagan of the Regional Planning Commission.…

Posted on February 28th, 2019

Dr. Kimberly Muller Joins the Chippewa County EDC Board of Directors

The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners during its Regular session on Thursday, February 14th appointed Dr. Kimberly Muller as a Board of Director of the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation. Dr. Muller will serve the remaining term of Mr. Kevin White who resigned from the Board in December 2018. Dr. Muller’s appointment is effective immediately and will expire on March 31, 2022.

Dr. Muller is currently the dean of Lake Superior State Universities College of Innovation and Solutions, comprised of LSSU’s School of Engineering & Technology, the School of Mathematics & Computer Science, and the Lukenda School of Business. Muller began her career at LSSU as an assistant professor of mathematics in 2004, receiving tenure and a promotion to associate professor in Aug. 2009 with elevation to full professor in 2016. She has also served as the chair of the School of Mathematics and Computer Science.

“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Muller to the Chippewa County EDC”, stated EDC Chairman Don Mclean. “With her background and work at LSSU I believe she brings considerable depth to the EDC and I look forward to working with her to improve the economy of Chippewa County and the EUP region”.
Muller …

Posted on January 11th, 2019

Chippewa County International Airport (CIU) Record Breaking Passenger Counts in 2018

The addition of the Minneapolis flight in November of 2017 has really paid off for the entire EUP and Algoma region. Total passengers at Chippewa County Int’l Airport increased 5.5% in 2018. 46,343 passengers flew to/from the Chippewa County Airport in 2018. “The new flight to Minneapolis had never been tried and we weren’t sure how it would be received by the flying public”, stated Airport Manager Tami Beseau.

The thought process behind the additional hub change was that CIU passengers would have more flight options, competitive pricing, greater international flight options, and we would also eliminate the 5:00 a.m. departure which was an inconvenience to our customers. After one full year of the new route, it appears passengers have found it beneficial.
“The fact that an airport our size is providing service to both Detroit and Minneapolis is a huge economic tool for our entire area, and the benefits for leisure and business travelers to compare schedules, routes and prices makes air travel out of the local airport an option, and that wasn’t always the case”, said Beseau.

We are expecting the upward trend to continue in 2019, as CIU ticket prices continue to be competitive; the airport will …

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