Posted on June 23rd, 2021

Michigan Open Full Capacity

Hurray! Michigan is finally open to full capacity. This means that masks are no longer required indoors and capacity restrictions have been lifted. Be aware that private businesses may still require you to wear a mask, social distance, and any other safety measures they may choose. Let’s be grateful for how far we have come in the past 15 months. One year ago the pandemic was in full swing and there was no end in sight. Many of us were asking, “when will this all end, when will masks no longer be a necessity”. Finally, the day has come and we have much to be grateful for and so much more to look forward to in the coming years.

Speaking of things to look forward to, local events are back! The Soo Locks Engineer Day is happening this Friday, June 25th. According to Facebook, 998 people have already responded that they are interested in attending. This will make for a busy weekend in the Sault so plan your activities well or you may be waiting in long lines.

Beginning at 9 a.m., a section of West Portage Avenue in between Ferris Street and Gov. Osbourne Boulevard will be closed off …

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 August 27th, 2017

Kincheloe Celebrates 40 Years of Progress

Saturday 40 September 30th will be a celebration of 40 years of successful conversion from military to civilian use of the former Kincheloe Air Force Base.  The area has been transformed into a dynamic community that is the home of three Department of Corrections facilities, Chippewa County International Airport, and manufacturers and businesses that employ hundreds.

Celebrate the progress with us Saturday, September 30th. The Open House from 9:00AM to 4:30pm will feature displays of military memorabilia, airplanes, equipment, and manufacturers products .
At 9:00AM The public is invited to participate in a 5k torch run on the runway and taxiway, put on by the Department of Corrections & Kinross Lions Club to benefit Special Olympics of Michigan and the Kinross Lions. At 10:15 a.m. the public is invited to walk the 7,200 foot main runway and starting at 11:30 a.m. kids and adults are invited to bike the runway. Food will be available from the Kinross Lions Club.

Throughout the day see displays at the airport terminals and aircraft hangars. • Military and civilian aircraft •General Motors automobiles • Sports Car Club of America cars and race videos • Displays from Air/Industrial Park manufacturers • The Michigan DOC …

Posted on November 7th, 2015

EUP Food Summit

Food SummitPeople involved with local food production and distribution came together Wednesday at LSSU for the EUP Food Summit. They all have an interest in building a stronger local food system in the area, and these sessions create a greater sense of collaboration in regional efforts.…

Posted on October 13th, 2015

UPWARD Business Plan Competition

The UPWARD Business Plan Competition is to encourage entrepreneurs to explore new ideas, and create and begin new businesses

The competition is open to all residents in the Upper Peninsula, Marinette and Florence Counties. Competition winners will receive startup seed capital, as well as mentoring services and media exposure.

This region wide contest is an opportunity to compete for cash and in-kind prizes, but it’s also a chance to get constructive feedback on your business plan and to help move it from a virtual business to a reality.

Why Enter?
• Judges, mentors and other resources will help you gain the basic skills necessary to create a business plan. You’ll also have many networking opportunities with mentors and potential angel investors, government resources and other advisors.
• The MI-SBTDC is tailored to and targeted at entrepreneurs with limited independent business experience. Judges look for important factors such as innovation, relevant expertise, competitive advantage and market opportunity.


Individuals, teams or companies that:
• Are an Upper Peninsula, Marinette or Florence Counties resident 18 years old or older
• Are an Upper Peninsula, Marinette or Florence County based firm and/or plan to locate a business in the Upper Peninsula, Marinette

Posted on August 25th, 2015

2015 UPWard Initiative Business Plan Competition

The 4th Annual UPWard Initiative Business Plan Competition has been designed to encourage entrepreneurs to explore new ideas and start new businesses in the Upper Peninsula.

The competition is open to all residents in the Upper Peninsula, Marinette and Florence Counties. Competition winner will receive cash prize, as well as mentoring services and media exposure. New and existing businesses are encouraged to participate.

This region wide contest is an opportunity to compete for cash and in-kind prizes, but it’s also a chance to get constructive feedback on your business plan and to help move it from a virtual business to a reality.

Contest will run from August 1, 2015 to November 30, 2015.

For complete guidelines click here…

Posted on July 29th, 2015


Lakerpalooza, an annual information and resource fair at Lake Superior State University, will welcome students to the twin-Sault community for its 13th year. Area businesses, non-profit organizations and service groups are invited to participate. The event is also open to the public.

Lakerpalooza has become one of more popular parts of “Laker Week,” several days of special events that start off the new academic year. This year’s Lakerpalooza will be held from 12:30-3 p.m. on Aug. 28 in the Norris Center and Student Activity Center. Registration deadline for vendors and informational displays is noon on Friday, Aug. 21. Register online at lssu.edu/lakerpalooza.

“Lakerpalooza is especially designed to welcome new students to the community and it can help non-profit and service organizations find students who are interested in volunteering,” said Karen Johnston of LSSU’s Advising, Retention and Orientation office. “This generation wants to make a difference in the communities in which they live. In addition, the event helps to heighten students’ awareness of services and products available to them in the community.”

“We can help businesses promote their products and services to the entire LSSU community,” Johnston added.

LSSU will be well represented at Lakerpalooza, also. Academic areas will showcase their …

Posted on April 22nd, 2015

Leadership through Effective Meetings

Understanding a handful of best practices for running effective meetings can improve meeting productivity and effectiveness. Having a grasp of parliamentary procedure, following board rules and agendas, and respecting member roles can make everyone better leaders. When leaders exhibit such skills and follow the rules the public will too.

This workshop will cover:

– Basics of parliamentary principles and procedure – Board Rules

– Decorum in debate – Rules for public comment

– Making motions – Meeting agendas

– Roles of members – Minutes

The workshop will also include ample opportunity to ask questions and share experiences, plus activities to interact with other participants and apply learning.

This training is intended for local government boards/commissions, private or non-profit boards, and clubs/associations. Discussion will include highlighting the differences between administrative boards such as planning commissions and zoning boards of appeals and other legislative or voluntary boards.

The event is at Bayliss Public Library, 541 Library Dr., Sault Ste. Marie on May 21st

Cost: $45; Groups of three or more register for $40 (Master Citizen Planners register for $40)

Price includes program materials and refreshments

Registration ends May 8th

For more information and to register click here.…

Posted on April 12th, 2015

Co.Starters in Sault, Michigan April 22

costartCo.Starters, a 9-session program based around the Business Model Canvas to be held in Sault Ste Marie and Escanaba, has been moved back a week to begin on Weds April 22.  (6 to 9 pm).  This will be facilitated by Eric Becks (LSSU) and Josh Billington (SBDC) in Sault Ste Marie.

The 2-Day Ideation Boot Camp at Bay College (thanks to Lori Shea and Robert Pontius of Bay College, co-facilitated by Jim Baker of MTU) is April 30 & May 1.  More information and registration at www.SproutLab.org

Development Partners

Chippewa County EDC

5019 Airport Drive, Kincheloe, MI 49788


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