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Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan  March 7, 2018  (LSN)   – As of Friday, March 2nd the Smartzone, located at 2345 Meridian Street is full.  With 9 paying tenants and 2 resource offices, including the City’s Economic Development Corp. (EDC) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) the facility, created to foster entrepreneurial ideas into businesses, is doing just that.

“We are very excited that our Smartzone has been fully utilized,” reported Jeff Holt, EDC Director. “The building was partially funded with a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and a bond through the City of Sault Ste. Marie with the idea that start-ups would utilize the space to grow and move into their location and hire skilled community members.”

The City took over building operations in July 2016 and since then, along with a change in marketing, the building continues to draw interest.  Our current tenants include (refer to schematic):

  • Lake Superior State University’s Simulation Lab
  • War Memorial Hospital
  • Capstone Leadership Solutions
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Wicked Sister
  • Superior Aqua Systems
  • Economic Development Corp.
  • Norpro
  • Osprey Technologies
  • SIS Manufacturing

“We get at least one business or start up looking at our space every 2 weeks now and that is great news since our clients rotate out, and that is the intention of our program.”, stated EDC Specialist Tracey Laitinen.  We expect some manufacturing space to open up this summer and we may have 1-2 offices available as well.” 

If you are looking for office, manufacturing, or warehouse space there may be options at the Incubator, managed by the Sault EDC, at 1301 W. Easterday.  Call today to set up a tour and discuss your needs at 906.632.5779.

To stay up to date with the Sault EDC join their monthly eNewsletter via Facebook page @SSMED.  To learn more about operations and businesses coming to the Sault visit SaultEDC.com.

                       

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