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March/April 2018
- SSMEDC client receives 6-figure investment from Silicon Valley
- Sault represented at PDAC global mining expo
- WTF Festival announces Variety Show lineup
- OutSpoken Brewing enrolls in SSMEDC business support program
- Sault hosting major travel industry conference
- SSMEDC client offers homemade Indian cuisine
- SSMEDC releases manufacturing promo video

January/February 2018
- Russell Peters to headline inaugural WTF Festival
- SaultFPF project team submits proposal to Noront
- SSMEDC wins provincial economic development award
- Essar Centre hosting 2019 World Martial Arts Championship
- SSMEDC secures 2018 Startup Canada Awards
- Crank The Shield cycling race coming to town this summer
- Applications being accepted for Summer Company

November/December 2017
- Norpro growth helping keep North America safe, sound and alive
- Brendan Syrette triggers ice-fishing revolution
- 2 new cruise ships set to dock here in 2018 and 2019
- Soo Blaster employs 45; entertains thousands
- Northern Ontario Tourism Summit returning to the Sault in 2018
- SSMEDC Funders Forum helps local firms access capital
- 2017 Tourism Sault Ste. Marie Award winners announced

September/October 2017
- SSMEDC releases small business results
- Local Amazing Race episode spawns massive ad benefit for the community
- U.S. software company utilizes the Millworks - Centre for Entrepreneurship
- SSMEDC marketing campaign wins national award
- FAMtastic year for travel media in Sault Ste. Marie
- SSMEDC continues push for local business expansion into Asia
- Scott Coffee Co. wins SSMEDC Pitch Competition

July/August 2017
- E-sports firm moves into the Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship
- 3rd-party traffic at Port of Algoma soaring in 2017
- Poker Run brings excitement and visitors to the city
- Convention draws 3,000 delegates to the Sault
- SSMEDC eyeing China for local business expansion
- Sault Ste. Marie hosts major conference in July
- SSMEDC employee John Febbraro earns MBA degree

May/June 2017
- Sault hosting 2019 Special Olympics Ontario Winter Games
- 17 youth start businesses through Summer Company
- Global chess players to gather in Sault Ste. Marie
- Sioux-to-Sault connection to support Ring of Fire
- 2017 cruise ship season to be the busiest ever
- The Millworks celebrates 1-year anniversary
- Sault represented at CANSEC defence industry tradeshow

March/April 2017
20 firms grow under SSMEDC business support program in 2016
- Poker Run returning to St. Mary's River this summer
- 25 businesses start under Starter Company program
- Invest Sault Ste. Marie website launched
- New tour train marketing campaign unveiled
- Local businesses represented at PDAC mining expo
- Ian McMillan nominated to FEO Hall of Fame

January/February 2017
- JD Aero growing . . . again
- 2017 Summer Company program opens
- Ontario festival and event leaders meeting in the Sault
- Quad lift at Searchmont Resort opens
- Record traffic at Sault Ste. Marie Airport in 2016
- Motor coach tourism numbers continue to rise

November/December 2016
- Sault to host Microsoft support business
- Marketing firm moved into Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship
- 2016 National draws hundreds of curling fans to the Sault
- Sault Ste. Marie performing great in accessing NOHFC funds
- 75 business leaders gather in the Sault for ABM East
- Sault Ste. Marie ranked one of Canada's coziest cities by Expedia
- Community panel tackles morale and economy
- Local businesses represented at MINExpo 2016

September/October 2016
- 2 more firms move into Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship
- Sault hosts World Under-17 Hockey Championship
- Bridges to Better Business 2016 draws largest crowd in event's history
- Best summer ever for cruise ship traffic in the Sault
- SSMEDC hosts 30 senior economic officers from around the world
- Tourism Sault Ste. Marie adds railcar to visitor-attraction toolbelt
- SSMEDC releases community marketing video
- Sault hosting major conference this summer

July/August 2016
- SSMEDC co-hosting business matchmaking tradeshow
- Former Saultite looks to bring manufacturing facility here
- Sault hosts 2016 President's Cup VIP Poker Run
- Education infrastructure investments mean hundreds of local jobs
- SSMEDC working to grow the aviation and defense sector
- Local economy poised for marginal growth: Conference Board
- New cruise ship docks in Sault Ste. Marie

May/June 2016
- SSMEDC opens the Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship
- SSMEDC releases 2015 activity and results report
- Summer conference to draw 2,800 visitors to the Sault
- SSMEDC helps 18 area youth start summer businesses
- Sault featured in Emmy-nominated travel documentary
- 3 community leaders join SSMEDC Board of Directors
- SSMEDC client unveils Iron Maiden comic book

March/April 2016
- Airport and SSMEDC working to land high-end jobs
- Massive offshore powerboats coming to Sault waterfront this summer
- Sault ranked 8th in North America for business competitiveness
- SSMEDC client secures U.S. export deal
- Sault hosting back-to-back Curling National events
- Port of Algoma signs historic accord with Garden River First Nation
- SSMEDC seeking input from firms to help them grow

January/February 2016
- Arauco-SSMEDC partnership comes to successful fruition
- SSMEDC advocates policy changes for steel industry
- Sault hosting back-to-back National curling events
- Column: Economic development explained
- 2016 Summer Company program underway
- Partnership forms unique employment program
- 2016 starting off with a bang for local events

November/December 2015
- Sault to host national and international chess tournaments in 2017
- The Port of Algoma is now open for business
- Algoma U hosting 2016 OUA Wrestling Championships
- Young entrepreneur programs generating results
- Train Tour tops 30,000 riders; Best season in 8 years
- SSMEDC formally engaging with commercial realtors
- Community hosting 30th annual Festival & Events Ontario Conference

September/October 2015
- SSMEDC supports local business expansion
- Micro-loan program available for OW clients
- Events drawing visitors to Sault Ste. Marie
- SSMEDC forms historic partnership with Sault Airport
- Bow Lake Wind Farm now operational
- Major renos happening at Searchmont Resort

July/August 2015
- Area youth start businesses under Summer Company program
- SSMEDC releases its 2014 Annual Report
- FAMtastic results generated from travel media visits
- Growing the city's gaming sector one job at a time
- Porter offering vacation packages to the Sault
- Jesse Jordan dreams big with 'tiny home' business

May/June 2015
- SSMEDC client Envirotek embarks on major expansion initiative
- Sault to host the 2016 World U-17 Hockey Challenge
- Local investment attraction initiative moving forward
- Millworks Small Business Incubator has a home
- Group of Seven history attracting visitors to the Sault
- SSMEDC releasing weekly activity reports to increase accountability

March/April 2015
- SSMEDC presents 2014 results to City Council
- Help wanted: Sutherland looking to hire 250
- Sault to host 2016 CNSA National Conference
- Youth Engagement Forum generates action items
- Porter partnership adds 3 destinations for Sault travellers
- SSM hosting All-Ontario high school basketball tourneys

January/February 2015
- Help the Sault secure the 2017 Brier by making a ticket deposit
- Stakeholders partner to ensure viability of Searchmont Resort
- Applications being accepted for 2015 Summer Company
- Sault hosts major synchronized skating championships
- Another cruise ship docking in the Sault this summer
- Help the Sault move forward at the Youth Engagement Forum

November/December 2014
- Sault employment back to pre-2008 recession level
- Essar Centre hosts 2014 Grand Slam of Curling National
- Sault area to benefit from unique wind farm partnership
- Porter Airlines adds 23 destinations for Sault travellers
- Destiny Sault Ste. Marie holds Greater Community Forum
- 2014 Tourism Sault Ste. Marie Award winners announced

September/October 2014
- Port of Algoma project cruising forward
- Local economy poised to grow: Conference Board of Canada
- Sault Ste. Marie represented at a major lottery and gaming expo
- Ron MacLean and Rogers Sportsnet coming to town
- Invest Sault Ste. Marie initiative gets major boost
- Charity adventure race attracts visitors to the Sault area

July/August 2014
- Sault hosting Energy Opportunities Conference this November
- 3 Sault businesses set to grow thanks to Starter Company
- Cruise ships docking on the Sault's waterfront
- Downtown Small Business Incubator moving forward
- Major events are coming to the Sault this fall
- Twin Sault EDCs partner with a formal agreement

May/June 2014
- 18 area youth start their own business under Summer Company program
- SSMEDC releases its 2013 Annual Report
- Sault Ste. Marie well represented at the 2014 Canadian Gaming Summit
- Entrepreneur Nathan Chevalier opens paralegal business
- Community leaders join the SSMEDC Board of Directors
- Proposed Destination North attraction gets a boost

March/April 2014
- ACR passenger service generates over $38M annually: BDO
- Taskforce to grow the local lottery and gaming sector
- Ringette tourney attracts more than 600 athletes
- SSMEDC client embarks on a major growth project
- Green Grass grows; Seasonal firm expands into year-round operation
- New funding program now available for young entrepreneurs

January/February 2014
- Sault to host provincial skating championship in 2015
- SSMEDC presents on its key activity and results for 2013
- BDO to assess the impact of the ACR passenger rail line
- Community featured on The Agenda with Steve Paikin
- SSMEDC client expands her communications business
- Registration now open for Summer Company

November/December 2013
- Local IT/digital gaming sector set to soar
- City maintains its A+ credit rating from Standard & Poor's
- SSMEDC looks ahead to 2014 and beyond
- EDF loan guarantee allows Searchmont to open
- SSMEDC ramps up its Business Expansion Program
- 2013 Tourism Sault Ste. Marie Award winners announced

September/October 2013
- Naturallia leaves lasting impact on Sault Ste. Marie . . . and beyond
- Entrepreneurs open chiropractic and physio clinic
- Sault business wins NOB Company of the Year Award
- Sault College unveils Health and Wellness Centre
- Hollingsworth joins SSMEDC as Dir. of Strategic Initiatives

July/August 2013
- Downtown waterfront development project moving forward
- Youth delve into entrepreneurship program
- Tourism product to centre around iconic Canadian artists
- Naturallia offers first-rate opportunity for businesses
- Heritage Discovery Centre will add to SSM tourism sector
- Communications firm launches with SSMEDC help

May/June 2013
- Lottery and gaming marketing campaign unveiled
- SSMEDC releases its 2012 Annual Report
- Triple M Metal LP expands scrap metal operation
- All aboard! Train tour investments paying dividends
- Pair of conferences attract hundreds of visitors

March/April 2013
- Sault Ste. Marie punching above its weight
- TELUS Cup an economic boon for Sault Ste. Marie
- Major business matchmaking event coming to the Sault
- Lottery and Gaming at forefront of SSMEDC meeting with Premier
- CARHA World Cup nominated for Canadian Sport Event of the Year
- Sault businesses eye expansion into national defense sector

January/February 2013
- Sault Ste. Marie hosting the 2014 Ontario Scotties
- Local small business sector gets a giant lift
- SSMEDC hosts public information session
- Telus Cup gets boost with government support
- Councillor Watkins joins SSMEDC Board of Directors
- Growth areas and opportunities for Sault Ste. Marie

November/December 2012
- Industrial firms set sights on expansion
- Bridges to Better Business celebrates local entrepreneurs
- OFSAA basketball tourney attracts hundreds of visitors
- Regional transportation opportunities being promoted
- 2012 Tourism SSM Award winners announced
- Joe Fratesi awarded Queen?s Diamond Jubilee Medal

September/October 2012
- Sault ranked 2nd in Ontario in entrepreneurial survey
- CARHA Hockey World Cup generates $13.3 million
- SSMEDC supporting Elliot Lake recovery efforts
- Twin Saults work together for regional development
- Matchmaking event to connect northern firms with global markets
- SSMEDC assists local lawyer start up a legal practice

July/August 2012
- Cruise ship moors on Sault's waterfront
- Community partners with lottery and gaming specialists
- SSMEDC welcomes new President and Board Director
- Visitors ride Sault area roads in search of sight-saving cure
- Twin Saults make history with formal partnership

May/June 2012
- New waterfront development proposal unveiled
- SSMEDC working to retain local lottery and gaming jobs
- Government looking to the private sector to develop infrastructure projects
- Summer Company youth entrepreneurship program in full swing
- Hollingshead: The man behind the event

March/April 2012
- Entrepreneurs will soon have a forum to exchange ideas
- Sault hosts All-Ontario Midget AAA Championships
- Summer Company provides real-world business experience
- Area business offers children and parents a place to party
- SSMEDC looking to diversify local economy into mining sector
- Column: Organizers knew CARHA would work in the Sault

February 2012
- SIS Group prepares for expansion
- Biggest sporting event in Sault's history set to begin
- SSMEDC takes home provincial marketing award for tourism
- Sault Facebook site reaches milestone; 10,000 fans
- SSMEDC staffer earns scholarship for MBA program

January 2012
- Doc says decision to practice in the Sault was a breeze
- Photo gallery: 2011 Year in Review
- Regional harbour one step closer to reality
- Register today for a free business info session
- Dr. Roberta Bondar returns home to Celebrate 100!

December 2011
- Community delves deep into motorcycle tourism market
- Former SSMEDC client appears on Slice Network show Cake Walk
- Celebrate 100! contest to send a Saultite home in 2012
- Bill Therriault honoured for years of service to the community

November 2011
- SSMEDC unveils Annual Report and key performance indicators
- City and SSMEDC work together to deliver results
- Tourism SSM ramps up winter marketing campaign
- Column: Here's to a bright future for Sault Ste. Marie
- 2011 Bridges to Better Business Award winners announced

October 2011
- Local sawmill eyes the future
- SSMEDC picks up national marketing award for Tourism website
- Sault airport lands more funding for hangar expansion
- Train Tour ridership up; First increase in 9 years
- Sault moves up 30 spots in "Canada's Best Place to Live" 2011

September 2011
- Former NHL tough guy helps fellow ex-players with network
- Gateway site business plan taking shape
- Virtual Advising system makes business consulting much easier
- Celebrate 100! countdown kickoff begins
- Upcoming business seminar can help turn your idea into reality

August 2011
- Sault lays claim to 2nd largest solar farm in North America
- Essar Centre hosts first-ever International Hap Ki Do Canadian Open
- Local solar panel manufacturer set to expand operations
- Ellsin unveils its cutting-edge tire recycling plant in Sault Ste. Marie
- City park dedicated to the late Mayor John Rowswell

July 2011
- Aviation services sector soars with airport hanger expansion
- FedNor supports 2012 CARHA Hockey World Cup
- Passport to Prosperity providing hands-on experience
- Summer Company youth entrepreneurship program underway
- Column: Local tourism partnership benefits the community

June 2011
- Upgraded Agawa Canyon Train Tour unveiled
- Sault College gets big bucks for Health and Wellness Centre
- Sault to host 2013 Telus Cup National Midget Championships
- New business offers delicious cupcakes for any occasion
- Transat of offer direct flights from the Sault to Punta Cana

May 2011
- Porter Airlines adds third daily flight to Sault route
- Canadian Legion holds major conference at Essar Centre
- Customs agencies reach out to local tourism industry for input
- Column: Local companies benefit from BR&E program
- Italian Consul General visits the Sault; Builds relationship

April 2011
- City ranked second in Ontario in entrepreneurial survey
- Sault exploring bike tourism market
- New program helps with business succession
- Elementa gets nearly $1M for biomass expansion
- Column: What's a good average in sport tourism?

March 2011
- City to host 2012 All-Ontario Midget AAA Championships
- Business SSM establishing Entrepreneur Network
- OCAA Men's Basketball Championships a huge draw
- Delegation to India considers trip a success
- Hospitality/tourism veteran joins SSMEDC
- Column: A conversation on contact centres

February 2011
- Porter Airlines flights to and from Toronto begin May 4
- Dodds to become new CEO of the SSMEDC
- Concept unveiled for waterfront Gateway site
- New program teaches entrepreneurship to at-risk youth
- Digital or hard copy: Which do you prefer?
- Business helps city go green in more ways than one

January 2011
- Local green sector stirs interest from western Canada
- Recap 2010: Year in Review
- Candy Bouquet provides a delicious alternative to flowers
- Business Retention & Expansion Program = jobs
- Column: Tourism sector poised for growth

December 2010
- West End Community Centre gets the green light
- Is the U.S. tourism market bouncing back?
- Local café wins CYBF People's Choice Award
- Ribbon cut at Heliene's solar panel plant
- Italian Ambassador to Canada comes to town
- Celebrate 100! anniversary kickoff begins

November 2010
- Inaugural AAA hockey tournament rises to the occasion
- St. Marys Paper set to restart production
- Workshop looks into future labour needs and trends in the Sault area
- 2010 Bridges to Better Business Awards
- Sutherland embarking on a significant hiring campaign
- EDC staffer nominated for Premier's Award

October 2010
- Strapp leaves EDC to head NOHFC
- Elementa inks agreement with St. Lucia
- Local movie production wins award
- 2010 Tourism SSM Award winners
- Another solar farm coming to town

September 2010
- Remembering Mayor John
- Funding secured for HCR rail line
- Legion conference draws hundreds of visitors to the Sault
- Business Profile: Raili's Tasty Treats
- Column: Green sector awes European journalists

August 2010
- Local entrepreneur expands yard maintenance business
- FinnFest draws thousands of visitors to the Sault
- In Memory: Duane Buchanan left a lasting legacy on Sault Ste. Marie
- 3 community advocates join EDC Board
- Column: Essar Centre helps draw the Hottest Band in the World

July 2010
- EDC restructures; new Business SSM division announced
- Major martial arts tourney coming to the Sault
- EDC releases 2009 annual report
- Business seminar teaches the importance of social media
- 2010 Summer Company Directory
- Famous tall ships dock in the Sault

June 2010
- Agawa Canyon Train Tour going digital
- Passport to Prosperity program on the rise
- Construction booming in Sault Ste. Marie
- Spanish investors eye the Sault's green sector
- Local entrepreneur takes home Influential Woman of Northern Ont. award
- Column: AAA hockey tourney promises to be a significant tourism draw

May 2010
- Solar panel manufacturer setting up shop in the Sault
- Sault wins hosting rights for 2011 OCAA Men's Basketball Championships
- Business consulting in the region just got easier
- Local wood products manufacturer has sights on expansion
- Column: Sault carving out niche as serious gaming technology centre

April 2010
- Provincial energy program a perfect fit for Sault Ste. Marie
- Dudley Hewitt Cup comes to Essar Centre
- Business Profile: Jeannette's Custom Cakes
- City's alternative energy projects inspire SMC filmmaking class
- Column: Summer Company is a great way to get entrepreneurial experience

March 2010
- Elementa changing the landscape of the garbage industry
- ECSSM and CYFB do some TCBing
- EDC staffer shares knowledge in sport tourism workshop
- Sault's alternative energy projects attract international media
- Column: Searchmont does more than attract tourists

February 2010
- 'Cool' new business offers ice go-karting
- Bruce Strapp wins Ontario's highest economic development award
- Physician Recruitment Program nets 11 doctors in 2009
- Brian Tremblay shares marketing tips with local entrepreneurs
- Invest North marketing campaign launched
- Italian mayor visits Sault Ste. Marie

January 2010
- Construction set to begin on Pod's massive solar farm in the Sault
- 2009: Year in Review
- Business Profile: Local Friendly Gaming
- Olympic torch passes through the city
- EDC responds to Northern Ontario Growth Plan
- Help SSM earn a spot on Monopoly Canada

December 2009
- New business offers durable, long-lasting decks
- Young leaders gather in the Sault
- 2010 Scotties just around the corner
- SSM Innovation Centre celebrates 10th anniversary
- Sutherland establishes new worker training program

November 2009
- The ground breaking of Ellsin's tire recycling plant
- 2009 Bridges to Better Business Awards
- Sault hosts high-tech forensic conference
- Black Loon Millworks prepares for major expansion
- Column: Small businesses that invest for learning invest for success
- Delegation from Mumbai, India comes to town
- Algoma University partners with Northern Ontario med school

October 2009
- New welcome signs now greet city visitors
- Ministry of Labour adds 10 positions to its local Provincial Claims Centre
- Enterprise Centre SSM hosts tax information session
- Sault set to be a player in the movie industry?
- Breakdown of the 2009 Tourism Sault Ste. Marie Awards
- U.S. Consul General visits the Sault
- Business Profile: Phoenix Fire Protection/General Mobile Radio

September 2009
- Local stimulus projects now total well over $100 million
- Steelers' national title also a win for local tourism
- Sault hosts delegations from Brazil; Vietnam
- Business Profile: Never Ending Games
- Movie set to shoot in the Steel City
- Nominations being accepted for Bridges to Better Business Awards
- Groundbreaking ceremonies at Sault College and Algoma University

August 2009
- Former NHL enforcer volunteers with a youth entrepreneurial program
- EDC releases 2008 annual report: Driving beyond the economic reset
- Local alternative energy projects featured in leading national magazine
- Business profile: Graystone Environmental
- A good time to expand your small business?
- High School Business Plan Competition

July 2009
- Premier McGuinty announces $2 million for Ellsin's tire recycling project
- Small businesses going Green
- Major construction projects announced
- Invasive species centre gets funding
- The summer of youth entrepreneurship
- Cruise ship docks in the Sault
- Province helps promote the enhanced train tour

June 2009
- Sault lands the biggest sporting event in its history
- Tips for small businesses during a recession
- Another stellar year for Summer Company
- Local conferences draw hundreds of visitors
- Michigan U.P. delegation passes through
- AU and Sault College get $ millions

May 2009
- Train Tour gets new coaches
- Sault declared 'Youth Friendly'
- Business Profile: Precise Ecomatics
- Israeli delegation visits the Sault
- New government program funds small business
- City hosts Franco-Ontario Games

April 2009
- Sault gets Greener with oilseed and fibre crop opportunities
- Top notch entertainment comes to Essar Centre
- Business Profile: Half-Pint Hooves
- Elementa Group attracts international attention
- New South Wales, Australia fancies local CQI
- EDC Staffer takes position with Ontario tourism committee

March 2009
- Western Canada Economic Development Initiative takes shape
- Small business information sessions held
- Hockey's best bantams invade the Sault
- Government releases tourism study
- Local snowmobile trails draw international attention
- Connections made between Austria and SSM

February 2009
- Market recovery on the horizon: economist
- Essar here to stay; company has long-term plans for Algoma
- Enterprise Centre builds bridges to small business community
- Football fever hits SSM; city to host national title
- Local tourism investment pays off . . . again
- International buzz surrounds Elementa Group

January 2009
- 2008: Year in Review
- City attracts newcomers with new website
- 1 semester down; many more to come at independent AU
- Ward 2 Counc. Myers joins SSMEDC Board of Directors

December 2008
- Sault gets another major event: 2010 FinnFest
- Great times had at Treetop Adventures
- Foreign visit links SSM with international market
- CQI releases Community Performance Report
- Searchmont promoted throughout Ontario and Michigan
- Minister Tony Clement makes local funding announcements

November 2008
- Sault gets 2010 Scotties Tournament of Hearts
- SSM has competitive advantages: EDC
- Minister of Tourism attends TSSM Awards night
- U.S. diplomat vists the Sault; Likes what he sees
- Local volunteer honoured by Enterprise Centre SSM
- Bridges built between SSM and Forssa, Finland

October 2008
- Pod building on the Sault's Green identity
- Tourism Sault Ste. Marie adds to trophy case
- City to host World Ringette Championships
- EDC launches marketing campaign
- Successful summer for Cafe Natura
- High School Business Plan Competition coming to town