Sault Ste. Marie Business Leaders Hope to Bring in New Business in 2019, Some are Taking Shape in Tribe’s New Center

The turn of the calendar comes with new excitement over potential new businesses in the Soo.

Business leaders in Sault Ste. Marie say they’re hard at work trying to attract new businesses, some already taking shape.

“2019 is hopefully a year we will take a vacant space and start creating jobs there,” Sault EDC Executive Director Jeff Holt, said.

Could 2019 be the year there’s a plan for the old K-mart building?

Holt says it’s drumming up interest.

“It’s being sparked by a federal program that potentially will provide tax incentives for investors that want to redevelop big box stores,” Holt, explained.

The hope is for a new retailer and hundreds of jobs.

More business is the goal in the Soo and down the street, some are already moving in.

Introducing the new Tamarack Business Center on Ashmun Street.

Owned by the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians it will be home to at least four new-to-the-Soo businesses.

“Tipping Point Solutions is an educational company that produces high quality educational videos and training videos,” Tipping Point Solutions Business Development Manager Mari Schupp, said.

Tipping Point Solutions is based in Colorado, now they have an office in the Tamarack Center.

“It’s really exciting for me to be here in this position because it’s just totally new to the area,” Schupp, added.

Right down the hall is Jeta Corporation, headquartered in Wisconsin.

“Anything that an energy company needs we are there to help them and we want to see it through the whole way,” Jeta Procurement Specialist Tyler Bouschor, explained.

Both companies are owned by Sault Tribe members and get benefits from being on tribal land.

“They want to come back to their roots and help the future generations,” Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Economic Development Director Joel Schultz, said.

“We have a lot of opportunity and I think, what Sault Ste. Marie and the city and our partners are realizing is those competitive advantages that we have benefit the whole region,” Schultz, added.