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Economic Resource Alliance

This group was formed in early 2016 and is made up of local agencies that are active in our community. The Economic Resource Alliance (ERA) goal is to provide a "clearing house" for entrepreneurs (both starting out and existing) that require the local assistance we can provide.


The purpose of our group is to market Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding area, promote business climate advantages, educate partner organizations about our goals, promote local success stories, facilitate communication between partner organizations, and grow local business. Each month, the ERA hosts a guest speaker to discuss entrepreneurship, economic development, and opportunities for local businesses.

Contact the EDC for more information on how the ERA can assist you in cutting red tape and getting your business started.


  • ​Chippewa County EDC

  • City of Sault Ste. Marie

  • Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning & Development

  • MiStem Network

  • Office of Senator Gary Peters

  • Sault Chamber of Commerce

  • Sault Ste. Marie EDC

  • Sault Tribe EDC

  • Upper Peninsula MichiganWorks!

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

  • Soo Locks Workgroup

  • U.P. Ambassadors

  • Legislative Workgroup

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