What is a SmartZone?
Michigan's SmartZone program began in 2005. Each of these zones is a hub of technological development and entrepreneurship, offering resources to help guide local entrepreneurs to the realization of their businesses endeavors. These centers also foster collaborations between business owners, universities, government entities, industry, and the community.
Our Role in the Sault
The Sault Ste. Marie SmartZone guides individuals through the process of establishing their business. Our business incubator, located on Meridian Street, also provides start-ups with the opportunity to rent office space for their business. The mission of the Sault Ste. Marie SmartZone is to provide high-quality and economical product development services for entrepreneurs and businesses throughout the region by providing access to current manufacturing facilities, business training programs, and skilled industry personnel. The SmartZone is a collaborative partnership between the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Lake Superior State University, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
Our SmartZone is only one mile away from Lake Superior State University. With the school's esteemed engineering and computer science programs, the university lies close to the SmartZone mission of advancing technological businesses. Read more about Lake Superior State University's Product Development Center here.