What is a SmartZone?
SmartZones are technology centers designated to promote resource collaborations between universities, industry, research organizations, government and other community institutions, establishing technology-based business and jobs.
Sault Ste. Marie Advanced Resource and Technology, Inc. (SSMart) operates the Sault Ste. Marie SmartZone, as a collaborative partnership with the City of Sault Ste. Marie and its Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Lake Superior State University (LSSU), and the Michigan Economic Develpoment Corporation.
What is the Mission of SSMart?
The Mission of the Sault Ste. Marie SmartZone is to provide a local, single point resource for entrepreneurs and business partners throughout the region, where ideas and concepts become prototypes with a feasible business plan for subsequent manufacture and market delivery.
How does SSmart help entrepreneurs?
SSMart provides support for companies and start ups during a critical phase of development. When you, an entrepreneur or business partner, are getting your idea off the ground SSMart is here to help. We provide a local, single point resource where ideas and concepts become prototypes with a feasible business plan for subsequent manufacture and market delivery.
We have a brand new facility to lease flexible office space and a conference room. We have professionals ready to assist with developing both business plans and marketing strategies.
Our cutting edge manufcturing center will help you to build and develop your products for market.
Where is the SSmart Zone?
We are located in beautiful Sault Ste. Marie Michigan. Our address is:
2345 Meridian St. Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783-2661
I have an idea. Can I get help building or testing it?
Yes. SSmart is partnered with The Product Development Center (PDC) of Lake Superior State University, who can help with design, testing, and other engineering needs. This is one of the many services offered by SSMart and our partners.
I made a prototype, can I get help making it easier to produce?
SSMart and engineers from the LSSU Product Development Center (PDC) can help with the "design-for-manufacture" process.
If SSMart helps improve a prototype or product, does the entrepreneur maintain all of the rights?
Yes, we are here to help you build a successful product! All patents, copyrights, and legal ownership of what the SSMart team help to develop remain in the control of the entrepreneur.
Will my product sell?
What about a business plan?
What if I need help applying for a grant?
The Michigan SBIR/STTR Assistance Program provides SBIR/STTR training and proposal development services to technology companies with costs covered in whole or in part by the state. The program is funded by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF), administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and managed by BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting.
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs award over $2.4 billion annually in non-dilutive R&D grants and contracts through 11 federal agencies. The Assistance Program helps Michigan companies be more competitive in this national proposal and award process.