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Lake State Students Manage Public Relations For Smartzone Clients
Time Flies Quilt and Sew
Students in this semester’s Public Relations (PR) class were able to put their skills to the test with an experiential learning project that immersed them in a public relations role for local start-up companies. The PR class was divided into three teams that were each assigned two businesses for whom they would create a variety of PR materials. An initial meeting took place at the beginning of the semester, where students were able to meet their clients and get a feel for the company — its current PR tools, branding, etc. Throughout the following months, each team completed a full portfolio of PR materials for their businesses: infographics, fact sheets, social media content calendars, radio ads, and more. Each group also coordinated an event for each business that was complete with media cov- erage.
College courses with an “experiential learn- ing” focus ensure that students complete a class with not only a transcript but a resume that reflects their skills and experience. For students entering the workforce upon graduation, this sort of education is invaluable, allowing them to gain notable work experience in concurrence with their studies. At Lake Superior State Uni-
versity of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, this style of learning is embraced across academic pro- grams, from engineering and computer net- working, to nursing and teaching, all the way to creative writing and communications.
“I’m really proud of my students and all they have accomplished this semester,” said commu- nications professor Natasha DeActis. “This proj- ect was meant to challenge them and give them opportunities to put their skills into practice.”
“Having a local university is a major resource for our community,” said Jeff Holt, EDC Exec- utive Director. “We are looking forward to more opportunities like this where we can work closely with students while promoting local business.”
The Sault EDC is dedicated to bringing eco- nomic prosperity to the city of Sault Ste. Marie. They help local entrepreneurs take business ideas and turn them into realities. Through internal resources and community partnerships, the EDC facilitates the process of creating some- thing entirely new or helping an existing busi- ness grow and expand. For more information on the EDC and their work in the community visit
Time Flies Quilt and Sew of Negaunee Town- ship will host their Grand Opening of their new 1250 square foot Bernina Learning Center on May 3rd, 2019 and will have fabulous sales on their machines, future Bernina events and class- es.
The Bernina grand opening and celebration of the Creative and Learning Center classroom will take place 9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. on May 3. On May 4 , an APQS roadshow, designed for “quilters who do not currently own a longarm machine or current owners who are looking to upgrade,” will be held. It’s a free 3.5-hour sem- inar that includes important information about owning your first longarm machine, covering the capabilities of the machine, the addition of computerized quilting to a new or existing machine, as well as basic maintenance and use.
Owner Pam Kauppila uses the studio space to offer classes for quilting, sewing and embroi- dery and the hourly rental of APQS longarm machines.
Time Flies Quilt and Sew is a certified dealer of Bernina and APQS sewing machines in the Upper Peninsula and has certified technicians for both brands. There is a dedicated work space for Rick Kauppila, her certified technician hus- band and engineer. He certainly is qualified by degree but he also has attended extensive tech- nician training from APQS and Bernina. Those
who purchase a Bernina sewing machine will receive unlimited mastery classes for their machine and when you purchase an APQS lon- garm, there is an 8 hour beginner’s class.
“I’m here to teach people the art of sewing and quilting,” she said. She can help people of all skill levels learn more about sewing, quilting and embroidering. “I can help people from the beginning,” she said. “and what I’ve learned is hobbies like sewing keep a person young.”
For those who wish to rent time on the APQS longarm machine, Kauppila offers private classes that teach the basics of the APQS longarm so a person can be familiarized before renting time on the machine. “It’s a half-day private class and once they know how to use it, they can rent time on the machine and come in and quilt their own quilt,” she said. Beyond sewing machines and classes, a wide variety of supplies for quilting, sewing and embroidery are offered at the shop, she said.
Time Flies Quilt and Sew is located at 116 U.S. East in Negaunee. The shop is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, visit timefliesquiltand-,,, insta- or call 906- 361-5111.
Best Small Business Honoree
Time Flies Quilt & Sew
Bernina Creative and Learning Center, Fabric Shop
Owner Pam Kauppila uses the studio space to offer classes for quilting, sewing and embroidery and the hourly rental of APQS longarm machines.
Certified dealer of
116 U.S. East in Negaunee
Open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Osprey Technologies of Sault Ste. Marie, MI received state-wide acclaim with its distinction as a 2019 Best Small Business Honoree by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. This award is given to small businesses all across the state who have demonstrated exemplary dedication and outstanding achievements as a Michigan small business. A part of the Sault Ste. Marie SmartZone, Osprey was one of 12 in its category to receive this honor.
Osprey opened its doors in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in August, 2018. Although less than a year old, this company, moving forward, is offer- ing a unique array of services in the Upper Mid- west to corporations, government entities, and entrepreneurs. Osprey has vast experience rang-
ing from composite structural design and proto- type fabrication to engineering analysis, pro- gram management, and more, all available in one location.
“I appreciate the recognition,” said Dave Crockett, owner of Osprey, “and I’m thankful for the help from Jeff Holt and Tracey Laitinen at the Sault EDC, along with others associated with Michigan’s Small Business Association.”
MCSB is a prestigious awards program that seeks to recognize impactful small businesses and the entrepreneurs behind them who have made great contributions to the state’s economic land- scape. The program held its first gala in 2005 and continues the tradition to this day.
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