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Registration is now open: Health & Wellness, Home Decor & Renovation, Sport & Outdoor Show 

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Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario -  October 27, 2017  (LSN) The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC) is pleased to announce that registration is now open on all three of its popular annual expos. 

Re-branded as the ‘WE ARE THE SOO Expos’ last year, the 2018 series includes:

  • the Health & Wellness Expo - Saturday, January 27th
  • th and Sunday, February 25ththe Home Decor & Renovation Expo - Saturday, February 24
  • the Big Sport & Outdoor Show - Saturday, March 10th and Sunday, March 11th

 All three events will return to the Machine Shop for 2018.

2018 will mark 43 years of the Chamber of Commerce’s spring trade show tradition.

“Year-after-year, the Chamber’s annual trade show has grown, becoming a recognized harbinger of springtime,” says Jason Naccarato, President of the Sault Chamber. “The event has evolved through the years and with the recent rebranding and the move to The Machine Shop, the Chamber is now able to present three very distinct events, each offering businesses and consumers very specialized experiences, tailored to their interests.”

The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce hosted its first ‘Spring Sports Show’ in March 1976 at the Sault Ste. Marie Armouries. The event featured 28 local and area exhibitors. In addition to the Spring Sports Show, Saultites will undoubtedly recall the Home Show, The Great Outdoor Show, the Home and Outdoor Show and the Chamber’s Spring Expo, all fore-runners of the current WE ARE THE SOO Expo series.

SSMCOC CEO, Rory Ring notes that the agency has had a great deal of discussion with local businesses about their expectations, their market and what time of year works best for them.

“We know that our vendors want to be out of the gate early so they can plan their seasons accordingly.  We know that they want to showcase their product lines while they are fresh and line-up projects and customers for the spring and summer seasons,” says Ring. “Our commitment is to offer them an affordable expo opportunity and help bring local consumers together with local businesses.”

An early-bird discount is available for participating exhibitors.  Businesses interested in registering for any of the three WE ARE THE SOO Expos can visit the Chamber website at

The Sult Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce notes that it is aware that a private firm from outside of our community has been soliciting exhibit space for an upcoming event called the 'Sault Ste. Marie Spring Expo’. The Chamber wants its members and the public to be aware that this event is in no way connected with the Chamber’s long-running community event, even though it is using the moniker, ‘Spring Expo’, which was previously used by the Chamber.

Ring suggests that suggests that completion is welcome, as it would be in any private enterprise market, and is confident that exhibitors and consumers will ultimately benefit. He notes however that the Chamber feels it is important to ensure that there is no confusion on the part of either the public or local businesses. Support and participation in the Chamber's WE ARE THE SOO Expos help support your local Chamber of Commerce and the advocacy efforts that it undertakes on behalf of local business and creating a more positive local economy.

About the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce
The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of 700 plus business and agencies in Sault Ste. Marie and has been serving the needs of this community since 1889. The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce will lead the way as the voice of business, advancing economic prosperity for its membership and the business community. Learn more about the SSMCOC at