Twenty-four vendors joined the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce during it’s fourth annual Health and Wellness Expo at the Station Mall on Saturday.
This expo included vendors from different wellness sectors, such as spiritual, financial, physical, mental, and psychological wellness.
“This year we were been very fortunate to partner with the Station Mall and the Merchant’s Association,” SSM Chamber Membership & Business Development Leader Bob Burns told SaultOnline, “whereby they get increased traffic from our expo, we benefit from the mall traffic, and the fact that it’s free to the public has increased attendance as well.”
Burns said that by noon, the expo, which used to take place at The Machine Shop and cost an admission fee, saw over 400 people, which is about the number they saw in a whole day at last year’s expo.
Burns explained that this expo started out as a multitude of different lifestyle vendors and then grew to the point where they could separate it into three separate expos which are each unique to a different lifestyle – big sport and outdoor, home decor and renovations, and health and wellness. He said this makes it easier to cater to target audiences.
One of the many vendors involved was Plan A Algoma, a healthcare staffing company who hire nurses, PSWs and nursing students to help long-term care facilities fill in extra shifts at nursing homes.
This is the second expo Plan A Algoma has been a part of.
Recruitment and Marketing Manager Amanda McBain told SaultOnline that she loved the response they received from the Station Mall attendees.
She said she thinks expos like this are a great way to get exposure, especially since PAA is a newer company that many people still don’t know much about.
“It’s great to get out in the community and see people, and they get to learn about us and other companies,” she said.
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