S.T.E.P. Training and Purchasing Information

29th Annual S.T.E.P. Purchasing – July 20-23, 2020

S.T.E.P. Purchasing provides a centralized location for manufacturers to introduce new products and programs into the distributor marketplace. Both NMDA and non-NMDA members may attend S.T.E.P., held annually. If you are not an NMDA member and would like attend, email us.

The event will be moving to the Embassy Suites by Hilton O’Hare (Rosemont), IL. The hotel was new to us last year and proved to be a great fit for our event. The hotel is near the Rosemont Entertainment District (home to a variety of restaurants & bars) and across the street from Gibson’s, Morton’s and many other fine restaurants.

Information about S.T.E.P. will be sent to distributors in April and to our manufacturing and manufacturers’ reps in late April or early May. Please do NOT book appointments early as the actual time slots for meetings have not been confirmed.

S.T.E.P. Purchasing 2019 Was a Success

We received so many great comments about S.T.E.P.  2019 and the value it delivers to all of our members. In addition to the meetings, we host cocktail receptions and other opportunities to network and share experiences.

We had a record number of 60 companies post banners in the hotel space to showcase their meeting rooms.

On Wednesday, we announced the Supplier of the Year Award Winners. Click here to see the full list.

S.T.E.P Training – Tentatively Scheduled for 2020

S.T.E.P. Training is NOT a purchasing event. S.T.E.P Training offers a unique event to learn about the features/benefits of specific products and the best ways to sell them–directly from the manufacturers.  S.T.E.P. Training is held every other year.

Supplier of the Year

Awarded annually by the Distributor members of NMDA, the award recognizes those companies who meet and exceed the standards and goals set by the Supplier of the Year committee. All finalists receive valuable ratings and evaluations from distributor customers.