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

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

The NMDA Executive Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel S.T.E.P. for 2020. This was not a decision made lightly, nor was it was one they wanted to make, but it is the right one based on where we are right now in fighting this pandemic.

As you know we took a poll last week in the newsletter and there was an overwhelming “No” response to attending if we held the event. Using that knowledge, and knowing that the meeting rooms would not allow social distancing, it made sense to cancel the event.

Our goal is to update the contract at the Embassy Suites and use the same property for 2021. Thank you for your understanding of this decision and please take care of yourself.

2020 NMDA Annual Meeting

We WILL be holding a virtual Annual Meeting for the membership sometime in mid/late July. Details will follow once they are finalized.

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 at 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.