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

30th Annual S.T.E.P. Purchasing – AUGUST 2 – 5, 2021 *NEW DATES*

With iCast’s dates for 2021 being a direct overlap with S.T.E.P. 2021, NMDA has chosen to move our event to August.  Monday August 2 to 6PM on Thursday, August 5, 2021.  Please change the dates in your calendars!

We are most hopeful that NMDA will be holding S.T.E.P. in person at the Embassy Suites Rosemont.  The rollout of the vaccination process leaves us optimistic that we will be able to hold the “traditional” event.

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 Rosemont.  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 Training – 

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.

The 2019 Supplier of the Year Award Winners, Click here to see the full list.