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

29th Annual S.T.E.P. Purchasing – AUGUST 2 – 5, 2021

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.

Registration is open for NMDA members!  It has been many months carefully scrutinizing CDC and Illinois rules regarding meetings and finally, we meet the criteria to hold S.T.E.P.  Registration information was emailed to all members, if you missed the email, or just need to find the material, please log into the Members Only Section of the website to download the forms.

We are fairly certain that we have contacted and updated all the S.T.E.P. contacts for manufacturers and distributors, BUT if you have changes and have not let us know, please email tara@nmdaonline.com

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.


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 being reviewed to find the best way to present product information to distributor salespeople.

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.