Meeting and networking opportunities are the main reasons EMDA members cite when talking about the benefits of being a member. And the EMDA Board and staff strive to provide the most effective structured means to enable such interaction – through the Fall Convention, the Industry Showcase, and the Spring meeting.
But EMDA is a member too. Through our affiliation with these organizations, EMDA is able to offer education opportunities that would be virtually impossible for us to do on our own.
We’ve been affiliated with the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) since 1982. NAW is composed of wholesaler-distributors and a federation of international, national, regional, state and local associations and their member firms, which total more than 30,000 employers that have locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. NAW’s constituency is at the core of our economy—a vital link in the supply chain between manufacturers, retailers, and commercial, institutional and governmental end users. https://emda.net/naw/
Since the early 1990s, we’ve supported the Manufacturer’s Representatives Education Resource Foundation (MRERF) — the creative energy behind educational programs offered by the Institute for Professional Advancement (IPA). The Foundation also prepares educational materials, supports and publishes resource material and periodic reports concerning the representative-manufacturer relationships and their respective functions. https://emda.net/mrerf/
Most recently, we’ve partnered with the Association Education Alliance (AEA) – whose vision is to identify, evaluate and develop educational products and programs for use by member associations as well as to facilitate networking and idea sharing among AEA members.
To help members find education opportunities available through EMDA and its partner organizations, check out the new “upcoming events” calendar feature of the EMDA web site: https://emda.net/education-opportunities/
Maybe you’ll find the perfect opportunity to apply for the EMDA Scholarship !