November 3-4, 2021 | Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN

Get the Go-Ahead to Attend with Our Handy Resources

You’ve done your research and know attending the Midwest’s largest design and manufacturing event is a must for staying current in your field—now it’s time to convince your boss.

Pro tip: Focus on what you'll bring back to the team and the value beyond what you get. Keep it short, powerful, and company- or team-focused.

Resources include:

4 Tips to Make It Happen

When crafting your plan, think about the bottom line: Why should the company budget for your trip and what's the return on the investment?

  • Determine the value. Show specifics on how your attendance will impact current projects, inspire knowledge, and eliminate obstacles.
  • Be solutions-driven. What issues pop up again and again? List exhibitors who can provide the solutions your team needs.
  • Provide a post-show rundown. Offer to deliver a short presentation or write up on your key takeaways.
  • Plan for your absence. Whether it’s working ahead or tapping a colleague to help out, explain how your time away is covered.

Why Attend

No other event in the Midwest puts you in direct contact with as many innovative companies and industry leaders as this five-in-one trade show event. The reasons to attend are many, but here are some important points to make to your boss:

  • Exceptional supplier showcase: Connect with experts from leading companies including Sonoco Alloyd, Air Automation & Engineering, Dasco Systems/Dasco Labels, Flexmation, and TEQ.
  • Industry-specific education: Explore free sessions and expert panels at the expo or take an educational deep dive at the four-track MD&M Minneapolis conference.
  • Make connections, fast: Mingle with your peers, find potential business partners, and connect with industry experts ready to solve your toughest challenges.
  • Five trade shows at one expo: Your pass is actually five expo passes in one. Explore innovations and network across medtech, packaging, automation, product design, and plastics.

Sample Letter to Management

Download a sample letter to use as a starting point while conveying the importance of the event to your boss.

Expenses Worksheet

One question that inevitably comes up is: How much will this cost? Make sure you’ve taken all costs into consideration and are prepared with a thoughtful answer.