Here's the answers to questions you might have....
Due to the COVID19 pandemic, our Fall 2020 show has been cancelled. Please save the date for our Spring Show, March 13-15, 2021 in Portland, Maine.
Buyer registration for the Spring Show will open in December 2020.
What is the cost to register?
Registration for qualified wholesale buyers is FREE! We ask that you pre-register so that we can accurately plan for things like show guides, buyer gift bags, staffing, etc.
When will I receive my name badges?
Badges are mailed beginning a month out from the show. If you have not received your badges with 10 days of registering, please contact our office. We are also happy to print your badges out for you onsite, for no charge, if you have not received them in the mail.
May I register for the show onsite?
Yes you may, though we prefer you pre-register so that we can accurately plan for things like show guides, buyer gift bags, staffing, etc.
Why do I need to bring Business ID?
NEM is only open to qualified wholesale buyers. The exhibitors have invested significant time, energy and money to be able to connect directly with buyers who are interested in wholesale. We protect that investment by ensuring they are not distracted by the general public or solicited by companies looking to sell their services. Your business ID helps us ensure that you are a qualified buyer for admittance.
Do I need to bring Business ID if I've attended in the past and/or pre-registered?
Yes, you still need to provide two forms of business ID for admittance.
Do I need two forms of Business ID for each person attending with me?
No, two forms of business ID for the group is fine.
What qualifies as a form of Business ID?
Any of the following items would qualify as business ID: re-sale certificate, company check, company credit card, pay stub w/ company name, business card, utility bill with company name or logo'd clothing.
Why is no one under 16 allowed admittance?
NEM is an active buying environment where business to business transactions are happening. While the show is definitely fun to attend, it's not entertainment. The environment is not appropriate for children. Additionally, the show can be dangerous for young curious hands, particularly in the specialty food section where heating mechanisms are used. Lastly, many of exhibitors have dedicated significant time and expense to their booth displays and we don't want to take the risk that young curious hands could disturb or damage those displays & products.
What if my child is just a baby?
The only exception to our age limit is a baby-in-arms. Strollers are not permitted. The baby must be secured to an adult by a front or back child pack and must remain in the pack at all times on the show floor.
Is the show handicap accessible?
Yes, persons with disabilities should have easy access to the show. However, we highly encourage you to contact us in advance so that we can accommodate any reasonable special needs you may have.
Will I be able to take my show orders home with me?
We're sorry but no. NEM is not a cash & carry show. NEM is strictly an order writing show. You may arrange with exhibitors to pick up product via their hotels or another venue but the exhibitors have been informed that product is not to leave the show floor during the show - this is strictly enforced.
What is the Cash & Carry on Monday from 3-4pm?
Our cash & carry hour on Monday is really more of a show sample sale. Of course if you have arranged with an exhibitor to pick up your order during this time, that is permitted. Note - this is the only time order pick up is permitted. The rest of the show is strictly order-writing. Participation is entirely up to the individual exhibitors. They are not required to participate although approximately 80% do. Pricing is also up to the individual exhibitors - some will sell their product at wholesale pricing while others will sell at retail or a balance somewhere in between.
Where do I park/How much is parking?
Spring: Unfortunately parking onsite is limited to only 200 cars. Because of this, we rent additional parking lots offsite, as well as provide shuttles that continuously run between the parking lots and the show venue. We wish we could provide onsite parking for everyone and we understand the situation is not ideal but unfortunately, until they build another venue in southern Maine that can hold the size of our show, we don't have another option. However, we dedicate hundreds of man hours and thousands of dollars to ensure you have as easy an experience as possible, and of course it's all FREE to you! While parking offsite may not be ideal, we assure you that you will be shuttled to and from the show quickly, in the warmth of a clean vehicle, with a friendly staff driver to answer any of your questions.
Fall: The Boxboro Regency Hotel has plenty of free, onsite parking.
What are the dining options at the show?
Spring: NEM provides two different options for dining at the show. The NEM Cafe, provided by CVC Catering, is located directly on the show floor and provides an assortment of soups, sandwiches, salads, hot entrees, snacks and desserts as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Seating is also available. Turf's Sports Bar & Grill is located adjacent to the show floor and offer standard sports bar fare along with a full bar.
Fall: The Boxboro Regency Hotel has an onsite restaurant offering casual American fare and also sets up a concession stand during show hours with fresh salads, sandwiches, snacks and beverage. For more about the hotel's onsite restaurant, click here.
May I bring my pet into the show with me?
Unfortunately no. The only animals permitted in the show are service dogs that do not provide a disturbance to the show.
What is your policy on service animals?
In accordance with the Maine Human Rights Act, service animals, as defined in 5 MRSA, section 4592(8), of the revision dated April 2016, are permitted to accompany disabled individuals into the event provided the animal is under the control of its handler at all times, is housebroken, does not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others, does not damage the property of others or interfere with the reasonable enjoyment of others. Service animals must be on a leash/halter/tether at all times unless the use of such device directly interferes with the animal’s ability to perform its function. Assistance animals, as defined in 5 MRSA, section 4553(1-H), will not be permitted entry into the event.
I have exhibited at over 1,000 shows in our 34-year career, all over the country. Since 1996, this is the only wholesale show we really need to attend. It has the best companies as exhibitors & really enthusiastic buyers who love the made in New England quality & friendliness. I love this show & all it represents.
— Wendy Newmeyer, founder & CEO of Maine Balsam Fir Products in West Paris, Maine