My story has been edited dramatically - what's the deal?

NADCO needed to make significant changes to most of the 50 state one pager stories in order to 1. ensure certain pieces of information were represented wherever possible on each one-pager 2. ensure consistency across one-sheets (for presentation as a collection) 3. ensure featured stories were all similar lengths (approx. 200-250 words for most).

I didn't provide this information on the one-sheet. Where'd you get it?

In order to complete the featured stories and achieve consistent information for each of the one-sheets, NADCO utilized a variety of outside sources including borrower websites, SBA 504 loan data, Google Maps, news sources/online articles, and more. If NADCO has introduced a factual error from one of these sources, please notify us so that we can make the edit.

I submitted edits - why aren't they reflected?

NADCO will try to turn the edits around as quickly as possible. All necessary changes will be made by the NADCO Spring Summit. If you need the high quality, edited one-sheet earlier, please email news@nadco.org and request the HQ file. It will be sent via a Dropbox link. Note: There are some types of edits or concerns that for one reason or another will not be addressed, mainly pertaining to CDC-specific desires or preferences. If you would like to make further changes to the one-pager, NADCO is happy to send the editable file to your CDC. For now, these 50 state one pagers are in final form, but we will be soliciting help to update and edit every few years.

Why are the images grainy when I download them?

The versions that you can download are low quality. These are not the versions that you should print or disseminate to constituents. They are uploaded merely so that CDCs can screen for issues with the featured stories the high quality files were too large to upload.

How do I get a high quality digital file for my state?

NADCO will happily send you the high quality version if you email news@nadco.org. Since the files are so large, it may require us to Dropbox the file to you (or utilize some other large file-share mechanism). Note that NADCO will print high quality versions and have them available on-site at the Spring Summit.

Am I free to use my state's one-pager?

Yes! Please simply let news@nadco.org know so that we can ensure you have a high-quality version to work from.

Why does my state's one-pager feature a competitor's borrower?

NADCO works to select the featured stories as fairly as possible. It is important to note that these one-sheets are meant to represent 504 lending in each state as a whole and not individual CDCs. Audiences for the one-sheets are concerned with overall 504 impact and are indifferent about which CDC made the featured loan. Still, should you wish to feature your own borrower story, NADCO is happy to provide the editable digital file for any such changes.

What are my options if I don't want to use a one-pager for a competitor's borrower?

The intended audience for the one-pagers is elected representatives and their staffs. This constituency is not concerned with which CDC made the loan. They simply want to see that borrowers are benefiting from the 504 Loan Program (and that it's making an impact) in your local area. If you want to change the one-pager to reflect your CDC, NADCO is happy to provide the editable digital file for any such changes. Simply email news@nadco.org the request and list the states that you need.

Can I get a version of the state one-pager featuring my CDC's borrower?

If your CDC has Photoshop downloaded (and somebody who knows how to use it!) NADCO is happy to send you the PSD file to edit as you see fit in-house. Unfortunately, at this time, NADCO's focus has to be to simply complete the original 50 one-pagers, so cannot switch out the stories for your CDC.

Will the one-pagers ever change/be updated?

Yes! Due to the size of this project, NADCO intends to solicit new stories as we are able. The initial effort was in 2016 and in 2019 a full recollection effort took place. This way, other CDCs have a chance to have their borrowers featured or to feature new or different stories for the state. Additionally, the "Past 20 Years" statistics on the front side, right sidebar will be updated each year as the new data is released from the SBA. The statistics that are currently displayed are the most recent year of complete, available SBA data.

My states story is the same as last time - why?

NADCO did not receive adequate stories from a small number of states in order to change the featured story. If you have a borrower in one of these states that you wish to highlight, we can still put a one pager together for you. Contact news@nadco.org for details.