About the Government Relations Conference

Basic Information
The NADCO Government Relations Conference is critical to raising awareness and ensuring continued Congressional support and funding for the Real Estate Advantage (504) Loan Program and the CDC industry. In addition to the collective impact of meetings with lawmakers, the NADCO Government Relations conference offers insights from political experts, events with small business and banking leaders, and media and advocacy training.

Who Should Attend
Everyone! This conference is not only intended for the CDC executives, it is designed to encourage participation from the next generation of the 504 industry – NADCO NextGen. Now is the time for the future leaders of our CDCs and the industry of the organization to get training and start building relationships with lawmakers to ensure the future of our loan programs and CDC industry.

Why You Should Attend
Constant, consistent advocacy and education of Congressional and administration officials are necessary in a climate of fiscal pressure and budget cutting. Now more than ever, we need to articulate what we do, and its value in creating jobs and growing small businesses in every state and Congressional district. With a change in leadership expected at the House and Senate Small Business Committees, and new leadership at the SBA, a strong industry presence is critical. Due to the circumstances. we hope to DOUBLE our strength in attendance. We need YOU!

Frequently Asked Questions
What is the appropriate attire?
Professional Attire is requested for this event. You will be attending meetings and events with representatives from the SBA as well as members of Congress. Please represent the industry in a very professional manner.

What should I bring?
Come prepared with information about your loan volume and your economic development work in the communities you serve. Loan volume totals, number of loans, jobs created, and illustrations of economic impact in the state and Congressional district are critical. You will also want to arrive with a schedule for meeting with members of Congress. NADCO will provide talking points.

How do I prepare for the "Day on the Hill”?
As soon as possible, contact your members of Congress and senators to schedule a meeting in their Washington office for March 5, 2014, hours to be determined.

What are the fees for the Government Affairs Conference?

  • $250 for NADCO Members from 1/6/2014 through 2/2/2014
  • $275 for NADCO Members from 2/3/2014 through 3/4/2014
  • $350 for non-Members from 1/6/2014 through 2/2/2014
  • $375 for non-Members from 2/3/2014 through 3/4/2014
What is the cancellation policy?
  • Full refund through 1/31/2014 with written notice
  • 50% refund from 2/1/2014 through 2/15/2014 with written notice
  • No refunds will be issued after 2/15/2014
How do I get around DC?
  • The easiest way to travel between events and to visits on Capitol Hill is via the Metro system.
  • An interactive trip planner and metro map are available here: www.wmata.com
  • Metro cards can be purchased at any metro station.
  • The closest metro station to the Washington Plaza is McPherson Square (0.37 miles)
  • The closest metro stations to the U.S. Capitol are Union Station, Judiciary Square, Federal Center and Capitol South.
  • McPherson Square is an Orange/Blue line station as are Federal Center and Capitol South. Union Station and Judiciary Square are both Red Line stations.
  • Taxi cabs are available throughout the city. The hotel can help you hail a cab. Free mobile aps such as Uber, Taxi Magic and Red Top are very easy to use in securing taxi service.

About the Small Business Lending Summit

Basic Information
NADCO brings together colleagues from the National Association of Manufacturers, the International Franchise Association, the National Association of Women Business Owners, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Association for Corporate Growth, the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, the Small Business Investor Alliance and others to highlight the importance of SBA lending to the U.S. economy and explore ways to reach our shared goal of strengthening our economy by increasing small business lending, investment and job creation at this critical time in our economic recovery. With sequestration and other fiscal challenges before us, it is critical to build understanding of the important role government-guaranteed loans play in creating jobs and small business growth. SBA Administrator Karen Mills, Sen. Mary Landrieu, Chairman, Senate Committee on Small Business Lending & Investment, and Rep. Sam Graves, Chairman, House Small Business Committee, participated in 2013.

Who Should Attend

Why You Should Attend
The Small Business Lending & Investment Summit brings together small business and lending leaders to reinforce the important role of SBA lending in the U.S. economy. Joining forces with small business trade associations and financial industry leaders strengthens NADCO’s advocacy on behalf of our lending programs and CDC members.

Click here to see the 2013 Small Business Lending & Investment Summit Agenda.