Keynote and Diamond Awards Luncheon

Tuesday, May 8 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Grand Ballroom Salons 1-4

Keynote Speaker

To be announced.

The 2018 Diamond Awards Series

The NADCO Diamond Awards Series is a series of awards presented at both flagship NADCO conferences to acknowledge CDC and small business excellence in the area of community development. At the Spring Summit, we also recognize the small business borrowers and celebrate their contributions to their communities.

NADCO is recognizing the CDCs with two categories of awards at the 2018 Spring Summit. The awards are the Multi-Generational Family Business Diamond Award and the Market Disruptor Diamond Award. Please see below for specifications on the award nominations.

Timeline for Nomination & Selection

2/15 - Nominations open
3/23 - Nominations close
3/30 - Latest-possible notification of winners from committee
5/7 and 5/8 - NADCO awards winners announced at the NADCO Spring Summit

Market Disruptor Diamond Award

This Diamond Award calls for nominations from small businesses with a market-disrupting product, method, or technical innovation - whether with proven results or heaps of potential.

Criteria and Assessment
*Both SBA 504 and Community Advantage loans are accepted for this category

Nominations will be judged anonymously (with identifying information removed):
  • Small business story
  • Jobs created relative to project size
  • Innovation / market disruption
***Please note: Only one nomination per category per CDC will be accepted.***


In 2018, there will be two winners for both awards in large and small CDC categories (separated by the median size of all NADCO CDC members - $50M).