Our Awards

Every award and recognition is a direct reflection of the success of our clients.

We love celebrating our achievements. Our staff takes great pride in our contributions to our clients and community. We work every day to provide the best service and outcomes for our clients and being recognized confirms the importance of our work.


  • 2023 Excellence in Economic Developmet Bronze Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
  • 2023 OEDA Best Project: Stearns & Foster Redevlopment by Pepper Construction in the Village of Lockland
  • 2023 OEDA Excellence in Innovation (OhioXcelerate)
  • 2023 Distinguished Companion Award given by St. X.
  • 2022 Kentucky Lender of the Year (504 Program)
  • Rated one of Top 10 Incubators in the World by the UBI Global
  • Recognized as the 2019 Top CDC of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Recognized as the 2020 Best Of Ohio for Business Incubators.


  • May 2019 – Received the National Association of Development Companies (NADCO) Diamond Award for Creative Partnership in Financing.  Partnered with the Cincinnati Development Fund for The Woodward Theater in Cincinnati’s OTR area
  • May 2019 – Honoted with a Dealmaker Award in the Financier/Service Provider category by The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)
  • May 2019 – Recognized by the SBA Columbus District office with the “Top CDC” award
  • April 2019 – Honored with the Cincinnatus Association Government Cooperation Award


  • June 2017 – Business Coach Bob Pickford receives the Second Act award from the Cincinnati Business Courier. Congrats, Bob!
  • May 2017 – Recognized by the SBA Columbus District Office with a “Top Three CDC” award
  • May 2016 – Honored with the National Association of Development Companies (NADCO) Diamond Award for Partnership in Economic Development


  • Senior Loan Officer, Andrew Young, won the SBA Columbus District Office’s Financial Services Person of the Year Award. Congrats Andy!
  • October 2014 – Won an Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) award for its team effort on the GE Global Operations Center Project at the 2014 Annual Summit in Columbus
  • April 2014 – Received the Cincinnati Business Courier’s Innovative Community Contribution Award
  • May 2014 – Awarded National Grant to Help Incubator Residents Reach the Next Level by National Association of Development Companies (NADCO_


  • May 2013 – The Service Provider / Financier Deal Maker Award by the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Cincinnati Chapter in recognition of significant achievements in business growth in the Greater Cincinnati Area.
  • December 2012 – Honored with Entrepreneur Award at the Cintas Center for cultivating entrepreneurs in the City of Norwood by the Norwood Chamber.


  • May 2010 – Recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Columbus District Office as the number one Certified Development Company (CDC) for 2009.


  • February 2005 – Honored as The Business Advocate Best Practices Award for advocacy for small businesses by the Clermont Chamber of Commerce
  • May 2005 – State of Ohio, Certificate of Congratulations for Outstanding Achievement regarding winning Clermont County Best Practices Award.
  • July 2005 – Honored as the Number 1 SBA 504 Lender in the State of Ohio.
  • November 2005 – Honored by the City of Forest Park with its Economic Development Partnership Award.


  • October 2004 – Hamilton County Economic Development Office received high praise from the International Economic Development Council in their report on economic development in Hamilton County in October 2004. 


  • November 2001 – State of Ohio, Governor Robert Taft, Recognition of annual Business Development Awards Ceremony.
  • February 2002 – Cover story about the Business Center in NBIA Review, National Business Incubation Association publication.
  • March 2002 – Visit from Governor Robert Taft in recognition of the importance of small business and new technologies as part of the Third Frontier program.
  • April 2002 – Visit from Congressman Steve Chabot and Hector Barreto, Administrator of the Small Business Administration in recognition of our efforts as a top SBA lender in Ohio.
  • October 2002 – Recognized in Business Courier as the best performing business incubator in Ohio based on a report from the State of Ohio.

Prior to Year 2000

  • Honored with Special Merit Award by Ohio Small Business Revitalization Partnership
  • US Small Business Administration, formal approval as Certified Development Company (CDC).
  • US Small Business Administration, Certificate of Outstanding Performance and Significant Contribution – 50th loan approval.
  • Ohio Development Association, Achievement Award.
  • US Small Business Administration, Largest Increase by Local Certified Development Company.
  • US Small Business Administration, Certificate of Appreciation.
  • US Small Business Administration, District Director Award.
  • State of Ohio, Governor George V. Voinovich, Certificate of Recognition on 15th anniversary and opening of new building.
  • Feature story in WingTips, The Inflight Magazine of Comair.

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