Contact: Katye Long
CUNA Communications, 608-231-4038

MADISON, Wis. ? Credit union marketing and business development professionals can trumpet their achievement by entering the 2008 Diamond Awards, sponsored by the CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council. Entries are now being accepted in 35 categories showcasing the best in credit union marketing and business development across the country.

Categories range from electronic marketing to business/SEG development mail and from newsletters to retail merchandising. Entries are evaluated based on strategy, creative concept, design and production, copy and communication, and results.

Entries for these awards must be received by 5:00 p.m. (CST) Jan. 11, 2008. All entries received by Jan. 4, 2008, will receive the ?early bird discount? and avoid paying additional entrance fees. For anyone entering the Web site marketing category, all entries must be received no later than Dec. 21.

Judging will take place Jan. 24-25, with all winners being notified via e-mail no later than Feb. 1. Awards will be presented at the 2008 CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council Conference March 16-19, in Nashville, Tenn., at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

Entry forms and additional information are available online at www.cunamarketingcouncil.org; select the ?2008 Diamond Awards? link from the ?Events? pull down menu. The site also contains a complimentary webinar for council members that provides tips on putting Diamond Awards entries together.

For any additional questions about packaging your entry, call CUNA?s Bobbi Bischke, at (800) 356-9655, ext. 4018, or e-mail bbischke@cuna.coop. For information pertaining to the award or award categories, contact Sandi Carangi, Erie FCU, at (814) 825-2436, ext. 1035, or by e-mail at scarangi@eriefcu.org.

CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council

The CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council is a member-led organization comprised of nearly 1,000 credit union professionals across the United States. The council strives to provide superior educational and networking opportunities to help its members be recognized in the credit union industry as the premier experts in credit union marketing, business development, and related disciplines. For more information, visit www.cunamarketingcouncil.org.

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