MCBC’s Small Business

Lending Roundtable


Charles Smith, Senior Vice President, SBA Specialist, Eastern Bank

MCBC is currently looking for a Community Partner to co-chair the Small Business Lending Roundtable. Interested? Please contact us for more information. 


The Small Business Lending Roundtable brings together financial institutions, small business assistance providers, city and state agencies and others to promote the economic revitalization of low- and moderate-income communities in Massachusetts by providing insight, ideas and information designed to encourage small business lending.

The Small Business Lending Roundtable hosts open meetings throughout the year on a variety of topics from underwriting approaches to small business lending trends in the Commonwealth. Membership in MCBC is encouraged, but not a requirement to attend meetings.

Click here to be included on the e-mail distribution list for MCBC’s Small Business Roundtable.

2020 Meeting Dates & Location

*Starting in 2020, MCBC will no longer offer a teleconferencing option as a courtesy to speakers and attendees. 

MCBC’s Small Business Lending Roundtable meetings are hosted by Eastern Bank at its 265 Franklin Street location in Boston, MA unless otherwise noted.

Meetings will be held from 12-1:30pm (lunch is not provided; please feel welcome to bring your own) on the following dates:

  • JANUARY 23, 2020
  • MARCH 19, 2020
  • APRIL 30, 2020
  • JUNE 11, 2020
  • SEPTEMBER 3, 2020
  • OCTOBER 22, 2020
  • DECEMBER 3, 2020

Publications & Online Data Tool

In March 2019, the Roundtable released MCBC’s 20th study of small business lending patterns. The report, Small Business Lending in Massachusetts 2008-2017, authored by BankMaps, provides an analysis of 2017 small business lending across the state with an emphasis on lower-income and traditionally underserved areas. The report also reviews changes in economic conditions and other factors that effect small business lending.

In addition, MCBC launched a new online platform – the Massachusetts Small Business Loan Data Project – that serves as a companion to the most recent report. The Massachusetts Small Business Loan Data Project provides an online data service with interactive access to maps and charts from six (6) national databases related to the subject of small business lending in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Small Business Loan Data Project was developed by BankMaps.

Click here to view Small Business Lending Publications.