by Rick Winterson

History counts. This year of 2017 is the 200th Anniversary of Eastern Bank, which is the largest mutual bank in New England, and which has a branch in Perkins Square at 470 West Broadway. In addition, May is Small Business Month. America’s small businesses have historically been the key source of job growth in the U.S., as well as becoming the seeds-and-roots of many high-technology global corporations.
So it was fitting that South Boston’s Eastern Bank Branch had another of its Annual Business Appreciation Evenings, hostessed and emceed by Michele Hart, Vice President and Branch Manager. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Michele is a Southie resident, the wife of Jack Hart, and the mother of four daughters.
Small businesses from all over South Boston showed up to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and networking. Mayor Walsh dropped by and spoke briefly about the value of businesses to the City of Boston, and entertainment was provided by Leo Stapleton and Johnny Kelly.

Mayor Walsh offers remarks on the importance of small businesses to Boston and South Boston.

John Allison from Mayor Walsh’s office chats with Charlie Dunn, minister of Hub Church, at Eastern Bank’s business evening

Entertainment provided by Leo Stapleton and Johnny Kelly, courtesy of Eastern Bank.

A great spread and a great crowd at Eastern Bank’s Business Appreciation Evening.

Teresa, Jim, Ed, and Susan at Eastern Bank’s South Boston Appreciation Evening

Ellen, Susan, Teresa, Kelly, Doris, and Jenn are enjoying Eastern Bank’s business evening.