Mark Barbash joins the impact lenders podcast to talk about the changing landscape of the small business lending sector, and how impact lenders can best respond to it. The declining number of community banks and the proliferation of online lenders has shifted the small business lending environment dramatically. Impact lenders need to understand these market dynamics and the opportunities and threats they represent so that they can support their communities in the best way possible. This episode is perfect for any small business lender that wants to be proactive in their approach to the changes in the market.
Mark Barbash has over 30 years of experience in economic development, working in development finance, site selection, economic development incentives and urban redevelopment. Mark is an instructor at the John Glenn College at the Ohio State University, with a focus on public finance and budgeting. Over his career, he has served as Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s first Director of Development, Chief Economic Development Officer for then Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, and Vice President of the Washington, DC based nonprofit National Development Council consulting firm. His experience also includes the national Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), Finance Fund (a CDFI and small business lender), Executive Director of Community Capital Development Corporation, a non-profit SBA 504 lender, and on Capitol Hill working for a U.S. Senator and Congressman from Wisconsin. Mark is a nationally recognized economic development trainer and serves on the board of the Ohio Economic Development Association. He is a prior member of the Board of the International Economic Development Council. Mark is a recipient of IEDC’s prestigious Fellow Member recognition.
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