Winners in a Bad Year

Massachusetts banks, credit unions and mortgage companies all took major hits in residential lending, but there were a few brights spots that helped some lenders come out on top.

Needham Bank Shares to Start Trading Dec. 28

Needham Bank has secured all required approvals for its initial public offering and its conversion from a mutual bank to a stock bank. The bank’s shares will start trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market on Dec. 28 under the symbol NBBK.

Community Good Works

Boston-based developer City Realty gave $7,500 to the the Dorchester Winter Farmers Market through its City Kids foundation to preserve a coupon program that helps lower-income Bostonians buy fresh fruits and vegetables. See who else gave back.