Bedford Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
Vol. 13   Issue 9
In This Issue
Economic Development
Chamber Awards
Hanscom Cuts
Chamber Connection
Chamber Calendar
Economic Development



The Econonmic Development Committee has been meeting monthly and Chair person Adam Schwartz is reporting the following updates.



1. Bedford Sign Bylaw Committee
As you may be aware, Bedford is in the process of updating it's Sign Bylaws. The town has established a Sign Bylaw Committee (
 ) which includes representatives from the Bedford Chamber. The Sign Bylaw Committee is looking to get additional feedback from local businesses. Stay tuned for more details in an upcoming newsletter.

2. Planning
The Town of Bedford has formalized plans to add a part-time planner. This will enable the new Planning Director (Glenn Garber) to dedicate a portion of his time to Economic Development. The business development committee recently met with Glenn to talk about ways to enhance economic development in Bedford and will be working closely with him in the coming months.

3. Depot Park
The Business Development Committee has been looking at several options to add some type of map/kiosk at Depot Park that shows the local area include nearby businesses. The Depot Park area gets a lot of foot and bike traffic especially from out of town bike path users. We think adding a map/kiosk provides the following benefits:

A. Attracts Additional Customers to Retail Oriented Businesses. Many Bicyclists and Walkers at Depot Park are not aware of nearby restaurants and other retail oriented businesses or our historic sites. Many of these visitors will be new customers and can drive much needed revenue for Bedford businesses. The map can also list locations that have bicycle racks.

B. Promotes The Reformatory Branch and The Narrow-Gauge Rail-Trails. While lots of Bicyclists and Walkers use the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway, many are not aware of the two additional rail trails.

C. Acts as a Welcome center to Bedford for those arriving via Bike and Foot. This provides a first impression of Bedford as welcoming to visitors and businesses.


AWARD for 2011


The Bedford Chamber of Commerce will be recognizing several business owners at the Annual Dinner in April, but this year, in conjunction with Bedford Youth and Family Services, they will be honoring a young person as well. 


The RAY of Hope Award (Rrecognize A Youth), is designed to identify high school age young people who have performed outstanding service to the Bedford community and/or who by their actions are excellent role models for their peers. Modeled after a similar program in Needham, the RAY of Hope Program is a recognition that young people and their development are of critical importance to the functioning of the Bedford community and our collective futures.

 BCOC and BYFS will accept nominations at any time from local businesses, schools, religious or civic groups, or individuals, for high school age youth who are deserving of recognition.
To nominate a young person please fill out the application form available from either the BCOC or BYFS or download it from the BCOC website 

Nominations will be reviewed by representatives from BCOC and BYFS, and the youth with the most compelling service accomplishments will be selected and honored at the BCOC Annual Dinner.


 and mail to Bedford Chamber of Commerce, ATTN: Ray of Hope, 12 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA 01730. The form can also be faxed to 781-275-7767 or emailed to Y&


 The Chamber is also accepting nominations for the following awards, we encourage self nomination!!


Business Person of the Year: Conducts their business and themselves with regard to their business dealings in a highly ethical and exemplary manner. Is a good citizen within the community, taking time and effort to serve the community in productive and volunteer efforts.

Business of the Year: The business is conducted in a highly ethical and exemplary manner. The business is a good citizen to the town by financial and/or resource support to community activities and operations.

Diversity Award: Has significantly contributed to the diversity awareness in the town. Demonstrates an attentiveness and a willingness to continually improve the atmosphere to work, shop and live in Bedford.


Anyone wishing to make a nomination for any of these awards is encouraged to send the name, address and a brief one page description of the nominee to the Chamber. Deadline for all nominations is March 25, 2012. Awards will be presented at the Chambers' Dinner on Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

Hanscom contract workers face cuts Base to lose portion of
 its US funding
By Bryan Bender Globe Staff / February 21, 2012 

 Bedford, once considered immune to major budget cuts, is set to lose three-quarters of its funding for contract workers and is facing the loss of hundreds of government jobs, according to Air Force documents and officials.
he cost-cutting measures at the base's Electronic Systems Center, set to take place over the next four years, will affect most of the 1,250 contractors now providing management, engineering, and other private-sector services. A separate change in Hanscom's military status will mean the loss of nearly 380 government positions, according to internal briefings prepared in recent days by base leaders and shared with the Globe.

"We are working hard to implement the changes and reductions in the smartest possible way to ensure the least impact on both our civilian personnel and our contractor workforce,'' Lieutenant General Charles R. Davis, commander of the Electronic Systems Center, told the Globe in response to questions about the plans.

In recent weeks, community leaders and members of Congress have expressed confidence that Hanscom's role in developing high-tech weapons and communications systems would protect it from significant budget cuts, at least for the foreseeable future, as the military launches new cost-cutting measures.

But the intention to reduce the center's budget to finance support services from private companies nestled around the Bedford base is sparking concerns about the future health of the small and medium-sized firms that rely heavily on the base for their business.

The planned cuts are outlined in an internal 40-page report prepared last month by the Electronic Systems Command, and in a separate eight-page briefing drafted in December describing a "burn-down plan of reducing [advisory and assistance services] spending by 74 percent'' over the next four years. The documents were provided to the Globe by two Hanscom officials who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to make the information public.

The 74 percent cut in the contractor budget for "advisory and assistance services'' will be made over the next four years, concluding in October 2016, according to the documents. The reductions will begin almost immediately, according to base spokesman Chuck Paone.

"We are looking at a 10 to 15 percent . . . budget reduction this year,'' he said.

One of the largest portions of the contractor budget is for program oversight and management services. Under the new plan, that work will be cut from $869 million to $390 million over the next four years, the documents show.

At least eight companies that do such work could be affected, including Oasis Systems in Lexington; Odyssey Systems Consulting Group in Wakefield and Burlington; Gemini Industries in Billerica; PESystems Inc. in Littleton; Quantech Services in Lexington; and Sumeria Systems Inc. in Danvers.


It's going to be bad; we just don't know how bad,'' said Peter Krawczyk, vice president of Oasis Systems, where about two-thirds of the company's nearly 500 employees work on contract for the Bedford facility. Krawczyk, who went to work for Oasis five years ago after retiring from Hanscom as a lieutenant colonel, said the company's management is scrambling to find ways to lessen the impact on hundreds of employees.

"We are looking to diversify to soften the blow,'' he said.

Another company that expects to be hit hard by the budget cuts is Odyssey Systems.

"Hanscom is probably about a third of our business,'' said Mike Sweat, who left his job at the base in 1997 to start the firm. Back then he had two employees. Now, the company has about 325, he said.

Mike Kelley, a former Hanscom official who now works for Abacus Technology, whose Lexington division also provides support services to the base, believes some companies may not survive as a result.

"They're going to die if you take away 75 percent of their people,'' Kelley said.

Members of Congress are also expressing concern. Senators Scott Brown of Massachusetts and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, both Republicans, urged the Air Force in a letter last week to "closely monitor the reductions at the Electronic Systems Center to ensure they are implemented in a manner that does not unfairly target small businesses.''

The Electronic Systems Center, activated in 1961, develops communications and electronics systems for the Air Force and has overseen the design of such mainstays as the large-domed early-warning aircraft known as AWACs. It was established in the Boston area in large part due to the proximity of MIT's Lincoln Laboratories and the federally funded Mitre Corp., which would not be affected by the proposed cuts.

Base officials say the center oversees about 200 large and small electronics, computers, and surveillance programs. It has an annual budget of about $5 billion and, according to industry groups, employs, both directly and indirectly, an estimated 16,000 people.

On top of the contractor budget cuts, however, the Air Force is also in the process of downgrading the Electronic Systems Center in the Pentagon chain of command. By Oct. 1, the facility will no longer be headed by a three-star general. It will be split into two directorates headed by a two-star officer who will report to a higher headquarters in Ohio, according to the documents obtained by the Globe.

That move means the center will also have to reduce its headquarters staff by 379 positions this year, according to Paone. It has not yet been determined if all of those jobs will be abolished or whether some will be transferred to Ohio.

Some former base officials worry that the cuts and the change in the center's status could set the stage for further reductions - especially if Congress adopts a controversial Pentagon proposal to close or consolidate excess military bases across the country.

"When you take away the three-star position and the headquarters staff that goes along with that, is that going to impact the assignment of new programs, or will they end up being assigned somewhere else?'' asked Charlie Benway, a former Hanscom official who is chairman of the board of the North Suburban Chamber of Commerce.

"We're not seeing these kinds of reductions in other Air Force bases,'' he added.

Davis, the Electronic Systems Center commander, maintained to the Globe that "there are no changes being made to our core mission.''

But people like Sweat, with experience as both a government employee and contractor at the base, wonder how the center will do its job with significantly fewer workers.

"They haven't developed the organic workforce to take the place of the contractors they would cut,'' he said.

James Cunningham, who retired as executive director of the Electronics Systems Center in 2005, is now president of the Lexington-Concord chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, which represents some of the affected companies.

"There is a concern in the wider community,'' he said. "It is not a very good omen.''

Each month, Executive Director Maureen Sullivan tapes the Chamber Connections at the Bedford Tv Studio. Check out this month's interview with Boot Camp Guru Sandy from Summit Health & Fitness on Chamber Connections!  If you are interested in being a guest,

Chamber Calendar


March 1
Multi Chamber Networking Event

Comcast SportsNet

42 Third Avenue

Burlington, MA

March 3
Town Wide Community Inputon Comprehensive Plan
Town Hall Multi-Purpose Room


March  8
Board of Directors
Bedford Police Station
7:30 AM  

March 15
Mens Breakfast Club
Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel
44 Middlesex Turnpike
Bedford, MA 01730
7:30 AM
Speaker: Author Mark Singer


March 15
Joint Working Women Alliance
after hours with Burlington Chamber 
Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel
5:00 -6:30 PM


March 19

Catch the Net After Hours

Great Road Gallery & Framing
340 Great Road
Bedford, MA
5:30-7:00 PM



APRIL 25, 2012





 Member Announcements
Bedford Family Connection presents
Vannessa Trien & The Jumping Monkeys
Saturday, March 17
Click here for information

   Brightview Concord River

 Join us to learn what Veterans Benefits may be      available

   Tue March 6, 2012


  RSVP 978-262-1410

   Refreshments will be served
 Wartime Veterans or their  Surviving Spouses may be eligible for a significant monthly income from the

Department of Veterans Affairs





Promote your business or service to our new homeowners!


We will have 75 new residents & we provide them with a package of information at closing. We would be happy to include anything that you would like to provide.


-         Promotional Items

-         Coupons

-         Menus

-         Brochures

-         Samples


We would be happy to pick them up or you may drop off to us.


Renee Hansen -

Anastasia Bukuras -

(781) 275-7701 Phone * 184 Hartwell Road, Bedford



Lisa Templeton  (B&D Agency) & Pam Brown (Brown & Brown P.C.)
Thanks to the Bedford Plaza for hosting February's Catch th Net.
Men's Breakfast Club

Board Meeting



 Welcome to New Members


100 Crosby Drive
Bedford, MA 01730

Get in Shape for Women
328 Great Road
Bedford, MA 01730

Panospin Studios
200 Great Road
Bedford, MA 01730


Advanced Media Web

Atlantic Capital Stregies
Atria Longmeadow
Baldwin Insurance
Baudanza Electric
B&D Agency

Bedford Acupuncture Center
Bedford Car Wash
Bedford Center for the Arts

Bedford Children's Center

Bedford Funeral Home, Inc
Bedford Historical Society

Bedford Plaza Hotel

Bedford Motel
Bedford Orthodonics
Brightview Concord River

Brookline Bank

Brown & Brown, P.C.

Callahan's Karate Studio
Calling All Pets

Cambridge Savings Bank

Carleton-Willard Village  

Christine Pinney MArketing

Cranberry Hill Associates


Design 1 Kitchen & Bath

Design Photo
Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel

Dr. Dianne Brisgeman

Dr. Kiana Kaymanesh

Dr. Oscar DePriest

DSA Printing

Edward Jones
Elm Brook Place

EMD Millipore

Enterprise Bank
Family Growin Stronger

First Parish
Flatbread Company
Frank Webb's Bath Center

Fujifilm Recording Media U.S.A.
Garrison KNight Financial Planning
Genetti's Wine & Spirits, Inc
Great Road Gallery & Framing
Grow a Stronger Family
Hanscom Federal Credit Union
Harold Nichols Insurance Agency
Heritage at Bedford Springs 
Inner Visions
JRM Antiques

Inside Outside Staging
Kamate Fitness
Keller Williams Realty
Latady Design
Leary Auto Repair

Lexington Symphony

Live Life Well
Massage Therapy Associates

McColough Associates, Inc
Middlesex Savings BAnk

Minuteman Volkswagon Inc.
New England Nurseries, Inc.

North Road Chiropractic
Organix Spa & Salon

Patriot Pediatrics 

Progress Software 
Pulte Homes of New England
Quality Database Design

Rental Car Momma

Right At Home

Salon Alfonse
Scotia Lights
Serenity Yoga
Slak Chiropractic Group

St. Michael's Parish Center
The Bedford Minuteman
The Edge Sports Center

The Goddard School

The Higgins Group
The Tired Dog

The UPS Store

Vela Ventures

Watson Law Offices
William Raveis Real Estate

Women's Financial Network