April  2013     

In This Issue
Chamber Celebrates
Article Headline
54 Loomis Street
Sign By-law
What the Chamber did in February
Bedford First
Alewife Shuttle to Crosby Drive
Chamber Connections
Chamber Calendar
All 10 Sign Bylaw Articles pass at Town Meeting

 Congratulations to the Towns Sign Bylaw Committee and Chamber representative Karen Kenney for their hard work over the past 18 months. Article 6 through 15 sought to amend various aspects of the town's sign bylaw. Sign Bylaw Review Committee and Planning Board member Jeff Cohen said the articles are meant to make the sign bylaw more clear, something of an unattainable goal. 

"We wanted to change the one size fits all approach to signage in Bedford," Cohen said. "The sign bylaw is an imperfect document."

In order to expedite the presentation of the articles, Selectman Mark Siegenthaler motioned to have Articles 6 through 15 presented together, allow time for questions on each article, and then have each article voted on separately. This motion passed unanimously. 

Articles 6 through 15 addressed issues pertaining to the sign bylaw including redefining what a sign is in the bylaw, allowing businesses that remain open all night to keep their signs illuminated overnight, creating more lenience for political signage on private property and allowing barber poles to rotate and be internally illuminated. 


Photo by B. B:ass








It's time to start signing up for the Chamber Tee it Up Golfing events!!

Join us for a  round of 9 holes of golf every Tuesday at the Patriot Golf Course, beginning April 23 . Tee times are available from 4-5 PM. You can sign up now by emailing Golfing Guru Josh Cohen at


                 Green Fees:  $15

                Cart:  $6.50 (shared) 

       There are 28 slots, so don't wait!



           All levels of play welcome!

  We promise to pair you with someone who won't make fun of your swing!


What Chamber Members Are Thinking




  Bedford Suffers from an Identity Crisis.

By Art Smith - Art Smith Associates


I suspect that many business owners and many of the prospective business owners hoping to succeed in Bedford suffer at the hands of an age old concept entitled "Small Town Character". In our quest to preserve an 18th century sense of place we have lapsed into a coma of sorts, a coma that lends little regard to the development of a well regarded and successful business community, especially at the small business plateau.


Our zoning bylaws, our resource regulations, our sign bylaw all were developed, created and voted to preserve a Center and commercial strips that are outdated and obstructive if we wish to encourage a success based small business community. All of these permitting prerequisites were created in order to propel the rate of growth away from the community center, to control the size and scope of small business enterprise and to secure and protect our "small" image. Simultaneously we created commercial and business zones and districts as a point of encouragement for business growth and development while failing to adjust our statutes to support success and accommodate either large, mid or small business enterprise. As an example we established a limited business zone that is dominated in part by the effect of a historic district and its subjective analysis of what is deemed "appropriate", is strangled by limitations non conducive to the establishment of a true destination tenancy and seemingly doomed to failure by legislative decree for the minimization of effective lighting and signage that otherwise would be conducive to business success.


So wise at the time we created an industrial zone far from the Center that in effect became cut off from the heart of the Community discouraged in part by a total lack of public transportation and insufficient public parking for those souls who came looking for services.


All this exacerbated by a financial collapse the effect on Bedford being the closure of many of our larger corporate tenancies thereby radically changing the proportion of the contribution residential property owners must contribute to cover the loss in tax revenue. With fewer corporate tenancies the smaller the customer base for those small businesses that rely on those day time employees looking for services in Bedford. Collapsing services in Bedford merely feeds the down turned market.


A key to change is in the education of Town Meeting, the only place ultimately where change can come from.




 10 Tips to a Better Work Day 




  1. Decide to be a happy person. As Lincoln observed, most people, most of the time, can choose how stressed or happy, how troubled or relaxed they want to be. Choose to be happy.
  2. Watch and Read less news.  As a recovering news addict, I know this can be difficult because the stock market fluctuates, politicians politic, and sports teams compete.  But, most of the time, you don't need the stress.  So, just don't watch.  I think it was Henry Thoreau who noted that if you've ever read about a train wreck, you understand the principle and don't need to know any more about it.
  3. Practice the Attitude of Gratitude.   We all have so much to be grateful for.  Just thanking the many people who assist us, encourage us, teach us and open doors for us could take all day!
  4. Take Time.  Eat when you're hungry, nap when you need it.  Get your ears scratched whenever possible!
  5. Laugh everyday.  Hear a joke, tell a joke, laugh at yourself, laugh with your friends and family and co-workers.   There are very few medicines as powerful as laughter, and I don't think you can over-dose, although it is addicting!
  6. Love well.  Express your affection, appreciation, friendship and warmth to those around you, and they will almost always respond in the most amazing ways!  Be generous--it pays great dividends!
  7. Work hard.  This one comes as a bit of a surprise, but there is tremendous satisfaction in being competent, and joy in completing our assigned tasks.  One of the great sources of happiness is to do work that is worthy of you, and to do it well.
  8. Learn something new, everyday.   To be happy, most of us must also be growing, expanding, learning and challenging ourselves.  Read, listen, adapt and stretch to accommodate new ideas and new information.
  9. Use your body as it was designed.   Walk and run, stretch, throw things, and lift things.  Dance!  Exercise is good, but so is making love, mixing up a batch of cookies, or exchanging backrubs.   You have a body and it can be either a source of joy, or a source of aches and pains.  Your choice.
  10. Avoid toxins.  I prefer writing positives (things to do) rather than negatives (things to fear), but reality says there are negative people and there are bad chemicals, stressful noises, and unsafe places.   Don't go there!  Avoid poisons whenever possible.  It seems to work out better that way.




   What the Chamber did in March...

Working Women Alliance
Board of Directors Meeting
 Chamber Connection Taping
Landana's Women Network
Rap with The Rep
Adam Schwartz (Bedford Chamber), Richard A. Davey Secretary of Transportation, State Rep Ken Gordon, State Rep Kenneth Donnelley, Jim Murphy (Burlington Chamber)




       Bedfordfirst  BEDFORD FIRST 


    All chamber members are getting their Bedford First Member Cards

                             with their 2013 Chamber decal.

Participating members as of 4/1


B & D Advertising Agency - 10% discount on any size
advertisement placed in the Bedford (or surrounding town) "Town
Book" Directory

Bedford Vision Center & Dr. Kiana Kaymanesh - 20% off any

frame & lens combination

Bedford Plaza Hotel - 10% discount off rack rate - use code SP10

Garrison Knight Financial Planning, LLC -Complimentary "get
acquainted" meeting plus 15% discount on all hourly financial

planning services

Great Road Gallery & Framing - 10% off all complete customframing
Quality Data Base Design -Free initial consultation, 10 %
discount on development fee

Baldwin Insurance - 5 % member discount

JRM Antiques - Purchases $1-$50.00 - 10%, $50.00 and up- 20%

The UPS Store - 15% off packaging/shipping supplies, 5% off shipping charges, 25% off Printing/Copying/Large format printing/blue printing, 20% off Notary Service

Bistro 44 - 10 % off any food in the restaurant or lounge

Bedford Florist - 10% off all purchases
First Parish of Bedford - 10% discount on cost of building usage

New England Nurseries, Inc. - 10% on all purchases except year end clearance items
Art Smith & Associates - 2 hour design consult
Christine Pinney Marketing - 10% off on all interent consultin services
  Watson Law Offices - I-9 Annual audit review offered at half price to           

 OrganizingWorks!- 10% off first organizing session, 5 % off second session

             existing members & free to potential members who agree to attend one Chamber function


                                         Click here for information and an application .





Business Development Commitee Update


 Established a Retail Task Force whose goal it is to make it easier for retail businesses to do business in Bedford. The Task Force is looking at a variety of issues such as Making Town Government more aware of business Issues, helping establish a town liaison for a new business coming to Bedford, ensuring retail business viewpoints are represented at town committee meetings and more. Stay tuned for more details.




Through the East Coast Wizards Field Hockey and Lacrosse Programs, the Edge Sportscenter will be running an  
April Vacation Sports Camp
A three day camp for both boys and girls that combines the sports of Lacrosse and Field Hockey.  This is a great chance for your son or daughter to get an introduction to both Lacrosse and Field Hockey as well as gain additional skill sessions in preparation for the spring season!  Meet our directors and discuss our upcoming clinics and select teams, and gain insight into our coaching philosophy!  

 More Information




 The Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce is


Now Seeking Applicants for the 2013

Employer of Choice Award


The Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce Employer of Choice Award is specifically designed to spotlight businesses who have a commitment to employment in Massachusetts and whose workplace is recognized as an exemplary place to work. This annual award acknowledges and promotes organizations that, regardless of their size and industry sector, successfully attract and retain skilled staff because of their continuous efforts.


Don't Miss Your Opportunity to be honored!

Deadline for Applications is May 24, 2013



Click Here to Take the On Line Survey



 Middlesex Savings Bank
is holding a

                                                             FREE SEMINAR

                                        SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING 101:

                                        the tools you need to build your business.

                                Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Visit to register or see a Branch Manager for additional information


What does marketing mean to your business? Have you put together a marketing strategy or allocated a budget? Do you have an updated website or maybe a commercial on the radio? Are you placing ads in your local paper or reaching your customers on social media? Is there anything more you could be doing to reach your target audience? We will show you the smart way to approach marketing your business.

Join us as we invite Jay Nelson of Sprague Nelson, a veteran of New England marketing, along with Kevin Conley of Long Distance Tire and Scott Grinley from Mobile Medical Diagnostic Services for a panel discussion on small business marketing.

Please register by April 19, 2013 by visiting


We look forward to seeing you at our Business Success Seminar.

Registration: 7:30-8:00am
Presentation: 8:00-9:00am
Q & A: 9:00-9:30am









     offers guaranteed ride home program

 Did you know the 128 Business Council's offfers guaranteed ride home, along with several other member benefits such as


  • DEP Rideshare Regulation Compliance
  • RideMatching
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Commuter Benefits Events
  • Shuttle Bus Services
  • Transportation Advocacy Programs
128 Business Council could be your one-stop resource for alternative transportation and pro-sustainability solutions for the 128 West region. Their  shuttles connect major employers, institutions and communities to public transit (MBTA stations), making commuting more effective and reducing Route 128 West and related roadway congestion.  
 Please contact the Chamber office at 781-275-8503 if your company is interested in participating in this Shuttle Program and/or if you know some other companies in the Crosby Drive area that you think would be interested. 




 Each month, Executive Director Maureen Sullivan tapes the Chamber Connections at the Bedford Tv Studio. Check out the links below of who she has interviewed and if you are  interested in being a guest, email her at


Madeline Altman ~ Bedford TV

Linda Stimson ~ Inner Visions Interiors


Adam Schwartz - Business Development

Mara Briere - Grow a Strong Family

The UPS Store


 Joan Turnberg - Live Life Well

Dr. Jean Marc Slak ~ Slak Chiropractic Group

Lea Ann Knight ~ Garrison Knight Financial


The Goddard School


Brookline Bank

Kristen Presley/Bedford VA

Karen Kenney/ OrganizingWorks

JRM Antiques


                                                                    The Bedford Citizen


 The Bedford Children's Center


                                                                         Sign Bylaw 






I am a Bedford Business

I am a Bedford Business

Next taping in April

sign up now




April 6
Pay It Forward Launch Party
Town Center
Shawsheen Room
3-5 PM    

April 10
Catch the Net
Brightview Concord River
Concord Road
Billerica, MA
5:30 -7:30 PM

April 11
Board of Directors Meeting
Bedford Police Station
7:30 AM 

April 18
Working Women Alliance
Town Center Flint Room
12 Mudge Way

April 23
Multi-Chamber Networking Event
Embassy Suites Boston/Waltham, 550 Winter S550 Winter St., Waltham
5:30-7:30 PM


April 25
Pay It Forward Day & Celebration
John Glen Middle School
6-8 PM  

April 30
Small Business Marketing 
Sheraton Framingham Hotel
1657 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01701




May 4 

Bedford Sepac Road Race 

May 8
 Servpro Expo

May 23
Healthy Bedford by Design

June 4
Cambridge Savings Bank Senior Prom Stroll




 2013 Chamber Members

 Welcome to New Members

Connected View
136 Turnpike Road

 Suite 110
Southboro, MA 01772


design 2 order
Julie Sheridan
10 Curve Street
Bedford, MA  




10 Lynn Fells Parkway
Melrose, MA


Bolded members are participating in the

Bedford First Program


Art Smith & Associates

Atlantic Capital Strategies
Atlantis Sports Club
Atria Longmeadow Place

B & D Advertising Agency
Baldwin Insurance Agency

Baudanza Electric Company
Bedford Acupuncture
Bedford Car Wash

Bedford Center for the Arts

Bedford Children's Centre
Bedford Family Connection
Bedford Farms
Bedford Florist
Bedford Funeral Home
Bedford Historical Society
Bedford Montessori
Bedford Motel
Bedford Orthodontics
Bedford Vision Center
Bedford Plaza Hotel

Bedford TV
 Brookline Bank
Cafe Luigi
Callahan's Karate Studio
Calling All Pets
Cambridge Savings Bank
Carlton & Duran CPAs

Carleton-Willard Village
Christine Pinney Marketing

Dalya's Restaurant
Debbie Spencer/ The Higgins Group

Design 1 Kitchen & Bath
Dr. Dianne Bridgeman
Diane Cadogan Hughes/The Higgins Group
Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel

Dr. Kiana Kaymanesh

DSA Printing

Edward Jones Investments
Elm Brook Place
Enterprise Bank & Trust Co
First Parish Church of Bedford

FUJIFILM Recording Media USA, Inc.
Garrison Knight Financial Planning LLC

Genetti's Wine & Spirits, Inc.
Get in Shape for Women

Great Road Gallery & Framing
Hanscom Federal Credit Union
Harold Nichols Insurance Agency

Heritage At Bedford Springs
Independent Living Innovations
Inside Out Staging and Design
JRM Antiques
Keller Williams Realty
Kimberly Bee Design
Leary Auto Repair
Lexington Symphony

Live Life Well

McColough Associates, Inc.
Mettler-Toledo Thorton, Inc.
Middlesex Savings Bank

Minuteman Volkswagen Inc.

New England Nurseries, Inc

North Road Chiropractic
Organix Spa & Salon

Oscar S. DePriest IV, DMD,PC
Patrick Sullivan/The Middlesex Group

Patriot Pediatrics
Peter C. Quinn Insurance Agency

Progress Software

Quality Data Base Design
Rental Car Momma
Richard Egan Insurance

Right At home
Salon OZ
Slak Chiropractic Group
Spencer Company

St. Michael Parish Center
Summit Health & Fitness
TD Bank
The Bedford Citizen
The Bedford Minuteman
The Boardroom Bistro

The Goddard School
The Higgins Group Realtors
The UPS Store
Pulte Homes of New England, LLC

Vela Ventures

Watson Law Office
William Raveis Real Estate