February 2014

In This Issue
Annual Dinner
Business Development
Chamber Announcements
Chamber Connections
Chamber Calendar
Follow us on Facebook
6-9 PM
Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel
The invitations have been mailed.......and if you have never been to a annual dinner, this is what  you have been missing....

"A fun night had by all. What other chamber combines a fun night with community service?"
                                Bryan McKay- Middlesex Savings Bank

"I don't know what a "typical chamber dinner" is but I sure enjoy our Bedford Chamber of Commerce annual dinners!  We get to reconnect with or meet the folks who run the local businesses and corporations, have fun and eat.  I think that because the annual dinner is so well attended and the speeches are short, the dynamics of the event and interactions are really fruitful."
                                                 Jean Marc Slak- Slak Chiropractics

"Entertaining and worth attending, Great food, Great desserts & Fun"
                       Maria Porto - Hanscom Federal Credit Union

The guest speaker is Hank Phillippi Ryan, the on- air investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate. She's won 30 EMMYs, 12 Edward R. Murrow awards and dozens of other honors for her ground breaking journalism. A best selling author of six mystery novels, Ryan has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and most recently, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. National reviews have called her a "master at crafting suspenseful mysteries" and "a superb and gifted storyteller." Her newest thriller, THE WRONG GIRL, is a Boston Globe bestseller and was dubbed "Another winner" in a Book list starred review. She's on the national board of Mystery Writers of America and 2013 president of national Sisters in Crime.
The Dinner is open to all town residents and local business people. Tickets are $50.00 person and can be purchased on line at



 Free Business Counseling Now Available to Bedford Chamber Members
The Bedford Chamber of Commerce in partnership with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) will begin offering free business counseling services for Chamber members.  The Northeastern MA Chapter of SCORE has 35 counselors supporting this area. Each counselor has over 25 years of business and functional experience in a range of areas including marketing, sales, finance, manufacturing, inventory management, product development, human resources, and service delivery in a wide variety of industries and company size. SCORE offers to both existing businesses and start-ups is answers to your specific questions, methods to find information you need, and brainstorming a wide breadth of new ideas to help your business grow and be more profitable. All sessions are at no charge to you and totally confidential. You will leave your session with more ideas, new tasks, and much to consider. But deciding what to do and making it happen is up to you. Sessions are held at the 


Hilton Garden Inn

5 Wheeler Road

Burlington, MA

2nd &  4th Wednesday of each month 

Call 781-273-2523 to make an appt. 


Concord Chamber of Commerce
15 Walden Street  

Concord, MA
1st & 3rd  Tuesday of each month
call 978-369-3120 to make an appt. 




 Business Development Updates

SCORE -SCORE is free business counseling service provided to entrepreneurs, both for profit and not-for-profits.  They work with both new and established businesses mentoring them in their development of business plans, financials, sales, marketing, operations - all phases of their business. SCORE currently works with businesses in Burlington and Concord and would like to reach businesses based in Bedford. Businesses make appointments to met with them. They visit each town twice a month. For the first step, The Chamber has agreed to  promote the SCORE service to Bedford businesses but appointments will initially be scheduled in Burlington. As interests builds, the appointments can be moved to Bedford. SCORE meets with one business at a time, so a conference room that can hold six or more people will eventually be needed for a few hours twice a month. The Chamber will be promoting SCORE through it's website and in upcoming newsletters. We will probably also have SCORE attend an upcoming catch the net event in Bedford.

Sign By Law. The Attorney General Has signed off on the changes.
The extension to the temporary exemption to the Sign Bylaw granted by the Selectmen permitting businesses to display movable freestanding signs ends on January 31. Businesses wishing to display these signs (i.e., A-frames, sandwich board signs) must now obtain a Special Permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals. Special Permit applications are available at the Code Enforcement office at Town Hall. Staff will be glad to discuss sign requirements and restrictions with applicants. Failure to obtain a Special Permit for these signs may result in possible enforcement action by Code Enforcement officials.

Tourism - The group discussed focusing on making businesses as well as historical landmarks more visible to Bedford Visitors who seem to be unaware of what is nearby. The group agreed to make this a priority goal for 2014 and will first focus on the Depot Park area by adding QR codes that link to maps as well as working with other groups to get a Kiosk installed.



Chamber Announcements  


Office Space for Lease

(adjacent to The Boardroom Bistro)

          Looking to expand, downsize, or move, and save lots of money?


Looking for retail space visible from Middlesex Turnpike?

We have the space to suit you

at a price you'll want to pay!!


  •          From individual offices (even cubicles) to large suites (10,000sf)

  •          Furnished and custom layouts available (with phone and internet)

  •          Full service restaurant on-site

  •          Wide variety of amenities

  •          Monthly and yearly leases

  •          Rock bottom pricing

  •          Conference rooms and offices available for daily rentals      



    Call 781-276-1505

    Ask for Jeff, David, Collette or Nancy

    Bedford Executive Offices Suites, LLC

    54 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA 01730








 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 





February 12 
Multi-Chamber Networking   

Montvale Plaza, Stoneham
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

February 14
Board of Directors
Bedford Police Station
7:30 AM  


February 19
Working Women Alliance
Bedford Police Station


Danielle Beck/Health & Nutrition

Lunch: bring your own lunch 


February 19
Chamber Annual DInner & Celebration
Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel
44 Middlesex Tpke
Bedfor, MA

6-9 PM

March 6
Multi-Chamber Networking
"Social Media for the small to medium-sized business"
Boton Burlington Marriott
1 Mall Road
Burlington, MA




Welcome to New Members
Helen Hellstrom
173 Bedford Street
Lexington, MA 02420

Primrose School of Burlington
10 Greenleaf Way
Burlington, MA

Courtyard by Marriott Billerica/Bedford
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA





Chamber   Members 


Atlantic Capital
Atlas Commercial Real Estate
Baldwin Insurance
Baudanza Electric

Bedford Acupuncture
Bedford Car Wash
Bedford Center or the Arts
Bedford Childrens Center
Bedford Family Connection

Bedford Funeral Home
Bedford Motel
Bedford Orthodontics

Bedford Park Plaza
B & D Agency
Boardroom Bistro
Brookline Bank

Brown & Brown P.C.
Café Luigi

Carlton Willard

Debbie Spencer


Designing Healthy Lives
Dianne Bridgeman, DDS
Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel

Dr. Oscar DePriest

DSA Printing 
Edward Jones Investments
F.W. Webb

First Parish in Bedford
Fujifilm Microdisks, USA

Genetti's Wine & Spirits

Great Road Gallery & Framing

Hanscom Federal Credit Union 
Heritage Springs
JRM Antiques
Leary Auto

Lester's BBQ

Lexington Symphony
Live Life Well 

Mead Brothers

Middlesex Savings Bank

Minuteman Volkswagenen


North Road Chiropractic
Organics Spa & Salon
Patriot Pediatrics
Peter Quinn Insurance
Progress Software

Quality Database Design

Right at Home
Slak Chiropractic
St. Michael's Parish Center
Strawberry Hill Properties

The Goddard School

The Higgins Group
The Edge
The Town Planner
The UPS Store

The Well Effect Co.

William Raveis Real Estate

Wicked Loyal