March 2014


In This Issue
It Was No Mystery
Business Spotlight
Healthy Bedford
What the Chmaber did in February
Business Development
Chamber Announcements
Chamber Connections
Chamber Calendar
Follow us on Facebook
It Was No Mystery.... Annual Dinner a Huge Success

Battling another winter snow storm, Chamber members gathered at the Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel on Wednesday, February 19th for the Annual dinner celebration. Guest speaker, Hank Philippe Ryan, did not disappoint the ninety plus Chamber members who came out to hear her speak. Giving an upbeat account of her career, as well as her life's philosophy, she proved that it's never too late to change careers and follow your dreams. Our Executive Director, Maureen Sullivan, set the tone for the evening with a warm welcome and several jokes about Ms. Ryan's book names, The Other Woman and The Wrong Girl. President Adam Schwartz introduced and thanked the board of directors and gave a brief outline of the Chamber's 2014 goals including: improve the health of the Chamber by increasing membership, expand member participation, and incorporate best practices. He also mentioned a desire to expand relationships with town officials and collaborate, influence, and advocate for changes.

The Chamber awards were presented to Summit Health & Fitness - Business of the Year, John Jamesapollos - Business Person of the Year, Mark Abrams - Outstanding Service to the Chamber, and Bennett Driscoll -Ray of Hope Winner. However, it was the Chamber's Diversity award winner, Anne Guay, who brought the house down with her acceptance speech. Guay was recognized for her tireless volunteer efforts.  Guay has been providing assistance to families in transition at the Bedford Plaza Hotel since the spring of 2011. She has been the welcoming face of the Bedford community to these displaced families who are living at the hotel temporarily and not by personal choice.  Ann has been a tireless advocate for the rights of families currently without shelter, and she does what is needed to bring a sense of normalcy to their lives.  She provides this service by securing food staples, clothing, and adequate long-term shelter. She has educated the Bedford community both by example and by verbally welcoming diversity of all types, and she has made Bedford a better community.  Ms. Guay's humble acceptance speech included a story about the children living in the hotel around Halloween.  Volunteers had secured thirty costumes, but when they arrived to distribute them, there were ninety children in need. Over the next 24 hours, the volunteers scurried all over town to secure more costumes and returned with them the next evening. Ms Guay noticed that the children were quite well behaved, unlike the chaos of the previous day.  When one of the teenage boys approached to thank her for the costumes, she asked him why everyone was so calm.  "Because you came back... most people don't" he replied.

Guay left the podium to a standing ovation.

The annual dinner will air on Bedford TV beginning the week of March 10.

Chamber President Adam Schwartz, Fadi Khab, Larry Covin, Anne Guay, John Jamesapollos, Mark Abrams, Executive Director Maureen Sullivan 


Sue Baldauf & Ray of Hope Winner Bennett Driscoll


Goddard owners ~ Leslie Libby-Sam & Wendy Libby
For more than 25 years, The Goddard School® has been a trusted name, among parents and families, using the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School's AdvanED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.® Learning Program reaches more than 47,000 students in over 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School's comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success.  


Wendy and Leslie Libby are Co-Owners of The Goddard School located in Bedford. Leslie developed a strong belief in Goddard's approach to learning after seeing the success her youngest child had at The Goddard School located in Braintree. Five years after her son's graduation from The Goddard School, he is excelling in scholastics and his love of learning continues to grow. Leslie and Wendy believe that every child should have the same opportunity and that is what led them to open their own school. Their school has been open for five years now and every day they are grateful for the continued support of their Bedford Community and give back to it whenever they can by participating in food drives, gift collections, Babe Ruth Sponsorships and other various community events. Currently, Wendy and Leslie are gearing up for their 5th Birthday Party in March and their upcoming Summer Program 'Let's Go Exploring', which runs from June 23rd through August 28th. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit


The Goddard School. Learning for fun. Learning for Life.®,




Healthy Bedford asks  

"What are your transportation needs?"


In 2012, Bedford embarked on a Healthy Communities Planning Grant process funded by the Community Health Network Alliance (CHNA 15), which asked us to inquire about the assets and needs people felt most affected their quality of life here in Bedford.  Information gathered from that project indicated that the most appreciated assets were:  Sense of Community, Trails and Nature.  Primary areas of concern were:  Traffic, Sidewalks and Lack of Public Transportation.  Items identified as priority needs were:  sidewalks and local transportation options.  In order to learn more about what Bedford desires in transportation options, we are asking you to take our brief, confidential Transportation Survey:  


Paper copies are available at Youth and Family Services, Board of Health, Town Hall, CoA and the Library.  For questions, contact Healthy Bedford Coordinator Carla Olson at

This survey is funded by: Northwest Suburban Health Alliance/CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Clinic.




What the Chamber did in February
Multi-Chamber Networking Evening/Montvale Plaza

Working Woman Alliance with Daniel Beck

Business Development Meeting

Annual Dinner & Chamber Celebration

Two New Members- ComForcare Home Care
and Max & Dylans

Area Chamber Executive Meeting
Montvale Plaza Multi-Chamber Event

Nat, Judy & Nat, Jr. with Hank Phillippe Ryan
Annual Dinner Award Winners

 Business Development Updates


Economic Development Position: The Chamber will sit in on a second round of interviews and will provide candidate feedback to the town. The Business Development Group had a discussion on what candidate qualities would best serve the town in this position.

Bedford First:The Chamber is relaunching this program. We are updating the website and will be featuring a merchant of the month. We are will be making a special outreach to some of our larger members to get the word out to their employees.
Alcohol Policy Updates.: The updates have not yet had a final vote  by the Selectman. They are waiting to hear back from Rick Reed/Town on some minor changes.
Bedford Depot Park : The Depot Park Advisory Committee has an opening. This would be a good opportunity for a Chamber Member to join this committee and provide a business perspective on improving Depot Park 

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.



Chamber Announcements  

   An event for everyone 


Look & Feel Better


Wednesday, March 12th

7:00 - 8:00pm



You'll learn:


* The science and medical principles that shape The Well EffectProgram

* How our experts support you to achieve your wellness goals

* Learn the difference between "wellness" and "change" activities.

* Skills that you can start using right away to look and feel better

* How to sustainably lose weight and eliminate nagging injuries.

* Examples from our staff and clients about their own change



Reserve your seminar spot now 


186 Great Road, Bedford MA      

In the Starbucks Plaza     



Bring a friend!

Please RSVP by March 10th by email to or  call 781-275-8400




The Ecology and Management of

Tick-Borne Diseases

An Interactive, Educational Presentation on Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Illnesses

            TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014 @ 7PM

10 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA  







 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



Brookline Bank 

Kristen Presley/Bedford VA

Karen Kenney/ OrganizingWorks

JRM Antiques 





March 6
Multi-Chamber Networking Burlington Marriott 

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Click here to register

March 13
Board of Directors
Bedford Police Station
7:30 AM  


March 19
Working Women Alliance
Brightview Concord River
11:30 AM

March 25
Catch the Net
Max & Dylan's
Sponsored by ServPro of Bedford /Lexington
5:30-7:00 PM
Click here to register

March 26
Developing the Middlesex 3 Corrider
Doubletree Bedford Glen
44 Middlesex Turnpike
Bedford, MA
8:30-10:30 AM
Click Here to register

April 7
With North Eastern Mass Law Enforcement Council
Doubletree Bedford
Glen Hotel
6- 8 PM
Click here to register



Welcome to New Members

ComForcare Home Care
70 Broadway St
Westford, MA 01886

Max & Dylan's
15 Middlesex Turnpike
Bedford, 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 Florist

Bedford Funeral Home
Bedford Motel
Bedford Orthodontics

Bedford Park Plaza
B & D Agency
Boardroom Bistro
Brookline Bank

Brown & Brown P.C.
Café Luigi

Carlton & Duran, CPAs
Carlton Willard
Billerica Courtyard by Marriott 

Danielle M. Beck, NP-C

Debbie Spencer


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
GE Infrastructure 

Genetti's Wine & Spirits

Great Road Gallery & Framing

Hanscom Federal Credit Union
Heritage Springs

JRM Antiques
Kimberly Bee Design
Leary Auto

Lester's BBQ

Lexington Symphony
Liberty Mutual
Live Life Well 

Mead Brothers

Middlesex Savings Bank

Minuteman Volkswagenen


North Road Chiropractic
Organics Spa & Salon
Patriot Pediatrics
Peter Quinn Insurance
Primrose School
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