June 2014


In This Issue
Guve Your Business a Spring Cleaning
Tee it Up !!!!
Men's Breakfast Club
Multi-Chamber After Hours
Chamber Connections
Chamber Calendar
Follow us on Facebook
 Town hires an Economic Development Coordinator

     Alyssa Sandoval, AICP, is the new Economic Development Coordinator for the Town of Bedford. Prior to her position with Bedford, Alyssa worked on the economic development elements of master plans for communities throughout New England when she worked as a consultant at VHB based in Watertown, MA. She has previously worked as a planner for the City of Pleasanton in California where she assisted with permitting complex commercial projects and assisting in revising permitting processes to be more streamlined. Alyssa is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners, and has a Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University. Alyssa is eager to reach out to businesses, both existing and potential, in Bedford.

Alyssa is actively working with the Chamber of Commerce in identifying efforts to collaborate on, such as enhanced outreach to small businesses and to the high tech and biotech cluster of companies in Bedford.

     If you need assistance on next steps as you are thinking about opening or expanding a business, please contact Alyssa. Her office is located at Town Hall, and she can be reached at 781-275-1111, and by email at

Alyssa Sandoval and Karen Kenney of OrganizingWorks
golf2.jpgThe Chambers' weekly Tee It Up Golf is a great way to do some networking and swing a few clubs.  This is not a league, so you don't have to commit for the entire season. Every week we will send you an invite to sign up, so you choose when and how many times you want to play. All levels are welcome - (we promise we will pair you with someone who won't make fun of your swing). Tee Times start at 4:30 PM. The cost is $15.00 per person and you pay as you play.

           There are only 28 slots so don't wait of you want sign up!

What the Chamber did in May!


Catch the Net - Billerica Marriott

Men's Breakfast Club

Business Development Meeting

Middlesex 3 Business Expo

Working Women Alliance

Morning networking with State Rep Ken Gordon

Walk About with Marisa DeFranco

Tee It Up Golf

Josh Cohen, Speaker Dave Spencer & Rich MCDonough




Business Development Updates

 Submitted by Adam Schwartz  


Retail Best Practices. Karen Kenney gave feedback of the event she attended in Lowell and her discussion with the event organizers. She thought a similar event would work well in Bedford, although it should be customized to our business needs. Karen is going to explore two options for an event in Bedford:

 Depot Park Kiosk. The group had a discussion on how to proceed. It was recommended that we provide 2 different options to the Bedford Depot Park Advisory Committee.

A. Standard Sign  


B. Touch Screen Kiosk - See for an example

Adam will also contact the Depot Committee to get a date scheduled to present the proposals. 

Planning Board Updates.
A. Bedford Market Place Shopping Center. They are ready to move forward with renovations. This will include the demolition of the existing postal service distribution center which is expected to move to the TD Bank Building across the street.
B. Bedford Business Park - They are interesting in acquiring the old MassDot property on Crosby Drive which is located adjacent to their property.
C. Bedford Motel - They are looking in to options on what to do with the property.
D. Middlesex Turnpike Area - The planning board is expected to begin exploring some zoning changes for this area and hope to have rezoning recommendation for the Spring 2015 town meeting.

4. Alyssa Sandoval, the economic development co-ordinator for Bedford joined the group. Alyssa gave a summary on some of the projects she has started which include; developing a new business guide, marketing materials to promote Bedford, putting together a database of Bedford businesses and commercial property and contacting local businesses to organize forums on topics such as shuttle service. The first forum is scheduled for June and is expected to comprise of businesses from the Wiggins Avenue area. T

5. Chamber Software Upgrades. The Chamber is currently evaluating new software designed specifically for Chambers of Commerce. The group had a brief discussions on new features they would like to see. These included;
ability to send out mailings, ability for directors to add events and access to the member database.



Chamber Announcements  

The East Coast Wizards have recently started Junior Men's and a Junior Women's Ice Hockey Teams, where the ages run from 16-20
years old. As many of the players are from out of state, and will be continuing their education locally, they are in need of families like yours to billet them as they grow through these formative years. The Wizards' focus is on the development of young hockey players, but a major part of our goal is to assist these players as they become more mature, responsible and productive individuals. Your role in this endeavor will be vital in this development; for the next nine months, you will be a mentor, friend, counselor, and
extended family for the player(s) in your home. Your role is to provide a structured environment for the players outside the rink. For more information please contact Michelle Palumbo

Brightview Concord River
Trinkets & Treasures
Thursday, June 12
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Trinkets & Treasures for a Cure Supporting the Alzheimer's Association
To donate or for more information, please contact Lisa for details:


The Rotary Club of Bedford is actively seeking

student exchange host families

for the 2014-2015 school year!



By hosting a Youth Exchange student in your home,

you'll make a

young person's dream come true,

and you and your family will share an

unforgettable and fulfilling experience!


As a host family, you will

  • Provide room and board
  • Supervise the student just as you would your own children
  • Involve the student in family activities and chores
  • Enrich the exchange experience by including the student in family, community, and cultural activities






 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 






June 3 

Cambridge Savings Bank Sr. Prom Stroll
Town Common 

4:00-5:30 PM

June 10


Tee It Up Golf

Patriot Golf Course

200 Springs Road
Bedford, MA
Tee Time start at 4:30
Register Here

June 11
Middlesex 3 Networking

Courtyard by Marriott

270 Concord Road, Billerica
8:00 AM 

Speaker - Richard Davey

 Click here to register 



Board of Directors Meeting
Flint Room
7:30 AM 


June 19 

Working Women Alliance
Doubletree Bedford Glen

Click Here to register 






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
Bedord Farms
Bedford Florist

Bedford Funeral Home
Bedford Historical Society
Bedford Motel
Bedford Orthodontics

Bedford Park Plaza
B & D Agency
Boardroom Bistro
Brightview Concord River
Brookline Bank

Brown & Brown P.C.
Café Luigi

Calling All Pets
Cambridge Savings Bank

Carlton & Duran, CPAs
Carlton Willard

Christine Pinney Marketing
Choice Benefits
Coldwell Banker
ComForcare Home Care

Billerica Courtyard /Marriott 

Danielle M. Beck, NP-C

Debbie Spencer


Dianne Bridgeman, DDS
Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel

Dr. Oscar DePriest

DSA Printing 
Edward Jones Investments
EMD Millipore
F.W. Webb

First Parish in Bedford
Fujifilm Microdisks, USA
GE Infrastructure 

Genetti's Wine & Spirits

Great Road Gallery & Framing

Hanscom Federal Credit Union
Harold F. Nichols Insurance

Heritage Springs
Inside Out Staging

JRM Antiques
Kimberly Bee Design
Leary Auto

Lester's BBQ

Lexington Symphony
Liberty Mutual
Live Life Well 
MAx & Dylan's 

Mead Brothers

Middlesex Savings Bank

Minuteman Volkswagon
Mt. Auburn Hospital 

New England Nurseries

North Road Chiropractic
Organics Spa & Salon
Patriot Pediatrics
Peter Quinn Insurance
Primrose School  of Burlington
Prince St. Café & Bakery
Progress Software

Quality Database Design
Richard A. Egan Insurance 

Right at Home
Salon OZ
Serenity Yoga
Servpro of Bedford/Lexington
Slak Chiropractic
Spaulding Management
St. Michael's Parish Center
Strawberry Hill Properties
Summit Health & Fitness
Suzanne & Co. 

The Goddard School

The Higgins Group
The Edge
The Town Planner
The UPS Store

The Well Effect Co.

William Raveis Real Estate

Wicked Loyal