December 2014


In This Issue
Suzanne & Co Holiday House Tour
Annual Dinner & Awards
New Commuter Shuttle
What the Chamber did in November
Chamber Connections
Chamber Calendar
Follow us on Facebook


Save the date for Bedford's annual Suzanne & Company Holiday House Tour, Sunday, Dec 14 from 1 to 4pm. Get into the holiday spirit and jingle all the way while visiting a variety of delightfully decorated homes in Bedford. This year's tour features the homes of two members of the Suzanne & Company team -the historic Hayden House, owned by Laura Bullock, Suzanne & Company's Director of Staging and Concierge Services, and Chamber member Suzanne Koller's very own Someday Farm!


The tour also includes a number of other homes throughout Bedford, highlighting the heritage and range of architectural styles represented here, with many hostesses offering refreshments and live performers sharing sounds of the season. And to keep visitors sharp, an identical holiday item will be placed in each home -the first three people to correctly identify it win tickets to next year's house tour.


In the course of visiting the homes, guests are invited to gather at the Congregational Church on Great Road for refreshments and holiday cheer, and the opportunity to shop for those special people on your gift list at the holiday bazaar. This is the tour's 17th year and proceeds support the activities of the Chamber of Commerce, including scholarships awarded to local students.


Tickets are $20 in advance ($15 for seniors, $10 for children), and $25 day of the event -available at the New England Nursery at 216 Concord Road, Great Road Gallery & Framing at 363 Great Road, Prince St Cafe at 200 Great Road and online at


                          Click here for a video of last year's tour!


This year's annual dinner will be held January 15, 2015 at the Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel. It promises to be a great evening of good food, great networking and a celebration of our Chamber Award winners.Celtics Coach Walter McCarthy will be the key note speaker and anyone who remembers his playing days knows "Everyone Loves Walter"!

                       Invitations will be emailed in mid December.


                                Sponsorship Levels available are:


                                              Gold (1)   - $500.00                                

                     4  Dinners/ seats at the head table/program cover/website


                                                   Silver (5)  -  $100.00    

                                      1 dinner   Inside Cover/publicity


                                       Bronze (unlimited)  -  $50.00     

                                                  Listed in program



                       We had a great time. You raised the bar again!!!

                                   Chuck Duran~ Carton & Duran, CPAs

Great job last night.  Tanya and I had a good time, great speaker!

                                         Mike Lombard ~ Baldwin Insurance


                    Everything was lovely and a good time was had by all!"

                                         Helen Hellstrom~ Liberty Mutual 




By Alyssa Sandoval


Through a unique and powerful growing public-private partnership of communities along the Route 3 Corridor from Burlington to Lowell, one of the first initiatives to bear fruit is the formation of the Middlesex 3 Transportation Management Association (TMA). What is a TMA? A TMA is a partnership between businesses and communities. Participants join together to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, and to improve transportation options in a defined region. In this example, the Middlesex 3 TMA membership is available to all business and communities that cover the Middlesex 3 Coalition's boundaries including Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Chelmsford, Lexington, Lowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, and Westford.

In addition to ride-matching, emergency ride homes, and other transit related programs, one of the TMA's first major services provided is a new commuter shuttle service (the M3 Shuttle) that will pick up employees at Alewife Station in Cambridge directly to the MITRE Corporation's Campus on Burlington Road in Bedford. From there, it will go to E-Ink to drop employees off at the company's campus in Billerica. Within a quick 30-minute ride, employees are ably transported via private shuttle service (including free wi-fi) to Bedford.

MITRE, a not-for-profit organization that operates research and development centers for the federal government, is offering the shuttle service to its employees starting in December 2014. At the Benefits Fair held at MITRE's campus last week, dozens of employees said they were enthusiastic to see an alternative to driving solo or taking the longer MBTA bus ride with many stops along the way. The company sees even more long-term benefits.

"We hope offering an easier way to get to our Bedford campus from public transportation will enable us to attract potential employees in the Boston area," said Peter Sherlock, MITRE senior vice president and director of Bedford Operations. "We want our workforce to be comprised of the best local talent we can find to help deliver creative, innovative solutions to our government sponsors, now and in the future."

Bedford's Town Manager, Rick Reed, notes that "establishing the TMA with this shuttle service is another significant step towards ensuring the long-term economic vitality of the Middlesex 3 region."

Stephanie Cronin, executive director of Middlesex 3 Coalition, and Alyssa Sandoval, Bedford's Economic Development coordinator, have been actively promoting the service to businesses in the Crosby Drive Business District in Bedford. In addition, the goal is that this shuttle serves as a model for other businesses seeking to join on to help solve their employees' commute woes and also to help retain and recruit new employees that live in the more urban locations in and around Boston.

Bedford's growing hub of biotech and tech companies in the Wiggins Avenue Business District adjacent to the nearby Hartwell Avenue Business District in Lexington are also served by the 128 Business Council's Rev Shuttle service in partnership with the Town of Lexington, MA.

The M3 TMA's first shuttle will start from Alewife to Bedford on December 1, 2014.



   Are You the Business of The Year?

 Bedford citizens, business owners and community leaders are invited to submit nominations to the Chamber for several prestigious awards to be given at Chamber's Annual Dinner & Celebration on January 15, 2015. Each year the Chamber names a Business Person of the Year, Business of the Year, Diversity, and Outstanding Service to the Chamber Award.

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.
We accept self nominations as well. Deadline for all nominations is December 29, 2014.

What the Chamber did in November

Working Woman Alliance

Board of Directors Meeting

Flavors of Bedford

Mens Breakfast Club

Catch the Net Cucina D

Wiggins Ave Round Table

Ribbon Cutting -Get in Shape For Women

Speaker Anthony Dello Russo at the WWA luncheon
Oliver Yu ~ Catch the Net
Ribbon Cutting at Get in Shape For Women




 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 





December 11, 2014

Board of Directors Meeting
Flint Room
7:30 AM  

December 14
Suzanne & Co. Holiday House Tour  

1-4 PM
Click here to purchase tickets on line

January 15
Chamber Annual Dinner & Celebration
Invitations to be mailed
next week   



Welcome to New Members 


Conagen, Inc.
15 DeAngelo Drive
Bedford, MA

50 Loomis St

Suite 102
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
Bedord Farms
Bedford Florist

Bedford Funeral Home
Bedford Historical Society
Bedford Motel
Bedford Orthodontics

Bedford Park Plaza
B & D Agency
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
Ken's NY Deli
Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Kimberly Bee Design
Leary Auto

Lester's BBQ

Lexington Symphony
Liberty Mutual
Lincoln Liquors
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
Simply Natural Nails
Slak Chiropractic
Spaulding Management
St. Michael's Parish Center
Strawberry Hill Properties
Summit Health & Fitness
Suzanne & Co. 
The Bedford Citizen
The Bedford Minuteman 

The Goddard School

The Higgins Group
The Edge
The Town Planner
The UPS Store

The Well Effect Co.

Wicked Good
William Raveis Real Estate

Wicked Loyal