February 2015


In This Issue
Business of the Year
Multi-Chamber Networking Event
Working Women Alliance Gets New Look for 2015
Chamber Announcements
What the Chamber did in January
Chamber Connections
Chamber Calendar
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Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel
Business of the Year

The Bedford Chamber of Commerce held their annual dinner on Thursday, January 15 at the Double Tree Bedford Glen Hotel in Bedford, Massachusetts. The dinner was sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank and Bedford Florist and host to nearly 100 guests, who enjoyed the hospitality of the Doubletree chef as they dined on a delicious meal.  


 Business of the Year recipient, The Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel has been a part of the Bedford business community for over thirty years. Although it is under the present leadership of General Manager Lynne Luongo , that it has grown to be a true community partner and exemplifies what this award stands for.


Over the past year, the Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel has generously hosted the Best Buddies Dance, The Town of Bedford Holiday Party, a First Responders Barbecue and the St Patrick's Luncheon benefiting Alternative House.

Walter McCarty, Maureen Sullivan, Donna Bruno, Suzanne Koller, Lynne Luongo, Rob Ackerman, Adam Schwartz 


They also participated in The Bedford Rotary's Pay it Forward Haiti Meal Packaging, Jeans Friday for Breast Cancer, Muck Fest, The Goddard School Trunk or Treat, the Ice-cream & Pizza Sale in DeMarco's for Neurofibromatosis and the Billerica Boys & Girls Club Teaching Kids to Care.


And if that was not enough, they have donated overnight stays to numerous 501c nonprofits - Friends of Mattie, Place of Hope, and Walk for Autism are just a few of the many.


A longtime Chamber member, The Doubletree Bedford Glen is one of the premier sponsors of Flavors of Bedford, our largest fundraiser. Every year Lynne Luongo and her staff do an outstanding job of serving our guests and making sure the afternoon is perfect, while Chef Jayson DeMarco serves up an offering that is exquisitely presented and absolutely delicious.


Other chamber award winners were Business Person of the Year~ Suzanne Koller of Suzanne and Co., Ray of Hope ~Bedford High School sophomore Rob Ackerman and Outstanding Service to the Chamber ~ Donna Bruno of uVisualize Travel Company.


The evening's guest speaker was Celtics coach Walter McCarty. McCarty took the podium after the awards ceremony to address the crowd with stories of playing, coaching and the basics of life and how he got from small town Evansville Illinois to the big stage of NBA basketball. McCarty's story is that of resilience and determination. Despite assumptions McCarty told of being in 6th grade and 5 feet 10 inches tall and has he said "really uncoordinated". His successes are attributed to hard work and having people that believed in him. McCarty's favorite quote is that of Maya Angelou "give without remembering and take without forgetting". His advice for everyday life to the group was simply to work hard and be proud of what we achieve everyday rather than getting caught up in being number one and being the best. McCarty spoke to the audience for about 45 minutes answering questions after the evening ended to loud applause.


     February Multi-Chamber Networking Event

You're Invited!
Multi-Chamber Networking
at the Crowne Plaza Hotel - Woburn 

February 4, 2015 

5:30-7:30 p.m.  

Optional Pre-Networking Session 

"Qualifying Prospects: Could this person be wasting my time?"

4:30-5:30 p.m. 

And...Vendor Tables/Space Available


Come join us all for a great networking evening; these multi-chamber events yield many attendees/prospects/contacts, so bring lots of business cards! There will be a pre-event seminar hosted by Jason Hartz of Sandler Training from 4:30-5:30; immediately after the session, the networking session begins. There will be vendor tables available if you'd like to promote your business.  There is no charge for the space, but there is a limited amount of tables/space, they are 3 vendors/companies per table, and are available on a first-come/first-served basis that evening, so arrive early to ensure that you get a space! 


We hope you'll join us for this special evening! There will be great appetizers and a cash bar.



             There is no charge for the event but you must register to attend 



Working Women Alliance gets new look for 2015

It's a new year and we have exciting changes for the Working Women Alliance!


First, I want to thank Karen Kenney for her time, effort and enthusiasm that she put into the WWA. Our new chair, Susan Kelly from Salem Five Bank hopes to build on this. The WWA will now be a morning breakfast meeting at Brightview Concord River held on the third Thursday of each month.  Breakfast will be served at 7:30 AM, with a speaker and networking to follow.

The first meeting will be

February 19, 2015

Brightview Concord River 

199 Concord Road 

Billerica, MA 

7:30 AM

The guest speaker will be Mamak Charepoo and the topic Step Into Your Money Brilliance and Accelerate the Growth of Your Business and Career


Are you masterful at what you do but you still have conflict and resistance promoting yourself and talking to clients about your fees? You relationship with money is the CORE of your business. How you set your fees, promote yourself, and talk with clients about pricing are ALL affected by your relationship with money!


We all have unique strengths and gifts with money that can also create our greatest challenges. These challenges can become our money blocks which in turn create money clutter in our business. Money clutter wastes time and energy in creating the most profitable business you can have.


The good news? You can master your relationship with money and be dazzled by your own brilliance and power as you step into your value and make more profitable decisions for your business and career.


Anyone who wants to accelerate the growth of their business must also know how they relate to money, what their money mindset is and how to make profitable decisions that are aligned with their core values and business needs.


What You Will Learn:

  • 6 Simple Ways to Clear Money Clutter
  • The most empowering money mindset that will get you into action immediately
  • One strength you have with money








Chamber Announcements
                            Potential Cultural districts

Selectman Bill Moonan and ED Coordinator Alyssa Sandovel have been discussing the potential of nominating a cultural district in Bedford including the area of Depot Park and Town Center. Cultural districts have been used by communities to promote the arts and increase foot traffic and commerce for local small businesses and we are envisioning goals along these lines for Bedford's. If you are interested in representing the Chamber at  the start up meeting on February 11, 11:00 Am, please contact the Chamber office at



You are invited to attend a seminar on Beneficiary planning.

Don't leave your legacy to chance!


Seminar topic at a glance:

Many people assume a will or trust ensures their assets will be efficiently transferred to their intended heirs. However, without careful beneficiary planning, even the most carefully crafted estate plans can go awry- possibly triggering significant taxes and reducing the amount your beneficiaries receive.


Sign up for this free seminar, Beneficiary planning, don't leave your legacy to chance! To learn the basics of beneficiary planning, and what you can do today to ensure your assets wind up exactly where you wish.


February 28th @ 11:00 AM

285 Great Road, Bedford


Presented by:

Susan Kelly, MBA, CRPS

Financial Consultant, Salem Five Financial





What the Chamber did in January

Board of Directors Meeting

Annual Dinner & Celebration

Men's Breakfast Club





 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 





February 4
Multi -Chamber
Crown Plaza
Woburn, MA
4:30- 7:30 PM

Click here to register


February 12 

Board of Directors Meeting
Flint Room
7:30 AM   


February 19
Working Women Alliance
Brightview Concord River
199 Concord Road
Billerica, MA
7:30 AM



Welcome to New Members

 Stories with a Heart Video Productions
Leslie Wittman

CertaPro Painters of Woburn
Chris Leary
9 Bartlet St Suite 121
Andover MA

2015 Chamber Members


Atlas Real Estate
Atlantica Capitol
Bedford Citizen
Bedford Historical Society 

Baldwin Insurance
Bedford Motel 

Bedford Orthodontics

Bernstein Development 

Brown & Brown, P.C. 
Cafe Luigi 
Callahan Karate Studio 
Carlton-Willard Village
Christine Pinney Marketing
Coldwell Banker 
Courtyard by Marriott 

Danielle Beck NP-C-LLC

Debbie Spencer
Design 2 Order
Doubletree Bedford Glen
DSA Publishing 

First Parish in Bedford

Great Road Gallery & Framing

Hanscom Federal Credit Union

Kennedy Family Dental
Liberty Mutual
Live Life Well
Middlesex Savings Bank
Minuteman Volkswagon
North Road Chiropractic 

Oscar DePriest DMD
Patriot Pediatrics
Peter Quinn Insurance 

Primrose School of Burlington

Salem Five

Simply Natural Nails

Slak Chiropractic

Strawberry Hill Associates
The Goddard School 

The Higgins Group
The Well Effect


Membership renewals 
 are now due 

Renew today on line