THE BEDFORD BANNER  

                                                             March 2015

 

In This Issue
6 Ways to Foster More Happiness in the Workplace
Retail Visioning Event
Business Development Updates
Chamber Announcements
What the Chamber did in February
Chamber Connections
Chamber Calendar
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By Jaqueline Whitmore

Happy employees are more productive, more creative and less likely to leave. It doesn't have to cost a fortune to create a fun environment at your workplace. If you embody your ideal corporate culture and integrate joy and laughter into your daily routine, your employees will follow. It's wise to do everything you can to prevent dissatisfaction among your employees. A large turnover rate can quickly erode your hard work and deplete your resources. Once a staff member starts to look for other career options, he's already got one foot out the door. As you grow your business, invest a little time to make your company a great place to work. Pay attention to the personality traits of your current staff, hire new employees carefully and foster an environment of joy, hard work and professionalism. The following tips will help you create a corporate culture full of fun.

1. Lead by example. Your employees will follow your lead when it comes to corporate culture and behavior. If your only interactions with your team are serious and formal, your employees will feel the need to be professional at all times. Be open about your past mistakes and learning moments. Add a little self-deprecating humor when it's appropriate to help your employees view you as human and approachable. When staff members feel joyful, they're more motivated and produce better work.

2. Don't confuse seriousness and solemnity. Laughter is often a way for people to deal with intensely stressful situations. If your company is in the middle of a crisis and an employee cracks a joke, don't assume they're not taking the situation seriously. Humor can be a great catalyst for creative ideas and problem solving. The more your staff members are worried about how to correctly behave, the less they'll be focused on finding a solution.

3. Evaluate happiness as well as performance. Add a section on employee happiness and job satisfaction to each staff member's annual review. Make it a habit to ask your employees what makes them enjoy their work and what doesn't. If anyone has a particular issue, do your best to listen, understand and find a solution. Regular opportunities for employees to speak honestly with you - without repercussions or fear of losing their job - will create trust within your team.

4. Embody optimism. Staff meetings can quickly become monotonous. Use each meeting as an opportunity to encourage positive team dynamics. Go around the room and ask, "What is the best thing that's happened to you since our last meeting? The benefit is two-fold. First, you'll engage employees on a personal level and learn more about them and their hobbies. Second, if you begin every meeting with this question, you're employees will begin to think about what they're going to stay before each meeting. Instead of stressing about their growing to-do list, they'll be thinking about the most positive parts of their life. Your employees will be more joyful and optimistic, which will contribute to dynamic and productive meetings.

5. Celebrate. Recognize and acknowledge your employees successes, no matter how small. Staff celebrations don't need to be fancy, planned or expensive. Acknowledgement can be as simple as sharing one team member's accomplishment during a staff meeting. Alternatively, you could host a quick team celebration in the break room or kitchen of your office. Celebrate project milestones, promotions, client acquisitions and birthdays.

6. Eliminate negative influences quickly. Negativity, gossip and internal politics can ruin your team's cohesiveness. When a new employee comes on board, evaluate more than their work product. Notice how they interact with other members of their team and their general attitude. Keep an eye on potential personality conflicts. If you see a problem, address it immediately. Large teams naturally develop cliques or small groups of like-minded people, but be mindful it doesn't negatively affect the overall team dynamic.


     MARCH RETAIL VISIONING EVENT

   

ARE YOU A RETAILER, RESTAURATEUR, STOREFRONT BUSINESS OWNER?

 

                                                   BEST RETAIL PRACTICES

 

                                     March 25th (Wednesday) at 5:30 PM -8:00 PM

                                        Cucina D - 54 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford

  

A dynamic and proven program since 2006, Retail Visioning's Best Retail Practices Workshop has helped over 1,500 small business owners all around New England. Now it is your turn! Come network with other merchants & add value to your business!

                                                         Two Hour Workshop

                                                  Learn which Retail Marketing

                                         Techniques will Help Grow Your Business!

                                          Tips, Tools & Tricks of the Trade: Signage,

                                                              Interior Design,

                                       Window Displays & Visual Merchandising

                                  How to Deliver the Best Customer Experience Possible!

                                                                       PLUS

                                                          Networking & Refreshments

 

                              RSVP today! Seating is limited for this popular program.

 

                                                             Click here to register !

 

 

Business Development Updates

Retail Event/Best Practices. This is moving forward with the first event to be held at Cucina D in Bedford on March 25th from 5:30 to 8pm.  there will be two other additional events in nearby towns that will be help in the morning so businesses that can't make an evening event can still attend.

2. Depot Park Kiosk. The DPW provided a first draft of the revised map and changes were provided. With all the snow, the DPW has been delayed in providing a second draft. We expect to get this draft back soon and hope to present it at the Feb 25th Depot Park Committee meeting.

3. Cultural District. One of the goals discussed was to increase foot traffic. A kick off meeting was held on February 11th and seemed to go well. It included a discussion on getting businesses involved. The next meeting is scheduled for March 25 at 8 am .

4. Additional Alcohol License Discussion. After some discussion it was determined it would be useful to get Chamber Member feedback. An email was sent out and approximately one dozen members responded with 100% in favor of  additional alcohol licenses. This information was then provided to Selectman.

5. Startups. A Brief discussion was held about finding a building that would be interested in attracting startups. 1 DeAngelo Drive was proposed. Adam Shwartz to follow up with Landlord. We also talked about the idea of involving Middlesex Community College and how it might benefit them to have a satellite location with actual startup companies. This location could also then be used for Employee Training as well as startup and networking type events. Alyssa to follow up with MCC. 

Chamber Announcements
 

Second Annual Wing-Off Challenge!

 The DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Boston-Bedford Glen, a Destination Hotel property, announces the second annual Wing-Off Challenge on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 2:00pm.

The event will be held at SORA restaurant located at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Boston-Bedford Glen.

 

This buffalo wing eating contest will consist of ten contestants. Spaces are still available for contestants to sign up. The grand prize is a Wing-Off Challenge trophy and a $300 cash prize. To register, please call Andrea Sacco at (781)276-7510. The entry fee is $25.00 per person, non-refundable.

 

Not interested in competing? Not to worry. Come and enjoy a great atmosphere in SORA restaurant with delicious food from our special Wing-Off menu and refreshing seasonal drinks. Doors will open at 2:00pm. Please come early to secure a good seat.

Additionally, SORA restaurant will be offering a special $0.25 wings promotion for the day. For those who want to test their buffalo wing "heat" limit, the Waiver Wing Challenge* hot wings special will do just that. *DISCLOSURE: The Waiver Wing Challenge is NOT for the faint of heart.

www.soradining.com

 

A portion of spectator food and beverage sales will benefit Relay for Life, a signature event of the American Cancer Society. We invite you to join us in the fight against cancer within our local community. www.relayforlife.org


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                       Bedford Family Connection

            Spring Concert: Toe Jam Puppet Band!

When:Sat Mar 7, 2015, 4-5 pm
Where:St. Paul's Weekday Nursery School, Big Room
100 Pine Hill Rd., Bedford
Group:Bedford Family Connection
Contact:Kristine Shah
kristine.shah@gmail.com 
 

Come sing, dance and laugh the winter blues away as we welcome spring with the Toe Jam Puppet Band! Sponsored by St. Paul's Weekday Nursery School, this event will no doubt be an afternoon of fun for the whole family. Snacks will be sold at the event.

Tickets are $5 each (required for adults and children; babies under 1 are free). Tickets can be purchased at Fetch It (48 Great Road) or eventbrite.com: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-concert-toe-jam-puppet-band-tickets-15276633823 

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                  BRIDGING THE POTENTIAL GAP BETWEEN

              SOCIAL SECURITY AND RETIREMENT SECURITY

 

Are you planning to take early retirement? Or do you want to continue working until, or beyond, full retirement age?

 

Whatever your plans, this meeting will help you make informed decisions about your Social Security benefit options, and how much money you may need from other sources to supplement your retirement income.  You'll also find out about variable annuities, a retirement income strategy which provides a steady stream of income that can help bridge any gaps. 

 

                            Seating is limited, so please RSVP today!

 

The event will take place March 31, 2015; Tuesday evening at 6 pm. 

Seasons 52 Restaurant.

www.seasons52.com

6 Wayside Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

(781) 272-5552

 

This event will be hosted by:

Susan Kelly

Salem Five Bank, 285 Great Road, Bedford, MA

978-720-5409

Susan.kelly@salemfive.com


 

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Understanding social media and staying safe online

 

As social media becomes even more popular, one concern that comes up again and again is parents and grandparents feeling like the younger generation are living in another world, a world where Facebook and other online media are the main way people stay in touch with others.  Understanding social media and keeping you and your loved ones safe in this new landscape is vital.

 

The seminar time is: March 28th at 11:00 am.

285 Great Road, Bedford, MA 01730

 

RSVP to:

Susan Kelly

Salem Five Bank

978-720-5409

Susan.kelly@salemfive.com

 

 

 

 

 

What the Chamber did in
February

 
Board of Directors Meeting

Working Women Alliance

Business Development
Multi Chamber Networking Event
Carlton Soo Hoo & Lisa Dean at Multi-Chamber Networking

CHAMBER CONNECTIONS 


 

 

 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
bcoc@bedfordchamber.org
 

 

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 

 

 

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CHAMBER CALENDAR

March 12

Board of Directors Meeting
Flint Room
7:30 AM   

 

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

March 25
Best Retail Practice Work Shop

Cucina D
54 Middlesex Turnpike
Bedford, MA
5:30 -8:30 PM
Click  here to register

SAVE THE DATE 

April 29
Multi-Chamber Networking
Embassy Suites
Waltham  

 
  
 
   Welcome to New   Chamber Member

IMVERIZON WIRELESS
186 Great Road
Unit 6
Bedford, MA
781-275-2355


2015 Chamber Members


Amptek

Atlas Real Estate
Atlantica Capitol
B& D Advertising Agency
Bedford Car Wash
Bedford Citizen
Bedford Childrens Cneter
Bedford Historical Society 

Baldwin Insurance
Bedford Motel
Bedford Research Foundation 

Bedford Orthodontics

Bernstein Development 

Brown & Brown, P.C. 
Cafe Luigi 
Callahan Karate Studio 
Carlton-Willard Village
Carlton & Duran, CPAs
CertaPro Painters
Christine Pinney Marketing
Coldwell Banker
ComforCare Home Care
CouponSurfer.com 
Courtyard by Marriott 

Danielle Beck NP-C-LLC

Debbie Spencer
Design 2 Order
Design 1 Kitchen & Bath
Doubletree Bedford Glen
DSA Publishing 

First Parish in Bedford

Great Road Gallery & Framing
FUJIFILM
GE Infrastructure  

Hanscom Federal Credit Union
Inside Out Staging & Design 

Kennedy Family Dental
Kimberly Bee Design
Leary Auto
Lexington Symphony
Liberty Mutual
Live Life Well
Middlesex Savings Bank
Minuteman Volkswagon

MITRE
North Road Chiropractic 

Oscar DePriest DMD
Patriot Pediatrics
Peter Quinn Insurance 

Primrose School of Burlington
Right at Home 

Salem Five
Salon Oz 

Simply Natural Nails

Slak Chiropractic
Stories with a Heart 

Strawberry Hill Associates
St. Michael's Parish Center
The Goddard School 

The Higgins Group
The Well Effect
uVisualize 

 

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