|Town to produce a Business & Community Guide|
The Town of Bedford is developing a new 2015 Bedford Business & Community Guide later this year with the assistance of Global Design & Publishing. This four color, magazine-style marketing publication, with 12+ pages of information, photography and advertising, will show why Bedford is a great place to work and live and will highlight Bedford's many business assets. They are offering local business owners and institutions the opportunity to support this initiative by purchasing advertising prepared for you by Global Design & Publishing, LLC.
The Bedford Business & Community Guideis a great way to introduce your company to other businesses, the community and visitors to the Town. Copies will be distributed to various locations including: Bedford Town Hall, the DoubleTree by Hilton, the Bedford Depot Park Visitors Center, and the Bedford Chamber of Commerce. The town will use it in meetings with existing and prospective businesses, commercial brokers, local media, developers and corporate consultants, and for distribution at business conferences. It will also be available on the Town of Bedford's website to bring your message to the internet.
For information on advertising rate, contact Kelly Tourtellotte, a representative of Global Design & Publishing.
Local Innovators and Entrepreneurs Take Note! Innovation Nights Is Coming to Bedford!
Mass Innovation Nights and MITRE will collaborate on the 76th Mass Innovation Nights (MIN). The event will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:30 at the MITRE offices in Bedford (202 Burlington Road, Bedford MA). Mass Innovation Nights are free monthly product showcase and networking events in the greater Boston area. .
"One of the benefits of participating in a Mass Innovation Nights event is connecting with other members of the local innovation community," said Innovation Nights co-founder Bobbie Carlton. "The startups exhibiting at this event will get the chance to connect with MITRE and vice-versa, as well as each other and the community at large."
As a not-for-profit organization that does R&D for the federal government, MITRE is hosting the event to better connect to innovative technology that they can share with their government sponsors as well as to showcase their own innovations.
"We're excited about meeting local entrepreneurs and learning more about what they're developing," said Peter Sherlock, MITRE senior vice president and director of Bedford Operations. "Also, since we don't commercialize products ourselves, we're always looking for well-established venues like Mass Innovation Nights where we can connect with companies who can take our innovations to market."
The Bedford Chamber of Commerce also sees the potential of startups and this event in particular. According to Adam Schwartz, Bedford Chamber of Commerce President, "Bedford has the ideal mix of both startup and well established companies in growing industries including Biotech, Cloud Computing, Medical Devices and Robotics. Innovation Nights is the ideal event for networking between companies. The ingenious format of the event also provides a mechanism to generate and exchange ideas that may result in new businesses."
The products featured at the event all relate to the health IT and cybersecurity fields, significant focal points for MITRE. MITRE executives Barry Costa, Rob McCready, Robert A. Martin, Steve Foote, and Dan Hoag will be available to talk with guests who are interested in learning more about MITRE and discuss their health IT and cybersecurity industries.
Participating startups this month are:
- Admetsys Smart Pancreas
- Sunu Band
- DARTdrones Flight School
- Choose This Not That
The event is free to attend and open to the public. Guests are encouraged RSVP prior to attending and to support local entrepreneurs by helping to spread the word about the cool new products they see, either through a blog post, a Tweet, a Facebook Like, or simply by talking about it with a friend.
Click here to RSVP
Minuteman Reusers: Bedford Exchange Program for Businesses and Non-Profits
Transition Town Bedford, a citizen's group, is initiating a free service designed by EcoStar and successfully piloted by the Deven's Eco-Efficiency Center. They hope to bring businesses and non-profits together to network, build relationships, exchange materials and undertake joint services to increase resource efficiency and yield cost reductions. The outcomes should enhance the environment, the community, and the local economy.
Participants should benefit by:
-decreased waste management costs by redirecting waste streams to reuse,
-obtaining materials for a local entity free of charge,
-lowering transportation costs and shipping charges by buying locally, and
-gaining knowledge of best environmental practices
The environment would be benefited by:
-improved resource efficiencies and prevented consumption of virgin materials,
-decreased pollution and greenhouse gas emissions generated.
The community would be benefit by:
-networking, and opportunities for explore business prospects,
-decreased waste sent to landfills, as re-use is maximized, and
Transition Bedford is asking businesses to catalog items, materials or services they wish to find or offer. These will be listed on their web site. Material examples include: left over/outdated inventories, manufactured byproducts, packaging materials, unneeded office supplies and furniture, arts and crafts items, idle equipment, etc. Experience has shown that a broad range of items can be re-purposed locally. Non-profits will be solicited concerning their current material and service needs. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION WITH IF YOU ARE INTERESTED. SEND TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
They also hope to plan an event soon where there will be opportunity to learn about best practices and build connections with other area businesses.
Massachusetts' Mandatory Sick Time Law
Voters in Massachusetts approved the ballot measure requiring employers to provide sick time for all employees. In doing so, Massachusetts joined a small group of states with mandatory sick time laws. What this means for employers is that they must provide sick leave for all employees beginning on July 1, 2015. Whether the leave must be paid or not is based upon the number of employees but all employers, regardless of size, must provide at least the mandated number of sick days.
For employers with 11 or more employees, the sick time must be paid; for employers with 10 or fewer employees, the sick time may be unpaid. Employers are well advised, therefore, to review their current leave policies, especially so called "Paid Time Off" policies that combine various forms of leave, to address this new sick time requirement before its effective date.
The law's definition of "sick time," is broad. It covers employees who need time (1) to care for a child, spouse, parent, or parent of a spouse who is suffering from a physical or mental illness, injury or medical condition that requires homecare, professional medical diagnosis or care, or preventative medical care, or (2) to care for the employee's own physical or mental illness, injury or medical condition that requires homecare, professional medical diagnosis or care, or preventative medical care, or (3) to attend the employee's routine medical appointments or routine medical appointments for a child, spouse, parent, or parent of a spouse, or (4) address the psychological, physical or legal effects of domestic violence.
As of July 1, 2015, employers will be required to provide at least one hour of earned sick time for every 30 hours worked by an employee. Accruals will begin on the date of hire (or, for current employees, July 1, 2015), but employees are not entitled to use accrued sick time before the 90th calendar day after their hire date. The rate of pay required for paid sick leave is the rate the employee is earning at the time the leave is taken, rather than the rate that is in effect at the time
July 4th Fireworks
The fireworks display will be launched on July 2nd from the John Glenn Middle School fields. The John Glenn Middle School field complex will be a safety zone; spectators are not permitted on the JGMS fields. In addition, Railroad Ave and McMahon Road will be closed for the event. Suggested viewing areas are Bedford High School and Town Hall/Municipal Complex on MudgeWay. Recommended parking and viewing areas may be found on the accompanying map document.
Mark Siegenthaler, Selectmen Chair said, "Every five years the Town of Bedford is delighted to offer this event to the community.
We hope everyone enjoys a great start to a safe and happy
Fourth of July weekend."
A concert featuring the band Brass Connection will entertain from 7:30 p.m.
9:00 p.m. at the Municipal Complex at 12 Mudge Way (behind the playground). Bring a blanket, a folding chair, family and friends; you are in for a treat!
The Town's Economic Development Coordinator, Alyssa Sandoval, developed a brochure promoting Bedford as an advantageous location for Boston area startups and highlighted some of the uniquely innovative startups already located in Bedford. With the assistance of Middlesex Community College's Graphic Design Department assistance and input from the Bedford Chamber of Commerce, the brochure features an easy-to-read and colorful design. Check it out here
What the Chamber did in June!
Board of Director's Meeting
Multi-Chamber After Hours Networking
Working Women Alliance/ Men's Club
BEDFORD DAY ~ September 19, 2015
Application Deadline is August 7, 2015
Click here for application
We will be filming Cable Connections on July 20th, if you would like to be interviewed please contact the chamber office at 781-275-8503. The show runs on Bedford TV and is great way to
get your business/product in front of Bedford residents.
Tee it Up Golf
Patriot Golf Course
200 Springs Road
July 2Town Fireworks
Town Center Viewing
DuskJuly 8MITRE Innovation Night
202 Burlington Road
6-8:30 PMJuly 16
Chamber Summer Celebration
12 Sorens Way
5-7 PMRSVP hereJuly 9/16/23/30Summer Concert Series
12 Mudge Way
7:00 PMAugust 4
Sick Time Law- Is Your Business Ready
80 Montvale Ave
Look for FlyerAugust 5
Look for flyer
Welcome to New Member
Tailwind's seaplanes are amphibious- so they can land and take off on both water and airport runways. In Manhattan, flights depart and land on the East River at 23rd Street, meaning you do not have to spend the time and money getting to LaGuardia for a flight. In Boston and Washington, D.C., we land at private terminals at Boston's Bedford Hanscom Field
2015 Chamber Members
Atlas Real Estate
B& D Advertising Agency
Bedford Car Wash
Bedford Childrens Center
Bedford Historical Society
Bedford Plaza Hotel
Bedford Research Foundation
Brightview Concord River
Brown & Brown, P.C.
Callahan Karate Studio
Cambridge Savings Bank
Carlton & Duran, CPAs
Christine Pinney Marketing
ComforCare Home Care
Courtyard by Marriott
Danielle Beck NP-C-LLC
Design 2 Order
Design 1 Kitchen & Bath
Dianne Bridgeman, DDS
Digital Federal Credit Union
Doubletree Bedford Glen
Edward Jones Investments
First Parish in Bedford
Great Road Gallery & Framing
Frank Webb's Bath Center
Hanscom Federal Credit Union
Harold Nichols Insurance
Heritage at Bedford Springs
Inside Out Staging & Design
Kammerwerke Double Wind Quintet
Kennedy Family Dental
Ken's NY Deli
Kimberly Bee Design
Live Life Well
Middlesex Savings Bank
Moving Forward Physical Therapy
Mt Auburn Hospital
New England Nurseries
North Road Chiropractic
Organix Spa & Salon
Oscar DePriest DMD
Peter Quinn Insurance
Primrose School of Burlington
Right at Home
Simply Natural Nails
Stories with a Heart
Strawberry Hill Associates
St. Michael's Parish Center
Summit Health & Fitness
Suzanne & Co.
The Goddard School
The Higgins Group
The Well Effect
Town Planner Calendar