July 2015        


In This Issue
Bedford Business & Community Guide
Innovation Night
Exchange Program for Businesses and Non-Profits
Massachusetts' Mandatory Sick Time Law.
Bedford Fireworks
Start Ups
What the Chamber did in June
Chamber Announcements
Chamber Connections
Chamber Calendar
Follow us on Facebook
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:

  • MyMedicalShopper  
  • trilioVault
  • Admetsys Smart Pancreas  
  • GreatHorn  
  • Sunu Band  
  • DARTdrones Flight School
  • SleepGuard
  • Choose This Not That
  • READcase
  • Revvo
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 waste, and
-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
-support of non-profits
Next Steps:
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:
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

Ribbon Cuttings

Working Women Alliance/ Men's Club

Chamber Announcements

 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.  




 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 






July 7/14/21/28
Tee it Up Golf
Patriot Golf Course
200 Springs Road
Bedford, MA

4:30 PM 


July 2
Town Fireworks
Town Center Viewing

July 8
MITRE Innovation Night
202 Burlington Road
Bedford, MA
6-8:30 PM

July 16
Chamber Summer Celebration
12 Sorens Way
Bedford, MA
5-7 PM
RSVP here

July 9/16/23/30
Summer Concert Series
12 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA
7:00 PM

August 4
Sick Time Law- Is Your Business Ready
Stoneham Bank
80 Montvale Ave
Stoneham, MA
730-9:30 AM
Look for Flyer

August 5
Multi-Chamber Networking
Stonebridge/Burlington MA
Look for flyer
Welcome to New Member

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2015 Chamber Members


Atlas Real Estate
Atlantica Capitol
B& D Advertising Agency
Baldwin Insurance
Baudanza Electric
Bedford Car Wash
Bedford Citizen
Bedford Childrens Center
Bedford Farms

Bedford Historical Society 

Bedford Motel
Bedford Plaza Hotel

Bedford Research Foundation 

Bedford Orthodontics

Bernstein Development
Brightview Concord River 

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

Danielle Beck NP-C-LLC

Debbie Spencer
Design 2 Order
Design 1 Kitchen & Bath
Dianne Bridgeman, DDS
Digital Federal Credit Union
Doubletree Bedford Glen
DSA Publishing

Edward Jones Investments

First Parish in Bedford

Great Road Gallery & Framing
Formulatrix, Inc.
Frank Webb's Bath Center

GE Infrastructure  

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
Ken Gordon
Kimberly Bee Design
IMVerizon Wireless
Leary Auto
Lexington Symphony
Liberty Mutual
Lincoln Liquors
Live Life Well
Mettler-Toldeo Thorton
Middlesex Savings Bank

Minuteman Volkswagon

Moving Forward Physical Therapy
Mt Auburn Hospital
New England Nurseries
North Road Chiropractic
Organix Spa & Salon


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
Summit Health & Fitness
Suzanne & Co.

The Goddard School 

The Higgins Group
The Well Effect
Town Planner Calendar