October 2015        


The Bedford Chamber of Commerce extend their thoughts and deepest condolences to the families, fellow comrades and loved ones of Senior Airman Nathan Sartain, 29, of Pensacola, Florida and 1st Class Airman Kcey Ruiz, 21, of McDonoguh, Georgia. Their lives exemplified honor and valor, and we will be forever grateful for their bravery and service to our country.
In This Issue
Bedford First- Walkabout & Tree Lighting
Goddard School Trunk or Treat
Flavors of Bedford
Working Women Alliance
What the Chamber did in September
Chamber Connections
Chamber Calendar
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"Bedford-First" Walkabout and Tree Lighting!!!

The first Bedford Walkabout is scheduled for Saturday December 5, 2015 in coordination with the Town's Annual Tree Lighting event. This event is being sponsored by the Bedford Recreation, Economic Development, Healthy Bedford, and the Bedford Chamber of Commerce. This event is intended to highlight Bedford Center businesses and encourage residents to walk to our local stores and restaurants. We also want to provide an opportunity to showcase Bedford's many home-based businesses as well as businesses located in other areas of Town. Promoting walking to local businesses just makes good business sense. Walk Boston notes that patrons of retail businesses who arrive by foot and bicycle in a neighborhood shopping area visit the most often and spend the most money per month.
Walking is also a practical transportation choice that holds powerful health and environmental benefits for both individuals and their communities. The potential for increased walking is enormous: one quarter of all trips in the United States are less than one mile in length, but only a quarter of these are made by walking. By championing walking as a viable alternative, we can contribute to our residents' overall health and other quality of life factors through more physical exercise. Not only that, increasing walking can help free up parking by encouraging patrons to walk (not drive) to your business and helps reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. It's a great way to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity while encouraging more patrons to visit your business.
Event Details:
Date and Time: 3:30-8 pm on Saturday, December 5
Tree Lighting is tentatively scheduled for 5:30 pm on the Town Common. Before and after the tree lighting ceremony (typically lasting no more than 30 minutes), residents and visitors will be encouraged to walk to participating Bedford Center businesses. Each participating business agrees to keep their location open for the duration of the event, and will offer an incentive for visiting their business (examples: free hot chocolate, entertainment, such as music, singing, store discount, game, or cookies etc.) Participating businesses will be promoted in an event flyer and given a special marker to indicate you are a participating business to passersby.
For those businesses that are not in the Bedford Center area or if you have a home-based business and would like to participate, there is an option to have a table at Old Town Hall. If there is enough business interest, Old Town Hall will be open to the public and will feature Bedford businesses, music, and crafts. Bedford Chamber of Commerce is organizing this event with Town Staff support.
To Participate:

Goddard School Trunk or Treat
Get your business in front of 700 Bedford Families

The Goddard School Trunk or Treat is an alternative, free Halloween Celebration for the children of the community.  It also is a fabulous way to be seen and have direct contact with hundreds of Bedford families.
Put your costume on and drive your Decorated to the Whole Foods parking lot, on Friday, October  30th 4-6 PM. Last year 1000 children come to each car to Trunk or Treat instead of going house to house to Trick or Treat. Consider joining these businesses for a couple of hours of different networking and lots of fun. 
Participating Businesses as of 10/1
Callahan's Karate                                           ServePro                                          OrganizingWorks
UVisualize                                                     Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel       ComforCare Home Care
IM Wireless                                                   Hanscom Federal Credit Union       Suzanne & Company
Quinstance                                                     DSA Printing                                   Dr. Bridgeman
Burlington School of Music                          Dr. Hesby                                         Guard UP Family
Debbie Spencer & Co.                                  Whole Foods                                    Salon OZ
Macaroni Kid

There is no charge to participate but you do have to pre-register at trunk or reat

15th Annual Flavors of Bedford

We would like to offer you the opportunity to promote and showcase your firm as part of Flavors of Bedford. This grand community event will be held on November 8 from 4-6 pm. The Flavors of Bedford promises to be the best yet as we are able to expand the number of restaurants, increase the number of attendees and bring back the popular raffle. Your sponsorship makes it possible to bring the event to town, while offering an excellent opportunity to showcase your business in Bedford and you get tickets to the event to use yourself or give to clients. It's a win-win!
  Premier Sponsors 
Brown & Brown, PC 
Please visit www.flavorsofbedford to view other sponsorship opportunities.
 This event anchors the Bedford Chamber of Commerce and makes it possible to implement programs of excellence in the community.
   Middlesex Savings Business Connections      
                                                      Wednesday. October 28
                                                         12:00 - 1:00 pm
                                                   Brightview Concord River
                                                         199 Concord Road
                                                      Billerica, MA 01821

                             Improving the Control of your business:
                            Budgeting / Planning - Ensuring your numbers
                           align with your plans and expectations.
Many firms and organizations want improved controls. The only true control is measuring results versus expectations. Budgeting and planning at its best communicate the expectations to all and holds resources accountable for their performance, even the boss.
The proof of excellent strategy is generating achievable expectations in the current business environment. The proof of excellent management is how to hold the firm's best asset, it's people, accountable while motivating commitment and performance.
This session outlines the process and the commitment to begin the journey.
Charles Frampton, Managing Director - Westvale Consulting, LLC
Charles is an hands on financial executive with experience in multiple industries.  He is a recognized leader in the area of change management and a proven leader of Strategic and Operational initiatives.  His work has focused on solving complex problems which generate significant improvement to financial and operational results.  His consulting firm, Westvale Consulting LLC, helps clients achieve a dedicated focus on Strategy, Process, and Organizational Alignment.  

Charles has a BS in Industrial Engineering with a focus in Operations Research from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Northeastern University.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Brightview Concord River
199 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821

What changes when your communication is clear, open and produces results? EVERYTHING!
Our workplaces are melting pots of different personalities and work styles. Have you ever wondered why some people take over a meeting while others never speak up, even when you know they have great ideas? Why are some people great at sales? Why do some people thrive when they're completing a complex task without interruption while others enjoy large team efforts? In this dynamic, hands-on workshop, you will quickly discover what really works when you want to communicate with deep thinking Introverts who seek out quiet or fast thinking Extroverts who enjoy the energy of large groups.
 Discover where you land on the spectrum of Introverts and Extroverts. You may be in for a surprise!
 Look past the stereotypes and learn how to spot the clues to the way introverted and extroverted people really think, act and interact.
 Learn how to adapt your approach and dramatically improve your ability to make genuine connections and easily communicate with Introverts and Extroverts, everywhere. Register here.
  Nancy McCabe, CPPC | Speaker, coach and Trainer
Curiosity is the driving force behind my work as a coach, trainer, facilitator and business consultant. I combine the skills and experience of a certified coach with decades of business experience to help my clients create real and sustainable change. I also design and deliver innovative and transformational professional development training programs on leadership, change, motivation, communication and teamwork. I enjoy integrating great new ideas that I glean from my Boston-based business book club. My clients include Head Start (MA, VA), EDC, NFPA, DSI Marketing, Winn Residential, Collaborative Consulting, Conexión and the Davis Companies. I serve on the board of directors for Media Literacy Now and I mentor mid-career Latinos and facilitate a business book discussion series for Conexión. I am a coach for Babson College and the Women for Change Coaching Community. I enjoy building houses with Habit for Humanity. I am a SCM/ICF certified coach and I received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts
What the Chamber did in September

Catch the Net ~ Salem Five

Tee it Up Golf League

Middlesex Savings Breakfast Series

Working Women Alliance
Catch the Net ~Salem Five


Brookline Bank 

Kristen Presley/Bedford VA

Karen Kenney/ OrganizingWorks

JRM Antiques 





6,13,20 & 27

Tee it Up Golf
Patriot Golf Course
200 Springs Road
Bedford, MA
4:30 PM 

October 8
Board of Directors Meeting
Town Center
12 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA
7:30 AM

October 15
Working Women Alliance
Calling all Introverts & Extroverts!
Brightview Concord River
199 Concord Road
Billerica, MA
Register here

October 21
Carters Diamonds
15 Third Avenue
Burlington, MA
5:30-7:00 PM
Click here to register

October 28
Middlesex Savings Business Connections
Improving the Control of your business!
Brightview Concord River
199 Concord Road
Billerica, MA
Register here

November 8
Flavors of Bedford
Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel
Tickets now on sale

December 5
"Bedford First" Walk about & Tree Lighting
Tow Common
December 12
Suzanne & Co Holiday House Tour
1-4 PM

2015 Chamber Members

Welcome New Member

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Waltham, MA 02451

Atlas Real Estate
Atlantica Capitol
B& D Advertising Agency
Baldwin Insurance
Baudanza Electric
Bedford Car Wash
Bedford Citizen
Bedford Childrens Center
Bedford Farms
Bedford Florist
Bedford Historical Society
Bedford Minuteman 
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 
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
Mead Trees
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
Prince St Cafe & Bakery
Right at Home 
Rob's Handy Home Service 
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