November 2015        


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In This Issue
Member Survey
Bedford First- Walkabout & Tree Lighting
Business Development Update
Flavors of Bedford
Working Alliance
What the Chamber did in October
Chamber Connections
Chamber Calendar
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Showcase Your Business at First Bedford Walkabout! 

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.  
"Bedford-First" Walkabout Vendor Information
Name of Business (non profits):_________________________________________________________
Contact Name: ______________________________________________________________________
Email address: _______________________________________________________________________
Phone number ______________________________________________________________________
Cell number _________________________________________________________________________
Brief description of Business: what is product/service?

Logistics: Saturday, December 5, 2015
At: Old Town Hall 16 South Rd many local vendors. Parking behind building and around the common.
One elevator!!!!!
Event Time: 4:30-7pm. Tree lighting 5:30pm. Shopping can take place during tree lighting.
Beside holiday shopping there will be music, hot cider, food sampling and lots of fun!
To Participate:

Business Development Update

Google Small Business Seminars. The group had a discussion if the town/chamber should partner with Google to offer these seminars which focus on getting businesses listed in Google maps and other Google properties. The consensus was that it could be helpful but to schedule the seminars either in the morning or the evening (outside of regular operating hours). Alyssa Sandovel also discussed a workshop she attended that was sponsored by The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development Downtown Initiative program where there was great information about the median square footage for various commercial tenants. 

There has been some discussion among Chamber members whose businesses reside at 41 North Road on how to describe where the building is and possibly giving it a name. Alyssa Sandovel suggested branding this building as the Bedford Wellness Center. 

Depot Park Kiosk. This was not brought up at the last Bedford Depot Committee meeting. Bill Moonan will follow up with Bedford Depot Committee and/or DPW to see about getting the new map added.

Planning Board - The group continued a previous discussion on how the planning board is very busy with new development and does not have the bandwidth to work on updating the industrial zoning in the Crosby Drive and other areas. The concern is that these much needed updates keep getting pushed back and Bedford will no longer be competitive in attracting businesses. There was a general discussion on how can the Chamber advocate for more resources for the planning board to help keep these process moving.

Retail Survey. The group discussed the idea of having an online survey to ask residents about what types of businesses they would like most to see in Bedford. The group though there would be three benefits to moving forward with the survey.
A. Provide additional input in to future zoning decisions - for example if the planning board wanted to update the limited business zoning, having this information would be helpful in deciding the maximum square footage for retail.
B. Provide potential businesses with additional data for deciding where to locate.
C. Help spark discussion among town residents and existing businesses about the future direction of retail businesses in Bedford.

15th Annual Flavors of Bedford

  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.
Relationship Building/Communicating/Selling
Negotiating Workshop

Thursday, November 19, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Brightview Concord River
199 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821

Click here to register

The core material of this workshop is based on a behavioral and communication model called DISC. Ever wonder why a presentation worked fine for you one week and then the same presentation doesn't work at all the next week? Understanding the personality styles of your "referral partners", prospects, customers, clients and team members will improve your effectiveness twenty-five percent and help your presentations and efforts to become a "trusted advisor" work! Through this powerful program you will learn, four different personality styles, the "do's and don'ts" when dealing with people of each style and the easiest way to spot your prospects' style. Learn how to spot "they win-you lose negotiators" and learn how to deal with them. The material in this program is based on a proven, time-tested model yet the approaches are the most advanced!
Facilitated by Greg Nanigian and Associates, affiliate Sandler Training
Contact: Greg Nanigian
Phone: 781-848-0993
400 Washington Street, Suite 302
Braintree, MA 02184

What the Chamber did in October

Catch the Net ~ Carters Diamonds

Tee it Up Golf League

Many thanks to Steve Taylor for an awesome season

 Working Women Alliance

Trunk or Treat


Brookline Bank 

Kristen Presley/Bedford VA

Karen Kenney/ OrganizingWorks

JRM Antiques 




November 8 
Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel 
Tickets now on sale
online & Salem Five, New England Nurseries & Great Road Gallery 

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

November 13
The Middlesex 3 Coalition
Annual Meeting
Courtyard Marriott Billerica/Bedford
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 
8:00 AM

November 19
Working Alliance
Negotiating Workshop
Brightview Concord River
199 Concord Road
Billerica, MA
Register here

December 5
"Bedford First" Walk about & Tree Lighting
Tow Common
4:30-7 PM
Tree lighting at 5:30 PM

December 12
Suzanne & Co Holiday House Tour
1-4 PM

Welcome New Members

Law Offices of Renee Lazar
Renee Lazar - attorney
4308 Thompson Farm
Bedford, MA 01730
(978) 844-4095

College Prep Solutions LLC
Jennifer Rosier
29 Brooksbie Road
Bedford, MA 01730

    PO Box 414
    Bedford, MA 01730

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 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