February 2016


2016 Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board - Adam Schwartz -
President - Maria Porto -Hanscom Federal Credit Union
First VP - Daisy Girifalco - The Bedford Children's Center
2nd VP - Donna Bruno - Uvisualize
Treasurer - Charles Duran - Carlton & Duran, CPAs

Sonia LaRock/Cambridge Savings Bank, Bryan McKay/Middlesex Savings Bank, Kevin Sullivan/DSA Printing, Leanna Enger/Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel, Ryan Kiessling/Bedford Research Foundation, Erin Sandler/Qunistance, Stave Taylor/Servpro of Lexington & Bedford, Bud Koor/Great Road Gallery & Framing, Alan Shoemaker/MITRE Corporation. Janna Barry/Brightview Concord River, Pamela Brown/Brown & Brown, P.C., Dana Strayton/Prince St. Cafe & Bakery, Danielle Beck/Danielle Beck, MSN, RN, NP- 

The Board of Directors meet the second Thursday of the month in the Shawsheen Room at the Town Center, 7:30 AM. All Chamber members are welcome to attend.
In This Issue
2016 Board of Directors
Chamber Annual Dinner Celebration
Leadership Luncheons Marketing Program
Econmic Update of 2015
Cambridge Savings Bank Winner
What the Chamber did in January
Chamber Connections
Chamber Calendar
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   Chamber Annual Dinner Celebration
 FEBRUARY 25, 2016

Invitations have been emailed for the 2016 Chamber Annual Dinner & Celebration scheduled for February 25, 2016 at the Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel. If you have never attended, then you don't know that this is a night of great networking and lots of laughs. We pride ourselves in giving our Chamber members a night of entertainment in a timely manner. Registration begins at 6:00 PM, followed by cocktails, awards, dinner and our keynote speaker. You will be on the road by 9:00 PM
Last year's Chamber Award winners with Guest Speaker Walter McCarthy,  Maureen Sullivan, Donna Brunno, Suzanne Koller, Lynne Luongo,Rob Ackerman & Adam Schwartz.   
This year's speaker is Mike McAuliffe, president of Middlesex Savings Bank. Middlesex Savings has more than $4 billion in assets and about 30 branches in the western Boston suburbs. Mike holds a master of business administration from Boston University Graduate School of Management, and earned his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College. He also carries a 3.1 handicap and sings a mean Danny Boy at parties. The son of a self made man, he learned a lot of his business savvy at his dad's printed circuit company back in the 80's. Born and raised in Bedford, he brings a unique perspective of what doing business in Bedford has been like. You will definitely enjoy his story and might  pick up a few swing thoughts for your next round as well.  

$50 per person Click here to register 

 Leadership Luncheon Marketing Program
The Leadership Luncheon kicked off this month  with a powerful and very informative presentation on Content Marketing:  What to Say, How to Say It by Matt Ward. Join us for the next one!                        

              Power of the Inbox
                   March 2, 2016

Tips and Tricks for Successful Email Marketing
What is the first impression you give when they see you in their email inbox? And when they see you there, what do they do? 
This powerful seminar takes you step-by-step through the keys to effective email marketing:
  • What it really is (and isn't)
  • What it can do for your business
  • Five easy steps you must take to harness the power of the inbox
  • Grow a healthy list 
  • Create great content 
  • Customize a beautiful, mobile-friendly template that matches your brand 
  • How to get your emails opened  
  • Tracking your results
From revealing why regular email doesn't work, to insider tips and techniques like automated list building tools and the design elements that work (and those that don't!), this seminar will give you the keys to the most effective marketing you can do: email marketing. 
The Format for the meeting is:
brief networking 
 lunch/seminar at the same time
(This is what we ate in January)

     then a round-table discussion on what people are doing for      marketing to grow their business
Each month we will check back with previous guests on the different  results they are seeing as well
 The Leadership Luncheons will be held at Waxy O'Connors 
 94 Hartwell Road ~ Lexington, MA 
registration is $20.00 which will include lunch provided
by Waxy O'Connors.


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     Economic Update of 2015 & Looking forward

2015 marked an active year for business in Bedford!  Let's step back and reflect on some of the highlights.
Sample of New Businesses locating to Bedford in 2015:
Aspen Technology,  Bedford Research Foundation, Bella Maria Cucina, Datawatch, Exascale Networks, Holi, Keurig, Red Heat Tavern, Ocean State Job Lot, Lincoln Liquors, Live Long Pilates, Ninepoint Medical and Mayflower Communications.

2015 Major Commercial Developments
Bedford Marketplace - The largest retail project in 2015 included the planned redevelopment of an older 1960s-style shopping center in Bedford Center. The new shopping center will feature a mix of new and previously existing retail stores and restaurants. New businesses include Red Heat Tavern, Comella's, and the new flagship Learning Express Toys and activity center. The redevelopment project includes new buildings, better pedestrian connections to shopping, reconstructing the parking lot with a better layout, upgraded utilities, stormwater management, landscaping, seating and bicycle racks. The project commenced in 2015 with completion anticipated in 2016.

The XChange - The largest office/r&d project in 2015 was the redevelopment and revitalization of an office/R&D campus (475,000 sq. ft.) in a phased development at 4 to 18 Crosby Drive, a venture of the Davis Companies. Planning staff worked closely with the developer's permitting team, and responded quickly to changes, as the project evolved. Phase 1 included an expansion of parking areas, fašade renovations, addition of an outdoor landscaped area for passive recreation, circulation improvements, and expansion of on premises food business, Phase 2 involved adding structured parking and landscaping, and Phase 3 included a new building.

Retail Workshop
Together with the Bedford Chamber of Commerce and the Middlesex 3 Coalition, we hosted a best retail practices workshop in April 2015 for Bedford retailers and restaurants. Recognizing the value of small businesses' contributions to our local economy, the workshop serves to support retailers and provide them with easy to employ strategies for how they can best present their product to customers. According to Chris Moynihan, the workshop presenter "when asked where to shop, 70% of consumers say they'd choose to shop local." She further noted that shopping locally keeps 67 cents per dollar within the local economy. We think that community economic development results in not only more jobs, but also more vibrant streets.
2016 Business Initiatives: A Look to the Future
Here are just some of the initiatives we will be looking at as we open the book on 2016.
 Develop a print and web-based "How to Open a Business in Bedford" guide targeted to small businesses wishing to locate/expand in Bedford
 To attract new businesses, assist with "branding" of industrial and commercial areas, i.e. Crosby Drive District; Depot District; Wiggins Avenue Life Sciences District; and Cultural Center
 Continue our collaboration with businesses organizations, the Bedford Chamber of Commerce and the Middlesex 3 Coalition, to further economic development and transportation goals
 Meet with Middlesex Turnpike property owners to ensure regular communication and project coordination regarding the Middlesex Turnpike Improvements Project, Phase III
 Highlight visitor/cultural resources in Bedford on the Economic Development website
 Develop outreach events to businesses to gather feedback on proposed zoning changes to encourage appropriate redevelopment and investment in our business areas
 Encourage community events centered in Bedford's commercial areas, such as the Walkabout
 Explore a lunchtime shuttle service for employees to Bedford restaurants and shops Questions or Comments? Feel free to reach out! Contact Alyssa Sandoval at or 781-275-1111

Cambridge Savings Bank Announces $5,000 Drawing Winner 
Cambridge Savings Bank is pleased to announcethe winner, Meyer Billmers, of the 5,000 Reasons to Celebrate this Holiday Season Drawing. Hundreds of participants entered for a chance to win $5,000.00. The bank sponsored thisdrawing as a thank you to the residents in the communities they serve. Meyer and Laura Billmers have been Massachusetts residents since the 1970s and loyalcustomers of Cambridge Savings Bank for over 20 years. "You guys are more than just a savings bank to me, you offer so much more," said Meyer Billmers. "We plan on using thewinnings for our next trip and treating our family to a night out!"
"We love being able to give back to such a loyal customers and we couldn't be more thrilledthat Meyer and his wife were our winners," said Dan Mercurio, Head of Consumer Banking, Cambridge Savings Bank.

PICTURED (L to R):Dan Mercurio, Cambridge Savings Bank; Veronica Tamburrini-Caira, Cambridge Savings Bank; Laura Billmers; Meyer Billmers; Rebecca Fortado, Cambridge Savings Bank


What the Chamber did in January
Leadership Luncheon

Donation to Friends of Hanscom

Chamber Connections TV Show 
Pamela Brown( C) from the Friends of Hanscom accepts a check from Chamber  president Maria Porto (L) Jessica Casserly, Jessica Casserly, Hanscom
Community Relations



Brookline Bank 

Kristen Presley/Bedford VA

Karen Kenney/ OrganizingWorks

JRM Antiques 




February 3  
 Multi Chamber After Hours
Crown Plaza Hotel 
15 Middlesex Canal Park
Woburn, MA
5:30-7:30 p.m.
$10.00 per person
click here to register 
February 11
 Board of Directors Meeting
Town Center
12 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA
7:30 AM

February 25
Chamber Annual Dinner & Celebration
Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel
44 Middlesex Turnpike
Bedford, MA
6:00 PM

March 2
Leadership Luncheon Monthly Marketing & Educational Round Table
The Power of the INBOX
Waxy O'Connor
94 Hartwell Road
Lexington, MA
$20 per person
Lunch Included
Click here to register

Welcome New Members

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Bedford, MA
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Atlantic Capitol
B& D Advertising Agency
Baldwin Insurance
Bedford Acupuncture
Bedford Citizen
Bedford Farms
Bedford Florist
Brown & Brown, P.C.
Carlton-Willard Village
Carlton & Duran, CPAs
ComforCare Home Care
Danielle Beck NP-C-LLC
The Debbie Spencer Group KW Boston Northwest
Design 2 Order
Doubletree Bedford Glen
DSA Publishing
First Parish in Bedford
F.W.  Webb Company
Great Road Gallery & Framing
Hanscom Federal Credit Union
Harold Nichols Insurance
Heritage at Bedford Springs
JRM Antiques
Law Offices of Renee Lazar
Leary Auto
Lexington Symphony
Live Life Well
Mead Trees
New England Nurseries
North Road Chiropractic
Primrose School
Quality Database Design
Right at Home 
Salon Oz
St. Michael's Parish Center
The Goddard School
The Higgins Group
The Real School of Music
The Tutor Doctor
The Well Effect
Waxy's Occonors



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