March 2016


In This Issue
Chamber Annual Dinner Celebration
Catch the Net
Leadership Luncheons Marketing Program
Business Development
Mother's Day Rotary Run
Current Trends in Technology
What the Chamber did in February
Chamber Connections
Chamber Calendar
Follow us on Facebook
   And the Winners are......
 Business of the Year ~ Bedford Children's Center
 Business Person of the Year ~ Melinda Nicholson
 Diversity Award ~ Middlesex Community College
 Ray of Hope ~ Girl Talk
Outstanding Service to the Chamber ~ Adam Schwartz

 The Chamber's Annual Dinner Celebration was held this past week at the Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel. With close to 100 people in attendance, it was  a great evening to celebrate our award winners and have some fun as well.  Guest speaker Mike McAuliffe, president of Middlesex Savings Bank, held the audience captive with an interesting and entertainingdefinition of what characteristics  "Millennials" possess and how this generation will fit into the workforce in the next twenty years.
L-R Maria Porto, Melinda Nicholson, Adam Schwartz, Darcy Orellana, Jim Mabry, Heather Drummond,
Daisy Girifalco, Maureen Sullivan
We would like to thank corporate sponsor Bedford Florist for their in kind donation of beautiful centerpieces and the Doubletree Bedford Glen hotel for another outstanding meal & venue.    


MARCH 29, 2016 
The Office of Dr. Richard Hesby 
Bedford Orthodontics 
55 North Road Suite 215

Catch the Net is the premiere networking event for business professionals in the Bedford area This hour and 1/2 time frame gives you the opportunity to discuss and share ideas while learning about other local businesses. It is a relationship-building experience held in a relaxed setting that benefits you and your company through added contacts and resources.

Stay for 20 minutes or enjoy the 1 1/2 hours. Get out there! Give people the chance to get to know you so they will want to do business with you. Support other Bedford businesses and support your Bedford Chamber.
Lots of hors d'oeuvres and great conversations!
                                                                    Don't forget your business cards!

Click here to register 

 Leadership Luncheon Marketing Program

   Simple Yet Effective Marketing Done With Your Eyes Closed 
                  April 13, 2016

The Leadership Luncheons will be held at Waxy O'Connors 
 94 Hartwell Road ~ Lexington, MA  

 Matt Ward - CEO of inConcert Web Solutions, Master Certified Authorized Local Expert for Constant Contact.

Simple Yet Effective Marketing:  Done With Your Eyes Closed 
Marketing is about staying in front of your customers and prospects and being present when they are ready to buy

Many business owners struggle with where, how often and how much time to put into marketing. But did you know that you could automate your marketing to ensure a consistently delivered message to your prospect?
In this presentation you will learn how to automate your that you can be marketing with your eyes closed, while you are sleeping!
The Format for the meeting is:
brief networking 
 lunch/seminar at the same time

     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
registration is $20.00 which will include lunch provided
by Waxy O'Connors.


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  Business Development Update
Wiggins Avenue - There has been discussion about the benefits of providing a sign to the entrance (i.e. Wiggins Business District) on Wiggins from Summer street based on a survey commissioned by Alyssa Sandovel.  Several companies have already offered to help sponsor the cost of the sign.
Crosby Center - Additional work is being proposed at Crosby Center which is owned by National Development. They would like to move forward with a select service hotel with approximately 140 rooms. Due to wetlands, they would like the hotel to be 6 stories high so they can fit in all the rooms.
 Mass Innovation Night - Scheduled for April 13th at MITRE. Looking to have both the Chamber of Commerce and the town of Bedford be co-host the event.

Zoning Changes - Chamber Involvement on Articles 14 & 15. We had a brief discussion on the best ways to move forward. It was felt the best strategy was to show how these changes would best benefit local businesses.
Four  main benefits are:
i. collaborative process to ensure it benefits residents and businesses.
ii. more attractive to local and other businesses
iii. increase jobs and roi (increase taxes from businesses offset the cost - this pays for itself).
iv. update obsolete zoning from the 1950's and 1960's. The world has changed, we need to take advantage of improved zoning that approves appearance and attracts businesses.
 Crosby Drive Zoning - Article 9 - It was mentioned there has not been a lot of feedback from Town Residents at the zoning meetings.

Lunchtime Shuttle - Promotions for Riders - There was also a discussion on how to measure the results of this pilot project before starting it. For example should there be a target cost per rider and number of riders - what metrics should be used to determine if this project is successful or not.

Cultural District- There was a discussion that with The Bedford Center for the Arts transitioning, does it make sense to continue with the Cultural District process,  as there may be no one to head this effort. Alyssa Sandovel  will  create a brief description of what's needed to head up the Cultural District process which can then be circulated to see if we can find people who are interested. It was also recommend that the Chamber make sure to invite people from the Arts Community to our board meetings.

Mother's Day Weekend Rotary Run
marathon-runners.jpg The 7 May 2016 Mother's Day Weekend Rotary Run

KIDS RUN (Start promptly at 9:00 AM)
-Each participating student will receive
 a special participant's running bib
-Each participating student will receive an event Finisher's Medallion.
-Students may choose to participate in the 1/8 Mile Run half way around the
track or the 1/4 Mile Run all the way around the track (*distance categories
subject to change based on participant ages) -Students are also encouraged
to join their parents in the 2 mile guided walk through the Bedford Historic
-Roses will be available for participating children to give to a mom as a
part of Mother's Day Recognition.  

(ALL participants must fully register, including parents/students leading a
group on a walk)

We are encouraging Teams from as many Community Organizations as possible. 

REGISTER NOW for the best prices! 
If you would like to make a donation to the Bedford Rotary Foundation general fund,
and select RotaryRun!

Current Trends In Technology
Morning Networking  
Don't miss an opportunity to join several local chambers at a morning networking event on 
Thursday, March 10th, 2016 
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

ITT-Technical Institute 
200 Ballardvale Street 
Building 1, Suite 200 
Wilmington. MA 01887 
(Use the second entrance on left - Visitors Parking)

"Current Trends in Technology"
Dr. Tena Hefferman
Chair, School of Information Techology

There is no charge to attend this program but you must RSVP

Feel free to invite a business associate(s) to join you.
What the Chamber did in February
  Multi-Chamber After Hours

Donna Bruno, Kevin Sullivan & Peter Colgan

Annual Dinner & Celebration 

MSB President Mike McAuliffe & Maureen Sullivan 
Board of Directors Meeting 

Business Development Meeting 



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 
March 10 
 Board of Directors Meeting 
Town Center 
12 Mudge Way 
Bedford, MA  
7:30 AM

March 28
Town Meeting
Bedford High School
7:30 PM 

March 29
Catch the Net 
Bedford Orthodontics  
55 North Road 
Suite 215 
5:30-7:00 PM 
click Here to register

Save the Dates

April 12 
Catch the Net 
Billerica Crossings

 April 13
    Leadership Luncheon

 April 13  
  Innovation Night 

April 21
   Working Women Alliance 
April 27
 Multi Chamber After Hours

Welcome New Members   
110 The Great Road
2nd Floor
Bedford, MA 01730
(781) 275-1007 (fax)

 Elite Freestyle Karate
285 Great Road
Bedford , Ma 01730


Atlantic Capitol
B& D Advertising Agency
Baldwin Insurance
Bedford Acupuncture
Bedford Citizen
Bedford Farms
Bedford Florist
Bedford Plaza
Billerica Crossings
Brown & Brown, P.C.
Caldwell Banker
Callahan's Karate Studio
Carlton-Willard Village
Carlton & Duran, CPAs
Christine Pinney Marketing
ComforCare Home Care
Danielle Beck NP-C-LLC
Dianne Bridgeman, DDS
The Debbie Spencer Group KW Boston Northwest
Design 2 Order
Doubletree Bedford Glen
DSA Publishing
First Parish in Bedford
F.W.  Webb Company
Fujifilm Microdiscs
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
Metller Toledo
Middlesex Savings Bank
New England Nurseries
North Road Chiropractic
Patriot Pediatrics
Primrose School
Prince St Cafe & Bakery
Quality Database Design
Right at Home 
Salem Five
Salon Oz
St. Michael's Parish Center
The Goddard School
The Higgins Group
The Place for Words College Application Essay Coach
The Real School of Music
The Tutor Doctor
The Well Effect
Waxy's O'Connors