May 2016


In This Issue
Chamber Golf League
Leadership Luncheon
Business Development
What the Chamber did in April
Chamber Connections
Chamber Calendar
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Chamber Golf League to Start May 10th

Come play golf every Tuesday with the Bedford Chamber, with tee off times starting at 4 pm until 5:30 pm. New and single players are always welcome!! The Patriot Golf Course, located across from the VA Hospital (200 Springs Road, Bedford) is a very nice, well maintained private course that you can only play with the Bedford Chamber or if you have served in the military. We have returned to regular tee times like previous years. To get a tee time, email Tim Devlin at   Tim will send out a list of all the tee times at the end, and the beginning of each week. Tee times will be issued on a first come, first serve basis! Get your tee time today and join us for some fun on the course!
Chamber members pay the discounted rate of $16 per player for 9 holes, carts are $6.50 per person. Players with a military background receive a larger discount. There is a driving range and putting green to practice before you play. Snacks, refreshments and golf items are all available in the Pro Shop. This is a great way to meet other chamber members and have some fun!

May Leadership Luncheon 
Harness the Power of Mobile
Our Leadership Lunch brings unique value to business owners and managers by providing a speaker each month focused on marketing, and a round-table discussion among attendees to find value in their marketing efforts.  Many small businesses do marketing but they often don't focus on the results of the marketing they are doing.  This round-table series will provide the environment to do so with our monthly educational talks, and the ability for your to learn from your peers.
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

This month  
Learn how to use mobile technology to promote yourself and drive more business

Mobile internet usage is growing fast - more people are starting to receive and read your email and social media messages with their smartphones. And more businesses are starting to use mobile to create marketing communications and make it easy for their customers to buy from them.

Join us for this webinar to make mobile a part of your business. You'll learn: Why mobile makes local listings more important than ever  How to drive action with mobile marketing How to create content with and for mobile.
Registration is $20 which includes lunch provided by Waxy O'Connor's Irish Pub!  Register today!

Save the dates
June 29
July 27

  Business Development Update
Summer Walk About
A Summer Walkabout and one is planned for July 13 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The event will focus on a community walk from Depot Park down the Narrow Gauge to Memorial Park. Chamber members will have an opportunity to participate on the bike trail with fun activities.

Middlesex Community College
The Chamber and Alyssa Sandoval recently met with Dean Judy Burke and discussed workforce training by industry. We have set up a preliminary date in September for the biotech industry. We also discussed improving the visibility of MCC in the business community with more networking and maybe some open houses as well as connecting students and recent graduates with area companies. MCC was also very responsive to the idea of having interested Bedford businesses set up a booth at a popular area on Campus promote their offerings to students and facility. It was thoughts each month could feature a different interested business. MCC also has meeting space available at low cost to interested businesses.

Bedford First Relaunch
With MCC joining the Chamber, this provides access to over 5,000 students to Chamber benefits including offering promotions for Chamber Members.The consensus was that it would be a good idea but with two caveats:
   * The most popular request is for Restaurants follow by personal services and retail. It was thought we would need to get a few restaurants on board to ensure the success of the program.
   * Work with merchants to ensure the promotions are both sustainable and meet business goals. For example instead of just offering a 10% discount, structure the promotion to increase average order value such as order a sandwich and a drink and get a free cookie.

Incubator Discussion
The group had a long discussion on all the economic benefits of having an incubator in Bedford. A successful incubator would create jobs, establish Bedford as a place for innovation and attract additional companies to Bedford. The group discussed what was involved in making this happen and agreed as a first step to put together a "Incubator Action Team" based upon a list of interested folks. Everyone one on the Business Development Committee team to check with their networks to identify interested people, organizations and companies.

Collaborative Zoning Analysis Process for Great Road As part of the rezoning study, the group discussed how to best figure out what types of businesses and uses would appeal to town residents. It was thought providing a survey to both town residents and employees who work in Bedford would be helpful in getting feedback and also provide an effective mechanism to engage people in to this process as well as provide some market research to potential businesses.

What the Chamber did in April
Brueggers Ribbon Cutting
Leadership Luncheon
Innovation Night 
Board of Directors Meeting 
Business Development Meeting
Multi Chamber After Hours




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

May 17/24/31
Tee it Up Golf
Patriot Golf Course 4:30 PM
Click here to sign up weekly

May 25
Leadership Luncheon
Harness the Power of Mobile
 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
 Waxy O'Conner's
 Lexington, MA  02421
Click Here to Register

 May 31
Cambridge Savings Bank Sr. Prom Stroll
Town Common
4-6 PM

June 9
 Board of Directors Meeting 
Town Center 
12 Mudge Way 
Bedford, MA  
7:30 AM

June 14
Catch the Net
Billerica Crossings
20 Charnstaff Ln
Billerica, MA
5:30-7:00 PM
Click here to register

Save the Date
June 22
Multi Chamber After hours Networking
Tewksbury Country Club
1800 Main Street
Tewksbury, MA

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Welcome New Members

UPS Store
101 A Great Road
Bedford, MA

Go Papaya

inConcert Web Solutions
55 Lake Street
Gardner, MA 

Atlantic Capitol
Atlas Commercial Real Estate
B& D Advertising Agency
Baldwin Insurance
Baudanza Electric
Bedford Acupuncture
Bedford Car Wash
Bedford Children's Center
Bedford Citizen
Bedford Farms
Bedford FAmily Connection
Bedford Florist
Bedford Funeral Home
Bedford Motel
Bedford Orthodontics
Bedford Periodontal and Dental Implant Care, LLC
Bedford Plaza
Bedford Research Foundation
Bernstein Development
Billerica Crossings
Brightview Concord River
Brookline Bank

Brown & Brown, P.C.
Brueggers Bagels
Caldwell Banker
Callahan's Karate Studio
Carlton-Willard Village
Carlton & Duran, CPAs
Christine Pinney Marketing
ComforCare Home Care
Danielle Beck NP-C-LLC
Davidson's Law Office
Dianne Bridgeman, DDS
The Debbie Spencer Group KW Boston Northwest
Design 2 Order
Design 1 Kitchen & Bath
Doubletree Bedford Glen
DSA Publishing
Edward Jones Investments
Elite Freestyle Karate
First Parish in Bedford
F.W.  Webb Company
Fujifilm Microdiscs
Ge Infracstructure
Great Road Gallery & Framing
Hanscom Federal Credit Union
Harold Nichols Insurance
Heritage at Bedford Springs
Inside Outside Staging
Jamba Juice
JRM Antiques
Kimberly Bee Design
Law Offices of Renee Lazar
Leary Auto
Learning Express Toys & Play
Lexington Symphony
Lincoln Liquors
Live Life Well
Mead Trees
Metller Toledo
Middlesex Savings Bank
New England Nurseries
North Road Chiropractic
Patriot Pediatrics
Peter Quin Insurance Agency
Primrose School
Prince St Cafe & Bakery
Quality Database Design
Red Heat Tavern
Right at Home 
Salem Five
Salon Oz
Salon Reyna
ServPro of Bedford/Lexington
Slak Chiropractic
St. Michael's Parish Center
Stories with a Heart
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



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