June 2016


In This Issue
1st Annual Summer Walkabout
Bedford First
Chamber Summer Bash
Business Development
Chamber Golf League
Chamber Connections
Chamber Calendar
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1st Annual Summer Walkabout
Sponsored by The Higgins Group Realtors 
Walk, bike, run, or dance your way to Bedford's first free summer Walkabout on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 4:30PM-6:30PM, sponsored by The Higgins Group Realtors. Start at the Depot Park and visit the Budliner Train, Bedford's historic rail car, and pick up a water bottle. Next, amble up the Narrow-Gauge Rail Trail and engage in family-friendly activities such as games, hula hoops, chalk art, bubbles and hop scotch, generously provided by Learning Express Toys of Bedford. You just might meet Elmo along the way! Area businesses will be offering incentives to stop by and check them out! Be sure to pack your dinner and bring a blanket or folding chairs to picnic at Veterans Memorial park where you will be able to play and dance with your family, friends, and neighbors while being entertained by local musicians Stacy and the Party! Area businesses will be providing light refreshments such as lemonade from Red Heat Tavern, activities such as t-shirt tie-dyeing by the Higgins Group, along with balloons from Bedford Children's Center. Sponsored by the Bedford Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Economic Development and Healthy Bedford, this summer walkabout is made possible with support from the Higgins Group.

Member to Member PROGRAM  

The Bedford First Program is designed to increase your exposure to new customers and drive repeat business for existing customers. The program provides access to more than 150 Chamber-member companies and their 6000 plus employees to prefer other Chamber members when making buying decisions. New for 2016 is the inclusion of Middlesex Community College which includes hundreds of faculty and over 5,000 students to gain exposure too.
Bedford First offers are valid for personal as well as corporate purchases.

The most popular requests are for Restaurants follow by personal services and retail.

Please contact the Chamber at  if you would like to participate in the program.

Chamber Summer Bash

It's time to celebrate the summer at our annual
July get together!

July 19, 2016
Red Heat Tavern
Bedford Marketplace
152 Great Road
Bedford, MA

5-7 PM

Heavy Hors d'oeuvres
Cash Bar
                  Click here to register

    Business Development Update          
Planning Board Updates:
  • Expect new Planning Director to be hired and start working around the beginning of September 2016.
  • The new Great Road Business District Zoning Initiative zoning RFP is just about complete and being reviewed by Town Manager. Planning Board goal is for consultant to be hired and start working around the middle of September 2016.
  • A RFQ was put out for the Market Study on retail. Firepoint FinePoint Associates will be managing the study. Work is expected to start in July and be complete by the end of the year. The Town Manager's Office/Economic Development Coordinator will manage the project for the Town. The planning board will take the study's findings into consideration when working on the zoning initiative
Economic Development Town of Bedford
A 47K transit funding grant was secured from the state. This money will go towards the shuttle pilot program to expand local transit. Chamber to help promote the launch of the new shuttle to local businesses.

There was a discussion on how free cycling of items such as furniture could be combined with the existing Bedford DPW Paper Shredding and E-Waste days that are currently being held every few months. There is currently not enough room at the DPW facility to provide this.

Cultural District. This project is currently on hold. The selectman thought they really need a non-town sponsor to manage this program before they are comfortable going forward. Selectman  asked if the Chamber would be willing to take this on (at least for the first year). After some discussion, it was thought best for Selectman  to present to the Chamber Executive Board after the Summer.

Preliminary BDC Goals for the next 12 Months:

1. Tourism - After some discussion, this appears to be an area with a lot of potential. Bedford has a lot of history and favorite places but they are not well publicized. By including these places/sites in review sites like Trip Advisor and Yelp, we can significantly increase tourism.

To make this happen we will need town residents or other interested parties to give reviews of the places/things to do they love in Bedford.

After some additional discussion, it was thought to begin this program in September.

2. Attract More Retail - A detailed discussion followed on how can we attract more retail to Bedford that tie in to what town residents, employees and visitors are most interested in. It was agreed that the results of the market study that will be done by Firepoint Associates would be a good starting point about how to proceed. The group agreed to revisit this after the market study was finished (most likely January 2017).

3. Help Attract Specific Retailers. Discussion about a program in another state where cards were provided to town resident and employees that were designed to be given to retailers/restaurants to help recruit them to come to that area. The idea is that a town resident may frequently visit her favorite restaurant which is located  in Nashua NH. Resident would love the restaurant to open an additional location in Bedford. So she would give a card to the restaurant management. This card would have information on the benefits of opening a business in Bedford along with contact information for additional information/next steps. This could be a pretty powerful program in that it leverages town residents and company employees to help recruit businesses they actually would like to come to Bedford and provides a proactive approach to doing so.
Tee it Up Networking 


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 discounte d 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!



July 12/19/26
Tee it Up Golf
Patriot Golf Course 4:30 PM
Click here to sign up weekly
July 13
Summer Walkabout
4:30-6:30 PM
Memorial Park

July 19
Chamber Summer Bash
Red Heat Tavern
Bedford Marketplace
152 Great Road
Bedford, MA
5-7 PM
Register Here

July 27
Leadership Luncheon
Stand Out Lines
 is rescheduled for September
Click here to register


Welcome  to the Bedford Chamber

Bedford VA Research Corporation, Inc.
200 Springs Road, MS 151, Bldg 14, Room
Bedford, MA 01730


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
Go Papaya
Gordon Law Services
Great Road Gallery & Framing
Hanscom Federal Credit Union
Harold Nichols Insurance
Heritage at Bedford Springs
Inside Outside Staging
inConcert Web Solutions
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
Organix Spa & Salon
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
Suzanne & Co.
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
UPS Store
Waxy's O'Connors