July 2018

In This Issue
3rd Annual Summer Walk About
5 Summer Tips for Samll Businesses
Did You Know?
Town Manager Finalists
Tee It Up
Bedford Day Application
From the Chamber Office
Economic Development Updates
What the Chamber Did in June?
Who Wants to Be on TV?
Chamber Calendar
Follow us on Facebook

5 Summer Tips for Small
Business Owners
For some small businesses, the summer is the busiest time of year. For others, it's the slow season. Regardless of what time of year it is for you, there are things all small business owners can do this summer to be proactive and productive.
And whether you're taking advantage of the extra foot traffic in your store or a quiet space in time to reflect and think about your future goals, these tips can help you make the most out of the next few months. Tomorrow's success really does start today, so it's important that no matter what season you're in, you are thinking ahead and getting ready. Here's what the people at Constant Contact shared:

Tip 1: Snap away

"Take or collect fun pictures of your customers or members enjoying the summer weather. Then, share those pictures on your social networks during the cold days of winter to give them something to remember fondly of or look forward to. You'll have fun doing it and create some great engagement with your loyal followers."
- Dennis Nations, Senior Content Strategist

Tip 2: Discover something new

"Take advantage of the potentially slower summer months and try out one of the 'hot' visual social media platforms like Instagram, Vine or Pinterest. Set a reasonable goal for yourself (i.e. upload 2 new photos a week) then, in September, decide if you want to continue to grow your presence on that channel.
You could also experiment with a new type of social media post. Consider trying a Facebook quiz/trivia question, a caption contest, an 'if you could...' question or feature a customer story.
Definitely change your Facebook cover photo to an image that reflects summer and your brand too!"
- Danielle Cormier, Corporate Community Manager

Tip 3: Boost your website and deals

"When adding an email sign-up to your website, be sure to have the "Join My Mailing List" feature at or near the top of each page of your website.
When offering a local deal, don't discount too deeply and set a limit to the total number that could be bought."
- Justin Tryon, Education Development Specialist

Tip 4: Grow your list

"Summer is a great time to grow your email list, especially if the summer months are the busiest of the year. Something as simple as a paper sign-up sheet can go a long way in helping you stay in touch with people after they visit your store, eat in your restaurant, or come into your office.
It's also a great chance for you to personalize your sign-up experience a little more than you may have in the past. In addition to asking for their name and email address, you could also ask for their hometown to find out whether or not your new contacts are local or discovered your business while on vacation. You can use that information to better target your messages throughout the entire year."
- Ryan Pinkham, Content Developer

Tip 5: Take advantage of Yelp

"People rely on Yelp reviews and trust them just as they would a personal recommendation. This summer, take advantage of Yelp, especially if these next few months are busy.
Setup a Yelp page and then simply put a sign near your cash register that gives customers a discount if they write a Yelp review for your business on the spot. This is a great way to boost your visibility on Yelp in just a few short months."
- Leanne Kennis, Content Editor/Writer
Keep these 5 tips in mind this summer and you'll reach new customers, continue to engage existing customers, and just have a little extra fun!

Ten years ago when I had a house full of kids and lived in Bedford, I decided to track how much I spent in Chamber businesses over a full year. I was very surprised when the total added up close to 10,000 dollars, spread over 15 or so Chamber businesses and services. Since becoming the Executive Director, I have always walked the walk and given my business to Chamber members when ever possible, Rachel of Salon OZ cuts my hair, Dr. Astucia of Great Meadow Dental fixes my teeth, Mike Lombard of Baldwin Insurance insures my house, I have had massages from Joan Turnberg of Live Life Well, buried my love ones from Bedford Funeral Home.... well you get the idea. This past month I enrolled in President Adam Schwartz's program in CouponSurfer. To be completely honest, I am not a coupon clipper or user but as he explained to me that didn't matter. His program ties your credit card to all his products and as long as you use that credit card you get the cash back at the end of the month.
I just received my statement and how cool is this !!

So take a look at your fellow Chamber businesses and make a commitment to patronize them as much as you will all come back to you one way or another!
Town Manager Finalists Announced with  
Public Interviews
The agenda for the July 2 Selectmen's meeting includes public interviews for the four candidates in the running to replace Town Manager Richard Reed.  The interviews will begin at 4 pm in the Selectmen's meeting room. The Selectmen plan to make their decision that evening. This meeting is open to the public.
The candidates and the times of their interviews:
  • Lisa Hemmerle, 4 pm
  • Andrew Scribner-MacLean, 5 pm
  • Sarah Stanton, 6 pm
  • Stephen Crane, 7 pm

Tee It Up Golf
Tee It Up Tuesday Golf is offered through the  Bedford Chamber of Commerce at Patriot Golf Course in Bedford, MA. This friendly league invites anyone living or working in the Bedford area to join us for a twilight round every Tuesday. Whether you're a seasoned pro, or are interested in learning to play the game, the course is a great fit for all skill-levels. This league is perfect for anyone interested in networking, while also enjoying a late afternoon round of golf!

Day: Every Tuesday
Time: 5PM-6PM
Price: $17 Walking
**Please reach out to  Josh Franklin  each week with your availability - groups are scheduled out every 10 minutes and may register on a first-come-first-served basis. Single players will be added to a group or paired up with other single players. Each week's roster will be sent out Tuesday mornings with pairings for that afternoon.
NEW THIS YEAR: We appreciatively took your feedback from last season and will be adding 3 competitive tournaments this summer - June, July, and August. These tournaments will be accompanied by food, drinks, and prizes for all participants - more details and dates to come in May.

FAIR: 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Application Deadline: August 31, 2018: Applicants will receive confirmation that applications have been received.

The  Bedford Day Fair and Parade are held rain or shine. If we encounter weather that is severe and threatens the safety of participants, the events will be postponed to the Saturday following the regularly scheduled Bedford Day.

Set up: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

"For Profit" groups may not sell goods or services at the Bedford Day Fair. "For Profits" may distribute promotional material and free items. Space assignment prioritization: -Bedford-serving non-profit groups -Bedford-based for profit groups* -Non-Bedford-based for profit groups* There is no guarantee that groups will be assigned to former space. Per order of the Bedford Code Enforcement Department, all tarps and tents must be fire retardant (manufacturer's label to this effect must be visible).

Click Here for an application.
From the Chamber Office

Do you want to get involved with a Chamber Committee or event? 

The Board of Directors are always looking for volunteers to serve on committees and help with events, this is a great way to get involved in the Chamber and maximize your membership by meeting and networking. There are lots of opportunities, please email   Maureen Sullivan at the Chamber office and explore what might fit your talents and interests.

Economic Development Updates

1. Volunteer Guide. This was very well received by companies at the Wiggins Avenue meeting. The group recommended we look for additional volunteer opportunities.

2. Parking. The group had a brain storming session on providing additional parking downtown. The group concluded it might be help to create a municipal lot. This could be done by the town either buying or leasing land.

3. Planning Board. Jeff Cohen is expecting a lot of new project activity over the summer. The planning board is also working on some minor language cleanup on the new zoning. The planning board at this point is not expecting to bring any items to Fall town meeting.

What the Chamber did in June?

Chamber Summer Bash


Women in Business Breakfast

Mega Multi-Chamber Networking 
Tewksbury Country Club

Board of Directors Meeting


We are so excited to offer our members another new FREE benefit!   We are partnering with o ur friends at Bedford TV to produce a monthly show called CHAMBER CONNECTIONS .  In addition to promoting our events/activities, Chamber members will be interviewed providing great exposure for their business. The show will be broadcast on Public channel and also through their website.  Contact the Chamber if you are interested in learning more.

Check out your fellow Chamber members 



July 2
Town Manager Public Interviews
Selectman Meeting Room
4:00 PM

July 3/10/17/24/31
Tee It Up Golf
Patriot Golf Course
5-6 PM Tee Times

July 12
Summer Walk About
Town Center
6:00 PM

July 30
Special Town Meeting
Bedford High School
7:00 PM

August 21
Summer Golf Tournament
Patriot Golf Course
5:00 PM

August 22
Multi Chamber Networking
Cafe Escradrille
Burlington, MA
5:30-7:30 PM

September 13
Board of Directors Meeting
Town Center
7:30 AM

September 22
Bedford Day
10:00 AM

A Place for Words 
AFC Urgent Care
Atlantic Capital
Atria Longmeadow Place
Baby Boomer Therapies
Baldwin Insurance
Barre 3
Barrett Sotherby's 
Baudanza Electric
Bedford Aesthetics & Nutrition
Bedford Car Wash
Bedford Childrens Center
Bedford Family Connection
Bedford Farms
Bedford Florist
Bedford Funeral Home
Bedford Historical Society
Bedford Motel
Bedford Orthodonics
Bedford Research Foundation
Bedford VA Research
Bernstien Development
Billerica Crossings
Brookline Bank
Brown & Brown, P.C.
Buono Pest Control
Callahans Karate Studio
Cambridge Savings Bank
Carlton & Duran, CPAs
Carlton Willard
Chestnut Dental
Christine Pinney Marketing
Cil Cangiano
Creative Images of Boston
Database Quality
Design 1 Kitchen & Bath
Diane Cadigan Hughes
Diane Bridgeman, DDS
Davidson Law
Debbie Spencer Group
Doubletree Bedford Glenn Hotel
DSA Publishing
EDCO Collaborative
Edward Jones Investments
Einstein's Workshop
Elite Freestyle Karate
EMD Millipore
Express Pizza
First Parish Church
GE Instrafracture
Great Meadow Dental
Great Road Gallery
Hanscom Federal Credit Union
Harold Nichols Insurance
Holi Indian Restaurant
Heritage Springs
Huntington Tax Partners
I Am Verizon
Instrumentation Labs
Jesse's Pet Care
KB Jewelers
Ken's Deli
Law Offices of Ken Gordon
Leary Auto
Learning Express & Play
Lexington Symphony
Lincoln Liquors
Live Life Well
Mead Brothers
Metro Southwest Job Center
Middlesex Savings Bank
My Hometown Map
New England Nurseries
New York Life
Nichols Insurance Agency
Patriot Pediatrics
Peter Quinn Insurance
Primrose School
Organix Spa & Salon
Red Heat Tavern
RER Fuel
Renzo Salon
Right At Home
Robyn Samuels Alliance Financial Services
Salem Five
Salon OZ
ServPro Lexington & Bedford
Sheena Santos
Short Stop Cafe
Slak  Chiropratic Group
St. Michael's Parish Center
Suzanne & CO.
T & L Nail Salon
The Bedford Citizen
The Goddard School
The Well Effect 
Virsa de Punjab