THE BEDFORD BANNER  
                                                      June 2018
 

BARRETT SOTHEBY'S SENIOR PROM STROLL 
An Evening to Celebrate the Class of 2018
The weather was perfect for the Chamber's 21st senior prom stroll. Premier Sponsor Barrett Sotheby's realtors were on hand passing out sun glasses to the prom goers as over 500 family friends gathered to celebrate the Class of 2018.  This is a wonderful town wide community event and could not happen without the support of so many. Many thanks to Laurie Cadigan/Barrett Sotheby's,Ken Brown/New England Nurseries, Rich Callahan/Callahan Karate, Maria Porto/Hanscom Federal Credit Union, Chuck Duran/Carlton & Duran CPAs,  Caitlin Campopiano/Middlesex Community College, Daisy Girfalco/Bedford Children's Center, Bedford TV, Shannon Dillon/Creative Images, Jane Patterson, The Bedford Police Dept, John Gibbons and The DPW staff. 

Photos by Creative Images Boston
In This Issue
Barrett Sotheby's Senior Prom Stroll
3rd Annual Summer Walk About
Mega Multi Chamber Netwoking
7 Father's Day Marketing Ideas
Women in Business Series
Tee It Up
An Evening with Jamie Lee Curtis
From the Chamber Office
What the Chamber Did in May?
Who Wants to Be on TV?
Chamber Calendar
Follow us on Facebook
3rd Annual Summer Walk About
PUT YOUR BUSINESS IN FRONT OF 200 + 
BEDFORD RESIDENTS
Barrett Sotheby's At the 2017 Summer Walk About
The 3rd Annual Summer Walk About will take place on July 12th in conjunction with the Recreation Dept's Summer Concert Series. This is a town wide community event where residents will walk around the center of town and through the fields near the Library. Chamber businesses that at not located in the town center can man a table along Jenks table. 
Walkabout activities start about 6PM; Food 6:30PM; Concert 7-8:30-9PM.  The deadline to participate is JUNE 10, contact Maureen Sullivan, bcoc@bedfordchamber.org if you want your business to be part of these festivities.


MEGA Multi-Chamber Networking & Google Analytics Presentation
Please join us for a fun evening of networking at the beautiful Tewksbury Country Club. This popular Multi-Chamber event attracts 150-200 local professionals. So mark your calendar, gather your business cards & company brochures and make your reservation to attend today.
 
Tabletop space will be available exclusively for Chamber members on a first-come, first-served basis at no additional cost. Tables are shared by three businesses with the goal of providing a 'place holder' for your marketing materials. Members can begin table set-up at 4:00 pm.
 
June 13, 2018
 
General Networking: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
 
Members- $10.00
Non-Members - $20.00
 
~ Complimentary Appetizers / Cash Bar ~
 
Optional FREE Seminar
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
 
"Why Google Analytics Matters To Your Business" 
 
Google Analytics is the most popular web analytics tool in the world, yet very few businesses know how to exploit its many features to decrease costs and increase sales. 
 
Come learn the "what" and "why" of analytics for business, and dig into the "how" of using web analytics to decrease spending and increase revenue for your business.
 
Presenter: Israel Kloss has his own consulting business where he is committed to boosting sales and donation results for his clients using fun stuff like marketing automation, predictive analytics, data mining, churn risk analysis, personalization and competitive and donor intelligence. For the past 18 years, he has worked as a web designer/developer for companies ranging from fortune-100 companies to small startups and higher education.  
Israel and his wife and 2 children are proud Wilmington residents. They love the area and he has really enjoyed meeting Wilmington/Tewksbury business owners and hearing more about their analytics interests, problems and needs.  
 
 

7 Father's Day Marketing Ideas That Really Work...

Father's Day is one of my favorite holidays - a day where I can say thanks to my dad, get pampered by my kids and create   marketing campaigns that bring in money.
As a business owner/marketer, one of your roles is to look for reasons to reach out to your customers/clients and offer them an incentive to come to your store or website and make a purchase.
Well, as June turns the corner, the marketing gods give us Father's Day - a gift-giving holiday that can be used for businesses of all types to use creative father's day marketing ideas to stimulate sales and boost profits!
Spouses, children and grandparents are  actively looking for gift ideas for the fathers in their life -
so why not make their life a little easier by presenting them with an easier, better buying experience coupled with a reason why doing business with you will make dad's big day a little more special?
Here are 7 Father's Day Marketing ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
  1. What do you buy the dad who has it all?  Stores and websites can make this process easier for customers looking to buy something for that special guy by offering a gift guide and selection based on a father's interests.
  2. Offer a special combination of products or services at a discount over each item purchased individually.
  3. Free gift wrapping is always handy and welcomed (especially for busy children and spouses limited on time to sneak away to wrap dad's gift).
  4. Create an event for children to come in side the business and select item just for dad
  1.  If the entrepreneur is offering a service, consider creating a tangible gift that someone could wrap up to give to their fathers.  For example, if the business offers golf instruction, perhaps offer a free golf-related gift with the purchase of golf lessons.
  2. Recognize customers or clients who are fathers with a special gift, a card or an invitation.
  3. Host a special event for fathers at the store.  Make it a big event (and kid friendly) as to drive traffic and interest.
As with any marketing campaign, Father's Day marketing ideas that work must be interesting, unique and give your customers a reason to pay attention with a clear message about what your offering and an obvious call to action.
What are you going to do this Father's Day to bring customers to your business?

Women in Business Series

June 12, 2018 
8:00 - 9:00 AM 

Aloft Hotel
727 Marrett Road
Lexington, MA  02421

The  Bedford & Lexington Chamber of Commerce with the generous support of Lester E. Savage Century 21/Commonwealth & Aloft/Elements Hotel presents Women-in-Business Series.  This event series includes a segment of around-the-table introductions followed by a featured guest speaker.  In addition to facilitated professional networking, the series places a particular emphasis on learning from one another and sharing work experiences in a friendly, open environment. This event will include admission, light breakfast and coffee.

We decided to mix it up At our June 12th session. This month, our guest speaker(s) will be YOU! We will not have a single featured speaker but we will provide the opportunity for our attendees to speak.

Usually we do a brief introduction but it never seems like enough time. This month we will give each person a few minutes to discuss what they want and need from the group. We have a few new members who will bring products to share. Feel free to bring samples or pamphlets. 

  




Tee It Up Golf
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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!
 
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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.
 
  
 
 An Evening with Jamie Lee Curtis to Benefit Student Scholarships

The 20th annual Middlesex Community College Celebrity Forum will feature actress, children's-book author and philanthropist Jamie Lee Curtis, at 8 p.m. Friday, June 8, in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Tickets on sale NOW!
 
Proceeds from Celebrity Forum support scholarships for Middlesex students. Since 2004, 122 scholarships have been awarded totaling $304,500. 
 
"This is the college's signature scholarship-fundraising event and supporting this extraordinary evening will positively impact our talented students who seek to change their lives through education.," said MCC President James Mabry. "With the upcoming opening of MCC's Academic Arts Center, we welcome Jamie Lee to the 20th Celebrity Forum as an individual who's given so much to the arts and important charitable endeavors.
 
The daughter of legendary actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, Curtis has starred in a variety of acclaimed films including "Freaky Friday," "True Lies," "Trading Places" and "A Fish Called Wanda."
 
In television, she co-starred opposite Richard Lewis in the sitcom "Anything But Love," and appeared in the title role in TNT's adaptation of Wendy Wasserstein's "The Heidi Chronicles." She earned an Emmy nomination for her role in the CBS telefilm "Nicholas' Gift," and recently starred in "Scream Queens" on Fox.
 
Curtis has a deep and active connection to many children's charities, including serving on the Board of Trustees at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She has received awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Endowment of the Arts for her work.
 
In addition to acting, Curtis is also an author of best-selling children's books - many dealing with complex issues such as adoption. She has sold more than 5 million books under the banner "Books to Grow By." Titles include "Today I Feel Silly," "It's Hard to Be Five" and "Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born."
 
Ms. Curtis' latest Book Me, My Selfie & I will be out in September and in October Jamie Lee Curtis will be reprising her iconic role as Laurie Strode in the new Halloween film, which marks 40 years from the original release.
 
Curtis is committed to supporting Women in Recovery and Children affected by AIDS. She has served on the Board of Directors of CASA (The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University) as well as The R. Scott Hitt Foundation.
 
MCC's Celebrity Forum is an annual event that presents well-known personalities for the educational and cultural enrichment of area residents. Presenting Sponsor of all 20 Celebrity Forum events is The TJX Companies, Inc.
 
Past Celebrity Forum speakers include Walter Cronkite with Doris Kearns Goodwin, Colin Powell, former President George Bush with former First Lady Barbara Bush, Rudy Giuliani, David McCullough, Barbara Walters, Tim Russert, Geena Davis, Mike Wallace and Chris Wallace, Jay Leno, Sarah Ferguson, Ken Burns, Robin Roberts, Michael J. Fox, former First Lady Laura Bush with Jenna Bush Hager, Robert Redford, William Shatner, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, and David Ortiz.
 
Tickets to An Evening with Jamie Lee Curtis are $29, $39 and $49, and go on sale Friday, April 6.
 
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Lowell Memorial Auditorium Box Office at 866-722-8881; online at  www.lowellauditorium.com ; or in person at the LMA Box Office, 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell. For group sales of 15 or more, contact Jocelyn Prieto at 978-934-5751 or email:  jocelyn_prieto@comcastspectator.com
 
For information about Celebrity Forum sponsorship opportunities, visit http://www.middlesex.mass.edu/CF18 or contact Dean of College Advancement Dennis Malvers at 781-280-3514.
 
Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!
 


From the Chamber Office

Summer Walk About

The Summer Walk About is scheduled for Thursday, July 12th.  This years event will be run  in conjunction with the Summer Concert Series and will be held on the grounds of the Town Center. If your business is interested in participating , contact Sheena Santos by June 9th. The event expects to draw over 250 Bedford residents
 
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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.

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The Selectmen will be holding a "listening session" on Tuesday evening, June 4th, at 7:30 PM in Town Hall.  The purpose of this meeting is to hear comments and recommendations from the public (which includes Chamber members, too) regarding the capabilities and characteristics that are desirable in a new Town Manager.
 
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*Workforce Training Fund Programs*
  
Learn About Accessing Grants to
Train Your Employees
 
Grants are available for companies of all sizes. FREE Information Session to area businesses:
  
Upcoming Information Session
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    • 8:30-10:30am, Federal Building, Courtroom, Room 310.
    • 50 Kearney Square, Lowell, MA. 
    • Registration Deadline: Monday, June 18th.
 
To register, please contact Teresa at medinat@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3009
  




What the Chamber did in May?

Beers, Business & BBQ
Young Professional Group

Tee IT UP GOLF

Barrett Sotheby's Senior Prom Stroll
Chuck Duran, Cailtin Campopiano, Jane Patterson, Maureen Sullivan, Maria Port



CHECK OUT THESE NEW CHAMBER CONNECTIONS CABLE SHOWS




 
WHO WANTS TO BE ON TV? 


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 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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CHAMBER CALENDAR

June 4
 Selectmen  "Listening Session" on Town Manager Position 
7:30 PM
Town Hall 

June 8
The 20th annual Middlesex Community College Celebrity
Forum
Jamie Lee Curtis
Lowell Auditorium 
Lowell, MA
Click here for tickets

June 12
Women in Business
Aloft Hotel 
727 Marrett Road
Lexington, MA  02421
Click here to register

June 13
MEGA Multi-Chamber Networking
& Google Analytics Presentation
Tewksbury CC
1880 Main Street, Tewksbury, MA
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Click here to register

June 25
Chamber
Summer Celebration
Red Heat Tavern
5-7 PM
Invites will be mailed

July 12
Summer Walk About
Town Center
5:00 PM



 
Welcome New Members

Buono Pest Control
Marillian Buono
PO Box 117 
Belmont, MA
02178

 
 
2018 CHAMBER
MEMBERS

A Place for Words 
AFC Urgent Care
Atlantic Capital
Ametek
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
Brightview
Brookline Bank
Brown & Brown, P.C.
Callahans Karate Studio
Cambridge Savings Bank
Carlton & Duran, CPAs
Carlton Willard
Chestnut Dental
Christine Pinney Marketing
Cil Cangiano
Conagen
CouponSurfer
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
Doyon's
DSA Publishing
EDCO Collaborative
Edward Jones Investments
Einstein's Workshop
Elite Freestyle Karate
EMD Millipore
Express Pizza
First Parish Church
Formulatrix
Fujifilm
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
MITRE
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
Quinstance
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
Techex
The Bedford Citizen
The Goddard School
The Well Effect 
Virsa de Punjab
 

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