May 2017
In This Issue
National Small Business Week
New Prom Stroll Sponsor
Seven Differences
Swap & Drop
2017 Workplace Safety Summit
Business Development Update
What the Chamber did in April?
Who Wants to Be on TV?
Chamber Calendar
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Barrett Sotherby's new Premier Sponsor for Senior Prom Stroll

 The Chamber is pleased to announce that Barrett
Sotherby's International Realty will be the 2017 Premier Sponsor of the Senior Prom Stroll. The stroll is a longstanding Chamber tradition and brings together the graduating class, their families and the community for an old fashioned stroll and class picture. Diane Cadogan Hughes of Barrett SIR says, "We are so honored to sponsor and participate in such a cherished tradition as our Prom Stroll here in historic Bedford Center. Its a timeless event and such a joyful time for so many students."

Barrett Sotheby's International Realty is residential real estate agency founded on a vision of providing personalized service to ensure all clients' needs are met and expectations exceeded,  serving Bedford, Lexington & surrounding community.

The Stroll will be held on Tuesday, May 30 on the Town Common 4-6 PM. This is a town wide community event celebrating the Class of 2017.  All are welcome! 
Seven Differences Between the Mediocre
and the Successful at Work
Every day we telegraph who we are by our words and deeds. And there is no place like the workplace to emphasize the acute differences between those who aspire to excellence and those who settle for mediocrity. 
What are you communicating to your coworkers about who you are? Are you telling them that you are a hard worker and committed team member, or is your message to them that you can't be counted on in tough situations? 
How do the successful behave differently than the mediocre? If you're not sure where you stand in the equation, the following are seven areas where the successful differentiate and distinguish themselves from the mediocre. 
1] Mediocre people do the bare minimum in order to keep their jobs and not get fired. 
Successful people anticipate needs. They don't wait for someone to tell them to do their jobs. If they see something that needs doing, they will take steps to make sure that it gets done.
2] The Mediocre believe that activity equals achievement. They think that making an effort to solve a problem is just the same as actually solving the problem. 
The successful know that motion doesn't mean accomplishment. They always see every task through to completion, and are never finished working on a problem until that problem is solved.
3] The mediocre behave differently around their boss. They know they'll get in trouble if they aren't busy so they always snap to and look busy when she's around. 
The successful behave in exactly the same way when their boss is gone as they do when she's looking over their shoulder. They don't have to worry about looking busy because their normal work ethic is the definition of busy.
4] Mediocre people say things like:
         "I'll do more when I get paid more."
         "I don't know. I just work here."
         "That's not in my job description."
Those that say these things believe that reward should be issued ahead of performance.
Successful people know that you must deliver first, and only then will you be rewarded.
5] The mediocre are clock-watchers. They live for the moment they get off work. They're the folks who spring out the door the second the clock hits quitting time, no matter whether they've finished what they are working on or not.
People who excel at their jobs are task-oriented and are more concerned with completing their work than they are with escaping work. 
6] The mediocre are consistently late to work. Or, at best, they slide into work mere seconds before starting time.
Successful people recognize that being punctual is akin to keeping your word. If you have agreed to be somewhere at a certain time in order to get paid for your services, then you need to keep your word and show up when you've said you would. 
7] Mediocre people gossip or listen to gossip. The reason gossip is so attractive is that it is counterfeit intimacy. It creates an instant bond between the gossiper and the listener, and it feels great (at least for a little while) to be part of that conversation.  
Successful people simply don't have the time for gossip and know that if a person is talking about someone else behind their back, then that same person is certainly talking about them behind theirs. 
So, how would you describe your work ethic? Better yet, how would your coworkers describe it? If you have the slightest interest in fulfilling your potential--if you want to see just how far you can go in life--don't you owe it to yourself to rid yourself of any and all traces of mediocrity? Why not strive to shine as the person who sets the standard for excellence in your workplace?
© 2017 Charles Marshall. Charles Marshall is a nationally known humorous motivational speaker and author. Visit his Web site at or contact him via e-mail at

May 20, 2017
Location: Brown & Brown, 110 Great Road Bedford, MA
11-1 PM Drop off items at 10:30 AM

Swap or simply Drop Off -  All items must be clean and in good working condition! Items you don't need anymore or want anymore. Any left over items will be donated.  For more information contact:  Karen Kenny
5 Areas we are Focused on are: SWAP ITEMS: -Kitchen/bath items;  -Gently used toys as suggested by parents in Bedford (NO Stuffed Animals)

DONATIONS: -BIKES-NOT BOMBS (for Africa, Latin America, Caribbean, $10 donation  suggested) -Holiday decorations ( to be donated to Christmas in the City);  -Working laptops (to be donated to homeless veterans)

The 2017 Workplace Safety Summit

 Business Development Update
1. Great Road Market Study- Only one business attended the April 25th meeting, consensus is that it would be good to have more. Any business interested in attending the meetings should contact Jeff Cohen.

2. Sign Illumination Research. Bedford is still using Foot-Lamberts with respect to lightning requirements. This was originally designed to be used to measure luminance of images on movie screens. As this is a non-standard measurement unit, this adds cost and complexity to small businesses that want to add illuminated signs. Jeff Cohen is currently researching alternatives and will look at what surrounding towns use as a measurement unit. The group is also recommending eliminating the need for a special permit for most lightning requirements outside the Historic District.

3. Bedford Swap N Drop - May 20th at Brown and Brown, 110 Great Road, 11-1PM. Drop off items at 10:30 AM

4. Crosby Drive Businesses - The April 26th meeting was well represented with a variety of Brokers, Landlords and Companies in attendance. Town staff provided updates on Road Construction and other matters. In additional there was a discussion on partnering to provide additional landscaping improvements on Crosby Drive.

5. Mass Innovation Nights at MITRE - The event is scheduled for May 10th. You must RSVP in advance.

 6. New Business Permitting Guide.- Alyssa Sandovel has now completed the guide which looks to be very helpful for small businesses. A copy can be downloaded here:
The Chamber will  print out several hard copies to make available to members and prospects.

7. Minuteman Bike path Wayfinding Project-  Alyssa Sandovel provided a brief update, with the project  moving forward this summer. The project will install signs along the Minuteman Bikeway to improve connectivity between the Bikeway and nearby destinations. The goal being to draw users to historical, cultural and retail sites in Bedford. Signs will also be added to direct people to the Minuteman Bikeway key from intersections throughout Town.

  Next meeting is Scheduled for Thursday May 25th at 7:40am.   

What the Chamber did in
How many of these events did you attend ? 

 Board of Directors 

Women Speed Networking

SBA Grow Your Business Seminar

Crosby Drive 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

AFC Urgent Care

Chestnut Dental

The Learning Express Toys & Play


Tee It Golf League
Patriot Golf Course
4:00 PM
email Josh Franklin for tee times

 May 9

Cambridge Savings Bank After Hours with Chief Bongiorno   5:30-7:30 PM
Board of Directors
Shawsheen Room
Town Center
7:30 AM

May 15 
Catch the Net After Hours
Chestnut Dental
41 North Road
Bedford, MA
M ay 15
 Workplace Safety Event 
By the Middlesex
DA Office 
Middlesex Community College 
8:30AM-12:15 PM 
May 16 
Shark Tank 
Bedford Rotary  

May 20
Swap & Drop 
Brown & Brown 
110 Great Road 
Bedford, MA 
11-1 PM 
May 30
Barrett Sotherby's
 Sr Prom Stroll
Town Center
4-6 PM
Class Picture at 4:30 PM

May 31
Leadership Luncheon
It Pays to be Happy
Waxy O'Connors
Hartwell road
Lexington, MA
11:30AM-1:00 PM
Click here to register


Welcome to our Newest Members

 Josh Franklin
 Merrill Lynch
25 Burlington Mall Road
Suite 21
Burlington, MA

Short Stop Cafe
534 Loomis Street
Suite 1106
Bedford, MA


AFC Urgent Care
A Place for Words
Atlantic Capital
Baldwin Insurance
Barre 3
Barrett Sotheby's Realty
Baudanza Electric
Bedford Car Wash
Bedford Children's Center
Bedford Citizen
Bedford Family Connection
Bedford Farms
Bedford Florist
Bedford Funeral Home
Bedford Historical Society
Bedford Orthodontics
Bedford Research Foundation
Bedford VA Research Corp
Brightview Billerica
Brookline Bank
Brown & Brown, P.C.
Callahans Karate Studio
Carlton Willard
Carlton & Duran, CPAs
Chestnut Dental
Christine Pinney Marketing
Cil Cangiano
CouponSurfer, Inc.
Danielle Beck
Davidson Law
The Debbie Spencer Group
Doubletree Bedford Glen
DSA Publishing
Elite Freestyle Karate
Extend Barre Burlington
First Parish
Fujifilm Microdiscs
Great Road Gallery & Framing
Hanscom Federal Credit Union
Harold Nichols Insurance Agency
Heritage Springs
InConcert Web Design
Kimberley Bee Design
Learning Express & Play
Leary Auto
Lincoln Liquors
Live Life Well
Middlesex Savings Bank
Metller Toledo
Middlesex Community College
Middlesex Savings Bank
New England Nurseries
North Road Chiropractic
Patriot Pediatrics
Primrose School
Quality Database Design
Red Heat Tavern
Right at Home
Salem Five
ServPro Bedford
The Goddard School
The UPS Store
The Well Effect
Waxy O'Connors