November 2018
It's the Month for Gratitude 

Gratitude makes us happierA five-minute a day gratitude journal can increase your long-term well-being by more than 10 percent That's the same impact as doubling your income!

Gratitude makes people like usGratitude generates social capital - in two studies with 243 total participants, those who were 10% more grateful than average had 17.5% more social capital.

Gratitude boosts our career - Gratitude makes you a more effective manager, helps you network, increases your decision making capabilities, increases your productivity, and helps you get mentors and proteges. As a result, gratitude helps you achieve your career goals, as well as making your workplace a more friendly and enjoyable place to be.

Gratitude makes us more optimistic- Gratitude is strongly correlated with optimism. Optimism in turn makes us happier, improves our health, and has been shown to increase lifespan by as much as a few years

Gratitude increases your productivity - Those who are insecure have difficulty focusing because many of their mental resources are tied up with their worries. On the other hand, those who are highly confident are able to be more productive, because they can direct more of their focus towards their work. This operates at both a conscious and subconscious level - we may be getting mentally distracted by our worries, or more commonly, parts of our subconscious mind are expending energy to suppress negative information and concerns. As gratitude has been shown to increase self-esteem and reduce insecurity, this means that it can help us focus and improve our productivity.

In This Issue
Survey Results
The Goddard School Trunk or Treat
Flavors of Bedford Sponsorship Opportunites
Bedford TV Trivia Night
Chamber Renewals
128 Business Expo
Did You Know?
From the Chamber Office
What the Chamber Did in October?
Who Wants to Be on TV?
Chamber Calendar
Follow us on Facebook
         Survey Results - Your Voice Matters
Thank you to everyone that took the survey. We have gathered some excellent data and will be utilizing it as we plan for the new year.  Shawn Henigan was the winner of the dinner at Red Heat Tavern.

The Goddard School Trunk or Treat celebrated its' tenth year with a record breaking 40 businesses participating and over 500 plus children collecting goodies. The Chamber along with those attending made a donation to The Friends For Matty Foundation, a nonprofit started by Phil & Tina Langone in memory of their son. The foundation provides financial assistance to families with children who are battling cancer.  In addition, some of our proceeds will be donated to hospitals to enhance family resources and support research for neuroblastoma and other childhood cancers.
AFC Urgent Care went all out as Sesame Street Characters and took home first prize in 
the Best Trunk Category. Many thanks to our sponsor The Goddard School for making this happen every year!
Flaovrs logo
November 4, 2018
Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel
4-6 PM

5 Reasons You Should Buy a Ticket

 to Flavors of Bedford!  
#5: You've Never Gone Before
Every year, the Chamber of Commerce counts about 200 people attending the event. Out of a town of over 12,000 residents, there's a good chance that you've never been! Plus, from my conversations with friends and passersby at Bedford Day, I can that a good portion of the town has not checked us out.
#4: Support Hanscom Heroes
Proceeds from the event support Hanscom AFB's efforts to welcome back deployed personnel and their families. And the base commander and his staff are always our honored guests, which gives you the opportunity to thank them directly for their service to our community and our country.
#3: Decide our Best Of Awards
This year we've reintroduced Best of Bedford awards, but with some new categories: Best Overall Dish; Best Dessert; and Most Flavorful - the most creative, new, unique or best-plated dish of the night. When you arrive, you'll be given tickets to cast your votes, and we'll announce the awards at 5:55 pm.
#2: It's Family-Friendly
You can get a family pack of four tickets for $100. That's $15 off the regular ticket price and not a bad price to feed a family of four - especially when you consider the variety and quality of the restaurants participating!
#1: It's Delicious!
Over 20 restaurants participate, and the menu ranges from Bedford Cupcakes sweet desserts to Ken's famous chicken fingers to Holi's savory favorites. If there's a restaurant you've been wanting to try, come taste them here! And we've attracted some of the best restaurants from neighboring towns, too, including Lexx from Lexington and Burton's from Burlington.
The event is co-sponsored by New England Nurseries, the Doubletree Bedford Glen and Brown & Brown Attorneys, PC. Dozens of local businesses have donated to make this a great event, so be sure to support the sponsors!
Tickets: $40 regular; $35 for seniors 65+; $100 for a family pack.
Purchase at: Great Road Gallery (363 Great Rd)
New England Nurseries (216 Concord Rd) or Cambridge Savings Bank (181 Great Rd)
Premier Sponsors

Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel

Law Offices of Brown and Brown

New England Nurseries 

Are You & Your Business Associates  
the smartest people you know?
Prove it at the second annual Bedford TV trivia night on Friday,November 2, 2018
Waxy O'Connors
Hartwell Road
Lexington, MA
7-9:30 PM
$150 per team, up to six players per team. This year the winner will receive a trophy, in addition to other amazing prizes!
There are also excellent Sponsorship Opportunities - click here for more information 

Chamber Renewals 
 Will Be Mailed This Month
Thank you for your membership with the Bedford Chamber of Commerce!
As a member of the Bedford Chamber of Commerce, you are part of an organization consisting of nearly 150  members representing a wide range of businesses across many industries that includes commercial, civic and individual ventures. Your chamber membership provides you with the following:
·         Connections and referrals to potential customers
·         Countless year-round networking opportunities - both locally and with other chambers
·         Advocacy work with our city and state governments
·         Marketing of your business through our website, social media and events
·         Exclusive Event Sponsorships
·         Regular communications including our e-newsletter, social media posts and mailings
·         Year-round educational opportunities

We are pleased with the progress made by the Chamber in 2018 and a few of our accomplishments include:
·         Hosted 16 networking after hours, lunch seminars and breakfast events
·         Education of residents on the  Great Road District Bylaw which passed at town meeting
·         Sponsored 6 community events: Summer & Winter Walk About, Goddard School Trunk or Treat, Barrett Sotherby's Senior Prom Stroll, Flavors of Bedford, Suzanne & Company Holiday House tour
·         Increased the visibility of the Chamber and of our members with the community through social media and events
·         Collaborated with other area chambers to provide 5 multi-chamber events

Your annual renewal will be mailed this month. The invoice reflects a new membership structure that takes into account the growth and changes our membership has experienced over the years and is reflective of the many new businesses and organizations we have welcomed into the community. We are offering all Chamber members an opportunity to be billed at the 2018 rate if you pay before December 31, 2018.
Thank  you for your continued support of the Bedford Chamber of Commerce.


128 Business Expo



November 2, 2018 - 11:30AM - 2:00PM


The Westin Waltham-Boston Hotel - Eden Vale Ballroom
Give yourself and your company a competitive edge in sales, prospecting, and networking by attending this year's 128 Business EXPO.  The EXPO can allow you to expand your business as well as to help you find out about new products and services.  The EXPO exhibitors represent a broad spectrum of products and services from all different industries.
Excellent prospecting and sales opportunities!
Face-to-Face contact with customers and prospects!



36 years in Business !

Bedford Florist and Gifts has been in business, at the same location in the Great Rd Shopping  Plaza, since its doors opened September 1, 1982. For 36 years, owner/operator Nancy Tripodi  has  worked hard to establish a comfortable, friendly, yet professional family type atmosphere in her  business. Customers wants and needs are the highest priority, using only the freshest highest  quality products, whether it be fresh cut or silk flowers. That high quality also extends to the  quaint gift shop, making it hard for any customer to walk out without purchasing something, for  themselves or someone else.

Having started from scratch, relying on an infallible commitment to quality and word of mouth from numerous customers throughout the years, Bedford Florist's impeccable reputation is well known throughout homes and businesses not only here in Bedford, but in all of the surrounding towns as well. This reputation has earned Bedford Florist many awards, including Regional Favorite Florist, Honorable Mention Gift Shop, and the Reader's Choice Number One Favorite
Florist here in Bedford for the last 18 consecutive years.

In addition to the retail shop, Bedford Florist can be seen throughout the community, at all times of year, in the form of donations and charitable contributions supporting organizations such as The Pan Mass Challenge, Habitat For Humanity, Flavors of Bedford and the Bedford Citizen of the Year, to name a few. They are also known as being a proud supporter of the Bedford School System contributing yearly to such events as the BHS All Night Senior Party, Flavors of Bedford,  the 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony, the PTA and the BAA.
Bedford Florist has been devoted to the town of Bedford and its citizens for almost four decades. Nancy was selected Business person of the Year in 2009 by the Chamber in recognition of her giving. 
But what truly sums up Nancy is her kindness and how she always seems to know just what to do. I recently went into to Bedford Florist to get some flowers for a widow who was going through a hard time. After Nancy made this beautiful bouquet- she handed me back my credit card and smiled, this one is on me.. I hope she has a better day.
I can say for sure a lot of people have better days because of Nancy- Congratulations on your 36 years and thank you for all you do for our town and residents.

From the Chamber Office

Is your Business looking for volunteer opportunities for your employees?

Click HERE for a list of organizations that need help, Certificates of Achievements are provided to all Chamber business members along with photo ops and social media outreach. An optional short video showing your employees doing the volunteer work can be added.


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.

What the Chamber
 did in October......

Multi Chamber Networking Event
at The Stoneham Theatre

The Goddard School Trunk or Treat

Sponsors Goddard School as The Cat in the Hat!

Jessie Spencer of Jessie's Pet Care

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 


November 2
 Bedford TV Trivia Night 
Waxy O'Connors 
90 HArtwell Ave
Lexington, MA
7-9:30 PM
Click here for sponsor info
November 2
128 Business Expo
Westin Hotel 
Waltham, MA
Click Here to register 
November 4
Flavors of Bedford Doubletree Bedford Glen 
44 Middlesex TPKE 
Bedford, MA
4-6 PM 
Click here for tickets 
November 4

November 8
Board of Directors Meeting
Town Center Shawsheen Room
7:30 AM

December 6
Chamber Holiday Party
Waxy O'Connors
Hartwell Ave
Lexington, MA

December 9
Suzanne & Co. Holiday House Tour
1-4 PM
Welcome to New Members

22 Railroad Ave
Bedford , MA

Yoga Nova
51 Great Road
Bedford, MA

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