September  2016


In This Issue
How To Get Back to Work
Catch the Net
September Leadership Luncheon
Bedford First
Planning Board Update
Chamber Connections
Chamber Calendar
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  How to go back to work after the summer!
By Lucinda Everett

The summer season is coming to an end and, for many of us, that September ' back to school' feeling is already encroaching.
Saying goodbye to the sun, sea and freedom not to look at your emails can often feel like the end of the world. It doesn't all have to be doom and gloom, though. We've spoken to five experts and asked for their top tips on finding career fulfillment in the face of the New England autumn.

Match work to your natural rhythms. Try to coordinate challenging tasks with the times you are likely to be at your best. If you're a morning person, for example, don't start by going through your emails. Instead, tackle that big thought piece and leave the emails for when you're in a slump. If you have a regular meeting that's always a bit flat, hold it at a different time of day. If your boss seems on their best form in the afternoon, approach them with your ideas then.

Edit every email, cutting its length by at least 50 per cent. Writing a shorter email means that the receiver is more likely to read it, make a quick decision, and write a shorter reply, which in turn saves you time. But what you write is also important. More often than not, we write what we want to say rather than what will get people to think, feel and do the things we want them to. Stick to the facts, keep things simple and, if there's a request, make it clear.

Get cut-throat. Your top resource at work is your time, so work out who and what you need to spend yours on in order to achieve your goals. At the beginning of each week, decide on three things you want to achieve by Friday, as well as a few people you want to have spent some time with. If you hold steady to your plan, you'll stand a much better chance of achieving at least some of it.

Something is everything. Focus on making whatever you're working on real from the get-go.Something is everything when it comes to making progress. Simply discussing concepts in the abstract leads to illusions of agreement. It's easy to think that you're all on the same page when you're just talking, but if the page only exists inside everyone's heads, you're probably not.

Catch the Net after hours is a premiere networking event for business professionals in the Bedford area. It is a relationship-building experience held in a relaxed setting that benefits you and your company through added contacts and resources. Get out there! Give people the chance to get to know you so they will want to do business with you.

Join us on Tuesday, September 13 at
Billerica Crossings
20 Charnstaff Lane
Billerica, MA 01803
Click here to register!

Stand Out Subject Lines
Get Open, Get Read,
Get Results Length  
Ignored - or Engaging? How are your subject lines working - or NOT working - to capture the attention and interest of your audience?

This fast-paced seminar will take a deeper dive into the mechanics of truly effective subject lines.

We'll cover:  
  • The three keys that make or break your subject line (and how short your window really is..) What works - and what does NOT work - in capturing your readers' attention
  • Length, brand, urgency and offers - make them work for your subject lines
  • Before and after examples that make it crystal clear how to improve your results
Get their attention - get in the door - and get the response you desire. Whether you are trying to get read, realize revenue, increase your reach or inspire referrals, your subject lines are a key to your success!
                      September 28, 2016
                        Waxy O'Connor's
                      Hartwell Ave
Lexington, MA
11:30-1:00 PM
Registration is $20 which includes lunch provided by Waxy O'Connor's Irish Pub!  Register today!

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.

   Join these businesses who have already signed up

Red Heat Tavern
The Great Wall
Elite FreeStyle
Law Officers of Rene Lazar
Red Heat
Virsa De Punjab

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

Planning Board Update
The Bedford Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 8:30 PM in the Selectmen's Meeting Room, Bedford Town Hall, to review several amendments to the Zoning Bylaw, prior to the fall Special Town Meeting.
The proposed changes are generally of a minor or corrective nature and comprise:
  • Zoning Map: add former MassDOT Salt Shed site at Crosby Drive/Route 3, which is no longer within Route 3 layout, to adjacent Industrial C District;
  • Section 9.2.6: Change maximum height in Planned Residential Districts (PRDs) from 37 feet to 35 feet, for consistency
  • Section 9.2.3, Maximum allowable density in PRDs: Delete final sentence, as obsolete;
  • Industrial and Industrial Mixed Use provisions: various changes to improve clarity and consistency based on previously approved amendments;
  • Site Plans: In Section, Application for Site Plan Approval, Require stamp of registered design professional, and in Section 7.5.3, require affidavit from that person that conditions have been met prior to Occupancy Permit.
Details are available for viewing in the Planning Office at Town Hall, 10 Mudge Way, during regular business hours. Tel.781-275-1548. Information may also be posted on the website:



September 6/13/20/27
Tee it Up Golf
Patriot Golf Course 4:30 PM
Click here to sign up weekly

September 8
Board of Directors
Town Center
7:30 AM

September 13
Catch the Net
Billerica Crossings
5:30-7:00 PM
Click here to register

September 17
Bedford Day

September 21
The Learning Express Ribbon Cutting
5:00 PM

September 28
Leadership Luncheon
Stand Out Subject Lines
Get Open, Get Read, Get Results Length
Waxy O'Connors
11:30 -1:00 PM

Save The Date
October 28
Goddard School Trunk or Treat

November 6
Flavors of Bedford

December 11
Suzanne & Co. Holiday House Tour



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
Bedford VA Research Corp
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
Law Office of Ken Gordon
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
Pro Nails
Quality Database Design
Red Heat Tavern
Richard A. Egan Insurance Agency 
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