THE BEDFORD BANNER  
                                                                      September 2017
 
In This Issue
128 Business Expo
FLAVORS OF BEDFORD SPONSORSHIP
3 Fall Cleaning Tips For Your Business
What the Chamber Did in August?
From the Chamber Office
Can Your Business Wall Host a Local Artist ?
Who Wants to Be on TV?
Chamber Calendar
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IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON A PRODUCT OR SERVICE IN THE REGION'S BUSINESS COMMUNITY, THE

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IS SURE TO HAVE IT!!

October 5, 2017 - 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Westin Waltham-Boston Hotel - Eden Vale Ballroom
70 Third Avenue, Waltham

Food!    Prizes!    Cash Bar!

7 Area Chambers Participating!
Stop by - (don't forget to bring your business cards)

A GREAT networking opportunity!

 

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE A TABLE 

 

FLAVORS OF BEDFORD
THREE GREAT REASONS YOUR BUSINESS SHOULD BE A FLAVORS OF BEDFORD SPONSOR!!
 
Reason #1: Our sponsors are the best. Top among them are the Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel and Brown and Brown Attorneys, who provide principle support for Flavors of Bedford. This event showcases what is the best about Bedford and shouldn't your business be included in that?
Reason #2: You need to eat. What Sunday evening goes by when you don't feel those hunger pangs after a tough day watching the puppies and parents...or whatever it is you do. No matter whether you eat to live or live to eat, Flavors of Bedford is guaranteed to tickle your taste buds with new combinations and lots of familiar fare offered by 20 plus eating establishments.
Reason #3 The Bedford Chamber of Commerce really does care about the town of Bedford! Every dollar raised by this, their premier tasting event, goes to promote Bedford businesses and quality of life. What's more, a portion of the proceeds is dedicated to Friends of Hancom, a group that offers support to the families of deployed soldiers at Hanscom Air Force Base. Now if that isn't about us, what is?
       
                             Look who has already committed to support this event - why not join them?
For information on how to get your business listed- visit www.flavorsofbedford.org or call the chamber office at 781-275-8503
 
$3500 - Premier Event Sponsors 

 Law Offices of Brown &  Brown
Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel 
 

Sponsors $1000 - Diamond Sponsors  (2 more available)  
DSA Printing 
Bedford Florist
  • Mention in all pre-and post-event publicity
  • Stations in ballroom
  • Premier ad in Flavors of Bedford event program
  • Lobby signage by event planner
  • 15 tickets to the Flavors event

$500 - Emerald Sponsors (6 more available)

Brookline Bank
Middlesex Savings Bank 
  • Dining table display with all Emerald sponsors (8 1/2 x 11")
  • Mention in all pre- and post-event publicity
  • Ad in Flavors of Bedford event program*
  • Lobby signage by event planners
  • 8 tickets to the Flavors event
$350 - Sapphire Sponsors (10 more available)

Bedford Children's Center

Cambridge Savings Bank
Great Road Gallery & Framing-
Carlton & Duran, CPAs -
Hanscom Federal Credit Union-
Baldwin Insurance  
 The Higgins Group
 
  • Mention in all pre- and post-event publicity
  • Business card ad in Flavors of Bedford event program
  • Lobby signage by event planners
  • 6 tickets to the Flavors event
 
$100 - Friends of Flavors (Unlimited)
  • Mention in all pre- and post-event publicity
  • 2 tickets to the Flavors event
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3 Fall Cleaning Tips For Your Business
By Eydie Stumpf

Ahhhhh - those crazy, lazy days of summer. Are you like many people who take the time to slow down during the summer months? As we take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather, we sometimes put our businesses on hold for a while in order to rejuvenate ourselves before the brisk days of fall, and the cold, dark days of winter reappear.
Now that   fall is creeping upon us, I'll be gearing myself up for the coming year. It's time to do some fall cleaning, so let's take a look at three tips to get your fun in the sun plans in gear for next summer:
  • Organization: This is actually an all year round task, but an organized desk is a sure-fire way to keep your business running smoothly. Clear everything off your desk regularly. Dust it down, give it a good polish, and then decide which items should go back on top, which should be filed, and which should simply be trashed. Clearing off and organizing your desk opens up space for new business and money, allowing work to find its way to you. This goes for organizing your computer files and email inbox.
  • Show Up: Whether face-to-face networking, or networking on line using social media sites to connect with prospects and referral partners, you have to show up. Okay, so showing up is not exactly fall cleaning, but often, our summertime calendar gets filled with trips to the beach, BBQs, hiking, biking and other activities, and we put networking on the back burner. Fall is the time to get back to the basics of business networking. Evaluate the networking groups where you have membership. Are they still working for you? Have you given and gotten referrals? Is Facebook still helping you reach out to prospects? Yes? Then continue with what's working. If not, consider other networking options. Whatever you decide - your business isn't going to grow unless you show up.
  • Review your business plan: This is the piece that will really help you take that exotic vacation next summer. Reevaluating, and rebuilding your business plan each year will help you design and run your business to reflect your goals... and how you're going to reach them. The fall is the perfect time to get this done. Review your current plan and ask yourself: Did you reach your goals? Yes or No? Why did you reach them? Why didn't you reach them? What can you replicate? What can you do differently in the new year?
Here's a little tip one of my business coaches drummed into my head some years ago - make sure you schedule your time off BEFORE scheduling your work. You know how we very often forget about ourselves, right? So, get those days off, weekend getaways, and vacations on the books in the fall. Don't wait until next year - do it now!
Eydie Stumpf is a Social Media Consultant based in Corona, California. She specializes in WordPress creation and blogging. Connect with Eydie via email at info@terramediamarketing.com

What the Chamber Did in August !


Multi Chamber Networking at the Escadrille

      Young Professional Networking Group at Red Heat
 
 
TUESDAY TEE IT UP GOLF

 
From The Chamber Office
In order to promote healthy lifestyles among people who live, work and visit the Town of Bedford, Healthy Bedford has a voluntary Healthier Bedford Healthier Dining program for food establishments who wish to be recognized for offering choices of nutritious food in a healthy environment. We have recently amended our requirements to allow more restaurants to participate. The application can be completed online in five minutes or less. If you have questions or need help, please contact Carla Olson at or call 781-275-7727.
 
Participants are listed in our PR, webpage, social media and also provided a window cling for their establishment noting their participation.
 
Click here for Healthy Bedford Healthier Dining Program Application.
 

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Can Your Business Wall Host a Local Artist ?
 
The Culture and Arts Working Group had another productive meeting on May 24 discussing several initiatives to elevate Bedford's cultural and arts community to enliven Bedford places, gatherings, and business climate. The group has participants from the Bedford Cultural Council, Selectmen, Chamber of Commerce, First Parish, Planning Board, Bedford Arts and Crafts Society, BCA Photo Group, the Bedford Citizen, and local businesses and artists, and is being facilitated by Alyssa Sandoval, Bedford's Economic Development Director.
 
The working group discussed moving forward on several initiatives including:
  • Community-wide utility box art program by local artists
  • Commercial space for Local Artists
  • Cultural and Arts Flyer
 
If your business would be interested in hosting wall or window space for local artists, please contact Alyssa Sandoval, Economic Development Director, at asandoval@bedfordma.gov or 718-275-1111. Hosting local art in your venue can be good for your business' visibility and helps to highlight local artwork.
 

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

AFC Urgent Care

Chestnut Dental

The Learning Express Toys & Play

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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CHAMBER CALENDAR

Tee It Up Golf
Sept 5/12/19/26
Patriot Golf Course
Springs Road
Bedford, MA
Email Josh Franklin
for tee times

September 13
Leadership Luncheon
Why creativity is the key skill of the 21st century for businesses and organizations? 
Waxy's O'Connors
Hartwell Ave
Lexington, MA
11:30 -1:00
Click here to register
 
September 14
Board of Directors Meeting
Town Center
12 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA
7:30 AM

September 19
Catch the Net
Brightview Concord River
100 Concord Road Billerica, MA
 Click Here to register


September 23 
Bedford Day
Town Center
10-4
 
October 5
Rt 128 Business Expo
The Westin Waltham
70 Third Ave
Waltham, MA
4-7 PM
Click Here to reserve a table

October 18
Leadership Luncheon
There's No Place Like Home

October 19
Women in Business
with Joan Venochi
Save the Date

October 27
Goddard School Trunk or Treat





 
Welcome to Our New Members

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2017 CHAMBER MEMBERS

AFC Urgent Care
Alliance Financial Services
Ametek
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
Bernstein Development
Billerica Crossings
Brightview Billerica
Brookline Bank
Brown & Brown, P.C.
Callahans Karate Studio
Carlton Willard
Carlton & Duran, CPAs
Chestnut Dental
Christine Pinney Marketing
Cil Cangiano
Citizen's Bank
CouponSurfer, Inc.
Danielle Beck
Davidson Law
The Debbie Spencer Group
Doubletree Bedford Glen
DSA Publishing
EDCO Collaborative
Elite Freestyle Karate
EMD
Express Pizza
First Parish
Formulatrix
Fujifilm Microdiscs
Gorgeous.etal
Great Road Gallery & Framing
Hanscom Federal Credit Union
Harold Nichols Insurance Agency
Heritage Springs
Holi Restaurant
Insperity
InConcert Web Design
Jesse's Pet Care
KB Jewelers
Kimberley Bee Design
Learning Express & Play
Leary Auto
Lincoln Liquors
Live Life Well
Mead Brothers
Merrill Lynch
Middlesex Savings Bank
Metller Toledo
Middlesex Community College
Middlesex Savings Bank
MITRE
New England Nurseries
North Road Chiropractic
OrganizingWorks
Patriot Pediatrics
Peter Quinn Insurance Agency
Primrose School
Quality Database Design
Quinstance
Red Heat Tavern
Right at Home
Salem Five
Salon OZ
ServPro Bedford
Short Stop Cafe
The Goddard School
The UPS Store
The Well Effect
Waxy O'Connors

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