September 2018

In This Issue
Flavors of Bedford Sponsorship Opportunites
September Leadership Luncheon
Business Spotlight
Economic Development Update
September is National Preparedness Month
SBA Deadline
Did You Know?
1st Annual Golf Tournament
From the Chamber Office
Economic Development Updates
What the Chamber Did in August?
Who Wants to Be on TV?
Chamber Calendar
Follow us on Facebook
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November 4, 2018

Flavors of Bedford is the Chambers' biggest oppportunity for you to get your name and business in front of of hundreds of Bedford residents.  This year we are hoping to increase tickets sales to over 400 guests and add some exciting new restaurants from Bedford & beyond. Sponsorship not only gets you in all publicity but also tickets to this incredible afternoon of fun, food and frolic.
   Thanks to these Businesses that have already committed
Premier Sponsors
            September Leadership Luncheon
4 Simple Habits to Maximize your
Quality of Life!

September 26
11:30 AM- 1:00 PM
Waxy O'Connors
94 Hartwell Ave
Lexington, MA

Lunch Included
$20.00 per person

No one can do everything perfectly. We are all busy with demands and desires to excel in our work and personal lives. Being perfect does not happen in your life or anyone's else's. If you are like most people, you do know that you've got to make a change.
Come and learn 4 Simple Habits that will improve your Quality of Life. Join Well Effect founder John Jamesapollos as he explains 4 simple, time efficient concepts that can dramatically maximize your Quality of Life. These habits have been used effectively with hundreds of client's at Well Effect Lifestyle Health and Fitness along with one guiding principle. That principle is;
"Be relentless and extremely fanatical about being moderate."
In this presentation you will learn how important it is to pick your habits carefully (as you do your friends), and why focusing your efforts on these 4 Simple Habits will have the greatest impact on defining you, your health and your future path. It might even make it easier to make friends or improve the relationships you already have for the simple reason that you will feel better!
With theses 4 Simple Habits and by following a longterm, sustainable approach, it's really simpler than you think. Come to this presentation and take the first step!
Well Effect ®  Opens Innovative 
Lifestyle Center
A multi-disciplinary program for lifestyle health and fitness

Well Effect  has opened its new lifestyle health and fitness center located in Bedford Marketplace at158C Great Road. This exciting facility is filled with programs designed to improve your quality of life through sustainable lifestyle changes. Started in 2012 by John Jamesapollos, Well Effect    has been helping residents in Bedford and surrounding communities for over six years to change their lives. In 2013, Jamesapollos was named Business Person of the Year by the Bedford Chamber of Commerce. 
A grand opening celebration is planned for Thursday, September 13, 2018, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30 am, followed by refreshments and tours till noon. Well Effect ® also will be offering grand opening membership specials at Bedford Day, Saturday, September 22, 2018, and ending with the drawing for a six-month lifestyle makeover giveaway on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Soft opening specials will continue through October 31st.
Well Effect ® 's new, 4500 sq. ft., innovative lifestyle center boasts:

u  Hydrotherapy and aqua therapy pool
u  Swimming machine pool - no more flip turns
u  Physical training fitness center
u  Physical therapy clinic
u  Doctorate level instructors
u  Teaching kitchen with licensed dietician
u  Somatherapeutic® Bodyworks
u  Small group classes
u  Stress management
u  Change coaching

"We are excited to apply our skills to help people improve their quality of life with the incredible backdrop of this new lifestyle center. We now can use these unmatched tools to offer new training modalities, insurance or private pay physical therapy services, and additional membership options for our lifestyle program." said John Jamesapollos.  Well Effect
® 's Guided Membership is a fantastic concept at $99/mo with no locked in contracts.  Additional services can be individualized to each person's unique needs, including nutrition counseling, change coaching, personal training, stress management and physical therapy.
About Well Effect
Well Effect® instructs and guides individuals of all ages through an individualized, scientific and evidence-based physical training and food balance, skill-building program called Soma Science.   This program teaches lifelong skills for optimal health and achieves increased strength, improved body composition, muscle and joint balance, postural alignment, decreased aches and pains, and enhanced quality of life..
Economic Development Update
1. Minuteman Bikeway 25th Anniversary - Business Opportunities  There is a 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Minuteman Bikeway on Saturday September 29th
from 11am-3pm. The Bike Committee is interested in finding a restaurant that would like to serve food. The restaurant would set up in the parking spaces to the south of the Bikeway Source bu ilding. Restaurants should contact Suzy Enos at
2. New Town Manager. The group had a brief discussion on how communications between town and new businesses could be improved. Pam Brown to compile of list of items for the September 28th meeting with the goal for the chamber to meet with the new Town Manager in October and also invite her to future Chamber Meetings.

3. Lime Bike Update and Stats
The program has been live for about one month. There are currently 17-30 bikes in Bedford at any one time. So far there have been 219 trips (about 7 a day) with an average distance of over 1 mile. It's expected that the number of trips will increase over time. According to Lime, they would like to see each bike average two trips a day.

4. Business Guide. Alyssa Sandoval mentioned that she has updated the Small Business Guide to include new information about the new zoning for Great Road. This can be downloaded here:

There was a brief discussion on  why Bedford still requires a business get an entertainment license from the selectman for live music on Sundays while it is not required for other days. It was also suggested to avoid any confusion, the business guide be updated to state for live music, a business might need to pay a fee to a performing rights organization for a blanket license to cover copyrighted music. Alyssa Sandoval to update the guide.

5. Chamber Priorities
The group has a brief discussion on Chamber priorities for the next year including membership growth, events and advocacy.

6. Planning Board Updates
Jeff Cohen provided the following updates:
A. Housekeeping on last Annual Town Meeting Great Rd. business zoning items for Fall Town Meeting
B. 52-54 Middlesex Tpk. special permit amendment to permit additional parking in front of building.
C. Public Hearing for Jumbo Capital redevelopment proposal on September 25/October 9 at 40, 60 Crosby Drive: Considering development potential of 2 unbuilt lots (of recent 3 lot ANR).
D. EDCO, 36 Middlesex Tpk. Site Plan Review for a storage building.
E. 39 Crosby Drive Approval Not Required (ANR) plan endorsement and minor amendment to Special Permit: ANR needed to add land from Fujifilm in accordance with special permit; owners also wish to separate into 2 parcels (while remaining under combined special permit).
F. Considering strategy for how to deal with finding a place in town for recreational marijuana outlets to locate (probably by next spring). 
G. 330 South Rd is considering redeveloping to become a residential use (possibly planned res development)...held informal meeting in August.
H. Amending zoning bylaw for accessory dwelling units (spring).

September is National Preparedness Month

Disaster restoration specialists with SERVPRO® remind Bedford-area property owners that September is National Preparedness Month. This annual event, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), provides families and businesses with the information and resources they need to plan for, react to, survive, and recover from an emergency, before the emergency happens. (

For National Preparedness Month 2018, themed "Disasters happen, prepare now, learn how," FEMA has prepared a week-by-week calendar of recommended actions property owners can take to be ready if disaster does strike:

Week 1. Create an emergency plan that includes signing up for emergency alerts and making contingency plans for shelter, evacuation, and family communication.

Week 2. Learn life-saving skills. CPR is a good place to start, but also be certain you know how to turn off the utilities in your home and ensure your smoke and CO detectors are properly installed and working.

Week 3. Check your insurance coverage. Once the emergency is over, appropriate and sufficient insurance will be key to getting your life back to normal, or at least on track.

Week 4. Plan financially for the possibility of a disaster. This goes beyond having a "rainy day fund" for immediate needs. Gather and organize important home, business, insurance, financial, and personal documents and keep them up-to-date and stored in a secure, water-and-fire proof location.

"There's a difference between surviving a disaster and recovering from a disaster," says Sue Steen, Servpro Industries, Inc., chief executive officer. "Families and businesses who take the time to create both a short- and long-term plan to deal with the unexpected are better able to respond quickly if the unexpected happens, which can improve their chances of survival. Having key information at their fingertips in the aftermath of the emergency can set them on the path to recovery more quickly and with less stress."

Because SERVPRO recognizes a fast response is critical in any emergency, Steen reminds Bedford-area commercial and residential property owners they can download the SERVPRO READY app for free at The app allows users to store essential contact and property information electronically, where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds, right from the scene, if disaster strikes. For business owners who designate their local SERVPRO office as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider, SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of their facility, help the owner complete a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP), and store that profile in the READY app.

"SERVPRO disaster cleanup and restoration specialists are ready to respond to emergencies big and small," said Steen. "From SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team, a group of elite large-loss specialists, prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster, to SERVPRO professionals in the Bedford area, we specialize in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping make it 'Like it never even happened' for both commercial and residential customers."

For more information on SERVPRO please visit For more information on SERVPRO® in the Bedford area, please contact one of the local business owners below.
* For SERVPRO of Waltham/Weston/Watertown/Wayland, please contact Steven Taylor who can be reached at (781) 647-9100 or

SBA Deadline for Massachusetts Private Non Profit Organizations to Apply for Physical Damage Disaster Loans due to a March Winter Storm and Snowstorm is Sept. 17

  The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding eligible Private NonProfit organizations (PNPs) in Massachusetts of the Sept. 17 deadline to submit disaster loan applications for physical damages caused by a severe winter storm and snowstorm on
March 13 - 14, 2018.
PNPs located in the following counties are eligible to apply: Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcester in Massachusetts.
PNPs that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low-interest rate disaster loans. Examples of eligible non-critical PNP organizations include, but are not limited to, food kitchens, homeless shelters, museums, libraries, community centers, schools and colleges.
The SBA also offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs, such as ongoing operating expenses to PNP organizations. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the organization suffered any physical property damage.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at .
Additional information on the SBA disaster loan program and application process can be obtained by calling SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to . Loan applications can be downloaded from . Completed applications should be returned to a recovery center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is Sept. 17, 2018. The deadline to submit economic injury applications is April 19, 2019.


Last month Chamber Member Bedford Farms was in the running to win Best Ice Cream from NBC10 Boston. They sent the link to vote to the Chamber and I forwarded it onto our membership with the heading - BEDFORD FARMS NEEDS YOUR VOTE! Well I can not say for sure that your willingness to support a fellow Chamber member helped them win but  
what was extraordinary was the open and click rate of the email was an all time record for Chamber correspondence.
So on behalf of Bedford Farms - Thank you for your vote and don't ever forget Chamber Members are your best customers! 

First Annual Chamber Golf Tournament 
a Big Success
Thirty Chamber members and their guests teed it up for the first annual two Man Scramble Tournament at the Patriot Golf Course. It was a fun evening of some great golf, a putt for $5000 and a roaring BBQ. Thanks to Patrick Sullivan for his sponsorship of the putt which was nearly made by Tyler Cummings!
First place honors went to Tyler Cummings & Colin Hurly
Many thanks to Director Josh Franklin for pulling it all together.... It was a great event!


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.

Economic Development Updates

What the Chamber did in August?

  1st Annual ChamberTwo Man Scramble

Multi Chamber Networking Event

Patriot Club Championship


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 


September 4/11/18/25
Tee It Up Golf
Patriot Golf Course
5-6 PM Tee Times

September 8
Back to School Bash
Learning Express
163 Great Road
Bedford, MA

September 13
Board of Directors Meeting
EDCO & LABBB Collaboratives
36 Middlesex Turnpike
Bedford, MA 
7:30 AM

September 13
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
The Well Effect
9:30 AM

September 22
Bedford Day
10:00 AM

September 26
Leadership Luncheon
Simple Habits to Maximize your Quality of Life!
Waxy O'Connors
Hartwell Road
Lexington, MA
11:30-1:00 PM
Click here to register  
September 29 
 Minuteman Bikeway
25 Year Anniversary
Bike path
11-3 PM
October 26 
Goddard School
Trunk or Treat

November 2
128 Business Expo
Westin Hotel
Waltham, MA
November 4
Flavors of Bedford Doubletree Bedford Glen
44 Middlesex TPKE
Bedford, MA
4-6 PM


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 
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