Childcare Providers and Preschools Find Innovation Among Strict Regulations

As businesses around the state continue to reopen, parents face the challenge of finding childcare. Governor Baker’s executive order closed all but essential child care programs as of March 22, 2020. Childcare agencies were able to open in late June but face strict regulations as they reopen.

Life Science and Healthcare Training Grant Award

We are excited to announce that the Town of Burlington and the Town of Bedford received a $321,578 Community Development Block Grant to create a dedicated job training program for healthcare and life sciences. In partnership with MassHire, the program would offer subsidized education and training for low- to moderate-income residents of Burlington and Bedford who want to take existing courses to prepare for new careers in healthcare and life sciences. The proposed program would invest in our residents, expand our regional workforce, and strengthen the state’s healthcare and life science cluster.

Bedford’s Small Businesses are Beginning to Reopen

Small businesses are slowly coming back to life around Bedford, consistent with state guidelines for reopening.

Alyssa Sandoval, the economic development director in the office of the town manager, said she has kept in touch with proprietors since the virus-induced state of emergency resulted in mass closures in mid- March. She said she has had no reports of businesses that are not planning to reopen.

Sandoval earlier this week sent a message to hundreds of residents who subscribe to municipal email messages, urging them to return to local businesses and “be patient, be sensible, be kind” as they adjust to new rules and schedules.

We’re Outta Here!! – Summit Fitness Rolls Out Outside Fitness Classes

As Massachusetts begins its reopening plan, I had a chance to try one of the
first businesses to return to the “new normal.”  Summit Health and Fitness on Wiggins Avenue this week started rolling out outdoor group fitness classes.  They converted their parking lot into a spin cycling “room” and a CrossFit workout space.  The classes were limited to 10 people, all 12 feet apart.  Masks are required and everything is wiped down with disinfectant before and after use.   The owners, Jane Karpovsky and Denis Mezhertskiy, of Bedford bought Summit on January 23 of this year. They consulted with the Bedford Board of Health to make sure all the protocols were met.

Convoy of Champions: National EMS Week and Boston MedFlight

Bedford’s own Boston MedFlight participated in the Convoy Champions as they traveled from Worcester to Fenway Park this past Wednesday. 

The convoy was part of National EMS Week to celebrate Emergency Medical Services’ role during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The celebration came as Boston MedFlight reached a milestone as they transported their 500th COVID patient this week.

Thanks to MedFlight for sharing ways that they are honoring their fellow Emergency Medical Services.

OpEd: What is the Best Way to Restart the Economy?

We are very pleased with the outpouring of support Bedford residents have shown for Bedford area businesses. Thank You!

Along with providing needed goods and services, Bedford area businesses play a large role in the community. In addition to providing jobs for residents and providing tax revenue for the town, businesses are very involved in the region. Whether it’s providing volunteers to clean up roadside litter, fundraising for Bedford Schools, or making donations to the Bedford Food Bank, our businesses play a critical role in our town. In fact, many of our local life science companies are actively involved in the diagnostics and treatment of many illnesses that affect our community and the world.

Donations Benefit Organizations Battling Food Insecurity and Feeding Front Line Hospital Staff

Two Bedford food relief efforts have benefited from separate $15,000 donations from a global biopharma corporation.

The gifts last month from Belgium-based UCB will support the efforts of the town’s temporary food bank and the grass-roots group Operation Feed the Soul. Town Manager Sarah Stanton said a corporate representative reached out to the town’s economic development director, Alyssa Sandoval, with the offer.

Responding to a Simple Call, Operation Feed the Soul has Flourished

In less than a month, Operation Feed the Soul has become something of a legend.

The grass-roots effort to support local restaurants and regional health-care workers has flourished beyond anyone’s imagination. Scores of volunteers are coordinating preparation and delivery, emailing and driving, and advocating. Its Facebook group has grown to more than 1,500 members.

Bedford Business and the Covid-19 Lockdown, Part II ~ Getting Help

As the Covid-19 mandatory lockdown for non-essential businesses continues, our local Bedford businesses are making do the best they can, but it is not easy.

There are several programs to help, both from the State and the Federal Government The recent $2 trillion stimulus package had many components to help individuals as well as businesses. A massive program like this always comes with hurdles. I reached out to various groups around town to hear how things are going for the local businesses.

Helping Bedford Businesses During the Lockdown

As the Covid-19 mandatory business lockdown continues, our local Bedford businesses are making do the best they can, but it is not easy.  I reached out to officials and Bedford businesses to see how they are doing and how Bedford residents can help them through this tough time.

Resources for Businesses

Bedford’s Biotech Companies ~ Tackling Coronavirus

Greater Boston is blessed to have a lot of Biotech companies, part of an industry key to finding a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, and eventually bring the disease under control. 

Bedford has its share of Biotech companies and several are involved in the current Covid-19 pandemic.  A sampling of local companies ~Bedford Research Foundation, MITRE, MilliporeSigma, Instrumentation Labs, and ThermoFisher Scientific ~  involved in Bedford’s biotech industry.

Town of Bedford Launches new Take-Out site

Following Governor Baker’s announcement of restrictions to on-premise dining, the Town worked quickly with our local restaurants, and purveyors, to find ways to ensure their businesses could stay open during this tumultuous time.

Today, we’re proud to launch www.BedfordTakeOut.com.

What Were You Doing When You Were 12 Years Old?

If you cannot remember what it was or is like to be 12 years old, please meet Ariel Grossman, a 12-year-old creative, serious-minded Bedford middle school student, active in a variety of extracurricular activities, and a successful entrepreneur who produces and markets photo and video montages.

Ariel has a true passion for her work and enjoys being able to provide a professional and affordable product for her clients. She developed an entrepreneurial interest at an early age, cutting her teeth on lemonade stands and selling Girl Scout cookies. In 2018 a discussion with her mother regarding a montage for her future bat mitzvah led her to the decision that she would be the ideal person to develop her own montage for her upcoming 2020 celebration. As a result, Montages by Ariel was born.

Introducing Peter J. ‘Pete’ Bagley, the New Executive Director for Bedford Chamber of Commerce

The Bedford Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Peter J. Bagley has started in the role of Executive Director. Pete joined us mid-December as Maureen Sullivan retired.

He brings to the position more than 30 years of experience in marketing and consulting for businesses throughout the Boston area and across the United States.

Bedford Businesses Get a Boost from Small Business Technical Assistance

Bedford small businesses have been working on improvements to their storefront businesses over the last several months with the help of a technical assistance program through the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative Program by the Department of Housing and Community Development. 

The Bedford Economic Development Office received a $15,000 grant from the program last year for hands-on assistance from retail consultant Christine Moynihan, on ways to improve appearance, marketability, and merchandising of local small businesses. Moynihan has provided consulting to retailers and storefront businesses for 20 years throughout Massachusetts.

Suzanne & Co ~ Holiday House Tour ~ Home for the Holidays

The Bedford Chamber of Commerce and Suzanne & Co. invite you to take a tour of seven beautiful decorated Bedford homes. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Charles Hume Scholarship, presented annually to a Bedford High Senior. Tickets are on sale at Great Road Gallery, New England Nursery, and online at www.bedfordchamber.org

Ticket prices – $20 for Adults, $15 for Seniors 65 and over, $10 per child (8-12 years and must be supervised by an adult).  

 A special thanks to Dan Carroll of REVISE ENERGY  for sponsoring our Horse & Wagon