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We are still waiting for spring weather to arrive although there        the next week, so please send any suggestions or join us to help
have been a few warm days. One of them was May 16th, the                plan the 2010 ArtWalk.
day of the 3rd Annual Concord ArtWalk and the weather helped
to make the day a success. The event was first held in July of          The ArtWalk followed two other successful spring events. The
2007; was moved to June in 2008 and has landed in its perfect           March 25th Spring Fashion Show at Nashawtuc Country Club
spot in May. Mid-May seems to offer good weather and the                received rave reviews from the 200 quests who attended and
date can be shared with a number of other events to help make           the April 30th Tastes of Concord was a great food and wine
it a busy and full weekend in Concord.                                  evening.

This year’s ArtWalk included 32 participating locations and             During the summer months, the Chamber will concentrate on
represented works of over 25 local artists. The Concord Art             updating the website, enhancing Visitor Center services, ral-
Association’s “Paint the Town” event added working artists              lying the Shop Locally initiative, and organizing membership
at locations throughout tow and their special annual auction.           programs. We will also begin planning for the October Annual
The Sounds of Concord added a strolling barbershop quartet to           Dinner and the 2009 December Holiday Shopping Night and
serenade shoppers and visitors. There was an evening perfor-            the annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting.
mance by the Concord Pops at 51 Walden and Emerson Um-
brella presented “Songs of Hunger and Frustration: A Caba-              Have a great summer and remember to join us for the monthly
ret”. The committee will start planning for next year’s event in        Business After Hours events all summer long!

                                                                                                                   Stephanie M. Stillman
                                                                                                                        Executive Director

Now, with the help of TomTom’s exclusive Concord, Massachu-             The Concord POI set includes over fifteen of Concord’s most
setts point of interest set, touring Concord will never be easier.      visited historical destinations. Using the TomTom device, visitors
Visitors can pick up a TomTom device preloaded with the Concord         can easily select the location(s), and begin navigating to sites such
POI set at the Concord Visitor Center and begin their journey navi-     as The Old North Bridge, Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, or
gating through history.                                                 Walden Pond.

“We are thrilled to help the Concord Chamber of Commerce in             “Thanks to our neighbor TomTom, visitors no longer have to rely
their efforts to share our beautiful hometown of Concord, MA”,          on paper maps when touring through Concord,” said Stephanie
said TomTom Inc. President Jocelyn Vigreux, “With the help of           Stillman, Executive Director of the Concord Chamber of Com-
TomTom’s Concord POI set, we hope visitors will be able to easily       merce. “We have many visitors who are not familiar with the area
enjoy and appreciate Concord’s unique historical, cultural and liter-   and who prefer to do self-guided tours. The GPS units will help
ary heritage.”                                                          them get around town and travel at their own pace as they visit the
                                                                        historical sites.”

                                                   The Concord Chamber of Commerce
                                                 15 Walden St., Suite 7 Concord, MA 01742
                                                phone (978) 369-3120 • fax (978) 369-1515
                               TomTom’s innovative navigation devices give drivers the most up-to-date
NEW MEMBERS                    maps and efficient routing, as well as the industry’s leading safety fea-       Mikala Hammonds Graphic
Gallery and art supplies       tures. With TomTom’s exclusive Concord, MA POI set, tourists are able to        Mikala Hammonds
Albright Art & Craft           program their destination into the devices, before even setting out on their    79 Main Street
Bonnie Albright                route.                                                                          Concord, MA 01742
32 Main Street, Lower Level                                                                                    Tel. 978-621-1160
Concord, Ma 01742
Tel. 978-369-7300              The Visitor Center staff will be trained on how to use and deploy the devic-
                               es in the next few weeks. They will be available for visitor use beginning in   Perry Krumsick & Jack,
                               mid-June for a nominal fee.                                                     LLP
Residential Management                                                                                         Richard Mandel, Of Counsel
Services                                                                                                       101 Arch Street, 19th floor
All Seasons Home               “We are very excited about this new offering and are very grateful to Tom-      Boston, MA 02110
Maintenance LLC                Tom for sharing the technology with us”, said Stillman. “It is wonderful        Tel. 617-720-4300
Greg Higgins                   to be able to make touring Concord a fresh experience. I think it will be
Concord, MA                    very attractive to families and guests who rent cars from Boston. This will
Tel. 978-369-2345
www.allseasonshomemainte-      enhance our services tremendously.”                                             Marketing and Web Services                                                                                                      Sales Renewal
                               ARTGRANT PROGRAM KICKING OFF NEW ACTIVITY                                       Keith Loris
                                                                                                               P.O. Box 423
Swim and Fitness Center                                                                                        Concord, MA 01742
Beede Center                   In January of 2008 a collaborative of Emerson Umbrella, the Concord Art         Tel. 508-283-4741
Jon Straggas                   Association, Friends of the Performing Arts and the Concord Chamber of
498 Walden Street              Commerce was awarded a planning grant from Mass Council for the Arts to
Concord, MA 01742              develop a plan for an online and printed arts calendar. Over the following
Tel. 978-287-1000                                                                                              Sheehan Phinney Bass &
                               thirteen months, as surveys were taken and focus groups convened, the vi-       Green, P.A.
                               sion changed. It became evident that there was interest not only in main-       Michael Lambert, Esq.
Day and evening guided walks   taining a Arts Calendar but in establishing an Arts Collaborative to work on    One Boston Place, 38th floor
Beyond Twilight                joint projects and coordinate events and marketing efforts The organizers       Boston, MA 02108
John Chateauneuf                                                                                               Tel. 617-897-5600
Concord, MA                    met with interests groups on May 28th to talk about next steps and about
978-269-4237                   moving toward an implementation grant proposal that could help fund a
www.beyondtwilightwalks.       calendar and other collaborative efforts.
com                                                                                                            Performance, teaching, tours
                                                                                                               Stephen Collins – Literature
                               Inspired by the months of work on the grant, the Chamber produced an            Alive
Fine art gallery               Arts and Culture Brochure which is now available at the Visitor Center and      Stephen Collins
Brock & Co.                    online at the Chamber website. The brochure is a listing of arts and culture    30 Leonard Road
Anne Hargrave                  education facilities, organizations, services, galleries and museums. The       Boxboro, MA 01719
84A Commonwealth Ave.                                                                                          Tel. 978-853-0710
Concord, MA 01742              Chamber will also be making an effort to gather information from these
Tel. 978-369-1358              organizations to encourage the process of listing their events on a calen-             dar. The events will be added to the Community Calendar available on the
                               Chamber website as a starting place for the developing Arts Calendar.           Psychotherapy / Consultation
                                                                                                               Susan S. Rice, LICSW
Cynthia cosmetics & more                                                                                       Susan S. Rice
Cyndi King                     VISITOR CENTER NEWS                                                             1150 Main Street, Suite 8
44 Main Street                                                                                                 Concord, MA 01742
Concord, MA 01742              The Visitor Center opened for the season on Saturday, April 4th. The Cen-       Tel. 978-369-4200
Tel. 978-369-7237
www.cynthiacosmeticsand-       ter is open daily from 10am until 4pm through Sunday, November 2nd.                                                                                                       Early childhood education:
                               Visitor Center Certified Concord Guides offer tours on Friday and Monday        Toddler,
                               at 11:00am and on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am and 1:00pm. Custom             Preschool, Kindergarten
Edible Arrangements –                                                                                          The LEAP School
Arlington                      tours and groups tours may be arranged through the Chamber throughout           Robin Shapiro
Karen Freeman                  the year.                                                                       54 Walden Street
342 Massachusetts Avenue                                                                                       Concord, MA 01742
Arlington, MA 02474            The Chamber welcomes four new staff members for the 2009 season:                Tel. 978-287-0860
Tel 781-643-8700                                                                                          Donna Brock, Rich Fivek, and David Siskind are Concord residents, Jim
                               McGrath lives in Acton, and all are Certified Concord Guides.

Residential Remodeling         BUSINESS INFORMATION BRIEFS
Hands On Construction
Richard Warren
25 Upland Road                 Less Plastic in Concord: At Concord’s Town Meeting in April, the Town
Concord, MA 01742              voted to support an article aimed at reducing the use of single use plastic
Tel. 978-369-4605              shopping bags. Many merchants in Concord have been at the forefront on
                               this issue, helping customers become aware of the environmental issues and
                               the desire to reduce the number of bags customers use. The Town Meeting
                               vote affirms that there is strong consumer support for Concord’s merchants
                       to participate in an effort to reduce the need for toss away bags, whether plastic or paper. Click here for
                       more information and suggestions from those who Petitioned Article 48 to help reduce single use plastic
                       bags in Concord.
           DATES       SBA Loan Program for Small Business: Beginning on June 15th, the SBA will start guaranteeing Ameri-
                       ca’s Recovery Capital (ARC) loans which are deferred-payment loans of up to $35,000 available to viable,
                       established, for-profit small businesses that need short-term help to make payments on existing qualifying
            SCORE      debt. Click here for the full News release or go to for more
       September 22    information. Cambridge Savings Bank, Cambridge Trust, Enterprise Bank, Middlesex Savings Bank and
         October 20    TD Banknorth are Chamber members which are SBA lenders and are able to provide ARC loans.
       November 17
                       Workshop Offering: Building a Thriving Business in Today’s Recession - presented by ActionCOACH,
Business After Hours   Van Smick - Friday, June 5th, from 7:30-10:00am at the Best Western Hotel – Concord, MA. Click here
        September 16   for more information.
        November 17
                       Business Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) - The IRS just
     Chamber 56th      released a fact sheet that outlines key incentives contained in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
     Annual Dinner     of 2009 that provides a number of tax incentives and may impact businesses. Click here for a summary of
        October 28     the key ARRA provisions for large and small businesses.

                       NEW MEMBER BENEFIT

                       The Concord Recreation Department is offering Chamber members a 10% discount on all Beede Swim &
                       Fitness Center memberships. There’s something for everyone at the state-of-the-art Beede Swim & Fitness
                       Center located adjacent to the Concord Carlisle High School. One 25-yard by 25-meter swimming pool,
                       one deep water diving pool, one warm water therapy pool, one children’s play pool and two state-of-the-art
                       fitness rooms plus, experienced trainers and instructors. Members also get reduced fees on aquatics and fit-
                       ness classes. Please call the Chamber or Jon Straggas at the Beede Center for more information,

                       MEMBERS NEWS

                       Congratulations to Holly Cratsley of Nashawtuc Architects for the appearance of the Cohen’s custom-de-
                       signed Concord home on the March 29th NECN “New England Dream House with Beth Shelburne”.

                       Special congratulations to Court Booth and Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education on their
                       successful Community Symposium & Fair on Saturday, March 28th.

                       Join us in recognizing the 50th Anniversary of Minute Man National Historical Park and watch for spe-
                       cial events and activities throughout the year!

                       The recent fire at Fritz & Gigi: The Children’s Shop was a sad event but reconstruction is on-going and
                       the shop is slated to re-open mid-summer. Donations to the Frits and Gigi Support Fund can be made to
                       Cambridge Trust Company, c/o Carol Bartalussi, 75 Main Street, Concord, MA 01742.

                       The Verrill Farm farmstand is being rebuilt and appears to be on schedule for a fall grand re-opening. The
                       farmstand is open and the tent is up and Verrill Farm will host many special events throughout the summer.

                       The Muse’s Window and Gallery has re-opened at their new location at 44 Main Street.

                       Best wishes to Robert Plotkin on the release of his recent book, “The Genie in the Machine: How Com-
                       puter-Automated Inventing Is Revolutionizing Law and Business”.

                       Congratulations to the Concord Museum as they celebrate 20 years of sharing beautiful gardens with their
                       2009 Garden Tour on June 5th and 6th.

                       Jacqueline Wool and Books With a Past can be found at North Bridge Antiques, across Walden Street from
                       their previous location.

                       DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum will host the award-winning traveling show The Old, Weird
                       America, the first museum exhibition to explore the widespread resurgence of folk imagery and mythic his-
                       tory in recent art from the United States. The show opens June 6th.
  June 16    SCORE Counseling - Service Corps of Retired Executives provides FREE one-on-one small business counseling
  Tuesday    sessions at the Chamber office. Only 6 one-hour appointments available beginning at 10:00 am. Please call the
             Chamber at 978-369-3120 to make your appointment.

  June 16    Business After Hours – Emerson Hospital - ORNAC – 5:30 – 7:30pm - Join us at this area health facility for an
  Tuesday    evening of wine, refreshments and networking! You will have the opportunity to introduce yourself and your
             business to new contacts and take a chance on special raffle prizes! Members free; Non-members $15. Please
             register with the Chamber for this event.

   July 15   Business After Hours – Concord’s Colonial Inn – Monument Square - 5:30 – 7:30pm - Join us for wine, hors
Wednesday    d’oeuvres, and networking and enjoy the hospitality of the Inn. Members free; non-members $15. Please pre-
             register for this event.

   July 21   SCORE Counseling - Service Corps of Retired Executives provides FREE one-on-one small business counseling
  Tuesday    sessions at the Chamber office. Only 6 one-hour appointments available beginning at 10:00 am. Please call the
             Chamber at 978-369-3120 to make your appointment.

 August 11   Business After Hours – Newbury Court – Newbury Court Road - 5:30 – 7:30pm - Join us in the beautiful outdoor
  Tuesday    patio for wine, hors d’oeuvres, and networking. (Indoors in the rain!) Members free; non-members $15. Please
             pre-register for this event.

 August 18   SCORE Counseling - Service Corps of Retired Executives provides FREE one-on-one small business counseling
  Tuesday    sessions at the Chamber office. Only 6 one-hour appointments available beginning at 10:00 am. Please call the
             Chamber at 978-369-3120 to make your appointment.

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