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CHAMBER NEWS AND EVENTS
 
 
 
 
 
Speed Networking
w/ the Colonie Chamber
Hampton Inn by Hilton Albany/University Area 
1442 Western Avenue, Albany 
Thursday, October 13, 7:30-9am 
RSVP 
 
Back by popular demand - the Bethlehem Chamber has partnered with the Colonie Chamber to bring you another Speed Networking event! If you missed the first one in February, now is your chance to connect with colleagues from throughout the Capital Region and make 20 new contacts before you get into the office. Space is limited, so reserve your spot early and bring plenty of business cards. Peter Coombs from FRONTLINE Training & Consulting will moderate. FRONTLINE Training helps salespeople in all types of organizations through workshops, keynotes, and coaching.
 
Breakfast Sponsor/Venue Host
 


   
F or additional details on all of our upcoming events,  
view our  Chamber Events Calendar!      
BCSD and the Chamber

are teaming up

to assist local businesses with

Internships & Part-Time Positions


The Bethlehem Central School District is working with the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce to assist businesses with their need for workers.   If your business is interested in hosting a High School student for an Internship or paid part-time work shifts, please register your business by completing the


Program staff will work to provide the best student match for each business.  These Work-Based Learning programs allow the business to connect with local students, provide valuable life experience, while also filling the need for workers.  Student liability while on the job is covered by the District through these programs.

For additional details, contact

Bethlehem Chamber
or
District Program Liaison
Nick Petraccione
518.439.0512
518.439.4921
x22053


 
T H A N K  Y O U 
to our 31st Golf Outing Sponsors

See the complete photo gallery on our Facebook page,

or view the highlights  here.

E A G L E  S P O N S O R S
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P A R  S P O N S O R S 
A. Phillips Hardware
ABC Leasing & Financing
All Signs & Graphics

Fairytale Journeys by Tim Brooks
Farm Family Casualty Insurance Company
Graves Electrical Contracting

Marvin and Company, P.C. CPAs
Paychex
 
Rhatigan Painting

Trustco Bank


REGISTRATION




MARSHMALLOW DRIVE

Burke Insurance Associates
 
 
PUTTING



HOLE-IN-ONE

DINNER


BEVERAGE CART


LONGEST DRIVE - 
Ladies
Taco Bell
LONGEST DRIVE - 
Men
Crossroads Ford

CLOSEST TO THE PIN - 
Ladies
School's Out, Inc.
CLOSEST TO THE PIN - Men
O'Slattery's Irish Restaurant & Pub
 

T E E  S P O N S O R S

 
2Shea Catering                              Glenmont Self Storage LLC
Applebee Funeral Home                 Johnny B's Glenmont Diner
Bethlehem Town Family Dental      McCarroll's The Village Butcher
Bryant Asset Protection, Inc.          National Bank of Coxsackie
Bethlehem Town Clerk                   Nicholas J. Marino & Co., Inc.
Buenau's Opticians                         Pratt & Associates
Burt Anthony Associates                Quality P.M., Inc. 
Crossroads Ford                            Swifty's Restaurant & Pub 
Fairytale Journeys by Tim Brooks   Tucker Strategies Inc. 
Four Corners Pharmacy                  Vanguard-Fine, LLC
Free Movement Pilates 
   
LUNCH SPONSORS 
Bethlehem Lions Club
Garden Bistro 24
Good Day Honey, Inc. 
Vanguard-Fine, LLC 
Wine & Spirits Of Slingerlands


MEMBER NEWS & EVENTS
 
This Sunday, October 2, stop by the Delmar Fire House for their Open House. 1-4pm, there will be food, fun and games!

Collins & Sons Will Call Customers - make sure to check your tank  every couple of weeks so you know exactly how much fuel is left.Then you can order fuel  in a timely fashion and not run out on the coldest days of the year...! Call to order: 518.756.2070

Join Garden Bistro 24 Tuesdays in October for a special fundraiser - Bethlehem Central School District Garden Nights! Every Tuesday in October they will use only organically grown produce from the BC Schools gardens. 15% of proceeds each evening will go back to the Sustainability and Garden Club at BCSD.

The next UAlbany Weekend MBA Program Information Session is Thursday, October 6, from 6-7pm. L earn how the Weekend MBA Program can power up your career! The session will be held at the  Capital Region Chamber (5 Computer Drive South, Albany).

Vote today to help Colonial Acres Golf & Learning Center  and ISC-Audubon receive a $10K grant from the Stanley Company! These organizations have  been working together for two years to expand the 9-hole par 3 golf course to include nature-based fun and recreation by creating the Audubon Recreation & Nature Discovery Park in Glenmont. This grant would go a long way to help them in this endeavor, so click HERE to vote before September 30.

Paint with oil for the Ben's Jammin' Treasures "Winter Birches" session. No experience necessary, classes limited to 6 to provide individual attention. Reservations necessary, call 518.729.5445.

Berkshire Bank is celebrating small businesses! View their flyer to see details on Small Business Lines of Credit (4.50 APR), Business Checking 500, Money Market (0.90% APY) and Small Business Term Loans (4.99% APR). To learn more, contact Justin Priddle at 518.795.4797.

2017 calendars are on sale now!  The Skyline Printing Co. has over 50 great calendars on sale ready for your company imprint. A calendar is typically viewed 1000 times per year. With prices starting at 98¢ per calendar, that's a great deal! Chamber of Commerce members ordering by October 31 will also receive FREE set-up and FREE shipping. Call Barry at 518.437.1199.

Coffee & Conversation programs continue in October on Fridays at the  Bethlehem Public Library per the following schedule:  October 7the Brian Patneaude Duo; October 21: S teinmetz: Electrical Wizard; and October 28:  Land of the Thunder Dragon. All programs begin at 1pm.

It's getting close to Flu season... Four Corners Pharmacy is offering their service to host a flu shot clinic at your business. Businesses with 10+ employees preferred, will need a room to conduct clinic. Contact John at 518-439-8200 to arrange for a date/time. The pharmacy will work with employee insurance carriers to coordinate payment.

Sevenzocks Nursery, 1277 Rt 9W opens today for the Fall season!  Stop by to pick up mums and other plants and decor.  Open Wednesday thru Friday 9am-3:30pm,  Saturday 9-6 and Sunday 10-4. 518-635-4111.

Crossfit Spur in Glenmont will partner with ToLife! in Delmar, again this year for their Fight Like a Girl event on Saturday, Oct 29 at 10am. Businesses interested in donating or sponsoring the event, which will benefit ToLife! and their breast cancer programs and services, please see   flyer. The event is open to anyone of any ability interested in particpating. For event details, see Flyer and Registration link or Facebook event.

Did you know that nearly 10,000 Baby Boomers reach retirement age every day, and most do not have traditional pension plan.  Bryant Asset Management can help with Retirement Planning, a Retirement Income Evaluation or rollovers from a former employer.  See their Flyer for all of their services or contact Mark Bryant or Conor Bryant at 518-439-1141 for a complimentary exploratory consultation.

WWA ARC in Slingerlands will host their Jerseys, Jeans & Jewels Gala on Friday, November 18 at The Century House. Businesses are invited to donate gift cards, merchandise and entertainment packages for the raffle and silent auction, which raises money to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. See the Sponsorship Info for details or contact Kaitlin Dausch at 518-935-4441.

Get your #RealtyFacts for #BethlehemNY! A shrinking inventory with low days on market can only mean one thing...homes are selling fast - see the stats.  Give The Sharon Hoorwitz Real Estate Team a call for a more detailed look in your town!

Bethlehem Children's School will be welcoming Giffy's Bar-B-Q for their first fundraiser of the year, September 28, 5-7pm. Their delicious dinners have been a great success in the past and we are looking forward to offering them to our families and the surrounding community.  Pre-ordered dinners for BCS families are $12.00 per dinner if ordered by September 15th.  If ordered on the day of the event, dinners will be $15.00.  

All bikes are on sale at Steiners Sports in Glenmont. 20% off 2016 models in stock; 40% off cycling jerseys in stock; 20% off cycling shorts in stock. Stop into the store at 329 Feura Bush Road early for the best selection.  
 
For a full list of the ongoing member deals & offers, visit  Member News .
WEBSITE of the WEEK

Bethlehem Town Family Dental is committed to making dental care simpler. More and more people are experiencing stress caused by family finances. It's normal to be worried about the cost of dental care and how it might fit into your family's budget.

Call 518.776.4939 today or visit their website to learn more!



Don't FORGET you can now join or renew your dues online.

 
 COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

The next Town of Bethlehem History Hike guided by Town Historian Susan Leath will feature the Delmar Four Corners tour on Saturday, October 1.  It is free with pre-registration.  Beginning at Bethlehem's Town Hall, the walk highlights historic Adamsville and the Four Corners. The route is level on the sidewalks of Delaware, Kenwood and Borthwick Avenues. Pre-register online, by mail or in person.

On Thursdays between 10 AM and 2 PM, the  Town of Bethlehem   will be accepting donations  for Habitat ReStore in the Capital District of slightly used furnishings, working appliances, cabinets, and other building materials at the Town of Bethlehem Transfer Station, 136 Rupert Rd, Selkirk, NY. See the Flyer for details.    
  
16 Handles Stage 16 Concert Series - Join us for live music every Friday from 7:00-9:00 pm as we feature local talent in our Stage 16 concert series! Follow us on Instagram @16handlesglenmont for announcements and line-ups.  
    
Add an event to our Community Calendar here and click Submit an Event, it's free! 
 
    NEW MEMBERS   
1368 Indian Fields Road 
Feura Bush, NY 12067
518.439.0032
*Scheduled Opening: November 2016*

Mathes Public Affairs
24 Molly White Dr.
Coxsackie, NY  12051
518.925.5909 
159 Delaware Avenue #218
Delmar, NY
518.377.4204

462 Route 9W
Glenmont, NY
518.449.4244

Coeymans Hollow, NY
518.756.8228

159 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY
518.475.7575

251 New Karner Road, Suite 901
Albany, NY
518.871.9101

Glenmont, NY
518.424.9485

180 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY
518.439.8800

Aetna Medicare
Alcove, NY 12007
518.669.7071

30 South Pearl Street, FL P2
Albany, NY 12207
518.447.8414

Selkirk, NY
518.441.1608

AROUND THE REGION... 


CALL FOR VENDORS!!

Local business vendors, non-profits, artists and artisans are invited to sell their products/services to the public at this 4th Annual festival, to be held Saturday, November 5, 10am-3pm at Crossgates Mall.  For vendor information and registration, visit the website.  Registration due by October 25.


New Payroll Compliance Requirements for New York State Employers    
On September 7th, the NYS Department of Labor issued final regulations governing the use of payroll debit cards.  Importantly, the rule also impacts the ongoing use of paychecks and direct deposit - provisions that will apply to all employers in New York State effective March 7, 2017.

For use of paychecks
, the rule requires that checks be a "negotiable instrument" (pay checks drawn on a bank should already meet this standard) and prohibits the employer from imposing any fees on employees in connection with the use of paychecks, including for the issuance of a replacement for a lost or stolen check.

For use of direct deposit, Labor Law §192 already required advance written consent of employees and deposit in a financial institution of the employee's choosing. In addition, under the new rule, employers using either direct deposit or payroll debit cards must, by March 7, 2017, provide all employees with written notice:
- listing all of the pay options offered to the employee by the employer (employers are not required to offer
either the direct deposit or payroll debit card option.)
- stating that the employer cannot require employees to accept wages by direct deposit or payroll debit
card.
- stating that the employee cannot be charged any fees by the employer for accessing their wages in full.
Importantly, for employers with employees already using direct deposit, the Labor Department has indicated that
employee consents provided prior to the effective date of this rule will remain in effect if the employer provides all
employees with the notice described above prior to 3/7/17. The Department has committed to issuing templates
for use by employers containing all the information necessary for compliance with this notice requirement.

The rules for use of payroll debit cards are far more detailed. Employers who use payroll debit cards need to become familiar with the details of the new rule. They include, but are not limited to:
- obtaining employee consent at least 7 days prior to payment of wages by payroll debit card;
- providing employee access to ATM machines in close proximity to employee's place of employment or
residence that offer withdrawals up to the total amount of the wages at no cost to the employee, as well as
"one method to withdraw the total amount of wages for each pay period" without fee; and
- a prohibition on any charges to employees for a range of services, if offered, including applications, point
of sale transactions, account inactivity, on-line balance information access, and others.
- In cases where employees are covered by a valid collective bargaining unit, employers must have the
approval of the union before paying by payroll debit card.
For additional details, visit the website. 

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Marketspace page frequently to see
available office space.

 

   

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