Celebrating 60 years!
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Wishing you a
Happy Holiday!


The Chamber will be closed Thursday, Nov 23 and Friday Nov 24 in observance of the holiday.
CHAMBER NEWS AND EVENTS




Yesterday we hosted the Health Insurance & Benefits Breakfast at the Bethlehem Public Library. Open enrollment ends 12/15/17 - visit our website for plan information and pricing.  If you have questions, contact Shelli via email or at 518.439.0512.



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


The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce is a Neighborhood Champion for the upcoming  2017 Small Business Saturday┬« national initiative, on Saturday, November 25, to help small businesses with their most pressing need - getting more customers. 

BUSINESSES
Invite customers into your business on the day with free merchandise, including tote bags, buttons, balloons, poster, pennants and more.This offer is available to small businesses while supplies last. And visit the Promote Your Business section of the site for the following:  Free in-store signage, Sample social media post, Email templates. Get started here.

The following businesses are a few who will be offering Small Business Saturday specials. Visit the website here to see offers

Barefoot Space

Founders HIIT & Strength Club

Merriman & Pfister's Marketplace

Robinson Hardware & Garden Center

The Revive Difference


COMMUNITY
Help make a lasting impact in the place you call home on Small Business Saturday®. Founded by American Express in 2010, it's a day to celebrate the local businesses that help make your neighborhood great - and anyone can join in. This year, Small Business Saturday is Nov 25. No matter who you are, be a part of it, visit the website.


Remember, for every $100 spent in locally-owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures.If you spend that in a national chain, $43 stays in the community.Spend it online and nothing comes home.
 
(Source: Civic Economics Report).


AVAILABLE NOW!
Pick up your 2017 Holiday Shopping Card for
Special Offers  from  49 local businesses.  

Valid Small Business Saturday, November 25 through December 31.

Sponsored by 
 
 
Pick up your FREE Holiday Shopping Card for offers and promotions from our local businesses and Buy Bethlehem before you head to the
Black Friday sales!  

Holiday Shopping Cards will be available at the following locations:
Delmar Turkey Trot (11/22 Registration and 11/23 event)
Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce (M-F 9am-5pm)
Saturday Delmar Farmers Market
Spotlight Newspapers (11/22 edition)
Ravena News Herald (11/23 edition)
Community Locations (Library, Town Hall, Parks & Recreation)
Participating Businesses

Visit our  website to view all of the offers

AAA Hudson Valley
A. Phillips Hardware
Akira
Ando Salon
Andriano's Pizza
Angela's Pizza & Pasta
Balance Massage Studio
Barefoot Space
Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce
Capital District YMCA - Bethlehem Area YMCA
CapitalCare Family MedEsthetics
CrossFit Spur
Del Lanes
Deluxe Nail & Spa
Extra Napkin
Fairytale Journeys by Tim Brooks
Founders HIIT & Strength Club
Free Movement Pilates
Garden Bistro 24
Glenmont Self Storage
Gregory's Barber Shop
Hidden Cafe
Kinderhook Bank
Mercato's Pizzeria & Restaurant
Merriman & Pfister's Marketplace
My Place & Company Delmar
O'Slattery's Irish Restaurant & Pub
Pure Serenity Salon & Day Spa
Rain Hair Studio
Robinson Hardware & Garden Center
Royal Meadery
Sam's Italian American Restaurant
Sawyer's Screen Printing & Embroidery
Shampoodle
Shogun Sushi & Sake Bar
Steiner's Sports Ski & Bike
Stellar Face & Body Art
T.A.C.S. Autobody & Service
Taj Fine Indian Cuisine
The Floral Garden
The Revive Difference
The Wine Reserve
Tomo Asian Bistro
Track 32 Italian Restaurant & Pub
Veronica's Culinary Tavern
Wildbird Junction
Wine & Spirits of Slingerlands
Yanni's Too
Zing-A-Gram
**You must present a card to receive the discount**
Offers valid 11/25/17-12/31/17
        


Bethlehem will be holding a First Night Celebration to ring in the New Year! A family friendly and fun event, First Night will be held on New Year's Eve,  Sunday, December 31st .
The celebration will begin with  Fireworks at the Four Corners at
6:30pm followed by entertainment and activities from 7-10pm.

First Night will be a great traffic generator in the town and there are many possibilities for local businesses to tie into the event. If your business will be open during the event, please make sure to let us know and share what special activities you have planned so we can help spread the word.
 
For more information, click here.

 Organizing Partners:


   It's our Anniversary!
 
This year, the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce turns 60 years old! To help commemorate this milestone, we want to celebrate and acknowledge those businesses, organizations and individuals who have loyally supported the Chamber through the decades.

Your annual support ensures the Bethlehem Chamber will continue its work to support local businesses, economic development, workforce development and community initiatives, to strengthen the Bethlehem community - THANK YOU!
View some of the Chamber's Community activities.

IN RECOGNITION OF OUR   MEMBERS  CELEBRATING
30+ YEARS










Bryant Asset






ROBERT VERSTANDIG







Click HERE to view the article on the Chamber's Anniversary in the Spotlight News

MEMBER NEWS & EVENTS

Move Your DNA with Barefoot Space - join them December 9-10 for this two day workshop. The weekend includes small group training, outdoor movement time, introductory gait lesson, and more. View flyer for details, click here to register.

Make the most of Black Friday deep discounts and automatically earn twice the points when you pay with your CAP COM Federal Credit Union VISA Platinum credit card from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday.
Whether you're shopping for holiday gifts - or indulging in some well-deserved retail therapy - this special deal has your name on it!

The next set of classes at Shawna's Dogs are starting soon!  Canine Good Citizen Prep Class w/ Cydney Cross:  Monday 12/4 6:15pm, 7 weeks (NO DOGS 1st class for orientation) $120 (only 4 spots left);  Therapy Dog Prep Class w/ Cydney Cross:  Monday 12/4 7:15pm, 4 weeks (YES dogs the 1st class) $100
To sign up, email Shawna, or call  518.937.2544.

Mice are looking for warmth, comfort, and food this time of year. You don't want those TICK covered pests around your house! Call  518 Pest and Fert for help!  Pest control and lawn fertilization, 518.935.7162.

It's that time of year at CrossFit Spur - we are participating in the Hilltown Christmas Program again this year sponsored by the Albany County Sheriffs Office. All donations will be distributed to families in rural areas of Albany County. Please drop all unwrapped toys/goodies in the bin at Spur.  Spread your holiday cheer and donate!

Romo's Pizza will host their first ever Craft/Vendor Sale on Saturday, Dec 9, from 12-3pm. Sevenzocks fresh wreaths, Arbonne, kids items, Pampered Chef, and much more! And holiday orders are filling up fast - visit their Facebook for the menu.

Carhartt make great gifts! Don't forget A. Phillips Hardware this season when you're shopping for the holidays.

The Bethlehem Central School District will hold their Holiday Caring & Sharing Drive to benefit families in need in our town during the Holiday season.  Interested businesses /organizations may purchase grocery gift cards in smaller denominations ($10, $20, $25) and drop off at the BCHS Special Education and Student Services (SESS) office before December 8.  For more information, contact Sherri Fitzpatrick at 518-439-8886.

The Bethlehem Lions Club's Annual Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale begins on Saturday, Nov 25 at the lot near 542 Route 9W in Glenmont.  Hours are Saturday and Sunday until sellout.  Sale benefits the Lions Clubs' service projects which assist those with vision and hearing-related disabilities. 

It's never too late to join the I Love Books Double Club.  Club members receive 10% off all year. Upcoming Special Sale Discount Days are 11/24 10am-8pm, Sa 11/25, 10am-5, Sun 11/26, 10am-5pm, club members save 20% off all full-priced, in-stock items.  

Don't forget to think of Slingerlands Wine & Spirits for gift shopping this Holiday season! We have wonderful gift baskets and you can also purchase that "special someone" a Wine-of-the-Month Club membership! See our website or stop in for details!

Radiance Hot Yoga has expanded! Now with two locations... our first studio in Glenmont and now we have added Estudio in Latham /Loudonville to our family. Estudio was the first hot yoga studio in the Capital District!! Coming soon, clients from both studios will be part of the same network and enjoy classes at both locations!!

Need help with Fall Cleanup?  Call Sevenzocks Nursery at 518-635-4111 for your free estimate.

Bethlehem Business Women are holding a Christmas Wreath Fundraiser , supporting the work of BBW throughout the year.  See Order Form  with details.

Don't miss the your opportunity to advertise in the next Columbia Greene-Media Business Quarterly . The next issue is the Winter & Commerce issue. Chamber members get 20% off! Click here to view the flyer .

Balance Massage Studio invites you to their 17th Annual Holiday Open House on Thursday, November 30, from 4-7pm. Kick-off your holiday shopping with their 2001 price roll back on gift certificates. If you donate a non-perishable item for the Bethlehem Food Pantry, you will receive a mini massage! There will also be a raffle to benefit the Red Cross (and the winner will receive 12 FREE massages!).  Click here and here for details.

Capital Bank is  offering an incredible 2% APR on consumer loans to qualified customers. Stop in to your local branch or click for details.

From now until the end of December, the National Bank of Coxsackie is offering 3.99% APR Small Business Loans! View flyer.

For a full list of the ongoing member deals & offers, visit  Member News .
BCSD +  Chamber

Internships & Part-Time Positions

Interested in hosting a High School student for an Internship or paid part-time work shifts?  Register your business by completing the form.  Click here , or use the below link.


For additional details, contact the District Program Liaison  Nick Petraccione at 518.439.4921 x22053, or contact the Chamber at 518.439.0512.

OFFICE SPACE

Looking for work space? 
Visit our
Marketspace page frequently to see
available office space.

 

   

HELP WANTED

 

Looking for work? 
Visit our
Job Postings page frequently to see current openings.

 


BETHLEHEM BUSINESS MAP

View the online version of the Bethlehem Business map here.


MICROENTERPRISE GRANT
Applications Now Available Online

If you missed the information session, start-up or existing businesses interested in learning more about the Microenterprise Grant Program and the application process may view the Microenterprise Grant Presentation. 

As of September 2017, funds remain for new and emerging enterprises. Funds for existing businesses have been distributed.
For additional information, contact Elizabeth Staubach , Town of Bethlehem Department of Economic Development and Planning, 518.439.4955 ext. 1189.

    NEW MEMBERS   

Delmar, NY 12054
518.424.9349

50 Beaver Street, 1st Floor
Albany, NY 12207
518.641.0618

Dhaval Patel
365 Feura Bush Road
Glenmont, NY 12077
518.977.3050

125 Wolf Road, Suite 501
Albany, NY 12205
518.506.0193

321 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
518.935.4800

329 Glenmont Road
Glenmont, NY 12077
518.264.9000

1345 New Scotland Road
Slingerlands, NY  12159
518.701.9836

20 Hallwood Road, Suite 2
Delmar, NY 12054
855.697.6323

151 Von Roll Drive
Schenectady, NY 12306
518.857.6966

Jordan's Barbershop
49 Main Street
Ravena, NY 12143
518.756.2480

Glenmont, NY 12207
518.858.9092

 AROUND THE REGION.....


In an effort to recognize those people, organizations and events who make a measurable impact on 
travel business in Albany County and the greater Capital Region , the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau annually bestows the Hospitality Excellence Award. 
 
The Hospitality Excellence Award, is awarded annually to a person; and/or an organization who makes an impact on hospitality in our region. This can include one event, program or a history of impact. The nominee does not have to a partner of the ACCVB. 

To nominate for the Hospitality Excellence Award, simply visit the website and complete the online form. All nominations will be reviewed by the award selection committee, comprised of Bureau board members. Selection will be announced at the Bureau Annual Awards Celebration. The award winner and nominator will be notified prior to the event.



Veterans in Economic Transition Conference (VETCON)
Tuesday, November 28th 11:00am -
Wednesday, November 29th 2:30pm
 The Desmond Hotel Albany

VETCON is a conference series dedicated to the education and professional growth of veterans, through networking with entrepreneurs and industry leaders from every level of American business.  For full schedule of events, please visit the website.
WEBSITE of the WEEK
 
A team of CAP COM employees recently filled 400 meal bags with all of the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal! All meals will be delivered throughout the region this week so more families can enjoy a warm Thanksgiving meal together. Visit their website to learn more about them.




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

 

 COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS  

The Town of Bethlehem presents the 11th Annual Holiday Parade, Friday, December 1, 6pm near the Four Corners in Delmar.  Fun for the family, parade route starts at Town Hall and ends at the Four Corners with a visit from Santa!  Visit the website for more information.
 
The Delaware Avenue Complete Streets Feasibility Study Draft Report is now available for review and public comment. The Draft Report can be found on the study website herePublic comments should be submitted to via email by December 1.  The Draft Report is expected to be presented to the Town Board at their December 13 meeting for consideration of adoption and identification of next steps. 

The Saturday Delmar Farmers Market  has moved indoors!  Saturdays,  9am-1pm at the Bethlehem Middle School on Kenwood Avenue.  Visit the website for details. 

View the current  menus  for  Extra Napkin  and  Mercato's Pizzeria & Restaurant ! Both restaurant are located across the street from Delaware Plaza - Extra Napkin serves up burgers, salads, wraps, juice and more, and Mercato's has been providing Delmar with pizza and Italian favorites since 1997.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays between 10 AM and 2 PM, the Town of Bethlehem accepts donations for Habitat ReStore of the Capital District of slightly used furnishings, cabinets, and other building materials at the Town of Bethlehem Transfer Station, 136 Rupert Rd, Selkirk, NY. See the Flyer for details.    
    
Add an event to our Community Calendar here and click Submit an Event, it's free! 
 
TRAFFIC DETOURS
Delaware Avenue
July-October 2017

Construction has begun - keep  completely up to date on the project by signing up to receive email and/or text notifications via  the "Notify Me" portal by subscribing to the "News Flash - Main (Home Page) News", by liking the Town Facebook  page, by following them on Twitter, or by visiting the project website; all found o n the Town  website Click below for:


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