CHAMBER NEWS AND EVENTS
HAPPY NEW YEAR
from the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce!
To a Prosperous 2017!
Our office will be closed Monday, January 2, in observance of the holiday.
State of the Town 2017
445 Delaware Avenue
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
8:15 am Networking and Breakfast
8:30 am Program
Supervisor John Clarkson will deliver the State of the Town Address to the business community and public, outlining the challenges Bethlehem faces and his priorities for the coming year. Continental breakfast will be provided.
January Networking Mixer
Mercato's Pizzeria & Restaurant
155 Delaware Avenue,
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Start 2017 on the right foot with some New Year networking! Make new connections and grow your network at Mercato's Pizzeria & Restaurant. Mercato's has been serving homemade Italian favorites since 1997. Ample parking is available.
or additional details on all of our upcoming events,
First Night Bethlehem is THIS SATURDAY!
Make sure to buy your button in advance to save - you don't want to miss Bethlehem's first First Night celebration! The event will begin with fireworks at 6:30pm at the Four Corners. This family friendly event will continue with entertainment and activities in and around the Four Corners from 7pm-10pm.
While enjoying the evening, stop by the
Four Corners, take your photo and share on social media. Tag the Bethlehem Chamber on Facebook (@bethlehemnychamber) and Twitter (@bethlehemchambr) with hashtags
Sponsored in part by the
Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce.
Some of our Member Businesses are participating in the event as well:
395 Kenwood Avenue
open during First Night Bethlehem - stop in with your button and sign up for a FREE yoga class to be offered on New Year's Day
406 Kenwood Avenue
|open until 9pm during First Night Bethlehem - Doghouse (jazz band) will be playing inside (outside if weather permits), they will be offering Breakfast for Dinner, and there will be a bonfire in the parking lot
388 Kenwood Avenue
open during First Night celebration - show your button on New Year's Eve and receive 25% off one item
|O'Slattery's Irish Restaurant & Pub
318 Delaware Avenue
show your button on New Year's Eve and receive your choice of a FREE glass of champagne or a FREE Lucky Charms Rice Crispy Treat
Purchase your button in person at:
Delmar Marketplace/McCarroll's the Village Butcher
O'Slattery's Irish Restaurant & Pub
$10 in advance
$15 day of event
to see the full schedule of events.
Volunteers are needed to help hand out event maps, direct event attendees, and be at each participating venue. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Joan Gavrilik by
or phone at 518.605.6580.
The 2016 HOLIDAY SHOPPING CARD
valid for a few more days - don't miss out on specials from over 50 local businesses!
Get your card at the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce office, participating businesses, and community locations (Library, Town Hall, and more).
to view participating businesses and their offers. Offers valid until 12/31/16.
AAA Hudson Valley
A. Phillips Hardware
Amelia's Garden Fabric Boutique
Angela's Pizza & Pasta
Bellini's Italian Eatery
Ben's Jammin' Treasures Gift Boutique
Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce
Bethlehem Town Family Dental
CapitalCare Family MedEsthetics
Capital District YMCA - Bethlehem Area YMCA
Delmar ChiroThin & Chiropractic Care
Delmar Health and Fitness
Deluxe Nail & Spa
Free Movement Pilates
Garden Bistro 24
Glenmont Self Storage
Gregory's Barber Shop
Hands of Grace Massage Therapy
Healthy Pet Center
Los Panchos Mexican Grill & Bar
Mad Dog Bicycles
Mayone's Wine & Liquors
Mercato's Pizzeria & Restaurant
Merriman & Pfister's Marketplace
My Place & Co. Delmar
National Bank of Coxsackie
PC Promotional Printing
Pretty Neat Home Organizing
Pure Serenity Salon & Spa
Robinson's Hardware and Garden Center
Sam's Italian American Restaurant
Sawyer's Screen Printing & Embroidery
Ship, Copy & More
Shogun Sushi & Sake Bar
Steiner's Sports Ski & Bike
T.A.C.S. Autobody & Service
Tomo Asian Bistro
Track 32 Italian Restaurant & Pub
W Couture Boutique
Wine & Spirits of Slingerlands
**You must present a card to receive the discount**
Offers valid 11/26/16 - 12/31/16
Thank you for your continued support of our Chamber and the community!
Adams Station Apartments
|Air Products & Chemicals
||Dunkin' Donuts - Delmar
|Albany Financial Group
||George Wm. Frueh & Sons
|Bausback & McGarry Dental
||Glenmont Self Storage
|Best Cleaners - Slingerlands
|Bethlehem Babe Ruth
Bethlehem Cemetery Association
Graves Electrical Contracting
|Bethlehem Commons at Good Samaritan Village
||Gregory's Barber Shop
|Bethlehem Lions Club
||Heaven's Lil' Angels
|Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited
||Hunt Real Estate ERA - Slingerlands
|BMW of South Albany
||Law Office of Meredith L. Savitt
|Bryant Asset Protection
|Burt Anthony Associates
||Lurie & Co. CPAs
|C & J Custom Builders
||Mad Dog Bicycles
||Main Square LLC
|Comfort Inn Albany - Glenmont
||McCarroll's The Village Butcher
|Cynthia Brown & Associates
||McCurdy & Sons Painters
Delmar Animal Hospital
Maxwell & VanRyn, Esqs.
Messina & Cahill
|Delmar Dental Medicine
||My Place & Co. Restaurant/Catering
at the Chamber
The Bethlehem Art Association has installed a new exhibit at the Bethlehem Chamber office. Stop in weekdays through the end of February, to view works from twelve local artists.
For more information on the Bethlehem Art Association visit their website.
CHANGES TO EXEMPT EMPLOYEE STATUS
NYS overtime rules, which will move forward regardless of the ultimate outcome of the now stalled federal changes, are summarized below. This change in state law could take effect as early as 12/31/16.
Pending Changes to NYS Overtime Rules - You have likely seen news reports that a federal judge has stopped implementation of the US Department of Labor's new overtime standard. That federal rule would have raised the minimum salary level to be considered an exempt employee (i.e., exempt from overtime) from $455 per week ($23,660 per year) to $913 per week ($47,476 per year) effective for the pay period that includes December 1, 2016. While the ultimate fate of this federal rule is uncertain, the incoming Trump administration seems likely to withdraw the proposal.
Importantly, employers in New York State are likely to be a subject to an increase in the salary threshold under state law. New York State has had its own minimum salary levels for its Executive and Administrative exemption - currently $675 per week ($35,100 annually).
State law requires that monetary amounts in wage orders be increased proportionally with increases in the state minimum wage. NYS Department of Labor has proposed regulatory changes to the state's exempt salary level based on the new, regional minimum wage levels that take effect December 31, 2016.
The new state thresholds, which would also take effect at the end of 2016, would be:
$825.00/week for employers of 11 or more employees within New York City,
$787.50/week for employers of 10 or fewer employees within New York City,
$750.00/week for employers of any size elsewhere in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties
$727.50/week for employers of any size in the remainder of New York State
This state rule change was proposed in mid-October, and the public comment period closes December 3rd. While we are filing comments challenging this proposal, it is likely it will be adopted as proposed.
In addition to the exempt salary threshold, the rule will proportionally increases other wage order provisions related to tips, meals, lodging, etc.
The proposed changes will have immediate compliance consequences for New York State employers. If any of your Executive or Administrative employees' salaries fall below the proposed new minimum salary levels, they will become non-exempt employees eligible for overtime for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week. In addition, employers will incur additional record keeping requirements for these employees. New York law requires that employers: track all hours worked (including "off-the-clock" work like cell phone usage after hours); document that these employees take uninterrupted meals breaks consistent with NYS law; and provide a wage acknowledgement form as required by the Wage Theft Prevention Act.
Until a final resolution is reached regarding the federal rule changes, employers will not have to comply with the $913 minimum salary level for exemption on December 1, 2016.
However, New York employers will be required to comply with these new state standards, when and if they are finalized.
Please contact Frank Kerbein with any questions you may have regarding this issue. He can be reached via
or at 800.332.2117.
MEMBER NEWS & EVENTS
Only a few days left until
New Years Eve Party
- their official end of season event! View the
and call today to make your dinner reservations! 518-756-7033
Robinson Ace Hardware & Garden Center
in Slingerlands is recreating an existing space into a Gift Store with lots of unique items for decorating and for the home. And will also create an Outdoor Living area. We are
giving away a $50 ACE gift card
to the individual whose "Store Name" we choose. PLEASE Share to your friends and help us name the new store within a store.Visit their
to post your names to their Dec 24 post.
Deadline is January 30, 2017.
What better way to say goodbye to 2016 than dinner on New Years Eve at the Hidden Cafe! We are now taking reservations for New Years Eve! Call 518-439-8800 today!
I Love Books
in Delmar for
2017 calendars, holiday wrap, Christmas cards, Christmas decor, Christmas toys and plush, all week while supplies last! (Sorry, Christmas books are not included).
Make your reservation for New Year's Eve at Nicole's Restaurant and receive a champagne toast! Just mention this ad when reserving. View our New Year's Eve menu here. $55 for three courses, reservations suggested (4-10pm) call 436-4952.
Spread the word: Local nonprofits have until Jan. 13 to apply to be a
2017 CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge Charity of Choice.
Info and the application are at on the
New Years resolutions coming soon.......join us at
Jake Moon Restaurant Cafe
all this week. Open right through till New Year's Day.
Good Things Come in SMALL Packages!
is a small nonprofit making a BIG impact in the Capital Region.
We work closely with community members to identify the specific needs in the Capital Region. Being small allows us to easily adapt our programs to address these challenging areas and pivot quickly to make changes in order to improve our impact.
We are a hands-on nonprofit. We have great respect for our role in receiving your donations and making sure they are shared in the community with dignity.
With the season of giving upon us, we hope you will consider
, a small, local nonprofit.
Best Kitchen Offer of the Year
runs through January. Choose a discount or 18 month interest free financing on Merillat Kitchen Cabinet purchases through January 31st, 2017! See the
website for details
or stop into the Delmar location at 11 Grove Street.
Things are beginning to look different over here at Legacy Church, formerly Delmar Full Gospel Church in Delmar. Phase 1 of our new sign is complete and in the ground! Phase 2 will include lighting and wood. Phase 3 will be landscaping! We love seeing all of these new and exciting changes happening. Visit the website or Facebook page to see the happenings.
What are you doing on New Years Eve?
has the best deal in town- $99 per lane (up to 5 people). This includes bowling, shoes, music, games, prizes, a full buffet, and of course- a champagne toast at midnight! Call 439-2224 for reservations. Hurry- these limited spots will sell out fast!
Romo's Pizza & Restaurant will feature live music in January - 1/4/17 Erin Harkes from 6-9pm and 1/11/17 Travis Rockenstire 6-9pm.
active this winter
Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy
nowshoeing, skiing - and more! T
here are 16 preserves currently open for visitors to enjoy. Visit the MHLC Delmar office or a preserve kiosk to pick up your free Preserves & Map Brochure. And help them raise $25,000 in donations by 12/31/16 - an anonymous donor will match it, dollar-for-dollar. This doubles the impact of your gift!
Looking for a
aprons, table cloths, handbags, and ornaments hand embroidered by a local refugee family. ALL proceeds benefit the family. They also carry
sterling silver jewelry by Seven Blessings.
Leap A Level
or every business you refer to Paychex between now and 1/31/17 you'll get to leap a level on your road to a year of free payroll. See flyer for complete details.
Click here to see the December/January Spotlight ad specials - you can save up to 75%! Limited availability.
Whether you are looking to
lease, buy or sell
The Richer Team
(RealtyUSA Commercial Division) can help. See their full list of services
The Rosenblum Companies
the Real Estate Deal of the Year Award from Capital Region BOMA at Renaissance Albany!
Looking for a special family gift? Contact Friends of Bethlehem Parks & Recreation and d
onate a park bench with a bronze plaque bearing your names or a special inscription - bench will be placed in a Bethlehem park (by the new playground, the new kayak launch, along the Hudson River, or a spot that's meaningful to you). Click here for details.
Contact DiNapoli Opticians
now for their Holiday Special -
$75 for a $100 gift card! Special valid through 12/24, call 518.439.6309.
Louise M. Finlayson, PhD
"A Time for Reflection & Renewal" on January 8. What do you want to create in your life this year? See
for full details. And join her this March in Roatan, Honduras, for an island retreat for renewal and discovery. Book by January 15 and save $325 - view
for more information.
Delmar Animal Hospital is offering a
NexGard Holiday Special: buy 2 doses, get 1 FREE.
Offer valid now through 12/31/16 on the same size doses.
Get 50% off your first Snack Box subscription of 2 or more deliveries! See the HealthyME Living flyer to get the promo code. Give the gift of health this holiday season!
Mauro's Menu is offering the following holiday special:
10% off catering over $20,
10% off holiday party platters, or
Sundays only- buy two 6-packs beer or one 12-pack of beer and get 8-cut cheese pizza FREE. Offer valid
Take advantage of the
Capital District Carpet Cleaning
End of Year special - 20% off with code CHAMBER
. Offer valid now through 12/31/16 for Town of Bethlehem residents only. Services include carpet, furniture and ceramic tile cleaning, as well as area rug cleaning and/or repair (they will pick up, clean and/or repair, and deliver your area rug).
For a full list of the ongoing member deals & offers, visit
Stage 16 Concert Series
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
- Join us for live music
every Friday from 7:00-9:00 pm
as we feature local talent in our Stage 16 concert series!
Like us on Facebook @16HandlesGlenmont
for announcements and line-ups.
Add an event to our
Community Calendar here and
click Submit an Event, it's free!
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AROUND THE REGION.....
FuzeHub Launches State-Wide Five-Million Dollar Fund to Support Innovation & Manufacturing Throughout New York
FuzeHub, a not-for-profit organization responsible for assisting small to medium manufacturing companies (SMEs) in New York State by matching them with technical and business resources, has launched the Jeff Lawrence Manufacturing Innovation Fund. Lawrence, who passed away in 2015, was a top executive at the Center for Economic Growth and a champion for New York manufacturing and entrepreneurial communities.
The Manufacturing Innovation Fund, consisting of $1 million annually for five years, supports a set of activities designed to spur technology development and commercialization across New York State. FuzeHub is administering this fund as part of its role as the Empire State Development (ESD) designated statewide Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center.
The quarterly grants are available to non-profit organizations and higher education institutions in New York State proposing projects to be undertaken with small and mid-sized manufacturers or early stage companies. Projects can include prototype development, proof-of-concept manufacturing, certain equipment purchases, manufacturing scale-up, market identification, and other projects to advance manufacturing capabilities. The new Manufacturing Innovation Grants, with award sizes ranging from $25,000 to $75,000 each, are intended to offset costs and help more small and mid-sized manufacturers succeed in New York State.
The next open application period will begin on Friday, December 2nd and close on Friday, December 30th.
The application is available here
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
, 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.
WEBSITE of the WEEK
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BETHLEHEM BUSINESS MAP
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Looking for work space?
page frequently to see
available office space.
Looking for work?
page frequently to see current openings.
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Businesses interested in offering
Hot Deals to the Community,
for more information.