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Health Insurance & Benefits Breakfast

Bethlehem Public Library

Thursday, November 17, 8:30am
Join us for the Health Insurance & Benefits Breakfast.

The presentation will include an overview of the available benefits and savings programs for chamber members and prospective members, including health insurance options for businesses and their employees, sole proprietors and individuals in 2017.

Handouts will also be provided from the Law Office Of Meredith H. Savitt, P.C. regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act changes to federal regulations that will take effect on December 1, 2016 and affect most exempt employees. Learn what you need to do to become compliant.







M&T Helping Hands and
Organize Senior Moves
Ribbon Cutting & Open House

125 Adams Street, Delmar

Tuesday, December 6, 4:30pm

M&T Helping Hands and Organize Senior Moves have a new office!  Join us to cut the ribbon and see their new space at their Open House.  Light refreshments will be served.



 



First United Methodist Church  Ribbon Cutting

428 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar

Wednesday, December 7, 12pm

The First United Methodist Church has completed their $700K+ renovation - join us to cut the ribbon and see the changes.




   
F or additional details on all of our upcoming events,  
view our  Chamber Events Calendar!      
SAVE THE DATE
  
Bethlehem is 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, Saturday, December 31st. We will be kicking off the celebration at 6:30pm with Fireworks at the Four Corners followed by entertainment and activities from 7-10pm.

Join us for an evening of music and family fun including a live Ice Sculpture, Face Painting and Crafts for the kids. We will be hosting an epic "Battle of the Highschool Bands" at Town Hall. There will also be live music for every age including the Mendelssohn Club, Playin' with Fire, Raisinhead, Andy the Music Man, Ol'Time Dance Band and much more!

Click HERE to buy your button.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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 email or phone at 518.605.6580.


RENEWING MEMBERS  

Thank you for your continued support of our Chamber and the community!

1st Advantage Dental
Four Corners Frame Shop
Allstate/Woods Insurance
Garden Bistro 24
Ando Salon
Key Bank Four Corners
Balance Massage Studio
Lavelle & Finn, LLP
Bethlehem Business Women's Club
Law Office of Brian Devane, Esq.
Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc.
Los Panchos Mexican Grill & Bar
Bethlehem Soccer Club
M & T Helping Hands, LLC
Boathouse Grille
MCA3 Marketing & Creative Services
Breathe Massage Therapy
Pregent Visual Productions
Capital Region Special Surgery
Price Chopper Supermarket/The Golub Corporation
Capital Upholstery
Radiance Hot Yoga, LLC
Capitol Region Basketball Boot Camp
Rocklein Physical Therapy
CDPHP
Sam's Italian American Restaurant Inc.
Chontong Thai Restaurant
SEFCU-Vista Branch
Claremont House
Solid Rock Church
CrossFit Spur
Something Olde Something New
Delaware Plaza LLC
The Dance Experience
Delmar Health Hut
Tri Village Little League, Inc
Delmar Reformed Church
VFW Bethlehem Memorial Post 3185
Exquisite Fashions, Carlisle Collection
Windsor Development Group Inc
Farm Family Insurance Company- Burke Insurance Associates


    SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
 


The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce is an official partner for the upcoming 2016 Small Business Saturday ® national initiative to help small businesses with their most pressing need - getting more customers. This year, Small Business Saturday is
November 26
.

Businesses
 
As a small business owner, you are encouraged to participate in this FREE event to inspire your neighbors to Shop Small®. Take advantage of the free support from American Express by visiting the Promote Your Business section of the site where you can create custom downloadable marketing materials AT NO COST in a matter of minutes.  Use this material for your store and for your social media platforms.

**Businesses planning a Small Business Saturday event or promotion, please notify the Chamber and we will promote your business leading up to November 26.**

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. 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).

Support your community by picking up a FREE Holiday Shopping Card and utilizing the specials and promotions presented by local businesses.  Look for the card in your 11/23/16 Spotlight edition, at participating businesses, and other key community locations.  And 
purchase  a  Shop Bethlehem Gift Card  online or at the Chamber office (M-F 9am-5pm), which can be used like cash at 40 participating local businesses.

           

CONGRATULATIONS

to the following Bethlehem Chamber members on the
Albany Business Review  2016 Best Places to Work list
 
BlueShield of Northeastern NY
CAP COM Federal Credit Union
CapitalCare Family Practice Slingerlands (part of CapitalCare Medical Group)
National Business Equipment Pioneer Bank The Rosenblum Cos.

MEMBER NEWS & EVENTS

Order your turkeys and pies from McCarroll's The Village Butcher before it's too late! 518.478.9651

Cornell's Cat Boarding is offering a Snow Bird special - $275 plus tax for a 2 month or more stay. Call for more info: 518.767.9095.
 
From now until the end of November, help those in need in our area by donating  a non-perishable food item at Foundry Fitness. Receive a FREE class for your donation!

Community Caregivers is offering a 1-hour Volunteer Orientation on Thursday, November 17. If you are looking for  a meaningful and flexible volunteer opportunity,register in advance at 518.456.2898 or by email.

Doing some holiday shopping on Amazon? Log in through  Amazon Smile to support Grassroot Givers. It's the same exact Amazon that you always use, with the same prices - the only difference is Amazon will donate .5% of what you spend directly to Grassroot Givers!

Check out the new all you can eat breakfast at Delmar Bistro! In house only, 10am-2pm on Sunday's.
 
It's time again for the Bethlehem Central School District Holiday Caring & Sharing Drive. Click here for the full details and see how you can help  needy  families who reside in the district with food and gift cards in advance of the winter Holiday Season.

Help Pack the Pantry with the Gabler Real Estate Team at RealtyUSA! Now through November 21, drop off donations at the Delmar office at 231 Delaware Avenue. See flyer for the November 19 Donation Event details.

Open a HighFive Banking account with direct deposit at Pioneer Bank and receive a $50 gift card of your choice to one of 7 local businesses - click here for the list.

Visit Something Olde Something New to pick up some holiday decor - view their large selection of  light up ceramic Christmas Trees!

Let Chef Michael Mastrantuono and his team at Roux help you prepare your Thanksgiving dinner! Whether you are responsible for dessert or a full turkey dinner, just  complete the Thanksgiving To Go order form. Orders will be ready the day before Thanksgiving; pick up or opt for delivery (Albany and Bethlehem only).

Two great events coming up at the American Legion Nathaniel Adams Blanchard Post 1040 : Get Up Jack is performing live on Wednesday, November 25, at 7pm (upstairs), and take a break from cooking and enjoy the All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Buffet on Sunday, November 27 from 9am-12pm. $10 All-You-Can-Eat, $5 for kids under 12. This event is open to the public and all proceeds go to veteran's service programs.

The ShopRite Slingerlands Coat Drive is underway!  Drop off your  new or gently used coats, hats, scarves, gloves, and boots to give to vets in need. Make your donation in-store or at Lord & Taylor.

Spend $30 or more, dine-in or take-out, at Chontong Thai Restaurant and receive 10% off from 11/14-12/31/16.

Planning a party with 15 or more people? Del Lanes has some deals for you! See flyer for full details: page 1 and page 2.

Merrman & Pfister's Marketplace invites you to visit the shop for their current Community Showing. Stop in and see what your creative neighbors have been up to. The Community Showing is on display now through Thursday, November 17.

Barefoot Space, a space for massage, mobility and heeling, is scheduled to open mid-November. Take advantage of their  VIP/Wellness Plan, which  offers substantial savings to frequent massage clients. Visit the site for full details.

This November only, the National Bank of Coxsackie is offering a Car Loan Sale. Any year/make/model - purchase or refinance - 2.5% APR. Don't wait, apply today!

Apply for CAP COM Federal Credit Union's VISA Platinum Rewards Credit Card during the month of November and get entered to win a $1,000 shopping spree at Colonie Center! Some restrictions apply, see site for details.

Learn about downsizing your home, organizing your life, helping a loved one move, and transitioning from one home to another with Organize Senior Moves. Join them Thursday, November 17, for their Luncheon at Normanside Country Club from 11am-2pm. RSVP by 11/13 to 518. 487.4699.

Get your Fall Clean-Up free estimate today from Sevenzocks! Call 518.635.4111.

Make your flu shot count this year and receive your annual flu vaccine at the ShopRite Pharmacy of Slingerlands. During the month of November, for every flu shot they give, a dollar is donated to ShopRite Partners in Caring to help fight hunger in our community. Protect yourself from the flu, help those around you stay healthy, and help fight hunger in our community - three great reasons to get your flu shot today at ShopRite Pharmacy of Slingerlands. No appointment is necessary and there is no cost with most insurance plans.

CapitalCare Family MedEsthetics is offering the following November Specials: Oxygen RX Facial (acne, hyperpigmentation, scars) for $129; Juvederm Dermal Filler for $499/syringe; and FREE Nelly DeVuyst Lifting Complex Cream (1oz.) with purchase of NDV Lifting Complex Serum ($96 value). 

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  Member News .
 COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

The Bethlehem Historical Association presents "Chilly Willy's Winter's Eve - How the Dutch Survived Winter" on Thursday, November 17. The talk  looks at how the early Dutch settlers of the rural Hudson Valley survived the harsh reality that is an upstate New York winter.  All are welcome for the lecture at 7pm at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse, 1003 River Road, Selkirk. Free. Refreshments and conversation will follow the talk.

America Recycles Day Collection event will be held on Saturday, November. 19, from 10am-1pm at the Bethlehem Central Middle School. Brought to you by the Saturday Delmar Farmers Market, Middle School and Town of Bethlehem, accepted items include:
- Clothing and textile recycling
- Document shredding (limited to Town of Bethlehem residents and BCSD taxpayers with ID; max of 3 medium-sized boxes per household.)
- Book reuse and recycling
Please consider paper product or monetary donations for the Bethlehem Food Pantry. Books collected for reuse or recycling by Grassroot Givers; cash donations gratefully accepted.

Save the date for the Town of Bethlehem  10th Annual Holiday Parade on Friday, December 2 at 6pm. The parade begins at  Town Hall and proceeds down Delaware Avenue to the Four Corners where Santa will arrive and the tree will be lit. Decorated cars, snowplows from the Highway Department, and fire trucks are all part of the festivities, along with marching bands.  If your group is interested in participating, click for the application.

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   

180 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
518.591.4601

750 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
518.528.4980

505 Bradford Street
Albany, NY 12206
518.248.7888

155 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY  12054
518.475.7777

393 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
518.267.9066

318 Delaware Avenue, Suite 23
Delmar, NY 12054
518.257.7304

413 Kenwood Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
518.533.1050

420 Kenwood Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
518.439.4000

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

AROUND THE REGION... 

Small Business Research with SBDC's Roger Green
   
For small businesses, market research is essential but not always affordable. Roger Green has been a Business Librarian for the New York State Small Business Development Center since 1992. He previously managed a small business for 8 1/2 years, has presented on a variety of business topics and was a Jeopardy winner in 1998. This presentation will provide participants with inexpensive ways to do business research.
 
Thursday, November 17 9:00 - 10:30 am, 255 Orange Street, Albany, 2nd Floor Conference Room. Free parking in the adjacent lot. Building and parking lot are wheelchair accessible. Please RSVP to Paul Stewart at 436-8586 x805 or via email For more information, click here.


WEBSITE of the WEEK

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available office space.

 

   

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