Celebrating 60 years!
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CHAMBER NEWS AND EVENTS


 
Last Friday we joined the Bethlehem YMCA for the grand re-opening of their renovated Wellness Center.  Pictured left to right: J. David Brown (Capital District YMCA President/CEO),  Jennifer Kilcoyne (Bethlehem Chamber), Matt Cannon (Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy's office),  Bill Marinello (YMCA Advisory Council Chairperson - with scissors), Mark Thurman (Bethlehem YMCA Director of Operations), YMCA Volunteer Diane Lykes, Carl Oropallo (Bethlehem YMCA District Executive Director), Mike Caruso (Bethlehem YMCA Wellness Director), and YMCA employees Shawn St. James and Josh Lalima (back row).  Click for the Photo Gallery .



Last Thursday, candidates on the ballot for Highway Superintendent, Town Board and Town Supervisor participated in the 2017 Candidate Forum. Visit our website for the link to the full Candidate Forum video, courtesy of Spotlight Newspapers.
Click for the Photo Gallery.



Business Webinar:
How to Make the Most Out of This Holiday Season - 

Monday, October 30, 1pm
or
Tuesday, November 7, 1pm

It's that time of year again! The holiday season is upon us, which means more customer requests, longer business hours and producing a holiday marketing strategy that will help you stand out from the crowd using the right message. This webinar will focus on managing and planning for the holiday marketing season. You'll learn how to compete for your audiences' attention and how to maximize your time for the biggest return on investment. 

The webinar will cover:
What type of holiday promotions and messages to include in their marketing plan
How to produce a holiday message that connects to their audience
How businesses like theirs have produced effective holiday messages
...and MORE!

And all from the comfort of your own home/office!  Choose from two dates.


     
F or additional details on all of our upcoming events,  
view our  Chamber Events Calendar!      
Bethlehem Businesses:
the Holiday Season
is right around the corner!

Don't miss out on the Holiday Shopping Card promotion! 
 
The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce is working on our Annual Holiday Shopping Card Promotion for November 25 (Small Business Saturday) through December 31, 2017.  The program is a continuation of our active Buy Local Initiative and is a way to encourage the Bethlehem community to support local businesses during the Holiday shopping season before making trips to area malls and Black Friday sales.

Participation is open to Member and Non-Member businesses.

See the Registration Form for details. Deadline to participate is Monday, October 23.
Please contact the Chamber at 518.439.0512 or by email with any questions.

10,000 cards are printed in November and distributed:
  • 2017 Bethlehem Turkey Trot: As a sponsor, the Chamber distributes cards to approximately 3,000 participants during Pre-Registration
  • Spotlight Newspaper: Chamber inserts Holiday Cards into 5,000+ papers (11/22/17edition) distributed by mail and on newsstands in town.
  • Community locations: Bethlehem Town Hall, Bethlehem Public Library, local post offices, Bethlehem Chamber office, Saturday and Tuesday Farmers Markets
  • Member and Participating Businesses: cards are given to member and participating businesses to distribute to customers
Advertising is purchased locally to make the community
aware of the program.

***This is a short-term discount/gift-with-purchase promotion running around the Holidays, different from the year-round Shop Bethlehem Gift Card program. Interested in participating in the Gift Card program? Contact the Chamber at above phone or email.***
 



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

This year, Small Business Saturday is November 25.

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 for the following:  Free in-store signage, Sample social media post, Email templates.
Planning a
Small Business Saturday
event or promotion?

Notify the Chamber and
we will promote your business
leading up to November 25.



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).




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
25-29 YEARS

Bethlehem Democratic Committee
Bethlehem Opportunities
      Unlimited (BOU)
CDPHP
Steven Carberry Remodeling
Air Products & Chemicals
Farm Family Casualty Insurance
      Company
Main Square LLC
SABIC
George Wm Frueh & Sons
Gochee's Garage, Inc
Bethlehem Commons at Good
     Samaritan Village
Gregory's Barbershop
Key Bank Four Corners
LeGallez Electric
McCurdy & Sons Painters
Messina & Cahill
Glenmont Dental
Novus Engineering PC
PIA Management Services
Price-Greenleaf Inc
Robert Wright Disposal
School's Out Inc
Vaad Hakashruth - Capital District
Vadney's Underground Plumbing
Beverwyck
Callanan Industries, Inc
Capital Upholstery
Delmar Chiropractic Office
Geist Brothers Auto Body Inc.
Joyelles Jewelers
National Grid
Normanside Country Club
Pratt & Associates
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
      Blake, REALTORS
Howard Hanna Real Estate
      Services  (formerly RealtyUSA)
Adams Station Apartments
Bethlehem Counseling Associates
Delmar Dental Medicine
Parker Orthodontics
Quantum Engineering Co., PC
T.A.C.S.- The Auto Collision
      Specialists
Lavelle & Finn, LLP
Bethlehem Terrace Apartments
LaGrange Brothers Dairy
Marie's Organ & Piano Studio
Marvin and Company, P.C. CPAs
Suburban House Painting
McKeough Landscaping

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

MEMBER NEWS & EVENTS

Next week Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited presents Talking With Your Teen: the Emotional Health and Wellbeing of Your Teen. This year's event will be Thursday, November 2 from 7-8:30pm in the high school cafeteria. The focus will be the emotional health and wellbeing of your teen. This is a FREE educational event geared for 6th-12th graders' parents/guardians. Complete the 2 question survey to give them a  sense of the topics and questions that would be of interest to you.

Wine & Spirits of Slingerlands is celebrating their 20th Anniversary all October. They are offering 20 spectacular buys for $20 each - stop in and check it out!

Do you love tacos and fajitas? Make them your way tonight with  EZ2GO food from Los Panchos Mexican Grill & Bar - click to order online.

518 Pest and Fert has received so many TICK calls and boxelder calls out of Delmar! The TICK treatment is organic - give them a wave if you see them around town, or call to schedule service at  5 18.935.7162.

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

Book any highlight or balayage service at Ando Salon and you will get a Brazilian Professionals Split End Treatment for FREE!  Now through November, you must mention their Facebook post when booking your appointment. 518.439.2887

Join Radiance Hot Yoga Friday, November 3, for a Partner WorkshopValerie Stanson  will lead the group through stretches and partner play time. 518.898.9340

Christmas at Walt Disney World is expensive, right?!?! Not so much with this new offer - guests get five nights in a Walt Disney World resort (check in 12/21 check out 12/26), four days of Park Hopper tickets, tickets to the December 21st Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, Nighttime access to Pandora on December 22nd, a unique character experience at Hollywood Studios on 12/23, Christmas Eve dinner celebration in EPCOT on 12/24, and a special in-room package delivered on Christmas Day. Packages start $139 per person per night ($2,775 for a family of four). Book between now and December 10. Contact Tim with Fairytale Journeys by Tim Brooks via email or at  518.441.1608 for more information.

The weather is getting colder - be prepared and make sure to  order your fuel today from Collins and Sons, Inc!

Garden Bistro 24 is proud to announce their 2nd  annual Bethlehem Central School District Garden Night at both Garden Bistro 24 locations! E very Tuesday in October there will be a 3 course meal featuring vegetables grown exclusively by the Sustainability and Garden Club at Bethlehem Central SchoolsAt $25 per person for the three courses, a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to the school to help defray the costs of this wonderful program.  Last year $857.50 was raised for the Sustainability and Garden Club at Bethlehem Central Schools. Help them double that amount for 2017!

Have you purchased your BIG Benefit Raffle ticket yet? One of the many ways your BBR ticket purchase benefits our community is through the CAP COM Cares Backpack Program. The children and parents that receive backpacks full of school supplies are so grateful for the support.  Only 4,000 tickets will be sold and you could win $10,000 for your own family. Click here for details and to purchase.

Free Movement Pilates presents  Yoga Fundamentals: Feel Spacious ( Saturdays 10-11:15am, 10/28-12/15 - no class 11/25) . The next  Moms and Babies Yoga session will be 10/25-12/13 (no class 11/11). $91 for each full seven week session or drop-in $15 per class (space permitting). Register today!

The Revive Difference by Upstate Physician Services is now on the premises of Rain Hair Studio offering Laser Hair Removal. Currently they are offering laser hair removal with an additional 35% off packages already discounted by 20%. This deal is only valid from  10/10 - 10/22! Call 518.915.1619 to schedule your consultation.

As of October 1, 10% of ALL grooming and bathing services at Shawna's Dogs will be donated to To Life! - if you are a dog owner, treat your pup and show your support for both companies at the same time! View the flyer for more 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 .

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.

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.

 

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.

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:


    NEW MEMBERS   

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

Albany, NY 12203
518.935.7162

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
69 State Street
Albany, NY 12207
518.462.8313

WEBSITE of the WEEK
 
Wine & Spirits of Slingerlands is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this month!  Check out all that they have to offer below.




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

 

 AROUND THE REGION.....
 
Upcoming Events for Veteran Entrepreneurs

Capital Region Veterans Resource Fair
Monday, October 30th
8:00am-11:00am
Capital Region Chamber
5 Computer Drive South, Albany

A Conversation with Congressman Chris Gibson
Wednesday, November 1st
8:00am-9:00am
The Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership
44 Dalliba Ave, Bldg 44 Conf Rm, Watervliet
Register


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Made in New York Food and Beverage Manufacturing Summit
Thursday, October 26, 2017
8:00am - 5:30pm
Schenectady County Community College

It's an exciting time to be in the booming New York State food and beverage industry!  In celebration of National Manufacturing Month, The Business Council of New York State, Inc. is hosting the third annual Made in New York Summit. This year's event is a comprehensive day of programming focusing on New York State's vast universe of food and beverage manufacturers. A new emphasis in the Empire State is the robust and expanding beer, wine, cider and distilled spirits industries. Click here to visit the website.

 COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

The Tuesday Delmar Farmers Market opens for the season on Tuesday, May 2, 2:30-6pm, at  Delmar First United Methodist Church , 428 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar. Stop by for the first of the season produce and farm fresh items. 

The Saturday Delmar Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday, May 6, 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! 
 

BETHLEHEM BUSINESS MAP

View the online version of the Bethlehem Business map here.

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