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Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy the holiday, and enjoy spending time with family & friends.

The Chamber office will be closed  Thursday and Friday.

CHAMBER NEWS AND EVENTS
 
 
 
Last week we held our annual Health Insurance & benefits Breakfast.  Click HERE for the photo gallery.
 
 



Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events

Radisson Hotel Albany
205 Wolf Road

Tuesday, December 6, 7:30am
An active shooter can happen any time, anywhere. Learn from law enforcement experts how to protect yourself and your business.

7:30am Check-In ● 8:00 - 10:00am Event

The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the following organizations to bring you this important event: County of Albany Sheriff, Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau of Upstate NY, Southern Saratoga Chamber of Commerce, Guilderland Chamber of Commerce, and the Colonie Chamber of Commerce.







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!      
 
   Small Business Saturday is HERE!

 
The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce is an official partner for this weekend's  Small Business Saturday ® national initiative to help small businesses with their most pressing need - getting more customers. 


BUSINESSES
The following businesses have put together specific offers for the day:

A. Phillips Hardware: for every $50 spent, get a $10 gift certificate (excluding power tools, unless other items in same purchase add up to $50 or more) 
 
Amelia's Garden Fabric Boutique20% off all books, notions and fabric (excluding TNT ironing boards and sale items); spend $50 and get entered in a drawing for a gift basket (a n additional entry is offered for each additional $25 you spend); many fabrics are $6 and $7 a yard, and several patterns 50% off
 
Merriman & Pfister's Marketplace: Receive 1 free gift with every purchase
 
Robinson's Ace Hardware & Garden Center: $10 off a $50 purchase


COMMUNITY 
Show your support for Bethlehem by shopping LOCAL on Small Business Saturday, and throughout the holiday season. Take your #ShopSmall selfies as you shop local businesses this Saturday, and share them on social media. 
   
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 50+ 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 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm), which can be used like cash at 40 participating local businesses.

               
 
Look for your
2016 HOLIDAY SHOPPING CARD



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 (11/23 Registration and 11/24 event)
Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce (M-F 9am-5pm)
Saturday Delmar Farmers Market
Spotlight Newspapers (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
Amelia's Garden Fabric Boutique
Ando Salon
Angela's Pizza & Pasta
Barefoot Space
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
CrossFit Spur
Delmar ChiroThin & Chiropractic Care
Delmar Health and Fitness
Deluxe Nail & Spa
Foundry Fitness
Free Movement Pilates
Garden Bistro 24
Glenmont Self Storage
Grassroot Givers
Gregory's Barber Shop
Hands of Grace Massage Therapy
Healthy Pet Center
Hidden Cafe
Los Panchos Mexican Grill & Bar
Mad Dog Bicycles
Mayone's Wine & Liquors
Mega Burger
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
Shalimar Restaurant
Shampoodle
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
Yanni's Too

**You must present a card to receive the discount**
Offers valid 11/26/15612/31/16
   
    

ON HOLD:
CHANGES TO EXEMPT EMPLOYEE STATUS 



A U.S. District Court from Texas issued a temporary nationwide injunction yesterday that bars the Department of Labor from implementing the new overtime regulations effective December 1. The injunction means that the regulations are on hold, delaying implementation indefinitely.

DOL's Final Rule would have raised the salary threshold for overtime from $23,660 to $47,476, requiring businesses and non-profits with full-time salaried exempt workers paid under $47,476 to be paid overtime for working more than 40 hours per week. The injunction applies nationwide and employers need not adjust salaries upward in order to continue to claim exempt status.

This information is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional advice. Contact your HR professional or Labor Attorney for requirements related to your specific business.

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.

First Night Bethlehem Information Meeting
Wednesday, December 7, 4-5pm
Town Hall Auditorium

Earlier this year, the Town of Bethlehem invited members of the business community to a meeting to discuss ideas for planning Bethlehem's Inaugural First Night Celebration.  A follow-up meeting has been planned to share what has been planned over the last several months.
 
First Night will be a great traffic generator in the town and there are many possibilities for local businesses to tie into the event. There will be a presentation of the event schedule and description of activities, entertainment and locations where everything is taking place.
 
For more info, contact Robin Nagengast, Supervisor's Office, via  email or 439.4955 x1164.


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.

MEMBER NEWS & EVENTS

Make sure to LIKE  Ship, Copy & More on Facebook and receive 15% off your purchase (print out from Facebook or bring in your smartphone)!

Stop by new member The Revive Difference by Upstate Physician Services for their Black Friday Sale & Open House! November 25 from 10am-5pm - meet the staff, tour the facility, take 25% off any beauty service, and much more! See flyer for full details

Stop by Balance Massage next week for their  Holiday Open House Thursday, December 1, from 4-7pm. Enjoy 2001 prices for this One Night Only Sale! Bring a  non-perishable food item and receive mini massage (proceeds benefit Bethlehem Food Pantry).

It's that time of year again - the Bethlehem Lions Club Annual Christmas Tree Sale! This is their 30th year  selling Christmas Trees and Wreaths to the community. Lot is located at the  3D Rigging property: 542 Route 9W Glenmont, half a mile south of Feura Bush Road.  Trees will be sold on each weekend  from 9am-5pm starting after Thanksgiving, and will continue until sold out.  All trees sell for $35 and are 6-8ft Nova Scotia Balsams. Wreaths are 14" diameter (double sided) selling for $10.  All proceeds from this Christmas tree sale are used to support local community activities.
 
CapitalCare Family MedEsthetics will hold their  annual fundraiser on December 5 at Café 333.  All money raised goes directly to Dr. Bevilacqua's medical mission trip to Uganda, Africa - she travels there annuallyto give medical care to children living in an orphanage. 
 
Are you looking for holiday gifts for your low vision loved one? NABA (Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany) can help!  Angel and the NABA staff can help you find that special holiday something - call  518.463.1211 or email Angel.
  
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!

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.

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.

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.

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 .
    NEW MEMBERS   

785 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
518.486.8580

180 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
518.339.0854

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


WEBSITE of the WEEK

Small Business Saturday is this weekend!  Get out there and #ShopSmall in our community at places like I Love Books - these unique small businesses are part of what makes our community so special!




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

 
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.

 

 COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

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! 
 

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View the online version of the Bethlehem Business map here.

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