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Delaware Avenue Hamlet Streetscape Enhancements Ribbon Cutting

318 Delawave Ave., Main Square
(in front of the building)
Friday, December 15, 10:30am

Please join the Town of Bethlehem, the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce and the Delaware Avenue Improvement Group in celebrating construction completion of the Delaware Avenue Streetscape Enhancement. 

This project will reinvigorate Bethlehem's traditional main street, provide improved and safer travel and access to town businesses, and make our wonderful town center glow even more brightly. The $3.1 million project has given us new sidewalks, crosswalks, curbing, on-street parking "bump-outs," street trees, landscaping and decorative streetlights, below ground infrastructure and a completely repaved street. The completion of major construction for this long-awaited public improvement reflects the culmination of planning that goes back at least a decade. The conclusion of construction is a happy event also because construction always poses inconveniences for motorists and challenges for businesses. Construction has concluded successfully, and we are thankful to everyone, especially the local businesses. The long term benefits include economic revitalization, civic improvement and enhanced safety for everyone, whether driving (and parking), walking, cycling or riding CDTA. 

Please join us to celebrate this improvement. 




Policy Research Associates 30th Anniversary Open House

345 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
Thursday, January 11, 4pm

Join us to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Policy Research Associates! Meet the staff, tour the office, and enjoy light refreshments.




Tri-Chamber Speed Networking

Crossgates Mall
1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany
Tuesday, January 16
7:30am - 9:00am

The Bethlehem Chamber has partnered with the Colonie and Guilderland Chambers of Commerce to bring you another Tri-Chamber Speed Networking Event! Start 2018 off on the right foot - connect with colleagues throughout the Capital Region and make 20 new contacts before you get into the office. Space is limited, so reserve your spot early and bring plenty of business cards.

Peter Coombs from FRONTLINE Training & Consulting will moderate. FRONTLINE Training helps salespeople in all types of organizations through workshops, keynotes, and coaching. PETER COOMBS brings over 30 years of sales, management and training experience to his role as principal of FRONTLINE Training. His experience includes national sales management positions, inside and outside sales roles, both as a direct salesperson, as well as a multi-line manufacturer's representative.




State of the Town 2018

Bethlehem Town Hall
445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
Monday, January 22, 8:30am

  RSVP
Supervisor David  VanLuven  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.

8:15am Networking & Breakfast / 8:30am Program





The Spinney at Van Dyke Clubhouse  Ribbon Cutting

6 Parker Mathusa Place, Delmar
Thursday, January 25, 4pm

 RSVP
The Spinney at Van Dyke has completed construction on a brand new Clubhouse! Join us as we cut the ribbon and don't miss your chance to check out the new space.

The new Clubhouse includes a gas fire place in the Clubhouse's Great Room, a Media Room featuring a 70" TV, and a full kitchen with island, stove top, double ovens and dishwasher (ready to host potluck dinners, cooking classes, and more!). Tours will be available and light refreshments will be served.


  
HEALTH INSURANCE
Open Enrollment

12/15/17 DEADLINE

**All applications and required paperwork must be submitted
to the Chamber at least 4 days prior to this deadline.**


If you currently have a plan through the Bethlehem Chamber, for yourself or your employees, you will need to notify us of your plans for 2018.  If the insurance carrier is continuing the plan into 2018, you may elect to continue in your current plan at the new premium rate (see Insurance page at link below for new rates).  If you prefer to enroll in a different plan for 2018, you will need to submit a new application and paperwork.  Plans and rates have been posted to our website, click here to review.

Contact the Chamber by phone or email to schedule an appointment to discuss options or to confirm your plans for the coming year.
518.439.0512 
 
RENEWING MEMBERS  

Thank you for your continued support of our Chamber and the community!
For details on these and all of our Members, visit our  online Directory

CapitalCare Slingerlands Family Medicine
Crossroads Ford
Farm Family Insurance Company- Burke
     Insurance Associates
MCA3 Marketing & Creative Services
Nicholas J. Marino & Co., Inc.
Pregent Visual Productions
Ando Salon
Bethlehem Area YMCA
Bethlehem Business Women's Club
Hands of Grace Massage Therapy PLLC
Buenau's Opticians, Inc.
Marie's Organ & Piano Studio
The Floral Garden
Dave's Emergency Equipment Repair
CAP COM Federal Credit Union
Tangora Technologies, Inc
VFW Bethlehem Memorial Post 3185
Broadway Bound Performing Arts Academy
Capital Region Special Surgery
Deluxe Nail & Spa
Mercato's Pizzeria & Restaurant
Balance Massage Studio
Congregation Beth Abraham-Jacob
State Farm Ins.- Elaine VanDeCarr
Tomo Asian Bistro
Tiles By Giuseppe Bonaiuto
Best Cleaners Delmar
Best Cleaners Slingerlands
Coldwell Banker Prime Properties - Kirsten
     Blanchard
Delmar Reformed Church
Founders HIIT & Strength Club
Mad Dog Bicycles
Air Products & Chemicals
Dunkin Donuts, Inc - Delmar
Kenwood Manor
Normanside Country Club
Gabler Realty
Suzy Yoga
Geurtze Bar-B-Q
National Income Life Insurance
Delmar Custom Tailor & Cleaners
T L Roe CPA P.C.
Biscone Law Firm
The Skyline Printing Co.
Titan Maintenance IV, Inc
Keller Williams Realty - The McKee Team
Solid Rock Church
Owens Corning
Shannon's Barber Shop
Something Olde Something New
Hanifin Home Builders, Inc
Windsor Development Group Inc
Sam's Italian American Restaurant Inc.
Wm Stannard & Sons
Bethlehem Soccer Club
Capital Upholstery
Bethlehem Lions Club
Four Corners Frame Shop
CJ Lawn & Landcare
Claremont House
Lavelle & Finn, LLP
Bethlehem Town Clerk
Hidden Cafe
I Love Books
Track 32 Italian Restaurant & Pub
Helping Hands@Home, LLC
Underway Lawn Care
Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc.
Cynthia Brown & Associates, Inc.
George Wm Frueh & Sons
S & M Painting
Shogun Sushi & Sake Bar
The Cue Theatre, Inc.
Messina & Cahill
T.M. Byxbee Company, CPAs, NY, P.C.
Delmar Animal Hospital
Applebee Funeral Home
Bausback & McGarry Dental LLP
Bryant Asset Protection, Inc.
Cart Away LLC
Delmar Chiropractic Office
Delmar Pediatrics PLLC
Law Office of Brian Devane, Esq.
Less EMF, Inc.
Main Square LLC
Maxwell & Van Ryn, Esqs
Suburban House Painting
Vadney's Underground Plumbing
Bethlehem Preschool
BMW of South Albany
Delmar Dental Medicine
Bethlehem Public Library
Legacy Church
School's Out Inc
SABIC
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
HUNT Real Estate ERA - Slingerlands Branch
Upstate Wine & Spirits Co., LLC
Vaad Hakashruth - Capital District
Barefoot Space
LEAD Consulting & Coaching LLC
Bethlehem Central School District
Brunswick Donuts, LLC
Delaware Plaza LLC
Security Supply Plumbing & Heating
Burt Anthony Associates
Delmar First United Methodist
Gochee's Garage, Inc
Groupiehead
Peter K Frueh Inc
Harold Geurtze & Co Inc.
My Place & Co. Restaurant/Catering
BlueShield of Northeastern New York
Graves Electrical Contracting
Gregory's Barbershop
Jeanne-Marie Rimlinger Mental Health
     Counseling, PLLC
Joyelles Jewelers
LeGallez Electric
The Paper Mill
Weichert Realtors - Fontaine & Associates
Albany Financial Group
Comfort Inn Albany-Glenmont
The Wine Reserve
Bethlehem Counseling Associates LLC
Burns and Son
David Frueh Contracting
McCurdy & Sons Painters


 
Bethlehem Art  at the Chamber
The Bethlehem Art Association has installed a new exhibit at the Bethlehem Chamber office. Stop in weekdays through the end of January to view works from twelve local artists. 
For more information on the Bethlehem Art Association visit their website.

   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


BUY BETHLEHEM
this Holiday Season



FREE card allows you to take advantage
of special offers and promotions from
45+ local businesses
Gift Card available in denominations of
$5-$50, can be used like cash at
35+ local businesses

For details on both cards, including the list of participating businesses, see blocks below.


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

Valid 11/25 - 12/31/17
 
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 Backyard Nature Shoppe
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
        
Check some names off your gift list with the
SHOP BETHLEHEM Gift Card!

- used like cash at over 35 local businesses

- available from $5-$500

- supports our local businesses and keeps money in our community

Purchase online 24/7 or from the Chamber office M-F 9am-5pm.
Visit the  website for more information.

sponsored by
 

P A R T I C I P A T I N G   B U S I N E S S E S

A. Phillips Hardware
Akira
Ando Salon
Backyard Sheds & Gazebos
Bethlehem Tae Kwon Do
Bethlehem's Little Helper Service
Buenau's Opticians
CapitalCare Family MedEsthetics
Capital District Carpet Cleaning
Capital Upholstery
Cornell's Cat Boarding
CrossFit Spur
Crossroads Ford
Del Lanes
Delmar Bistro
Dr. Jack Devore O.D.
Founders HIIT & Strength Club
Four Corners Frame Shop
Four Corners Pharmacy
Free Movement Pilates
Glenmont Self Storage
Hands of Grace Massage Therapy
Keep Moving with Stephanie
Merriman & Pfister's Marketplace
Romo's Pizza and Restaurant
Sawyer's Screen Printing & Embroidery
School's Out, Inc.
Shampoodle
Shawna's Dogs
Shogun Sushi & Sake Bar
Steiner's Sports Ski & Bike
Swifty's Restaurant & Pub
T.A.C.S.- The Auto Collision Specialists
Tomo Asian Bistro
       


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:


MEMBER NEWS & EVENTS

Bethlehem Chabad presents their Annual Chanukah event on Sunday, December 17 - "Chanukah at the Chocolate Factory!" Menorah parade, hot chocolate bar, and much, much more - see flyer for details. This FREE event will run from 3:30-5:30pm. Email to RSVP.

For the month of December, Ando Salon is offering Brazilian Blowouts for $190! Call to book your appointment today: 518.439.2887.

Visit My Place & Co. Saturday, December 23, for a book signing event with Jesse Braverman. The Comeback Coach transcends sports and inspires readers with his life story. This uplifting true story follows La Salle Institute and Bethlehem Central coaching legend Jesse Braverman from the sandlots of Queens through life-changing adversity and forty years of championships that shaped the lives of thousands of kids. 1-2:30pm Meet & Greet with Jesse, and take home a signed copy of his book!

Did you know that Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy's 18 preserves are open to the public from dawn to dusk for the ENTIRE YEAR? So bundle up and enjoy the changes in scenery during the winter months, which can often lead to some of the most exciting wildlife observations. Skiing and  snowshoeing are great reasons to keep visiting the preserves and to keep experiencing them in the winter months.  For more information on the recommended activities for each preserve, stop by the MHLC office in Delmar or a preserve kiosk to pick up your free copy of the Preserves & Map Brochure , which includes an icon key to help you find which preserves are best for winter recreation, scenic views, wildlife viewing, family-friendly trails, and more.

The 13th Annual Community Christmas Day Dinner will be held 12/25 at the  First United Methodist Church. H ospitality from 1:30-2pm,  2pm turkey and ham dinner . T ransportation for town residents over 60 will be provided by Bethlehem Senior Transportation, call 518.439.4955 x1176 to arrange. See flyer for complete details. If you would like to help support this community event by making a grocery store gift card donation, please email Bruce McShane.

Robert Wright Disposal now offers an online payment portal for customers. Visit their site and click on "Pay My Bill," or call 518.439.3376 for more information.

If you're a small business owner or manager who deals with your own website, social media, and marketing, check out the latest book from GroupieheadGroupiehead's Small Business Guide to Self Marketing  is packed full of tips, advice, and other information to help you utilize technology to grow your business without making expensive mistakes. It will help you make smart decisions and take profitable advantage of all the Internet, websites,and social media networks have to offer. Written by Mark Rose, founder and owner of Groupiehead - click here to purchase the book.

Get $5 at Starbucks for sending a referral name to  GTM Payroll Services, and  a $50 Visacard if they become a client! Click here for details.

Order flowers online with SAME DAY DELIVERY with The Floral Garden. Family owned and operated, they are located right off Four Corners in Delmar. Say Happy Holidays with a beautiful flower arrangement!

Bethlehem Soccer Club spirit wear is now available to order on the BSC webpage on the Soccer Unlimited website. Order now to make sure items are ready for the Christmas Holiday - click here Please note - unfortunately youth sizes for the new Epic Training Jacket and Pants will not be available from Nike until the middle of January.

If you missed Santa's first stop at  CAP COM Federal Credit Union's Financial Center, he will be there for his second visit Saturday, December 16, from 12-2pm.  Families will receive a free photo magnet to commemorate the visit, and all children will receive a gift from Santa.  4 Winners Circle, Albany

Glenmont Abbey Village will be holding a Holiday Wreath & Gift Auction on Saturday, December 16, from 12-4pm. Proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Northeast New York. Click for the flyer.

Check out Angela's Pizza & Pasta all-inclusive catering menu - it's perfect for your Holiday party!!! Bread & rolls, butter, olive spread, chafing dishes, sternos, plates, forks, knives and MORE are included - click for packages and the order form Or order from their Grappolo catering menu when you don't want to cook - delivery & pick-up for lunch and dinner. View the menu and order form here

The winter and spring enrichment sessions at Bethlehem Children's School are now open for registration! After school enrichment programs from outstanding local teachers for preschool and elementary school-aged children are designed to help your child build new skills, confidence, and creativity.  Session II (Jan 2-Feb 15); Session III (Feb 26-Apr 20); and Session IV ( Apr 23-Jun 8). Click here for  full program options and registration

If you haven't checked out Royal Meadery yet, what are you waiting for?! Mead is the world's oldest fermented beverage and is produced by mixing honey, yeast and water. Royal Meadery has a tasting room where you can sample over a dozen types of mead. Their products include mead for sale, glassware, apparel, chocolate and more. Check out their drink menu here They have postcards so you can track what you sampled, send a birthday postcard and enjoy 10% off a purchase during your birthday month. Open Fridays 5-9pm and Saturday 11am-5pm.

Join the  Pine Hollow Arboretum the first Tuesday every month for their monthly Chair Yoga class. It's perfect for those with limited mobility or those looking for a gentle way to increase strength, flexibility and balance. $8 per class at the Visitors Center. Email Celena for questions or to sign up.

Save for Christmas 2018 with the National Bank of Coxsackie Christmas Club! The program is designed to help you save for holiday shopping throughout the year. View the postcard for details.

Let Mercato's Pizzeria & Restaurant host your Holiday Party! With a banquet room that can hold up to 50 people and plenty of parking, it's a convenient location to enjoy your favorite Italian dishes. Click for the flyer, and call 518.475.7777 to reserve.

The Cue Theatre can use your support! Help them stock their tool room - see their list here - or checkout their wish list on Amazon (most items are less than $20). Contact them via email with questions.

Get ready for the Holidays with  Wildbird Junction Backyard Nature ShoppeNow open weeknights until 8pm, they have gifts for all ages - there's  no store like them in the Capital District!

Kids eat for just . 99 every Tuesday and Sunday at Los Panchos Mexican Grill & Bar. With a full bar, vegetarian menu, and kids menu,  there's something for everyone! Call 518. 729.4757 for reservations.

Looking for the right tools and accessories for the hard to buy for do-it-yourselfer on your list? Curtis Lumber has a large selection of professional grade DEWALT power tools and accessories that every weekend warrior wants at incredible every day low prices!  Until Christmas Eve, enjoy 20% OFF all DEWALT Tool Accessories with purchase of a DEWALT Power Tool!

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.

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.

    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.....

Albany County government and business leaders formed an unprecedented partnership Monday to launch "Shop Albany County," a campaign promoting the benefits of shopping local and encouraging people to support the great mix of shops and businesses we have throughout the County. Shopping Albany County this holiday season and beyond will strengthen our brick-and-mortar businesses amid growing competition from internet purchasing and generate sales tax revenue that pays for vital government services, Legislature Chairman Sean E. Ward said.  Next year, Albany County wants to grow the program with incentives and events," the Majority Leader said. "We are calling on residents to partner with us in shopping local." Visit the site for more details.
 
If your store, business or organization would like to join this effort, or simply request a window decal or Shop Albany County stickers, please contact us at 518.447.5527.



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. Nominations are due by Friday, December 22. 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.

WEBSITE of the WEEK
 
All donations made to Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation now through December 31 will be dedicated to senior activities and programs and will be matched up to a total of $1,000. Please help leverage these matching funds by making a donation today - click 
here  to donate electronically or to print and mail a donation form.




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

 

 COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS  

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! 
 

BETHLEHEM BUSINESS MAP

View the online version of the Bethlehem Business map here.

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 Jeff Bregenzer via email or at  518.439.4921.

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.

 

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