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SAVE THE DATE

 
Health Insurance & Benefits Breakfast
Location TBD 
Tuesday, November 15
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, sole proprietors and individuals in 2017.

CHAMBER NEWS AND EVENTS
 


Last week we teamed up with the Colonie Chamber of Commerce for another successful Speed Networking event.   Peter Coombs from FRONTLINE Training & Consulting moderated the event.  Click HERE for the photo gallery.
 
Breakfast Sponsor/Venue Host
 




Elm Avenue Park Playground Ribbon Cutting
Elm Avenue Town Park
Wednesday, October 26, 4pm
Check out the new playground at Elm Avenue Park in person at the ribbon cutting!  The new playground is towards the back of the park - if you are heading towards the pavilion, it will be on your right.






Ben's Jammin' Treasures 3-Year Anniversary & Ribbon Cutting
1569 New Scotland Road
Slingerlands, NY
Friday, November 4, 4pm

Ben's Jammin' Treasures is opening a new art space at their current location!  Come cut the ribbon and celebrate their 3-Year Anniversary.   Enjoy refreshments and take advantage of the special sale during the event: 20% off any regular priced purchase / 10% off regular priced furniture.

The new art room will have Open Art Time  where children and adults can come and use their art supplies and express their creativity.  Open Art will be free during the event, and going forward on Wednesday and Thursday from 3-5:30 Open Art will be free for ages 18 and under.

After the event Ben's Jammin' Treasures will have the following new hours:

Wednesday  11am - 6pm
Thursday-Friday 11am - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm
closed on Monday and Tuesday
Extra hours available for Parties and Classes.
 

   
F or additional details on all of our upcoming events,  
view our  Chamber Events Calendar!      
Member Spotlights are back!
 

Click below logo for the new Member Spotlight featuring:
 
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 26 (Small Business Saturday) through December 31, 2016.  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.

10,000 cards are printed in November and distributed:
* 2016 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 (11/23/16 edition) 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.

See the Registration Form for details. Deadline to participate is Friday, October 21.
Please contact the Chamber at 518.439.0512 or by email with any questions.

***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.***
    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.

           

MEMBER NEWS & EVENTS

The Kiwanis Club of Delmar will hold its annual Fall Pancake Breakfast this Saturday, October 22, from 8am-12pm at the Delmar Presbyterian Church (585 Delaware Ave., Delmar). This all-you-can-eat-breakfast features orange juice, pancakes, their famous sausages and coffee, tea or milk. $6 for Adults, $4 children under 12, and pre-school children FREE. All proceeds fund Kiwanis projects for youth.

Friday, October 21, is the last day for the Grassroot Givers online drive  for personal care items and other necessities. Visit the link to purchase items such as razors, deodorant, and more to be delivered to Grassroot Givers before A Day of Simple Giving on November 5. Items benefit local individuals and families in need, as well as local food pantries, homeless and domestic violence shelters. 

As the temps cool off, its time to start thinking about firewood for the season. Contact Haslam Tree Service at 518-439-9702 to place your order for cut, split and delivered wood.   

It's pumpkin carving time and Merriman and Pfister's Marketplace challenges you to GET CREATIVE!   Submit your Jack O'Lantern(s) between Oct. 19-21, 9am and 6pm.  Judging by public vote will take place Oct. 22 and "Best of Pumpkin" will be announced Oct 23.  So get out there, make a statement, and M-A-K-E   Y-O-U-R   M-E-L-O-N!!   ($50 PRIZE FOR THE WINNER).
  
Give back by participating in the  Togetherhood Project join the Bethlehem Area YMCA Togetherhood Committee and volunteer for a fun and rewarding way to give back to our community by helping  the Colonial Acres Golf & Learning Center continue their work to  develop the Colonial Acres Walking Trail. Saturday, October 21, from 9am-1pm. Sign up HERE. Contact Shawn St. James for questions via email or phone (518. 439.4394).

Mark your calendars! The Cue Theatre's Broadway Cabaret is October 22nd. Details are forthcoming. This is an opportunity to perform and to come out for a fundraiser in support of The Cue, which recently lost its performance space in Delmar.  If you would like to sing a Broadway song in the cabaret please email us. See you there! 

Phillips Hardware is doing it again, DON'T MISS OUT! Colonie location Liquidation sale October 20th-22nd 8 am-4 pm & October 27th-29th 8 am-4 pm. We have paint and supplies, tools, household cleaners, Carhartt clothing and much much more. EVERYTHING MUST GO!

Join the Pine Hollow Arboretum for a Fall Open House & Celebration of ThanksSunday October 23rd 1-4pm at the Visitor Center,16 Maple Avenue Slingerlands.  We have been so fortunate to be supported and encouraged by our members, friends, volunteers and community!  This has been a year of great growth at the Arboretum and we know that it wouldn't be possible without all of you.

Join the Bethlehem Children's School for their first ever - Harvest Festival, Saturday, Oct 22 from 1-5PM.  A fun-filled afternoon on the grounds of the School in Slingerlands. There will be a Community Yard Sale, Scarecrow buildling, Pumpkin Painting, Bouncy House, Wine Tasting, Pie Auction, Live Music and a Harvest Bake-Off Contest for kids and adults, with Prizes!  For a registration form for the Bake-Off Contest please email Christy.  For more details call 518-478-0224.

Berkshire Bank is celebrating small businesses ! View their flyer to see details on Small Business Lines of Credit (4.50 APR), Business Checking 500, Money Market (0.90% APY) and Small Business Term Loans (4.99% APR). To learn more, contact Justin Priddle at 518.795.4797.

2017 calendars are on sale now!  The Skyline Printing Co. has over 50 great calendars on sale ready for your company imprint. A calendar is typically viewed 1000 times per year. With prices starting at 98¢ per calendar, that's a great deal! Chamber of Commerce members ordering by October 31 will also receive FREE set-up and FREE shipping. Call Barry at 518.437.1199.

Coffee & Conversation programs continue in October on Fridays at the  Bethlehem Public Library per the following schedule:  October 21: S teinmetz: Electrical Wizard; and October 28:  Land of the Thunder Dragon. All programs begin at 1pm.

Crossfit Spur in Glenmont will partner with ToLife! in Delmar, again this year for their Fight Like a Girl event on Saturday, Oct 29 at 10am. Businesses interested in donating or sponsoring the event, which will benefit ToLife! and their breast cancer programs and services, please see   flyer. The event is open to anyone of any ability interested in particpating. For event details, see Flyer and Registration link or Facebook event.

Did you know that nearly 10,000 Baby Boomers reach retirement age every day, and most do not have traditional pension plan.  Bryant Asset Management can help with Retirement Planning, a Retirement Income Evaluation or rollovers from a former employer.  See their Flyer for all of their services or contact Mark Bryant or Conor Bryant at 518-439-1141 for a complimentary exploratory consultation.

WWA ARC in Slingerlands will host their Jerseys, Jeans & Jewels Gala on Friday, November 18 at The Century House. Businesses are invited to donate gift cards, merchandise and entertainment packages for the raffle and silent auction, which raises money to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. See the Sponsorship Info for details or contact Kaitlin Dausch at 518-935-4441.

For a full list of the ongoing member deals & offers, visit  Member News .
WEBSITE of the WEEK



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

 
 COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Town of Bethlehem's Fall Leaf Pick-up begins Oct 17th around town.  Visit the website to see when your neighborhood is scheduled.

PHARMACEUTICAL COLLECTION
Sat., October 22, 2016, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bethlehem Town Park, 261 Elm Ave, Delmar.
Bring expired/unwanted medications for safe disposal. Free event.  See website for details.

TODAY - Wednesday, Oct 19, 11am-8pm at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse, Selkirk - "Open House Public Workshop" on Bethlehem's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP). The Town of Bethlehem will host an informational session to Learn more about, and share your opinions on the future of our 10-mile Hudson Riverfront, including future development and the protection of its unique environment and heritage.

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! 
 

BETHLEHEM BUSINESS MAP

View the online version of the Bethlehem Business map here.

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.

 

    NEW MEMBERS   

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

Coeymans Hollow, NY
518.756.8228

159 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY
518.475.7575

251 New Karner Road, Suite 901
Albany, NY
518.871.9101

Glenmont, NY
518.424.9485

180 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY
518.439.8800

AROUND THE REGION... 

CEG CEG Annual Meeting
Date: Thursday, 10/20
Time: 5:00pm registration
         5:30-8:30 event
Location: Proctors GE Theatre & Key Hall

This exclusive, members-only event attracts more than 300 business, government, academic and community leaders each year, and is one of the region's top executive networking events and an opportunity to celebrate regional successes with fellow CEG investors. Click to register.



VETCON is a two day conference in Albany, NY, dedicated to learning and connecting with fellow veterans, entrepreneurs and industry leaders from every level of American business. It will be held October 24-25 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany. With VETCON's unprecedented lineup of speakers and sponsors, you're certain to leave with powerful new connections, ideas and motivation!


CALL FOR VENDORS!!

Local business vendors, non-profits, artists and artisans are invited to sell their products/services to the public at this 4th Annual festival, to be held Saturday, November 5, 10am-3pm at Crossgates Mall.  For vendor information and registration, visit the website.  Registration due by October 25.


New Payroll Compliance Requirements for New York State Employers    
On September 7th, the NYS Department of Labor issued final regulations governing the use of payroll debit cards.  Importantly, the rule also impacts the ongoing use of paychecks and direct deposit - provisions that will apply to all employers in New York State effective March 7, 2017.

For use of paychecks
, the rule requires that checks be a "negotiable instrument" (pay checks drawn on a bank should already meet this standard) and prohibits the employer from imposing any fees on employees in connection with the use of paychecks, including for the issuance of a replacement for a lost or stolen check.

For use of direct deposit, Labor Law §192 already required advance written consent of employees and deposit in a financial institution of the employee's choosing. In addition, under the new rule, employers using either direct deposit or payroll debit cards must, by March 7, 2017, provide all employees with written notice:
- listing all of the pay options offered to the employee by the employer (employers are not required to offer
either the direct deposit or payroll debit card option.)
- stating that the employer cannot require employees to accept wages by direct deposit or payroll debit card.
- stating that the employee cannot be charged any fees by the employer for accessing their wages in full.
Importantly, for employers with employees already using direct deposit, the Labor Department has indicated that
employee consents provided prior to the effective date of this rule will remain in effect if the employer provides all
employees with the notice described above prior to 3/7/17. The Department has committed to issuing templates
for use by employers containing all the information necessary for compliance with this notice requirement.

The rules for use of payroll debit cards are far more detailed. Employers who use payroll debit cards need to become familiar with the details of the new rule. They include, but are not limited to:
- obtaining employee consent at least 7 days prior to payment of wages by payroll debit card;
- providing employee access to ATM machines in close proximity to employee's place of employment or
residence that offer withdrawals up to the total amount of the wages at no cost to the employee, as well as
"one method to withdraw the total amount of wages for each pay period" without fee; and
- a prohibition on any charges to employees for a range of services, if offered, including applications, point
of sale transactions, account inactivity, on-line balance information access, and others.
- In cases where employees are covered by a valid collective bargaining unit, employers must have the
approval of the union before paying by payroll debit card.
For additional details, visit the website. 

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