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Small Business Saturday may be over, but you can still #shopsmall
and support our local businesses!

Pick up your 2018 Holiday Shopping Card for special offers
from 42 local businesses.

Get your FREE card in the 11/22/18 Spotlight, 11/29/18 Ravena News Herald, Bethlehem Chamber office (M-F 9am-5pm), at the Saturday Delmar Farmers Market, Community Locations (Library, Town Hall)
and Participating Businesses.

Visit our website to view offers. Offers valid 11/24 - 12/31/18. Participants:

A Phillips Hardware
AAA Hudson Valley
Ando Salon
Angela's Pizza And Pasta Restaurant
Balance Massage Studio
Bellini's Italian Eatery
Bethlehem Area YMCA
Capital Bank
CapitalCare Family MedEsthetics
CrossFit Spur
Del Lanes
Delmar Beverage Center
Deluxe Nail & Spa
Evolve Handcrafted Soap Company
Extra Napkin
Fairytale Journeys by Tim Brooks
Free Movement Pilates LLC
Garden Bistro 24
Glenmont Self Storage LLC
Gregory's Barbershop
LEAD Consulting & Coaching LLC
Los Panchos Mexican Grill & Bar
Merriman & Pfister's Marketplace
My Place & Co. Restaurant/Catering
O'Slattery's Irish Restaurant & Pub
Pretty Neat Home Organizing, LLC
Robinson Hardware & Garden Center
Sam's Italian American Restaurant Inc.
Sawyer's Screen Printing & Embroidery
Shampoodle, LLC
Shogun Sushi & Sake Bar
Spotlight Newspapers
Steiner's Sports Ski & Bike
Stellar Face & Body Art
T.A.C.S.- The Auto Collision Specialists
Taj Fine Indian Cuisine
Tomo Asian Bistro
Track 32 Italian Restaurant & Pub
Wildbird Junction Backyard Nature
    Shoppe
Wine & Spirits Of Slingerlands
Yanni's Too
Yohe & Sons Fine Art


  


Shoppers Report Record High Spending of an Estimated $17.8 Billion on Small Business Saturday® 2018

Thank you to everyone who supported our community and
Shopped Small  on November 24th!  

The 2018 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey from American
Express and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) shared
some impressive statistics regarding this year's event:
  • an estimated 104 million U.S. consumers reported shopping or dining at local independently owned businesses on Small Business Saturday
  • total reported U.S. spending among consumers who shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on 11/24 reached a record high of an estimated $17.8 billion
  • from 11/1 - 11/24, there were more than 715,000 social media posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #ShopSmall and/or #SmallBizSat, an increase of 18% over 2017

Click for the full press release.


  
*WARNING*



TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
Albany County - New York
POLICE DEPARTMENT
Please be on the lookout for quick-change offenses.

The Bethlehem Police Department alerted us about an investigation regarding several reports of quick-change offenses at local mercantile establishments.  Quick-change offenses are one of the oldest types of financial cons and swindles - a subject approaches a store clerk and hands them several bills, usually high denominations of currency, and asks for change into smaller denominations of currency.

Incidents have been taking place at stores in
Delmar and Glenmont over the past several months. 

The  Bethlehem Police offers the following precautions for businesses in an effort to prevent these types of offenses:
- Establish internal policies on making currency exchanges without purchases
- Double count money after each exchange
- Do not allow for second currency exchanges without purchases
- Ask for identification in order to make an exchange without a purchase
- Instruct the person asking for the exchange to count the money in front of the clerk
- Be aware that these types of frauds occur - knowledge of the offense is important


IT'S HEALTH INSURANCE
OPEN ENROLLMENT TIME

November 1 - December 15, 2018

**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 2019.
If the insurance carrier is continuing the plan into 2019, you may elect
to continue your current plan at the new premium rate (see link below).

If you prefer to enroll in a different plan for 2019, you will need to submit a
new application and paperwork.  Visit our site for plans and rates.


Contact the Chamber by phone or email to
schedule an appointment to discuss options
or to confirm your plans for 2019.


518.439.0512


MEMBER NEWS & EVENTS

The Bethlehem Central School District is sponsoring their annual Holiday Caring & Sharing Drive, which provides neighbors in need with food and gift cards in advance of the winter holiday season.  Last year the school community was able to help more than 100 local families. They are seeking donations of grocery gift cards , rather than gifts, for the families they serve. Providing gift cards in smaller denominations ($10, $20, and $25) allows them to distribute cards more easily. Deadline is Friday, December 11. Click here for the press release, or email Sherri Fitzpatrick or JoAnn Menrath with any questions.

Bethlehem Chabad invites you to their Chanukah Extravaganza - a Chanukah event for all ages! Fire & Ice Show, Glow In the Dark Fun, Bubblemania and more - click for complete details. The Grand Menorah Lighting at the Four Corners will follow at 3pm.

What invigorates a relationship? How do you balance control and surrender? How do you shift from the ordinary to the sacred? Join Jai Yoga School on December 1 for Radiant Relationship: An Intimacy Workshop. Intimacy is a learned skill like yoga or playing a musical instrument. Regular attention and in depth exercises strengthens your ability to bring energy and openness to your life every day. Through dialogue and body-based practices, you will enhance your capacity for deep listening to both your partner and yourself. Click for complete details.

On Saturday December 8 the Selkirk Fire Department will be bringing its 2018 version of the Holiday Fire Truck to a neighborhood near you! This will mark the 13th year that the Holiday Truck will be driving through local streets, with Selkirk Fire Department members in tow, spreading some holiday cheer. Santa and Mrs. Claus will both be joining us on our journey once again. Click to view the schedule.

Have a party coming up? Let Taj Fine Indian Cuisine cater it and leave the stress behind! They offer catering services for all occasions, parties and gatherings. This Holiday Season, receive 10% off (restrictions apply, call 518.977.3050 for details).

Free Movement Pilates will hold their 4th Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 8. There will be FREE classes, an opportunity to meet the instructors, a pilates equipment demonstration, food, and a preview the 2019 schedule. Support local artists and other Women in Business and pick up some stocking stuffers - inspiring magnets, all-natural soy candles, essential oil rollers, and 10% off SHASHI Yoga Socks with purchase of Gift Certificate. 9:15am-2:30pm, click here to see the schedule of events.

The Town of Bethlehem presents t he Delmar Community Orchestra on Monday, December 10, at the Town Hall.  Conductor Michael Blostein will present a Holiday Concert at 7:30pm The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, email DCO President Janet Behning.

The Albany Figure Skating Club will hold its annual Winter Ice Show at the Bethlehem YMCA on Saturday, December 15, from 12-2pm. The  event will feature young figure skaters from all over the Capital District in solo and group performances. A bake sale and basket raffle will also be held. Click here for event details. Email  Elissa Baker or call 518.441.7978 for more info.

Does your snow blower need a tune-up? A. Phillips Hardware offers tune-ups and repairs, and for a small fee they will pick up and deliver. Get  $5 off your repair if you mention the coupon code "Chamber".  They are fully stocked with many different styles of Snow Shovels, Ice Melters and have all your winter needs in one convenient place - so get prepped for winter!

Bill Alston an accomplished local guitarist who brings a unique, instrumental show. Catch him at Shogun Sushi & Sake Bar on tonight, November 29, at 6pm.  If you're a fan of steel string acoustic guitar, this show is never to be missed. His set lists ranges from Blues, Bebop and Ballads.

Don't miss  Balance Massage Studio's 18th Annual Open House tonight, November 29, from 4-7pm. Gift Certificate pricing will be rolled back to 2001. Donate non-perishable food items for the Bethlehem Food Pantry and receive a mini massage!

Albany Med EmUrgentCare  offers quick and compassionate care for the whole family! There are 11 convenient locations throughout the Capital Region, which includes Glenmont, and they are  open 7 days a week from 9am - 9pm, including holidays. No appointment necessary!

Organize Senior Moves is collecting new pajamas to donate to the Ronald McDonald House! Dropoffs are accepted weekdays between 9am-3:30pm at 125 Adams Street, Delmar. Give a child the gift of cozy pajamas!

Rain Hair Studio has kicked off their Holiday Specials! They will be offering the following specials through December 20 15% off All Chemical services and receive an additional 10% off voucher for a future Chemical Service when you re-book;  Free Brow Wax with a Hair Cut
Conditioning Treatment $25 ( a $45 value); 10% off 1st product, 15% off 2nd product and  20% off 3+ products (offers valid with Rain Stylists and not an independent contractor).

Do you have a Sunmark MasterCard Debit Card? If yes you could be eligible for a free ShopRunner membership! ShopRunner is basically Amazon Prime for everything not Amazon. Get free 2-day and return shipping at 140+ stores online. If you have a Sunmark Debit Card, keep the $79 ShopRunner membership fee in your pocket! It's free to join for a limited time.

Having trouble insuring your dog?  State Farm does't discriminate against any breeds, because we know its about how much we love our furry babies not their breed that determines how they are! If you are have had a difficult time with your current home owners insurance company with one of your own, give Max Ross State Farm a call - w e would love to help you and your dog!

Save up to 25% off select stays at a Disneyland Resort Hotel!  Save up to 30% on 5-Night Stays, plus book early and get a $50 resort credit per night at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa! Email Tim with Fairytale Journeys by Tim Brooks for complete details, and info on other available promotions.

Pretty Neat Home Organizing is introducing  Pretty Neat Business Organizing! It's a natural extension from their residential organizing into the commercial realm. Check out the blog post and visit the new website!

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

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BETHLEHEM BUSINESS MAP

View the online version of the Bethlehem Business map here.

    NEW MEMBERS   

41 State Street
Albany, NY 12207
518.694.0545

242 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
518.439.7275

244 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
518.439.2244

Delmar, NY 12054
518.603.4730

159 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
518.432.3333

2 Howard Place, Suite 1
Delmar, NY 12054
518.439.2770

5 Vista Boulevard
Slingerlands, NY 12159
518.379.9108

26 Century Hill Drive
Latham, NY 12110
518.229.3968

16 Corporate Woods Blvd.
Albany, NY 12211
518.444.2044

241 Route 9W, Suite 300
Glenmont, NY 12207
518.449.0738

Slingerlands, NY 12159
518.489.4499

Labbie Electrical Contractors
180 Kenwood Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
518.475.1491


AROUND THE REGION
 
 
Social Security recently announced that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019. Visit the blog for details about the cost-of-living adjustment and other important news.

WEBSITE of the WEEK


Serving up delectable sushi, savory entrees, and a full bar right in main Square!




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

 
 COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

The Bethlehem Historical Association invites one and all to celebrate the holidays at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse Museum.  Join us  Sunday, December 2, from 1-4pm for the Annual Holiday Silver Tea - enjoy sweets &treats and hot tea & coffee.  Stop by Monday, December 3, from 3-7pm or Sunday, December 9, from 1-4pm for our Holiday Open House.  Sweets and treats and festive punch combine for an enjoyable afternoon.

The Tuesday Delmar Farmers Market is open for the season on Tuesdays, 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  is open for the season on Saturdays, 9am-1pm at the Bethlehem Middle School on Kenwood Avenue.  Visit the website for details. 

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! 
 
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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  Tracy Farrell at 518.439.4921 x25287, or via email.
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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