March 7, 2019

On March 1 the New York State Department of Labor announced it is no longer pursuing predictive scheduling regulations known as “call in pay” that would have affected most employers in the state. This regulation would have required employers to pay employees if they were sent home early, if a shift is scheduled less than 14 days before the start of the shift, or if the shift is canceled with less than 72 hours notice. These regulations would have required employers to pay employees for time they were not working.

The Bethlehem Chamber relayed member concerns about this regulation during the comment period to the New York State Business Council. 

As this would have increased labor costs for our members, we are pleased that the Department of Labor is no longer pursuing the Call in Rules. We are regularly monitoring proposed legislation on behalf of our members and will continue to be your voice. 

As we shared last week, registration for our Annual Dinner is now open. This year’s dinner will provide members with the opportunity to network, celebrate our award winners, and grow their business. It will also be an opportunity to see old friends. I’m pleased to share that long time chamber president Marty Delaney will be joining us at our 34th annual celebration. We have some new sponsorship opportunities available that allow you to brand your business with our premier event that celebrates the best Businesses and Community members in our Chamber community.

Coming down the pike is our 2018-19 Business & Community Directory. We made some changes this year to the directory to help put the spotlight on our member businesses. We partnered with Bethlehem Central High School Art Teacher Marielle Martin and her photography students. We invited the students to share pictures with us to be considered for the cover. The submitted photos can be seen on our Facebook page.

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Put your business front and center at our Annual Dinner
Our 34th Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 11, at Normanside has some fun new twists including a cocktail hour brought to you by Sunmark Federal Credit Union, a new dessert table with sumptuous options brought to you by CDPHP, and selfie sticks brought to you by Kinderhook Bank so you and your team can capture the fun. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Gain valuable exposure for your business or organization - to view levels and complete details, see the Sponsorship Form.

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Ribbon Cutting at Library Maker Space
Join the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, local officials and Library staff as we cut the ribbon on the library's new video maker space. In this new space community members will be able to produce their own videos and podcasts. The space can be utilized for those needing to do video job interviews, those needing a video portfolio, individuals wanting to produce podcasts, or a variety of creative reasons. Capture your family's history, interview your children, showcase your area of expertise! Join us for a demonstration of the equipment at this ribbon cutting.

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Bethlehem Chamber 34th Annual Awards Dinner
Join the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce for the 34th Annual Awards Dinner. Network with 200+ business colleagues while we present the 2019 Awardees.

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The Cue Theatre Grand Illusions Magic: Saturday, Apr 6, 7:30pm

Selkirk Fire Annual Fish Fry Dinners: Fridays, Mar 8, Mar 22, Apr 5, & Apr 19, 4:30pm – 7:00pm

Kiwanis Club of Delmar Pancake Breakfast: Saturday, Mar 9, 8:00am – 12:00pm

Bethlehem YMCA Albany Figure Skating Club Spring Ice Show: Saturday, Mar 16, 12:00pm

Upstate Wine & Spirits Wines of Montes from Chile: Thursday, Mar 7, 7:00pm

Bethlehem Grange #137 Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner: Saturday, Mar 9, 4:00pm

Tri-Village Little League Pre-Season Clinic: Tuesday, Mar 12, 7:45pm – 9:30pm

Delmar Reformed Church Faith in Action Grounds for Giving Coffee House: Saturday, Mar 9, 6-9pm
Jai Yoga School Total Beginner Yoga Series w. Jammella at Jai Yoga School: Saturdays, Mar 9-30, 9:15am – 10:15am
CAP COM Federal Credit Union has opened its 2019 Scholarship & Awards application and nomination period. Their CAP COM Cares Foundation will be awarding $80,000 in scholarships.

Pretty Neat Home Organizing updated their website and launched an all-natural cleaning company.

Tangora Technologies has been crowned Best HVAC and Security Systems Installations Experts and Best Integrated Home Automation Systems Installation by Build Magazine. Congratulations!

Bethlehem Central School District earns grade of A+ according to Niche 2019 Best School Districts in America.

Albany County Legislature's Economic Development Task Force Forum: Promoting a Positive Business and Economic Development Climate

Sunmark Federal Credit Union has announced several executive promotions as the credit union continues to expand in 2019.

Phillips Hardware helps knock out hunger by serving as a drop off location. See their their CanStruction soon!
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