March 14, 2019

As I continue to meet with our members and listen to their needs, recruiting and retaining qualified employees is a key concern that comes up regularly. Given the low unemployment rate in the Capital Region and continued job creation in the area, finding employees can be challenging. However, there are ways the Chamber can assist as you recruit new employees.

First we have relationships with both Hudson Valley Community College and SUNY Schenectady. Both of these institutions have programs and funding for middle skills employees. They have students ready to graduate who may be a good fit for your company.

We also have a public job board that is free for members to post to. Sometimes the right candidate is someone you already know, or is connected to someone in your circle. Our job board is one of the most popular pages viewed on our website. Click here to learn how to post on our job board.

Finally, we can connect you to the Capital Region Workforce Development Board. They also have screened job candidates. You may also qualify for reimbursement of training costs when you hire a new employee. Employers can be reimbursed up to fifty percent of the new employee's salary for the first ten weeks of employment during the training period. We would be happy to connect you to that benefit.

If you need help posting a job, need an introduction to our contacts at the community colleges, or want to learn more about the training program please reach out.

I am Irish and blessed with luck, but I know it takes more than luck to run a business. You need a team of people you can trust. We want the Bethlehem Chamber to be part of your trusted team!

Maureen McGuinness
Will you be SEEN?
The invitations went out for Our 34th Annual Awards Dinner, which will take place Thursday, April 11. Every time someone signs onto the website to get information on the event or to register, they see the information on our sponsors. Just this week we had 900 unique visits to our page . Your company could be seen there too, AND be a part of our community celebration. 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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Sexual Harassment Training for NYS Employers and their Employees
Did you know that ALL employers in New York State are required to provide all current and new employees with sexual harassment prevention training? We understand how overwhelming the new sexual harassment prevention regulations can be. We want to assist our members in meeting this training deadline. Registration is required.

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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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To Life! Zentangle Art for Relaxation and Personal Well-Being: Saturday, Mar 16, 10:00am

O'Slattery's Irish Restaurant & Pub St. Paddy’s Day Celebration with Kilbeggan Distillery Ice Bar: Sunday, Mar 17, doors open 10:00am

Twisted Vine Wine & Tap Keep the Pint Night: Friday, Mar 15, 4:00pm

Tri-Village Little League Pre-Season Clinic: Tuesday, Mar 26, 7:45pm – 9:30pm

Bethlehem Chabad Purim at the County Fair: Thursday, Mar 21, 5:30pm

I Love Books Book Signing with Susan Leath: Saturday, Mar 23

Bethlehem YMCA 4th Annual Cocktails for a Cause: Wednesday, Mar 27, 6:00pm

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

Selkirk Fire Annual Fish Fry Dinners: Fridays Mar 22, Apr 5, & Apr 19, 4:30pm – 7:00pm
The Town of Bethlehem is seeking qualified volunteers to serve on the Street Tree Advisory Committee. Deadline to reply is today, 3/14/19.

Evolve Handcrafted Soap Company offers savings at online & in person! Their 4 for 3 deal applies online and at the market.

Did you know that using a chimney cap can protect your chimney from rain, which can build up inside your chimney and cause damage? Contact Allphase Masonry & Chimney for details.

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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