in this issue

The Chamber will be
Monday, October 10, for the
Columbus Day

**Limited Speed Networking spaces left - reserve
your spot now! **
Speed Networking
w/ the Colonie Chamber
Hampton Inn by Hilton Albany/University Area 
1442 Western Avenue, Albany 
Thursday, October 13, 7:30-9am 
Back by popular demand - the Bethlehem Chamber has partnered with the Colonie Chamber to bring you another Speed Networking event! If you missed the first one in February, now is your chance to connect with colleagues from 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.
Breakfast Sponsor/Venue Host

F or additional details on all of our upcoming events,  
view our  Chamber Events Calendar!      
BCSD and the  Chamber

are teaming up

to assist local businesses with

Internships & Part-Time Positions

The Bethlehem Central School District is working with the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce to assist businesses with their need for workers.   If your business is interested in hosting a High School student for an Internship or paid part-time work shifts, please register your business by completing the

Program staff will work to provide the best student match for each business.  These Work-Based Learning programs allow the business to connect with local students, provide valuable life experience, while also filling the need for workers.  Student liability while on the job is covered by the District through these programs.

For additional details, contact

Bethlehem Chamber
District Program Liaison
Nick Petraccione

N E W   E X H I B I T

Visit the Chamber office to view the new exhibit  of artwork by members of the Bethlehem Art Association.

Pieces can be purchased by contacting the artist directly.
To find out more about the Bethlehem Art Association visit their website.

Member Announcements

AAA Hudson Valley Insurance Agency welcomed Eman S. Badr as its new Insurance Manager on August 16.  Ms. Badr brings over 13 years of insurance industry experience to her new position.  "We're thrilled to welcome Eman Badr to our management team. Her experience and customer-centric approach will help AAA deliver excellent service and new insurance options to our members, said Van Epps.

Badr, a capital region resident for over 15 years, offered her view of AAA. "AAA is a trusted brand with a strong presence in the capital region. I look forward to working with the insurance team to support AAA's commitment to its members." Ms. Badr also brings over a decade of retail management and customer service to her new position. She will be based out of AAA Hudson Valley's main office in Albany, NY.

The Delmar Chiropractic Office is pleased to announce that  Michael Ashline, DC has joined their professional staff. Mike earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Palmer Chiropractic College in Florida and has a BS in Health Science from Ithaca College. He has a passion for optimal health, biomechanics, sports rehabilitation, the musculoskeletal system and providing the best possible patient care. 

Mike's grandfather was a Chiropractor and it was his own personal experience with sports rehabilitation and Chiropractic care that led him to a career in Chiropractic. He is a Voorheesville native and an alumni of the Blackbird's varsity football and wrestling teams. He is excited to share his knowledge, experience and enthusiasm with the patients of the Delmar Chiropractic Office.

Alex Kuchis, CPA, CVA  has joined T. M. Byxbee Company, CPAs, NY, P.C. as a senior accountant. Mr. Kuchis, a Siena College graduate, has over 30 years experience in public accounting. In addition to being a licensed Certified PublicAccountant, Mr. Kuchis is also a Certified Valuation Analyst.

Barbara Beauchamp is the new Senior Director of Public Relations and Development at WWA ARC.  Barbara brings to this position extensive experience in digital marketing and communications. She worked for the New York State Bar Association managing award-winning digital and web-based communications including the website, online communities, blogs, listserves and electronic newsletters. Recently Barbara served as the director of digital marketing for a global software company serving associations and non-profits. She also evaluates prior learning in technology for Empire State College and is an active community volunteer with the Junior League of Albany, the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society and St. Catherine's Center for Children.
To Life! would like thank the supporters of their biggest ever Paint Bethlehem Pink! breast cancer awareness campaign.   Pumpkins were generously donated by Ellms Farms (Ballston Spa), Hannaford, Robinson Ace Hardware, and ShopRite. Paint  courtesy of Sherwin-Williams, and painting completed by community, BCHS, and Lab School volunteers. Click HERE to see the full list of partners who are helping raise awareness about breast cancer screening and education. And join them this Saturday, October 8, for the  4th Annual Breast Cancer Fashion Show to celebrate breast cancer survivors! Survivors will model Lord & Taylor outfits on the Lower Level Lord & Taylor Court to raise money for To Life!; 1-3pm at Crossgates Mall.

Glenmont's active & independent senior living residence, Glenmont Abbey Village, is having a Wine & Cheese Happy Hour. Friday, October 7, from 4-6pm - visit their clubhouse for complimentary wine, beer & refreshments and learn more about this community. See flyer for full details.

Expecting Mothers - sign up for the 8-week prenatal series with Lauren Strait at Free Movement PilatesNourish Thy Body, Nourish Thy Womb will help Mamas connect deeply with the sacred process and journey of pregnancy into motherhood.  Space is limited, contact Lauren via email or at 518.312.0075 to register. Mondays 5-5:50pm starting October 17 and Sundays 10-11am starting October 16

The October Flavor of the Month at 16 Handles is  Oh My, Pumpkin Pie! Made with real pumpkin, this artisan flavor features delightful hints of cinnamon, clove, ginger, and nutmeg. Try it today!

Collins & Sons Will Call Customers - make sure to check your tank  every couple of weeks so you know exactly how much fuel is left.Then you can order fuel  in a timely fashion and not run out on the coldest days of the year...! Call to order: 518.756.2070

Join Garden Bistro 24 Tuesdays in October for a special fundraiser - Bethlehem Central School District Garden Nights! Every Tuesday in October they will use only organically grown produce from the BC Schools gardens. 15% of proceeds each evening will go back to the Sustainability and Garden Club at BCSD.

The next UAlbany Weekend MBA Program Information Session is tomorrow, October 6, from 6-7pm. L earn how the Weekend MBA Program can power up your career! The session will be held at the  Capital Region Chamber (5 Computer Drive South, Albany).

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 7the Brian Patneaude Duo; 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 .

Did you know that October is National Massage Therapy Month?  Book with Breathe Massage Therapy now  and receive 20% off any one full priced service in October!

Call 518. 621.7979 today  to reserve your service!

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


Sunday, October 16, visit the Elm Avenue Town Park for the 26th Annual Halloween Hay Day! Rain or shine, this is a FREE event from 1-3:30pm. There will be h
ayrides, trick-or-treat bag decorating, "Count" Dracula contest, face painting, balloons, games and more!

The next Town of Bethlehem History Hike guided by Town Historian Susan Leath will feature the Delmar Four Corners tour on Saturday, October 1.  It is free with pre-registration.  Beginning at Bethlehem's Town Hall, the walk highlights historic Adamsville and the Four Corners. The route is level on the sidewalks of Delaware, Kenwood and Borthwick Avenues. Pre-register online, by mail or in person.

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.  
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In celebration of National Manufacturing Month, The Business Council of New York State, Inc. is hosting the second annual Made in New York Expo on Wednesday, October 19, 8 am-2 pm at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The event is designed to showcase YOU, the companies who are manufacturing products right here in the Empire State. If you manufacture in New York State and would like additional exposure for your product, you can purchase a Display Table.  If you do business with and/or would like to network with companies who manufacture in New York State, please join us. The cost for attendance is just $20. Register here.  Panel discussion topics will include: Advanced Manufacturing Resources, International Business Development Resources, Manufacturing Workforce Development Resources and Access to Capital. For details about the event, visit the website or contact Liz Mancini at 518-465-7511.


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
- 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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