February 1, 2019
NOTES FROM THE PRESIDENT

February may be a short month but we’re packing it full of events to help you grow your business. Please join us on February 5 from 8-9 AM at the Bethlehem Public Library. If you can attend only one Chamber event this year, make it this one. We will review the ways the Chamber works for you 24/7, money saving programs to help grow your bottom line, referral programs, and more. We’ll also talk about ways we plan on bringing business in your door in 2019. There is no charge to attend this event but registration is required. To register click here .

Our partnership with Pinnacle Human Resources continues with our next Sexual Harassment Training for NYS Employers and their Employees on February 7 at the Bethlehem YMCA . The training will begin at 8:30. All employers in New York are required to provide all current and new employees with sexual harassment prevention training. Pinnacle Human Resources has been retained by privately owned corporate clients, municipalities, the hospitality industry and not for profits. They have been referred by law firms to work with their clients as well. Registration for the training is required. The fee is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. To register click here .

Nominations are now being accepted for our 34th Annual Awards Dinner . We want to recognize businesses, organizations, and people who make a difference in the community. We want to hear about the people that matter to you. Please share their stories with us! Nominations will be accepted until February 8. For nomination material please click here .

There is still time to be included in the 2019 Business and Community Directory . Did you know the directory is distributed to 8,000 people and has a pass-on rate of 11,000? It’s used in welcome packets and in relocation packets. This year copies will also be located in the Discover Albany offices, the Albany County tourism office. We are refreshing the directory this year and are including feature articles and photos. The deadline for advertising in the directory is February 22. To be included you must be a member in good standing. To purchase an ad email Erica Hogan .

Maureen McGuinness
President
CHAMBER NEWS & EVENTS
Nominations Open for 34th Annual
Awards Dinner
We are now taking nominations for our 34th Annual Awards Dinner. Award categories include Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Community Spirit Award, Lifetime Achievement, and Youth Award. Nomination deadline is
February 8.

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Sponsorships Available for 34th Annual Awards Dinner
We will host our 34th Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 11, at Normanside. A number of 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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Chamber Vision 2019
Join us for our Chamber Vision 2019 event! Meet our new president Maureen McGuinness, hear what’s planned for this year, share your business needs, and learn how to maximize your membership.

This is a free event; but registration is required.

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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.

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Metabolic Meltdown META GALA Party: Saturday, Feb 2, 7:00pm-11:00pm
 
To Life! 19th Annual Siena College Women's Basketball Pink Zone Game: Friday, Feb 1, 5:30pm Celebration Reception, 7:00pm Game Tip-Off
 
O’Slattery’s Irish Restaurant & Pub McBueller: Saturday, Feb 2, 7:00pm-10:00pm

Town of Bethlehem Microenterprise Grant Public Information Sessions: Tuesday, Feb 12, 8:00am and Wednesday, Feb 20, 5:00pm

Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Boston Bus Trip – Save the Date: Saturday, Mar 16, optional tix to the Boston Flower & Garden Show
If you are looking to grow your business or seek out new career or marketing opportunities in the new year, get a head start with Bethlehem Public Library’s powerful digital research tool, ReferenceUSA.

Ando Salon is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special! Valid 2/1-2/14/19, check out News Feed for details.

Bethlehem Central School District offers Continuing Education courses for the community - visit the News Feed for their Spring 2019 offerings.

Tri-Village Little League is looking for sponsors for their upcoming season – visit the News Feed for details.

Bryant Asset Protection has some staff announcements, including a retirement and more.

Community Bank System will enhance their Capital District presence with the acquisition of Kinderhook Bank Corp.

Stay ahead of the game and get your bikes to Steiner’s Sports Ski & Bike now for your Spring Overhaul Tune-Up!

Evolve Handcrafted Soap Company is having an online special for their newest scent, Seductive Citrus Hand-Milled Beer Soap! Buy 2 handcrafted bars, get the 3rd at 50% off - use code 'newsoap' at check out.

Policy Research Associates welcomes Qwynn, their new project associate!

CAP COM Federal Credit Union President & CEO, Paula Stopera, Announces Retirement after 39 years with the company.
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Shannon's Barber Shop BA is now under new ownership - welcome back
to the Chamber!
Center for Economic Growth BizLab eXpert Workshop 2019 Tax Update – Ask the Experts: Thursday, Jan 31, 12:00pm-1:30pm
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