February 14, 2019

Shelli Taber, our benefits administrator and I visited members as part of our “Members are the heart of what we do tour.” As we shared treats with members we listened to concerns and needs. I also met with members of our Wednesday lunchtime Leads Group and Wildbird Junction, the winner of our digital marketing package that was given away in January.

Through these visits our staff has learned we need to do a better job educating Chamber membership on the power of our website and the demographics of our Chamber. 

While we are the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce some businesses have joined our chamber because they want to do business in Bethlehem. We have member businesses that are located in Albany, Latham, and Clifton Park. What does this mean for a business located in Bethlehem? If you are looking to expand your market get to know these professionals at Chamber events and utilize their connections. They joined to get to know you, make the relationship mutual and use it to your advantage.

Our website is a feature of your membership that is always working for you. Its reach goes beyond Bethlehem. We have increased unique visitors to the website this year. These visitors come from around the Capital Region and the Northeast. Of course we have visitors from Albany County, but they are also coming from Saratoga and Schenectady counties, as well as Rensselaer, Columbia, Ulster, and Dutchess counties. We also have visitors from Buffalo, Rochester, Plattsburgh and Long Island.

What does this mean for you? It means people are looking at your member profiles. It means people are looking at our events calendar and press releases. People are looking at YOU.

An enhanced membership listing is $125 for the YEAR. It allows you to post pictures and photos and will put your business at the top of your directory category. You also get a 1500 word description, your company logo and a map to your location.

So if you haven’t visited your directory listing in a while, or if you have posted news or a job posting, please consider visiting our site. If you have ideas of what we could do to make it better we are always open to hearing them.

Maureen McGuinness
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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Delmar Reformed Church Faith in Action Grounds for Giving Coffee House: Saturday, Mar 9, 6-9pm

University at Albany School of Business Graduate Programs Weekend MBA Program Information Session: Tuesday, Mar 5, 6:00pm

To Life! Nourishment for Women During and After Breast Cancer Treatment: Saturday, Feb 23, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited (BOU) 7th Annual Bethlehem Community Spelling Bee: Tuesday, Mar 5, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Jai Yoga School Total Beginner Yoga Series w. Jammella at Jai Yoga School: Saturdays, Mar 9-30, 9:15am – 10:15am
O’Slattery’s Irish Restaurant & Pub Create Succulents In A Moss Planter: Monday, Mar 4, 7:00pm

Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Boston Bus Trip – Save the Date: Saturday, Mar 16, optional tix to the Boston Flower & Garden Show

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!

The owners of Garden Bistro 24 are pleased to announce the purchase of 5 Vista Blvd, Slingerlands, NY from Columbia Property Development.  

Thinking about a career in Real Estate? Contact the Howard Hanna Delmar office today!

Meet the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservatory 2019 Award Winners! Each year they celebrate the individuals who lead conservation in the Capital Region at our Annual Awards Dinner.

New York Divorce: How much does it cost to get divorced in NYS? See how For You By You’s cost compares to the state average.

Wednesday Afternoon Leads Group
This week we launched our new Instagram page bethlehemnychamber to give our members and their businesses additional exposure. Our Wednesday Afternoon Leads Group was happy to be one of the first pictures to grace the page. Please like our page to see what your fellow members are up to.
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