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Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

Ando Salon

10 Vista Blvd., Slingerlands

Monday, November 4, 2013, 5-7 pm 


Join us as we welcome the newest business to the Vista Park. Meet the staff and tour the state of the art salon which offers products and services for men, women and children.  Champagne, wine and food will be offered during the celebration.    





 Grand Reopening and Ribbon Cutting

The Floral Garden

340 Delaware Ave., Delmar

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 5-7 pm


Join us for the reveal of The Floral Garden's new space and get a look at the floral arrangements available for the upcoming holidays.






 Monday, November 4, 3pm-4pm  


The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce and member businesses will be featured on an upcoming segment of Chamber Chat on Talk1300AM. Guests will include Sarah Schoof, FNP of Safari Health.




View the online version of the Bethlehem Business map here.

For additional details on all of our upcoming events,

view our 
Chamber Events Calendar!

Digital Media on a Shoestring

presented by Michael Massey, Clickit Digital

Thursday, November 14, 2013 8 - 9 am

Normanside Country Club

$5 Members/$10 Non-members


 Learn how you can use digital marketing to promote your business.


Garden Bistro 24 Ribbon Cutting

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 5 pm

5 Vista Blvd, Slingerlands


  Celebrate the opening of the this new restaurant in the Vista Technology Park in Slingerlands.



Health Care 2014 Seminar

Thursday, November 21, 2013 8 am Info Session

7:40am-9:15am Flu Shots available 

Bethlehem Public Library  


  Get information on available 2014 health plans through the Bethlehem Chamber and also within the new New York State of Health exchange. Monique Matuszek with the Chamber will present plans and rates available to Individuals/Sole Proprietors and Small Businesses as well as information on the process to enroll for January 1st coverage deadline. 

 Also, flu shots will be available from 7:40am, before and after the informational session, courtesy of ShopRite Pharmacy. Insurance may be billed otherwise shots are $19.99.   



     Buy Local Bethlehem


The Chamber's Retail and Hospitality Committee will be promoting our Think and Buy Bethlehem Shop Local initiative at the Delmar Farmer's Market, beginning Saturday, June 1st. The Chamber will be promoting our members to the public to encourage the use and support of our local businesses.

                                     GET INVOLVED! 
Member businesses may provide marketing materials, coupons and special offers for distribution at the Market. Please drop materials off (200+ quantity) at the Chamber office by Thursday, 3pm to be included in the next Saturday Market (November 2). 

Member volunteers are also needed to staff the Chamber space throughout the summer and Fall. This is a great opportunity to highlight your business and meet new contacts.
Call the Chamber at 439-0512 or email for information.

Grassroot Givers will be hosting their seventh annual community service day, A Day of Simple Giving, on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at St. Sophia's Greek Church on Whitehall Road in Albany, from 10am-2pm. During the event, over 300 participants- local businesses and volunteer groups- will join together to create and assemble items to benefit the individuals, families and agencies we serve. We are asking Bethlehem Chamber members to support our local organization by placing a $100 business card size advertisement. Your monetary contribution will help us make thousands of items- food, household necessities and personal care items- which will go directly to low income families and support local programs such as regional food pantries, Veterans' Programs, St. Catherine's Marillac Center, the Albany Damien Center, the Albany City School District and the Albany Boys and Girls Club, to name a few. For more information please contact Roberta Sandler at or by cell, 817-5921.

Balance Massage Studio is offering the following specials for the month of November: 75 minute massage for $79 and 15% off all EO Bath Salts and Hand Soap. These would make a great gift for the holidays. Join Balance Massage at their 13th Annual Holiday Open House on Friday, Dec. 6 from 4-8 pm. Massage services and Gift Certificates will be at 2001 prices and EO products will be 10% off. Donate a non-perishable food item and receive a complimentary massage! All proceeds from the food drive to benefit the Bethlehem Food Pantry.

Capital Bank is offering a NO Closing Cost mortgage for new homes and refinancing of your mortgage. See flyer for details.  

The Bethlehem YMCA
has a new youth and teen program open to members and non-members and is co-ed, ages 6 to 15plus. Please see the brochure for details. The program begins Nov 3rd. Age groups are 6-9, 10-12 and 13-15+. The program applies to softball, as well as baseball and provides 18 hours of training. A max of 50 per age group will be accepted. Michael Coluccio will be the winter clinic instructor, he has played, managed and coached both baseball and fast pitch softball and is on the Board of the Bethlehem Babe Ruth.  To register, contact AJ Beaulieu at the Bethlehem YMCA, at 439-4394 or online at the Y's website.
T.A.C.S. Auto has expanded their facility to help people not only with Auto Body & Collision claims but Routine Maintenance such as Brakes & Rotors, Exhaust & Emissions, Tires, New York State Inspections & Oil Changes. Check out the vintage TACS TV Commercial
here.  For info on all of their services call 462-3977.

To Life! will host the 9th Annual To Life! Pink Ball on Friday, November 1st at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs. This annual Fall fundraising event features hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dancing and a fabulous live auction. The event benefits women and families in our community affected by breast cancer.  To purchase tickets, visit ToLife!'s website or for details call 439-5975.   


Deluxe Nail & Spa will be offering specials for the months of October & November. $5 off Gel Manicure and $6 off a Luxury Pedicure. Visit their Glenmont location in the Bethlehem Town Center (near Panera Bread) or call 935-2300 for an appointment.       
Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy will host a guided hike on Thursday, October 31 at Keleher Preserve to discover the 287 acre property along the Helderberg Escarpment. Meet at 10am at the Community United Methodist Church, 1499 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands to carpool to both events. 

St. Thomas School's 9th Annual Shop Til You Drop Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10am - 4pm. They will have a large variety of handmade crafts, a bucket auction, book fair, and lunch and refreshment items for sale.  
There is no admission fee so come and join us for a wonderful day of shopping, food, and fun!

Mystery Dinner Show- Kim and Scott Tie the Knot will be held on Saturday, No. 2 from 6:30-9 pm at the Cyprus Shrine Center,  27 Hannay Lane in Glenmont. The Barcini Family Request the honor of your presence!
"Kim and Scott Tie the Knot" You be the detective and solve the crime! Prizes and Surprises! Presented by Bird-on-a-Cliff
Mystery Dinner Show. Cost is $39.95 and includes dinner and show. Reservations Recommended. Call 518-436-7892 to make your reservation. 

Register for NYS STAR School Property Tax Relief.
All New York homeowners receiving a Basic STAR property tax exemption must register with the NYS Tax Department in order to receive the STAR exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. In the next week many of you will receive instructions on how to register in the mail. Register online now!
Registration deadline for this program is December 31, 2013.  


The Tuesday Farmers Market at the
First United Methodist Church is now underway. Stop in on Tuesdays from 3 - 6 pm and pick up Geurtze Bar-B-Q or fresh vegetables, plants and other items that are available. Order your chicken ahead by calling 439-7760 by noon on Tuesday.  


Delmar Farmers Market begins on Saturday, June 1. The Farmers Market takes place weekly on Saturdays (rain or shine) from 9 am - 1pm at the Bethlehem Middle School. Check out the selection of local homegrown products, crafts and local businesses. 

 For all member and community events visit our Events Calendar.




Tomo Asian Bistro

Shue Chen

1365 New Scotland Rd #10
Slingerlands, NY 12159
(518) 439-8666


Aflac NY

Jessica Blanchard 

19 Aviation Road

Albany, NY 12205

(518) 586-2808


Bethlehem Town Clerk

Nanci Moquin  

445 Delaware Ave  

Delmar, NY 12054

(518) 439-4955


Ando Salon 
Ben Pratt 
10 Vista Blvd., Suite 3 
Slingerlands, NY 12159
(518) 439-CUTS 
Dilmun Cafe 
Liaquat Ashiq-Khan
Delaware Plaza,180 Delaware Avenue 
Delmar, NY 12054
(518) 439-1000  

Titan Maintenance IV, Inc.
Raymond Quick IV
48 Quick Terrace
Feura Bush, NY  12067

The Skyline Group

Mary Ann Bedrosian 

105 Somerset Drive

Glenmont, NY 12077




    For additional new members visit our New Member page 


Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Care Reform News

Many of you will have questions regarding your insurance and what plans are available to you and your employees. Since October is now here and the Exchange is now open for business, we are working diligently to get that information to you in a timely manner.

The Chamber will be working with you in both ON and Off Exchange plans. Our current carriers will be offering us plans Off Exchange which may vary from those on the exchange. We have received rates and plans from the carriers and expect to have them available to you by November 1. There are many choices to make and this can be a confusing process. We ask that you look over all plans In and Off the Exchange before making your decision. We will be hosting a Breakfast Seminar on Thursday, Nov 21 at 8 am at the Bethlehem Public Library and encourage you to attend this meeting with any questions you have. We will explain the differences between the Metal Tier levels and Standard and Non-standard plans. It is very important that when looking over the plans that you make sure that your doctors participate with the plan and that if you have any prescriptions you check them against the Plan's Drug Formulary, as these may have changed.

Please be patient as we all work through these new insurance options. As your Chamber our efforts to find you the most affordable options for insurance is our first priority. 
Employers can check out the new exchange website at  for additional information on the ACA. If you have questions, please feel free to call Monique at the Chamber office or email your questions to her and she will get the answers you need.


Albany County, in celebration of Albany's 330th Birthday, will be hosting "Live Life Local" on Sunday, November 3rd, 11am-4pm at the Times Union Center.  The event will be a large scale farmers market featuring only small businesses located in Albany County.  Free to attend and free parking. For details, see the flyer.   



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The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in

New York as a result of the excessive rain and related flooding, winds and hail that began on May 1, 2013.  The loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.  With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers or ranchers.  The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.875 percent for private non-profit organizations of all sizes and 4 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years.  Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending anemail to disastercustomerservice@sba.govLoan applications can be downloaded from Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than June 2, 2014.


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