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Wishing you a
Happy and Safe Memorial Day!
The Chamber will be closed Monday, May 25th for the Holiday.



CHAMBER NEWS AND EVENTS

We officially cut the ribbon Wednesday at Free Movement Pilates, 500 Kenwood Avenue in Delmar. Owner Karly Decker, right, was joined by family, friends, Free Movement Instructors, the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce and local business people to welcome her to town. The studio offers pilates, barre, yoga and massage. See Photo Gallery.



We officially welcomed Interstate Vapor to Delmar on Thursday.  The family-owned business has been online for years, this is their first retail outlet located at at 340 Delaware Avenue in Delmar. Owners Leo, Jodie and Johnny Carusone are joined by family, friends and representatives from the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce and The Spotlight to celebrate their Grand Opening. See

It was a beautiful Spring day on Saturday for the official Grand Opening of the Stram Center for Integrative Medicine at 90 Adams Place in Delmar. Dr. Ronald and Nadine Stram, center, are joined by Stram Center staff and practitioners, as well as Senator Neil Breslin, Bethlehem Town Board Member Bill Reinhardt and representatives from the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce. The ribbon cutting kicked off an Open House with presentations and demonstrations on holistic medicine, lyme disease, healthy cooking, yoga and meditation and more. See Photo Gallery.   



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Garden Bistro 24 Patio Ribbon Cutting 
5 Vista Blvd., Slingerlands
Thursday, May 21, 5pm
RSVP

Join us in celebrating the new outdoor patio improvements at Garden Bistro 24. They have added a new covered patio area for dining, rain or shine. Hors d'oeuvres and drink specials will be offered.


 
Hands of Grace Massage Therapy Ribbon Cutting and Open House
274 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
Friday, June 5, 4:30 pm
RSVP

Join us as we welcome Hands of Grace Massage Therapy to Delmar.  Meet the therapists and tour the space of this new studio. 



    
For additional details on all of our upcoming events,   
     
Join the Chamber at the Memorial Day Parade!
 
Businesses and their families interested in walking with the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce in  Bethlehem's Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25th can contact the Chamber at 439-0512 by this Friday.  Wear your business logo shirts to promote your business at this community event
!
 

MICROENTERPRISE GRANT  
Applications Available Online

The Town of Bethlehem was successful in its application to the New York State Office of Homes and Community Renewal for the creation of a Microenterprise Grant Program.  The Town will receive $200,000 to provide grants to eligible Microenterprises, emerging, and existing businesses that want to locate in or expand within the Town of Bethlehem.  It is anticipated that a minimum of ten (10) businesses will be assisted with the awarded grant funds.  Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $35,000 and can be used to purchase inventory, machinery, equipment, furniture, fixtures and to meet working capital needs. 
Businesses who are interested in learning more about the Microenterprise Grant Program and the application process but were unable to attend the information sessions, may view the Microenterprise Grant Presentation.     

View the Grant Application  

For additional information:  
contact Elizabeth Staubach, Town of Bethlehem Department of Economic Development and Planning, 439-4955 ext. 1189
 
 

       CALL FOR MEMBER MATERIALS!

As part of the Chamber's Buy Bethlehem Buy Local Initiative, we will be representing our Member businesses at two Farmer's Markets beginning in June and assembling Welcome Packets for distribution to new residents and new employers. 

If you are interested in having your business or organizations promotional materials included in these outreach efforts, please drop materials to the Chamber office
by Friday, May 29.  If you have questions, please contact Danielle at 439-0512 or by email.


MEMBER NEWS & EVENTS
 
Price Greenleaf is stocked with Spring annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs and everything you need to get your garden off to a great start. Stop by  Located on Booth Road in Delmar.

The Cheese Traveler is hosting Friday Night Cookouts every Friday night from 5-8pm. Menu varies each week but will feature items like Fin salmon, a twist on bacon burger, an old shop standby Flying Pigs Kielbasa, and a new vegetarian option the Haloumi stack. See the Cookout webpage for more details.  You are welcome to call in orders at 443-0440 or join us for grilled offerings, cheese/charcuterie plates and a glass of wine, cider or beer.

Spring cleaning? Please consider donating children's books to Grassroot Givers. We are especially in need of picture books in next to new condition, for all of our end of the year giveaways in the Albany Public Elementary Schools. Please help us get books into the homes of children in our community.

Tired of all that stuff around your house? Wish you could sell it on Ebay, but you don't have the time? Let Ship, Copy and More in Delmar do it for you!  We will photograph your items, list them for auction or set-price buying on Ebay. When your items sell, we will pack and ship them to the buyer. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and collect money!  Stop in to Ship Copy & More today or call 439-0211 for full details.

Normanside Country Club will offer the next Cooking Party with Chef on June 11th from 6:30-9:30pm. Chef Ken Ruud will be taking on a four-course meal fully inspired by the Florida Keys!  See the full menu here. To make reservations, call 439.4505 ext.10!

Delmar Health and Fitness welcomes home college students with $30 college memberships available!  Stop in this weekend and get the details.

Akira in Glenmont will be extending their hours on Fridays and Saturdays, Late Night Lounge hours until 2:30am.  Kick off this Friday will feature a Champagne Toast at 12 midnight for those in attendance.  They will also feature a Spring Sushi Special on Mondays and Tuesdays, beginning 5/25 with 30% off selected sushi special rolls.  Promotion will run througn the Summer Solstice, June 21.

To Life! will be hosting our first "Look Good Feel Better" program on Wednesday, May 27th, starting at 6:30pm. Want to come? Call (800) 227-2345 and sign up. No cost to attend, but you must register. Read more here

Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy's
Summer Solstice Festival and Hike-a-thon is just around the corner on Saturday, June 20th. New this year is a Hike-a-thon beginning at 10am before the Festival starts at 12 noon. Sign up to hike by this Friday, 5/22 and receive a FREE t-shirt!  See details on all six hikes and register here, two along the trail and one for pets and their owners. Free and open to the public. It's not too late to be a part of the fun! Vendors and Sponsors that sign up before this Friday, May 22, also receive special benefits.  Sign up here.

Mark Bryant of Bryant Asset Protection presents the 1st quarter Generations Grant to Joan Gavrilik, Board President of the Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation.
If you know of a worthwhile local community effort to be considered for a grant please contact Bryant Asset Protection 439-1141 or fill out the online form.

ISC Audubon is hosting a Fly Fishing Demonstration at Colonial Acres Golf & Learning Center.   Everything you ever wanted to know about Fly Fishing is being presented by the Capital District Fly Fishers club on Saturday, May 30 from 9 until 1:00 pm. Pre-registration is not required, all are welcome. The workshop is fun for the entire family. Learn how to tie a fly, and cast a fly rod.  This is the first of many planned activities at the Center which go beyond the typical game of golf.  For more information, visit the website or call the Pro Shop at (518) 439-2089   

A-1 Merchant Solutions offers to Bethlehem Chamber Members our new Advertising & Proximity Marketing Mobile App for only $30 PER YEAR!
Your customers download the UBiz app onto their Smart-Phones and see your business news and/or offers with pictures and a map to your location! You are in total control of your news & offers, as you can change them anytime you desire!  Have a new special everyday of the week if you like! Announce new products, services, menu items, events, etc! It also provides links to Your Website, Facebook & Twitter pages, if you have them.  It's like having your own mobile app without the expense of developing it or promoting it! For more information download the flyer or call us for an appointment for a no-obligation quick demonstration (5 minutes) of the Ubiz Mobile App at: 518-763-4000 or  email.

Phillips Hardware is sponsoring the upcoming Strides 4 Stride Run Walk Roll
on Saturday, June 20 beginning at 9am at the Corning Preserve in Albany.  Bring a Team or Sponsor the event.  See the flyer for all event details.  Strides 4 STRIDE benefits the 16+ sport programs for youth with disabilities and Wounded Warriors that are provided throughout the year by STRIDE Adaptive Sports.

WWA ARC is hosting their Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 4 at Saratoga National Golf Course.  Includes a  BBQ lunch on Veranda at 11am, shotgun scramble at 12:30pm, cocktail hour and dinner at 5:30pm. Proceeds will support the programs and services that WWAARC offers to nearly 1,000 individuals and their families, with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.  For more details or to register, visit the website.

  

T.A.C.S. Autobody & Service is offering a coupon for an A/C Tune-Up.  As temperatures climb close to 80 degrees, are you discovering your a/c just isn't as cold as it should be?? Print this coupon
to get your a/c recharged today before its 90 & humid!

 COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS
 

The  Town of Bethlehem will host several Community Town Hall Meetings in the coming months.  Community town hall meetings are an opportunity for citizens to speak directly with town-wide officials and discuss town issues and specific community concerns. They are scheduled in neighborhood centers throughout the town. An agenda is set around initiatives and concerns specific to the area. Citizens are also welcome to provide open comment on other issues of concern to town residents and leaders.  Come to share your views with Supervisor Clarkson, Town Board members, and other town officials. Community Town Halls scheduled for this Spring: 
Elsmere/Delmar May 21 (Thu) 7pm at Elsmere Fire Department, 15 West Poplar Drive and Slingerlands/North Bethlehem June 11 (Thu) 7pm at Slingerlands Fire Department, 1520 New Scotland Road.  For more details, visit the website

 

Tuesday Delmar Farmers' Market

428 Kenwood Avenue - First United Methodist Church Parking lot, begins May 5th and runs through November 24th, 2:30PM - 6:00PM. Enjoy some great local products like fruits and vegetables, fresh artisan breads, gourmet cheese spreads, local honey, homemade desserts, fresh flowers and plants and more. Also enjoy a relaxing chair massage and get some great take out food for dinner. For more information, contact - Frank Stanton, President 518-756-8228.

 

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.  
    

Add an event to our Community Calender here and click Submit an Event, it's free!  

NEW MEMBERS   

 

Coldwell Banker Prime Properties 

Bob Sandberg 

1345 New Scotland Road

Slingerlands, NY 12158

(518) 439-9600 

 

Edward Jones 

Thomas Norman 

360A Northern Blvd., Loudon Plaza

Albany, NY 12204

(518) 433-7418

 

Hodes and Landy 

Ginger Landy 

284 State Street

Albany, NY 12210

(518) 465-8303

 

Bethlehem Mickey Mantle, Inc. 

Steve Peterson 

159 Delaware Ave #208

Delmar, NY 12054

(518) 469-8772

  

Field Realty 

Peter Tryon 

1511 New Scotland Rd.

Slingerlands, NY 12159

(518) 598-4000

  

Merriman and Pfister's Marketplace 

Kathy Agneta 

388 Kenwood Ave  (Back of Bldg)

Delmar, NY 12054

(518) 588-7268

  

Ruth Jacobs, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach 

Ruth Jacobs 

511 Kenwood Ave. Apt. B

Delmar, NY 12054

(518) 817-3486

 

SimplexGrinnell 

Susan Gola 

1399 Vischer Ferry Road

Clifton Park, NY 12065

(518) 952-6040 

 

Hands of Grace Massage Therapy 

Caitlin Lane Elston 

274 Delaware Avenue, Suite 2B 

Delmar, NY  12054

(518) 588-5194 

  

Hannigan Law Firm 

Tim Hannigan 

388 Kenwood Avenue

Delmar, NY 12054

(518) 869-9911

 

Brady Agency 

Neal Brady 

50 Delaware Avenue

Delmar, NY 12054

(518) 439-3017 

 

VIP Nail

Sam Pan

365 Feura Bush Road # 2

Glenmont, NY 12077

(518) 487-4069

 

AROUND THE REGION...

CEG The Center For Economic Growth will host the 2015 Technology Innovation Awards on Thursday, June 25, 12 pm at the Albany Marriott.  The event  recognizes and honors our region's most innovative and growth-oriented companies and individuals for superior achievements. Please join us to celebrate and honor this year's winners and for a special video tribute to our beloved colleague and friend, Jeffrey A. Lawrence. For details, sponsorship opportunities and to register, visit the website.


New York State's Bridge To Success Loan Program, through Empire State Development, offers Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MWBE) access to short-term Loans for these firms.  For details on the program, see the flyer.

If you are not an MWBE business but interested in other Small Business Loan Programs, contact Bethlehem Chamber President Jennifer Kilcoyne at 439-0512.


In celebration of National Small Business Week, we're offering three opportunities to help you 'dream big while starting small.'  

Let us start helping you build your dream today!  

 


BETHLEHEM BUSINESS MAP

View the online version of the Bethlehem Business map here.

WEBSITE of the WEEK

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

 

OFFICE SPACE

Looking for work space? 
Visit our
Marketspace page frequently to see
available office space.

 

   

HELP WANTED

 

Looking for work? 
Visit our
Job Postings page frequently to see current openings.

 

 



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