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Best Wishes for a meaningful
Yom Kippur and a Happy New Year!



CHAMBER NEWS AND EVENTS



It was a great opportunity for networking on Wednesday at the SchmoozaPalooza Business Expo and Mixer, a joint event of the Bethlehem, Colonie, Guilderland and Southern Saratoga Chambers of Commerce, along with CAYP and the Capital Region Rotary.  Nearly 100 businesses exhibited company materials for attendees, a great way to promote their business.  See Photo Gallery.




The weather could not have been better for our 30th Annual Golf Outing on Monday at Normanside Country Club.  A great day of networking and money raised for two local non-profits - School's Out Inc. and Bethlehem Soccer Club.  Thanks to our sponsors, listed below, and our volunteers for making the event happen!  See Photo Gallery.

 

 
 
Pienza's Restaruant and Lounge Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening

Comfort Inn, 37 Route 9W, Glenmont
Monday, September 28, 1 pm
RSVP

Join us for the official Grand Opening of Pienza's Restaurant and Lounge at the Comfort Inn in Glenmont!



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Financial Resources for Business

Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar
Tuesday, September 29, 7-8:30 pm
 RSVP

Join Economic Development and Chamber of Commerce professionals for a Financial Resources for Businesses Panel Discussion to be held at the Bethlehem Public Library on September 29 at 7:00 pm. The panel will discuss financing resources available for business start-ups and expansions from a variety of sources including conventional banks and non-traditional, alternative lenders. Topics include:   Credit, Business Planning, Financial Projections, "Do's and Don'ts", Appropriate Uses of Funds and more.  See Flyer for details.



Bethlehem Town Family Dental Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening
241 Route 9W, Glenmont
Thursday, October 1, 9:30 am
Join us for the Grand Opening of Bethlehem Town Family Dental in Glenmont. Tour the new space and meet Dr. Henry Huang and his team at this new dental practice.




Shampoodle 10th Anniversary Celebration
266 Delaware Ave., Delmar (around back)

Thursday, October 1, 5:30 pm
Join us as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Shampoodle in Delmar! Stop in to congratulate owner Ginny Siciliano, enjoy refreshments, giveaways and special discounts.
To celebrate, Shampoodle will also host "The Return of Tails on the Rail Trail," a walk taking place on the Delmar to Slingerlands portion of the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail, more details to follow.






For additional details on all of our upcoming events,   
     

30th ANNUAL GOLF OUTING

  
Thanks to All of Our
Golf Sponsors & Volunteers for Making it Another Successful Outing Year!


   
 
SAVE THE DATE



Sky Beauty Bar Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening

339 Delaware Ave., Delmar
Friday, October 2, 5pm
Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening of Sky Beauty Bar in Delmar, featuring an upscale NYC-style Blow Dry Bar - the first in the Capital Region!



  
hEARt Ear Boutique Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening

398 Feura Bush Road, Glenmont
Tuesday, October 6, 10am

Join us as we welcome hEARt Ear Boutique to Glenmont! There will be giveaways, refreshments and a product representative on site to answer questions.
Open House will run from October 6 through 8, by appointment.




Colonial Acres Walking Trail Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening
Colonial Acres Golf & Learning Center, 15 Saybrook Dr., Glenmont
Tuesday, October 6, 5:30pm
5:30pm Ribbon Cutting; 7pm Star Gazing
RSVP

Join us for the Grand Opening of the Colonial Acres Walking Trail, a joint project of Colonial Acres Golf & Learning Center, ISC-Audubon, Frank Slingerland and The Colonial Acres Community. The Walking Trail Grand Opening will start at 5:30 pm and will be followed by Star Gazing at 7pm. We encourage all in attendance to stay for the Star Gazing Event. In the case of clouds we will still have the trail opening and reschedule the Star Gazing. The Colonial Acres Clubhouse will remain open throughout the events for the purchase of Soda, Beer, Wine and Snacks.

The official Grand Opening of the Walking Trail is at 5:30pm. The Trail runs from the Hole 1 Tee to the Hole 8 Green and will be open to the community for walking and running. Dogs are welcome under the owners control. Thanks to Frank Slingerland (final bridge work in progress).

Stay for Star Gazing from 7pm-9pm. Special guest Janie Schwab, Albany Amateur Astronomy Club. Please bring telescopes and binoculars, some will be available at event. The Club will guide guests to search for the stars! Meet at the Golf Course Parking Lot.



October Networking Mixer
Nicole's Restaurant, 556 Delaware Ave., Albany
Thurday, October 15, 5-7pm

Join us for our October Networking Mixer, a great place to make valuable new contacts and catch up with colleagues.

Sponsored by:
 
Kinderhook Bank 2011
   


    VISIT US AT THE MARKETS!

September 26, 9am-1pm - Delmar Farmer's Market - at the Bethlehem Middle School, 332 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar

September 29, 2:30-6pm
- Tuesday Farmers Market - Delmar First United Methodist Church, 428 Kenwood Avenue,  Delmar

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

If you are interested in having your business or organization's promotional materials included in these outreach efforts, please drop materials to the Chamber office.
 
Interested in joining us to represent your business or organization at one of the Markets, contact the Chamber to schedule a date and time.  If you have questions, please contact Danielle at 439-0512 or by email

DISCOUNTED RATE EXTENDED! 
to September 30th 


Spain & the Sunny Costa del Sol
Departing Wednesday March 16, 2016
RSVP
Book by September 30, 2015 and Save $100 per person

Open to the Community!
The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, along with the Colonie and Guilderland Chambers and C I Destinations, presents Spain & the Sunny Costa del Sol. Spain's Costa del Sol stretches along just over 90 miles of the Malaga province and is one of Spain's most popular tourist destinations. The Costa del Sol is known for its beautiful landscapes, delicious food, all while experiencing the warmth of its people. Here you will also discover a rich cultural heritage, fabulous beaches, coastal sites and charming villages. On your tour you will travel to the nearby towns of Seville and Ronda to take in such sights as the Alcazar Palace and Plaza de Toros, the oldest bull ring in Spain. Your tour includes the #1 attraction in all of Spain, Granada and the Alhambra Palace. Visiting the Costa del Sol would not be complete without a tour to Gibraltar to view the infamous Rock of Gibraltar.

The 7 night/8 day trip begins on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 and includes round trip airfare from New York (flights from Albany and other cities are available), 7 nights in a First Class Hotel (4 Star), 13 Meals, sightseeing per itinerary, admission per itinerary, professional Tour Manager, baggage handling and hotel transfers.

For a detailed description of the trip and itinerary along with a Registration Form,
see the brochure.

The trip is open to anyone in the community interested in travel. Space is limited, sign up early to reserve your seat!

  Bethlehem BUSINESS to BUSINESS

Another example of beautification taking place at Bethlehem businesses!  I Love Books' newly restored bench, outside their shop at 380 Delaware Avenue at the Four Corners in Delmar. Nice work! 


The Delaware Avenue Improvement Group (DAIG)'s Business To Business Program  encourages and assists Delaware Avenue businesses in utilizing local Bethlehem businesses when undertaking improvements. The type of projects that businesses will likely be undertaking include painting, signage, landscaping, installing benches, power washing, and more.

For details on the program and a list of local businesses offering discounts, download the brochure  or contact the Chamber at 439-0512.  This initiative is also available to other businesses around town.  Help Keep Bethlehem Bright!



MERCHANT DEADLINE APPROACHING!
October 1st   
Shift to Merchant Liability Starts October 1, 2015

In case you missed it, the EMV card deadline is fast approaching. After October 1, 2015, if a consumer uses an EMV chip card with a merchant who doesn't have an EMV-compliant terminal, and the transaction is fraudulent, the liability for any charges falls on the merchant. 

For additional information on the change to EMV technology, visit the website.

If you need assistance, see the Chamber's Directory of Credit Card Processing Companies. 
 

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  
 
MEMBER NEWS & EVENTS

Delmar Animal Hospital has announced the following local forums:  Ticks and Tick Borne Disease - A Primer Thursday, 9/24 7:00 p.m.  Learn more about ticks including tick biology and life cycle, as well as the symptomology of various tick borne diseases;  Keeping Ticks Away, Thursday, 10/15 7:00 p.m.  Discover integrated pest management techniques you can implement at home, and learn about managing ticks when you own pets;  Living with Deer in Bethlehem Tuesday, 10/27, 7:00 p.m.   Topics to include gardening with deer, traffic safety, and hunting options.  All forums will be held in the Town Hall Auditorium and are open to the public. Following the formal presentations, there will be tables with additional information on topics related to deer and tick management, so that residents can talk to experts and get their questions answered.

Amelia's Garden Sewing Boutique is offering a sewing class to create the queen of all zipper pouches - The Sew Together Bag! Join us as we walk through this pattern with you and trust us you'll be hooked to make many more. The bag features three interior zipper pouches and a large exterior zipper that not only closes the whole bag but becomes its own handle. Saturday, October 3 from 10am-3pm, with Instructor Mary Hayes. Class fee is $35. Fee does not include pattern or supplies, 15% off class supplies offered at shop. Stop in the shop to sign up or, visit us online to book your spot in the class as spaces are limited.

Security Supply Corp is offering a Steam Class in Albany on Thursday, October 1 from 11am-1pm. Speakers are Steve Ballard and Toby Burns of Frank P. Langley Co. See flyer for details and register on their website.

Swifty's Restaurant & Pub is hosting a Golf Tournament on Monday, September 28th at Normanside Country Club, 11am reg- istration, 12pm shotgun start. Complimentary shuttle from Delmar Municipal Lot to Club.  See flyer for details and registration informantion.

In celebration of National Fire Prevention Week, the Delmar Fire Department will be holding an Open House on Sunday, October 4, from 1-4pm. Free food, fire prevention information, climbing wall, bouncy bounce, apparatus displayed, a live burn demonstration and much, much more. We hope to see you there!

Free Movement Pilates has added NEW Pilates Mat Classes added to the schedule coming in Oct. Open level for beginner/ intermediate Pilates clients. New Clients welcome. Early Bird Pilates: Tu/Fr. 5:45am - 6:40am w/ Christine Edwards, massage therapist and Certified Power Pilates Instructor and Lunchtime Express Pilates Mat: Tu/Th. 12:30pm - 1:15pm w/ Jen Anderson, exercise physiologist and Certified Peak Pilates Instructor. Sign up for 8 sessions $96 or 16 sessions $160. Sessions run first week in Oct. to November 24th.

Roux in Slingerlands will be hosting a 5 Course Wine Dinner on Monday, September 28, 2015 from 5pm-8pm.  Chef Anthony Domenech will be cooking up some delicious dishes for you to pair with our Treasury Wines. Treasury Wine expert Jason Santora will be in house to walk you through the tasting and answer any questions. See flyer for details and make your reservation today by calling 487-4358.

Looking to spice up your healthy cooking skills?  MVP Health Care is partnering with Whole Foods Market to offer free in-store cooking demos during the month of October! See the flyer for details. 

Space is still available for this month's Cooking with Chef at Normanside Country Club in Delmar on Thursday, September 24 from 6:30-9:30.  The theme is Eastern Mediterranean/Lebanese!  See flyer for menu details.  Sign up today by calling 439.4505 ext. 10!!

Bueanau's Opticians will hold its Trunk Show on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9am- 2pm. Join us as we celebrate our 100th Anniversary of Buenau's Opticians. Check out the newest in eyewear from many designers, free refreshments and enter to win a pair of Oakley sunglasses.

Stop into Phillips Hardware, 236 Delaware Avenue, Delmar and buy a pair of Carhartt shorts and get 20% off any Carhartt winter hat!!  Thanks for shopping local!

The Boathouse Grille has changed to its Fall Hours. Closed on Monday & Tuesday, open Wed.-Sat. from 12 - 9pm and Sunday 12- 8pm. Come out out and enjoy amazing food while enjoying the view down the beautiful Hudson River as the leaves start changing into their gorgeous fall colors!! Hope to see you soon!

Back to school just got a little sweeter at 16 Handles. Join us Wednesdays in September from 3-5PM and fill your pink cup for $4! (And no, you don't have to be in school to enjoy this great deal!) Cinnamon Doughnut and Pumpkin Pie flavors are back!

Kinderhook Bank is offering a Home Equity Line of  Credit special for September.  For info see flyer. And an eFreedom Checking Account, see flyer or call the Delmar Branch at 472-0340.

 
Join The Bethlehem Children's School in celebrating its 20-year anniversary on Saturday, October 3, from 10am - 3 pm, with locally-grown food and fun for the whole family. At the Farm-to-Table Harvest Festival, you can meet local fruit, veggie, meat, and dairy farmers, bid on fun "bucket" auction items and learn about membership opportunities with local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) groups. The event promises to tempt your taste buds with some of the areas most refined, artisan cheeses, breads, syrups, sauces, meat, vegetables and assorted sundries. The burgeoning farm-to-table (F2T) movement aligns perfectly with the school's core values of education, nature, and community connection. F2t emphasizes eating fresh and nutritious food, while supporting the local economy-connecting us with the community and our earth.  An exclusive, evening Farm-to-Table Harvest Gala will follow the family-friendly day event. The gala dinner begins at 6:00 PM on the grounds of a local Slingerlands mansion, and will construct five unforgettable courses, created by the area's most prestigious chefs, followed by an incredible outdoor evening of music and dancing. Proceeds will fund the scholarship program. Tickets are $130/couple or $75/each. Dress is cocktail attire or "farm formal." For gala ticket information contact Heather LeVeille.  

Marvin and Company, PC is hosting a STARTUP BOOTCAMP, on Thursday, September 24, 11am at SUNY Poly.  Are you looking to start a company or is your company within five years of operation? Then this boot camp is for you. Join industry leaders Kevin P. O'Leary, CPA, Director, Marvin and Company, P.C., and Jeffrey B. Schwartz, Partner, Phillips Lytle LLP, for an interactive lunch and learn program. This FREE, information-packed event is designed to connect aspiring founders to improve their ideas and entrepreneurial skills. Topics may include: Entity Selection, Tax Issues, Exit Strategies, Raising Capital, Structuring Finance and Intellectual Property Issues. Reserve tickets here.  

Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy will present "Mushrooms of the Northeast"
a two-part course about the mushrooms of the Capital Region. Learn from a classroom presentation about mushrooms and apply your knowledge during a field session while enjoying a sneak preview of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy's new Bozen Kill Preserve, opening to the public later this fall.  Dave Muska of  Ondatra Adventures will be the instructor. Join us on Thursday, September 24 from 6-8 pm. Classroom presentation at MHLC office, 425 Kenwood Ave. Delmar and Saturday, September 26 from 9 am-1 pm for Field session at MHLC's Bozen Kill Preserve in Knox, NY. The cost is $10 per person. In this course, we will learn the fascinating ecological roles of our local fungi, as well as key characteristics used in the identification of mushrooms. Topics covered will include identification techniques, taxonomy, morphology, edibility & toxicity, and medicinal fungi, as well as 'best' harvesting practices. Learn more and register here. 
 
 COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS
 
The Town of Bethlehem will host the Fall Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Collection Day will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Town Highway Garage, 74 Elm Avenue East, Selkirk. For your safety please remain in your vehicle. Workers will unload the wastes. See the Spring Cleanup Brochure for complete instructions. For more information including acceptable items, please visit the Recycling Events web page.


This Saturday, September 26 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back DayElm Ave Town Park will be one of the drop-off locations for this Free event, from 10am to 2pm. Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal. Proper disposal of unused prescription and over-the-counter medications is important to protect both people and the environment. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. See website for more details.

To Life! and Columbia Memorial Hospital will present Leading a Full Life During and Beyond Cancer on Saturday, Sept. 26. A Wellness workshop for women diagnosed with breast and gynecological cancers. Join us for a day that is all about The Whole You - not just the part with Cancer. Be part of a community with women who are ready to take charge and thrive! Register online at www.tolife.org/events/olana or call To Life! at 518-439-5975.

Our Towne Bethlehem will once again be hosting the Annual Turkey Trot in Bethlehem on Thanksgiving Day. They are currently looking for Sponsors for this event. If you are interested in being a sponsor download the sponsorship form. Sponsor deadline is 10/16/2015.  All runners can register here.
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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. 
       
The Delmar Farmers Market is open Saturdays, 9am-1pm for the season.  Visit over 50 vendors for farm fresh produce, crafts and food stands. At the Bethlehem Middle School, 332 Kenwood Avenue every Saturday through December.  
  
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   

 

Wilson Bros. Heating & Cooling, Inc. 

Kim Wilson 

420 Kenwood Ave

Delmar, NY 12054

(518) 765-4112

 

Craig Lawson Interior Residential Painting

Craig Lawson 

787A Route 9W

Glenmont, NY 12077

(518) 300-7802

 

Columbia-Greene Media

P.O. Box 178  

Ravena, NY  12143
(518) 756-2030

   

Marianne Tumminello Distributor/

Sisel International

Marianne Tumminello 

37 County Route 412

Westerlo, NY  12193

 (518) 424-6057

   

hEARt Ear Boutique

398 Feura Bush Road
Glenmont, NY  12077
(518) 435-1250

 

Delmar Health Hut, Inc.

Denise Maskell-Lemieux 

278 Delaware Ave

Delmar, NY 12054

(518) 439-7775

 

Micky's Embroidery & Team Wear

Denise Maskell-Lemieux

278 Delaware Ave

Delmar, NY 12054

(518) 475-0076 

 

Bethlehem Town Family Dental 

Henry Huang, DDS 

241 Route 9W

Glenmont, NY 12077

(518) 776-4939 

 

Belvedere Home Care 

Bruce McShane 

1 Van Tromp St

Albany NY 12207

(518) 694-9400 x 138 

 

Delmar Bistro, Inc. 

Cindy Leffler 

180 Delaware Ave, Delaware Plaza

Delmar, NY 12054

(518) 439-1000

 

Sky Beauty Bar 

Kelly Brunina/Maegan Ublacker 

339 Delaware Ave

Delmar, NY 12054

(518) 463-7593

 

Upstate Geeks, LLC 

Ermal Shkullaku 

700 Kenwood Ave

Slingerlands, NY 12159

(518) 554-0001

 

Foundry Fitness, LLC  

Charlee Pollinger  

243 Delaware Ave

Delmar, NY 12054

(518) 650-8111  

 

AROUND THE REGION...
  

Vendors Wanted!


Saturday, October 24, 2015,8:00am - 2:00pm
Farnsworth Middle School,6072 State Farm Rd, Guilderland
Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy and a host of supporting partners will showcase local Capital Region businesses that are living "green" and working hard to reduce, reuse and recycle.This jointly-hosted event will celebrate Guilderland Central School District's 10th community recycling and re-use extravaganza!  This FREE to the public event will highlight many unique and special environmentally friendly businesses, offer educational presentations and host a recycling event in conjunction with the Guilderland Central School District.  If you are interested in showcasing your business at this event, see the website for Vendor Information and Registration. Local businesses help support a strong local economy.
 

From QuickBooks Online to QuickBooks for Service Businesses to QuickBooks for Businesses with Inventory to QuickBooks for Nonprofits, this series has something for everyone. Attend one or all, and learn what you need to know to use QuickBooks more efficiently. For more information or to sign up, please contact Paul Stewart at (518) 436-8586 x805.  
 

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? 
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Marketspace page frequently to see
available office space.

 

   

HELP WANTED

 

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Visit our
Job Postings page frequently to see current openings.

 

 



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