E-NEWS

in this issue

The Chamber will be closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of the Presidents' Day Holiday.

WE HEARD YOU!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the 2016 Member Survey!  We sincerely appreciate your feedback.

Many respondents asked about the Delaware Avenue Improvement Project, Time Management, and Financial Resources.

Did you know that on Monday, February 1 the Chamber organized a meeting in conjunction with the Town where CHA Companies, the project engineer, provided conceptual design plans and an overview of the project to businesses along the Delaware Avenue corridor?  This gave businesses the opportunity to share feedback, voice concerns, and ask questions.  Tuesday, February 9 was the Public Information Meeting which was open for anyone to attend.  You can view the conceptual plan HERE (please note this is conceptual design only and has not yet received Town, State or Federal approval), and click HERE to see the graphic from the public meeting that shows what the improvements might look like along four areas of Delaware Avenue.  To read about the DAIG (Delaware Avenue Improvement Group), click HERE.

There are two great events coming up that are right in line with your feedback - see below for details on our Time Management for Busy Entrepreneurs Seminar, and the Financial Resources for Businesses Roundtable event.

We are always open to feedback, please feel free to contact Erica Hogan at any time via email or at 439.0512.

CHAMBER NEWS AND EVENTS



Romo's Pizza Ribbon Cutting
365 Feura Bush Road, Glenmont
Thursday, February 18, 12pm
Romo's Pizza is fully moved into their new location and is open for business!  Come check out their beautiful new space and join us to help them cut the ribbon.  They will have a yummy spread of food for the ribbon cutting, and then at 5pm singer/songwriter Marcus Ruggiero, a Saratoga favorite, will entertain dinner guests until 8pm.




Tri-Chamber Speed Networking 
Hampton Inn by Hilton Albany/University Area
1442 Western Avenue, Albany
Thursday, February 25, 7:30am - 9:00am
The Bethlehem Chamber has partnered with the Colonie and Guilderland Chambers of Commerce to bring you this Tri-Chamber Speed Networking Event. Connect with colleagues from throughout the Capital Region and make 20 new contacts before you get into the office. Space is limited, so reserve your spot early and bring plenty of business cards. Peter Coombs from FRONTLINE Training & Consulting will moderate. FRONTLINE Training helps salespeople in all types of organizations through workshops, keynotes, and coaching.
Sponsored by





Business for Breakfast: Time Management for Busy Entrepreneurs
Bethlehem Public Library - Community Room
451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
7:45 AM - Registration/Networking; 8:00 AM - Presentation Begins
We all know them -  time sinks are those black holes that somehow manage to consume our mental and physical energy without tangible results. Join Dorothee Racette, time management coach and trainer, for a discussion on making the most of your productivity and time.
Sponsored by





Financial Resources for Businesses Roundtable 
Bethlehem Public Library - Community Room
451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
7:00 - 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 March 29 at 7pm. 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.  Link for flyer will follow


   

For additional details on all of our upcoming events,  
view our Chamber Events Calendar!     




Nominate a Business Person, Citizen or
Youth Volunteer/Entrepreneur

for the

31st Annual Chamber Awards Dinner
Friday, April 8, 2016
Cyprus Shrine Center, Glenmont

Do you know of a deserving local Business Person, Citizen or Youth who contributes to the Bethlehem Community?   Nominate them for our Annual Awards!  For complete details on qualifications and submission, see the
Nomination Form.

***nomination deadline is February 18, 2016***

New Opportunity to Market Your Business During Specific Conventions and Sporting Tournaments
 
The ACCVB has created a new Twitter handle, @AskAlbanyNY.  AskAlbanyNY is an online Albany Concierge for SPECIFIC conventions and sporting tournaments which services to answer any questions that participants/attendees have about Albany such as directions, parking, restaurant info, where to stay, and much more.

Any local business/restaurant can offer specials during conventions and sporting events, including the NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships February 26-27.   As an example, any patron that comes into your business with a wrestling ticket receives a complimentary appetizer, OR any patron that comes in with a school wrestling shirt receives 10% off their purchase.  Click this link to start following.

Take advantage of this free opportunity to promote your business, get your name out there, and drive business directly to you by tweeting your offer.  Hotel partners can tweet to any of the teams staying with them as well as advertising weekend room specials.  If you have questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Deb Goedeke, Convention Services / Sporting Tournament Manager at 518.434.1217 x100 or via email

Upcoming events taking place in downtown Albany include:

New York State Bar Exam
February 23-24
Approximately 3,000 future lawyers will converge on our city for the test.  Many hotels are sold out in the capital region.  These applicants will be seeking dining options throughout these two days, which is a great opportunity for our downtown businesses and restaurants.

NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships
February 26-27
54th Annual Championship welcomes wrestlers, families, friends and fans to a weekend of exciting sports.  Cheer on all of the elite wrestlers representing their sections encompassing New York State, plus the New York City Public School Athletic League (PSAL) and Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA).

2016 MAAC Basketball Championships
March 3-7, Times Union Center
The NCAA Division 1 MAAC Men's and Women's basketball teams will participate in the 5 day tournament, with family, friends, fans and alumni cheering them on.

Promote Your Business and Support Your
Community Chamber in 2016!


Maximize your Chamber Membership and promote your business or organization as a trusted Bethlehem institution to the Chamber's 500 members, their employees and the community!

Are you using all your FREE Member benefits?  See how you can promote your organization with benefits that are part of your Membership. See details.

Online Directory Profile     Job Postings       Member to Member Deals    
Community Calendar     Welcome Packets   Chamber Info Center    
Business Referral Groups

Sponsorship Opportunities


       Breakfast Seminars        Networking Mixers          Web Banner Ads
Annual Awards Dinner    Annual Golf Outing         Hot Deals
                            E-Newsletter Ads            Print Directory Ads
                                  Enhanced Online Directory Listing     
         
 For additional details, see our Sponsorship Opportunities

To take advantage of any of the above, contact Erica at the Bethlehem Chamber
or complete the Sponsor Form and return to the Chamber by email or
fax at 475-0910


UPDATE YOUR BUSINESS INFO
for the
2016-2017 Business and Community Directory 

We are preparing for the print 2016-2017 Chamber Business & Community Directory.  8,000 copies will be distributed throughout the community over the course of the year.  Member businesses should login to your account to verify all of your information is accurate. Forms were emailed and mailed (depending on your contact preference) the week of 1/4/16.  Please make any updates to your account by January 22, so your most current information is included.  If you cannot locate your login info, please contact the Chamber at 439-0512, email or download a Member Information Form

Reserve Your Ad for the
2016-2017 Business and Community Directory!

Interested in promoting your business year-round to a business and consumer audience? 
Purchase an ad in the 2016-2017 Business & Community Directory.
 
* 8,000 copies printed and distributed
* Glossy, full-color ads
*Convenient size for use year-round by businesses and residents
*Directories included in Chamber Welcome Packets year-round to new residents and new businesses
The most affordable annual avenue to target Bethlehem's highly desirable demographic

See Rate Info and Contact our Sales Team:
Paula Segal  (518)482-9044 or
Don McCormick  (518)542-3341

MEMBER NEWS & EVENTS
 
Do you have a credit card processing fee that you would like to reduce, or even eliminate? Contact A-1 Merchant Solutions and see how they can help. Click to view their brochure, and call 518.763.4000 to start saving today!

This month at Amelia's Garden, any
RED fabric will be 15% off yardage cut off the bolt. And Sunday, February 14, learn to make the Chic Country quilt block using the fun Quick Curve Ruler. Intermediate skill level, basic sewing skills needed and knowledge of 1/4" seam allowance and basic rotary cutting skills needed. 11am, $35 for 3-hour class.

Calling all actors! The Cue Theatre is holding auditions for two performances on Tuesday, February (passed) and Thursday, February 11 - you only need to attend one audition. Mulan Jr.: ages 7 - 13 (elementary and middle school), 5:30-7:00pm, performance dates are May13-15. You're A Good Man Charlie Brown: ages 14 and up, 7:00-8:30pm, come prepared to dance, performance dates are May 6-7. Please prepare 16 bars of a Broadway song. Please bring sheet music for the musical director. All roles are open! Tuition for the program in $200. The Cue Theatre offers financial aid.

Reach 4,000 more households with the Ravena News Herald Spring Sampling program! View the flyer for complete details, or email Marlene with Columbia-Greene Media. 50% off if you advertise all 4 weeks, 25% off if you choose 1 week.

Did you know that several carriers have recently dropped boat coverage? Click to view the flyer, and call the Brady Agency at 518.439.3017 for coverage. While you are at it, check to see if your Commercial Insurance policy covers flooding - most of them don't! The Brady Agency can help with that too, view the flyer here.

What do Eyeglass and Hearing Aid Collection, Scholarships for graduating Bethlehem Seniors, and File for Life all have in common? They are all activities and organizations supported by the Bethlehem Lions Club. View their flyer to learn more about them, or contact 518.767.9333 to join or volunteer.

Fish Fry Fridays are back at Elsmere Fire Department! Fridays 2/12, 2/26, 3/11 and 3/25 come get your fish fry, french fries and coleslaw from 4-7pm for only $8.50. Click for the flyer.

The theme at Merriman and Pfister's Marketplace this month is LOVEPurchase a heart, an item with pink or red, or even
something with a sentimental thought, and get 15% off that item. And on Friday, February 12, come dip your own Chocolate Covered Strawberry from 3-5pm! $3.50 each. 

Relax, connect and create at Ben's Jammin' Treasures by painting a beautiful winter scene with oil paint. All materials are included, no experience necessary. Saturday, February 13 at 3:30pm - class is limited to 6 for individual attention, call 518.729.5445. Class will be offered again on February 20 for those who cannot make it. 

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Nicole's Restaurant! Three course prix fixe for only $59. Click here to see the full menu, call 518.436.4952 for reservations.
 
Make this Valentine's Weekend special with Roux! Live music by The Robinson Hamilton Project Friday, February 12 from 6-9pm and Sunday, February 14 from 5-8pm.  On Valentine's Day, every guest will receive a complimentary glass of champagne. Call 518.487.4358 for reservations. And on Wednesday, February 17 Pam Robbins and Don Robbins will be guest bartending at 6pm - 100% of all tips made at the bar will be donated to the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless. Axford and Borrello will be performing from 6-9pm that same night.

Click here to view Romo's Pizza's Valentine's Weekend Specials! Available February 13 and 14. Feel the love!

Get your Valentine's Day Treats at La Empanada LlamaHeart shaped Tres Leches Cake $13.25, Pisco Sour Cupcakes $2.50 each ($8 box of 4), Chocolate Cupcakes filled with Dulce de Leche $2.50 each ($8 box of 4), heart shaped Alfajores $2 ($5 box of 3). Add $2.50 and we will deliver to your loved one ourselves (orders over $20.00 no extra charge)! Call 518.915.1887.

It may be cold outside, but the hot stones at Breathe Massage Therapy sure aren't! Book a one hour Swedish or Deep Tissue Thursday, February 11 and we'll add complimentary hot stones*Limited openings with Michelle, Claudia, and Becky, call 518.621.7979.

Itching to take a road trip? Join Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation on March 19 for a Bus Trip to Boston! The reservation deadline is Friday, February 19. Complete details on the flyer.
 
On Thursday, February 11 Akira Albany is celebrating their One Year Anniversary - enjoy 30% off everything (promotion can't be combined with any other offers).

Do you have any fresh ideas to combat poverty? Grassroot Givers is partnering with Siena College to host a discussion on February 11 at Siena from 9-10:30pm about charitable giving in the Capital Region. Come share your ideas and listen to others as well! 
 
Hosting a special event? Look no further, Swifty's Restaurant & Pub catersNo matter how large or small, at your home or a venue, or if the menu is pub fare or gourmet, let us cook for you! Contact Lindsay at 518.378.2853 for more details.
 
The Glenmont Price Chopper is one of five launching an experiment with telemedicine that will allow you to speak with doctors via videoconference. Doctors will diagnose symptoms, dispense advice and prescribe medications for common non-emergency ailments like cold, flu, sinus infections, pink eye and common rashes. View the full article here.
 
Love is in the air at CapitalCare Family MedEsthetics - take advantage of their Valentine's Day Gift Card Special and receive a FREE $25 with every $100 gift card purchase.
 
Jake Moon Restaurant Cafe now offers a "Cabin Fever Early Dinner", a comfort food prix fixe dinner for $10.95 served from 5:00 to 6:30, dine-in only. Wine and beer specials will also be offered. Call 518.768.2570 for more info.
 
The weekend of February 13-14 is filling up fast at Balance MassageCouples Massage is $150 (same room) and $140 (separate rooms). Call 518.475.9999. Mary Panza is back from her class in Lomi Lomi - all February, enjoy a 1-hour session for $70 (regularly $80). Click here to learn about Lomi Lomi.
 
The following specials are currently offered at Los Panchos Mexican Grill & Bar: $6.99 Lunch M-F 12pm-3pm, dine-in or take-out. Daily Happy Hour 3pm-6pm with drink specials - see flyer for details.
 
Need space to host a small meeting? Contact Berkshire Bank - their Community Rooms are available to any organization, even after hours. Contact the Delmar branch at 518.475.2590 or the Slingerlands branch at 518.439.6282. View their brochure for Business Checking account details, and they also offer special products and services to the active Military and Veterans - click here
 
Schedule an eye exam now at DiNapoli Opticians and save on your complete eyeglasses! $75 off or $100 off, your choice, call 518.439.6303.
 
Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited
(BOU) is hosting its 4th Bethlehem Community Spelling Bee on Thursday, February 25 at BCHS at 6:30pm. The event is the biggest fundraiser for BOU, a non-profit organization that funds grants for prevention education and youth activities in our community. BOU needs teams, team sponsors, donations for a raffle and audience members to make this event a success! Click to register a team, or to sponsor.
 
Bethlehem Central Schools has opportunities for Business Owners, Home Based Businesses, or anyone looking for Part-Time work - we are looking for individuals to train as School Bus Drivers. View the full details here, and contact Kevin Williams with questions at 518-439-3830.
 
For a full list of the ongoing member deals & offers, visit Member News.
WEBSITE of the WEEK


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

 
 COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

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.  
  
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 Calendar here and click Submit an Event, it's free! 
 
NEW MEMBERS   


935 New Loudon Road
Latham, NY
518.928.8816

Delmar, NY 12054
518.300.3211

a division of Novus Engineering, P.C.
25 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
518.439.8588

Glenmont, NY
518.364.1589

382 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
518.451.9666

1391 Indian Fields Road
Feura Bush, NY 12067
518.475.1033

180 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
518.439.3223
Feura Bush, NY 12067
518.859.5370
 
Feura Bush, NY 12067
518.859.5370

Horizon View Travel
Delmar, NY 12054
518.477.7792 

Law Office of Meredith H. Savitt, P.C.

Delmar, NY 12054
518.478.9632 
  
Financial Advisor
Glenmont, NY 12077
518.862.9755 

318 Delaware Ave.
Delmar, NY 12054 

Heaven's Lil' Angels LLC
Tina Moore
2384 Route 9W
Ravena, NY
518.727.6631 

Delmar, NY 12054
518.316.1150

316 Delaware Ave, Ste 24
Delmar, NY 12054
518.584.9990

KUDOS TO


They were recently voted the # 1 health club in the capital region by Capital Region Living Magazine.  Congratulations!

and


They received the Corporation of the Year Award from St. Mary's Hospital.  Click here to read the full press release.  Well done!

AROUND THE REGION... 
 
The Community Loan Fund has some upcoming FREE events that are a great resources for small businesses.  Using Email and Digital Marketing to Build Profitable Relationships will be held Tuesday, February 16 from 10am-12pm.  This is a free, hands-on workshop that will introduce participants to the concepts of marketing on the web, formatting email/social posts and measuring the success of email campaigns. With an emphasis on "content marketing" this workshop will teach participants the benefits and various applications of targeted email and social media marketing to create and maintain successful relationships with customers, prospects, partners, referral resources and the media.  A Small Business Legal Clinic will be held Thursday, February 18.  If you have a small business legal question, attorneys with expertise in business-related issues will be available for free 1/2 hour consultations.  Call today to reserve your space. 518.435.1770


 
Guess who's turning 40?  The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau!  To celebrate, we've compiled a list of the best of Albany County - from favorite landmarks to notable festivals, and much more - The Albany Top 40.  No list could be complete without input from the community of residents, travelers, organizations, businesses, and everyone else who loves Albany County.  We're asking our social media fans and followers to contribute to our list by sharing their own photos, comments, and personal memories of the list items using #AlbanyTop40 and commenting on Discover Albany Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts for a chance to win the weekly prize - an Albany Top 40 photo book!  We need YOUR help - here's what you can do: 1) spread the word about the #AlbanyTop40 campaign within your network; 2) share our #AlbanyTop40 posts on your organizational or personal social media accounts; and 3) contribute to the weekly #AlbanyTop40 on social media by commenting and sharing photos or memories.


BETHLEHEM BUSINESS MAP

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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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