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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.



 
Living Resources Workforce Networking Luncheon
300 Washington Ave Ext., Albany
Wednesday, February 24, 12:00 PM

Join us for a networking event to learn more about talented students with intellectual disabilities looking to better their futures with experience you can provide. Work experience is an important part of The College Experience program - launched in 2005, the focus is on providing students with intellectual disabilities opportunities similar to their siblings and high-school peers. As part of a diverse campus community, students practice living independently, making friends, and interning at area businesses. The two-year residential non-credit certificate program hosted by The College of Saint Rose in partnership with Living Resources gives these students the chance to attend college in order to transition to independent adult life, but with accommodated instruction that addresses students' needs for practical living and working skills. Free lunch will be provided.




Tri-Chamber Speed Networking 
Hampton Inn by Hilton Albany/University Area
1442 Western Avenue, Albany
Thursday, February 25, 7:30am - 9:00am
ONLY A FEW SEATS REMAIN - THIS IS ALMOST SOLD OUT!!!

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





March Networking Mixer
My Place & Co.
241 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
5-7pm

Join us for some Networking March Madness!  Our March Networking Mixer will tip-off at 5pm at My Place & Co. - get in the game, catch up with your contacts, and make some new ones before the night is over.




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.

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
 
Click here to hear from Safari Health's Sarah Schoof, a Travel Health Nurse, on the Zika virus.

Getting ready to buy your first home? Capital Bank's First Home Club can help! Open a dedicated savings account and for every $1 you save, receive $4! Fave for a minimum of 10 months, up to a maximum of 24 months. If you save the maximum, $1,875, you will receive $7,500 - bringing your total to $9,375 to be used for the purchase of your house. View the full details of this amazing program here.

Partnering with To Life!, Poise Studios is offering breast cancer patients and survivors weekly free participation in Yoga 101 class on Thursday afternoons from 6:30-7:15pm or in Hot Vinyasa Flow yoga on Saturday mornings from 9:30-10:30am. Visit the To Life! site for more information, and click here for their general brochure. Please note time change for Saturday class.

Now through Easter Sunday at One Six Five NormansideLenten Fish Fry options for both lunch and dinner will be offered every Friday. Stop in for a bite!

Ready to be TRANSFORMED? Click here to learn about the TOP FORM Delmar Purium 10 Day Transformation - loose weight and reset your metabolism! Purium products are certified organic, non-GMO, with no artificial sweeteners - click here for full details.

Are you compliant with the most current labor law postings? If not, or if you are unsure, GTM Payroll Services offers a Poster Service designed to protect your business and keep employees advised of their rights. With the $99.95 yearly fee, you receive an up-to-date Federal and State Poster set, plus specific posters required for restaurants. You'll get automatic replacements whenever a mandatory change occurs, for no extra charge - no matter how many changes occur! Click for details or call 518.373.4111.

The Delmar Farmers Market is now accepting applications for the 2016 season. Visit here to register and apply, the deadline is March 15.

The Pine Hollow Arboretum has many beautiful Ash trees, young and mature that are at risk of being infested and killed by the Emerald Ash Borer. We are hoping to get support from our members, friends and visitors so that we can preserve these important trees. Click HERE to help!

Did you know the Bethlehem YMCA offers Corporate Discounts? Email Shannon for details.

Our next Discovery Day for Hot Harry's franchise opportunities is Feb 26 at 10am in Pittsfield, MA. Reserve space now!

On Wednesday, February 17 Pam Robbins and Don Robbins will be guest bartending at Roux 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.

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!

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.
 
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.

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   

200 Port Road South
Albany, NY 12205
518.432.7446

797 Route 9W
Glenmont, NY 12077
518.767.2574

741 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
518.439.5560

20 Century Hill Drive
Latham, NY 12110
518.242.8800

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 

KUDOS TO


They were once again named Albany's #1 Residential Mortgage Lender - congratulations!  View the full list here.

and


They were named one of the 20 most romantic restaurants in Capital Region - oh la la!  See the full list.

AROUND THE REGION... 
 
The Community Loan Fund has some upcoming FREE events that are a great resources for small businesses. 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

View the online version of the Bethlehem Business map here.

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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