The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce serves the business communities of Delmar, Elsmere, Glenmont, North and South Bethlehem, Ravena, Selkirk, Slingerlands and surrounding areas, providing support to businesses both large and small.
Window Sticker and Member Certificate
Members of the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce receive a window sticker and member certificate to display at their business, a message to their customers that they are a respected business that supports their community and community chamber of commerce.
When consumers know that a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 44% more likely to think favorably of it and 63% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.
Most consumers (59%) think that being active in the local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy overall. It is 29% more effective, however, for communicating to consumers that a company uses good business practices and 26% more effective for communicating that a business is reputable.
The Schapiro Group and Market St Study, commissioned by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives with support from Small Business Network, Inc.
The Chamber offers Ribbon Cuttings as a way to promote new businesses and expanded or renovated existing businesses. Chamber representatives will attend with ceremonial scissors and ribbon for the official ceremony and coordinate the promotion of the event.
The Chamber provides frequent opportunities to meet other business owners and to promote your business, through Business For Breakfast events, Networking Mixers, Annual Awards Dinner in the Spring and Annual Golf Outing in the Fall. Several times a year, these events are in conjunction with other area chambers, giving your business exposure throughout the Capital Region.
The Chamber offers seminars regularly featuring Guest Speakers and experts who explore topics of interest and importance to businesses and their employees.
The Chamber offers members the opportunity to connect through five Leads Groups, which are informal, non-competitive networking groups that meet regularly to share leads and referrals. Unlike some chamber referral groups, this opportunity is available to our members at no additional cost. For details visit our Leads Group page.
The Bethlehem Chamber offers a variety of health and dental insurance plans for members and their employees. Our experienced staff will assist you in finding a plan that works for your particular needs. For details, visit our Health Insurance page.
Marketing and Advertising
The Chamber offers a wide variety of opportunities for members to promote their businesses to our membership and the community. We offer member mailing list or labels; a listing in our annual print directory; an expanded listing in our online directory; an annual Restaurant Week; Hot Deals; Member to Member Offers; Holiday Shopping Card, web ads and cooperative advertising opportunities.
Buy Local Initiative
The Bethlehem Chamber has a strong Think and Buy Bethlehem campaign for member businesses in town with fewer than 25 employees. This program encourages fellow businesses and the community to support our local business and keep money in our local community. The Chamber represents our members at the Delmar Farmers Market on Saturdays and the Tuesday Farmers Market in season. Participating member businesses are highlighted with the buy local logo in our online Business Directory. The Chamber runs a Restaurant Week each May to highlight our restaurant members and a Holiday Shopping Card which again encourages the community to Buy Bethlehem during the holiday season.
The Chamber publishes a weekly newsletter which is emailed out to all members and community partners every Wednesday. The newsletter highlights the Chamber's activities, upcoming events, Member news and regional events of interest to the local business community.
Chamber Members are encouraged to offer a special, discount or gift with purchase to the Bethlehem Chamber membership. This is a great way to promote your business to other member businesses and their employees. The offers are prominently posted on our website with links in our weekly newsletter.
The Chamber works to represent the interests of business at the local, state and federal levels throughout the year. Working independently and with similar organizations and area chambers ensuring that the interests of our members are heard.
The Bethlehem Chamber plans networking and partnership opportunities with other area chambers of commerce, offering our members the opportunity to promote their business, not only in Bethlehem but throughout the Capital District and Tech Valley.
Certificates of Origin
Certificates of Origin (COs) are international trade documents used to determine the origin of goods for official, commercial and financial reasons. Virtually every country in the world considers the origin of imported goods when determining what duty will be assessed on the goods or, in some cases, whether the goods may be legally imported at all. COs attest that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured, or processed in a particular country (country of origin).
The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce can assist with the completion of COs. There is no charge for Members. Contact the Bethlehem Chamber at 518-439-0512 for more information.