2017 marks the 60th Anniversary Year of the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce ~ a community organization serving Bethlehem since 1957. The Bethlehem Chamber was grown from the Delmar Businessmen’s Association, a group of business owners in the sole shopping district of Bethlehem at the Four Corners in Delmar. At that time, the Chamber's focus was beautification of the main shopping area, with the addition of park benches, flowers, sponsored sidewalk sales and encouraging businesses to locate here. Businesses at the time included pharmacies, a five-and-ten-cent store, movie theater, butcher, bakery, barber shop, two bowling alleys and a roller skating rink. A number of these businesses are still in existence today.
Over the decades, as the town has grown, so has the Bethlehem Chamber, serving over 500 business and non-profit members in each of our 7 hamlets – Delmar, Elsmere, Glenmont, North and South Bethlehem, Slingerlands, Selkirk, and beyond to the greater Capital Region. The Chamber continues to provide our members with business, marketing, workforce and regulatory support, as well as an affordable option for health and dental insurance. It also remains a trusted resource for residents and those looking to relocate to town.
The Chamber’s annual projects have expanded to encourage the community to participate and support our local merchants and charities, strengthening the greater Bethlehem community. Chamber-sponsored community events include Restaurant Week, Small Business Saturday, the Holiday Shopping Card promotion, and the Shop BETHLEHEM Gift Card which is available year-round. The card can be used at a variety of local businesses, keeping revenue here in Bethlehem. The Chamber continues annual initiatives in economic and workforce development, as well as larger county and regional projects that will benefit and impact Bethlehem.
The Bethlehem Chamber is community-focused. In addition to utilizing Members for nearly all of the Chamber’s project and business needs, it supports many member events through donations, contacts and resources. The Chamber also partners with local organizations to support community-wide events around town, the latest being the first Annual First Night Bethlehem on New Year’s Eve.
The Bethlehem Chamber looks forward to serving our community both locally and regionally, highlighting Bethlehem as one of the finest communities in the Capital Region to live, work and play.
View article on the Chamber's Anniversary in the Spotlight News