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.Read More
The 2017-2018 Business & Community Directory is Here!
The Bethlehem Chamber's Annual Business & Community Directory for 2017-2018 is here!
This handy booklet includes listings for all of the Chamber's Member business and non-profit organizations, making it a great resource for the Community, encouraging our residents and fellow Members to Buy Local for all of your personal, gift and household needs. Supporting our local businesses and non-profits helps to strengthen the Bethlehem community.
Pick up your copy at the Bethlehem Chamber or at community locations or Member businesses around town!
You may also view the full Directory online here.
Bethlehem Restaurant Week 2017
Monday, May 15 to Sunday, May 21, 2017
3 course dinner for $25 at 24 participating restaurants
See Participating Restaurants below ~ check back for added restaurants and menus
Restaurants in and around Bethlehem interested in participating, call the Chamber at 439-0512 for details prior to May 4, to be included in all advertising.Read More
Nominate a 2017 Business Person, Citizen or Youth
32nd Annual Chamber Awards Dinner ~ Friday, April 28, 2017
NOMINATE A BUSINESS PERSON, CITIZEN or YOUTH
If you know of a business person, a community volunteer or young resident who stands out for their involvement and commitment to our community, please let us know! We are now accepting nominations for Business Person of the Year, Citizen of the Year and our Youth Award, to be presented at our 32nd Annual Chamber Awards Dinner on Friday, April 28th, 2017.
Please return the completed nomination form by Monday, February 13th. Forms may be emailed to email@example.com, faxed to 518-475-0910 or dropped off at the Chamber office in Delmar.
Danube River Cruise
Departing the Summer of 2017 - various dates available
Open to all Travelers in the Community
The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce and Fairytale Journeys by Tim Brooks have partnered to present a family river cruise to 8 unforgettable destinations in 4 countries on an all-inclusive adventure along the Danube River through the heart of Europe. This 8-day/7-night vacation is an Adventures by Disney® exclusive, sailing with AmaWaterways™, a leader in luxury river cruising.
Bethlehem Chamber Partners with BCSD to Place Students
The Bethlehem Central School District is working with the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce to assist businesses with their need for workers. If your business is interested in hosting a High School student for an Internship or paid part-time work shifts, please complete the Work-based Learning Information Form at this link (or click here to download the form) to register your business. Program staff will work to provide the best student match for each business. These Work-Based Learning programs allow the business to connect with local students, provide valuable life experience, while also filling the need for workers. Student liability while on the job is covered by the District through these programs. For additional details, contact the Chamber at 518-439-0512 or District Program Liaison Nick Petraccione at 518-439-4921 Ext. 22053.
Monday, May 9 through Sunday, May 15 at participating restaurants
Support our local restaurants by dining out this week and enjoy a 3-course meal for $20.16!Read More
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!
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The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce Launches a Buy Local Gift Card. Purchase a Shop Bethlehem Gift Card and show your support for our local businesses and the Bethlehem community!
The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the launch of the Shop Bethlehem Gift Card. The gift cards are available for sale to the public in any amount from $5-$500, and are used like cash exclusively at participating businesses in the community. The card is the perfect gift for the upcoming holidays, or for birthdays, employee recognition programs, teacher appreciation gifts, graduation, or just to say thank you. Gift card recipients can redeem their cards at over 40 local establishments, including restaurants, retail stores, salons, service providers, and more. The cards may be reloaded for convenience and used throughout the year.Read More
The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce is an official partner for November 28th's Small Business Saturday ® national initiative to help small businesses with their most pressing need - getting more customers.Read More
SHOP LOCAL THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!
Visit participating businesses with your Holiday Shopping Card and receive specials or discounts from Small Business Saturday, November 28 - December 31, 2015. The Holiday Shopping Card will be distributed throughout Town.....at the Our Towne Bethlehem Turkey Trot, in the 11/25/15 edition of the Spotlight Newspaper, at the Saturday and Tuesday Farmers Markets, and at community locations including the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce and participating businesses. Pick one up today, supplies are limited. You must have the card to receive the discounts.
Support Bethlehem Businesses this Holiday!
View the list of participating businesses...Read More
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.Read More
Bethlehem Business To Business
Business Supporting Business - Get Involved!
Members of the Delaware Avenue Improvement Group (DAIG) are excited to launch a new initiative that they encourage businesses to support. The Bethlehem Business to Business initiative will encourage Delaware Avenue businesses to utilize local businesses when undertaking improvements. DAIG will be mailing a program brochure to all Delaware Avenue businesses soon, but you may download brochure here for details on the program. If you would like to offer an incentive/discount on your services, we will advertise your business in the pamphlet. The type of projects Delaware Avenue businesses will likely be undertaking include painting, signage, landscaping, installing benches, power washing, and more. For more details, see the letter here.
Bethlehem Art Association Exhibits at the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce
The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce features artwork by the members of the Bethlehem Art Association at the Chamber office, located in Main Square Shoppes, 318 Delaware Avenue in Delmar. Ten members of the BAA will have their work on display during the year. This will be the first of a series of revolving art shows. Every two months there will be a new show featuring up to 12 local artists. The Chamber invites the community to stop into the office, weekdays 9am-5pm to view the exhibit and support our local artist community.
The Bethlehem Art Association was formed in 1966 to serve as a focal point for art activities in Bethlehem. To learn more about the BAA, visit their website here.