The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce

The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce is a local, community-based Chamber focused on serving residents and businesses in the Bethlehem hamlets of Delmar, Elsmere, Glenmont, Slingerlands, North and South Bethlehem, Selkirk and surrounding area.

Established in 1957, the Bethlehem Chamber offers resources for residents, business, recreation and relocation. In addition, the Chamber works on a local and regional level to advance economic development for our town and the region. Through partnerships with local, county and state officials and community organizations, the Chamber works to foster a positive business environment in Bethlehem and the surrounding region.


Chamber News

Bethlehem Chamber Celebrates 60 Years!

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.

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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.


Microenterprise Grant Program Round 2 for Small Businesses

In December 2016, the Town of Bethlehem was awarded additional funding from the New York State Office of Homes and Community Renewal to continue its successful Microenterprise Grant Program, originated in 2014. For the 2016 award, 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. 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.

As of 9/2017, funds remain for new and emerging enterprises. Funds for existing businesses have been distributed.

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Upcoming Chamber Events

Resolute Tattoo Ribbon Cutting

316 Delaware Avenue, Suite 21 (2nd fl), Delmar
Friday, January 19, 4:30pm
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Help us welcome Resolute Tattoo to Town! Friday we will cut the ribbon, followed by the official Grand Opening on Sunday. Join us Friday and get a sneak peak of the newest addition to Main Square.

Then visit the shop Sunday for the Grand Opening, which will include food, drinks, prizes, tattoos & music! Take advantage of their deposit promotion - put down $100 and get credit for $160. Dan will be doing consults all day; Bill will be available for both consults and tattoos. RSVP to the Grand Opening via their Facebook event.


State of the Town 2018

Bethlehem Town Hall, 445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
Monday, January 22 / 8:15am Networking & Breakfast / 8:30am Program
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Supervisor David VanLuven will deliver the State of the Town Address to the business community and public, outlining the challenges Bethlehem faces and his priorities for the coming year. Continental breakfast will be provided.


The Spinney at Van Dyke Clubhouse Ribbon Cutting

6 Parker Mathusa Place, Delmar
Thursday, January 25, 4pm
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The Spinney at Van Dyke has completed construction on a brand new Clubhouse! Join us as we cut the ribbon and don't miss your chance to check out the new space.

The new Clubhouse includes a gas fire place in the Clubhouse's Great Room, a Media Room featuring a 70" TV, and a full kitchen with island, stove top, double ovens and dishwasher (ready to host potluck dinners, cooking classes, and more!). Tours will be available and light refreshments will be served.



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