Keeping it close to home

The campaign will eventually have an online home at www.thinkandbuybethlehem.com. Phillips said the Chamber wants to hold a "What does community mean to you?" contest in the schools and come up with other creative marketing tools.

"It starts as a slow build, but hopefully we start creating the right buzz off of it," he said.

The "Think. Buy. Local" campaign is open to Chamber members located in the Town of Bethlehem with 25 or fewer employees, which constitutes the majority of the Chamber's 600 member businesses.

The Chamber's business directory will be available at the Delmar Farmers Market, opening June 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bethlehem Central Middle School on Kenwood Avenue, and running every Saturday all summer. More information on the buy local campaign will also be available there.

Additionally, in the future look for a new Town of Bethlehem map created in conjunction with Jimapco will help consumers find businesses in a new way. There is still space on the map for advertisers, and interested businesses can contact Sue O'Donnell at The Spotlight at 439-4949 for more information.""

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