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Cost-Saving Benefits

Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber members and their employees realize significant savings on a variety of services they use every day to run their businesses. Benefits include medical and dental plans, human resources consulting and discounts on energy services, shipping, mobile phone service and equipment, long distance calling and newspaper delivery.

Chamber Referral Rewards

For each business you refer that joins the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber, you will receive $25 in referral rewards. You must be identified as the referral source at the time the business joins. The rewards may be used for any Chamber expense, such as membership dues, breakfasts, Business-to-Business Exchanges, Web links, additional classifications, mailing lists, the Annual Dinner and many others. For more information contact Jennifer Sims at (518) 431-1418.

Credit and Debit Card Processing Service

Your customers like the convenience of using credit and debit cards, but do you cringe every time you receive a statement from your processor? The service is expensive and statements are filled with technical jargon no layperson can understand. It's impossible to determine whether you're paying too much.

Why not give Retail Council Services Corp. (RCSC), the Chamber's Credit Card Processing Program administrator, an opportunity to decode your statement and reduce the cost of this necessary service at the same time? RCSC works with Global Payments Direct, Inc., one of the world's largest processors, to manage nearly $400 million in annual transaction volume. The sheer size of this program gives RCSC the negotiating power to get the lowest cost on processing for your business.

Let RCSC take the mystery out of your credit and debit card processing. Contact its in-house specialist, Nicholl, at (518) 465-3586 for a free, no-obligation savings analysis of a recent statement from your current processor.

Health and Dental Plans

A variety of heath and dental insurance programs are available through the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber, most without an administrative fee. For more details about the plans provided by the Chamber, call (518) 431-1419 or click here.

Weekend MBA Program

The UAlbany School of Business Weekend MBA Program is a 48-credit program that is tailored to mid-level managers and above, or those who aspire to that level, and can be completed in just 22 months. At the program's foundation is its cohort structure, enabling students to intensely network as they progress through the team-based assignments. A crown jewel of the program is an international business experience between the first and second years, where the students immerse themselves in the business and culture of a foreign country for a week.

Chamber members who apply to the program may qualify for financial assistance, which is need-based. For more information, contact Don Purdy at (518) 442-4964.

Reduce Your Utility Bill

Beat the heat and save money by enrolling in the Energy Alliance Program.

The Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber, along with EnergyNext, Inc., offers the Energy Alliance program to help Chamber members reduce energy costs and overhead, cut through the "noise" of the market and improve energy efficiency.

Through EnergyNext, the Chamber works in conjunction with more than 20 other groups throughout upstate New York to enhance your purchasing power, allowing businesses to join together and pool their buying power to gain leverage in the marketplace. Our supplier's prices are the lowest available, and it's easy to get started:

  • Complete the Participation Authorization form (no cost or obligation) and provide the Chamber with a copy of your electrical or gas bill
  • Allow 2-3 weeks to receive an estimate
  • Once you receive the estimate offer package, sign and return the agreement –– and let the savings begin

The Energy Alliance Program is open to all Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber members at no cost or obligation. Pay only for the electricity or natural gas you use –– and don't forget to ask about fixed pricing. For more information, contact Jennifer Sims at (518) 431-1418 or EnergyNext at 518.580-9244.

More information || Download a Participation Authorization form

Post Your Job Openings

Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber sponsors Capital Region JobZone which enables businesses and nonprofit organizations to list openings for employment and volunteer opportunites that can be viewed by those seeking jobs or service opportunites.

Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber members that are in Business Builder membership level and above may post an unlimited number of job and volunteer opportunites on JobZone at no cost.

For more information contact Jennifer Sims at (518) 431-1418.

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