Since late Spring 2017, our group has been meeting with land owners, business owners, financial groups and officials from New Hampshire's Department of Economic Development to begin the work of helping grow Bethlehem's business community. Here's some of the work we've been involved with.
Bethlehem Reimagined applied for and was awarded a $25,000 grant to conduct a feasibility study on whether a co-working space on Bethlehem's Main Street is a viable option. Over the past two years, we had received input from various business owners and townspeople that affordable shared work/office space was needed. We have contracted with Arnett Development Group who specializes in these types of studies to prepare a report and provide the framework necessary to bring this lively, co-working space to Town. The study is expected to conclude in Spring of 2020.
If you would like to take part in the study, please fill out our online survey:
On July 8th Bethlehem Reimagined held a fundraiser to purchase a vote counting machine for the Town elections. Over $3,500 was raised and we rounded out the donation to $4,000 to buy the machine. Tested in October it's ready for the upcoming November elections. Now our residents won't have to wait up until the wee hours of the morning after Election Day to find out the results. Many thanks to The Colonial for hosting this successful event for us and for all those who donated food and funds to make this a great success.
On November 13th, we'll be holding an event at The Maplewood Country Club for hospitality and retail business owners to learn more about how the mountain biking economy can benefit Bethlehem. Guest speakers will share their experiences and knowledge with all as Bethlehem begins to build our trail systems that residents and visitors can enjoy!
Over the course of several months to several years of planning, designing, and operating Rek-Lis Brewing Company, there are a couple of great local people who have made the journey much easier. Don Lavoie has been extremely helpful in guiding and leading us through the town planning and zoning boards, which can e an intimidating experience for someone who has never done it. Paul Greenlaw has also been a great help in regard to connecting us to land and business owners in town, and to people and institutions who have been helpful in the area of financing our business. These guys want to see Bethlehem be the best it can be and they are showing it by helping new business owners through the difficult process of starting up. Thank you Paul, Don and Bethlehem Reimagined!
Rek-Lis Brewing Company
Opening a business in Bethlehem has been an incredibly rewarding experience. The community has been so supportive. I met Don during my first week here and he has helped me with referrals and advice ever since. He has provided wonderful recommendations on contractors, staff and various other organizations and events in the area to partner with. I am so happy to be a part of the Bethlehem community and can't wait to see how this town blossoms in the coming years.