Archives for December 2013

Give them the recognition they deserve!

Hutchinson is full of people doing great things, and these people help make Hutchinson the wonderful community that it is.  The Hutchinson Chamber and the Hutchinson Jaycees want to make sure we recognize those people in our community that are taking their time to make a difference.  Every year at the Chamber’s Annual Banquet we honor a few of these people, but we need you to help make it happen.  You, and other people from the community, have the opportunity to nominate the people that deserve these awards. The awards that will be given this year are: Business Person of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Ag Person of the Year, Teacher of the Year, and Young Leader of the Year (under 35 years of age). This year we have made the nomination form even easier to complete.  The form is available below and can be returned at the Chamber office or emailed to Melissa.

This is a list of the winners from the past 5 years:

Business Person of the Year: 
2012- Dr. David Mach
2011- Renee Hantge
2010- Tiffany Haag
2009- Gus Wurdell
2008- Tom Daggett

Volunteer of the Year:
2012- John & Julie Lofdahl
2011- Jessica & AJ Forcier
2010- Jan Johnson
2009- Betsy Price
2008- Stacey Neuhaus

Ag Person of the Year:
2012- Bob Paulson
2011- Roger Zavoral
2010- Dennis Bergquist
2009- Robert Krcil
2008- Tina Huebner

Teacher of the Year:
2012- Kris Dobratz
2011- Bruce Eckhart
2010- Chad Harlander
2009- Jean Schultz

Young Leader of the Year:
2012- Kyle Wendling
2011 – Megan Peterson
2010- Karen Grasmon
2009- Joe Nagel
2008- Kirsten Grorud

***We have extended the due date deadline to

MONDAY, January 6, 2014

Award Nomination Form


The Season of Giving

HodsonThe season of giving is upon us…. What have you given this year?
Cash donations?
In-Kind donations?
Your time, and the time of your employees, to volunteer within our community?

This time of year highlights many good things in our lives and our businesses. Thank you for going above and beyond to support the community you do business in.

Minnesota Business Gives is a program recognizing businesses that have donated monetarily, in-kind, and through employee volunteer hours to their community. The Governor of Minnesota signs letters for thousands of businesses designating them as a participant.

 Why does this program exist?
Strong businesses build strong communities. Building our businesses and recognition for their work and support is important. You know, as a business owner, how many times you are asked to support, donate and give. We want to thank you for your attention and support of our community’s needs!

Why 2%?
Every business, no matter how small can participate! Businesses make donation decisions monthly, weekly and daily. It can be a fine line for a business to be generous and stay in business. This program also supports businesses as they learn how to make a defined donation policy and make decisions that align with their mission and vision.

Who can be a Hutchinson Area Business Gives Participant?
Businesses based in the Hutchinson area, who donate at least 2% of the pre-tax earnings to the community are eligible.

What does a business need to do to participate?
A very short form needs to be filled out. There is also a simple worksheet to help you and your business determine if you are eligible for the 2% pre- tax earning donation level.

How are businesses in the Hutchinson Area recognized?
Besides the letter from the Governor, each business is listed in our Chamber newsletter, the Minnesota Chamber website, the Hutchinson Chamber website, and are recognized at the Annual Banquet. This year’s banquet is Friday, January 24, 2014.

Business people already know it is better to give than receive, because when you give, the return can be very gratifying. We want to thank our MANY generous businesses who routinely contribute time, talent and money to so many worthwhile programs, projects, and organizations. Please consider participating by contacting our office for more information.