Archives for December 2014

Hutch Bucks Retirement

Last winter we announced that the Hutch Bucks program would be retiring.  We are sad to see them go, but we still encourage you to keep your shopping dollars local!  Most of our local businesses offer gift cards or gift certificates, so there are still great options available.  A couple things for you to note:

1. All Hutch Bucks have an expiration date stamped on them.  If your Hutch Bucks are expired you have until 12pm on December 31, 2014 to come to the Chamber Office to have new Hutch Bucks reissued.

2. All Hutch Bucks will expire on February 28, 2015.  The Hutch Bucks program will be ending on February 28, 2015 and you will not be able to use any Hutch Bucks after that date.

If you have questions about the Hutch Bucks program please contact our office at 320-587-5252.

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Celebrating #MuchInHutch – Annual Banquet

We invite you to join us as we celebrate #MuchInHutch!  The Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism will host our annual banquet on Friday, January 23, 2015, social hour beginning at 5:30pm at Crow River Winery.  We are excited to have Jerrid Sebesta as  our guest speaker for the evening!  You will leave inspired to take an introspective look at your life and dreams.  Community awards will also be presented during the event.

The cost for this event, which includes a dinner by Chef Craig, is $40 for Chamber Members and $50 for nonmembers.

The 2014 Community Award Winners are:
Volunteer of the Year: JOANNE CLAY WILLMERT
Business Person of the Year: KEITH HEIKES
Teacher of the Year: KATHY NORDBY
Young Leader of the Year: ADAM FINK

If you have questions about this event please email Melissa or call 320-587-5252.

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Thank you to our sponsors!
Citizens Bank & Trust and Crow River Winery


These are a few of my favorite things

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Each year during the holiday season, I reflect on those things that I am grateful for. This year, I have created my favorite things list through my chamber role.

A beautiful community; established by pioneers, preserved by historians, while a tradition of progress continues to build Hutchinson.

So many community organizations; each with a mission to help a different aspect of our population.

Community partners, with whom we are able to provide amenities and improvements by working together on many projects.


Passionate People!
The people of Hutchinson, whether born here or transplanted, make this community what it is. Passion drives many of us, and although we may not always agree, we are all passionate about where we live and the future of our community.

Generosity abounds in Hutchinson. Whether it is a group of people connecting online to help a community member who needs a place to live and a job, or talented singers coming together in song, people are willing to help others.

Our manufacturers who are able to build incredible things used all over the world, and employ so many of our neighbors, friends and family.

#ShopLocal #EatLocal #PlayLocal #StayLocal – we have so many businesses in town who draw visitors every day to Hutchinson. As we ‘Bring It Home,’ we have created a destination for others.

Chamber Staff and Board of Directors; who all work persistently to create a stronger business environment and tourism bureau for Hutchinson.

And last, but CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, our chamber members! Your investment and partnership with the Chamber builds the business opportunities for all. You help provide education, resources, networks, and support to 300 businesses.

As the year begins to wind down, and we gear up for a new year, please know you are appreciated, you are thought of, and we are looking forward to another year of great things in Hutchinson, MN! As you already know, there is #muchinhutch, and we make it happen together! Look out 2015, here we come!



Community Awards – Nominate someone today!

Our community is full of them, people going above and beyond to make Hutchinson the great place that it is!  Now is your opportunity to say “thank you!” The Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism and the Hutchinson Jaycees will once again be accepting community award nominees for:

Business Person of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Teacher of the Year
Young Leader of the Year (under 35 years of age)

Download the nomination form HERE.

Completed nominated forms may be emailed to Melissa or dropped off at the Chamber office. Please submit nomination forms by Monday, January 5, 2015.

Award winners will be recognized at the Chamber Annual Banquet on Friday, January 23, 2015.

2013 Community Award Winners

2013 Community Award Winners








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

Business Person of the Year: 
2013-Gail & Jenny Plaisance
2012- Dr. David Mach
2011- Renee Hantge
2010- Tiffany Haag
2009- Gus Wurdell
2008- Tom Daggett

Volunteer of the Year:
2013- Ken Jensen
2012- John & Julie Lofdahl
2011- Jessica & AJ Forcier
2010- Jan Johnson
2009- Betsy Price
2008- Stacey Neuhaus

Teacher of the Year:
2013- Scott Renning
2012- Kris Dobratz
2011- Bruce Eckhart
2010- Chad Harlander
2009- Jean Schultz

Young Leader of the Year:
2013- Chris Wilke
2012- Kyle Wendling
2011 – Megan Peterson
2010- Karen Grasmon
2009- Joe Nagel
2008- Kirsten Grorud