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What’s Happening in January

“What’s Happening” in January 2015

Annual Awards Banquet

Invite info for emailJoin us on Friday, January 23rd for our Annual Awards Banquet – Celebrating #MuchInHutch!

The event will be held at Crow River Winery.  Community Awards for Volunteer of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Teacher of the Year, and Young Leader of the Year will be presented during the program.  After the program and awards, make sure you stay to enjoy our guest speaker, Jerrid Sebesta, as he entertains us with stories about inspiration and motivation.


5:30 pm ~ Social
6:30 pm ~ Dinner
7:15 pm ~ Program and Community Awards
8:00 pm ~ Guest Speaker Jerrid Sebesta
“Who Does That?!?! Having the Power to Make Radical Life Decisions”

Retirement Announcement: We are officially saying ‘Goodbye!’

Please remember that Hutch Bucks will be officially retiring as of February 28, 2015.  No Hutch Bucks have been issued with expiration dates past the retirement date, and we are no longer exchanging expired Hutch Bucks.  Current/Non-Expired Hutch Bucks are still valid until the Expiration Date printed on the front of each check.  Businesses are encouraged to continue accepting non-expired Hutch Bucks as per their own check-cashing policies until the end of February.  Banks / Financial Institutions may also accept Hutch Bucks for deposit to both personal and business accounts in order to help expedite the retirement process.  If you have any questions, we encourage you to call our office at 320-587-5252.

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chamber (8 of 35)Business Resolutions for 2015

Happy New Year! Are you prepared for 2015? Are you excited, anxious, or just plain nauseas?
I’m excited for 2015- because I see what our chamber members have done in 2014, and I know many projects, products, programs, expansions and growth are planned for many of you in 2015!

This article does a nice job of outlining resolutions/goals for your business in 2015.  Make it a great year!

January Business of the Month:Print

Vivid Image, Inc.
897 Hwy 15 South
Hutchinson, MN 55350

Vivid Image Inc. started as a home-based business in Hutchinson in 1995.  Vivid Image was built on technology, devoted to helping small businesses grow using the internet through multi-media development and programming.  As the business grew and their clients’ needs shifted, they continued to add new services to help fill those needs.  Today they offer a wide range of products and services such as web and graphic design, web development, programming, content writing, search engine optimization, email marketing, social media strategies, community management, consulting, and mentoring.

The Vivid Image team is very excited and passionate about working with their clients.  Each team member has a niche role within the company, and love what they do.  They have fun, celebrate achievements, and work together to stay on top of the curve in technology, design, marketing, and Internet resources. All team members are committed to Inspiring Possibilities, and helping other organizations and businesses “be Remark!able” and identify what makes them unique.  They approach each project in a manner that reflects their company values and celebrates their clients.

What does Vivid Image Inc. enjoy most about being a Chamber member?
We love the opportunity to meet and get to know other business owners and people invested in our community through the Chamber. The Chamber is a source of credible information, a resource to refer people, and most of all, we love that we can rely on the Chamber to cheer on our business and help us succeed at every opportunity.

Showcase your business at the Chamber office!

slate wallDid you know that we have a wall that is dedicated to our chamber member businesses?  There is always foot traffic through our office, and many people come in to gather information about our city, our businesses, and things to do while they are here.  This is a great benefit to our chamber members.  If your business has brochures, we would be happy to add a few of them to our resource wall.  We also have a business card holder for you to add your business cards to.  These resources are utilized by community members, people relocating to our community, and tourists.  Don’t miss out on this extra benefit of being a Chamber member!

New & Returning Members:

We welcome our new members to the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce!
River of Hope Lutheran Church, ELCA ~ 16 Washington Ave SW, Hutchinson ~ 320-587-4414
Wildflower Properties, LLC ~ 222 2nd Ave SE, Hutchinson ~ 320-266-4155

Also thank you to our renewing members:
Albers Insurance
Bernick’s Pepsi
Bryn Gardd Dental Care, Ltd.
Chef Craig’s Catering
Citizens Bank & Trust
Edward Jones – Kim Winter
El Loro Mexican Restaurant
Elena’s Bakery – The Sweet Spot
Excelsior Homes, Inc.
Fahey Sales Agency
Hometown Realty, Inc.
Hutch Bowl & Squeaky’s Grill & Bar
Hutchinson Hockey Association
Hutchinson Toastmasters II
Kock’s Jewelry, Inc.
Kraft Walser Law Office
Larry & Connie Fraser
Lilian’s of Hutchinson
Lynn Card Company
MadCake Coffee Company
Melchert Hubert Sjodin
Parkview Dental
Pro Maintenance, Inc.
Quade Electric
Stearnswood, Inc.
Town & Country Tire
Westlund Associates

December Ambassador Visit:

Legalpros1The Legal Professionals PA ~ 205 Jefferson St, Suite 2, Hutchinson 320-234-6262

We welcome The Legal Professionals PA to their new Hutchinson location.  This law firm focuses on helping protect all you’ve earned with estate planning and business and farm law.  They also offer assistance in family law matters: divorce, custody arrangements, mediation, and more.

Pictured left to right: Cliff Cleveringa, Bill Sommerness (Attorney), Pat Chapman, Bridget Scraveck (Attorney), Kim Kotzer, Mary Beth Schaufler (Staff), Missy Kohls, Brian Gillis (Attorney), Chris Ruppert, and Sara Fennell

January Business After Hours:Gislason_and_Hunter_logo_black3

January Business After Hours will be held on January 8th at Gislason & Hunter from 4-6pm.

 Upcoming Events:

The 2015 Spring Agri-Business Seminar will be held on February 26, 2015 at the Crow River Winery.
2012 New Ag Logo_SIDE VERSIONIf you would like information about sponsoring or attending the event, you can find information about the speakers and sponsorship opportunities below in the “Extras” Section.

Coming up on Saturday, March 21st will be the second annual Stop, Shop & Drop city wide shopping event.
STOP SHOP DROPThis event is one of our three city wide retail shopping events and we look forward to businesses signing up to participate.  Want to get a head start?  Email Angela and she will get you added to the list to receive more information as it becomes available.

Mark your calendars on Saturday, April 11th for the Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo.
Updated BIH Logo - basicRegistration Forms for businesses will be available soon.  Registration will be available online again this year, as well as in paper form.  Both forms will be available here on our website and emails will go out with the information and links to the registration page as soon as it is available.


Make sure to check out additional information from our members as well as some extra information from the articles above.  Clicking on the photos will bring a full page view for your convenience.

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Business Resolutions for 2015

chamber (8 of 35)Happy New Year! Are you prepared for 2015? Are you excited, anxious, or just plain nauseas?
I’m excited for 2015- because I see what our chamber members have done in 2014, and I know many projects, products, programs, expansions and growth are planned for many of you in 2015!

This article does a nice job of outlining resolutions/goals for your business in 2015.

Make it a great year!


How to Set Your Small Business Resolutions for 2015

By Melinda Emerson SmallBizLady

I just love setting New Year’s resolutions for myself personally and for my business each year. But many people think resolutions are a waste of time. Why is that? Likely because they’re going about it all wrong. Here, we look at tips for setting the right kinds of resolutions so you can actually accomplish them!

Shoot for the Stars, but Aim for the Moon
Here’s a great quote from Confucius:
“If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it’s OK. But you’ve got to shoot for something. A lot of people don’t even shoot.”

I agree completely. You’ve got to aim for something in order to move your business to the next level. However, don’t expect the stars every time. Remember those 10 pounds you’ve vowed to lose every New Year? Your goal may be too lofty, which makes you feel like resolutions are bunk.

Do aim high, but within reason. If you set a goal of adding 500 new clients in 2015 when you only added 10 in 2014, you may be shooting too high. Find a number that’s more realistic — and yet still challenging — so that when you exceed that goal, you feel good.

Be Really Specific
Saying you want to “grow your business” next year is too vague. What does growth look like? Hiring new employees? Increasing sales by a penny? You want your goals to be as detailed as possible. Say how you want to grow it. Quantify how much you want to increase sales. The more specific you are, the better you can measure results.

If you can use numbers in your resolution, do so. If you want to increase sales, include what this year’s sales were so you can easily compare. For example:
“I want to take our annual sales from $500,000 to $750,000 by the end of December 2015.”
When it’s time to analyze how successful you were with your resolutions (more on that in a minute) you can easily look at your benchmark ($500,000) and compare it to where you landed at year-end.

Take Action
Resolutions aren’t going to resolve themselves! They need your help, as well as the aid of your staff. For every goal you set, make a list of actions that need to take place in order to reach the objective. If your goal is to increase sales from $500k to $750k, your actions might be:

  • Hire two new salespeople
  • Expand sales area into 3 surrounding towns
  • Launch new product by March
  • Increase prices by 3% by May

Each of these tasks should be assigned to someone on your team, and given a deadline. This way, you can ensure that that person stays on top of the assignment and keeps you on track to achieving your resolutions.

Review at Year-End
In a year, look at those resolutions again and assess which you can check off your list and which you didn’t. Pay attention to those you didn’t achieve. What were the reasons? Did your team handle all the necessary tasks? Did your business shift focus? Use this information to guide you in creating next year’s resolutions.

Pay attention to the progress of your goals throughout the year. Do whatever you can to move everyone forward so that you will accomplish them all.