Archives for June 2015

What’s Happening in July 2015

Hometown Golf Challenge

Chamber Hometown Golf Challenge - Monday, July 27 - Crow River Golf Club

Have you registered?  Do you have your polka dot attire ready?  Will you win the cart decorating contest?
The Hometown Golf Challenge is quickly approaching, and we don’t want you to miss out on the fun!
Learn more and register online today!

Crazy DaysCrazy Days July 9-11, 2015

Are you ready to go Crazy for Crazy Days?!  There is going to be a whole lot of Red, White, & Blue & Crazy Deals Too!
If you are looking for a list of participating businesses visit the Crazy Days Blog Post.  Don’t see your business on the list?  Contact Melissa today by email or call 234-0786.



Tourism in Hutchinson

chamber (8 of 35)Why is there TOURISM in Hutchinson, and what does it mean?
Why do we promote our beautiful, engaged community, to people in other towns and states, explore our green and luscious parks, experience our welcoming hometown charm, and enjoy the scenic, active and sweet town we call home?

Read more of Mary’s Article here.


July Business of the Month

Prince of Peace Retirement Living

Prince of Peace Retirement Living is our July Business of the Month!

Learn more about Prince of Peace Retirement Living here.



Hutchinson Leadership InstituteHutchinson Leadership Institute

This is your year!  If you have not been through the Hutchinson Leadership Institute we are sure you have heard bits and pieces about this program.  This year is the 27th season of this leadership program.  The sessions are designed to engage discussions on leadership that foster a deeper understanding of yourself, the community and the opportunities that are available for you to translate your knowledge into action. For more information and to review the application click here.

New & Returning Chamber Members

We would like to welcome our new members to the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce!

Canvasworks, Inc.
Minnesota Pottery Festival
Spartan Staffing
The Bobber Stop

We also want to thank our renewing Members!

Amazing Grace                                                                            Hutchinson Huskies Baseball Association
Crow River Floral                                                                       Outdoor Motion
Crow River Habitat for Humanity                                       Re/Max Today’s Realty
Heartland Community Action Agency                              RJ McGraw, PA
Huski Townhomes                                                                    Shaklee

Ambassador New Business Visits

The Hutchinson Ambassadors welcomed five new businesses to Hutchinson this month.
Click here to see their pictures and to learn more about these new local businesses!

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who came out and attending Dairy Day!  What a great day it was.  There were so many people that we actually sold out of our cheeseburgers.  PS, we are sorry if you were one of the people who didn’t get your cheeseburger lunch.  A big thank you goes out to our Agri Business Committee who works hard to put this event together.

Also, thank you to the event sponsors:

3M, Ag Systems, Cash Wise Foods, Citizen’s Bank & Trust, First District Association, Form-A-Feed Ag Service, Hillyard, Home State Bank, Home Source, Hutchinson Co-op, Hutchinson Health, Hutchinson Leader, Hutchinson Manufacturing, McLeod County Farm Bureau, MidCountry Bank, Mini-Biff, NU-Telecom, Skyview Dairy, Walmart Supercenter, Wells Fargo Bank

More Information for Your Business

Open Streets Event MapInformation about the Minnesota Pottery FestivalCanvasworks DealAttend RiverSong Music Festival - July 17 & 18, 2015!

June 2015 New Business Visits

In June 2015 the Hutchinson Ambassadors visited with five new Hutchinson businesses!

Below Zero Frozen YogurtBelow Zero Frozen Yogurt
45 Washington Ave E – Hutchinson
Below Zero Frozen Yogurt provides self-serve frozen yogurt and toppings with seating inside and out. Their 9 different flavors always include a “non-dairy” and a “no sugar added” option.


Charity Heating and CoolingCharity Heating & Cooling Services
Charity Heating and Cooling Services is a family owned business with 20 years of experience that specializes in residential and commercial installation, service and maintenance of heating and cooling systems.


Midwest Custom ApparelMidwest Custom Apparel
1140 Hwy 7 E – Hutchinson
Midwest Custom Apparel screen prints and embroiders all clothing and apparel to suit your needs, including shirts, jackets and everything in between.



The Bobber StopThe Bobber Stop
23684 Hwy 15 N – Hutchinson
The Bobber Stop is an old fashioned style bait shop that accommodates all of your fishing needs. Providing tackle, custom gear and rods, live bait and snacks, as well as hearth and home items and a meeting space upstairs. Come share a story and check out this newly remodeled space!


Trimmings and CharmTrimmings & Charm
Trimmings & Charm is a locally owned family company who is here to bring your personality to any kind of celebration big or small. Specializing in event planning and decorating, wedding decorating, table settings, birthday or intimate gatherings, as well as paper flowers and midway booths/games.

Hutchinson Tourism

Why is there TOURISM in Hutchinson, and what does it mean?

Why do we promote our beautiful, engaged community, to people in other towns and states, explore our green and luscious parks, experience our welcoming hometown charm, and enjoy the scenic, active and sweet town we call home?

In 2005 the Chamber merged with the Hutchinson Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), and from that point on, it has been part of this chamber’s mission to bring people to Hutchinson. As defined by City Ordinance, our work includes, but is not limited to promotion of Hutchinson as a tourist destination, meeting and convention location, shopping/eating/lodging and all of the area activities. We bring people TO Hutchinson.

Wait… I said City Ordinance, but we are not part of the city. The CVB portion of our business is funded through Lodging Tax, which is collected by the city, and passed to us. This money does not co-mingle with Chamber funds, and can only be used for Tourism efforts.

You may see billboards, trucks, posters, magazine advertising, and visitor guides throughout Minnesota with our #MuchInHutch logo. These are just a few of the things we do to help bring people to Hutchinson. It’s obvious our tourism work affects lodging properties, restaurants, retail and various service oriented businesses, so I asked some Hutchinson business owners and managers about how tourism affects their non-tourism business, here is what they said:

  • “It gives people the chance to get to know our community, participate and meet others they normally wouldn’t meet. That is good for everyone.”
  • “It gives business owners the opportunity to reach out to new members in our community and find out what is important to them.  We can gear our campaigns towards what is important.”
  • “We need a constant influx of new people, ideas, and change in order to continue to be a vibrant community.”
  • “I love that it helps our city continue to grow and prosper.  While it doesn’t affect my business directly, seeing the city so vibrant, does.”
  • “Living in a town I am proud of and am glad to have one of our businesses located here and making a positive difference in the lives of our customers and staff.  For them and for all of us, having events and amenities that brings people to town makes this a great place for all of us to live.”

If a visitor stopped you on the street and asked you what there is to do in Hutchinson, What would you answer?

I asked a few people, and here is what they said:

  • “How much time do you have? Water Carnival, Center for the Arts, parks, the Luce Line Trail, Crow River craft rentals…”
  • “I would say, “What isn’t there to do in Hutch?”  We’ve brought in some great shops downtown, parks, biking, and park & rec activities.  You can explore the Chamber website where all of the activities are posted for the community!”
  • “There’s a lot to do in Hutchinson, especially if you get involved.  I’ve had friends visit Hutchinson that are surprised by the amount of things going on around town.  We also have great events going on throughout the year – RiverSong, Arts and Crafts Festival, Garlic Festival, the Fair to name a few.  There’s also a lot to do when it comes to fitness – from kayaking on the river, to the community run, and the organized bike rides to the new fitness park at Rotary Park.”
  • “Depending on the time of year, what’s happening at the county fairgrounds? There is ALWAYS something going on out there.”
  • “There is always something to do along the Luce Line along the Crow River; you can bike, walk, run, or rollerblade and now with water rentals, and pieces of the Art Stroll there is something to see all along the trail.”
  • Hutchinson has more than 30 parks with many family friendly activities. We also have bowling, mini golf, regular golf, Area 22 (paint ball) watch the local baseball team, free Music in the Park, visit the winery. Really? I could go on…..”

We all have our favorite thing(s) to do in Hutchinson, so do visitors, and we have many, many visitors in Hutchinson! Tourism efforts are year round, to BRING people to Hutchinson. Some come for sports, events, family functions, shopping events, and just because there is #MuchInHutch.

What’s Happening in June 2015

Join us for Dairy Day!

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Tourism Marketing Grant

The June 10 deadline is quickly approaching for the Hutchinson Tourism & Marketing Grant.  Grants are available for not-for-profit events and for-profit events that are marketing outside a 30 mile radius of Hutchinson.
Click here to learn more, and for the grant application.

New and Returning Chamber Members

We would like to welcome our new member to the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce!

Hutchinson Health Auxiliary – 1095 Highway 15 South – (320)587-4834

We also want to thank our renewing members!

America’s Fitness Center
Businessware Solutions
Coldwell Banker Advantage
Crow River Nutrition
David Hoy and Associates
Duane Jindra Crop Insurance Agency
Midwest Vision Centers
Novation Credit Union
Oakdale Golf Course
Plumbing & Heating by Craig

Hometown Golf Challenge

Registration is now available for the 2015 Hometown Golf Challenge!  Let’s cover the course in dots, that’s right polka dot attire will be perfect for this year’s theme, “Divots & Dots.”  We give a prize for best dress team and best decorated cart, so put your creative brain to the test.  More information and registration available here.

Save the Date

June Business of the Month

Valley Sales of Hutchinson is our June Business of the Month!Valley-Flex-3

Learn more about Valley Sales of Hutchinson here.



Crazy Days

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Are you ready to go Crazy for Crazy Days?!  We sure are!  Marketing for the event has already begun outside of Hutchinson.  The Chamber works hard to advertise this event to share that there will be great deals in Hutchinson.

We will be bring back the Window Decorating Contest this year.  New this year, Swag Bags.  We will be giving out 300 total Swag Bags to shoppers, 100 each day.  Your business can donate coupons or goodies for the bags.

If your business is interested in signing up for the Window Decorating Contest, donating for the Swag Bags, and/or being listed as a participating business on our website, please email Melissa  or call 234-0786.

Workforce. Workforce. Workforce.

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If you are not currently hiring, you are in the minority. The current workforce is retiring at monumental rates, as baby boomers are leaving the workforce… AND they will continue to leave for many years yet. The upcoming generations do not have the same numbers to replace workforce needs… and this is cause for some creative thinking on behalf of employers. Notice I didn’t say panic, nausea, or concern.

Creativity. Out-of-the-box thinking. Innovation.

Click here to read Mary’s article.

Hutchinson Leadership Institute

Congratulations to our 2014-2015 Leadership Institute Graduates!
Another class has come through the program, and are ready to engage in our community.

We are happy to announce the Leadership Institute Application is now online and ready for you and your employees to download for the 2015-2016 session.

Click here to learn more about this great program.









 Music in the Park

We are so excited for this annual Hutchinson tradition.  This year we even added a little spin on the traditional Music in the Park summer concert series.  You will see themes for each evening that will know will be a hit for all ages!  Did you see that we even fit a movie in the line up?! Click here to see the full schedule.

Save the Date: Small Business Summit

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Hutchinson Small Business Summit- Sponsored & Hosted by the Hutchinson Ambassadors
More details to come regarding speakers and topics specific to small businesses like yours!
It’s a day for your business to gain knowledge and be inspired to keep on keepin’ on.

Add this to your calendar now!

JumpStart Manufacturing

Do you make cool stuff?  Are you ready to make it into a business?
This is your opportunity to turn that dream into a reality! $25,000 in cash and other assistance could be available to get you on your way via the JUMPSTART MANUFACTURING business plan contest.
For details visit the JumpStart Hutchinson website.


MattMy name is Matt Beilke and I am proud to be a resident of Hutchinson!  Here we have such a great mix of small and large businesses, beautiful parks and people who truly care about the community.  Being born and raised here, I have seen this community grow and prosper through the years, and now I hope to continue that growth with the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.  A diverse background in manufacturing, quality systems and civil service provides me with the skills of communicating effectively in many ways, the ability to view the world from various angles, and countless relationships that have been fostered by growing up in the area.  I truly love all that Hutchinson is and will be in the future, and I look forward to serving our great community and area.

In my down time, I love being outdoors, most any sports (especially fishing), and spending time with my beautiful girlfriend, family and friends.  I work part time for the Hutchinson Police Department in Communications and volunteer with the youth and music departments at Shalom Baptist Church (which is currently under a name change and expansion!)

I am excited to join Mary and Melissa in the Chamber and Tourism Office and work with our local businesses to really build our community through involvement, interaction, and positive influence.

More Information for Your Business to Grow

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Workforce. Workforce. Workforce.

chamber (8 of 35)If you are not currently hiring, you are in the minority. The current workforce is retiring at monumental rates, as baby boomers are leaving the workforce… AND they will continue to leave for many years yet. The upcoming generations do not have the same numbers to replace workforce needs… and this is cause for some creative thinking on behalf of employers. Notice I didn’t say panic, nausea, or concern.

Creativity. Out-of-the-box thinking. Innovation.

I have asked local Human Resource (HR) professionals to weigh-in on the topics of hiring employees, how to find them, where to find them, and how to keep them. Here’s some basics to help you begin.

Where to list your openings:

  1. Chamber Job Postings through your Chamber portal. Login through the chamber website using your login information and submit a job posting. Control the message and the length of time you’d like the posting to run. This also gives you the option to return to make updates and changes.
  2. Use your community network. Include local business contacts who are not competing for the same types of employees, former classmates/colleagues, local chamber contacts and whoever else might be of help.
  3. the Minnesota Workforce Centers direct displaced workers and job seekers to this site. Sheila Murphy, MITGI HR Director says this is a great option because it is free for the employer and candidates to use.
  4. Publications- local newspapers can be very helpful, especially for entry and production jobs. Typically people with a two-year degree stay closer to home. Regional and State publications can be used for management and higher positions. Industry specific publications can also be helpful. If you are using publications, ask if they have package deals you can use throughout the year.
  5. Notify local schools of entry level job openings
  6. List open positions on state college and university websites. They are almost always free and listings go out to alumni as well. Ridgewater College has a new online resource to list your job postings. For assistance, call Ardith Ampe, Career Services Specialist 320-222-8044
  7. TELL people you are hiring, even when you are taking in local ballgame, mention it to others: they may KNOW someone looking for your job opportunity!
  8. Ask your current employees to share this information with people they know as well.
  9. Many businesses utilize their Facebook page because it is free and there can be a wide reach of people viewing the information. You don’t need everyone to see it, you need the right ONE to see it.

Resources for businesses and job seekers:

  1. Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services
  2. MN Department of Employment and Economic Development
  3. Occupation Employment Statistics Data

Job Posting TIP: When listing information about the job, be sure to list typical hours and be upfront about necessary qualifications – there shouldn’t be vague information to confuse or lure people in. List the attractive features about your company and the position, and what you’re looking for in your next team member. You don’t want to comb through applications and resumes of people who aren’t qualified, and they don’t want to spend time applying for a position if they won’t be considered.

This is no longer the time to just wait it out. Jump on your own bandwagon and cheer for your team and the advantages to work for you and your business. Use a couple of new options listed here. Ask for help. Reach out to other businesses in the same situation. If we all work together, we can fill our job openings, create more and do more in Hutchinson. #MuchInHutch

Thank you to Sheila Murphy, MITGI HR Director and Kara Schmoll, Placement Specialist, Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, for providing the great information and resources listed above.