Archives for September 2015

What do these event have in common?

Quiz Time!

What do these events have in common?
Hutchinson Farmers Market, McLeod County Fair, Orange Spectacular, RiverSong Music Festival, the Elks Gun Show, MN Garlic Festival, MN Pottery Festival, Big Little Hunting & Fishing Expo, B&B Sporting & RV Show, and the Legends of Rock Concert

What could these diverse events have in common, besides being held IN Hutchinson, MN?

They all received a 2015 Tourism Marketing Grant from the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce & Tourism!

For the past couple of years, we have enjoyed granting money to events held here in Hutchinson. These grants help cover the expense of marketing outside of Hutchinson, drawing people TO our community. There really is #MuchInHutch! These events help the chamber bring more people to our beautiful and welcoming community.

Because of the popularity of this grant, we will be moving to a quarterly review basis, versus twice a year. Grant applications will be due in the same timeline as Table Tent submissions. The first of each of these months: December, March, June, and September.

Non-Profits and For-Profits may apply!

Here’s some basic criteria:

  • Event is IN Hutchinson, MN
  • Marketing available for grant is done OUTSIDE a 30 mile radius of Hutchinson
  • Chamber Logo (provided) is included in the marketing piece(s), or our name included on radio advertising

Applications will be going up on the website, and you can call us to email you one as well!

Tell your friends, co-workers, committees, and organizations about the Grant- we’d love to help events, as they help us and increase the traffic and awesomeness of Hutchinson. #MuchInHutch

September 2015 Ambassador Visits

In September the Hutchinson Ambassadors visited four new businesses in Hutchinson.  If you are a new business in Hutchinson, and would like the Ambassadors to visit you, please contact Matt by email or call 234-0789.

ACC Midwest_Hutch CabACC Midwest/LaBraatan Bus/Hutch Cab Company
115 Erie St SE – Hutchinson
Eric and his time provide a variety of services from non-emergency medical transport to cab services.  If you have any transportation needs at all, give them a call.



1310 Hwy 15 S, Suite 104 – Hutchinson
AT&T has a fun, friendly atmosphere while providing support for current and potential AT&T customers.  They also have new phone and Direct TV available.



Nala Jean'sNala Jean’s
20072 Raven Ave – Hutchinson
Nala Jean’s provides totally grain free, nutritional pet food.  These exceptional products range from kibble and raw food to treats and accessories.



The Pink Owl Resale BoutiqueThe Pink Owl Resale Boutique
Hutchinson Mall
The Pink Owl specializes in gently used girls and women’s clothing and accessories.  On Wednesday through Saturday, the store takes in gently used clothing for cash or store credit.

What’s Happening in September 2015

41st Annual Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson

We hope you will join us for the 41st Annual Arts & Crafts Festival and Taste of Hutchinson.  The Festival dates are Friday, September 18 from 10-6 and Saturday, September 19 from 9-4.  This Festival is full of handmade items.  New this year – entertainment and demonstrations in the band shell! Please invite your family and friends to attend this community favorite event! For more information follow our facebook event page.

Arts & Crafts and Taste of Hutch


New & Returning Chamber Members

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

Nala Jean’s 

We also want to thank our renewing Members!

Carpets Plus ColorTile Design Showroom of Hutchinson
Clay Coyote Gallery & Pottery
Edward Jones – Dean Winter
Elena’s Bakery The Sweet Spot
Cornerstone Home Lending
Factory Direct Furniture
AmericInn Lodge & Suites

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ADA compliance effects all business and building owners alike.  In light of recent concerns with non-compliance, the Chamber, with the help of the State and Marshall Chambers, have put together the ADA: Readily Achievable Barrier Removal Audit and Plan packet.  Our goal is to provide you with information to help prepare your business:  a partial audit to help you recognize potential issues, a readily achievable barrier removal plan and information on resources that can help you with any questions and concerns.   This packet is being made available for FREE to Chamber Members and non-members may contact the Chamber office at (320) 587-5252 for more information on how they can obtain this information.  Upon completion of the audit, you will receive a decal stating that you have a readily achievable barrier removal plan in place.  For more information on how to receive your packet, please contact us at (320) 587-5252.

September Business of the Month

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Crow River Habitat for Humanity!

Learn more about Crow River Habitat for Humanity here.

Business After Hours

Picture2Business After Hours will be held September 23 from 4:30-6:30 at
Hutchinson Technology, Inc.
Watch your email for an e-invitation to help celebrate their 50th Anniversary.


Something from Marychamber (8 of 35)

News Flash! We can help your business! Providing help is what we do.
Your business is our business.

Too often, we hear about a business situation long after the Chamber can help. Doors are closed and all is ‘lost.’ There is no need to get to this point, we can help bring in resources to catch what is happening before you get to this point.  Please just ask!

Click here to read more of Mary’s article.

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed Music in the Park this summer!  We had another year of great bands and social hosts.  A big THANK YOU to all the sponsors:

MIP Sponosors








More Information for Your Business to Grow

West Central Sanitation Insert link to website

 Hutchinson MN Small Business Summit

News Flash! We can help your business!

Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help,
and brave enough to ask for it. – Unknown

News Flash! We can help your business! Providing help is what we do. Your business is our business.

Too often, we hear about a business situation long after the Chamber can help. Doors are closed and all is ‘lost.’ There is no need to get to this point, we can help bring in resources to catch what is happening before you get to this point.  Please just ask!

You can do anything, but not everything. – David Allen

We ALL have strengths and weaknesses. We all have some aspect of business where we are very strong, and those areas where we are not.

Here’s just some of the ways the Chamber can help your business:

  • Promote your sale, new program or event
  • Provide resources to build business to business opportunities
  • Connect you with business consultants who know HOW to help you
  • Connect you with experts who are certified and licensed to provide professional services

From marketing, to the big picture, to the minutia that bogs everyone down, but is also different for everyone;  the Chamber can help find the right resources to make your business all you want it to be, and more.

We have recently started a resource corner here at the Chamber Office, where you can borrow periodicals and take information to help you manage, build and explode your business. The Business Resource Center is here for you.

Do you use the Chamber’s Find a Business tab on

Example: You need some promotional items for your business- we have four chamber members who can help you choose and personalize items to meet your budget and share your message.

The Chamber business listings are all businesses/organizations who for a variety of reasons are Chamber Members. We do not rate our members, but we do support them and their business efforts.  Just like you, these members have taken additional steps to partner with others in the community and build their business resources.

If you aren’t sure what to do, what can be done, or have general questions please feel free to call and ask us the questions. As always, you can be confident your questions, concerns, and situations are kept confidential- we are here to help YOU!

Join us on Tuesday, October 13 for the Small Business Summit at the Hutchinson Event Center.
Everyone will be there to talk small business. Click here for more information.