Archives for November 2015

What’s Happening in December 2015

Holiday Business After Hours

The Hutchinson Ambassadors are excited to be hosting their Annual Holiday Business After Hours event.  This event, along with all business after hours events, are open to all Chamber Member business employees.  If you are the only primary rep with your business receiving emails from the Chamber, please invite all your employees to join us!

Join us for a festive evening of networking, food drinks, and prizes!
Appetizers will be provided, and a cash bar will be available.
The Ambassadors will be holding a drawing for door prizes provided by
member businesses. *Must be present to win.

Wednesday, December 9
5-8pm
VFW Post 906

Pre-registration is strongly encourage.  Click here to register or call the Chamber at 587-5252.


New & Returning Chamber Members

Welcome to our new members!

Keller Williams Realty Integrity NW – The Straka Group

Interiors by Danielle

Divine Clean

Also, thank you to our renewing Members!

Colorlyne Directories, Inc.
Ecumen Oaks & Pines
Edward Jones – Kim Winter
Home State Bank
Hutchinson Toastmasters II
Jonny Block
New Discoveries Montessori Academy
New Era Financial Group, Inc.
RiverSong Music Festival
Robert Peterson
Southwest Initiative Foundation
Thrivent Financial


Community Awards

Community Award nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, December 30.  Each year the Hutchinson Chamber teams up with the Hutchinson Jaycees to thank the people in our community that are doing extraordinary things!  We all know a few people who deserve to be nominated, so take a few minutes and nominate them today.  These people rarely get the appreciation they deserve.

Nominations are being accepted for:
Business Person of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Teacher of the Year
Young Leader of the Year (under 35 years of age)

To see a list of past winners, and to download the nomination form, click here.


Annual Banquet

We are excited for you to join us at our Annual Banquet!  January 22, 2016 – Mark it on your calendar now!

This year will be cozy and comfortable at the Crow River Winery.  The relaxed atmosphere is perfect to sit back, relax, savor a great meal, a few treats, and enjoy the company of people from our great community.

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Hospitality Group Meeting

After a great initial meeting in November, we have decided to move forward with this new engagement group.  If you are a retailer, restaurant, lodging property, attraction, or an activity base business, we would love for you to join us!  This is a great opportunity to bring you all together, have your voices be heard, and provide you with helpful information for your business.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 12 at 8:30am at the Hutchinson Chamber office.
If you have any questions, or want to let us know that you plan on coming, please call  587-5252 or email Melissa.


December Business of the Month

We are excited to highlight FRF Productions as our December FRF ProductionsBusiness of the Month!
To learn more about what Tony at FRF Productions does, please click here.


2015 in Review

chamber (8 of 35)Oh yes, it’s that time of year… we’ve finished off the turkey leftovers, scrambled through stores for those special items for gift giving… and now, it’s time to reflect back on the past year, before we jump feet first into 2016.

The Chamber is busy, busier than usual- which is AWESOME- we are helping our member businesses!

To read Mary’s article, please click here.


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2015 in Review

chamber (8 of 35)Oh yes, it’s that time of year… we’ve finished off the turkey leftovers, scrambled through stores for those special items for gift giving… and now, it’s time to reflect back on the past year, before we jump feet first into 2016.

The Chamber is busy, busier than usual- which is AWESOME- we are helping our member businesses!

So much has happened in 2015, and it could not have been done without all of you- so I thought it might be a nice time to reflect back….

  • We just finished up Small Business Saturday- thank you to all the businesses who participated and those who are in the middle of the Snowman Contest! Special thanks to Valley Sales of Hutchinson for providing the treats at the welcome stations, and to KDUZ/KARP for donating some additional prizes we gave out.
  • The Ambassadors hosted the first Small Business Summit, which was a great opportunity for small businesses to learn, share and connect. The Ambassadors work hard to fundraise, which allowed our small businesses to attend at no cost.  Mark your calendars for March 29, 2016 for the next Summit.
  • The 41st Annual Arts & Crafts Festival takes many, many, MANY volunteers. Thank you to the 50 some volunteers who make time to help. An additional shout-out to the City of Hutchinson, Park & Rec, and the Hutchinson Police for amazing help and support during the event.
  • Music in the Park filled Library Square with music and this year a movie. With themed nights, we were able to showcase more businesses and organizations. One of the biggest highlights was Citizens Bank Night, when we showed Wizard of Oz, and the raucous volunteers from Equul Access let kids paint the horse of a different color and threw squishy foam apples during the apple tree throwing scene- well played!
  • Part of our work is marketing Hutchinson to bring more people here to see, play, eat, sleep and do. With our many tourism partners, they have helped bring people to Hutchinson. This year we were able to thank several partners with Tourism Marketing Grants! Thank you for your help!
  • Does it sound like there is #MuchInHutch? There is, and thanks to McKimm Trucking and B&B Sports the message has been taken on the road- I cannot tell you how much I love seeing our information throughout our travels. Thank you Mike and Jeremy!
  • Agri-Business, Bring It Home, Golf, Leadership Design, and Made In McLeod Committees work diligently to support and promote many local industries. These passionate people are a joy to work with, and they know how to get things DONE!
  • Do you love seeing your event on the electronic marquee at the intersection of Hwy 7 & 15? Thanks to Citizens Bank and the Burich Family’s generosity, the marquee is back up and running, live and in color.

Finally, thank you to YOU! As a chamber member, your support, investment and commitment to our community benefits everyone. We are very lucky to live in a community that is thriving, vibrant, and progressive, and I thank you for your part in making Hutchinson a home we can be proud of!

Save the Date- Annual Banquet- January 22, 2016
Rustic Winter Wonderland- dress comfy, come for fun and food!

What’s Happening in November 2015

Small Business Saturday

SBS DateDo your holiday shopping on Small Business Saturday and support our community in a big way!  Small Business Saturday is one of our favorite community events.  The smiles we see from store owners, and the shoppers, are what make this day stand out for us.  It’s always great to see so many people out shopping with loved ones, while supporting our local businesses. We hope to see you shopping in Hutchinson on November 28!

Businesses, this is your day to shine!  We want to help you with that.  Once again our Bring It Home Committee has some fun planned.  To learn about all the great ways you can participate click here.


Taste of the Holidays

2015 Ambassadors Taste of the Holidays PosterDo you have your tickets yet?!  Don’t wait to purchase yours, this event has sold out the last several years, and you don’t want to miss it!  Taste of the Holidays will be held Thursday, November 19 from 5-8pm at the Crow River Winery. Tickets are $15 in advance, and can be purchased from any Hutchinson Ambassador, or at our office.  If all the tickets are not sold before the event they will be $20 at the door.

This event will not only give your great holiday gift ideas, you will get to sample many tasty treats from many food and beverage vendors.  Come hungry, your tummy will thank you!

 

 


New & Returning Chamber Members

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

Fortiori Design, LLC

Landy Lodge Bar and Grill

Qdoba Mexican Grill

We also want to thank our renewing Members!

The Legal Professionals PA
Hutchinson Housing & Redevelopment Authority
Main Street Sports Bar
Innovative Foam
American Energy Systems, Inc
Pro Care Services
Terning & Ross Company
Joanie’s Catering, LLC


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Save the Date: January 22, 2016 –  Join us for the Hutchinson Chamber Annual Banquet!  This year will leave you feeling relaxed and cozy.  More information will be coming soon.

Community Awards will be awarded at the banquet.  Do you know someone in our community that is doing great things?  Nominate them today!  Awards are given for:

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

Click here to learn more, and to get the nomination form.


Lifelong Learning

chamber (8 of 35)You should know Carrie Bradshaw’s voice was in my head as I typed that title. I started with more questions than answers, hence my CB reference.

What made me think about Lifelong Learning? Well…

Click here to read Mary’s article!

 

 


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Each fall the Hutchinson Agri-Business Committee, along with the Glencoe Agri-Business Committee, gather donations of food, wellness, and safety items from Chamber Members.  The donated  items are packed and hand delivered to the local farmers out in the field during harvest time.  These items are sincerely appreciated by the farmers.  Thank you to all the businesses that donated items this year!

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Table Tent Deadline

Are you planning an event for January, February, or March 2016?  Make sure you get your event added to the Table Tents!  The deadline to add events for the 1st quarter is December 1.  The cost is $20/listing for Chamber Members and $30/listing for non-members.  We print 900 table tents, which are then delivered around the community.  An image of the table tent is also shared on social media.  The last time we shared an image of the table tent on our facebook page, it had over 2,000 views!  To submit an event email Melissa or call 234-0786.


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