Archives for 2015

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

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 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 www.ExploreHutchinson.com?

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!

PROMOTIONAL PLUG WARNING!
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.

 

What’s Happening in August 2015

Hutchinson Leadership InstituteLeadership Logo

We’ve given you a few months to think about this, are you ready?!  This is a decision you will not regret.  Registration forms are available here.  If you still have questions, such as what the time commitment  is, when the group meets, or other questions, please email Mary or call 234-0785.


New & Returning Chamber Members

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

ACC Midwest Transport/Hutch Cab Company

Branded Solutions

Family Heritage – Bethany Loether

We also want to thank our renewing Members!
Ag Systems
Evergreen Apartments
Hutchinson Dental Center
Kwik Trip
Maytag Laundry, Tanning and Car Wash
Meshed Designs
New Century Academy
Papa Murphy’s
ServiceMaster Cleaning
Standard Printing
Vivid Image, Inc.

Member on the Move!
Visit Southwest Eye Care at their new location 218 Main Street #105 – Hutchinson


Farm Fatigue

Farm Fatigue Tractor LogoWith the wonderful summer we have had the crops will be plentiful this fall.  Each harvest season, our Agri Business committee works hard to deliver buckets of goodies to our farmers in the fields in McLeod County. If your business is interested in supplying goodies, or money for this program, please complete and return the Farm Fatigue Commitment Form.

 


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Primary EyeCare is our August Business of the Month!

Learn more about Primary EyeCare here.

 


Mary’s Article

chamber (8 of 35)Have you ever noticed the commercials showing someone in the midst of a random act of kindness for another person, and then the pay-it-forward effect for the remainder of the commercial? It ends with someone helping the first person in the video. A nice example of when you put something out into the world, it comes back to you.    Continue reading Mary’s article here.

 


Business After Hours

Hometown Realty2The August Business After Hours will be held at Hometown Realty on Wednesday, August from 4-6pm.
Watch your email for the e-invitation and registration.

 


Hometown Golf Challenge

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for our annual golf challenge, and to all our sponsors!  We hope you enjoyed the day.  If you want to join us next year, make sure to put the Hutchinson Chamber Golf Challenge on July 25, 2016! Pictures from this event have been posted on our Facebook page.

Golf Thanks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Small Business Summit

Do you own a small business?  Well, this event is for you! This is a day for your business to gain knowledge and be inspired to “keep on keepin’ on!” More details will be available soon, but add Tuesday, October 13th to your calendar!


Table Tents

The deadline to submit events for the 4th quarter (October, November, December) table tents is September 1!  To submit an event, email Melissa or call 234-0786.  Also, if you submit an event to the table tents, make sure to add it to the online community calendar.  The community calendar averages about 100 views a day, so don’t forget to utilize it! Submitting an event to the community calendar may be done through your chamber member portal.


More Information for Your Business to Grow

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Random Acts of Kindness

chamber (8 of 35)Have you ever noticed the commercials showing someone in the midst of a random act of kindness for another person, and then the pay-it-forward effect for the remainder of the commercial? It ends with someone helping the first person in the video. A nice example of when you put something out into the world, it comes back to you.

“We were born to unite with our fellow men,
and to join in community with the human race.” Cicero

This past month, our community witnessed so many random acts of kindness, I feel these can’t just go by the wayside. Hutchinson pulled together for many families in our community who have said goodbye too early in life, and for those facing devastating accidents and the accompanying aftermath.

I posted on Facebook about my pride for the community of Hutchinson coming together when others are in need; but what does community really mean?

Two definitions came up when I searched:

  1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
  2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

We stay in this community, seemingly for the sense of community.

We care about others. We care about you. You care about me.

We care about health, family, education, a common sense of being….here.

The next time you see someone drop something, pick it up. Open a door. Give someone a ride.

The next time you want to criticize, stop. Maybe just give them a smile of encouragement instead… I bet they need it.

Thank you Hutchinson for being a community I am proud to be part of. When you give your time, your resources, your talents, your treasures…. You are appreciated by many, whether spoken or unspoken.

-Mary Hodson

July 16, 2015 News Release: Highway 15 Projects

July 16, 2015
Contact: Mandi Lighthizer-Schmidt
Office: 320-214-6426
mandi.lighthizer-schmidt@state.mn.us
Twitter: @MnDOT southwest

For Immediate Release

Overlay project on Highway 15 from Hutchinson to Dassel to begin July 20th
WILLMAR, Minn. – An overlay project on Highway 15 from Hutchinson to Dassel is scheduled to begin Monday, July 20th.

Motorists traveling on Highway 15 from Hutchinson to Dassel may encounter minor delays as crews will be paving the road.

Traffic will be directed through the work zone by a pilot car.

The project is scheduled to be complete by August 7th, 2015.

MnDOT asks motorists to slow down and pay attention while driving through work zones. Motorists who speed through a work zone or who disobey work zone flaggers’ traffic directions face a $300 fine.

This project helps ensure Minnesota’s transportation system will continue to serve the state for many years.

Learn how MnDOT works to meet the public’s needs and get the most from every dollar at Get Connected (www.dot.state.mn.us/getconnected/).

For updated statewide road conditions and construction information, call 5-1-1 or visit www.511mn.org.

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July 16, 2015
Contact: Mandi Lighthizer-Schmidt
Office: 320-214-6426
mandi.lighthizer-schmidt@state.mn.us
Twitter: @MnDOT southwest

For Immediate Release

Mill and overlay of Highway 15 to begin July 20th
WILLMAR, Minn. – A mill and overlay project with two culvert replacements on Highway 15 from Highway 19 in Winthrop to Highway 212 in Brownton is scheduled to begin Monday, July 20th.

A detour will go into effect on Monday, July 20th. The detour route is listed below.

Detour – Winthrop, Hwy 19 east to Hwy 22, Hwy 22 north to Hwy 212, Hwy 212 west to Hwy 15

The cost of the project is $4 million dollars.

The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of September.

MnDOT asks motorists to slow down and pay attention while driving through work zones. Motorists who speed through a work zone or who disobey work zone flaggers’ traffic directions face a $300 fine.

This project helps ensure Minnesota’s transportation system will continue to serve the state for many years.

Learn how MnDOT works to meet the public’s needs and get the most from every dollar at Get Connected (www.dot.state.mn.us/getconnected/).

For updated statewide road conditions and construction information, call 5-1-1 or visit www.511mn.org.

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
Stamp-N-Storage
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
320-587-0146
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
Hutchinson
320-582-4822
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
320-587-0554
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
763-248-5252
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
Hutchinson
320-583-4246
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 ExploreHutchinson.com #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!

2015 Dairy Day Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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!

3M
AKI
America’s Fitness Center
Businessware Solutions
Coldwell Banker Advantage
Crow River Nutrition
David Hoy and Associates
Duane Jindra Crop Insurance Agency
Holiday
Landskapings
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.

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 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.


Welcome!

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 explorehutchinson.com 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. MinnesotaWorks.net 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 collegecentral.com/ridgewater 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 cmjts.org
  2. MN Department of Employment and Economic Development http://mn.gov/deed
  3. Occupation Employment Statistics Data http://mn.gov/deed/data/data-tools/oes/

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.