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What’s Happening in February 2016

Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo

Bring It Home Expo Info

Registration for the Bring It Home Expo is now available.  Register by March 4th to take advantage of early-bird pricing!  Are you not familiar with the Bring It Home Expo?  This event is a great way to showcase to our community what your business does.  All participating businesses/organizations must be located within a 10 mile radius of Hutchinson.  The Bring It Home Committee hosts this event to showcase what is in Hutchinson, and remind our community members that there is no need to leave Hutchinson to get the things and services that you may need.

This one day Expo is popular in our community, and with all age ranges.  There are activities for children and a food court set up for people to sit, relax, and enjoy some local food options.

Click here to learn more and to find registration information.

Stop Shop Drop2016 logo

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 19!  Stop Shop Drop is a city-wide shopping event.  The Chamber does advertise this event outside of Hutchinson, and locally. It is a great day for our businesses to showcase what they have to offer.  New this year – BINGO!  The first 25 businesses to sign up can have their business listed on the BINGO card.  All it takes to participate is a $25 gift card.  The gift cards will then be used as prizes for shoppers who complete a BINGO.  We want to make sure people are stopping into your business, and seeing all the great things you have!

Click here for more information, and to sign up to participate. 

New Members

Welcome to our newest Chamber Members!

Caribou Coffee

Hilary Sirles

Masterson Staffing Solutions

Renewing Members

THANK YOU to our renewing Members!

renewing members

Business of the Month

PrintWe are highlighting Edward Jones – Pat Chapman & Nick Pederson as our February Business of the Month!

Click here to learn more about Edward Jones – Pat Chapman & Nick Pederson.

Music in the Park 2016

Sunshine, green grass, popcorn wagon, band shell… that all sounds so lovely.  Let’s take some time and think about Music in the Park!  Planning is already beginning for this local summer tradition.  We can’t do it without you!  We are searching for bands, social hosts, and sponsors.  We can’t make these weekly events happen without you.

Click here to learn more about Music in the Park and to find band, social host, and sponsor applications. 

2016 March Food Drive

full-color-logoIt’s time to gear up for the 2016 Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign, which benefits the McLeod County Food Shelf! The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign is the largest collection of financial and food support for McLeod Emergency Food Shelf (MEFS) each year. EVERY dollar and EVERY pound raised is reported and then eligible for a match in relation to the total raised and the total number of people MEFS serves.

Click here to learn more, and to find out how your business can be a collection site. 

Life. Long. Learning.chamber (8 of 35)

What does that mean to you? Personally? Professionally? For your organization?
For me, personally, and professionally, I want to grow, improve skills, increase my knowledge base, and understand others better.
For the chamber, I want these things also. I want it for staff, our board of directors, and volunteers.

Here are some action items which can positively affect your business:

Click here to read Mary’s article.

Ambassador New Business Visits

The Hutchinson Ambassadors welcomed two new businesses to Hutchinson this month.

Masterson Staffing SolutionsMasterson Staffing Solutions
1310 Hwy 15 S, Ste 103 – Hutchinson
Masterson Staffing Solutions is family owned business serving the five state area for over 50 years, working with individuals and businesses to fill job vacancies and place personnel in jobs that fit their talents.


McWicked Sweet CelebrationsMcWicked Sweet Celebrations
McWicked Sweet Celebrations designs and creates fun, delicious pastries, pies, cakes and cookies for any occasion. From decadent and rich, to natural and health conscious, choose McWicked to treat yourself or your next gathering!


Business After Hours

The Hutchinson Ambassadors invite all Chamber Member Business Employees to attend Business After Hours.  In February you can join them on February 11, from 4-6pm at Southwest Eye Care.

Click here to register, or contact the Chamber office at 587-5252.

Save These Dates!

March 1 – Deadline to submit events for the 2nd quarter table tents (April, May, June)

March 29 – Small Business Summit Hosted by the Hutchinson Ambassadors (more information coming soon!)

April 12 – Destination Hutchinson Meeting 8:30am at the Chamber office

Hutchinson Young ProfessionalsLogo

The Hutchinson Young Professionals group is up and running! We meet the first Wednesday of every month for a lunch hour event from 12pm-1pm and moving forward, we are hoping to host occasional evening events for those who can’t break away from work during that time. The next gathering is February 3 at Southwest Initiative Foundation with guest speaker Steve Gasser from Vivid Image. If you are in your 20s or 30s, this is a great way to network with other young professionals, to listen and learn from business experts and engage in community activities! Follow us on Facebook, contact the Chamber at (320) 587-5252, or email Matt for more information on how to join!

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Annual Banquet.  We had such a great night!  A BIG Thank You to our Visionary Sponsor Citizens Bank & Trust and Event Sponsor Crow River Winery!

Award Winners

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More For Your Business

2016 1st Quarter Table TentNUtel_LunchLearn_Hutch


Life. Long. Learning.

What does that mean to you? Personally? Professionally? For your organization?
For me, personally, and professionally, I want to grow, improve skills, increase my knowledge base, and understand others better.
For the chamber, I want these things also. I want it for staff, our board of directors, and volunteers.

Here are some action items which can positively affect your business:

Invest in industry specific education– for you, for your employees. I feel continuing education is crucial to stay relevant in your industry. Period. If you think differently, well I simply disagree. Understanding trends, regulatory issues, and managing new equipment/business equipment keeps your business on the forefront of the industry. Yes, you may need to use resources to attend a conference or class- but this has a couple of benefits. The education itself, the network of people you will meet, and leaving your business for a few days is healthy. I promise, nothing will happen while you’re gone, and the resources to attend- will pay for themselves.

Engage in industry specific groups, locally, regionally, state and national levels- For me, being part of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Executives organization brings education, information and ongoing networks of support. 2.5 days twice a year brings many chamber executives together to discuss opportunities, trends, and education regarding chamber specific topics.

When you engage with these industry specific groups, you also lend a voice to the priorities of the group. Some may have legislative support or action, which needs your feedback. Your voice matters. Voices raised together create change.

Follow industry professionals and groups on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Blogs. These options can bring timely information, and answers to questions very quickly.

Read. Yep. Read. There are great books on business. Everywhere. Ask just about anyone and they can tell you what books they are reading or have read which they would recommend. If you don’t “have time” to read, consider books on tape- which now are downloadable through a variety of apps on your smart phone or e-device.

Lastly, share the information you are learning with others. There’s also learning in the sharing….. and imagine what you and your business can do with improved skills, increased knowledge base, better understanding of others… just imagine.

Stop Shop Drop 2016

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Make sure you have Saturday, March 19, 2016 on your calendar! This is a city wide shopping day in Hutchinson.  Our businesses are working together to draw people to Hutchinson, to showcase that there is #MuchInHutch.

Participating Businesses (List will be updates as we receive information from businesses)
*These deals are good for March 19 only*

Amazing Grace Boutique – Celebrating 2 years in Hutchinson!  Giveaways, gift with purchase, in store deals!
Buffalo Wild Wings – Show your Stop Shop Drop BINGO Card and receive a complimentary non alcoholic beverage with a minimum of a $5 purchase.
Carly’s Shoes – 20% regular priced merchandise
Century 9 Theatres (766 Century Ave SW) – Free Odyssey/CineMagic Theatres bucket refills with any ticket purchase
Clay Coyote Gallery & Pottery
Country Kitchen – Show your Stop Shop Drop BINGO Card and get $5 off any guest check of $20 or more
Crafts & Gifts Expo – Hutchinson Event Center 9am-3pm
Crossed Paths (19 Main St N)
Crow River Winery – 10% off select wines by the bottle and select oils and balsamic vinegars
Elena’s Bakery
Hager Jewelry – In store specials 20-50% off.  Bring your Stop Shop Drop Bingo card in and receive a lottery ticket
Hutch Sport Shop
Hutchinson Center for the Arts
Kock’s Jewelry – 20% off store-wide *some exclusions
Lillians –  Jewelry Buy One Get One Half Off, Chair Massages 11-1 & Light Brunch
MaryKay  – Jessi Wendland
MeshedDesigns – In Store Specials
Nala Jean’s
NU-Telecom – Sign up for TechTrends Wireless and receive a new phone for only $4.99 per month for the first 12 months, and $24.99 for the last 12 months. This can save you up to $450 on the newest devices such as the iPhone 6s and the Samsung Galaxy S6.
Outdoor Motion
Prairie Haven (20284 Raven Ave)
Quilt Haven on Main
The Paint Factory
The Village Shop
Trimmings & Charm
Woody’s Graphics

Click here to download and print your BINGO Card!