Archives for March 2016

What’s Happening April 2016

Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo

Bring your friends and family and join us for the Bring It  Home Family Fun & Business Expo!  This event is FREE and open to the public.  If you are one of the first 200 families through the door you will be given a goodie bag.  There will also be prize drawings throughout the day, so come any time between 9am-4pm.  This is a great event where you can have some fun, and learn about all the great things that make up #MuchInHutch!

Bring It Home Expo Info

Hometown Golf Challenge

Lights, Camera, Golf!  We are excited to have some fun at the Hometown Golf Challenge this year, and we want to let you in on it too!  This is a fun, and easy event to highlight your business at.  There are typically 100 golfers each year, and they look forward to not only golfing, but interacting with other local business people.  There are many different sponsorship opportunities available, click here to decide which opportunity is best for your business.

*Golfer registration forms will be available June 1.

Golf Info

New Members

Welcome to our newest Chamber Members!

Temple Lodge #59 – Hutchinson Masons

Prudential Financial

Renewing Members

Thank you to our renewing Chamber Members!

Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Aubony Bridal
Bergman Interiors, LLC
Caspers Chiropractic Center
Common Cup Ministry
Cornerstone Commons Group
Hansen Gravel, Inc.
Hutch Sport Shop
Impressions Inc.
Landscape Concepts, Inc.
McLeod Alliance for Victims of Domestic Violence
Rainy Water Conditioning, Inc.
TEK Mechanical Services, Inc.
Twice is Nice
VFW Post 906
West Central Sanitation

Dairy DayDairy Day Info

Save the Date: Dairy Day will be Friday, June 3 in Library Square Park!  If you are interested in sponsoring this community event please email Mary, or call our office at 587-5252.


Business of the MonthSafe Avenues Logo

In April we will be highlighting Safe Avenues as our Business of the Month.

Click here to learn more about Safe Avenues.

Tourism: Defining Hutchinson’s Assets

Do you know there’s #MuchInHutch? TRUE Statement.

About a third of the work we do at the Chamber is Tourism related. Now we could debate the nuances of how the chamber work relates to tourism, tourism relates to business, the circle which encloses both sides, as well as the community aspect of our work…. WHICH IS SO TRUE… but that may be another blog post.

Read the rest of Mary’s article here.

Business After Hours

Join the Hutchinson Ambassadors for Business After Hours on Thursday, April 14 from 4-6pm at Lillians.

Click here to register

New Business Visits

In March the Hutchinson Ambassadors welcomed two new businesses to Hutchinson.

Hammy’s BurgersHammy's Burgers
903 Oakland Ave SE
Hammy’s Burgers specializes in high quality hamburgers made with local ingredients, fresh cut fries, “fair style” cheese curds, hot dogs and great daily specials.


Qdoba Mexican GrillQdoba Mexican Grill
1380 Hwy 15 S
Qdoba Mexican Grill is a fast-casual eatery that showcases burritos, tacos, fresh ingredients including guacamole and delicious chips and queso. Whether you like spicy or not, you will like Qdoba!

A Final Thank You from Melissa!

It was bittersweet writing my final newsletter for the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce & Tourism.  If you have ever written a newsletter you know how much work really goes into it!  But, for me it has been a great reminder of all the fun events the Chamber hosts, and all the great businesses, and people that make Hutchinson what it is….a wonderful community!  Thank you to everyone who made my time here so enjoyable.

-Melissa Goldstein

If you know of anyone that would be interested in the Communication Coordinator position at the Chamber, please send them here.

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Tourism: Defining Hutchinson’s Assets

Do you know there’s #MuchInHutch? TRUE Statement.

About a third of the work we do at the Chamber is Tourism related. Now we could debate the nuances of how the chamber work relates to tourism, tourism relates to business, the circle which encloses both sides, as well as the community aspect of our work…. WHICH IS SO TRUE… but that may be another blog post. I’ll add it to my list.

Tourism dollars come from a city ordinance which collects Lodging Tax from lodging properties, including camp grounds. This money is used specifically to promote Hutchinson as a destination.

How do we know if that is working? How do you measure such a thing?

Each year, more money is collected through this tax, which means more people are staying at our lodging facilities.

Jesse Bjur, AmericInn General Manager, shared this “We have seen a strong demand for weekend lodging accommodations the past 3 years due to Hutchinson’s great wedding venues as well as major events such as Orange Spectacular, Arts & Crafts Festival, and various sports tournaments.” Jesse also noted that 2016 looks to continue the same trend.

When asked about the Chamber/Tourism impact, Mary McRaith, Shamrock Inn Owner/Manager said the Hutchinson Chamber’s time and financial Tourism efforts have greatly impacted the Shamrock Inn, as well as other area businesses.  “The monetary investment has helped shine a spotlight on the many community events and attractions Hutchinson has to offer.  And as we say in this business, more “Heads and Beds” has a positive trickle-down effect for everyone!”

But what is it we do to promote Hutchinson as a destination?

  • We started renting billboard space three years ago. This will be our second year of with #MuchInHutch. The simplicity of the boards have made a significant impact on traffic on our website- which leads directly to our member businesses’ pages and “Visiting Hutchinson” information.
  • When we began the #MuchInHutch campaign, we began working with McKimm Trucking to place large vinyls on their trucks. THEN, we were approached by B&B Sports to add stickers onto their trailers, campers and fish houses. You’d be surprised how many vehicle passengers send us photos from the road when they see McKimm trucks.  Thank you to those passengers for driving safely on our roads, and not letting drivers take the photos.
  • Each year we lay out the Tourism Marketing plan, which includes national publications as well as state and regional publications. You’ll see listed on websites, as well as advertising in prominent state tourism books, magazines and periodicals. Explore Minnesota allows businesses to add listings at no cost… are YOU utilizing this free service???
  • With the opening of the paved Luce Line Trail, the Chamber/Tourism Board has made a significant commitment for the next two years for marketing the trail. The trail has already proofed to be a destination and overflow business for our local businesses. Interestingly enough, with Chamber location on the corner of Happy, Sunny and Always Smiling, we’ve seen groups of bikers coming downtown to eat, shop and explore. Yes, they shop too!
  • Three years ago we began the Tourism Marketing Grant. This grant helps pay for marketing of a Hutchinson located event. These events bring people to Hutchinson, and helping pay for some of their marketing, helps Hutchinson… Genius, even if we do say so ourselves! If your organization or business has an event which you market outside of a 30 mile radius of Hutchinson, contact Mary for a grant application.
  • Because Tourism and the livelihood of so many of our businesses are interwoven, we created a new Task Force/Committee: Destination Hutchinson. Any business in the hospitality industry is welcome to attend our quarterly meetings- the next one is April 12 at 8:30am here at the Chamber. Retail, restaurant, lodging, destination, entertainment businesses all come together to discuss collaboration, programs and projects. YOU are welcome to join us! This group came up with the idea for the BINGO game during Stop Shop Drop.

So there’s a snapshot of what happens on our end for Tourism…. We are devoted to continuous development of our work efforts, sharing the crazy cool aspects of Hutchinson, and marketing all things #MuchInHutch.

Thank You!

chamber (4 of 35)Thank you Hutchinson Chamber Member Businesses, Board of Directors, Matt, and Mary!  My (almost) 4 years at this office has been more than I could have ever asked for.  Starting as the quiet administrative assistant I slowly found the place I was meant to be, and have enjoyed the last year as the Communication Coordinator.

It is hard to walk away from a career that I truly LOVE, but I know in my heart that now is the time for me to focus on my family.  Being a military family, sometimes the sacrifices can be hard.  Our family has chosen when and where to sacrifice, but lately our three kids have had to sacrifice way too much.  Knowing that I am making the best decision for my family is getting me through the loss I feel for this career I love.

Here is a list of some of the things I have enjoyed most during my time here:

  • Helping the Chamber Committees,  Ambassadors,  Agri-Business, and Bring It Home, with their events and programs.
  • The Hutchinson Leadership Institute will always be a highlight of my personal and professional growth.
  • Serving on the City of Hutchinson Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
  • Communicating with people that are tourists visiting Hutchinson, and sharing that there is #MuchInHutch!
  • Assisting in the administrative work for the Hutchinson Area Community Foundation.
  • Learning more about all the great businesses and organizations Hutchinson has (we are so lucky here!)

One last Thank You to Matt & Mary, seriously two awesome co-workers!  Thank you for making a “job” so fun. I will miss creating random hashtags, pumpkin muffins, brainstorming sessions, and just all the fun we truly have. I will miss my Main Street view and the daily laughs!

I will still be around town, and hope to stay involved.  Hutchinson will always be home to me.  Thank you to everyone who takes their time to make this community so great!

-Melissa Goldstein

**If you are interested in an awesome job as a Communication Coordinator at the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, click here!