Archives for May 2016

Dairy Day Celebration

Dairy Day- Thank You!

On June 3rd, 2016 the Hutchinson Chamber, with the Agri Business Committee, held the annual Dairy Day Celebration. With cloudy skies and threats of rain, it looked to be a gloomy day. Luckily we were able to make a quick decision and have the event at the McLeod County Fairground. With Cow Milking, Fro Yo eating contest and more, the event was full of fun activities. We would like to thank all the sponsors that make Dairy Day possible. This event wouldn’t be possible without your support! We hope to see everyone again next year.




25th Anniversary of the Orange Spectacular


Hutchinson will be seeing a lot of ORANGE in July! The Orange Spectacular will be held at the McLeod County Fairgrounds July 22, 23, 24 2016.  This is the largest Allis-Chalmers Tractor, Machinery and Toy Show in the USA! Admission and parking for this event is FREE. For the Kids there will be games, pedal tractor pull. For the Women.. 1st annual Quilt Show, Flea Market, different seminars, Tea party and much more for everyone! There will also be a ladies boutique, flea market, workshops, and activities for children.

For more information about this great event visit their website at


“We love these!”

table tent for November 2013

“We love these!”  This is what we often hear when people refer to the Hutchinson Chamber Table Tents, you know those things on the tables at our area restaurants that lists what’s happening in Hutchinson.  Every few months someone stops in to ask about them, how they are made, what our process is, etc.  These people want to bring the information back to their town, so their community can do it too.  We know the people in Hutchinson are thankful for them.  When we are out delivering the tents we often get comments about how excited people are to see what will be happening in the next few months.

Table tents are printed quarterly for events held in Hutchinson. Any organization may submit an event for the quarterly table tents at a cost of $20.00 for Chamber members and $30.00 for non-members, per event.  Events may be submitted at any time for future events, but must be submitted no later than the following deadlines per quarter:

Table Tents Schedule:
1st Quarter (January, February, March) Deadline to submit events for these months is December 1st
2nd Quarter (April, May, June) Deadline to submit events for these months is March 1st
3rd Quarter (July, August, September) Deadline to submit events for these months is June 1st
4th Quarter (October, November, December) Deadline to submit events for these months is September 1st

A table tent listing consists of: the event name, event date, and event location.

We also ask the people who are submitting the event  to list their event on the online community calendar.  This is a great way to give more details about the event.  Submitting an event to the online community calendar is easy and FREE!

To submit an event online:
1. Go to
2. Click “Community Calendar”
3. Click “Submit New Event” under where it says “View Full Calendar”
4. Enter event information & click submit for approval

Table tent events may be submitted via email to Gina, via phone at 320-234-0786, or in person at the Hutchinson Chamber & Tourism office.

This is a service that we truly enjoy being able to provide for our  community, and we are happy to hear that so many other people appreciate them!

RiverSong Music Festival

RiverSong Music Festival crowd photo

Experience live acoustic music in our incredible riverside location in Hutchinson, MN. This celebration of grassroots music will feature music by artists and bands from all over the nation. Multiple stages will showcase performances in a number of genres, including folk, blues, roots, Americana, acoustic jazz, Celtic, and more!

And to keep you sustained as you move back and forth between the stages to catch all this amazing music, stop by the food vendors for lunch/dinner or just a snack.  We have a great variety of food from vendors from Hutchinson and all over the state.  Plus cold beer and wine at the RiverSong beer tent.  Don’t miss the specialty vendors for some fun shopping. RiverSong is a family friendly event, kids 14 and under are free with a paid adult ticket.

RiverSong will work hard to secure grant and sponsor support in order to maintain these family-friendly ticket prices. RiverSong gives you access to a TON of great music at a fraction of the cost you’d spend to see these artists at other venues. BUY YOUR TICKETS AND RESERVE CAMPSITES HERE. You can purchase tickets advance tickets locally at any of our ticket locations including Cash Wise Foods, The Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce, The Hutchinson Center for the Arts and Clay Coyote Gallery. It just makes sense to buy RiverSong tickets early. You’ll save a few bucks and have LOTS of time to get excited about RiverSong! If you have any questions about our admission policies, you can visit this page for weather, pet, food/beverage details and more.

Don’t miss this great event, destined to be a top draw for visitors to the Hutchinson area and locals alike.  RiverSong is proud to be partners with many of our local businesses.

New "RiverSong Front Porch Stage"


What’s Happening May 2016

Hutchinson Leadership Institute

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Hutchinson Leadership Institute Graduates!

Sara Andersen                               Bob Kosek
Matt Beilke                                      Zak Lakovic
Dean Bertram                                Mitchell Lietzau
John Clark                                      Brian Ludowese
Mark Corbin                                   Amy MartinLeadership Logo
Matt Diering                                   Andrea Moore
Matt Evers                                       Nick Pederson
Gary Foster                                     Gary Sabrowsky
Hope Hagert                                  Dan Scheele
Candace Hoversten                    Keri Schueete
Shayla Johnson                           David Schwedler
Tara Kilian                                      Elena Volkov
Justin Kofoed                               Sarah Work
Melissa Kohls

Participants, Sponsors, Alumni and Guests are invited to join us on May 18, 2016 to celebrate the graduation and community service project of the 2015-2016 Hutchinson Leadership Institute Class. Students in the Hutchinson Leadership Institute have the rare opportunity to turn knowledge into action by creating community projects as part of the program.

Hutchinson Leadership Institute Banquet
May 18th, 2016 – 5:30pm
Current Participants & Sponsors – No Fee
Alumni & Guests – $20 per person

If you would like to attend the Graduation & Banquet, or would like more information about registering for the 2017-2018 class, please contact the Chamber office at 320-587-5252 or email Mary.

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


Something from Mary

chamber (8 of 35)Business Safety

I have had several questions lately about business safety.
Not safety- OSHA. Safety- overall in doing business and with whom and where you do business.

There are many things to consider when you are doing business: protection of assets, technology safety, breach of confidentiality, breach of trust… anything which could be detrimental to the health and well-being of your business. Here are a few things to consider.

Read the rest of Mary’s article here.

May Business of the Month


Innovative Foam is our May Business of the Month!

Learn more about Innovative Foam here.


Thank you!

Kudos to the Hutchinson area businesses which supported McLeod Emergency Food Shelf (MEFS) as collection locations during the 2016 MN FoodShare March Campaign:

Caspers Chiropractic
CashWise Foods
Citizens Bank
City of Hutchinson
Customer Elation
Edina Realty – David Broll
Hutchinson Area Health Care
Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
Hutchinson Leader
Jay Malone Motors
Thrivent Financial
Tidy Tightwads
Valley Sales
Food and funds collected during the campaign provide for at least 80,380 meals right here in McLeod County! That’s nearly a quarter of our annual distribution! Hutchinson also tied with Lester Prairie for the local competition to “Give Where You Live” with just over 3.5 $/#’s per person! J Plato and Glencoe earned 1st and 2nd place honors with 14.7 & 5.7 $/#’s per person.  Thank you Hutchinson!

Business After Hours

The May Business After Hours will be held on
Thursday, May 12 from 4pm- 6pm at Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
Watch your email for the e-invitation and registration.

New and Returning Chamber Members

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

We also want to thank our renewing members!

  • AKI
  • Benny’s Meat Market
  • Crow River Signs
  • Crow River Wheelers
  • David Hoy & Associates
  • Economy Inn
  • Hutchinson Elks Lodge 2427
  • Hutchinson Financial
  • Hutchinson Huskies Baseball Association
  • McLeod Emergency Food Shelf
  • Shaklee
  • Wells Fargo Band, N.A.

Save these Dates!

  • Business After Hours – May 12, 2016 ~ Located at: Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
  • Dairy Day Celebration – June 3rd, 2016
  • Hometown Golf Challenge – July 25, 2016 ~ Located at: Crowriver Golf Club
  • Crazy Days, Baseball Theme – July 9th, 2016

Table Tent Deadline

The deadline for submitting events for the 3rd quarter table tents (July, August, September) is June 1st.  If you have an event you would like to add to the table tents please email Casey or call our office at 320-587-5252.  The cost  is $20/event listing for Chamber Members and $30/event listing for non-members.


Exciting things are happening at the Chamber!

We are pleased to announce Casey Loken will be joining the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce as our Communication Coordinator. Casey grew up in Northwood, IA, she moved to Minnesota in 2014 to attend St. Cloud State University. New to Hutchinson, Casey will start her duties on May 9th, hoping to help achieve the Chamber’s goals and commitment to our local businesses. Congratulations to Casey!


Business Safety

I have had several questions lately about business safety.
Not safety- OSHA. Safety- overall in doing business and with whom and where you do business.

There are many things to consider when you are doing business: protection of assets, technology safety, breach of confidentiality, breach of trust… anything which could be detrimental to the health and well-being of your business. Here are a few things to consider.

Security System. Again- so broad, depending on what the security is for. If you’re protecting records, personal information, and the like, look into your industry’s compliance regulations. Attorneys and accountants can help with this.  If you are looking for something to protect physical property, ask your network of business people who they use and recommend. Regulations vary greatly by industry and business, so I won’t go into this more.

Malware Protection. It’s the IT Buzz word and if you don’t know what this word means- call your IT support today. If you don’t have IT support. Get some. We have several Chamber members who can help you protect your business’ electronic information.

Policies and Contracts. Policies, even for small businesses can help direct decision making when it comes to employees, vendors, etc. How you work with them, including expectation of payment and functions/roles. Written contracts can prove beneficial and also very functional when working with anyone, in any capacity. Contracts should be reviewed by your attorney. An insurance professional can help you determine what insurance coverage you need. Make no assumptions when it comes to legal and insurance needs.

Due Diligence. If you are working with someone new or are looking for a new service; do some follow-up work. Ask for references, call some of the resources I have listed below. Many businesses, including the chamber, receive emails, calls and walk-ins from businesses and people we do not know. This can create some anxiety or concern. If something seems too good to be true…. It usually is. If you think someone is trying to scam you, or others, call the police, call us… get some kind of concrete information before you engage in business activity. Some businesses are required, or choose, to do background checks on employees, vendors, and/or potential business partners. Some businesses aren’t able to manage the cost, and simply using search engines to investigate can be helpful.

Network of Business People. Huge asset. I’ve seen first-hand the network of Hutchinson businesses work together to help each other when implementing new services, doing business with someone new, hiring new services, etc. Use your network. If you don’t have a network, see me after class.

Your gut. 9.9 times out of 10, your gut is your best tool, so says “everybody.”

Oh yes, having a business is an amazing adventure! Having some policies and safe-guards in place can be very helpful. Do note however, not everything is fool-proof, but being well aware is the first line of defense.


Not only can you use these resources on a per need basis, many have email lists you can sign up for, which will send you newsletters with great business information.

Better Business Bureau 1-800-646-6222

MN Secretary of State Office of Steve Simon 651-296-2803

MN Department of Revenue 651-556-3000

MN Department of Employment and Economic Development

Southwest Initiative Foundation 320-587-4848

Hutchinson Police Services 320-587-2242