Archives for 2016

Businesses: Participate in Small Business Saturday 2016!

There is nothing small about Small Business Saturday in Hutchinson! Each year our Bring It Home committee works hard to plan some fun around Hutchinson.  Now we just need Hutchinson businesses to jump on board.  We need you to help make this big! The Chamber Board has once again decided to support local businesses with payments towards shoppers purchases.

 

 

Steps to Success:

Envision Your Day

  • Design a shopping event showcasing your product and/or services
  • Do something fun to entice people to come and shop with you
  • Offer a special or discount for customers to use on Small Business Saturday

Think Big

  • Use the Hutchinson Leader and KDUZ/KARP to tell the community about your plans
  • Utilize Social Media to generate excitement
  • Word of mouth goes a long way; tell your customers, friends, and family what you have planned
  • Chamber Members: Use your Chamber Portal to enter HOT DEALS, and your EVENT to the community calendar
    (If you need assistance logging in, call Matt 320-587-5252)
  • Non-Chamber Members; to enter an Event to the calendar
    1.Go to ExploreHUTCHINSON.com 2. Click “Community Calendar”
    3. “Submit New Event” 4. Enter info & “Submit for Approval”

Sign-Up

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Who:  Any Hutchinson Chamber Member may participate

What is it? This contest is meant to create traffic for your business.  Display a Decorated Snowman at your business.

When: November 26 through December 2, 2016

How? Call the Chamber office at 587-5252 or email Casey by November 18 to sign up.
When you sign up we will need to know:

snowman name
address /location of snowman/display
sponsor name*, and who the snowman is created by (if applicable)
*Businesses may sponsor a group to make a snowman on their behalf

  • The cost is $25 to participate. Payments may be cash, check, or $25 gift card.
    (Money will go toward expenses, gift cards will be used on Small Business Saturday to suprise shoppers)
  • Create your snowman out of any material—be creative!
  • The Bring It Home logo must be incorporated somehow. You will receive the logo by email when you register.

Prizes:

  • $100 for Judges Favorite
    Criteria: 1. Creativity 2. Use of Bring It Home logo 3. Incorporation of your business in the design
  • Winners  will be announced by December 9th, 2016

Why a Decorated Snowman Contest?

  • The contest draws people in, bringing people INTO your business. Even if they don’t purchase anything, they are still IN your business– make the most of each experience!
  • Doesn’t everyone love a snowman?
  • In the past, several businesses used the snowman decorating as a team building exercise.
  • Businesses had fun with the friendly competition. It wasn’t really about the competition, but being part of something bigger, and special, in Hutchinson. #MuchInHutch

2018 Community Awards – Nominate Someone Today!

Each year we are excited to make the announcement of who has won the Community Awards.  We can’t do this without you.  Nominations need to be made and we try to make it easy for you.  Take a few minutes to nominate someone who is giving back to our community!

The Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism and the Hutchinson Jaycees are accepting nominees 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 for the Community Awards Nomination Form (pdf).

Awards will be presented at the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Annual Banquet on
Friday, January 19, 2018 at the Crow River Winery.

This is a list of the winners from the past few years:

Business Person of the Year:
2016:  Brett Haugen
2015:  Eric Lipke
2014:  Keith Heikes
2013:  Gail & Jenny Plaisance
2012:  Dr. David Mach
2011:  Renee Hantge
2010:  Tiffany Haag & Blake Barnard
2009:  Gus Wurdell
2008:  Tom Daggett

Volunteer of the Year:
2016:  Van Karg
2015:  Dave Sebesta
2014:  Joanne Willmert
2013:  Ken Jensen
2012:  John & Julie Lofdahl
2011:  Jessica & AJ Forcier
2010:  Jan Johnson
2009:  Betsy Price
2008:  Stacey Neuhaus

Teacher of the Year:
2016:  Dave Kucera
2015:  Arlyn Debruyckere
2014:  Kathy Nordby
2013:  Scott Renning
2012:  Kris Dobratz
2011:  Bruce Eckhart
2010:  Chad Harlander
2009:  Jean Schultz

Young Leader of the Year:
2016:  Karlie Mosher
2015:  Jonathan Dawson
2014:  Adam Fink
2013:  Chris Wilke
2012:  Kyle Wendling
2011:  Megan Peterson
2010:  Karen Grasmon
2009:  Joe Nagel
2008:  Kirsten Grorud

What’s Happening in October 2016?

Thank You!

September 16th & 17th we held our 42nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival. Although the clouds and forecast looked gloomy, it turned out to be a beautiful weekend! This festival was a huge success again this year, but would not have been possible without the help of some incredible volunteers and workers. We would like to thank the following businesses for their support at the  Arts & Crafts Festival:

  • 3M
  • BusinessWare Solutions
  • Citizens Bank & Trust
  • Factory Direct Furniture
  • Goebel Fixture Company
  • Hutchinson Health
  • Hutchinson Public School
  • State Farm Insurance – Kim Kotzer
  • Landscape Concepts
  • MidCountry Bank
  • MITGI
  • Novation Credit Union
  • Piehl, Hanson, Beckman, P.A.
  • Shamrock Inn
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation
  • St. Anastasia Catholic Church
  • Valley Sales of Hutchinson, Inc.
  • Vivid Image
  • West Central Sanitation
  • Woodstone Senior Living

We would also like to put a spotlight on the backstage people of Arts & Crafts. Thank you for all your support. And a special THANK YOU to the Hutchinson Police for keeping this event safe and for all the hard work they do during this busy weekend.

  • The City of Hutchinson
  • Sara and Hutchinson Parks & Rec
  • Donovan, Rock Star Arborist
  • Kwik Trip
  • ShopKo
  • Viking Coke

Again, THANK YOU to everyone that helped out with this event. We hope to see everyone again next year!


Small Business Summit

One Day- Many small Hutchinson business owners in one room.

Don’t miss the opportunity to gain knowledge, to help you as a small business owner, to learn tangible information, and to help build your business. Let us nurture you for the day, FREE, thanks to the Hutchinson Ambassadors. Breakfast and lunch included.

Click here to register. 


Election of Board of Directors

In accordance with Hutchinson Chamber & Tourism By-Laws Article V, Sections 3, 4 and 5, the following candidates have been recommended to serve on the Board of Directors for the indicated terms.
Any questions or petitions may be directed to Mary Hodson and will be presented to the Nominating Committee.

Section 3 – Publicity
5.3.1 Upon receipt of the report of the Nominating Committee, the President shall be
instructed to notify the membership of the names of persons nominated as candidates for directors, and the right of persons nominated as candidates for directors, and the right of petition as provided in these By-Laws. A list of the candidates so nominated shall be kept
on file in the Association office.

Section 4 – Petition
5.4.1 Additional names of candidates for directors can be nominated by petition bearing the genuine signatures of at least five (5) qualified members of the Association. Such petition shall be filed with the Nominating Committee within ten (10) days after notice has been
given of the names of those nominated. The determination of the Nominating Committee
as to the legality of the petition shall be final.

Section 5 – Determination
5.5.1 If no petition is filed within the designated period, the nomination shall be closed and the nominated slate of (5) candidates shall be declared elected upon a 2/3 vote approval by the Board of Directors at their regular October Board meeting.

5.5.2 If a legal petition presents additional candidates, the names of all candidates shall be arranged on the ballot in alphabetical order. Instructions will be to select five (5).
Identification shall be made on the ballot to identify those candidates nominated by the Nominating Committee. The usual election procedure shall prevail.

Recommend Candidates: Josh Gehlen and Sheila Murphy


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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!

Click here for a full list of businesses that donated items this year! 


Hutchinson Ambassadors

The Hutchinson Ambassadors will be hosting the Taste of the Holidays on Thursday, November 17 from 5-8pm at the Crow River Winery.  Advance tickets are $15, and will be sold by the Hutchinson Ambassadors and at the Hutchinson Chamber & Tourism office. There are limited tickets each year, and this event has sold out several years now, so make sure to get your tickets early! For more information, visit the Hutchinson Ambassadors Facebook Page. 


New & Returning Chamber Members

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

We also want to thank our renewing Members!

  • Culver’s
  • Days Inn
  • e2 Electrical Services
  • Edward Jones – Dean Winter
  • Factory Direct Furniture
  • Fun Sports of Hutchinson
  • Home State Bank
  • Hutchinson Housing and Redevelopment Authority
  • Quilt Haven on Main
  • Terning & Ross Company

Business After Hours

Business After Hours will be held Thursday,

October 13 from 4-6pm at NuCrane Manufacturing

Click here to register


October Business of the Month

The October Business of the Month is Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hassan Valley Lodge #109!

Learn more about the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hassan Valley Lodge # 109 here.


Something from Mary

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As we continue to watch the political mass struggle with the DOL Overtime Ruling, I’m reminded of TWO key sets of advice from several leaders who have spoken to our Leadership Institute Class each year.

Click here to read Mary’s article

 

 

 


More Information for Your Business to Grow

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Something from Mary

As we continue to watch the political mass struggle with the DOL Overtime Ruling, I’m reminded of TWO key sets of advice from several leaders who have spoken to our Leadership Institute Class each year.

“Build your network of people BEFORE you might need them.” The other option is to introduce yourself and then spurt out your problem and ask for help.

AND,

“Your voice matters. Reach out to legislators.”

Democracy is the only system capable of reflecting the humanist premise of equilibrium or balance. The key to its secret is the involvement of the citizen.      -John Ralston Saul

The Department of Labor may have overreached on this new ruling, but our legislators have the ability to rescind the ruling, or slow down the ruling so it would ramp up over a number of years.

Knowing local, state and federal representatives can make the task much easier. If they know you, they are less likely to brush you, and your issue, aside.

More importantly right now, is to let your federal leaders know how this affects your business, whether you are a for profit or not-for-profit business.

They need to hear from us.
They need to hear from you.
YOU are the key to making this or anything else happen.

Please take 10 minutes to type out some information and email it to our legislators.

Senator Al Franken

St Paul Office 651-221-1016

DC Office 202-224-5641

https://www.franken.senate.gov/?p=email_al

 

Senator Amy Klobuchar

Minneapolis Office 612-727-5220 or 1-888-224-9043

DC Office 202-224-3244

https://www.klobuchar.senate.gov/public/email-amy

 

Representative Collin Peterson                  

Willmar Office 320-235-1061

DC Office 202-225-2165

https://collinpeterson.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

 

Thank You! Arts & Crafts 2016

September 16th & 17th we held our 42nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival. Although the clouds and forecast looked gloomy, it turned out to be a beautiful weekend! We had close to 130 vendors this year, ranging from wood working to clothing. You name it, they will try to hand-make it. This festival was a huge success again, but not without the help of some incredible volunteers and workers. We would like to thank the following businesses for their support at Arts & Crafts

  • 3M
  • BusinessWare Solutions
  • Citizens Bank & Trust
  • Factory Direct Furniture
  • Goebel Fixture Company
  • Hutchinson Health
  • Hutchinson Public School
  • Kim Kotzer- State Farm Insurance
  • Landscape Concepts
  • MidCountry Bank
  • MITGI
  • Novation Credit Union
  • Piehl, Hanson, Beckman, P.A.
  • Shamrock Inn
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation
  • St. Anastasia Catholic Church
  • Valley Sales of Hutchinson, Inc.
  • Vivid Image
  • West Central Sanitiation
  • Woodstone Senior Living

 

We would also like to put a spotlight on the backstage people of Arts & Crafts. Thank you for all your support. And a special THANK YOU to the Hutchinson Police for keeping this event safe and for all the hard work they do during this busy weekend.

  • Hutchinson City
  • Sara and Hutchinson Parks & Rec
  • Donovan Rock Star Arborist
  • Kwik Trip
  • ShopKo
  • Viking Coke

 

Again, THANK YOU to everyone that helped out with this event. We hope to see everyone again next year!

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What’s Happening in September 2016?

42nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson

We hope you will join us for the 42nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival and Taste of Hutchinson. The Festival dates are Friday, September 16 from 10-6 and Saturday, September 17 from 9-4. This Festival is full of handmade items and crafts from our vendors. Please invite your family and friends to attend this community favorite event! For more information follow our Facebook Event Page.

Arts & Crafts Festival Volunteers NEEDED!!

We need HELP! That shouldn’t be a huge surprise to everyone. But to be more specific – we need help for our Arts & Crafts Festival!

For information on how to volunteer for the Arts & Crafts Festival, Please click here. Simply type your name in, provide your phone number and EMAIL. (There is no save button, it automatically saves what you type.)

If you have a friend who might like to volunteer, please provide the link to them as well. An event of this size needs volunteers to make it a great experience for everyone. 10,000-12,000 people come each year! This year the Luce Line Lace Up and the Stamp N Storage Warehouse Sale are also taking place.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us by phone 587-5252 or email Mary. 

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Small Business Summit

Put October 4th on your calendar! Directly impact your small business by attending this event. Generate ideas to build and improve your business. Build or grow your business resource network AND MUCH MORE!

Click here for more information on how to register.

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Matt’s Article

“Something from Mary” has been taken over!  Well, not really.  My name is Matt Beilke – Membership Coordinator for the Chamber and I have volunteered to write an article for this month’s newsletter. Happy to make my debut coming in from the bullpen! Click here to read more.

 

 


September Business of the Month

The September Business of the Month is David Larson Financial and Insurance Services, Inc.

Click here for more information on David Larson Financial and Insurance Services, Inc.

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New & Returning Chamber Members

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

We also want to thank our renewing Members!

  • Carpets Plus ColorTile Design Showroom of Hutchinson
  • Elena’s Bakery The Sweet Spot
  • Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
  • Goodwill: EasterSeals
  • Mini Biff, LLC
  • New Century Academy
  • RiverSong
  • ServiceMaster Clean
  • St. Anastasia Catholic Community
  • Standard Printing, Inc.

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 huge THANK YOU to all the sponsors:


Table Tent Deadline Reminder

The deadline to submit events for the 1st quarter of 2017 (January, February, March) table tents is December 1st! Table Tents are brought to dozens of business in Hutchinson, getting hundreds of views a day! To submit an event, email Casey or call 234-0786. Also, if you submit an event to the table tents, make sure to add it to the online community calendar.


Thank You to our Golf Sponsors!

We would like to thank everyone that came out for the Hometown Golf Challenge this past July. Thank you to BusinessWare Solutions for being our Event Sponsor, MITGI for being our Lunch Sponsor and Citizens Bank for being our Visionary Sponsor. We would also like to thank all of the businesses that donated to and sponsored this event. Thank you to the volunteers for all your help and for everyone that came out to play golf. We wouldn’t be able to have this fun event without all of your support!


Calling All Businesses – Your Workforce Needs You Now!

Businesses can EASILY sign up to be anything from a mentor, to job shadowing, and internships. Please use this link to go directly to the TigerPath page. Here you will fill in contact information and your ability to help students in ANY AREA of workforce. Make a difference in Hutchinson’s workforce pipeline of tomorrow, today!


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“Something from Mary” has been taken over!

“Something from Mary” has been taken over!  Well, not really.  My name is Matt Beilke – Membership Coordinator for the Chamber and I have volunteered to write an article for this month’s newsletter. Happy to make my debut coming in from the bullpen!

Speaking of bullpens, the 93rd Annual State Amateur Baseball Championship is in full swing in Hutchinson.  The last few weekends have brought hundreds of people through our awesome town to watch and play in the tournament and enjoy all that Hutchinson has to offer.  When I drove by the park this past weekend, the parking lots were full and there were cars parked up to 2 blocks away!  People love coming out to a beautiful venue and city on a nice summer weekend to cheer for their town team!

And while we are on the topic of having visitors in town, we are expecting anywhere from 10,000-12,000 people in downtown Hutchinson for the Arts and Crafts Festival September 16-17.  Vendors and visitors come from the surrounding areas and states (yes, states!) to buy their favorite hand-made items, to eat and drink from over a dozen vendors at the Taste of Hutchinson and to experience all that our town has to offer.  Not only do we have those events that weekend, but we also have the first ever Stamp-N-Storage Warehouse Sale, the first ever Luce Line Lace Up, the Hutchinson Library Book Sale and the Hutchinson Farmer’s Market!  There truly is #MuchInHutch and we are EXCITED to be a part of it!

So why am I rambling about why people are in town so much lately?  Aren’t you supposed to be telling us about Membership, Matt?

Well, as Chamber members you should be excited that these people are in town!  Not only do they have the chance to see our beautiful town, but also to visit and patronize your business, stay in a local hotel, eat at a local restaurant and fall in love with Hutchinson like many of us have. Do not underestimate how much pictures on Facebook, positive Tweets, business visits and tourism dollars spent effect Hutchinson!  When you get a chance, please consider volunteering at local events like these.  Not only do you get to share about your business or organization first hand, but you also get to be a part of a fun event and give back to other organizations that help bring people to our hometown.

To volunteer for the Arts and Crafts Festival, please click here 

If you have any questions about Membership, Hutchinson or what my job at the Chamber is, don’t hesitate contacting me!

#LoveWhereYouLive

 

Arts & Crafts Festival: Meet some of the Vendors!

We are all excited about the selection of vendors that will be at the 42nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival on September 16th & 17th  Keep scrolling for a little sneak peek on some of the vendors!


Michelle Moody- “Just a Little Moody”

“I have been making bath and beauty product for myself and my loved ones for years. It wasn’t until ten years ago that I decided to try to begin selling what I make. It all began because I was tired of not knowing what was in the products I used daily or not being able to pronounce all the ingredients. I soon found that I liked what I made more than what I could easily buy and so did others… and so Just a Little Moody was born!” -Michelle Moody

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Carol Henke – “Carols Stitches of Love”

 

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Jena & Aron Levandowski – “Levandowski Pottery”

Levandowski Pottery was established in April 2003, when Jena brought Aron a set of pottery tools and a membership to community studio in Minneapolis. They each began with two shelves of space in this studio, which they quickly outgrew, so they decided to expand and share a full rack of shelves.  They now form 4-5 tons of clay per year into the pots they share during their open houses, traveling shows and in galleries across Minnesota.

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Terry Rien- “Wooden Hearts”

 

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Riki McManus – “Fire Rock”

“From the mines of Minnesota to the quarries thru out the United States, we have created a unique candle concept with an original look for each and every rock.  No two rocks will ever look exactly the same.” – Riki McManus

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TigerPath Academies

So what is TigerPath? Over the past several years, we have been working to connect HS education with future education and employment. Our initiative is called TigerPath Academies. These academies are created with the idea of merging traditional education with hands-on experiences rooted in real-world workforce opportunities.

How does it work? It is important that we begin by offering choice to students at a much earlier age. Through choice, you also must elect. It is part of the development process that is essential for students to learn responsibility to themselves. By promoting this choice, we absolutely except to increase the relevance of the high school experience for our students! Whereas you leave high school to “major” in a degree, or to pursue a vocation, TigerPath is more like picking up a “minor” to help you make that choice better.

We do this through multiple mechanisms. The icing on the cake is the connections we’ve developed by working with the Hutchinson community. The interactions with our community and workforce regarding TigerPath are much stronger than even seemed fathomable two year ago. We believe that TigerPath Academies will increase the effectiveness of our school, and beyond that, make our community and workforce more viable for the future!

(Content from Patrick Walsh, High School Principal)

Check out this video for more information on success in the new economy!

 

Click here for the TigerPath website to learn more about the program. 

Small Business Summit: October 4th

Directly impact your small business by attending this event. Generate ideas to build and improve your business. Build or grow you business resource network. Leave with tangible action items, greater awareness of topics timely to our business environment and renewed excitement for you work. There will be no sale pitches from the speakers!

 

Click here for more information and how to register. 

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