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What’s Happening in February 2017?

Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo

Capture 2Registration for the Bring It Home Expo is now available.  Register by March 3rd 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 purchases the goods 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.


New Members

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

We also want to thank our renewing Members!

  • Ace Hardware
  • Area 22 Paintball
  • Cash Wise Foods
  • CenBank
  • Chef Craig’s Catering
  • Crow River Golf Club
  • Crow River Title Guaranty, Inc.
  • Crow River Youth for Christ
  • David Larson Financial and Insurance Services, Inc.
  • Divine Clean
  • Dostal Electronics Center
  • Edward Jones – Pat Chapman
  • Fahey Sales Agency
  • First Minnesota Bank N.A.
  • Goebel Fixture
  • Hason & Vasek Construction
  • Hillyard, Inc.
  • Hjerpe Contracting, Inc.
  • Holiday
  • Hutch Bowl & Squeaky’s Grill & Bar
  • Hutchinson Area Dollars for Scholars
  • Hutchinson Co-op
  • Hutchinson Elks Lodge 2427
  • Hutchinson Kiwanis Club
  • Hutchinson Leader
  • Hutchinson Public Schools
  • Hutchinson Rotary
  • Hutchinson Theatre Company
  • James Young & Associates, Ltd.
  • Kock’s Jewelry
  • Laraway Roofing, Inc.
  • Marco Technologies, LLC
  • McDonald’s of Hutchinson
  • McLeod Cooperative Power Assoc.
  • McLeod County Abstract & Title Services, LLC
  • McLeod County Fairgrounds
  • Mediacom
  • MidCountry Bank
  • MITGI
  • NU-Telecom
  • Ohly Americas
  • Parkview Dental
  • Runnings
  • Safe Avenues
  • Skyview Dairy, Inc.
  • Slumberland Furniture
  • SNAP Fitness
  • Southwest Eye Care
  • State Farm- Mike McGraw
  • State Farm Insurance- Steve Kropp
  • Stearnswood, Inc
  • Subway Hwy 7
  • Tidy Tightwads
  • TriCounty Water Conditioning, Inc.
  • Trimmings & Charm
  • Viking Coca Cola
  • Viking Signs
  • Wendling Insurance Services, Inc.
  • West Central Industries

Business of the Month

We are highlighting Crow River Floral & Gifts as our February Business of the Month!

Click here to learn more about Crow River Floral & Gifts 

 

 

 

 


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 9, from 4-6pm at Zellas.

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


It’s Really Not Goodbye…

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When I was a husky little 8 year old, I wanted nothing more than to be a first basemen for the Minnesota Twins.  I wanted to play baseball and win the world series, just like Kent Hrbek did.  Thinking about it now, I wished for that career because it looked like a joy for those grown men to play a game that they loved and get paid for it.  I mean, that’s everyone’s dream, right?

With the Chamber, I found a career that sparked my interest and drove me to understand what I wanted out of a career: to help people be the best they can be. This translated into the Chamber world by doing what I could to help our members and organization with anything I could.  It meant helping move cabinets and furniture for a business relocating across town.  It meant reaching out to offer congratulations and condolences for celebrations and sorrow.  It meant getting up at 4am to make sure we were ready with coffee and donuts for the Arts & Crafts Festival… And all of it has meant the world to me.  The people I got to work with every day, the businesses that I got to support and work for, and the organizations that I got to be a part of have truly shaped my life for the last 2 years and I am thankful that the Hutchinson Chamber took a chance on me.

I am also so excited for Mollie Terlinden!  She has hit the ground running and I am overjoyed that the Chamber has found a person that will truly work hard for our members and organization.  Do not hesitate contacting her to introduce yourself and make her feel welcome as you did with me.  She is and will be a rock star here!

My new opportunity with Citizens Bank & Trust allows and encourages me to be involved in the community, so there is a good chance you will see me out and about with the Hutchinson Ambassadors, learning and socializing with Hutchinson Young Professionals and delivering farm fatigue buckets with the Ag Committee.  I look forward to being involved when and where I can.

So as I leave the Membership Coordinator position here at the Chamber, it truly isn’t goodbye.  You will still see and hear from me, and I will always be an advocate for Hutchinson, the Chamber and their mission.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for making this experience amazing and helping me find joy in my job.


Welcome Mollie!

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As a Hutchinson native, I’ve always been intrigued by the “inner workings” of this city; the history, the planning that results in fantastic events we host, our constant growth, and the people that shout #lovewhereyoulive and are proud to call Hutchinson their home.  I, indeed, moved away for a while, but I came back… During my time away, I learned that Hutchinson is a great place to raise children, to build a business, to explore the outdoors, and to get involved with your community.  It’s quiet, but offers plenty of excitement, it’s big, but not too big, and it is a “feel good” community.  Hence the shift from the metro back to Hutchinson so my husband, my daughter, and I can grow our roots here.

Throughout my career I’ve gained experience in leadership, communications, speaking, finance, and the importance of partnership and teamwork.  I’m eager to utilize these skills in my new role here at the Chamber and enjoy a more hands on approach in making our community thrive.

While I know my learning about this new position will be ongoing, my most influential takeaways from week one are:

  • The work that is done within these walls is done with intention, thought, and heart.
  • The members of the chamber are not just members, they are a part of a family and a bigger vision for the Hutchinson Community.
  • I am “replacing” Matt, who has done a fantastic job connecting, relating, learning, and getting to know what really drives the businesses in our town, and that’s you. He has set a high standard for what is expected of this position and I will do my best to continue that with as much love and ease as Matt did.

Over the next few weeks and months I hope meet as many of you as I can, understand a little bit more about you and your business, and connect! Email Mollie


2017 March Food Drive

full-color-logoIt’s time to gear up for the 2017 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. 


Something from Mary!

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution to work out? To exercise more, creating a stronger, healthier body? Maybe you were looking to gain core strength, or perhaps you have an injury which needs specific muscle groups to become stronger to aid in the healing.

The Chamber has services much like a gym. Services that can benefit all business needs, ongoing maintenance, or just what you might specifically need. Click here to read Mary’s article: 


Table Tent Deadline: March 1st, 2017!

Are you planning an event for April, May, or June 2017?  Make sure you get your event added to the Table Tents!  The deadline to add events for the 1st quarter is March 1st.  The cost is $20/listing for Chamber Members and $30/listing for non-members.  We print 900 table tents, which are then delivered around the community. To submit an event email Casey or call 234-0786.


Chamber Beach Bash

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the Chamber Beach Bash a splash! A special thank you to Beth Gasser, Sheila Murphy, Renne Hantge, Roman Bloemke, Compass Occasions and Crow River Winery for making the Beach Bash a success. We would also like to thank our Champion Sponsors: MidCountry Bank, Hutchinson Health and our Visionary Sponsor: Citizens Bank & Trust Co.

Congratulations Dave Kucera: 2016 Educator of the Year

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Congratulations Karlie Mosher: 2016 Young Leader of the Year

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Congratulations Van Karg: 2016 Volunteer of the Year

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Congratulations Brett Haugen: 2016 Business Person of the Year

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More For Your Business

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Something from Mary!

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to work out? To exercise more, creating a stronger, healthier body? Maybe you were looking to gain core strength, or perhaps you have an injury which needs specific muscle groups to become stronger to aid in the healing.

The Chamber has services much like a gym. Services that can benefit all business needs, ongoing maintenance, or just what you might specifically need.

With Mollie joining the Chamber as our Membership Coordinator, it’s a great time to remind our members about reviewing your benefits and learning more about the services we provide 24/7/365.

Our services are designed to help YOUR BUSINESS.

Whether you need:

  • Marketing
  • Promotion
  • Education
  • Opportunities to develop your skills
  • Personal development
  • Networking with other local businesses
  • Keeping your name and business top of mind to others… we can help you!

Time to flex your muscles, get moving and use your Chamber Membership to make your business stronger, leaner, faster….

Call the Chamber 320-587-5252 or email Mollie to set up an appointment mollie@explorehutchinson.com

2017 Food Drive for McLeod County Food Shelf

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It’s time to gear up for the 2017 Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign, which benefits the McLeod County Food Shelf! Let’s kick some cans!

This is what the McLeod County Food Shelf has to say about this campaign:

The MN FoodShare March Campaign has traditionally been the years largest collection of financial and food support for MEFS. In 2016 a combination of over 104,500 dollars and pounds were collected – the categories were split pretty evenly between the two! Food donations obviously allow us to continue in our mission of providing food support and financial support allows the opportunity to purchase foods to fill in the gaps and  meet our obligations in maintaining our facilities.

In the past there has been some friendly competition between cities to see which municipality can spur the most in donations. We track all donations as they come in and give honors to bragging rights! Many organizations, schools, civic groups and businesses conduct their own drives during the campaign – all going toward the “Town Challenge” totals. Your business or organization my utilize the following schedule and  organize your own collection effort as appropriate:

Participating in the campaign between February 24, 2017 and April 2, 2017 allows MEFS to be eligible for additional grant funding.

Drop off Locations:

  • MidCountry Bank : 201 Main St S.

All donations must be received by 1pm, Monday April 3, 2017!

If your  business is interested in being a drop off location for the March Food Drive please email Casey or call our office at 320-587-5252.  

Mary Hodson, IOM, Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce Graduates from Institute for Organization Management

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A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Mary Hodson, IOM, President of the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

Press Release: Quilt Haven on Main chosen as one of the 10 featured shops in the Quilt Sampler magazine.

DES MOINES, IA – Quilt Haven on Main, a quilt shop in Hutchinson, Minnesota, has been chosen as one of
the 10 featured shops across the United States for the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Quilt Sampler® magazine,
published by Better Homes and Gardens.

Quilt Sampler, published twice a year, has been profiling North America’s top quilt shops for the past 22 years.
Quilt shops submit a detailed application on their history, business promotions, charitable work, teaching schedulesand design philosophies. A panel of quilt experts led by Linda Augsburg, Editorial Content Chief of AmericanPatchwork & Quilting® magazine, narrows down the applications to 10 featured shops for each issue.

Competition to be included in Quilt Sampler is keen. Nearly 3,000 quilt shops are eligible to apply for this year’s
honor. Quilt Haven on Main and the other nine shops chosen were photographed and interviewed by a team from
Quilt Sampler, and a multi‐page profile of the shop will appear in the issue, which will be available on newsstands
on May 16, 2017. Employees of each quilt shop also design an original quilt for the magazine, and the full‐sized
pattern for the quilt appears in the issue of Quilt Sampler.
Quilt Sampler has proven to be a huge success, and early, out‐of‐print issues are collector’s items. Chosen
shops are inundated with visitors and requests for the shop’s quilt patterns and fabrics. Quilters are known to try
and visit all the shops in each issue, getting the signature of each shop owner in their copy of the issue.

The art of quilting has changed dramatically since the days of quilting bees in church basements, with quilting
enjoying a major renaissance across the country. A Quilting Consumer Insights study, completed in 2011 by
American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, reports that the U.S. quilting market is comprised of 4.2 million avid
quilters. Further research shows that readers of American Patchwork & Quilting spend an average of $1,165 per
year on quilting supplies and complete nearly 11 projects per year. This group is overwhelmingly female, well
educated, affluent, and have been quilting for almost eight years.

Tourism Marketing Grant Available!

Every event watches the bottom line to make the most out of every dollar and every event has the same need –  people!

Have no Fear – Help is Here…. The Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism has a grant to help offset marketing costs to get people to come to your event- Here are the two biggest things to know:

  1.  Marketing (for the grant) must be outside a 30 mile radius of Hutchinson, MN.
  2. The Chamber/Tourism logo has to be included in the ad or marketing medium.

Through our tourism program, we work to attract more people to Hutchinson, MN. We have much to offer, and our businesses are here to serve those who visit. More people in Hutchinson generates more revenue for our businesses…. Which generates more tax revenue…. Which repairs our streets, keeps police officers in our neighborhoods, keeps our water clean… you get where I am going with that.

Several events have applied and received Tourism Marketing Grant money – Hutchinson Area Boat and RV Show, The Big Little Hunting & Fishing Expo, Minnesota Pottery Festival, Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival, RiverSong, McLeod County Fair and Minnesota Garlic Festival.

Event Marketing Tip: When you are setting up a marketing plan, be sure to diversify. Publications, radio, posters and social media are all important in today’s world. Be sure you are doing everything to set your event up for success. Focusing too heavily on only one of these options can drastically reduce your attendance.

We look forward to receiving your application and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

2019 Tourism Marketing Grant Criteria, Deadlines and Grant Application (pdf).