Archives for April 2017

Something From Mary

So I know I beat the drum frequently, but here’s just another opportunity to THANK and RECOGNIZE our small businesses in the Hutchinson Area.

Did you know?

  • 540,000 new businesses are started each month in the US
  • 65% of all new jobs come from small businesses
  • There are 28 million small businesses in US, which outnumber corporations 1162 to 1.

(Sources: Carbonite, Start Small, Tentacle)

Small Businesses are run by tenacious, spirited, hard-working, strong- hearted individuals. These people know and love their products and services. They believe in the work they do, the community they live in and want to make our community a better place.

Let’s look at some unique side-effects of shopping online or out-of- town versus locally.

The costs of gas when you travel outside of Hutchinson, and the effects of fuel in our environment.

Road wear and tear- seriously you complain about the roads, let’s think about the wear on our vehicles.

The loss of stores who must compete against online purchases.

We complain about being too busy, well driving somewhere else to buy something we have in town is wasting time, precious time.

I know we don’t have EVERYTHING in Hutchinson, BUT we have a great deal of stores and people here to help us find what we need. Local businesses support youth activities, events, pay taxes – which cover costs of crucial city services, and they actually want to see your smiling face. 🙂

No matter where you shop in Hutchinson, money stays local.  I spoke with Scott Hilgeman, Walmart Store Manager for a Bring It Home video, he shared with me Walmart donated over $200,000 back into our community last year. So whether you shop at locally owned and operated, or bigger chain stores… it makes a difference!

Please consider our hard working LOCAL businesses the next time you are looking for the perfect “something.”

Thank you Small Business Owners for your dedication to our Community! We appreciate you!

2017 Dairy Day Celebration!

Join us on Friday, June 2nd 2017 at 11am-1:30pm in Library Square Park!

Every June the Agri-Business Committee celebrates Dairy Day in downtown Hutchinson. Dairy Day festivities include:

  • $5 lunch meal
  • Cheese samples
  • Cow milking contest
  • Live music
  • Tractors
  • Children’s activities
  • AND MORE!

More details to come!

Click here for Dairy Day Volunteer Opportunities: 

What’s Happening in April 2017?

Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo

Are you familiar with the Bring It Home Expo?  This event is a great way to showcase what your business does in our community.  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.


Hometown Golf Challenge

Let’s Go Crazy, Let’s Go 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.  We typically host 100 golfers each year, and they look forward to not only golfing, but interacting with other local business people.  We have many different sponsorship opportunities available, 2017 Golf Sponsor Form

**Golfer registration forms will be available June 1**


Dairy Day

Save the Date: Dairy Day is scheduled for Friday, June 2 in Library Square Park!  If you are interested in sponsoring this community event please email Mary, or call our office at      587-5252.


Taste of Hutchinson

September 15 & 16, 2017 Taste of Hutchinson is right around the corner! This event is  hosted by the Hutchinson Ambassadors and is located alongside the Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival. The food vendors offer a variety of tasty items & beverages. Click on the Vendor Application below for more detail on Taste of Hutchinson Food Vendor.

2017 Taste of Hutchinson Vendor Application. 


Business of the Month

In April we will be highlighting Tidy Tightwads as our Business of the Month.

Click here to learn more about Tidy Tightwads

 

 


New Members

Welcome to our newest Chamber Members!


Renewing Members

Thank you to our renewing Chamber Members!

Branded Solutions
Country Kitchen
Genesis Salon & Ensospa
Hutchinson Mall
Tastefully Simple- Carol Bahr
Walgreens
Wendorf Insurance


Business After Hours

Join the Hutchinson Ambassadors for Business After Hours on Thursday, April 14 from 4-6pm at New Discoveries Montessori Academy!

Click here to register


Something from Mary

Right now, in Minnesota, we have 40,000 fewer people in the workforce than we did one year ago. Yes, in just Minnesota….. way less people in the workforce. Now we know that is because of the baby boomers retiring, and the trailing generations have less people to fill this gap.

Read the rest of Mary’s article here: 

 


Hot Deals

Want to increase foot traffic in your store? Want to advertise for FREE? Over 331 people view our Hot Deals page just in the last month.  This a great feature on our website for Chamber members to utilize!

How To Post Hot Deals, Events, and Job Postings

 


Leadercast – Hutchinson

Attend Leadercast to learn how purpose motivates teams to build stronger organizations, and inspires individuals to lead with intention. Hear from world-class speakers and connect with leaders like you who are actively striving to raise their standard of leadership. Learn more about Leadercast here: 


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