Archives for September 2017

September Business of the Month



50 years ago this September, Richard Larson opened the doors to what is now the longest-standing, full-service remodeling and new construction company in Hutchinson – Richard Larson Builders. When the business opened in 1967, Larson established three key principles to uphold: provide the highest craftsmanship available, use the industry’s best products, and follow up with exceptional service. Larson Builders continues to value these ideals and provides quality design and construction to this day.

Whether you are facing a “fix-it” project or are looking to build from the ground up, Larson Builders is your one-stop-shop for all of your home construction needs. They are continually looking for new products and services to offer their customers, one of their newest being Granicrete – a concrete overlay system that gives a stunning appearance to anything from countertops, floors, showers and more.

Larson Builders has spent the last 50 years proving their expertise by serving over 14,000 customers, installing over 30 acres of glass in windows, installing over 2.5 million feet of seamless gutter – and these are just a handful of the services they offer. Other services include custom cabinets, gutter guard protection, investment grade roofing, in-house design services and the list continues to grow.

In honor of their 50th Anniversary, Larson Builders will be hosting an open house on Friday, September 8th at the Larson Builders showroom and parking lot from 10am-6pm. As a part of their milestone celebration, attendees will have a chance to win a houseful of windows ($10,000 value), experience showroom tours and product demos, and enjoy a complimentary lunch from 11:00am-2:00pm! Click here to find out more about the open house or learn more about Larson Builders.

What does Larson Builders enjoy most about their Chamber membership?

“We enjoy being a part of a group of professionals helping to grow the Hutchinson area.”

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.


“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


Senator Amy Klobuchar

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

DC Office 202-224-3244


Representative Collin Peterson                  

Willmar Office 320-235-1061

DC Office 202-225-2165

What’s Happening in September 2017?

43rd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson

We hope you will join us for the 43rd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival and Taste of Hutchinson. The Festival dates are Friday, September 15th from 10-6 and Saturday, September 16th from 9-4. This Festival is full of handmade items and crafts from vendors that travel from all areas of the country. We have several returning vendors and many NEW vendors that are eager to share their creations with you.  Please invite your family and friends to attend this community favorite event! For more information follow our Facebook Event Page.

Taste of Hutchinson {New this year} LIVE MUSIC!  Friday: Javier Matos 11AM – 1PM, Mike Munson 2PM – 4PM, and Shaw – 5PM – 7PM.  Saturday: Phoenix Drumline 10AM – 10:45AM, Andy Austin 11AM – 1PM, and Lowland Lakers 1:30PM – 3PM.

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. With 10,000-12,000 people attending each year, volunteers are critical. Volunteering is a fabulous experience and it is a great way to get involved in the community.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us by phone 320/587-5252 or email Mary. 

Arts & Crafts and Taste of Hutch




Something from Mary

BrewDog, a Scotland based company is giving their 1,000 worldwide employees one week’s paid leave when they welcome a new puppy into their lives.

Hey, I’ve got your attention, don’t I?! Although the above statement is true… I do know I have your attention…. We could talk about perks, benefits and zero-vacation all day… but right now… let’s talk about the perks and benefits of being a member of the Hutchinson Chamber.

I have TWO new Perks and a new Project to tell you about!

Click here to read the rest of Mary’s article.

September Business of the Month

The September Business of the Month is Richard Larson Builders, Inc.

Click here for more information on Richard Larson Builders, Inc.

New & Returning Chamber Members

We would like to thank the following members for renewing  their partnership with the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce:

  • Carpets Plus ColorTile Design Show
  • Clay Coyote Gallery & Pottery
  • Culver’s
  • E. G. Rud & Sons, Inc.
  • e2 Electrical Services
  • Edwards Jones – Dean Winter
  • Equul Access, Inc.
  • Factory Direct Furniture
  • Flagship Capital Advisors
  • Hutchinson Hockey Association
  • Mini Biff, LLC
  • RiverSong
  • Wheel and Cog Children’s Museum

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. Also, we are excited to announce that Music in the Park will be hosted by RiverSong and Historic Hutchinson beginning in 2018.

A huge THANK YOU to all the sponsors:

  • 3M
  • American Legion Post #96
  • Cash Wise Foods
  • Citizens Bank & Trust Co
  • Crow River Glass
  • Edward Jones: Pat Chapman, Nick Pederson, Dean Winter & Kim Winter
  • Home State Bank
  • Hutchinson Health
  • Hutchinson Technology
  • Jaycees Water Carnival
  • Mediacom
  • MidCounty Bank
  • Parkview Dental
  • PBOE Elks #2427
  • State Farm Insurance: Mike McGraw
  • VFW Post #906
  • Walmart
  • Woodstone Senior Living

Table Tent Deadline Reminder

The deadline to submit events for the 1st quarter of 2018 (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 Ashley or call 320/234-0789. 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. Kudos to our Hole-In-One Sponsors:  Citizens Bank & Trust Co., Factory Direct Furniture, and Valley Sales of Hutchinson. Thank you to Hutchinson Health for being our Welcome 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!

Click here to learn more about TigerPath. Here you will fill in contact information and your ability to help students in ANY AREA of workforce. Businesses can EASILY sign up to offer anything from internship, mentorship, apprenticeship or work experience arrangement with an upperclassman at HHS. Make a difference in Hutchinson’s workforce pipeline of tomorrow, today!

More information!