Archives for October 2017

What’s Happening in November 2017

Small Business Saturday

Do your holiday shopping on Small Business Saturday and support our community in a big way! Small Business Saturday is one of our favorite community events. The Chamber Board has once again decided to support local businesses with payments towards shopper’s purchases. The smiles we see from store owners, and the shoppers, are what make this day stand out for us. It’s always great to see so many people out shopping with loved ones, while supporting our local businesses. We hope to see you shopping in Hutchinson on November 25th!

Businesses, this is your day to shine! We want to help you with that. Once again our Bring It Home Committee has some fun planned.

To learn about all the great ways you can participate click here.

Taste of the Holidays

Do you have your tickets yet?! Don’t wait to purchase yours, this event has sold out the last several years, and you don’t want to miss it! Taste of the Holidays will be held Thursday, November 16 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Crow River Winery. Tickets are $15 in advance. Advanced sale tickets can be purchased from any Hutchinson Ambassador or at our office.  If all the advance sale tickets are not sold before the event they will be $20 at the door.

This event will not only give you great holiday gift ideas, you will get to sample tasty treats from many food and beverage vendors.  Come hungry, your tummy will thank you!


Thank You! farm-fatigue-tractor-logo

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! 

Community Awards & Banquet

Save the Date: Friday, January 19, 2018 – “Let’s Make a Deal” to join us for the Hutchinson Chamber Annual Banquet! More information to come!

Community Awards will be awarded at the banquet.  Do you know someone in our community that is doing great things? Nominate them today!  Awards are given 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 to learn more and to get the nomination form

New & Returning Chamber Members

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

  • New Journey United Church of Christ
  • Down with Diabetes Alliance

We also want to thank our renewing Members!

  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Home State Bank
  • Hutchinson Area Community Foundation
  • Joanie’s Catering
  • Fairway Independent Mortgage Company
  • Hutchinson Downtown Association
  • Quilt Haven on Main
  • B&C Plumbing and Heating
  • Jonny Block
  • MeshedDesigns
  • Mary Kay – Jessi Wendland

Table Tent Deadline: December 1st, 2017!

Are you planning an event for January, February or March 2018?  Make sure you get your event added to the Table Tents!  The deadline to add events for the 1st quarter is December 1, 2017.  The cost is $20/listing for Chamber Members and $30/listing for non-members.  We print 900 table tents and deliver them around the community.  An image of the table tent is also shared on social media.  The last time we shared an image of the table tent on our Facebook page, it had over 2,000 views!  To submit an event email Ashley or call 234-0789.

Something from Mary

Retail isn’t dead. Small Businesses aren’t dying.

On-line shopping isn’t going away.

There is room for both. Room for both doesn’t mean there isn’t a need for change. AHHHH- the dreaded CHANGE word. How about Refresh? Update? Possibilities? Transformation? Revolution? Revenue?

Click here to continue reading Mary’s Article:

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Businesses: Participate in Small Business Saturday 2017!

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 shopper’s purchases.


2017 Small Business Saturday Hot Deals

Click here for this year’s Hot Deals!

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
  • Donate a $5 – $50 gift cards to be used on this year’s “Giving Tree”
  • Chamber Members: Use your Chamber Portal to enter HOT DEALS, and your EVENT to the community calendar (Call the Chamber at 320-587-5252 if you need assistance logging in).
  • Non-Chamber Members; to enter an Event to the calendar

1. Go to
2. Click “Community Calendar”
3. Click “Submit New Event”
4. Enter info & “Submit for Approval”


Something from Mary!

Retail isn’t dead. Small Businesses aren’t dying.

On-line shopping isn’t going away.

There is room for both. Room for both doesn’t mean there isn’t a need for change. AHHHH- the dreaded CHANGE word. How about Refresh? Update? Possibilities? Transformation? Revolution? Revenue?

There is a shift in retail happening and it’s in the wheel house of retail business owners… show off your uniqueness!

In a couple of articles from the Star Tribune’s October 8th and 15th Editions, stories were shared about small businesses providing an experience for shoppers and using lighthearted, attractive, and inviting displays to encourage passersby to notice and stop in.

Yes. You have to remind people your business exists.

Pamela Danzinger, market researcher and author was quoted by John Ewoldt. “Small retailers have a secret weapon. They’re face to face and eye to eye with customers.” Ewoldt’s article “Selling La Vida Local” also included information from local businesses who commented shoppers are asking for a very localized experience.

What can a business do to be more: localized, eye to eye and attractive to customers?

Here’s some ideas:

  • Create a surprise in your window/entry
    Perhaps people are used to seeing something specific, whether it be items, or style of display. Change it up. GET their attention. Need some fresh eyes to help you discover new options? Call the Chamber 587-5252.
  • Add Special Touches to your Customer’s Experience
    We don’t own our customers, we EARN them. What special touches do you provide to the people who walk in your door? If you need to brainstorm, call the chamber 587-5252. A quick litany of ideas: personalized thank you cards or emails, gift wrapping, personalized shopping assistance, a small “gift” candy with each purchase. Frequent flyer/shopper cards, VIP shopping experiences. See more on our pinterest board
  • Provide Customer Service Training
    YES! What do you want YOUR BRAND to be? Is it a sales clerk who sits behind the register and sighs when they HAVE to get up and check someone out, or is it someone who knows the name of the customer and the reason for their special purchase because they took the time to engage that customer, or know them personally from repeat visits? YOUR BRAND is YOUR CUSTOMER SERVICE as much as it is your logo, product, or service. Need a secret shopper to pop in and help assess opportunities? Call the Chamber 587-5252.
  • Have a Social Media Presence
    It’s where the younger generations are. It’s how they get their news. Your business is news to them. If you have noticed your clientele getting older, with fewer “youngsters” coming in… I encourage you to consider if you aren’t speaking to them on social media, they do not know you exist. If you aren’t using social media and it scares you, I invite you to call the chamber 587-5252 and ask us to help you! Please let us help you reach a new generation of shoppers who will love you!

Okay, NOW…. you’ve got this! You can make it happen- you have been all this time… you can KEEP doing it! If we can help, let us know. Your Business is Our Business and we believe in you!

What’s Happening in October 2017

Thank You!

September 15th & 16th we held our 43rd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival.  Into every life a little rain must fall… and so, we didn’t let the weather dampen the weekend. We had a awesome weekend! The festival was a huge success again this year and would not have been possible without the help of some fantastic sponsors, volunteers and workers.

Thank you to the MANY businesses that make adjustments to allow Arts and Crafts Festival to bring in 12,000 people to our community. 12,000 people shopping at event (tax revenue), shopping/eating/staying/playing at local businesses (wages, tax base revenue) and TOURISM!

Did you know many people share with us they come back to Hutchinson because they feel endeared to our community? They enjoy our shops, restaurants, trails and parks, friendly service and kindness. What a great legacy to have in the state of Minnesota!

We would like to thank the following businesses for their support at the Arts & Crafts Festival:

  • Ashley Furniture
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Citizens Bank & Trust
  • Crow River Winery
  • Elena’s Bakery
  • McCormick’s Family Restaurant
  • MeshedDesigns
  • MidCountry Bank
  • NU-Telecom
  • Send Out Cards
  • South Point Financial Credit Union
  • Stamp-N-Storage

We would also like to put a spotlight on the backstage people of Arts & Crafts. Thank you for all your support. As well as 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.

  • Cash Wise Foods
  • City of Hutchinson
  • Hutchinson Parks & Rec
  • Hutchinson Police Services
  • Kwik Trip
  • ShopKo
  • Walgreens
  • West Central Sanitation

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

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: Jesse Bjur

Meet the Staff!

As always the Chamber staff is committed to providing you with the information you need to do business in Hutchinson or visit Hutchinson, MN. Ashley Gabbert and Gina Buske are excited to be on staff at the Chamber and look forward to working with you.

Click here to learn more about Ashley and Gina.

Thank You! farm-fatigue-tractor-logo

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 16 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Crow River Winery.  Advance tickets are $15 and will be sold by the Hutchinson Ambassadors and at the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism office. There are limited tickets each year and this event has sold out for the past several years.  As a result make sure to get your tickets early! For more information, visit the Hutchinson Ambassadors Facebook Page. 

New & Returning Chamber Members

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

  • 3M
  • Elena’s Bakery – The Sweet Spot
  • Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
  • Associated Benefits and Risk Consultation
  • Hansen Gravel, Inc.
  • AMS Coating Systems
  • Animal Medical Center on Crow River
  • J&R Auto Repair
  • Hutchinson Housing & Redevelopment
  • St. Anastasia Catholic Community
  • Thrivent Financial
  • Crow River Nutrition

October Business of the Month


The October Business of the Month is Trimmings and Charm!

Learn more about Trimmings and Charm click here.


Business After Hours

Join the Hutchinson Ambassadors for Business After Hours on Thursday, October 12th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm!

Click here to register

Something from Mary

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Why Chamber Membership? … It’s considered an effective business strategy.

Click here to read Mary’s article




More Information for Your Business to Grow


Something from Mary

Why Chamber Membership?

It’s considered an effective business strategy.

66-85% of consumers believe Chamber Member businesses use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers and are involved in the community. When consumers know a small business is an active member of the chamber they are 80% MORE likely to purchase goods/services from them in the future.

The perception is Chamber Member products stack up better against non-chamber competition.

Being a member of the chamber can increase consumer awareness by 73%. Looking at your Chamber Membership as an investment is great way to add strength to your business. You already know someone’s opinions and perceptions are their reality. Did you know most people looking to relocate go to the local chamber of commerce to learn more about the community and what amenities it has? They assume all successful businesses are part of the chamber. That being said as a Chamber Member they are seeing YOU as part of a potential home to live in, and/or a community to work in. Funny how all of this is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s the marketing, education, networking events, support programs, and so much more we have for our members. OUR business is entirely about YOUR business. We are here simply to help you THRIVE, SUCCEED, GROW, and attain your GOALS.

We are honored you are a Chamber Member. We are here to ENGAGE, SUPPORT & PROMOTE you.

Thank you for allowing us the privilege to do so.


Statistics Source: ACCE: Survey: Chamber Membership is Effective Business Strategy.

Farm Fatigue 2018

October Business of the Month


If you’ve ever had the joy of planning an event you know the stress that can accompany it. When working with Trimmings and Charm for your event planning needs, you can stop stressing and start impressing. They are local, family owned and operated Event Company that makes it their mission to express your personality at any occasion by renting or creating anything you need.

Trimmings and Charm began their rental business in 2013 by marketing themselves through trade shows and a Kiosk Store in the Hutchinson Mall. In June of 2016 they moved into a more permanent location in the Hutchinson Mall – a place filled with amazing displays of their inventory to help you visualize the potential in your event and browse ready-made items.

When the business owners, Ann and Alexis Martinson began planning an event of their own, they noticed there was a need for quality, affordable, chic rentals in the area. The Martinson’s created everything for Alexis’ wedding, including custom paper creations and bouquets, and now they are here to make your event unique as well. From decorating, to consulting, to vintage flare sales and rentals – Trimmings and Charm covers it all. A few of the products and services they offer include:

  • Rentals:
    • Ceiling Décor (lights, fabric, & chandeliers)
    • Banquet Linens
    • Mix & Match China and Flatware for up to 400 people
    • Chalkboards and Easels
    • Centerpiece Collections
    • Unique Accent Pieces
  • Paper Creations:
    • Cards
    • Banners
    • Flowers
    • Signs
    • All available to order custom

Ann and Alexis tell us, “We love making every event unique and seeing the smiles that follow.” Take a trip to the Hutchinson Mall and stroll through the store – you can rent everything you see and more.  Ask about making an order for custom paper bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, head wreaths, or anything else you can imagine to give your event a personal touch from Trimmings and Charm.

What does Trimmings and Charm enjoy most about their Chamber membership?

“The sense of community that comes with a Chamber membership is what we find the most enjoyable. Knowing that there are people out there championing our business right along side us.”