Archives for January 2018

February 2018 Business of the Month

Logo for CenBank

1380 Montreal St SE
Hutchinson, Minnesota 55350
(320) 587-2265

About CenBank

While CenBank may be new to the Hutchinson community, the Hutchinson community is not unfamiliar to them. The Buffalo Lake CenBank location has been an active member of the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce and many staff members are involved in our Chamber events. It is great to be able to celebrate a new business opening in town that already has a great understanding and respect for the community. As the CenBank team puts it, “We are a community bank focusing on the banking needs of the people in the towns we operate. We are dedicated to the success of our customers and take pride in seeing them grow.”

Old, sepia tone image showing what CenBank looked like long ago in Buffalo Lake.

In 2018 CenBank will celebrate it’s 125th anniversary. The bank was founded in Buffalo Lake in 1893, where went by its original name of State Bank. In 1994 CenBank merged with Tri-County Bank in Ortonville and in 2018 they expanded to the great town of Hutchinson. Throughout its-125 year journey, CenBank has remained an independent bank in the state of Minnesota.

“As a community bank, you may find that CenBank makes a bank more than just a four-letter word!” CenBank offers a special program called the “Lend a Hand Program” that allows their customers to direct a $10.00 donation for every new account and loan that’s opened. During the first quarter of 2018, the ISD 423 Foundation and the McLeod Alliance for Victims of Domestic Violence will be the recipients of these donations. Additionally, CenBank is offering a $50.00 gift card to one of four local businesses whenever a new account is opened with direct deposit! *Certain conditions must be met.

Visit CenBank today and see how they can help you with your banking needs!

Mission Statement:

To be the financial institution of choice by expertly investing local deposits in the growth and
improvement of our communities.

Vision Statement:

We help people in our communities reach their goals and dreams every day, proving we are –
Customer focused. Community driven.


What does CenBank enjoy most about being a Chamber Member?

“We are excited to be a part of such an important organization in Hutchinson.  We understand that a strong  business sector isn’t only good for business, it is good for the community as a whole.  Our Chamber works tirelessly to support Hutchinson’s businesses and all of the jobs they provide.  All of us at CenBank are proud of our Hutchinson Chamber membership.”

January 2018 Business of the Month

clay coyote logo

17614 240th St
Hutchinson, Minnesota 55350
(320) 587-2599

The NFL playoffs are upon us – families gather around their televisions sporting their favorite team apparel and hope that this year will be the year their team to makes it to the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl will be highlighted and discussed throughout January, but it isn’t the only “bowl” that will be featured this month in Hutchinson.

About Clay Coyote Gallery and Pottery

Our January Business of the Month, Clay Coyote Gallery and Pottery, has been offering “super bowls” to customers for decades, along with other fantastic pieces of pottery and art. The working pottery studio and handmade art gift shop is located on a beautiful hobby farm in Hutchinson, and has been family owned and operated since it’s beginning. Thousands of people pass through the indoor and outdoor art spaces each year. Throughout the years, Clay Coyote’s potters have collaborated to make over 145,000 handcrafted one-of-a-kind pots to adore and purchase.

The Gallery is open every day and it carries the handmade work of more than 150 North American artisans. There is a ton of featured pottery, blown glass, unique handmade jewelry, turned wood, forged metals, and textile art. The Clay Coyote is the go-to place for a special, unique, handmade, and affordable gift. All of the products made at their studio can also be found in their online store.

Cooking with Art

Clay Coyote is most famously known for their Chef’s Line of pottery. This is a special line of pots that are designed to enhance your cooking experience. “They say cooking is an art; we make art you can cook with,” says owner, Morgan Baum. The Chef’s Line uses special flameware clay that can go over directly over open flames, stovetops, even your grill – most common pottery, such as stoneware, earthenware, and porcelain, is not designed for these extreme temperature changes.

Their “hottest” item at the moment is the Clay Coyote Flameware Grill Basket. To their knowledge, it is the only hand-thrown clay grill basket in the USA. The things you once spent hours skewering, you can now just toss right into your Grill Basket for an excellent grilling experience.

Super Baskets and the Super Bowl

In the spring of 2017, Clay Coyote had the opportunity to present their popular Grill Baskets to the NFL and MN Super Bowl Host Committee through the Super Bowl LII Business Connect program. By mid-summer, Clay Coyote found out that they were one of 350 companies in MN selected to be a part of the Business Connect program. Since then, they have been making and selling commemorative Super Bowl LII Grill Baskets; these perfect tailgating tools are limited edition and are available online and in their Gallery until mid-February.

There is a lot excitement around this unique opportunity for Clay Coyote Gallery and Pottery, but the fun doesn’t stop when the Super Bowl is over. There is always something new and exciting to see and experience at Clay Coyote. Stop by for a Coyote After Dark event where you can enjoy food, drinks, art, and your hand at the potter’s wheel! You can also sign up for a free Studio tour where you can see the Clay Coyote potters hard at work throwing, glazing, and firing pots. Stop by to view all that Clay Coyote Gallery and Pottery has to offer or checkout their online store as well.


What does Clay Coyote Gallery and Pottery enjoy most about their Chamber membership?

“We love working with the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce, they’re always looking for new and exciting possibilities for our small business. Because of our Chamber membership we’ve had access to small business resources and local promotion and marketing opportunities.”


What’s Happening in January 2018

2018 Annual Chamber Event – “Let’s Make a Deal”

"Couch Potato" sitting on blue couch

January 19, 2018 –  Join us for the Hutchinson Chamber’s Annual Event – “Let’s Make a Deal” at the Crow River Winery from 5pm to 9pm.

What happens to people the do not wear a costume to the event? They become a “Couch Potato.”

Which door will you choose? Door #1, Door #2 or Door #3… be careful to not choose the door with  the ZONK!

Additionally, the Community Awards for Business Person of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Young Leader of the Year will be announced. You wouldn’t want to miss this event. Click here to register for the 2018 Annual Chamber Event.

New & Renewing Members

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

  • Cal Tex Electric
  • Kokesch, LLC

We also want to thank our renewing Members!

  • Albers Insurance
  • American Family Insurance – William Young
  • Applebee’s
  • Averyron Homes, Inc.
  • Bernick’s Pepsi
  • Bonneville Land & Cattle, LLC
  • Bursch Travel Agency, Inc. L.M.
  • Cash Wise Foods
  • Chef Craig’s Catering
  • Citizens Bank & Trust Co
  • City of Hutchinson
  • Compton-Anderson Construction
  • Connie & Larry Fraser
  • Dairy Queen
  • Dobratz Hantge Chapel
  • Dostal Electronics Center
  • Edward Jones – Kim Winter
  • Excelsior Homes, Inc.
  • Fahey Sales Agency
  • Family Rexall Drug
  • Farm Bureau Financial – Ryan Elbert
  • Hager Jewelry, Inc.
  • Hanson & Vasek Construction
  • Hillyard, Inc.
  • Holiday
  • Hometown Realty
  • Hutch Bowl and Squeaky’s Bar & Grill
  • Hutch Café
  • Hutchinson Co-op
  • Hutchinson Downton Association
  • Hutchinson Health
  • Hutchinson Jaycees
  • Hutchinson Leader
  • James Young & Associates, Ltd.
  • Jay Malone Motors
  • Juul Contracting Co.
  • KDUZ/KARP Radio
  • Kock’s Jewelry
  • Kraft Walser Law Office
  • L & P Supply Co.
  • Landy Lodge Bar and Grill
  • Laraway Roofing, Inc.
  • Little Crow Archery Club
  • McDonald’s House of Hutchinson
  • McGraw-Mahon, P.A.
  • McKimm Milk Transit
  • McLeod Cooperative Power
  • Melchert, Hubert, Sjodin – Neil Jensen, Partner
  • New Discoveries Montessori Academy
  • Ohly Americas
  • Pheasant Run Retreat
  • PHG – Piehl, Hanson, Beckman, P.A.
  • Primary EyeCare
  • Prince of Peace Retirement Living
  • Pro Maintenance, Inc.
  • Redline Systems
  • Regional Eye Specialists, P.A.
  • Shamrock Inn
  • Simonson Lumber Co.
  • Slumberland Furniture
  • Southwest Eye Care
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation
  • Subway – Hwy 7
  • The Village Shop
  • Town & Country Tire
  • Viking Coca Cola
  • West Central Industries
  • Westlund Associates
  • Wetterling & Roepke Financial Services
  • Zellas

January Business of the Month

Business logo for Clay Coyote Gallery and Pottery

In January we are highlighting Clay Coyote Gallery and Pottery as our Business of the Month!

The NFL playoffs are upon us – families gather around their televisions sporting their favorite team apparel and hope that this year will be the year their team to makes it to the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl will be highlighted and discussed throughout January, but it isn’t the only “bowl” that will be featured this month in Hutchinson.

Click here to learn more about Clay Coyote Gallery and Pottery.


Business After Hours

Join the Hutchinson Ambassadors as they kick off the 2018 Business After Hours events!

CenBank – Hutchinson

Thursday, January 11, 2018 4:00 – 6:00 pm

This event, along with all Business After Hours events, are open to all Chamber Member business employees.  If you are the only primary representative with your business receiving emails from the Chamber, please invite all your employees to join us! Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, so our business hosts may plan accordingly.

Click here to register for the January Business After Hours or call the Chamber office at 587-5252.

Save the Date!

Bring it Home Expo – Saturday, April 14th, 2018. More information to come!

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More Information for You!

2018 1st Quarter Chamber Table Tent pdf