Archives for April 2018

May 2018 Business of the Month

What makes a place a home? A home is a place where you can feel safe, happy, and like yourself. At Woodstone Senior Living, they believe in three key principals in offering the best possible service

May marks the fourth anniversary for Woodstone Senior Living. The facility opened their doors in May 2014 with a total of thirty care suites, twenty of which were specific to memory care. They’ve added eleven suites since then for residents. These apartments are designed to keep residents as independent as possible for as long as possible. The private, studio style apartments include a full private bathroom with low-step showers and an ample living space.

Woodstone believes in three key principles that help create the best experience possible for the residents that call this place their home:

  1. Offer choice
  2. Maintain dignity
  3. Promote individuality

They create activities based on what the residents enjoy doing. They have daily exercises that focus on strength and stability. There are community amenities available including a chapel, a movie theater, a salon and a variety of common places for the residents and their families to use.

If you have been to the Taste of the Holidays in the past couple of years, you know just how delicious Woodstone’s food is. They serve their residents healthy, home-cooked meals and offer everyone a chance to socialize at meal time.

What truly makes Woodstone unique is their size. They offer a smaller, more intimate and personal setting for their residents to call home, but still have great amenities that you’d expect to see in a larger senior living facility. The staff at Woodstone gets to know each resident and their family individually, offering them more personalized experiences and care.

“I think people would be surprised about the level of care we are capable of providing,” said Woodstone Director, Jill Springer, “Our community is designed to meet your needs both now and in the future.” The staff really focuses on keeping residents as independent as possible as they continue to age, but are right there with them to offer assistance with any activity throughout the day.

2018 Dairy Day – Friday, June 1

Dairy Day / Friday, June 1 / 11:00am – 1:30pm / Library Square Park

Every year, over 1000+ supporters come to Hutchinson Chamber Agri-Business business logoLibrary Square in celebration of Dairy Day, the annual official start of summer in Hutchinson. The Agri-Business Committee hosts Dairy Day honoring our vibrant farming community. Plan to stop down for a $5 meal and learn more about our local agriculture in Hutchinson and the surrounding communities.

Two black and white cows at Dairy DaysThis year’s activities include:

  • 12:00 pm – Cow milking contest featuring celebrity milkers include Water Carnival Royal Family, McLeod County Dairy Ambassadors, Mayor Gary Forcier, Police Chief Dan Hatten & Fire Chief Mike Schumann
  • 12:30 pm – Fro-Yo eating contest sponsored by Below Zero
  • Meet Princess Kay from the Milky Way
  • $5.00 meal
  • Children’s activities
  • Cheese samples
  • Live music

Children standing by table in frozen yogurt eating contestGrey cow in Library Square Park at Dairy Days eventTwo green John Deere tractors and one red International tractor at Dairy Days

Something from Mary!

Sign of the Times

Are you keeping up with the times?

Are you investing in your personal and professional development? Are you investing in your employees’ personal and professional development?

In today’s competitive job market you cannot afford not to be putting more opportunities into your employees’ hands.

You’ve heard this before, you’ll hear it again and again….  Employees are hard to find, they will get harder to find.

Let’s try keeping employees, but it won’t happen like it used to.

Retention is going to be KEY to the stability of your business. Economically and operationally.

It isn’t always about money. Today’s workforce is looking for meaning in their work. Most of us spend a third or more of our day at work. Certainly the majority of our waking hours are at work. We want to feel good about what we are doing and who we do it for!

Many workers want continuous feedback, not the usual annual evaluation. Feedback on a regular basis sounds like mentoring, mentoring sounds like leadership. Leadership sounds like success! Coaching can reduce stress and burnout for an employee, which can create positive outcomes from output as well as overall engagement.

Are your employees doing what makes them happy and they feel they are best at?

Steve Gasser, owner of Vivid Image says a person should strive for a 70/30 balance in their work. 70 percent of the time you’re doing what you enjoy and makes you feel successful. During VOICES training with Steve, I learned that most of 2016 & 2017 I wasn’t at a 70/30 balance. Ugh- no wonder I was frustrated! Although I felt I was taking items off my staff’s plate, I was loading my plate with unrealistic tasks. I was buried under the “I am responsible for this, so I better do it” blanket. I’m out from under the blanket! Hiring to fill those pieces I am not as skilled at was a great way to fill someone else’s bucket and build myself back up to 70/30. Imagine how an employee feels when they are buried under that blanket… burned out, frustrated, ready to run for greener grass.

Every single business is different, but I will tell you, every single business needs to look at what they do to take care of employees. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of everything else.

Hey, if you have great ideas for retention, send them my way! We can share with others in the community.

Some information for this article was taken from Inc. article 9/26/2017

What’s Happening in April 2018!

Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo

2018 April 14 Bring It Home Expo at the McLeod County Fairgrounds pdf
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 for the 2018 Bring It Home Expo.

Hometown Golf Challenge

2018 Hometown Golf Challenge event banner ad

Ever want to take a vacation to Asia, Africa, South America, Antarctica, Europe or Australia? Now is your chance! You can hit all the continents in one day! 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. 

Click here for the 2018 Hometown Golfer Challenge Sponsor Form (pdf)

2018 Dairy Days June 1 in Library Square Park

Dairy Day

Save the Date – Dairy Day is scheduled for Friday, June 1 in Library Square Park!
Click here if you are interested in being a sponsor at the 2018 Dairy Day (pdf)

Taste of Hutchinson

Mark your calendars for September 14 & 15, 2018!! The 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.

Click for the the 2018 Taste of Hutchinson Vendor Application (pdf)

Business of the MonthLandy Lodge Bar & Grill business logo

In April we will be highlighting Landy Lodge as our Business of the Month.

Click here to learn more about April’s Business of the month – Landy Lodge


New Members

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

  • Arvig Media
  • Connecting Point
  • Crow River Builders Association
  • Keller Williams – The Broll Team
  • Winn Exteriors

We also want to thank our renewing members!

  • Allina Health Home Care Services
  • Bethlehem United Methodist Church
  • Bob Ness,
  • Carly’s Shoes
  • Common Cup Ministry
  • Crow River Wheelers
  • Crow River Youth for Christ
  • Employment Resource Center
  • Goebel Fixture Company
  • Hutchinson Jaycee’s Water Carnival
  • Hutchinson Seventh-Day Adventist Church
  • Impressions Inc.
  • Jeff Stamer Farms Partnership
  • Kids Inc. Child Care
  • McLeod Alliance for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Minnesota Garlic Festival
  • NRG – The Networking Referral Group
  • Parkview Dental
  • Phoenix Drumline / Crow River Drumline Association
  • Richard Larson Builders
  • SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
  • TDK – Hutchinson Technology
  • The Lamb Shoppe & Wellness Center
  • VFW Post 906
  • Wendorff Insurance
  • West Central Sanitation

Business After Hours

Join the Hutchinson Ambassadors in celebrating April’s Business After Hours event!

Echo Family Dental

Thursday, April 12, 2018 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

These events, 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! Preregistration is strongly encouraged, so our business hosts may plan accordingly.

Click here to register for the April’s Business After Hours  or call the Chamber at 320-587-5252.

Something from Mary

2018 Chamber President Mary Hodson

This time of year my head is swirling.

Where is spring?

What is happening ….

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


We are honored to have received the Explore MN Marketing Campaign Award for #MuchInHutch.

If you need a smile, check out this video – but turn up the volume…  Click here to watch video of our Chamber President receiving the award!

Many thanks go to our Board, Committee Members and Chamber Supporter who have made #MuchInHutch a great marketing tool for Hutchinson!
2017 Chamber President at Explore MN Tourism Award Banquet

Membership has it’s Privileges!

Want to increase foot traffic in your store? Receive more exposure for your business? Want to advertise for FREE? Over 225 people view our Hot Deals page just in the last month.  This a great feature on our website for Chamber members to utilize!

Three penguins in a circle

Click in the headings below for “How To” instructions for each topic!

Leadercast – Hutchinson – May 4

2018 Leadercast Live Speaker Spotlight banner ad

Leadercast Live 2018 is the largest single-day leadership event focused on helping you become the best leader you can be. Carey Lohrenz is one of nine world-class experts on leadership who will inspire and motivate you.

2018 Leadercast Live Speaker Carey LohrenzCarey Lohrenz knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure, extreme environments imaginable: in the cockpit at Mach 2. As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, Carey is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results.

Carey’s experience in the all-male environment of fighter aviation and her ability to pass on the lessons learned in her career allow her to deliver insight and guidance on leadership, high-performing organizations and diversity training.

See Carey on stage with eight other leadership experts at Leadercast Live on May 4, 2018.

By attending Leadercast Live 2018, you will have the  opportunity to:

  • Spark your creativity and fill yourself with fire-in-the-belly determination to drive your team to new levels of achievement
  • Be empowered by world-class speakers who show you how to become a more effective leader
  • Get useful takeaways, including digital summaries you can share when you return to the office
  • Surround yourself with other leaders who share your passion for learning and leading
  • Focus on self-improvement by removing yourself from your work environment and immersing yourself in the event

See why leading yourself is a vital prerequisite to leading others.

Click here to learn more about Leadercast or to purchase tickets for the May 4th event in Hutchinson.

More Information

2018 Chamber Quarter Three Table TentOakdale Golf Club - call today to plan your next event. Call 320-587-0525 pdf

2018 MidCountry Bank Home Equity Lines 4.50 percent APR

2018 SouthPoint Smart Home Loans - apply online pdf

2018 Connecting Point Everything Cloud Event - call 800-529-5500 pdf

April 2018 Business of the Month

Landy Lodge Bar and Grill Logo

760 Walnut Street NE, HutchinsonMN 55350

(320) 587-1010

Whether you’re looking for a fantastic place to grab dinner with your family or a fun night out on the town with your friends, Landy Lodge Bar & Grill is the place to be!

When you think of going to a cabin or a lodge, you think of getting away. Landy Lodge was created to give you that same relaxing feeling of a weekend retreat – it’s a place where you can surround yourself with friends, family, good food, cold drinks, kick back, relax and have fun. It is the perfect place to catch a game on TV, enjoy live music, or even test your skills in a weekly trivia battle!

A juicy hamburger sits on a square, white plate.An open faced country fried steak sits on a square white plate.

The owner, Heather Landerville, is a Hutchinson native that is proud to bring a lot of great traditions to the business, along with fresh ideas. You are always going to enjoy your time at Landy Lodge whether it be because of one of their unique and exciting events, or because you’re looking for a homey ambiance and well-cooked meal. There is something for everyone at this local bar & grill.

Be sure to follow the Landy Lodge Facebook page and the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page to stay up to date on lunch/dinner specials, events, and all of the opportunities at Landy Lodge this April and in the months to come! Stop by Landy Lodge to enjoy a meal, a beverage, or to snack on one of my personal favorites – their waffle fries and seasoned sour cream!

What does Landy Lodge enjoy most about their Chamber membership?

“The Chamber does a tremendous amount of work for businesses small and large in Hutchinson. They do a great job promoting and providing events that are beneficial to the success of our business and to many businesses in the town of Hutchinson.”