Archives for June 2018

What’s Happening in July 2018!

Hometown Golf ChallengeChamber Hometown Golf Challenge July 23 11am Crow River Golf Club

Are you ready to travel “Around the World in 18 Holes” with us? The  Hutchinson Chamber’s Hometown Golf Challenge is on Monday, July 23 at the Crow River Golf Club.

Check-in and in-flight lunch begins at 11 am, with a shotgun start at 12 pm. The final destination dinner, program, prizes and announcing game winners at 5 pm.

There will be a $500 GUARANTEED shoot-out winner, as well as the option to upgrade your game by purchasing a passport package that includes mulligans, raffles, course games. Don’t miss out on your chance to win one of the cash prizes! Will you could be the 1st place winner or one of the two randomly drawn teams? Or better yet, will your team be the best team costume, best decorated cart or best costume & cart combo?

Your ticket price of $125 includes: cart, green fee, lunch and dinner. Click here for the 2018 Hometown Golf Challenege registration form and Information (pdf) or click here to register your team online for the 2018 Hometown Golf Challenge.

We have many different sponsorship opportunities available. Click here for a 2018 Hometown Golf Challenge Sponsor Form (pdf).

Crazy Days 2018

We are going crazy this year on Crazy Days! Each business can choose their own Crazy Days theme. Yes, that’s right… you decide on a theme to bring customers in and move product out. Business logo for Hutchinson Crazy Days July 26 - 28, 2018

If your business would like to participate in Crazy Days, click here to email Gina at Chamber office. Let us know what your crazy deals are and we will help promote your Crazy Days sale!

Click here to check out participating businesses!

Questions? Click here to call the Chamber office at 320-587-5252

Manufacturing in the Park & Picnic in the Park

Children at Manufacturing in the Park 2017On Friday, July 27, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, manufacturers and educators in McLeod County will be in Library Square Park providing an interactive afternoon and engaging with community members. Come and learn who they are and what they do! While learning through play and activities.

Also from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, the Hutchinson Downtown Association is hosting a $5 picnic-style lunch. Please join us for Picnic in the Park!

Manufacturing in the Park and Picnic in the Park coincide with Crazy Days. 

Hutchinson Leadership Institute & Leadership 2.0 Enrollment for 2018 – 2019 is now open!

Business logo for Hutchinson Leadership InstituteWe are happy to announce the Hutchinson Leadership Institute is back for its 30th year! The Hutchinson Leadership Institute is hosted by the Hutchinson Chamber. This comprehensive program is designed to build community leaders. Over the period of nine months, participants will experience 10 days of training and classes. Each participant will be assigned to a group service project, which will assess community needs, determine a project, and facilitate the project working with other community members and/or groups.

Once you have completed the Leadership program, you can participate in Leadership 2.0! This brand new program will take a deeper dive into personal leadership and how it can impact the future of your business and the entire community. 

Click link for the Hutchinson Leadership Institute application (pdf) or Click here for the Hutchinson Leadership 2.0 application (pdf).

If you have questions about the Hutchinson Leadership program, please click here to email Mary at the Chamber office or click here to call Mary at the Chamber office at 320-234-0785.

Dairy Day – Thank You!

THANK YOU to everyone who made Dairy Day a success! We would especially like to thank our sponsors!

Visionary Sponsor:

  • Citizens Bank & Trust Co.2018 Dairy Days visiting royalty

Champion Sponsors:

  • Hutchinson Health
  • MidCountry Bank
  • South Point Financial Credit Union
  • TDK / Hutchinson Technology

Event Sponsors:

  • Ag Systems
  • E.G. Rud & Sons
  • Home State Bank
  • Hutchinson Co-op
  • Hutchinson Leader
  • Impressions2017 Princess Loraina milking a cow
  • Jennifer’s Avon
  • Nuvera
  • Piehl, Hanson & Beckman, P.A.
  • Plumbing and Heating by Craig
  • Runnings Stores
  • Skyview Dairy
  • Walmart
  • Wells Fargo

And a special thank you to: 

  • Agri-Business Committee
  • Below Zero Frozen Yogurt
  • Benny’s Meat Market
  • Celebrity Milkers: Mayor Gary Forcier, Police Chief Dan Hatten & Fire Chief Mike Schuman
  • Community Volunteers
  • First District Dairy2018 Dairy Day Frozen Yogurt Eating Contestants
  • Form-A-Feed
  • Hutchinson High School FFA Members
  • Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival Royal Family
  • The Kurth Family
  • McLeod County 4-H
  • McLeod County Dairy Princess and Ambassadors
  • McLeod County Extension
  • Princess Kay of the Milky Way


Business of the Month

Business logo for Elena's Bakery

In July we will be highlighting  Elena’s Bakery as our Business of the Month.


Click here to learn more about Elena’s Bakery.



Renewing Members

Thank you to our renewing Chamber Members!

  • 3M
  • Century 9
  • Days Inn
  • Faith Lutheran Church
  • Huski Townhomes
  • Hutchinson Health Auxiliary
  • Minnesota Pottery Festival
  • Stamp-n-Storage
  • State Farm Insurance Mike McGraw
  • United Community Action Partners
  • Vivid Image

Business logo for Hutchinson AmbassadorsThe Hutchinson Ambassadors serve as the welcoming and social arm of the Hutchinson Chamber by actively supporting and promoting Hutchinson and its surrounding business community.

Click here to check out the Ambassador’s Facebook to see photos of all the visits and other special events hosted by the Ambassadors.

June’s Ambassadors Visits:

  • Bobbing Bobber Brewing Company
  • Victoria Shoopman Photography

Business After Hours:

  • Business After Hours is not held in June, July, August or September.
  • Business After Hours resumes on October 11th with Tigers After Hours. The TigerPath teachers will be on hand to explain how they will helps students discover their talents, develop their skills and build an exciting, rewarding career! “Find your own path” – that’s what it’s all about!

Business After Hours is a great way to learn about businesses in Hutchinson and network with fellow chamber members. This monthly event is Chamber invitation only and a way to get behind-the-scenes at our local businesses. Businesses interested in hosting a Business After Hours event, should contact the Ambassadors.

Click here to email the Ambassadors

Something from Mary

Chamber President Mary Hodson 2017

Leadership….. Leadership 2.0

One of the MOST beneficial chamber programs we have for businesses is Hutchinson Leadership Institute. Leadership Institute is celebrating its 30th year during our 2018-2019 session. Its longevity is based on a core group leading the content; keeping it fresh with today’s business climate and reactive to participants’ needs.

Click here to read the rest of Mary’s article

The Quarter 3 Table Tents are ready!

Chamber Table Tent for Quarter 3 2018 - Calendar of Events
The Chamber prints and delivers 900 table tents around the community. Are you looking for a way to boost an upcoming Hutchinson event?  Make sure you get your event added to the Table Tents!  The cost is $20/listing for Chamber members and $30/listing for non-members.

The deadline for Quarter 4 (October, November & December) is September 1.

Click here to email Gina with questions, if you want table tents delivered to your business or if you want to submit an event for upcoming table tents.

Upcoming Save the Dates

July 23 – Hometown Golf Challenge “Around the World in 18 Holes”
July 26-28 – Crazy Days
July 27- Manufacturing in the Park and Picnic in the Park
September 14 – 15 – Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson

More information for your business to grow!

Chamber Table Tent Quarter 3 2018 - Calendar of Events


Hutchinson Crazy Days poster July 26 - 28 2018


Hutchinson Health open house July 25 4pm - 7pm


Business logo for Explore Hutchinson website and Much in Hutch

July 2018 Business of the Month

Elena's Bakery business logo

8 Main St N, Hutchinson, MN 55350

(320) 429-2253


In the Fall of 2013, the Hutchinson Economic Development Authority announced the winner of the Jump Start Downtown contest – a competition that gave entrepreneurs a chance at an amazing prize package to help kickstart their dreams. The winner was Elena Volkov from Elena’s Bakery – The Sweet Spot, and it was not only a dream come true for her but for all of you “sweets” lovers out there as well.

It was because of this contest that we are able to let our taste buds rejoice in the delicious and unique creations available at Elena’s Bakery. Each baked good is as natural and flavorful as possible; Elena is a master at using wholesome, fresh ingredients and paring amazing flavors into handmade breads and treats. Double chocolate cookies with a chocolate whiskey filling, sweet and salty bacon chocolate chip cookies, s’mores cupcakes with marshmallow frosting, parmesan pull-aparts to pair with your dinner… the list of irresistible options is endless.

A collage of photos from Elenas Bakery.

Elena’s Bakery is always serving something new and fresh, but there are also classic favorites that loyal customers go back for time and time again. One of the “hot” items (at least in our office 😉) are the caramel rolls. The layers of these delicious rolls are perfectly smothered in a irresistible caramel glaze. State Senator Amy Klobuchar has also had a chance to find favorites at Elena’s Bakery – so much so that she had some goodies shipped to Washington DC!

The one not-so-secret ingredient in everything that is made at Elena’s Bakery is passion. Elena has a true love for what she does and for Hutchinson, works with many different community events and businesses. You can stop into Elena’s Bakery for a quick treat to grab-and-go, sit down to enjoy your baked good in the open-space bakery, or call for a custom ordered wedding / special event cake. What ever your baking needs and sweet tooth needs might be, there is something for you at Elena’s Bakery – The Sweet Spot!

A collage of photos from Elena's Bakery.

What does Elena’s Bakery enjoy most about their Chamber membership?

“Being a Chamber Member is a great way to connect with local businesses and receive access to resources, training and marketing. It offers opportunities to be involved with the community and its events, making this vibrant town a beautiful place to live, work and raise a family.”

Something from Mary!

Leadership….. Leadership 2.0

One of the MOST beneficial chamber programs we have for businesses is Hutchinson Leadership Institute. Leadership Institute is celebrating its 30th year during our 2018-2019 session. Its longevity is based on a core group leading the content; keeping it fresh with today’s business climate and reactive to participants’ needs.

Some of the MOST repeated comments we hear after Leadership is ‘I want to do it again,’ ‘I wish it wasn’t over,’ ‘I want more.’ NOW there’s not ONE, but TWO leadership programs.

If you loved Leadership Institute, encourage a friend or co-worker to participate, THEN sign up for Leadership 2.0.

‘You must manage yourself before you can lead someone else.”  -Zig Ziglar

2.0 will take a deep dive into YOU…learn who you are at your core, what makes you think, react, and feel the way you do.

You’ll gain an amazing understanding of who YOU are, so you will be able to lead and focus on others with more intentionality and efficiency. This is an incredible offering with the help of GiantWorldWide.

To learn more, to invest in your employees AND invest in your business, click here to learn more about Hutchinson Leadership Institute and Leadership 2.0.