Archives for August 2018

What’s Happening in September 2018!

Hutchinson Chamber Agribusiness business logoLast Call — Farm Fatigue Bucket of Thanks Event 2018

The Agri-Business Committee is announcing last call for donations for the 2018 Bucket of Thanks Event. Their donation deadline is September 3rd. Donations needed are food, wellness and safety items. The Committee is looking forward to assembling the buckets for the anticipated and very much appreciated “out in the field” delivery day during harvest time.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to call the Chamber at 320-587–5252  or email us at [email protected].

44th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival and Taste of Hutchinson

We hope you will join us for the 44th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival.  The festival dates and times are Friday, September 14th 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Saturday, September 15th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  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 the Arts & Crafts Festival Facebook Event Page.

Crowd of people at the 2018 Taste of HutchinsonThe Annual Taste of Hutchinson is held in conjunction with the Arts & Crafts Festival. Along with the delicious food vendors, the Ambassadors bring you live music! This year’s line up includes: Stoney Point, “Off Duty”, Ben Weaver, Area Youth, South Grade Band and Tony Cuchetti. For more information follow the Taste of HutchinsonFacebook Event Page.

LOOKING FOR A WAY TO GET INVOLVED??? ARTS AND CRAFTS VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!!! With 10,0000 – 12,000 people attending each year, volunteers are critical. The 2018 Arts & Crafts Volunteer sign up sheet is the easiest way to sign up to volunteer. This online document automatically save, so there is no need to click save. Otherwise, to speak with someone at the Chamber about volunteer opportunities, please call us at 320-587-5252  or you can email us at [email protected].

Business of the Month

American Family business logoThe September Business of the Month is American Family Insurance – William ”Bo” Young Agency.

We are honored to have American Family Insurance – William ”Bo” Young Agency as September’s Business of the Month. For the Am Fam story and to see what they enjoy most about their Chamber membership read our September Business of the Month article. 

New & Returning Chamber Members

We want to welcome our new Chamber Members:

We would like to thank the following members for renewing their partnership with the Chamber!

  • AMS Coating
  • Carpets Plus ColorTile Design
  • e2 Electrical Services
  • Fairway Mortgage
  • Marco Technologies
  • Mini Biff, LLC
  • RiverSong
  • Valley Sales of Hutchinson

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

The Ambassador’s Facebook page is a great place to see photos of all the visits and other special events hosted by the Ambassadors.

August’s Ambassadors Visits:

Business After Hours:

  • Business After Hours is not held in September.
  • Business After Hours resumes on October 11th with Tiger After Hours. The TigerPath teachers will be on hand to explain how they will help 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.

Email the Ambassadors if you have any questions or would like more information.

Something from Mary

Chamber President Mary HodsonTigerPath

Yes, you’ve heard it before. The Hype, the Excitement, the Four Pathways, Mary jumping up and down, Miles getting awards, the new school building supporting it….

But NOW…. there’s a TigerPath COORDINATOR… Andrea Moore!

The rest of Mary’s article can be found on September’s Something from Mary blog.

Quarter 1 Table Tent Deadline is December 1st 2018!Hutchinson Chamber Table Tent for Quarter 3 (July, August & September 2018)

The Chamber prints and delivers over 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 Chamber’s table tents. The cost is $30/event listing for community members and Chamber members receive a $10/discount per event listing.

Also, if you submit an event to our table tents, make sure to add it to the online Community Calendar. The Community Calendar averages about 100 views a day, so don’t forget to utilize it! Submitting an event to the Community Calendar may be done through your Chamber Member Portal or directly on the Community Calendar page!

The deadline for Quarter 1 (January, February & March 2019) is December 1, 2018.

If you want table tents delivered to your business or if you want to submit an event for an upcoming table tent, please contact Gina by phone 320-234-0786 or by email [email protected].

Upcoming Save the Dates

September 14 – 15 = Arts & Crafts Festival and Taste of Hutchinson
November 15 = Taste of the Holidays
November 24 = Small Business Saturday

More Information…

Hutchinson Chamber Table Tent for Quarter 3 (July, August & September 2018)

2018 Farm Fatigue Flyer for Farm Fatigue Bucket of Thanks Event

44th Annual Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson September 14 & 15, 2018

2nd Annual Taste of Hutchinson & 44th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival September 14 & 15, 2018

Taste of Holidays Vendor Info & Registration Form 2018

Nuvera promotions expire 09/30/18

MidCountry Bank Keep a Good Thing Growing Money Management Offer Poster

Meet & Greet Ridgewater College President Dr Craig Johnson 10/02/18

Parkview Dental Flex Spending Accounts advice flyer


Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce and Tourism business logo

September 2018 Business of the Month

American Family Insurance Logo

 95 Hassan St SE, Hutchinson, MN 55350 | (320) 587-4989

A car crash, a house flood, a fire at your farm, a break in at your business – you may never be able to anticipate when tragedy will strike, but you can always have a plan in place that protects you. That’s where insurance comes in. American Family Insurance – William Young Agency focuses on protecting, restoring, and inspiring your dreams so your only concern is making them a reality.

American Family Insurance Agent Bo Young high-fiving coworkers

With a combined total of over 75 years of experience, the team at American Family Insurance – William Young Agency is more than qualified to provide you with the best protection. The Hutchinson branch began business in town over 80 years ago under the Farmers Mutual name, until switching its name to American Family in 1963. In 1985 the AmFam team moved into its current location on the corner of 1st Avenue and Hassan Street. Roger and Mary Mies ran the business for 50 years until retiring in 2012, when William “Bo” Young took over for them.

Bo works with a fantastic team of representatives that strive to be the most trusted and valued customer-driven insurance providers around. Kathy Ludowese has been with the company for over 41 years, her husband Tom for over 16, their son Brian moved to the Hutchinson branch 3 years ago after serving in the St. Cloud Community for a few years and Tracy Hassan joined the team in 2017.

Combining their experience, reputation, coverage, pricing, and community involvement logically makes American Family Insurance – William Young Agency one of the top choices for insurance in town. There are customers that have been loyal to AmFam for over 70 years and Kathy has personally insured multiple generations of families over her career.

The American Family Insurance team in Hutchinson MN

American Family Insurance’s main products are Auto, Home, Commercial, Farm, and Life Insurance. Their local presence allows them to truly be there for their customers when tragedies strike and to contribute to the community. The William Young Agency team lives, works, volunteers and invests in Hutchinson and we are proud to have them in our community!


What does American Family Insurance – William Young Agency enjoy most about their Chamber Membership?

Our team enjoys all of the networking and developmental opportunities that the Chamber provides.  The Business After Hours, Chamber Golf Tournament, Arts and Crafts Festival, and the Leadership Institute are a few examples of fantastic ways to connect with other community members!

Something from Mary!

TigerPath Academies business logo

Yes, you’ve heard it before. The Hype, the Excitement, the Four Pathways, Mary jumping up and down, Miles getting awards, the new school building supporting it….

But NOW…. there’s a TigerPath COORDINATOR… Andrea Moore!

Andrea is no stranger to the Chamber; she serves on our Hutchinson Leadership Institute Design Team and also played a huge part in getting our Youth Leadership Institute program up and running…. Huge=she did it all. She’s also been a teacher for 12 years, has her MBA, and gol dang it she farms with her husband as well. If you do not know Andrea yet, you need to- [email protected].

Have you seen the new TigerPath website? read more and click on the internship button- there are a lot of ways to particiapte once you get there.

You can sign up to be part of this innovative program which among other things connects students to internships to take a deeper dive into work experience, an industry and/or a specific business.

But what else is there? Mentoring a student who may need/want one-on-one conversations about very specific careers, or perhaps very broad careers. Speaking with a doctor or a chamber president result in two very different experiences.  Perhaps you can present to classes about what you do, what your business does, what they can expect when they see your business…. Or how is their daily learning applicable to your industry.

I did not care for math in school… sorry… it wasn’t and still isn’t how my brain works… but it would have been helpful for me to hear from professionals how they use percentages to figure out tips at a restaurant, or how a math lover can be an actuary for an insurance company, or an insurance agent, or an interior designer, or a draft person, or a welder, or or or…. so many options, so many careers needing math skills.

ALSO, be watching for the PATHFair, coming this fall. Not a job fair as much as a way to help students determine if they fit into one or more TigerPaths. This will be so helpful to our students… and to you. We want our students to stay in Hutchinson, or go to school and come back to Hutchinson to fill the positions here, rather than somewhere else. Your participation in the PATHFair can help students learn what you do or make, and understand what types of careers are available. Building relationships with students now can help you supply the workers you need later.

So, let’s review, [email protected] is a great resource for you to connect at the school…. Your time, your business, donations to TigerPath programs, the whole deal. Check out the website

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