Archives for January 2019

What’s Happening in February 2019!

The Chamber would like to introduce our newest program

 

Business Connection logo

These are morning networking events that take place from 7:00 am – 8:00 am on the first Friday of each month at a Chamber business. Chamber Members are invited to gather, enjoy coffee and a light breakfast, share a quick update or information on their business/organization, and learn more about the host business through a presentation. We will always have Chamber updates for you as well.

Door prizes will be given out, so make sure you bring your business card to be entered into the drawing. This new networking opportunity is a great way to get to know people in the community and keep in touch with Hutch!

If you are part of a Chamber business/organization and interested in attending, please register online in the link provided below. Multiple guests per organization are welcome, just remember to register!

Please join us for the Chamber’s very first Business Connection at Ashley Homestore on Friday, March 1 from 7:00 am to 8:00 am.

Registration Link for March’s Business Connection


Passing of the Gavel – Chamber Board Chair

The Chamber takes this opportunity to thank 2018 Chamber Board Chair Keith Heikes for his service to the Board and to each of us in the past year; and we welcome the 2019 Chamber Board Chair Roman Bloemke into that position.2018 - 2019 Chamber BOD Gavel & Plaque

The Chamber would also like to thank the outgoing Chamber Board Member for their committed service.
2018 and 2019 Chamber Board Chairs Keith Heikes and Roman Bloemke are pictured below awarding those outgoing members: Renee Hantge, Scott Ziegler, Corey Stearns and Nate Johnson.

2018 - 2019 Chamber BOD Service Acknowledgement


Passing of the Gavel – Hutchinson Ambassadors

The Chamber takes this opportunity to thank 2018 Ambassador President Christine Ruppert for her service to the Ambassadors and to each of us in the past year; and we welcome the 2019 Ambassador President Leah Watzke into that position.

2018 - 2019 Ambassador Gavel Pass


2018 Annual Event Prom GuestsThank you for your support at the Chamber Annual Event and congratulations to the 2018 Community Award Winners!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2019 Chamber Annual Event – 80’sCouple dressed in 80's rocker clothes Prom – A Night Under the Stars a huge success! A special thanks to our event supporters – Compass Occasions, Crow River Floral & Gifts, Crow River Winery, Innovative Foam, The Paint Factory and Walmart; to our event sponsors – Citizens Bank and Trust Co, Hutchinson Health, MidCountry Bank, MITGI and Uponor; and finally to the event music sponsor – Woodstone Senior Living. Our deepest gratitude to them for supporting our event.

We would also like to thank our Visionary Sponsor: Citizens Bank and Trust Co. and our Champion Sponsors: 3M, Cobblestone Hotel & Suites, Hutchinson Health, MidCountry Bank, MITGI, SouthPoint Financial Credit Union and Uponor.

The Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce and Hutchinson Jaycees are excited to announce the Community Award Winners. The winners are (from left to right) Business Person of the Year – William “Bo” Young, Teacher of the Year – Mackenzie Boeckers, Volunteer of the Year – Jackie Backen, Young Leader of the Year – Andrew Broll and Ag Person of the Year – Ted Matthews!

2018 Community Award Winner photo2018 Ag Person of the Year - Ted Matthews

 

 

 

 

 

 


2019 Tourism Marketing Grant – Reminder – Deadline March 1!

The March 1st deadline is quickly approaching for the Hutchinson Tourism & Marketing Grant. Grants are available for no-for-profit events and events and for-profit events that are marketing outside a 30-mile radius of Hutchinson.

More information about the Tourism Marketing Grant program, grant criteria and grant application can be found on our Tourism Marketing Grant blog.

2019 Tourism Marketing Grant Criteria, Deadlines and Application (pdf)


Maximize Your Membership!

Job Postings for Chamber Members — Are you looking for qualified applicants to fill open positions at your business? Post you job openings on ExploreHutchinson.com through your Chamber Membership. Use us a a trustworthy resource to get the word out about your available positions. We reference these job postings and share on our Facebook page! Click on the image below for instructions or call the Chamber with questions.

Are you hiring? Post your job on ExploreHutchinson.com (pdf)


Table Tent – Quarter 2 (April, May & June) Deadline – March 1st

Table Tent Entry Form (pdf)Are you looking for a way to boost an upcoming Hutchinson event? The  Chamber prints and delivers 900 table tents around the community. Make sure you get your event added to the table tents! The cost is $30 per event listing for community members and Chamber Members receive a $10 discount per event listing.

Submitting an event is easy… just complete the printable Table Tent Entry Form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber by the quarterly deadline.

The deadline for Quarter 2 (April, May & June events) is March 1, 2019.

Also, make sure to add it to the Chamber’s 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 you can go directly to the Community Calendar page.

If you want table tents delivered to your business, to submit an event for an upcoming table tent or if you have any questions, give Gina a callsend her an email or drop by the Chamber.


New & Returning Members

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

We also want to thank the following members for renewing their partnership with us!

  • Ace Hardware
  • Albers Insurance
  • American Family Insurance
  • Chef Craig’s Catering
  • Disable American Veterans
  • Dobratz Hantge Chapel
  • E.G. Rudd & Sons, Inc.
  • Family Rexall Drug
  • Hager Jewelry Inc.
  • Holiday
  • Hutchinson Area Dollars for Scholars
  • Hutchinson Co-op
  • Hutchinson Countryside Retreats
  • Hutchinson Downtown Association
  • Hutchinson Family Dentistry
  • Hutchinson Leader
  • Hutchinson Lions
  • Kock’s Jewelry, Inc.
  • L & P Supply Co.
  • Laraway Roofing, Inc.
  • McDonalds of Hutchinson
  • McLeod County Abstract and Title
  • Melchert Hubert Sjodin
  • MidCountry Bank
  • Redline Systems
  • Runnings
  • Skyview Dairy, Inc.
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation
  • Today’s Women of Hutchinson
  • Viking Coca Cola
  • Walgreens
  • West Central Industries
  • Zellas

Business of the Month

Logo for Adara Home HealthOur February Business of the Month is Adara Home Health! You may formerly know this business as Prairie River Home Care – find out more about their new brand and what Adara Home Health has to offer residents in the Hutchinson Community on the Business of the Month Profile Page.


Business Logo for the 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.

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

You may have seen our Ambassadors around town – you can recognize them by their blue shirts and friendly smiles. They welcome new business openings, as well as, celebrate business renovations and milestones with an Ambassador Business Visit.2018 Hutchinson Ambassadors group photo

January’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • Lifelong Veterinary Clinic
  • Jrr. Yoga
  • ForTykes

Business After Hours is a great way to learn about businesses in Hutchinson and network with the fellow Chamber Members. This is a way to get behind the scenes on our local businesses… to see what they make, do or provide. This monthly event is by Chamber invitation only and is open to all Chamber Member business employees. Businesses interested in hosting a Business After Hours event or would like more information should email the Ambassadors.

Valentine blocks spelling out "Love" and a red heartIf 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.

February Business After Hours has been cancelled. The Chamber and Hutchinson Ambassadors encourage everyone to enjoy the Valentine’s holiday by thinking local. Support your local businesses by shopping, dining and playing local this Valentine’s Day!


Business Logo for Chamber's PULSE CommitteeProfessionals Under 40 Leading Socializing and Educating

PULSE meets for Lunch & Learn events on the second Wednesday of each month from 12pm-1pm at Squeaky’s Grill and Bar. The events are free to attend, a $10 lunch option is available.

The group also gets together at quarterly social events  (green dates listed in calendar below). Like the PULSE Facebook page to get the latest event information and registration links. Register for the February 13th Lunch & Learn by Friday, February 8th to be entered into a $25 gift card drawing! February 13th Lunch & Learn Registration

PULSE Calendar of Events for 2019


Something from Mary!

Mary Hodson
What if there was no chamber in Hutchinson?

Sometimes people ask “what does the chamber actually do?”

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


Save the Date!

  • FEBRUARY
    5        PULSE Social Event
    13     PULSE Lunch & Learn
  • MARCH
    1       Business Connection
    13     PULSE Lunch & Learn
    14     Business After Hours
  • APRIL
    5        Business Connection
    10     PULSE Lunch & Learn
    11     Business After Hours
  • MAY
    3        Business Connection
    8        PULSE Lunch & Learn
    9        Business After Hours
    15      Leadership Institute 2018-2019 Graduation
  • JUNE
    7        Dairy Day
    12     PULSE Lunch & Learn
  • JULY
    10       PULSE Lunch & Learn
    18-20  Crazy Days
    22       Chamber Golf Event – Oakdale
  • AUGUST
    14        PULSE Lunch & Learn
    14-18  Made in McLeod @ County Fair
  • SEPTEMBER
    11          PULSE Lunch & Learn
    13/14    45th Arts & Crafts Festival
    13/14    Taste of Hutchinson
    19/20    Leadership Institute 2019-2020 Begins
  • OCTOBER
    Farm Fatigue Buckets Delivered
    9        PULSE Lunch & Learn
    10      Business After Hours
     
  • NOVEMBER
    13     PULSE Lunch & Learn
    21     Taste of the Holidays
    30     Small Business Saturday
  • DECEMBER
    Crop Management Input Seminar
    12     Holiday Business After Hours

 


More For Your Business To Grow…

2019 1st Quarter Table Tent - Calendar of Events

South Point - 0% Balance Transfer 1 up offer (pdf)

 


Ridgewater College Workforce Safety Training Program (pdf)


ThinkLOCAL.jpg - #MuchInHutch Only

Something from Mary!

What if there was no chamber in Hutchinson?

Sometimes people ask “what does the chamber actually do?”

Let’s think about Hutchinson without the Chamber and Tourism office.

  • Businesses would not have an entity to call their own (and they have since the early 1890’s)
  • Business scams would lay a wider net
  • There would be no business visits by the Ambassadors to welcome new businesses and congratulate expanding businesses
  • No Business After Hours to learn about business services & products
  • Arts and Crafts would be a thing of the past, which would also mean the end to Taste of Hutchinson, and Taste of the Holidays
  • No one to advocate to shop local, think local, play local, eat local, sleep local, spend local
  • No visitors’ guide would be published, and no guides would be mailed out to prospective visitors, nor to visitor centers around the state. Over 1000 guides are mailed each year from requests, and 49 statewide centers display our visitor guides.
  • No business-oriented advocacy for the city, no alerts to new bills or regulations which affect businesses
  • Leadership Institute would be gone. Almost 800 people have gone through the program in 30 years.
  • Many businesses and organizations would have to pay for a meeting location, or jam into cramped quarters for meetings and interview
  • Another avenue of marketing services, products, jobs, and events would be gone
  • Dairy Day and Farm Fatigue would cease to exist
  • Young Professionals would be out of luck, and no group to call their own, like PULSE
  • Resource calls would go unanswered (we are the phone book and google combined)
  • The electronic marquee at Hwys 7 & 15 would go dark
  • The community calendar where people visit over a hundred times a day would be lost
  • Our famous table tents would no longer be printed
  • No advertisements or billboards recruiting people to come to Hutchinson
  • No more #muchinhutch on trucks or campers, products or anywhere

YOU matter to us. Our work is about YOU.

Thank YOU for being part of the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism organization.

February 2019 Business of the Month

Logo for Adara Home Health

246 Main St S, Hutchinson
(320) 587-5162

In January 2019, Prairie River Home Care, Inc. changed its name to Adara Home Health. Adara means “respect, regard, care” in the Sanskrit language (one of the oldest languages). Adara was chosen because it reflects the way they deliver home health care.

Adara Home Health evolved from Prairie River Inc., a company started in 1989 which provided personal care attendant services to disabled individuals. In 1996, Adara Home Health became a Medicare certified home care agency offering a broad range of services to individuals of all ages. On November 1, 1998 Ken and Judy Figge acquired Adara Home Health. Between them, Ken and Judy have over 50 years of experience in home care.

The corporate office of Adara Home Health is located in Buffalo, Minnesota. Direct client care and services are provided through a network of eight offices located in Fairmont, Hutchinson, Blaine, Mankato, Granite Falls, Rochester, Buffalo and St Cloud. Adara Home Health provides services within 60 Minnesota counties.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ADARA HOME HEALTH

Medicare covers nursing and therapy at home 100% with no out of pocket expense when you meet criteria.  Adara Home Health is the best-kept secret. Medicare has had the home health benefit since the 60’s it is just now coming into the forefront as people look for ways to stay out of the hospital and received personalized care in their homes.

Home Health saves Medicare monies and you do not have to leave home to get care or treatment.  It is where people want to be – in their home.  By providing a nurse or therapist to come to your home, you get the service in the comfort of your home and save Medicare tax dollars by not having a hospital stay.

Clinician Owned and Operated:  Nurses and Therapist own Adara and are the corporate team.  That means every decision we make is patient centered.

FREE Initial Clinical Assessment:  Whether or not you choose to start care services with Adara Home Health, you will at least have a comprehensive understanding of the various options that are available to you in order to maintain your health in your own home. Our RN case managers are oriented and trained in understanding the various government and/or insurance payment options that are available. Some of the common payment methods for our services include:

  • Medicare payment if you qualify and are at least 65 years of age or disabled
  • Veterans benefits if you are seeing a physician from a Veterans Hospital, Center or Clinic.
  • Medica, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Preferred One, etc.
  • Medicaid, Elderly Waiver, Alternative Care, etc.
  • Private Pay

Our Own Therapists: Often other home care companies contract for therapy services. We employ full-time and part-time therapists at most of our branches which allows us to provide comprehensive care with people who are very familiar with our internal systems, processes and operational policies and have been oriented to our philosophy of care management.

Broad Service Area: No other home care company in Minnesota services as broad of a geographic region as our company. We service 60 of Minnesota’s 87 counties through our eight branch offices.

3 products & services Adara offers for nursing and therapy in your home:

Wound Care: We take pride in our comprehensive training and understanding of the various techniques that are available to provide the best possible outcomes in caring for people with complex wound care needs.

Fall Prevention: We developed a customized program for evaluating risks and preventing falls by oriented, educating and training our caregivers. Our ProActive Steps program handbook was developed to help people with osteoporosis, Parkinson’s, diabetes, heart conditions, seizure conditions and many other conditions prevent falling through proactive interactions.

Hospital Care Conferences: Not only do we care for you at home but we will also participate in any appropriate conferences and meetings before your discharge from a hospital, nursing home or other type of facility to ensure a full understand of your present and past condition.

 

What does Adara Home Health enjoy most about their Chamber Membership?

The promotion and support that the Chamber gives their members is phenomenal! Whether it be use of Chamber conference room, advertising opportunities, or events, it’s wonderful to be included in events that benefit our businesses, but even more so, our community.

What’s Happening in January 2019!

Annual Chamber Event & Community Awards – January 18

Chamber Annual Event poster for 80s Prom and Community Awared Event January 18 5:30pm - 10pmMoonwalk,  Running Man, Thriller, breakdancing, Snake, Electric Slide,  Worm, Dirty Dancing Lift, Walk Like an Egyptian, Right Stuff, Roger Rabbit, Voguing, Cabbage Patch, Pop ‘n Lock, Safety Dance, Sprinkler, and last but not least Everybody Footloose!

Come out to the Crow River Winery on Friday, January 18 for the Chamber’s Annual Event – 80’s Prom “A Night Under the Stars” and you will be guaranteed to see some of the best dance moves from the 80s!

Registration is open until Friday, January 11. To register for the 2019 Annual Chamber Event, 80’s Prom – A Night Under the Stars, use the online Annual Event Registration Form or by mailing/emailing a printable Annual Event Registration Form (pdf) to the Chamber.

Additionally, the Chamber and the Jaycees will be announcing the Community Awards for Business Person of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Young Leader of the Year. You wouldn’t want to miss this event!

Please help us congratulate the Chamber’s Ag Person of the Year – Ted Matthews. Ted was presented with the award at the 2019 Crop Management Input Seminar on Thursday, December 6 at the Hutchinson Event Center. Your congratulations go out to him for all his hard work and dedication!


New & Renewing Chamber Members

We  want to thank the following members for renewing their partnership with us!

  • Animal Medical Center on Crow River
  • Bernick’s Pepsi
  • Compton-Anderson Construction
  • Edward Jones – Pat Chapman
  • Farm Bureau Financial – Ryan Elbert
  • Hassan Valley Lodge #109
  • Hometown Ralty
  • Hutch Café
  • Hutchinson Health
  • Hutchinson Toastmasters II
  • Juul Contracting
  • Kraft Walser Law Office
  • Matthews & Vasek Construction
  • MITGI
  • Oakdale Golf Club
  • Peace Lutheran Church
  • Prince of Peace Retirement Living
  • Regional Eye Specialists, PA
  • Richard Larson Builders, Inc.
  • Southwest Eye Care
  • Title Mark

January Business of the Month

Our January Business of the Month is B&B Sports and RV LogoB&B Sports & RV. Read more about this great local company in the Business of the Month article.

 


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.

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

You may have seen our Ambassadors around town – you can recognize them by their blue shirts and friendly smiles. They welcome new business openings, as well as, celebrate business renovations and milestones with an Ambassador Business Visit.

December’s Ambassador Business Visits:

Business After Hours is a great way to learn about businesses in Hutchinson and network with with fellow Chamber Members. This is a way to get behind the scenes on our local businesses… to see what they make, do or provide. This monthly event is Chamber invitation only and is open to all Chamber Member business employees. Businesses interested in hosting a Business After Hours event or would like more information should email the Ambassadors.

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.

January’s Business After Hours will be will be hosted by Melchert Hubert Sjodin at the Crow River Country Club on Thursday, January 10 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at  at 22 Main St N.

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


Something from Mary

Chamber President Mary Hodson

Most of use have benefits through our employers.

We try to utilize those employee benefits to make our life better, healthier, balanced and maybe just a little easier. It’s what we do; use those benefits for maximum advantage for ourselves.

Your Chamber Membership comes with benefits also.

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


Quarter 1 Table Tents are Here!

Are you looking for a way to boost an upcoming Hutchinson event? The Chamber printers and delivers over 900 table tents around the community. Make sure you get your event added to the Chamber’s table tents. The cost is $30 Chamber Table Tent form - blankper event listing for community members and Chamber Members receive a $10 discount per event listing. Submitting an event is easy… just complete the printable Table Tent Entry Form and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber.

Also, if you submit an event to our table tents, make sure to add it to our 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 2 (April, May & June) is March 1.

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 gina@explorehutchinson.com.


Save the Date!

January 10 = BAH Melchert Hubert Sjodin
January 18 = Annual Chamber Event & Community Awards
June 7 = Dairy Days
July 18 – 20 = Crazy Days
July 22 = Hometown Golf Challenge
September 13 – 14 = Arts & Crafts Festival
November 30 = Small Business Saturday


More Information for Your Business to Grow!

2019 1st Quarter Table Tent - Calendar of Events

Chamber PULSE group 2019 calendar of events

Image of a flyer for the Ridgewater Business Solutions events and offerings

 


Business logo for Chamber thinkLocal


 

Something from Mary!

Most of use have benefits through our employers.

We try to utilize those employee benefits to make our life better, healthier, balanced and maybe just a little easier. It’s what we do; use those benefits for maximum advantage for ourselves.

Your Chamber Membership comes with benefits also.

Benefits to make your business better, healthier, balanced and maybe just a little easier. See what I did there?

Whether you look at your chamber membership as a buffet, or business muscle builders: we are here to help your business.

Maybe you’re seeing emails from Ashley about your membership benefits, but discard them because you are too busy to look at them right now.

Maybe you see messages about events or programs, and think you’ll go back to those later.

Maybe it’s time you take the time to look at what you are utilizing and what’s being left on the table but could help you market/build/enhance your business.

Form your online portal to your web page on our website which gets many searches daily, to networking programs to get out and “press the flesh,” to educational opportunities to build skills, networks and confidence… the chamber has a lot to offer.

We’re your connection to the source, the answer, the obscure, the odd, and many times, just the right person to help you do what needs to be done.

So as you review your business benefits, let’s review your chamber membership benefits and find the best options to help you be bigger, stronger, faster!

You know what to do; call or email us! 320-587-5252 or email any of us:

Mary@explorehutchinson.com
Gina@explorehutchinson.com
Ashley@explorehutchinson.com

Happy New Year from our staff and Board of Directors!

January 2019 Business of the Month

 

 

B&B Sports and RV Logo

20271 Highway 15 N, Hutchinson
(320) 234-7669

Winter is here to stay. The snow has hit the ground and we might not see grass for a couple of months, but for many people in Hutchinson this is great news. You’ll see snow mobiles and ice houses all around town – many of which may have come from B&B Sports and RV!

B&B Sports opened its doors in 1992 at 20271 Hwy 15 North in Hutchinson. The business was started by Butch Hausladen and is in the same location today as it was over 27 years ago. Jeremy Crosby helped the shop when the business first started and took on a full-time position in July of 2011. He became part owner in 2012 and took over as majority owner in January 2018.

What does this tell us? That the people at B&B know their stuff! There are five full time employees working at B&B sports and each of them strive to provide the best customer experience possible. One of the best things about the people about B&B is their honesty and integrity – they create great experiences for people and if things don’t go perfectly, they help make it right. They try their best to get what the customer needs or give them options on where to get it.

B&B Sports is a dealer for Crestliner, Larson, KZ RV, Ice Castle Fish House, United Enclosed trailers, and Mercury Outboards. They have a full-service Camper & Fish House shop for most makes and models. They also service most makes and models of boats along with servicing Mercury motors, and Johnson/Evinrude outboards. Most people don’t realize that they also stock a lot of parts/accessories and have the experience to help get customers the correct parts. If they don’t have the number of parts you need, they can usually get what you need the next day.

So, whether the snow is falling in the middle of winter or you’re basking in the summer sun, visit B&B Sports to add a little fun to your outdoor experiences.

What does B&B Sports & RV enjoy most about their Chamber Membership?

We like the support and awareness being a chamber member offers.