Archives for March 2019

What’s Happening in March 2019!

Business Connection!

2019 March Business Connection at Ashley Homestore 1

Thank you to everyone who helped make the very first Chamber Business Connection a huge success! A special shout out goes to Ashley Homestore for hosting the event, thank you Deb & crew!

Business Connection is a morning networking event that take place at a Chamber business on the first Friday of each month from 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM . 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!

Business Connection logo

If you are part of a Chamber business/organization and interested in hosting or have questions about Business Connection, call the Chamber or email Ashley.

REGISTER FOR APRIL BUSINESS CONNECTION


Maximize Your Membership!

Hot Deals for Chamber Members — Are you running any specials for your business? Maybe you are a retail store with a buy-one-get-one offer, or a service provider that’s offering discounted rates. Post these events on ExploreHutchinson.com to gain exposure to our wide audience. When you post a Hot Deal, an email is sent out to Chamber Members with details on the deal as well.

Click on the image below for instructions or call the Chamber with questions.


2019 Dairy Days Save the Date - June 7 2019


2019 Hometown Golf Challenge Snow Golfing

2019 Annual Hometown
Golf Challenge

There is “SNOW” better time to start thinking about the Annual  Hometown Golf Challenge!!!

On Monday, July 22, the Chamber will host a Tailgating Party at this year’s Annual Hometown Golf Challenge at the Oakdale Golf Course. The golf event is open to the public, for all levels of experience and fun for all!

Looking for a way to get the word out about your business/organization? Take advantage of one of our sponsorship packages. Event, Hole, Staffed Hole, Field Event Sponsorships are available now. Becoming a sponsor is easy… just complete the printable 2019 Golf Sponsorship Form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber.


Table Tents for Qtr 3 (July, August & September) Deadline – June 1

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 per event listing for community members and $20 for Chamber Members, a $10 discount per event listing.

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 3 (July, August & September) is June 1.

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 call, send her an email or drop by the Chamber.


New & Returning Members

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

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

  • Adara Home Health
  • Allina Health Home Care Services
  • Bergmann Interiors
  • Carly’s Shoes
  • CenBank
  • Country Kitchen
  • Crow River Drumline Association
  • Crow River Glass
  • Edward Jones – Nick Pederson
  • Gopher Campfire Conservation
  • Hansen Gravel
  • James Young & Associates
  • Wetterling & Roepke Financial

Business of the Month

Logo for McLeod Emergency Food Shelf. An orange box with a white and purple heart that is made out of two stick people embracing each otherOur March Business of the Month is the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf! This month our local food shelf participating in the MN FoodShare March Campaign. All donations raised between now and April 8th at 1:00 PM are eligible for additional grant funds! Learn more about this campaign and the food shelf’s future plans for physical changes in the Business of the Month Article!


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

February’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • PetSmart

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.

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.

March’s Business After Hours will be will be hosted by Ridgewater College on Thursday, March 14 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at 2 Century Avenue SE.

Ridgewater College Business After Hours March 14 2019

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


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 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 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 March 13th Lunch & Learn by Friday, March 8th to be entered into a $25 gift card drawing! March 13th Lunch & Learn Registration

PULSE Calendar of Events for 2019


Something from Mary!

Mary HodsonConnections

When we publish this article, we will have just hosted the first Business Connection at Ashley HomeStore. As I write this almost 60 people have rsvp’d!

Humans need human connection.

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


Save the Date!

  • 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 – Vivid Image
    8        PULSE Lunch & Learn
    9        Business After Hours
    15      Leadership Institute 2018-2019 Graduation
  • JUNE
    7        Business Connection
    7        Dairy Day
    12     PULSE Lunch & Learn
  • JULY
    10       PULSE Lunch & Learn
    18-20  Crazy Days
    22       Chamber Golf Event – Oakdale
  • AUGUST
    2          Business Connection
    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 Hour
  • 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

Nailed It Special - SouthPoint Business Flyer 2019

Citizens Bank - business working capital flyer 020819

Home State Bank Construction Financing March 19 2019

 


Something from Mary!

Connections

When we publish this article, we will have just hosted the first Business Connection at Ashley HomeStore. As I write this almost 60 people have rsvp’d!

Humans need human connection. I looked up human connection facts and found hundreds of studies done to prove it. However, with the onset of the digital age, more people are becoming disconnected from human contact, which used to be suffered by the elderly, or outcasts.

We’ve seen the digital world change how we interact, but have you also seen what I have observed? People circling back to communicating face to face, picking up the phone to hear a voice, social gathering where phones are put away…. We are realizing what we crave and need is each other.

How to Connect through the Chamber:

  • Business Connection, First Friday of the month, 7-8am. You can also host a business connection, or partner with another business to host.
  • Business After Hours, the second Thursday of each month, Jan- May, Oct-Dec, 4-6pm. This has been scheduled out almost an entire year in advance. We can hook you up.
  • For the Under 40 crowd- PULSE social events scheduled quarterly, and Lunch and Learns are held the second Wednesday 12-1pm Squeakys. Check out their Facebook page. PULSE is Professionals, Under 40, Leading, Socializing, Educating.
  • Hutchinson Leadership Institute and Leadership 2.0 are not only great personal and professional development classes, but great ways to connect on a deeper level, building a network of trusted friends.
  • Events: Golf Tournament, Annual Event, Taste of Hutchinson, and the Arts and Crafts Festival/Taste of Hutchinson bring people from different industries and backgrounds together in a fun, and relaxed atmosphere. Nothing says connect like a tailgating party (2019 golf) or an 80’s prom hair-fest 2019 annual event.)
  • Committees: Agri-Business, thinkLOCAL, Golf, Made in McLeod, PULSE, are opportunities to meet with a common goal or industry.

If you would like more information on any of the above…. Please call us at 587-5252!

Community Connections:

Make a connection today, this week, this month.

“You have the time, if you want to make the time.” Enjoy connecting this month- Mary

*all organizations listed are members of the Hutchinson Chamber

March 2019 Business of the Month

The logo for McLeod Emergency Food Shelf - orange box with a white and purple heart made out of what looks like people's arms embracing

498 MN-7, Hutchinson, MN 55350  |  (320) 587-4796

This March, food shelves across Minnesota will be working with their communities to raise cash and food donations. All donations received between February 25th and April 8th at 1pm are eligible for additional grant funds through Greater Minneapolis Community Connections (GMCC) as part of the Minnesota FoodShare Campaign.

For this reason (and many others) we are excited to highlight the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf (MEFS) as our March business of the month! The food shelf provides service to 1 in every 7 McLeod County residents – in 2017 they served over 5,159 distinct individuals, had a total of 7,376 total distributions, and an average of 616 pick-ups per month. This was all made possible because of the donations provided by our community.

Infographics explaining different facts about the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf (MEFS). MEFS served 1 in every 7 McLeod County residents last year. More than half million pounds of food are distributed each year. Your financial donation can go further than your food donation because of MEFS access to discount programs.

MEFS was organized in 1983 to aid residents of McLeod County in emergency hunger situations and provide information for additional support services beyond the initial “hunger relief”. 35+ years later, MEFS continues to serve McLeod County both in terms of short-term emergency support as well as in the long-term vision of providing dignified, unbiased access to nutrition.

MEFS strives to eliminate food insecurity in our community – to make the “need” less of an issue and focus on equipping individuals with the tools they need to not only survive but thrive. Food security is having consistent, equitable, and affordable access to food of nutritional value. To really focus on providing food security for families and individuals in our community, MEFS is participating in a transformation process called SuperShelf.

The SuperShelf transformation will result in physical differences in their space as well as several internal process changes. The way foods are currently sourced, grouped, displayed, promoted, and distributed is being evaluated and new systems will be implemented. The SuperShelf project will bring new systems to life and carry these processes into the future.
A list of the "Food Drive Five" - Protein, Fruit, Soups, Whole-grain, Vegetables. It also talks about Cash donations and their higher impact with donations along with a logo for the MN Food Share March Campaign.

SuperShelf will also help MEFS make more impactful connections with the greater community. Many people aren’t aware of where MEFS’ food comes from, how people are invited to participate in the program, who’s actually accessing it, and the program’s overall impact; the story is much different now than it has been in the past. With the help of SuperShelf, MEFS hopes to further reduce (and eventually eliminate!) the stigma and barriers which have developed over the years.

The McLeod Emergency Food Shelf is always grateful for donations; MEFS shared, “Our THANK-YOU’S are often underwhelming for the generous thought, time, and energy given every day. Our ability to meet the needs of the community are only possible because of the support given by the community.” Consider what your family, business, or organization could do to support the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf this March!