Archives for February 2020

February 2020 – Business of the Month


This month’s featured business is Hager Jewelry. Hager Jewelry has served the Hutchinson area since 1913, and has been in their downtown location for over 75 years. You may recognize them by their signature piece – the clock seen along Main Street.

What You Should Know About Hager Jewelry

Mark and Deb Cormier are the welcoming owners of Hager Jewelry. They stand by their motto “We service what we sell,” and are passionate about the jewelry business. Members of the staff attend buying shows at least once a year to seek out the latest trends in the industry. They also attend educational seminars and consult with other jewelers to ensure they are using the best practices in the industry.

Hager’s sells fine jewelry, watches, and gifts in all price ranges and for all ages. They have a large selection of bridal rings for brides and grooms. And, if they don’t have the exact diamond size and shape you are looking for, they utilize trusted gem dealers to get exactly what you want. Hager’s offers an official Harley Davidson watch line for men and women, Bulova and Wittnauer brand watches, and a variety of watch band styles and materials. They recently added a new line of men’s jewelry – stop in if you haven’t seen it yet!


“We Service What We Sell”

Hager Jewelry is a full-service jeweler.  Their motto “We service what we sell” is core to their business. They offer a host of services. Visit them for:

State certified watch repair

In-store jewelry repair

Custom engraving

Diamond setting

Custom jewelry design

Complimentary jewelry cleaning

Remounting your pieces to make them new again

Gold, silver, and platinum buying


Expert Advice

Mark says, “Talking to a person who has been in the jewelry business for 40 plus years is an excellent way to learn and be comfortable buying a precious gem. We have resources to get you the diamond you want at the price you can afford.” Stop in any time to their store at 138 Main Street South to have your jewelry serviced or cleaned, ask questions, or pick out a new piece for yourself or for a gift!

138 Main St S 
Hutchinson, MN 55350

Hager Jewelry is open 6 days a week and can also be reached at (320) 587-2230.


Stop in for Valentine’s Day store specials featuring deep discounts on beautiful items for your sweetheart, or something new for you.

February 2020 – Something From Mary!

Networking Is For Everyone

Have you seen the invitations for Business Connection or Business After Hours, and thought… my couch is calling me, or hmmmmm, I’ll have a headache that day?

Perhaps you even registered, but then decided last minute not to attend. (Which by the way, leaves someone hanging with extra food and costs-ooops!)

I want to give you some insight into these events. Here are questions I hear from people.

 “What’s the difference between Business Connection and Business After Hours?
Business Connection is the first Friday of the month from 7-8am. It is a structured hour with time to learn about the business as well as an opportunity for each attendee to introduce themselves and share a tiny piece of their business. It might be one of our financial institutions sharing new rates for home loans, or “it’s not clean until it’s Patty Clean” from Divine Clean and a reminder of spring cleaning projects.
Business After Hours is from 4-6pm on the second Thursday of the month and is an open house, usually with a tour of some kind.
Both events provide food, and information about the business. Both give you a sense of the business and their work.

“I have plenty of business.”
Great, right now you do. You might be in over your head today, but what about this summer? Reminding people of your mere existence is important in the business world. Add some padding to relationships which you will need in the future. Being at a networking event shows you are involved in the business community. I think of Renee and Jon Hantge who have talked about being part of events simply to remind people they have Tri-County Water, and perhaps you’ll remember to order the softener salt you need. Or, next week your neighbor calls and says their water softener died….. they ask you who should they call? You’ll think of Jon and Renee since you just saw them. BOOM. I see this happen ALL THE TIME.

“Oh, I know what that business does.”
Do you really? Did you know they have a new product line they are making which uses the newest technology? Do you know who they just hired as manager? Did you realize they just renovated half their building? Have you been to their location to see them make product? Too many times we all make assumptions about what we do or don’t know about a business or business person. Did you know Jay Malone of Jay Malone Motors sleeps very little, and works in the wee wee hours of the night, because of his heart for his employees and customers? If you attended Business Connection you learned that tidbit. We meet people where they work and experience their passion.
This is building relationships.

“It’s so early in the morning.”
Yep, the best part of waking up is with a bunch of business people enjoying coffee, juice and breakfast…together. (I tried to make this work in my head as a coffee jingle.) Once 8am hits, we’re done and you are off to the races, ready to make the day bright and productive. Besides…. Seeing so many smiling faces is a huge day maker. And you’re actually probably already awake, and out of bed. Several of our Business Connection attendees cannot make the afternoon events due to work schedules, and they comment frequently about the morning being such a great option for them.

“I have to drop my kids off at practice.”
Supporting your kids and your family is VERY important. But if you are dropping them off, you may be just waiting in the car. Come to Business After Hours as it is an open house format. It isn’t structured like Business Connection in the mornings. Come when you can, leave when you need to. And if your child has a game or you need to be out of town… then attend the morning events. Heidi Arndt of Vivid Image usually needs to pick up her kids by a certain time each night. She comes early, and is able to accommodate her daycare time.

“I am not the owner of the business.”
And that matters….why? You are important to the work of your organization. ANY employee of ANY Chamber Member Business is welcome to attend. This is about growing your business, growing your network. Bo Young of American Family Insurance keeps saying, “Your network is your net worth.” Ooo, so good Bo! What happens to you if the owner/manager/president/supervisor leaves? What will you do? Having a network of options to lean on is extremely important.

“Why do businesses host either of these events?”
One. They are PROUD of their work and WHO does the work. I love to listen to people who are passionate about their work. Usually I tell people I could listen all day to someone who loves to make paperclips, passion is key.
Two. What a great way to share what you do and/or make. Educating the public and other business people is rewarding as is making B2B connections. Business to Business work happens frequently in Hutchinson. You may just make a connection attending and learning what a business offers, OR, what you can offer them.

“I don’t know anyone” or “I’m kinda shy.”
Time to consider what one “hello” can do for your business. We have MANY business people attend without a plus-one with them. MANY. You don’t have to worry about being a wall flower/shy type. We don’t bite. We really don’t. You are likely to know someone and if not, you will meet people. Mackenna Koehler from RAM Buildings frequently attends and has met people without having known people previously, and you know what? She meets someone new every month.

I am personally inviting YOU to attend something new and out of the box for yourself and your team. Join us on Friday, February 7th from 7-8am for Business Connection at St Anastasia’s, and/or Thursday, February 13th any time from 4-6pm for Business After Hours at the newly remodeled Edina Realty. Watch your inbox for invitations or send me a note to be added to the list.

What’s Happening February 2020!

Thank you for your support at the Chamber Annual Event and Congratulations to the 2020 Community Award Winners!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2020 Chamber Annual Event – Hutch-Opoly a huge success! A special thanks to our event sponsors. Our deepest gratitude to them for supporting our event.

Visionary Sponsor: Citizens Bank and Trust Co.

Welcome Sponsor: MITGI

Event Sponsors: 3M, ATHC, Hutchinson Health, and Uponor

In-kind Sponsors: CineMagic Century 9 Theatre, Crow River Winery, Innovative Foam, Kock’s Jewelry, Muddy Cow, and Oakdale Golf Course


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The Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce and Hutchinson Jaycees are excited to announce the Community Award winners. The winners are (from left to right) Young Leader of the Year – Luke Krueger, Volunteer of the Year –Mavis Schwanke, Teacher of the Year – Gloriann Heikes, and Business Person of the Year – Dean Bertram.

You can find more pictures from this event here:  Hutchinson Chamber’s Facebook page

Passing of the Gavel – Chamber Board Chair

The Chamber takes this opportunity to thank 2019 Chamber Board Chair Roman Bloemke for his service to the Board and to each of us in the past year; and we welcome the 2020 Chamber Board Chair Beth Gasser into that position.

The Chamber would also like to thank outgoing Chamber Board Member Keith Heikes for his committed service.

Passing of the Gavel – Hutchinson Ambassadors

The Chamber takes this opportunity to thank 2019 Ambassador President Leah Watzke  for her service to the Ambassadors and to each of us in the past year; and we welcome the 2020 Ambassador President Matt Bielke  into that position.

2020 Tourism Marketing Grant Deadline – March 1st

Grant applications are due by March 1, 2020! Click the link below for more information.

Since 2013, the Chamber has enjoyed granting money to events held in Hutchinson hosted by nonprofits and for-profits. These grants help cover the expense of marketing that covers a radius outside the Hutchinson area for the event. These events help the Chamber bring more people to our beautiful and welcoming community – there really is #MuchInHutch!

Tell your friends, co-workers, committees, and organizations about the Chamber’s Tourism Marketing Grant. We love to help events as they help us and increase the traffic and awesomeness of Hutchinson!

More information about the Tourism Marketing Grant program, grant criteria, and grant applications can be found on our Tourism Marketing Grant blog.  Grants will be awarded March 31, 2020 for applications returned by March 1, 2020.

2020 Tourism Marketing Grant Criteria, Deadlines and Grant Application (pdf)

Quarter 2 Table Tents – Deadline March 1st

The deadline for Quarter 2 Tables Tents is just around the corner, be sure to get your entry in today!

Due to a lack of entries, Quarter 1 Table Tents were not printed. We have had countless inquiries about where they are. Many people rely on them to know what is happening in Hutchinson. What a great marketing opportunity for your event! Table tents are a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to reach Hutchinson area residents and visitors.  The Chamber prints 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. 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 the Hutchinson Chamber by phone 320-587-5252 or by email

[email protected].

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Please join us for March’s Business Connection hosted by Health Source Chiropractic on Friday, March 6th from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM.

Business Connection is a morning networking event that takes place at a Chamber business on the first Friday of each month from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM. Chamber Members are invited to gather, enjoy coffee and a light breakfast, and share a quick update or information on their business/organization. We will always have a Chamber update 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 networking opportunity is a great way 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 via the link provided below. Multiple guests per organization are welcome, just remember to register!

Please join us for the Next Chamber Business Connection at:

HealthSource Chiropractic
Friday, March 6th from 7:00 am to 8:00 am.

Register Here for the March Business Connection 


Thank you to February’s Business Connection host – St. Anastasia’s.

Invitation to Business Connection & Business After Hours

Please extend an invitation to Business Connection and Business After Hours to your employees.  All Chamber Members and their employees are welcome to these programs. Please remember to register for the events through the links provided in this newsletter.

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 through your Chamber Membership. Use us as a trustworthy resource to get the word out about your available positions. We reference these job postings and share them on our Facebook page! Click on the image below for instructions, or call the Chamber with questions.

Are you hiring? Post your job on (pdf)

Business After Hours is a great way to learn about businesses in Hutchinson and network with fellow Chamber Members. Get behind the scenes access to our local businesses… see what they make, do, or provide for our community. This monthly event is open to all Chamber Member business employees or by a Chamber invitation. Registration is advised. Businesses interested in hosting a Business After Hours event, or seeking more information should email the Hutchinson 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.


February’s Business After Hours will be held on

Thursday, February 13th from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at

Edina Realty, located at 904 Highway 15 S, Hutchinson, MN

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


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March’s Business After Hours will be held on

Thursday, March 12th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at

B & B Sports & RV  20271 MN-15, Hutchinson, MN

Registration coming soon!

New & Renewing Chamber Members

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

  • Berger Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Larson Building Inc.

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

  • Ace Hardware
  • Adara Home Health
  • Applebee’s Bar & Grill
  • Area 22 Paintball
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Cal-Tex Companies
  • CenBank
  • Cobblestone Hotel & Suites
  • Collin Peterson
  • Crow River Golf Club
  • Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
  • Dostal Electronics Center
  • Echo Family Dental
  • Ecumen Oaks & Pines
  • Excelsior Homes, Inc.
  • FRF Productions
  • Hager Jewelry Inc
  • Harmony River Living Center
  • Hillyard, Inc.
  • Hjerpe Contracting, Inc.
  • Holiday
  • Hometown Realty, Inc.
  • Hutch Café
  • Hutchinson Area Dollars for Scholars
  • Hutchinson Bus Line, Inc.
  • Hutchinson Center for the Arts
  • Hutchinson Elks Lodge 2427
  • Hutchinson Health
  • Hutchinson Kiwanis Club
  • Hutchinson Lions
  • Hutchinson Rotary
  • James Young & Associates, Ltd.
  • Kock’s Jewelry, Inc.
  • Larry & Connie Fraser
  • Legend Companies
  • Little Crow Archery Club
  • Masterson Staffing Solutions
  • Maurices
  • McDonald’s
  • McLeod Cooperative Power
  • McLeod County Abstract & Title Services
  • McLeod County Fairgrounds
  • New Discoveries Montessori Academy
  • New Era Financial Group, Inc.
  • Nuvera
  • Oakdale Golf Club
  • Parkview Dental
  • Piehl, Hanson, Beckman, P.A.
  • Primary EyeCare
  • Quade Electric
  • RAM Buildings, Inc.
  • Regional Eye Specialists, P.A.
  • Ridgewater College
  • River of Hope Lutheran Church ELCA
  • Runnings
  • Sheila Murphy
  • SNAP Fitness
  • Sonora’s Mexican Restaurant
  • South Skyview Estates
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation
  • State Farm Insurance, Steve Kropp
  • Title Mark
  • Tri County Water Conditioning, Inc.
  • Uponor
  • Viking Signs
  • West Central Industries
  • Wetterling & Roepke Financial Services
  • Zellas

Business of the Month

February’s Business of the Month is Chamber Member Hager Jewelry. This locally owned full-service jeweler has been been in operation since 1913! You may recognize them by their signature clock outside their downtown location. They offer watch and ring repair, customization, and a full retail store. To learn more about Hager Jewelry click here.

138 Main St S 
Hutchinson, MN 55350


The Chamber’s Business of the Month program is a free marketing opportunity that is only available to Chamber Members. The featured business will be interviewed on KDUZ by Mary, the business logo and company information will be featured on the Chamber’s website for one month, in the Chamber’s monthly newsletter, and will be highlighted by the Chamber in the Hutchinson Leaders’ business section.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Mary or call Mary at the Chamber.

Hutchinson Ambassadors

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.

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.

January’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • CorTrust Bank

Business logo for PLUSE

Professionals Under 40 Leading Socializing and Educating

PULSE, a committee of the Hutchinson Chamber, is a group of  Professionals Under the age of 40 who asked themselves the same question and then created the answer. Our goal is to help young people in the Hutchinson area become better Leaders, create a concrete Social network with professional value, and continue to Educate themselves on important life and business topics.

PULSE meets for Lunch & Learn events on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, January – May & September – December  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.

Like the PULSE Facebook page to get the latest event information and registration links.

The group also gets together at quarterly social events.  Refer to the printable image below for the 2020 schedule.

Something from Mary!

Mary Hodson
Networking is for everyone

Insight into the Chamber’s networking events.

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


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    12     Business After Hours – B&B Sports & RV  Register Here

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    13      PULSE Lunch & Learn
    14      Business After Hours
    20      Leadership Institute 2018-2019 Graduation

    5      Business Connection
    5      Dairy Day

    27   Chamber Golf Event – Crow River Golf Club

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    4           Business Connection
    9           PULSE Lunch & Learn
    18/19      46th Arts & Crafts Festival
    18/19     Taste of Hutchinson
    24/25     Leadership Institute 2020-2021 Begins

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    14    PULSE Lunch & Learn
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    19   Taste of the Holidays
    28   Small Business Saturday

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