Archives for November 2020

2020 Community Awards–Nominate today!

The Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce and Hutchinson Jaycees, in a joint effort,
are proud to award deserving individuals these service awards.

 

  • Please fill out this short form and return to the Chamber office at the address below, or email to [email protected]
  • To be considered for these awards, please turn the form in by Friday, December 18, 2020
  • Awards will be presented in coordination with nominator and other appropriate people
  • A video including all award winners will be produced and put online to celebrate their accomplishments
  • More details on role out of awards will follow once awards are selected

Printable form.

December 2020 Newsletter

Click the image to read the Latest News from the Hutchinson Chamber!

What’s Happening- November 2020

Small Business Saturday! – November 28th

Are you ready for Small Business Saturday? Like everything else this year, Small Business Saturday  will look different than previous years. One thing that won’t change this year is the fact that the Chamber “Elves” will be out  paying for purchases of unsuspecting shoppers!

How can you prepare for Small Business Saturday?
-Tell customers about your SBS deals by postcard, flyers in all purchases bags starting NOW,  print on receipts, emails, create a social media event, post a live Facebook video, decorate your businesses or call the Chamber to learn how to share on our website too! We are in this together, so let’s work together!

Are you planning sales for the entire week, allowing/encouraging curbside pick up, offering additional sales or promotions!? Let us know, we are happy to help promote!

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Downtown Christmas- December 12th

The Hutchinson Downtown Association  will be hosting Downtown Christmas 2020! Please help us celebrate by decorating your store front (even if you will not be open on December 12th) by using lights, holiday décor and possibly providing a small take away from your business! Together we are all working on treat bags for the kids, ice skating, farmers market, self-guided holiday tour,  Santa and so much more!

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Maximize Your Membership!

As the height of retail shopping season begins, the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce wants you to think local/shop local.  The Chamber strongly encourages everyone to ThinkLOCAL when making a purchase. Please consider where you will be spending your shopping dollars this holiday season! Now more than ever do we need your business to stay local. That doesn’t only mean shop small but shop LOCAL as well.

Small Business Saturday, which is Nov. 28th, is a nationwide event intended to encourage residents to shop local and to shop small businesses in each participating hometown.

Just think, if you were to switch just 50 % of your online purchases to store front pick up you could greatly impact the Hutchinson Community. When we shop local the entire community we live in is positively impacted!

Did you know?

  • If every household were to take 10 percent of what they typically spend online or out of town and spend it LOCALLY and every business spent 5 percent more locally, that would equal $42 million in annual revenue for our community.
  • Revenue from local purchases keeps tax dollars in our community. These are dollars that support our police and fire departments, our schools and parks, our streets and utilities and much more.
  • Local businesses offer great customer service. Shopping at a local store and tapping into local expertise, you’re as much as 3 times more likely to discover something new.

Sometimes maximizing your Chamber membership is about supporting local efforts to aim to make Hutchinson the best community it can be. There are ways to promote thinkLOCAL at your Chamber business. How do you do that? We have free resources and materials available for your business right here at the Chamber office.  You can request:

  • thinkLOCAL business cards to hand out to customers. The cards feature facts that explain the value in shopping locally and thank customers for a local purchase.
  • thinkLOCAL magnets are also available and serve as a great visual reminder.
  • thinkLOCAL window clings can be put on your storefront or door.
  • a digital version of the thinkLOCAL logo to show your support on your Web site or other social media.
  • and several other promotional materials to

Want to know more? Download your copy of the thinkLOCAL Business Guide.

Contact Cegi at the Chamber office or email her with questions or to work with her to maximize your membership.

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2021 Tourism Marketing Grant

Since 2013, the Chamber has enjoyed granting money to events hosted by nonprofits and for-profits held in Hutchinson. 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 application can be found on our Tourism Marketing Grant blog.

2021 Tourism Marketing Application (pdf). 
2021 Tourism Marketing Grant Criteria & Deadlines (pdf). 

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Business of the Month

This month’s Business of the Month is Chamber Member, Benny’s Meat Market.  This meat market is locally and family owned and operated in downtown Hutchinson and newly opened store in Hector, MN.  Benny’s has over 20 years of experience in the industry and always ready to serve you.

Click here to learn more about Benny’s Meat Market and listen to their radio interview with Mary.

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New & Renewing Members for October

Warmest Welcome to our NEWEST MEMBER of the Hutchinson Chamber!

We also would like to Thank the following members for renewing their partnership with us!

  • Compass Occasions LLC
  • Edward Jones – Matt Beilke
  • FireLake Manufacturing 
  • Home State Bank
  • Hutchinson Area Community Foundation
  • Jimmy’s Pizza
  • Jonny Block
  • New Journey United Church of Christ
  • Quilt Haven on Main
  • Terning & Company Inc.

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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.

October’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • Clay Coyote
  • Pizza Ranch

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Working from home but need to have an in-person meeting?

Have you been working from home and are sick and tired of cleaning the kitchen/dining room for an in-person business meeting.  Maybe you’re in the search for a quiet meeting location to host a confidential meeting. Look no further, the chamber has a solution for you!  Included with your Chamber membership you are able to reserve the Chamber board room Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm at no charge!

Give us a call today to book your next meeting.

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Something from Mary!

November 28th & December 12th… Two days, you do not want to miss!!!

Read Mary’s Blog to learn more..

 

 

 

 

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November 2020- Business of the Month

221 Main St. South – Hutchinson, MN
320-587-2622
facebook.com/BennysMeatMarket    bennysmeatmarket.com

Benny’s Meat Market is a local family owned & operated business in Hutchinson, MN. Conveniently located on Main Street, has that hometown meat market feel and specializes in, in-house recipes. Benny’s Meat Market offers a variety meat & products including but not limited to fresh cuts, ground meat, poultry, summer sausage, pepper-sticks, brats, breakfast items, jerky, deli, shredded meats and seasonings!  Not only do they have a large selection of fresh cuts but they also have multiple meat bundles to choose from. Benny’s is a great place to pick up fresh meat for the weekend grilling where you will always be greeted with friendly service!

Custom processing and smoking is available for just about every type of meat. Give them a call today to discuss you options.

Benny’s just opened their second location is Hector, MN! 

 

Did you know?

-Benny’s has some of the best Buns around!
-They have customizable gift boxes for any time of the year
-Dog Treats available for purchase
-They have limited grocery items available to make it a one stop shop

 

Click here to listen to Benny’s radio interview with Mary at KDUZ.

 

Something from Mary!

What will be given away this year?

Let’s rally around each other and our community. Imagine a great big hug for everyone this holiday season. Let’s wrap Hutchinson in a big bright bow.

I, along with the Chamber Board, thinkLOCAL and the Hutchinson Downtown Association, am asking YOU and YOUR business to be part of the Christmas Spirit in 2020. We need and want you to put your best foot forward, THROW up some lights, ADD some holiday flair to your windows, your entry, your offices.

It sounds so simple, but really, we need to embrace each other and remember as we hit this big holiday season, and a new year, we are in this together.

TWO DATES to consider: November 28, and December 12.

Small Business Saturday (SBS) and Downtown Christmas

SBS is participation year number eight for the Chamber. We have given away over $25,000 these past few years, and this year we will be giving away money to shoppers again! We hope you’ll consider helping as well!

Downtown Christmas, December 12, will look and feel different, but we think for the good! Santa will arrive in town and wave to the kids, businesses will be giving out art kits and treats safely packaged, and you’ll be able to pick up your own copy of “Goodnight Hutchinson” at the chamber.  The Downtown Association is looking to build good will toward all during the day, and they are working on other fun ideas for the day. As a business owner, please consider what you can do to add to the festivities.

BE SURE TO: add your specials, deals, goodies and sales to the Chamber Calendar and Hot Deals. Call us if you’re not sure how to do that: 587-5252.

USE an hour of time to have the staff help trim the Christmas tree, create a fun window decorating theme. Even those Bah-Hum-Bugs will appreciate some cider and fellowship with co-workers.

Take a look at the newsletter inserts included in this newsletter for more information and ideas on both of these events.

The weather may be frightful… I readily admit I am not a fan of snow and cold, but I LOVE Hutchinson, Minnesota. I think you do too!

Show your love, show your community spirit, and join us to create a beautifully decorated community for the Christmas season.