April 2019 Business of the Month

Logo for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

177 3rd Ave NW, Hutchinson, MN 55350
(320) 587-1000

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a non-profit veterans organization that was chartered in the Hutchinson area in 1982. There are 31 chapters throughout the state of Minnesota. As of now there are 410 members from the Hutchinson area that covers about a 30-mile radius. The group is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling the promises made to the men and women who served. They are building better lives for the men and women that served their country by providing FREE assistance in obtaining different benefits they earned while serving. In addition, they have an Auxiliary that works right alongside the DAV in everything they do – together as one!

If you’ve seen little green bins placed throughout the community, then you’ve seen the DAV and Auxiliary collection boxes. They collect clothing, shoes, leather goods, and small household goods including pots & pans, silverware, dishes and other nik-naks in these bins. The DAV supports green efforts by keeping these items out of landfills and recycling them through thrift stores in the metro area. The DAV is then paid by these thrift stores and all of the income goes back to into our community to help take care of our local veterans and their families.

In addition to assisting with veteran benefits and collecting various donations, the DAV and auxiliary provide transportation to and from medical appointments, free of charge. They own and operate four handicap vehicles and two ambulatory vehicles. They do accept donations if the patient is able and willing to do so. They also have what they call a “donor connect program” which involves loaning handicap equipment such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, crutches, walkers, and almost any kind of handicap equipment you can imagine to veterans, family members and other members of the public. They have such an abundance of this equipment and are happy to loan it to people, with the intention that it is returned when they no longer need it. These items are also accepted as a donation to the DAV and Auxiliary if people are able to do so!

This is strictly a volunteer operation. The DAV and Auxiliary has volunteers that complete office work, clothing collections, cleaning, transporting patients, delivering handicap equipment, and repairing equipment when possible; they have absolutely no on a payroll. Consider volunteering or donating to the DAV and supporting your local veterans!

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!

 

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.

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.

November 2018 Business of the Month

Each November, communities around the nation highlight the importance of shopping local through Small Business Saturday. This month we featuring Small Business Saturday to share what exciting things we have planned for Saturday, November 24th and why it’s important to #ShopSmall.

What is Small Business Saturday?

Small Business Saturday was started by American Express back in 2010. It was originally designed to help local organizations thrive during the busiest time of the shopping year, but has since transformed into an eventful time of year for shoppers to come together and experience all that their small businesses have to offer.

Hutchinson adds unique twists to it’s Small Business Saturday by offering shoppers opportunities to win big when they shop small. Visit our welcome station on Washington Street from 10am-12pm. At 10:10 am we are going to drop hundreds of ping pong balls on Washington Street – each ping pong ball is your ticket to a discount, coupon, or gift card at a local business.

Stop into various local retail locations for the chance to be treated with a “Shop Small” tote, or get a surprise visit from one of the Chamber’s Red Clad Elves. You can also be a winner just by finding the perfect gift for your loved one at one of our small businesses 🙂

3 Reasons Why it’s Important to Shop Small

  1. You’re Supporting the Local Economy and Keeping Taxes Lower
    Studies show that money put into local businesses is more likely to stay local than money spent online. You are helping the community flourish just by making a purchase.
  2. You’re Preserving Local Character
    Our small businesses are what give our community that unique touch. We are proud to have one-of-a-kind stores that make Hutchinson what it is. By shopping local, you help preserve what makes our community special.
  3. You’re Investing in your “Neighbor”
    Local business owners have opened their doors to offer our community something unique that they believe in. Stand behind them and support what they are doing to make your community a better, more homey place.

When you shop small you’re doing more than making a purchase, you’re making a difference. Join us for Small Business Saturday on November 24th!

October 2018 Business of the Month

 

Hutchinson Tigers School Logo

(320) 587-2860

Hutchinson Public Schools was first established back in 1857, just two years after John, Asa, and Judson Hutchinson are credited with founding the town. In 1881 it was under an act of Minnesota Legislature that aid was provided to districts offering a course of high school study – Hutchinson was among the first to qualify for this aid. Today, the independent school district 423 has four main school buildings: West Elementary for preschool-grade 1, Park Elementary for grades 2-5, Hutchinson Middle School for grades 6-8 and the newly built Hutchinson High School that hosts grades 9-12. Hutchinson Public Schools also has buildings and programs for early childhood family education, Transition Assistance Program, and the District Office.

Empty classroom new in the Hutchinson High School

Students and employees within the Hutchinson Public Schools strive for excellence in academics, activities, and character. They believe relationships are essential for student success, a culture of high expectation is critical, meaningful and challenging curriculum is vital and all students learn. The district has goals to focus on individual student growth to maximize college and career opportunities, build positive relationships within their schools and community, manage their resources efficiently and effectively, and provide a safe and functional environment.

Each school within ISD 423 offers a variety of different services and opportunities including co/extracurricular activities, academic enrichment programs, elective courses in music, fine arts, business, foreign languages, tech education, and more. When students get to grade nine, they’ll be attending school in a 21st century facility and journeying through different potential career options with the new TigerPath Academies program.

Hutchinson Public Schools is constantly evolving and growing in order to provide the best experiences for their students, staff, and volunteers.

What does Hutchinson Public Schools enjoy most about their Chamber Membership?

The opportunity to network and build relationships with our community partners.

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!

August 2018 Business of the Month

Nuvera logo

235 Franklin St SW, Hutchinson, MN 55350

(320) 429-2253

Internet, TV, phones, and computers… what do all of these have in common? They have all become essentials in our everyday lives AND are all items that are provided or serviced by our August Business of the Month – Nuvera.

Nuvera first came to the Hutchinson community 10 years ago and has been offering our residents and businesses top quality products, connectivity, and customer service ever since. Nuvera believes customizable solutions and superior customer service are key in building trustworthy relationships with the community. They know that in order to deliver the very best service to their customers, they need to start with providing the best work environment to their employees, which is why Nuvera focuses on an engaging and empowering company culture.

For over 110 years, Nuvera has had a commitment to growth and innovation. While products and services may change with the times, one thing that remains the same is their dedication to excellent service, customized solutions, and friendly local support that families, individuals, and businesses of all sizes can rely on.  There is a local customer solutions center in Hutchinson where experts are on hand to help you with your needs. Nuvera also has customer solutions centers located in New Ulm, Glencoe, Goodhue, Litchfield, Redwood Falls, Sleepy Eye, Springfield, and Aurelia, Iowa, staffing over 150 support experts that you can count on.

In addition to helping you with your residential or business telecommunication needs, Nuvera offers a free WiFi service at several public parks, community centers and fairgrounds.  Give them a call or stop by their local service center to find out

 

What does Nuvera enjoy most about their Chamber membership?

“Nuvera is proud to be a member of the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce.  We understand the value of supporting the community and appreciate the networking, education and promotional opportunities, as well as a variety of valuable resources, provided by them. “

July 2018 Business of the Month

Elena's Bakery business logo

8 Main St N, Hutchinson, MN 55350

(320) 429-2253

 

In the Fall of 2013, the Hutchinson Economic Development Authority announced the winner of the Jump Start Downtown contest – a competition that gave entrepreneurs a chance at an amazing prize package to help kickstart their dreams. The winner was Elena Volkov from Elena’s Bakery – The Sweet Spot, and it was not only a dream come true for her but for all of you “sweets” lovers out there as well.

It was because of this contest that we are able to let our taste buds rejoice in the delicious and unique creations available at Elena’s Bakery. Each baked good is as natural and flavorful as possible; Elena is a master at using wholesome, fresh ingredients and paring amazing flavors into handmade breads and treats. Double chocolate cookies with a chocolate whiskey filling, sweet and salty bacon chocolate chip cookies, s’mores cupcakes with marshmallow frosting, parmesan pull-aparts to pair with your dinner… the list of irresistible options is endless.

A collage of photos from Elenas Bakery.

Elena’s Bakery is always serving something new and fresh, but there are also classic favorites that loyal customers go back for time and time again. One of the “hot” items (at least in our office 😉) are the caramel rolls. The layers of these delicious rolls are perfectly smothered in a irresistible caramel glaze. State Senator Amy Klobuchar has also had a chance to find favorites at Elena’s Bakery – so much so that she had some goodies shipped to Washington DC!

The one not-so-secret ingredient in everything that is made at Elena’s Bakery is passion. Elena has a true love for what she does and for Hutchinson, works with many different community events and businesses. You can stop into Elena’s Bakery for a quick treat to grab-and-go, sit down to enjoy your baked good in the open-space bakery, or call for a custom ordered wedding / special event cake. What ever your baking needs and sweet tooth needs might be, there is something for you at Elena’s Bakery – The Sweet Spot!

A collage of photos from Elena's Bakery.

What does Elena’s Bakery enjoy most about their Chamber membership?

“Being a Chamber Member is a great way to connect with local businesses and receive access to resources, training and marketing. It offers opportunities to be involved with the community and its events, making this vibrant town a beautiful place to live, work and raise a family.”

2018 June Business of the Month

RiverSong Music Festival July 13 - 14 2018Masonic / West River Park – North Bank of the Crow River

Hutchinson, MN 55350

 

Are you a fan of great music, fun activities, river-side views, camping, and delicious food and beverages? Grab your family and your tent – RiverSong Music Festival is something you don’t want to miss!

In 2007 the official RiverSong group was formed – their focus would be to provide, “a high-quality music and art festival experience in a natural and sustainable community setting,” but the first event wouldn’t take place until two years later in 2009. RiverSong will host its tenth music festival this July; it has grown to be a successful, highly-anticipated, community centric event that takes place each summer in Hutchinson, Minnesota.

RiverSong musicians and crowd waving arms and singing

If you’re a local resident looking for a chance to getaway this summer, you may not even have to leave the city limits. Stay on the campgrounds, experience the outdoors, listen to live music from different times and genres, enjoy a walk along the river, grab a bite to eat, take in a delicious beverage – there is something for everyone at RiverSong.

The festival prides itself on being a family-friendly and affordable event. There is free parking, free bike check, and free water available. Your kids can enjoy activities or listen to the kid-friendly musicians. RiverSong also features genres ranging from blues, rock, indie, country, Americana – you name it. You are bound to enjoy classic songs and find new favorites.

Child playing at RiverSong Kids Music Wall

RiverSong is a favorite event for many locals, but brings in many of out-of-town guests as well, which is great for the Hutchinson community. The event gives people a reason to visit, shop, and explore our great town. RiverSong also leverages the wide array of strong community assets that are available. Many local businesses sponsor and support the event each year.

You can view the 2018 RiverSong schedule, purchase tickets, reserve campsites, sign up to volunteer, check out the sponsors, donate, and learn more about the event at www.RiverSongFestival.org.

What does RiverSong enjoy most about their Chamber membership?

“RiverSong appreciates the continual support, volunteers and engagement from the Chamber. Our Hutchinson Area Chamber helps sell tickets and spread the word about our festival. It is also helpful getting the word out to surrounding communities with programs like the Tourism Marketing Grant which we utilize for our billboards and print ads.”