What’s Happening in June 2019!

Dairy Day – Friday, June 7 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM – Library Square Park

Join us for the annual official start of summer in Hutchinson. The Agri-Business Committee hosts Dairy Day honoring our vibrant farming community. Plan to stop down for a $5 lunch and learn more about our local agriculture in Hutchinson and the surrounding communities.

This year’s activities include:

  • 12:00 PM – Cow Milking Contest featuring celebrity
    milkers including Hutchinson Water Carnival Royalty, 2018 Dairy Day - kids in park with calfMcLeod County Dairy Ambassadors and manufacturing leaders – Jack Daggett, Matt Field and Brett Haugen
  • 12:30 PM – Fro-Yo Eating Contest sponsored by Below Zero Frozen Yogurt – onsite registration is at 12:15 PM
  • Meet Princess Kay from the Milky Way, McLeod County Dairy Ambassadors & Water Carnival Royal Family
  • $5.00 Lunch
  • Live Music by Josie Sanken
  • Kids Activities

For more information, please see our printable Dairy Day poster (pdf) or call the Chamber.


Hutchinson Leadership Institute & Leadership 2.0 Enrollment for 2019-2020 is now open!

Business logo for Hutchinson Leadership InstituteWe are happy to announce the Hutchinson Leadership Institute is back for its 31st year! The Hutchinson Leadership Institute is hosted by the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. This comprehensive program is designed to build community leaders. Over the period of nine months, participants will experience 10 days of training and classes. Each participant will be assigned to a group service project, which will assess community needs, determine a project, and facilitate the project working with other community members and/or groups.

Once you have completed the Leadership program, you can participate in Leadership 2.0! The 2.0 program takes a deeper dive into personal leadership and how it can impact the future of the entire community.

Click link for application: Hutchinson Leadership Institute or Hutchinson Leadership 2.0

If you have questions about this program please email Mary call 320-234-0785.


Business Connection – June 7

Equul Access Inc Business Logo

Please join us for June’s Business Connection hosted by Equul Access Inc. on Friday, June 7 from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM at 13769 Pheasant Road in Hutchinson. Join us to see how Equul Access Inc provides therapeutic equine assisted activities for individuals with special needs.

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, 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. The new networking opportunity is a great way to know people in the community and keep in touch with Hutch!

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

Online registration for June Business Connection


Business After Hours

With the many festival and events that happen in Hutchinson over the summer, Business After Hours goes on hiatus in June, July, August and September –but will be back on October 10th!

Business After Hours is a great way to learn about businesses in Hutchinson and network with fellow Chamber members. This is a way to get behind the scenes at 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.

Graphic for Hutchinson Ambassadors Business After Hours eventIf 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.


Maximize Your Membership!

Does your business want the community to know about an upcoming event? Are you looking for ways to promote an event? Utilize your membership benefits by posting the event on the Chamber’s Community Calendar on ExploreHUTCHINSON.com.

Graphic for Chamber Community CalendarCommunity members can post events to the Community Calendar; however, Chamber members can post an event as well as photos, videos, logos, map service and more. Once your event is approved it will receive community exposure on ExploreHutchinson.com.

Additionally, events from the Community Calendar that are hosted by a non-profit organization, non-recurring, open to the public and located in Hutchinson are posted on the Marquee! No additional action is needed on your part after submitting it to the Community Calendar, we will take care of the rest!

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


2019 Chamber Crazy Days logo

CrAzY DaYs ~ July 18 – 20 ~ Save the Date!

Are you ready to run for some remarkable  saving? Then mark your calendars for July 18 – 20. The race will be on for great savings and fun!

The Chamber advertises in publications locally and in surrounding communities to share the great deals offered during Hutchinson’s Crazy Days!

More information to come!

 

 

 


Tailgating Party Annual Hometown Golf Challenge July 22 2019 Oakdale Golf Club

Each year the Chamber hosts an unique, exciting, themed golf event for Chamber Members and the community. This year we are TAILGATING at Oakdale Golf Club on Monday, July 22nd – come in your favorite sports apparel, enjoy you typical tailgate lunch, deck out your golf carts in team pride, and get ready to golf! Here’s what you can expect:

– $100 per golfer when you register by June 28th
– $125 per golfer if you register after June 28th
– Lunch, dinner, and 18 holes with cart included in ticket price.
– No experience necessary – this event is FUN whether you’re a golfer or not!
– Prizes given to best “costume”, best decorated golf cart, and the team with the lowest golf score.
– “Closest to the Pin” shootout with a $500 prize

Interested in promoting your business at the Chamber Golf Event? Ask us about opportunities to set up a booth at one of the holes or have your business represented with signage on a hole. Just complete the printable Hometown Golf Sponsorship Form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber.

To register for the event, complete the printable Hometown Golf Registration form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber.


45th Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival September 13 – 14, 20192018 Arts & Crafts Festival - Home sign

The 45th Annual Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival will be held on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14 in beautiful Library Square Park in downtown Hutchinson. This event will feature handmade crafts in the following categories: accessories, artwork, bath, clay, clothing, dolls, fabric/fiber, floral, furniture/home accents, games/toys/books, glass, gourmet, jewelry, leather, metal, painting, photography, seasonal, wood and much much more.

Conversely, if you are an artisan and interested in vending at the Arts & Crafts Festival, applying is easy! Just complete the printable Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival Exhibitor Application & Guidelines (pdf)and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber! An online Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival Exhibitor Application & Guidelines is also available.

For any questions, please contact the Chamber at 320-587-5252 or email us.


Taste of Hutchinson

2018 Taste of Hutchinson - food vendors

The Hutchinson Ambassadors host the Taste of Hutchinson on September 13 & 14 along side the Arts & Crafts Festival. Delectable food options and live music awaits all patrons!

Interested in being a food vendor? Just complete the printable Hutchinson Ambassador 45th Annual Taste of Hutchinson Food Vendor Application (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber.


Table Tents for Quarter 4 (Oct, Nov & Dec) Deadline – September 1Table Tent Entry Form (pdf)

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.

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.

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 4 (October, November & December) is September 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 & Renewing Members

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

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

  • 3M
  • AKI
  • Arvig Media
  • Basswoods Welding & Repairs
  • Caspers Chiropractic Center
  • Customer Elation
  • Duane Jindra Crop Insurance Agency
  • Edina Realty, Inc.
  • Genesis Salon and Enso Spa
  • GSM Hutchinson
  • Hutchinson Elks Lodge 2427
  • Hutchinson Financial
  • Hutchinson Huskies Baseball Association
  • Hutchinson Seventh-day Adventist Church
  • Iron Jungle CrossFit
  • NRG – The Networking Referral Group
  • Nuvera
  • SEH Hutchinson
  • The Lamb Shoppe & Wellness Center LLC
  • Twice is Nice
  • Walmart Supercenter
  • Wells Fargo

Business of the Month

SouthPoint Financial Credit Union LogoOur June Business of the Month is SouthPoint Financial Credit Union. The Hutchinson Branch opened in 2017; it is a community-minded financial center providing the best support and services possible for their members. Learn more about SouthPoint Financial Credit Union in our Business of the Month article.


Hutchinson Ambassadors business logoThe Hutchinson Ambassadors serve as the welcoming and social area 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 host Business After Hours, welcome new business openings, as well as, celebrate business renovations and milestones with an Ambassador Business Visit.

May’s Ambassador Business Visits:


Business logo for PLUSEProfessionals 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 June 12th Lunch & Learn by Friday, June 7th to be entered into a $25 gift card drawing! June 12th Lunch & Learn Registration

PULSE Calendar of Events for 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Something from Mary!Chamber President Mary Hodson

We asked the 30th class of the Hutchinson Leadership Institute what they would tell a future applicant about their experience or what to expect regarding the Hutchinson Leadership Institute.

Their answers can be found on June’s Something from Mary Blog.


Save the Date!

  • JUNE
    7        Business Connection – Equul Access
    7        Dairy Day
    12     PULSE Lunch & Learn
  • JULY
    10       PULSE Lunch & Learn
    18-20  Crazy Days
    22       Chamber Golf Event – Oakdale Golf Course
  • AUGUST
    2          Business Connection – Buffalo Wild Wings
    14        PULSE Lunch & Learn
    14-18  Made in McLeod @ County Fair
  • SEPTEMBER
    6        Business Connection – New Discoveries Montesorri Academy
    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
    4        Business Connection – Adult Training & Habilitation Center Inc
    9        PULSE Lunch & Learn
    10      Business After Hour – Stamp N Storage
  • NOVEMBER
    1        Business Connection – Ecumen Oaks & Pines
    13     PULSE Lunch & Learn
    14     Taste of the Holidays
    30     Small Business Saturday
  • DECEMBER
    Crop Management Input Seminar
    6      Business Connection – Jay Malone Motors
    12     Holiday Business After Hours

More Information For Your Business To Grow…

Hutchinson Chamber Table Tent 2nd Quarter 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Chamber Golf Scramble Tailgating Pary July 22 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hutchinson Health Employment Based Drug/Alcohol Screening

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nuvera Protect Your Information and Computer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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2019 June – Something from Mary!

2019 Hutchinson Leadership Institute ClassWe asked the 30th class of the Hutchinson Leadership Institute what they would tell a future applicant about their experience or what to expect regarding the Hutchinson Leadership Institute.

Here are their answers:

• Do it! Well Worth it: I am amazed how much I am taking away.
• Throw any expectations out the window. The experience is so much more than training.
• Do It! It was an amazing experience where you learn about yourself and about others.
• Perfect way to learn about one’s self and the community, Just do the Class!
• A superb group of people, content and topics. Come in with an open mind and a happy heart and learn more about YOUR town, yourself, and how you can help and use both to help those around you.
• Lots of good lessons.
• Trust the process. Throw yourself into it. No holds barred, just do it. Trust. The. Process.
• Just do it, you will get more out of it than you give.
• Definitely worth it. You have a chance once a month to step back and be purposeful vs always getting caught up in daily chaos.
• Expect to reflect on yourself and who you are. If you dive in and are open to the experience, you will take away significant learning.
• It’s a really good way to learn about Hutchinson, gain friends and understand the community.
• Be open minded and be willing to let your guard down.
• You’ll learn skills that are useful for working with others.
• I would recommend to any one in the community. Learn more about what makes this city, Hutchinson, a community to have passion for.
• You will never regret the decision. You will learn so much about yourself, the community and others!
• Just do it! Expect to get and give a ton.
• Do it! It’s fun, great content, great networking, valuable professional development.
• Soak it all in and let yourself be vulnerable. Learn from those around you and make new friends while continuing to learn.
• It will be amazing, do not hesitate!
• This is a great idea, and you will learn a lot!
• This will help with communication and dives into how you see yourself. It helps you gain and better understanding and appreciation for the community.
• Expect to grow amazing relationships, and grow in ways you couldn’t imagine.

Applications for Leadership Institute and Leadership 2.0 are now available on our Hutchinson Leadership Institute and Leadership 2.0 page.

What’s Happening in May 2019!

Hutchinson Leadership Institute

Hutchinson Leadership Institute Class 2018-2019

Congratulations to the 2018 – 2019 Hutchinson Leadership Institute Graduates!

Heidi Arndt                        Becky Boll                                  Steven Broll
Cole Coubrough              Alice Davenport Stoltz          Dan Fischer
Dillon Forcier                    Ashley Gabbert                        Brad Hemling
Joshua Koehnen             Kim Kruse                                  Tasha Lambert
Steve Lamecker               Mark Lansink                            Kelly Magnuson
Payton Eastman              Jay Malone                                Erin Petty
John Sanken                     Tyler Schmeling                      Jill Springer
Jenelle Stiras                    Tera Thomas                             Paul Wesley

Participants, sponsors, alumni and guests are invited to join us on May 15 at the Crow River Winery to celebrate the graduation and community service projects of the 2018 – 2019 Hutchinson Leadership Institute Class. Students in the Hutchinson Leadership Institute have the rare opportunity to turn knowledge into action by creating community projects as part of the program.


Business logo for Hutchinson Leadership InstituteHutchinson Leadership Institute Banquet

The 30th graduating class of the Hutchinson Leadership Institute (HLI) will present their community projects at the HLI Banquet on Wednesday, May 15 at 5:30 PM at the Crow River Winery. Current participants, sponsors and a guest have no fee to attend. Alumni and additional guest can purchase a ticket for $25 per person.

If you would like to attend the graduation and banquet or would like more information about registering for the 2019 – 2020 class, please call the Chamber or email Mary.


Leadership 2.0

2018 - 2019 Leadership Institute 2 Class PhotoCongratulations to the 2018 – 2019 Leadership 2.0 Graduates!

Hope Hagert               Dave Wollan                Melissa Straka
Dean Bertram             Nikki Willemssen        Mark Corbin
Don Martinez              Mary Hodson                Beth Gasser
Tom Lambert              Shannon Brice            Jackie Borka
Bo Young                      Andrea Moore              Adam Smith

Every leader plays a significant role in making a community the best it can be. Leadership 2.0 takes a deeper dive into personal leadership and how it can impact the future of the entire community.

If you would like information about registering for the 2019 – 2020 class, please call the Chamber or email Mary.


2019 Tourism Marketing Grant – Reminder – Deadline June 1!

The June 1st deadline is quickly approaching for the Hutchinson Tourism & Marketing Grant. Grants are available for not-for-profit 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)


Business Connection – May 3

Business logo for Vivid Image Please join us for May’s Business Connection hosted by Vivid Image on Friday, May 3 from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM at 897 Hwy 15 S. See how Vivid Image can help your business navigate through websites, social media, reputation management, search engines and the list goes on.

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, 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. The new networking opportunity is a great way to know people in the community and keep in touch with Hutch!

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

Online registration for May Business Connection


Business After Hours – May 8

Business logo for Goebel Fixture CompanyMay’s Business After Hours will be hosted by Goebel Fixture Company on Wednesday, May 8 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at 528 Dale St SW.

Please join us for hearty appetizers, beverages and door prizes! “Step inside to see the craftsmanship of how luxury interiors are created.  You’ll enjoy an evening full of great conversation, delicious catered appetizers and a tour of our manufacturing facility!”
Business After Hours is a great way to learn about businesses in Hutchinson and network with fellow Chamber members. This is a way to get behind the scenes at 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.

Graphic for Hutchinson Ambassadors Business After Hours eventIf 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.

Online registration for May’s Business After Hours.


Maximize Your Membership!

Does your business or organization have an special announcement? You may want to consider sending a news release – a written communication directed at community members for the purpose of announcing something ostensibly newsworthy.

Graphic for Chamber News ReleasesChamber members can post their News Releases on ExploreHutchinson.com. When your news release is posted it will receive community exposure on our website.

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


Dairy Day – Friday, June 7 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM – Library Square Park

Every year over 1,000+ supporters come to Library Square in celebration of Dairy Day, the annual official start of summer in Hutchinson. The Agri-Business Committee hosts Day Day honoring our vibrant farming community. Plan to stop down for a $5 lunch and learn more about our local agriculture in Hutchinson and the surrounding communities.

2018 Dairy Day Fro Yo Eating ContestThis year’s activities include:

  • 12:00 PM – Cow Milking Contest – featuring celebrity milkers including Hutchinson Water Carnival Royalty, McLeod County Dairy Ambassadors and manufacturing leaders – Jack Daggett, Matt Field and Brett Haugen!
  • 12:30 PM – Fro-Yo Eating Contest – sponsored by Below Zero Frozen Yogurt
  • Meet Princess Kay of the Milky Way
  • $5.00 Lunch
  • Children’s’ activities
  • Live Music by Josie Sanken

If you are interested in in sponsoring this community event, just complete the printable Dairy Day Sponsor Registration form (pdf) and mail, email to drop it off at the Chamber.

For more information, please see our printable Dairy Day poster (pdf) or call the Chamber.


CrAzY DaYs – Save the Date!

2019 Chamber Crazy Days logo

 

Mark your calendars for July 18 – 20.

The Chamber advertises in publications locally and in surrounding communities to share the great deals offered during Hutchinson’s Crazy Days!

More information to come!

 

 

 

 


Hometown Golf Challenge

This year the Chamber is hosting a Tailgating Party at the Annual Hometown Golf Challenge on Monday, July 22 at Oakdale Golf Club. Wear your favorite team or game apparel. We are excited to have some fun and want to let you in on it too! This is a fun and easy event as well as a great way to highlight your business. This event is open to the public.

This year’s events and information:

  • Early Bird Pricing ($100 before June 28) includes cart, green fee, lunch & dinner
    Regular Pricing ($125 after June 28) includes cart, green fee, lunch & dinner
  • 18 Holes, Scramble Format
  • 11:00 – 11:45 AM Registration & Lunch
  • 12:00 PM Shotgun Start
  • Prizes, three cash prizes for golf teams, best costume, best decorated cart and  best of both
  • Event packages available day of event
  • $500 guaranteed shootout winner

Want to take advantage of being an event sponsor, just complete the printable Hometown Golf Sponsorship Form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber.

To register for the event, complete the printable Hometown Golf Registration form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber.


2018 Arts & Crafts Festival vendor45th Annual Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival September 13 – 14, 2019

Are you looking for a unique piece of jewelry, collar for your canine or gourmet olive oil? Look no longer, the 45th Annual Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival will be here before you know it!

Conversely, if you are an artisan and interested in vending at the Arts & Crafts Festival, applying is easy! Just complete the printable Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival Exhibitor Application & Guidelines (pdf)and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber! An online Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival Exhibitor Application & Guidelines is also available.

For any questions, please contact the Chamber at 320-587-5252 or email us.


Taste of Hutchinson 2018 Taste of Hutchinson Ambassadors food tent

The Hutchinson Ambassadors host the Taste of Hutchinson on September 13 & 14 along side the Arts & Crafts Festival. Delectable food options and live music awaits all patrons!

Interested in being a food vendor? Just complete the printable Hutchinson Ambassador 45th Annual Taste of Hutchinson Food Vendor Application (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber.


Table Tents Quarter 3 (July, August & September) Deadline – June 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 $20 for Chamber member 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 3 (July, August & September events) is June 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 & Renewing Members

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

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

  • AKI
  • Arvig Media
  • Crow River Youth for Christ
  • Edina Realty, Inc.
  • Faith Lutheran Church
  • Five Star Financial Resources
  • Hutchinson Elks & Lodge 2427
  • Hutchinson Financial
  • Hutchinson Manufacturing
  • Keller Williams – The Broll Team
  • McLeod Emergency Food Shelf
  • Minnesota Garlic Festival
  • Nuvera
  • SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
  • The Hair Lounge
  • The Lamb Shoppe & Wellness
  • Walmart Supercenter
  • West Central Sanitation

Business of the MonthBusiness logo for Hantge Funeral Homes

May Business of the Month is Hantge Funeral Chapels. This family-owned funeral home supports, participates, and believes in our hometown causes, events and organizations. The staff and owners are your local friends and neighbors, and their goal is to provide sensitive and caring assistance during life’s most difficult times and create meaningful celebrations that honor your family and friends. Read the Business of the Month article to learn more.


Hutchinson Ambassadors business logoThe Hutchinson Ambassadors serve as the welcoming and social area 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 host Business After Hours, welcome new business openings, as well as, celebrate business renovations and milestones with an Ambassador Business Visit.

April’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • Cancelled due to bad weather

Business logo for PLUSEProfessionals 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 May 8th Lunch & Learn by Friday, May 3rd to be entered into a $25 gift card drawing! May 8th Lunch & Learn Registration.

PULSE Calendar of Events for 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Something from Mary!Chamber President Mary Hodson

Why does the Chamber have a golf tournament?

I am so glad you asked! …

The rest of Mary’s article can be found on May’s Something from Mary Blog.


Save the Date!

  • MAY
    3        Business Connection – Vivid Image
    8        PULSE Lunch & Learn
    8        Business After Hours – Goebel Fixture Company
    15      Leadership Institute 2018-2019 Graduation
  • JUNE
    7        Business Connection – Equul Access
    7        Dairy Day
    12     PULSE Lunch & Learn
  • JULY
    10       PULSE Lunch & Learn
    18-20  Crazy Days
    22       Chamber Golf Event – Oakdale Golf Course
  • AUGUST
    2          Business Connection – Buffalo Wild Wings
    14        PULSE Lunch & Learn
    14-18  Made in McLeod @ County Fair
  • SEPTEMBER
    6        Business Connection – New Discoveries Montesorri Academy
    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
    4        Business Connection – Adult Training & Habilitation Center Inc
    9        PULSE Lunch & Learn
    10      Business After Hour – Stamp N Storage
  • NOVEMBER
    1        Business Connection – Ecumen Oaks & Pines
    13     PULSE Lunch & Learn
    14     Taste of the Holidays
    30     Small Business Saturday
  • DECEMBER
    Crop Management Input Seminar
    6      Business Connection – Jay Malone Motors
    12     Holiday Business After Hours

More Information For Your Business To Grow…

Hutchinson Chamber Table Tent 2nd Quarter 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oakdale Golf Club General Information for 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ridgewater College Workforce Safety Flyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walmart $10 off Grocery Pickup Flyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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2019 May – Something from Mary!

Why does the Chamber have a golf tournament?

I am so glad you asked!

Golf is the summer sport taking you to lovely green courses filled with green plants, bringing people together for fun and also aggravates and brings humility to many.

A number of years ago the Chamber started the golf tournament as a fundraiser, which it still is today. Membership dues do not cover the expenses of running the chamber programs and services we provide our members. The board did not and does not want to raise dues significantly, so we fund raise. The golf themes came along shortly after this from suggestions from golfers.

A few years ago we added the “Staffed Hole” Sponsor- WOW! Everyone seems to really enjoy this addition. We have members who will not miss the opportunity to network with every golfer. With an easy $200 investment, most businesses easily justify the cost with the opportunity.

Now this year, mix the Staffed Holes with the theme of Tailgaiting… yes, we plan to have fun while we spend the day on the course, in the sun, light breeze, bev carts out…. Oh, yes, sorry, I was writing an article… back to it.

The amount of networking at our golf tournaments is substantial. See and be seen. Work actually does get done on the golf course. We’ve seen people meet for the first time, businesses have hired people they met, to-do list items get accomplished, and there is a lot to be said for a group of people out on the course on a beautiful day enjoying each other’s company.

So yes, we have fun at the golf tournament, and it is a lot of work to organize and run, but our members benefit from this is multiple ways. Programs and services are funded, networking, and deals are made. And, you all deserve a Monday afternoon off. So there is my added bonus/benefit…. We are so busy in the hustle and bustle of work, it’s great to hear from golfers “I needed this afternoon out of the office.” We all do, so please add July 22 to your calendar and join us at Oakdale Golf Club for a day of fundraising, networking, deal making, and FUN. We’ll have fun for certain; we’re tailgating! Your team can show their team spirit in any way you’d like.

See you in July!

What’s Happening in April 2019!

Business Connection – April 5

Please join us for April’s Business Connection hosted by Stamp -n- Storage on Friday, April 5 from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM at 150 Michigan Street SE. See how Stamp -n- Storage can help you organize your craft and help you unleash your creativity!Business logo for Stamp -n- Storage

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, share a quick update or information on their business/organization, and learn more about the host business through a presentation. We will always have a 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 Logo for the Chamber's Business ConnectionIf you are part of a Chamber business/organization and interested in hosting or have questions about Business Connection, call the Chamber or email Ashley.

Online register for April Business Connection


Business After Hours – April 11Business logo for SountPoint Financial Credit Union

April’s Business After Hours will be hosted by SouthPoint Financial Credit Union on Thursday, April 11 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at 1250 MN-15. You may want to stop in and see SouthPoint’s new branch but just didn’t have time? Well now is your chance! They will be shining the light on what happens at a Credit Union! Stop by for appetizers, door prizes and a new flashlight!

Business After Hours is a great way to learn about businesses in Hutchinson and network with fellow Chamber members. This is a way to get behind the scenes at 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.

Graphic for Hutchinson Ambassadors Business After Hours eventIf 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.

Online registration for April’s Business After Hours or call the Chamber at 320-587-5252.


Maximize Your Membership!

Want to jump start your networking skills? Try volunteering… when you volunteer, you give yourself the opportunity to learn more about other businesses/organizations and have the chance to meet other members of the community.

Chamber members can post their Volunteer Opportunities on ExploreHutchinson.com. When your volunteer opportunity is posted it will receive public exposure on our website.

Volunteering gives you a chance to focus on your personal growth. Because volunteering is all about embracing a “give back” attitude — you are almost certain to meet someone who can benefit you — or someone who you can benefit. Either way, you have just made a new contact and potential friend!

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


Dairy Day

Dairy Day is scheduled for Friday, June 7 in Library Square Park!

Come meet Princess Kay of the Milky Way, watch the cow milking contest, enjoy the kids’ activities and listen to live music!Business logo for the Chamber's Agri-Business Committee

Looking for a way to get the word out about your business or organization? Sign up to be a Dairy Day Sponsor… super easy… just complete the printable Dairy Day Sponsor Registration Form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber!


Six golfers pose for a photo at the Hometown Golf Challenge near their golf carts on the golf course

Hometown Golf Challenge

The 2019 Annual Chamber Hometown Golf Challenge will be held on Monday, July 22 at Oakdale Golf Course. This event is open to the public, for all levels of experience and fun for all!

The Chamber typically host 100 golfers each year and everyone not only looks forward to golfing, but interacting with local business people.

Take advantage of one of our sponsorship packages: Event, Hole, Staffed Hole or Field Event Sponsor.  Just complete the printable Hometown Golf Sponsorship Form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber.


Business logo for 45th Annual Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival

On September 13 & 14 the Chamber will be hosting the 45th Annual Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival in beautiful Library Square.

Last year’s festival was a huge success and would not have been possible without our wonderful vendors! We thank them for their contribution to the festival.

Whether you are a returning exhibitor or a new one, we would like to invite you to join us for this year’s festival. Additionally, if you know of anyone who may be interested, please pass along our festival information. We look forward to having our beautiful park filled with talented artists from across the United States.

Printable Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival Exhibitor Application & Guidelines (pdf)

Online Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival Exhibitor Application & Guidelines

For any questions, please contact the Chamber at 320-587-5252 or email us.


Taste of Hutchinson

Mark your calendars for September 13 & 14 for the Taste of Hutchinson! This event is hosted by the Hutchinson Ambassadors and is located alongside the Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival.

Interested in being a food vendor? Just complete the printable Hutchinson Ambassador 45th Annual Taste of Hutchinson Food Vendor Application (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber.

Early Bird Deadline is June 1 and General Application Deadline is July 1.

Crowd of people at the 2018 Taste of Hutchinson


Quarter 2 Table Tents are Here!

Are you looking for a way to boost an upcoming Hutchinson event? 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 and $20 per event listing for Chamber Members. Submitting an event is easy… just complete the printable Table Tent Entry Form (pdf) 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 3 (July, August & September) is June 1.

If you want table tents delivered to your business or if you want to submit an event for an upcoming table tent, please call Gina or email Gina.


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!

  • Ameriprise Financial
  • Asset Protection and Restoration (APR)
  • B&B Sports & RV
  • Bethlehem United Methodist
  • Common Cup Ministry
  • Crow River Winery
  • Divine Clean
  • Edward Jones Nick Pederson
  • Elite Business Professionals
  • Hutchinson Jaycees Water Carnival
  • Keller-Williams The Broll Team
  • Lynn Card Company
  • The Hair Lounge

Logo for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV)Business of the Month

Our April Business of the Month is the Disabled American Veterans (DAV)! Learn more about what the DAV and their Auxiliary do for local veterans and people in our community in our  April Business of the Month Article!


Business Logo for the Hutchinson AmbassadorsThe Hutchinson Ambassadors serve as the welcoming and social area 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 host Business After Hours, welcome new business openings, as well as, celebrate business renovations and milestones with an Ambassador Business Visit.

March’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • No visits scheduled in March

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 April 10th Lunch & Learn by Friday, April 5th to be entered into a $25 gift card drawing! April 10th Lunch & Learn Registration

PULSE Calendar of Events for 2019


Something from Mary!Chamber President Mary Hodson

Oh My Gosh!

Do you consider yourself a lifelong learner? I do. I hope you do.

The rest of Mary’s article can be found on April’s Something from Mary’s Blog.

 

 


Get Connected with the Chamber!

 

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Save the Date!

  • 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 Golf Course
  • 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

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2019 April – Something from Mary

Oh My Gosh!

Do you consider yourself a lifelong learner? I do. I hope you do.

As I write this, we just had the 6th of 8 sessions of Leadership 2.0 with Steve Gasser and Giant WorldWide. How does my mind implode each and every class?

‘How do I not know these things,’ or ‘how do I not recognize these things,’ or ‘HOLY COW, I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL NEXT MONTH,’ are all thoughts going through my gray matter when I walk out the door.

This spring we have a couple personal and professional development programs which you can plug in and LEARN more about YOU and YOUR TEAM.

I hope you make the time for yourself and your team to attend one or both I am sharing with you today.

April 12- 100X Leader Summit by Giant WorldWide

  • Crow River Winery
  • Morning event 8am-12pm
  • $49, includes book and light breakfast
  • Video stream, with personal contact and follow-up between sessions to help you take what you’ve heard and make it into an action plan.
  • Host: Steve Gasser, Senior Consultant, Giant WorldWide

May 10- LeaderCast

  • Crow River Winery
  • 8am-4pm
  • $100, includes Lunch and Materials
  • Live Video Stream from Atlanta
  • Emcees; Dr. Joe Hill and Mollie Terlinden

Looking Ahead – September 2019- May 2020

Hutchinson Leadership Institute, 31st year

  • $600, includes almost everything, but not the kitchen sink
  • 10 all-day sessions

Leadership 2.0, 2nd year

  • $600, includes tool kit and materials, light breakfast
  • 8 half day sessions

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

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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

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)


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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.