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)


ThinkLOCAL.jpg - #MuchInHutch Only

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.

What’s Happening in January 2019!

Annual Chamber Event & Community Awards – January 18

Moonwalk,  Running Man, Thriller, breakdancing, Snake, Electric Slide,  Worm, Dirty Dancing Lift, Walk Like an Egyptian, Right Stuff, Roger Rabbit, Voguing, Cabbage Patch, Pop ‘n Lock, Safety Dance, Sprinkler, and last but not least Everybody Footloose!

Come out to the Crow River Winery on Friday, January 18 for the Chamber’s Annual Event – 80’s Prom “A Night Under the Stars” and you will be guaranteed to see some of the best dance moves from the 80s!

Registration is open until Friday, January 11. To register for the 2019 Annual Chamber Event, 80’s Prom – A Night Under the Stars, use the online Annual Event Registration Form or by mailing/emailing a printable Annual Event Registration Form (pdf) to the Chamber.

Additionally, the Chamber and the Jaycees will be announcing the Community Awards for Business Person of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Young Leader of the Year. You wouldn’t want to miss this event!

Please help us congratulate the Chamber’s Ag Person of the Year – Ted Matthews. Ted was presented with the award at the 2019 Crop Management Input Seminar on Thursday, December 6 at the Hutchinson Event Center. Your congratulations go out to him for all his hard work and dedication!


New & Renewing Chamber Members

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

  • Animal Medical Center on Crow River
  • Bernick’s Pepsi
  • Compton-Anderson Construction
  • Edward Jones – Pat Chapman
  • Farm Bureau Financial – Ryan Elbert
  • Hassan Valley Lodge #109
  • Hometown Ralty
  • Hutch Café
  • Hutchinson Health
  • Hutchinson Toastmasters II
  • Juul Contracting
  • Kraft Walser Law Office
  • Matthews & Vasek Construction
  • MITGI
  • Oakdale Golf Club
  • Peace Lutheran Church
  • Prince of Peace Retirement Living
  • Regional Eye Specialists, PA
  • Richard Larson Builders, Inc.
  • Southwest Eye Care
  • Title Mark

January Business of the Month

Our January Business of the Month is B&B Sports and RV LogoB&B Sports & RV. Read more about this great local company in the Business of the Month article.

 


The 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.

December’s Ambassador Business Visits:

Business After Hours is a great way to learn about businesses in Hutchinson and network with with 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 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.

January’s Business After Hours will be will be hosted by Melchert Hubert Sjodin at the Crow River Country Club on Thursday, January 10 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at  at 22 Main St N.

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


Something from Mary

Chamber President Mary Hodson

Most of use have benefits through our employers.

We try to utilize those employee benefits to make our life better, healthier, balanced and maybe just a little easier. It’s what we do; use those benefits for maximum advantage for ourselves.

Your Chamber Membership comes with benefits also.

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


Quarter 1 Table Tents are Here!

Are you looking for a way to boost an upcoming Hutchinson event? The Chamber printers 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 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 and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber.

Also, if you submit an event to our table tents, make sure to add it to our Community Calendar. The Community Calendar averages about 100 views a day, so don’t forget to utilize it! Submitting an event to the Community Calendar may be done through your Chamber Member Portal or directly on the Community Calendar page!

The deadline for Quarter 2 (April, May & June) is March 1.

If you want table tents delivered to your business or if you want to submit an event for an upcoming table tent, please contact Gina by phone 320-234-0786 or by email gina@explorehutchinson.com.


Save the Date!

January 10 = BAH Melchert Hubert Sjodin
January 18 = Annual Chamber Event & Community Awards
June 7 = Dairy Days
July 18 – 20 = Crazy Days
July 22 = Hometown Golf Challenge
September 13 – 14 = Arts & Crafts Festival
November 30 = Small Business Saturday


More Information for Your Business to Grow!

2019 1st Quarter Table Tent - Calendar of Events

Image of a flyer for the Ridgewater Business Solutions events and offerings

 



 

Something from Mary!

Most of use have benefits through our employers.

We try to utilize those employee benefits to make our life better, healthier, balanced and maybe just a little easier. It’s what we do; use those benefits for maximum advantage for ourselves.

Your Chamber Membership comes with benefits also.

Benefits to make your business better, healthier, balanced and maybe just a little easier. See what I did there?

Whether you look at your chamber membership as a buffet, or business muscle builders: we are here to help your business.

Maybe you’re seeing emails from Ashley about your membership benefits, but discard them because you are too busy to look at them right now.

Maybe you see messages about events or programs, and think you’ll go back to those later.

Maybe it’s time you take the time to look at what you are utilizing and what’s being left on the table but could help you market/build/enhance your business.

Form your online portal to your web page on our website which gets many searches daily, to networking programs to get out and “press the flesh,” to educational opportunities to build skills, networks and confidence… the chamber has a lot to offer.

We’re your connection to the source, the answer, the obscure, the odd, and many times, just the right person to help you do what needs to be done.

So as you review your business benefits, let’s review your chamber membership benefits and find the best options to help you be bigger, stronger, faster!

You know what to do; call or email us! 320-587-5252 or email any of us:

Mary@explorehutchinson.com
Gina@explorehutchinson.com
Ashley@explorehutchinson.com

Happy New Year from our staff and Board of Directors!

What’s Happening in December 2018!

Annual Chamber Banquet – A Night Under the Stars

“Alright, Mickey’s a mouse, Donald’s a duck, Pluto’s a dog. What’s Goofy?” Stand By Me (1986)2019 Annual Chamber Event Friday, January 18 5:30pm

Goofy is what you would be if you didn’t join us on Friday, January 18th at the Crow River Winery. Prom officially kicks off at 5:30 PM and will wrap up at 10:00 PM.

Pull out your vintage 80s punk fashions: studded leather jackets, ripped jeans, band t-shirts and heavy duty boots -or- 80s workout fashions: leotards, leg-warmers, headbands, neon leggings and bike shorts!

Also, encouraged is 80s prom fashions… guys in pastel tuxedos with frilly ruffles shirts, girls with bow embellished puff sleeves on a baby-pink dress with hairspray teased hairdos. Get our drift – costumes are highly encouraged!

To register for the 2019 Annual Chamber Event, 80’s Prom – A Night Under the Stars, use the online Annual Event Registration Form or by mailing/emailing a printable Annual Event Registration Form (pdf) to the Chamber by Friday, January 11, 2019.


photo of 2018 Community Award statutesCommunity Awards

Each year the Hutchinson Chamber teams up with the Hutchinson Jaycees to thank the people in our community that are doing extraordinary things! We all know a few people who deserve to be nominated; so take a few minutes and nominate them today. These people rarely get the appreciation they deserve.
Community Award Nominations must be submitted by Thursday, December 20, 2018.

  • Submit your nomination using the online Community Aware Nomination Form or by mailing/emailing a printable Community Award Nomination Form (pdf) to the Chamber by Thursday, December 20, 2018.
  • Awards are given for: Business Person of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Young Leader of the Year (under 35 years of age).
  • A recipient can only win an award in any given category once – nominees who have won a specific award in years prior cannot be considered for that award again.
  • Award winners will be recognized at the Chamber Annual Event on Friday, January 18, 2019.
  • Award winners will be video-taped prior to the event, as well as possibly the nominator.
  • Award winners will be informed of the awards before the event.
  • Award winners will attend the event at no charge.

2019 Crop Management Input Seminar

The University of Minnesota Extension and the Hutchinson Chamber are proud to be hosting the 2019 Crop Management Input Seminar. The seminar is set for Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 2:15 PM at the Hutchinson Events Center. The seminar will provide education on crop production, brain health and cash flow planning, as well as handouts and a catered meal. Also, the 2018 Ag Person of the Year will be announced at the event.

RSVP were due to the Extension Office on Monday, November 26, 2018. Questions should be directed to the Extension Office by phone at 320-484-4334 or by emailing mnext-mcleod@umn.edu.

2019 Crop Management Input Seminar poster (pdf)


Taste of the Holidays – Thank You!

The Hutchinson Ambassadors and the Hutchinson Chamber would like to thank you to the businesses that participated in Taste of the Holidays! Great food, great music and great networking! Once again, a sell out event!
A special thanks goes out to everyone that attended. This event would not be such a huge success without you!

Check out the Hutchinson Ambassadors Facebook page for Taste of the Holidays – Photo Booth

2018 Taste of the Holidays at the Crow River WInery


Small Business Saturday – Thank You!

What happens when you mix approximately 300 people and 144 ping pong balls? Well a great time, of course!2018 Small Business Saturday shoppers

Thanks and gratitude go out to the everyone that came out on Small Business Saturday to shop local. This year we had an adult and kids ping pong ball drop. Dare I say that everyone had a bouncing good time? A special thanks to all the businesses that participated this year in the Chamber’s Small Business Saturday marketing campaign as well as those businesses that donated gift cards for the event! The day would not have “bounced” if it wasn’t for you!!!

SHOUT OUT… to Valley Sales for providing cookies and cider for the event and also to Landy Lodge Bar & Grill for coming out with warming beverages!!!

Small Business Saturday Thank You for Your SupportOnce again, the Chamber Board of Directors, Hutchinson Ambassadors and the thinkLOCAL Committee donned their red scarves and masqueraded as the “Red Clad Elves.” Hats (or scarves) off to them and the excellent work they do! They were out and about in Hutchinson surprising shoppers with gift cards to pay for their local purchases.

Check our the Hutchinson Chamber’s Facebook page for photos and the 2018 Ping Pong Ball Drop.


New & Returning Chamber 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!

  • Allina Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment
  • Cal-Tex Companies
  • Compass Occasions
  • Culver’s
  • Ecumen Oaks & Pines
  • Hutchinson Area Community Foundation
  • Keller Williams Integrity Northwest – The Straka Group
  • Kokesch LLC
  • McGraw-Mahon, P.A.
  • New Discoveries Montessori Discovery
  • New Era Financial Group, Inc.
  • River of Hope Lutheran Church

Hutchinson Ambassadors business logoThe Hutchinson Ambassadors serve as the welcoming and social arm of the Hutchinson Chamber by actively supporting and promoting Hutchinson and its surrounding business community.

The Ambassador’s Facebook page is a great place to see photos of all the visits and other special events hosted by the Ambassadors.

You may have seen our Ambassadors around town – you can recognize them by their blue shirts and friendly smiles. They welcome new business openings, as well as, celebrate business renovations and milestones with an Ambassador Business Visit.

November’s Ambassador Business Visits:

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 in our local businesses… to see what they make, do or provide. This monthly event is Chamber invitation only and is open to all Chamber Member business employees. Businesses interested in a hosting 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.

December’s Holiday Business After Hours will be held on Wednesday, December 12 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (NOTE DATE CHANGE) at the VFW Post 906 on 247 1st Ave in Hutchinson.

  • Holiday Business After Hours – Wednesday, December 12 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the VFW.

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

red Christmas ornaments on snow


Something from MaryChamber President Mary Hodson

As I write this I’m still basking in the fun and excitement of this past week’s Small Business Saturday. (Okay, part of my excitement is that MN beat WI twice this weekend in football.)

Our staff and ThinkLOCAL committee put much time and effort into planning ideas to bring people to, and keep people in, our community for this day…

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


Quarter 2 Table Tent Deadline is March 1, 2019!

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 Chamber Members receive 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 2 (April, May & June 2019) is March 1, 2019.

If you want table tents delivered to your business or if you want to submit an event for an upcoming table tent, please contact Gina by phone 320-234-0786 or by email gina@explorehutchinson.com.


Save the Dates

January 18, 2019 = Annual Chamber Event & Community Awards


More Information for your Business to Grow!

Small Business Saturday Shop Small for the Holidays

2018 4th Quarter Table Tent - Calendar of Events

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ThinkLOCAL.jpg - #MuchInHutch Only


 

Something from Mary!

As I write this I’m still basking in the fun and excitement of this past week’s Small Business Saturday. (Okay, part of my excitement is that MN beat WI twice this weekend in football.)

Our staff and ThinkLOCAL committee put much time and effort into planning ideas to bring people to, and keep people in, our community for this day. Staff and volunteers spent hours purchasing and collecting gift cards throughout the community for the first SBS ping pong ball drop of prizes and for handing out later in stores.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED, DONATED and SHOPPED!

But….

Let’s ThinkLOCAL more frequently; not just on Small Business Saturday.

Let’s ThinkLOCAL even when there isn’t a ball drop or elves out paying bills.

Even when you are online, there are local options to choose.

  • Amazon offers their Amazon Smile donations… pick a local charity!
  • Most online purchases with store pick-up options keep the purchase local to that store!

Did you know you will never run into friends and old acquaintances while shopping online?

Did you know you can’t touch or feel the fabric or texture of something online?

Do you realize if you don’t understand how to use it, or it comes broken or late there is not a real person to talk to without saying or hitting seven 3,785 times first?

How many times have you received a personal reminder online about that email you may have gotten with more savings and how you can use that coupon with another deal?

NOW…. let’s be real…. I know you shop online, sometimes I have to as well. Let’s just pledge to ThinkLOCAL before we just hop online, and let’s spend more in Hutchinson this year.

ThinkLOCAL… because every dollar spent locally pays for someone’s wages, which pays for food, heat, and clothing. Each dollar can be regenerated again and again.

ThinkLOCAL… because we are the reflection of our choices.

ThinkLOCAL… because you’re cool like that!

What’s Happening in November

2018 Taste of the Holidays graphic

Taste of the Holidays

Don’t wait to purchase your ticket to this year’s Taste of the Holidays! This very popular event sells out every year!

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from an Ambassador or at the Chamber office. No tickets will be sold at the door – advanced sales only.

Come out and enjoy the evening. Hopefully you will find some great holiday gift ideas too. There will be many vendors with samples of tasty treats and beverages. Hope to see you there!

2018 Taste of the Holidays poster (pdf)
2018 Taste of the Holidays Vendor Information & Registration form (pdf)


Small Business Saturday

Do your holiday shopping on Small Business Saturday and support our community in a big way! Small Business Saturday is one of our favorite community events. This year the Chamber will be  hosting a block party on Saturday, November 24 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Washington Avenue, the block east of Main Street. Come check out our Welcome Station that includes information, giveaways, cookies, cider, refreshments and at 10:00 AM we will be dropping 100+ ping pong balls for you to gather and redeem at the Welcome Station for local gift cards.

2019 Small Business Saturday poster (pdf)

Small Business Saturday town graphic

thinkLOCAL business logoAlso new this year, is our thinkLOCAL campaign. This campaign will replace Bring It Home campaign with a new logo, new ideas, new support for our local businesses and education for consumers. Be watching for more information!


Annual Banquet & Community Awards

Are you ready for “A Night Under the Stars”?  2019 Annual Chamber Event 80s Prom business logoThis year’s Chamber Annual Event will be an 80s Prom theme, and will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019, from 5:30 PM to 10PM at the Crow River Winery.  It will be Totally Tubular!

To register for the 2019 Annual Event use our online Annual Event Registration Form or by mailing/emailing a printable Annual Event Registration Form to the Chamber by Friday, January 11, 2019.

The Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce and the Hutchinson Jaycees, in a joint effort, are proud to award deserving individuals their Community Awards. Do you know someone in our community that is doing great things? Nominate them today!

  • Submit your nomination using the online Community Award Nomination Form or by mailing/emailing a printable Community Award Nomination Form (pdf) to the Chamber by Thursday, December 20, 2018.
  • Awards are given for: Business Person of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Young Leader of the Year (under 35 years of age).
  • A recipient can only win an award in any given category once – nominees who have won a specific award in years prior  cannot be considered for that award again.
  • Award winners will be recognized at the Chamber Annual Event on Friday, January 18, 2019.
  • Award winners will be video-taped prior to the event, as well as possibly the nominator.
  • Award winners will be informed of the awards before the event.
  • Award winners will attend the event at no charge.

2018 Farm Fatigue Bucket of Thanks deliveryFarm Fatigue Bucket of Thanks & Ag Seminar!

Another year of Farm Fatigue’s Buckets of Thanks have been delivered. We extend our sincere thanks to those businesses that donated (pdf). We would also like to send a special shout out to those who helped collect, package and deliver the buckets. This special delivery would not be possible without you!

ATTENTION – The University of Minnesota Extension and the Hutchinson Chamber are proud to be hosting the 2019 Crop Management Input Seminar.  The seminar is set for Thursday, December 6, 2018, from 9:00 AM to 2:15 PM at the Hutchinson Events Center. The seminar will provide education on crop production, brain health and cash flow planning, as well as, handouts and a catered noon meal.

Please RSVP to the Extension Office by Monday, November 26, 2018. They can be reached by phone at  320-484-4334 or by emailing mnext-mcleod@umn.edu.

2019 Crop Management Input Seminar poster (pdf)


2019 Tourism Marketing Grant

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

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

More information about the Tourism Marketing Grant program, grant criteria and grant application can be found on our Tourism Marketing Grant blog.

2019 Tourism Marketing Grant Criteria, Deadlines and Grant Application (pdf)


Business of the Month

Throughout the month of November, we celebrate and recognize Small BSmall Business Saturday business logousiness Saturday in place of an individual business.

Read our Business of the Month article for more details on what Small Business Saturday is and the details for this year’s event. You can also check out the 2018 Small Business Saturday Facebook page for more exciting information!


New and Returning Chamber 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!


The Hutchinson Ambassadors serve as the welcoming and social arm of the Hutchinson Chamber by actively supporting and promoting Hutchinson and its surrounding business community.

The Ambassador’s Facebook page is a great place to see photos of all the visits and other special events hosted by the Ambassadors.

You may have seen our Ambassadors around town – you can recognize them by their blue shirts and friendly smiles. They welcome new business openings, as well as, celebrate business renovations and milestones with an Ambassador Business Visit.

October’s Ambassador Business Visits:

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 in our local businesses… to see what they make, do or provide. This monthly event is 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.

No Business After Hours event will be held in November as the Ambassadors will be hosting the Taste of the Holidays at the Crow River Winery on Thursday, November 15 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.


Something from Mary!

Chamber President Mary HodsonWhat’s the big deal?

I can’t keep calm. SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY is coming!

It’s November, the leaves are changing, the air is crisp and we are warming up the red scarves to give away… MONEY!

Wait. What?

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


2019 Quarter 1 – Table Tent Deadline – December 1, 2018

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/event listing for community members and Chamber Members receive a $10 discount per event listing.

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.

The deadline for Quarter 1 (January – February – March 2019 events) is December 1, 2018.

Submit an event for an upcoming table tent by mailing/emailing this printable Table Tent Entry form (pdf) by the quarterly deadline to Gina or stop by the Chamber office. If you want table tents delivered to your business or if have any questions, email Gina
or call the Chamber.


Upcoming Save the Dates

November 15, 2018 = Taste of the Holidays
November 24, 2018 = Small Business Saturday
January 18, 2019 = Annual Chamber Event & Community Awards


More information for your business to grow!

2018 4th Quarter Table Tent - Calendar of Events

 

2018 Taste of the Holidays POSTER

Taste of Holidays Vendor Info & Registration Form 2018

 

2018 Nuvera_IntTVPromo_NonProfit_Business.pdf

2018 Today's Women of Hutchinson Winter Wonderland Holiday Home Bus Tour flyer

 

MidCountry Bank has Rates Ripe for Pickin 8x10 Hutchinson

Path Fair for TigerPath Academies November 16 2018



 

Something from Mary!

What’s the big deal?

I can’t keep calm. SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY is coming!

It’s November, the leaves are changing, the air is crisp and we are warming up the red scarves to give away… MONEY!

Wait. What?

Yes, the Chamber is giving away money again.

Here’s how people have a chance at winning money:

  • Shop in Hutchinson on November 24th
  • Attend the ping pong ball drop at 10:00 AM on the north side of Library Square

Super easy right?! YES!

Want in on the fun as a business?

Provide the chamber with gift cards, gift certificates, tokens, or items to give away during the ball drop. It’s a great way to drive traffic into your business.

Follow this link to get the download for the ping pong ball drop information.

The balls will be dropped from a large truck and bucket along Washington Avenue. We’ll have separate ball drops for adults AND kids.

Chamber Board Members will be out paying for people’s bills as well… Why? Because the incentive to bring business to you is VERY important to the board and staff.

The chamber has Small Business Saturday materials for you if you haven’t signed up through ShopSmall.

Give us a jingle and we’ll help you make the most of your Small Business Saturday!

What’s Happening in October 2018

Election of Board of Directors

In accordance with Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce & Tourism By-Laws Article V, Sections 3, 4 and 5, the following candidates have been recommended to serve on the Board of Directors for the indicated terms.

Any question or petitions may be direct to Mary Hodson by phone 320-234-0785 or by email mary@explorehutchinson.com and will be presented to the Nominating Committee.

Section 3 – Publicity
5.3.1 Upon receipt of the report of the Nominating Committee, the President shall be instructed to notify the membership of the names of the persons nominated as candidates for directors, the right of persons nominated as candidates for directors and the right of petition as provided in these By-Laws. A list of candidates so nominated shall be kept on file in the Association office.

Section 4 – Petition
5.4.1 Additional names of candidates for directors can be nominated by petition bearing the genuine signatures of at least five (5) qualified members of the Association. Such petition shall be filed with the Nominating Committee withing ten (10) days after notice has been given of the names of those nominated. The determination of the Nominating Committee as to the legality of the petition shall be final.

Section 5 – Determination
5.5.1 If no petition is filed within the designated period, the nomination shall be closed and the nominated slate of five (5) candidates shall be declared elected upon a 2/3 vote approval by the Board of Directors at their regular October Board meeting.

5.5.2 If a legal petition presents additional candidates, the names of all candidates shall be arranged on the ballot in alphabetical order. Instructions will be to select five (5). Identification shall be made on the ballot to identify those candidates nominated by the Nominating Committee. The usual election procedure shall prevail.

Recommended Candidates: Paul Jossart, Tara Tepley & Don Martinez


Taste of the Holidays

2017 Hutchinson Ambassadors Taste of the Holidays photos with flowers and musicians

The Hutchinson Ambassadors will be hosting the Taste of the Holidays on Thursday, November 15 from 5:00PM – 8:00PM at the Crow River Winery. Advance Tickets are $15 and go on sale Thursday, October 11th. Tickets can be purchased from a Hutchinson Ambassadors or at the Chamber office. There are limited tickets each year and this event has sold out several years. As a result, make sure to get your tickets early! for more information, visit the Hutchinson Ambassadors Facebook Page.


44th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival – THANK YOU!

On September 14 & 15, we held our 44th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival and Taste of Hutchinson. We had a spectacular weekend! Once again the Festival was a huge success, but would not have been possible without the help of some incredible volunteers and workers.

Thank you to the MANY businesses that make adjustments to allow the Festival to bring 12,000 people to our community. 12,000 people shopping at the event (tax revenue), shopping/eating/staying/playing at local businesses (wages, tax base revenue) and TOURISM!

Did you know many people share with us that they come back to Hutchinson because they feel endeared to our community? They enjoy our shops, restaurants, trails and parks, friendly services and kindness. What a great legacy to have in the state of Minnesota!

We would like to thank the following businesses for their support at the Arts & Crafts Festival:

  • SPONSORS: Advance Auto Parts, AG Systems Inc, Animal Medical Center on Crow River, Ashley Furniture Homestore, Buffalo Wild Wings, Crow River Winery, Elena’s Bakery, Goebel Fixture Company, Keller Williams Integrity – The Broll Team, McCormick’s Family Restaurant, Nuvera, Rahk Studios & Stamp-N-Storage
  • CHAMPION SPONSORS: MidCountry Bank, MITGI, TDK Hutchinson Technology Inc & Uponor
  • VISIONARY SPONSOR: Citizen’s Bank and Trust Co

We would also like to put a spotlight on the backstage people of Arts & Crafts. Thank you for your support, as well as a special THANK YOU to Hutchinson Police Services for keeping this event safe and for all the hard work they do during this busy weekend.

  • Cash Wise Foods, City of Hutchinson, Hutchinson Park & Rec, Hutchinson Police Services, Kwik Trip, ShopKo, Walgreens & West Central Sanitation

Again, THANK YOU to everyone that helped out with this event. We hope to see everyone again next year!


Farm Fatigue / Bucket of Thanks Event – THANK YOU!

Each Fall the Hutchinson Agri-Business Committee along with the Glencoe Agri-Business Committee gather donations of food, wellness and safety items from Chamber Members. The donated items are packed and hand delivered to the local farmers out in the field during harvest time. These items are sincerely appreciated by the farmers.

Thank you to all the businesses that donated items this year and a special thank you to the Agri-Business Committees for making this event such a huge success!

Click here for a full list of businesses that donated items (pdf) this year!

2017 Hutchinson Chamber Agri-Business Committee


Annual Banquet – Save the Date!

Save the Date for Annual Chamber Event - January 18, 2019


Business of the Month

The October Business of the Month is Hutchinson Public Schools.Hutchinson Tigers business logo

Read more about the Hutchinson Public Schools in our Business of the Month article and make sure you check out PDF insert at the bottom of our newsletter for some events happening at the High School this October.

 


New & Returning Chamber 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!

  • B&C Plumbing and Heating
  • Compass Occasions
  • Down with Diabetes Alliance
  • Edward Jones – Dean Winter
  • Home State Bank
  • Hutchinson Housing & Redevelopment Authority
  • Innovative Foam
  • Quilt Haven on Main
  • St. Anastasia Catholic Community
  • Terning and Ross Company
  • Wheel & Cog Children’s Museum

Hutchinson Ambassadors business logoThe Hutchinson Ambassadors serve as the welcoming and social arm of the Hutchinson Chamber by actively supporting and promoting Hutchinson and its surrounding business community.

The Ambassador’s Facebook page is a great place to see photos of all the visits and other special events hosted by the Ambassadors.

You may have seen our Ambassadors around town – you can recognize them by their blue shirts and friendly smiles. They welcome new business openings, as well as, celebrate business renovations and milestones with an Ambassador Business Visit.

September’s Ambassadors Business Visits:

  • No visits were scheduled in September as the Ambassadors were hosting the Taste of Hutchinson September 14-15.

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 in our local businesses… to see what they make, do or provide. This monthly event is 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.

October’s (Business) TigerPath After Hours will be held on Thursday, October 11 from 4:00PM to 6:00PM at:

  • TigerPath After Hours – Hutchinson High School’s Center for Technical Excellence

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.

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


Something from Mary!Chamber President Mary Hodson

I’m constantly amazed at what people will or will not complain about.

Some are content with whatever is put in front of them, others… well they complain about not having something to complain about.

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


Quarter 4 Table Tent 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/event listing for community members and Chamber Members receive a $10 discount per event listing.Quarter Table Tent - Calendar of Events

Also, make sure you add your events 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!

The deadline for Quarter 1 (January, February & March 2019) is December 1, 2018.

If you want table tents delivered to your business or if you want to submit an event for an upcoming table tent, please contact Gina by phone 320-234-0786 or by email gina@explorehutchinson.com.


Upcoming Save the Dates

November 15, 2018 = Taste of the Holidays
November 24, 2018 = Small Business Saturday
January 18, 2019 = Annual Chamber Event


More information for your business to grow…

2018 4th Quarter Table Tent - Calendar of Events

HHS Grand Opening Invite Flyer_101218

HHS Grand Opening Invite Flyer_101218

2018 Taste of the Holidays POSTER

Taste of Holidays Vendor Info & Registration Form 2018

Junior Achievement in schools in 2018-2019

Citizens Bank & Trust - Lock in Financing

Parkview Dental Candy buy back 2018

Event flyer for PULSE Education Workshop


Something from Mary!

I’m constantly amazed at what people will or will not complain about.

Some are content with whatever is put in front of them, others… well they complain about not having something to complain about.

This is an installment of #lovewhereyoulive. This past month, we hosted the 44th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival, and yes Randy Starke, it was once Arts in the Park. We bring in 10,000-12,000 people every year for this event. How do we know you may ask… well we counted this year, at every corner all times of the day…. and well, we’ve been right… I love it when we are right! J

Arts & Crafts is a fundraiser for the Chamber, AND, a tourism event. We use money from both sides of our budget for the festival. Businesses in town are busier, gas stations are hopping, and hotels are filled.

Businesses downtown lose parking, many close during load-in and the festival itself, some may lose money, some may make more. But it is decidedly BUSIER and traffic is congested. LOTS to complain about… right? No!

Our businesses are so understanding of the importance of this event to our entire community. Many tell us they look forward to the people watching, or they utilize the opportunity to do some training, or give their hard working employees a day off, or even have the celebrated day in a closed office- you know what I mean- no one comes in or calls, and you can actually get work done. We have VERY LITTLE grumbling, complaining, or rudeness from businesses. The bigger picture in Hutchinson is the sense of community: the opportunity to show off our community with pride.

So this isn’t about complaining, this is about a bright and happy community willing to push and pull when needed, ebb and flow, and ying and yang for the betterment of Hutchinson.

Thank you to SOOO many of you who make it possible to host such an event as the Arts and Crafts Festival! I #LoveWhereILive

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