February 2019 Business of the Month

Logo for Adara Home Health

246 Main St S, Hutchinson
(320) 587-5162

In January 2019, Prairie River Home Care, Inc. changed its name to Adara Home Health. Adara means “respect, regard, care” in the Sanskrit language (one of the oldest languages). Adara was chosen because it reflects the way they deliver home health care.

Adara Home Health evolved from Prairie River Inc., a company started in 1989 which provided personal care attendant services to disabled individuals. In 1996, Adara Home Health became a Medicare certified home care agency offering a broad range of services to individuals of all ages. On November 1, 1998 Ken and Judy Figge acquired Adara Home Health. Between them, Ken and Judy have over 50 years of experience in home care.

The corporate office of Adara Home Health is located in Buffalo, Minnesota. Direct client care and services are provided through a network of eight offices located in Fairmont, Hutchinson, Blaine, Mankato, Granite Falls, Rochester, Buffalo and St Cloud. Adara Home Health provides services within 60 Minnesota counties.

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ADARA HOME HEALTH

Medicare covers nursing and therapy at home 100% with no out of pocket expense when you meet criteria.  Adara Home Health is the best-kept secret. Medicare has had the home health benefit since the 60’s it is just now coming into the forefront as people look for ways to stay out of the hospital and received personalized care in their homes.

Home Health saves Medicare monies and you do not have to leave home to get care or treatment.  It is where people want to be – in their home.  By providing a nurse or therapist to come to your home, you get the service in the comfort of your home and save Medicare tax dollars by not having a hospital stay.

Clinician Owned and Operated:  Nurses and Therapist own Adara and are the corporate team.  That means every decision we make is patient centered.

FREE Initial Clinical Assessment:  Whether or not you choose to start care services with Adara Home Health, you will at least have a comprehensive understanding of the various options that are available to you in order to maintain your health in your own home. Our RN case managers are oriented and trained in understanding the various government and/or insurance payment options that are available. Some of the common payment methods for our services include:

  • Medicare payment if you qualify and are at least 65 years of age or disabled
  • Veterans benefits if you are seeing a physician from a Veterans Hospital, Center or Clinic.
  • Medica, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Preferred One, etc.
  • Medicaid, Elderly Waiver, Alternative Care, etc.
  • Private Pay

Our Own Therapists: Often other home care companies contract for therapy services. We employ full-time and part-time therapists at most of our branches which allows us to provide comprehensive care with people who are very familiar with our internal systems, processes and operational policies and have been oriented to our philosophy of care management.

Broad Service Area: No other home care company in Minnesota services as broad of a geographic region as our company. We service 60 of Minnesota’s 87 counties through our eight branch offices.

3 products & services Adara offers for nursing and therapy in your home:

Wound Care: We take pride in our comprehensive training and understanding of the various techniques that are available to provide the best possible outcomes in caring for people with complex wound care needs.

Fall Prevention: We developed a customized program for evaluating risks and preventing falls by oriented, educating and training our caregivers. Our ProActive Steps program handbook was developed to help people with osteoporosis, Parkinson’s, diabetes, heart conditions, seizure conditions and many other conditions prevent falling through proactive interactions.

Hospital Care Conferences: Not only do we care for you at home but we will also participate in any appropriate conferences and meetings before your discharge from a hospital, nursing home or other type of facility to ensure a full understand of your present and past condition.

 

What does Adara Home Health enjoy most about their Chamber Membership?

The promotion and support that the Chamber gives their members is phenomenal! Whether it be use of Chamber conference room, advertising opportunities, or events, it’s wonderful to be included in events that benefit our businesses, but even more so, our community.

January 2019 Business of the Month

 

 

B&B Sports and RV Logo

20271 Highway 15 N, Hutchinson
(320) 234-7669

Winter is here to stay. The snow has hit the ground and we might not see grass for a couple of months, but for many people in Hutchinson this is great news. You’ll see snow mobiles and ice houses all around town – many of which may have come from B&B Sports and RV!

B&B Sports opened its doors in 1992 at 20271 Hwy 15 North in Hutchinson. The business was started by Butch Hausladen and is in the same location today as it was over 27 years ago. Jeremy Crosby helped the shop when the business first started and took on a full-time position in July of 2011. He became part owner in 2012 and took over as majority owner in January 2018.

What does this tell us? That the people at B&B know their stuff! There are five full time employees working at B&B sports and each of them strive to provide the best customer experience possible. One of the best things about the people about B&B is their honesty and integrity – they create great experiences for people and if things don’t go perfectly, they help make it right. They try their best to get what the customer needs or give them options on where to get it.

B&B Sports is a dealer for Crestliner, Larson, KZ RV, Ice Castle Fish House, United Enclosed trailers, and Mercury Outboards. They have a full-service Camper & Fish House shop for most makes and models. They also service most makes and models of boats along with servicing Mercury motors, and Johnson/Evinrude outboards. Most people don’t realize that they also stock a lot of parts/accessories and have the experience to help get customers the correct parts. If they don’t have the number of parts you need, they can usually get what you need the next day.

So, whether the snow is falling in the middle of winter or you’re basking in the summer sun, visit B&B Sports to add a little fun to your outdoor experiences.

What does B&B Sports & RV enjoy most about their Chamber Membership?

We like the support and awareness being a chamber member offers.

November 2018 Business of the Month

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

What is Small Business Saturday?

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

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

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

3 Reasons Why it’s Important to Shop Small

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

 

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

October 2018 Business of the Month

 

Hutchinson Tigers School Logo

(320) 587-2860

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

Empty classroom new in the Hutchinson High School

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

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

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

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

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

September 2018 Business of the Month

American Family Insurance Logo

 95 Hassan St SE, Hutchinson, MN 55350 | (320) 587-4989

A car crash, a house flood, a fire at your farm, a break in at your business – you may never be able to anticipate when tragedy will strike, but you can always have a plan in place that protects you. That’s where insurance comes in. American Family Insurance – William Young Agency focuses on protecting, restoring, and inspiring your dreams so your only concern is making them a reality.

American Family Insurance Agent Bo Young high-fiving fellow agents that created a tunnel for him to walk through as he accepts an award

With a combined total of over 75 years of experience, the team at American Family Insurance – William Young Agency is more than qualified to provide you with the best protection. The Hutchinson branch began business in town over 80 years ago under the Farmers Mutual name, until switching its name to American Family in 1963. In 1985 the AmFam team moved into its current location on the corner of 1st Avenue and Hassan Street. Roger and Mary Mies ran the business for 50 years until retiring in 2012, when William “Bo” Young took over for them.

Bo works with a fantastic team of representatives that strive to be the most trusted and valued customer-driven insurance providers around. Kathy Ludowese has been with the company for over 41 years, her husband Tom for over 16, their son Brian moved to the Hutchinson branch 3 years ago after serving in the St. Cloud Community for a few years and Tracy Hassan joined the team in 2017.

Combining their experience, reputation, coverage, pricing, and community involvement logically makes American Family Insurance – William Young Agency one of the top choices for insurance in town. There are customers that have been loyal to AmFam for over 70 years and Kathy has personally insured multiple generations of families over her career.

The American Family Insurance team standing in a line in their office smiling for a photo in their blue long sleeve button up American Family shirts.

American Family Insurance’s main products are Auto, Home, Commercial, Farm, and Life Insurance. Their local presence allows them to truly be there for their customers when tragedies strike and to contribute to the community. The William Young Agency team lives, works, volunteers and invests in Hutchinson and we are proud to have them in our community!

 

What does American Family Insurance – William Young Agency enjoy most about their Chamber Membership?

Our team enjoys all of the networking and developmental opportunities that the Chamber provides.  The Business After Hours, Chamber Golf Tournament, Arts and Crafts Festival, and the Leadership Institute are a few examples of fantastic ways to connect with other community members!

What’s Happening in August 2018!

2018 Hometown Golf Challenge – Thank you!

We would like to thank everyone that joined us for the 2018 Hometown Golf Challenge “Around the World in 18 Holes” on July 23 at the Crow River Golf Club. The event would not be possible without our mighty volunteers and the businesses that donated to and sponsored this event. THANK YOU all for your time, talents, donations and support!!

MILLE GRAZIEO to our Visionary Sponsor – Citizens Bank & Trust Co and also to our Champion Sponsors – 3M, Hutchinson Health, MidCountry Bank, MITGI, TDK/Hutchinson Technology and Uponor. 

DANKE, DANKE also goes out to our Welcome Sponsors – MITGI, SouthPoint Financial Credit Union and TDK/Hutchinson Technology.

JE VOUS REMERCIE to our Staffed Hole Sponsors – APR, Ashley Homestore, Citizens Bank & Trust Co, Buffalo Wild WIngs, Hutchinson Health, Marco, Oakdale Golf Club, TDK/Hutchinson Technology, Uponor, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Woodstone Senior Living.

TACK, TACK, TACK are in order for our Hole Sponsors – 3M, Branded Solutions, Cash Wise Foods, Caspers Chiropractic, CenBank, Century 9 Theatre, Crow River Winery, Edina Realty, Fairway Mortgage Company, First Minnesota Bank, Goebel Fixture Company, Hutchinson Dental, Hutchinson Leader, Hutchinson Manufacturiing, LBC of Hutchinson, Novation Credit Union, Nuvera, Piehl Hanson Beckman, Plumbing and Heating by Craig, Rahk Studios, SouthPoint Financial Credit Union, Stamp N Storage, State Farm – Steve Kropp, State Farm – Mike McGraw, Valley Sales of Hutchinson and Walmart SuperCenter.

And last but certainly not least, GRACIAS to our Hole-In-One Sponsors:  Citizens Bank & Trust Co and Valley Sales of Hutchinson.

Buh Bye until next year!


2018 Crazy Days & Manufacturing in the Park – Thank you!

Thank you to businesses that participated in Crazy Days and Manufacturing in the Park! What a great way to see how our manufacturers, educators and related organizations work, who they are and who they are looking for! Also, a special thanks to those who attended. These events would not be a success without you!

Check out our Facebook page to view event photos.


Hutchinson Leadership Institute & Leadership 2.0 Enrollment for 2018-2018 is Now Open!

Business logo for Hutchinson Leadership InstituteWe are happy to announce the Hutchinson Leadership Institute is back for its 30th year! The Hutchinson Leadership Institute is hosted by the Hutchinson Chamber. 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! This brand new program will take a deeper dive into personal leadership and how it can impact the future of your business and the entire community. 

Click link for the Hutchinson Leadership Institute application (pdf) or Click here for the Hutchinson Leadership 2.0 application (pdf).

If you have questions about the Hutchinson Leadership program, please click here to email Mary at the Chamber office or click here to call Mary at the Chamber office at 320-234-0785.


Farm Fatigue – Bucket of Thanks Event 2018

Business logo for Farm Fatigue Bucket of Thanks Event

Each harvest season, our Agri Business committee works hard to deliver buckets of goodies to our farmers in the fields in McLeod County. If your business is interested in supplying goodies or money for this program, please complete and return the 2018 Farm Fatigue Flyer (pdf). 

 


44th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson

Make sure to put September 14th & 15th on your calendar!

44th Annual Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson September 14 & 15, 2018


Business of the Month

In August we will be highlighting Nuvera as our Business of the Month.Business logo for Nuvera

Click here to learn more about Nuvera.

 


New & Returning Chamber Members

We want to welcome our new members:

Thank you to our August renewing members!

  • Ag Systems, Inc.
  • Amazing Grace Boutique
  • Ashley Furniture
  • Basswoods Welding & Repair
  • Canvasworks
  • Casey’s General Store
  • Clay Coyote Gallery & Pottery
  • Crow River Floral & Gifts
  • Evergreen Apartments
  • New Century Academy
  • Outdoor Motion Bike Shop
  • Papa Murphy’s Take-n-Bake Pizza

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.

Click here to check out the Ambassador’s Facebook to see photos of all the visits and other special events hosted by the Ambassadors.

July’s Ambassadors Visits:

  • Kruse Altitude, LLC
  • LandSkapings
  • Schrade Firearms Knives and Tactical Survival, Helping Hands Healing Spa Trinities Trinkets & Designs JD’s Fidgets & Fun

Business After Hours:

  • Business After Hours is not held in August or September.
  • Business After Hours resumes on October 11th with Tigers After Hours. The TigerPath teachers will be on hand to explain how they will helps students discover their talents, develop their skills and build an exciting, rewarding career! “Find your own path” – that’s what it’s all about!

Business After Hours is a great way to learn about businesses in Hutchinson and network with fellow chamber members. This monthly event is Chamber invitation only and a way to get behind-the-scenes at our local businesses. Businesses interested in hosting a Business After Hours event, should contact the Ambassadors.

Click here to email the Ambassadors


Something from Mary

Chamber President Mary Hodson 2017

RETENTION

It’s a challenge to hire good people with the skill sets you need and want.

It’s a challenge because we have fewer people in the pipeline than we have leaving the workforce.

It’s going to continue to be a challenge, for a long time.

Click here to read the rest of Mary’s article. 


Quarter 4 Table Tent Deadline is September 1

2018 Quarter 3 Table Tents EventsThe Chamber prints and delivers 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 Table Tents!  The cost is $20/listing for Chamber members and $30/listing for non-members.

Also, if you submit an event to our table tents, make sure to add it to the 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 the chamber website. Click here to access the Chamber’s Community Calendar!

The deadline for Quarter 4 (October, November & December) is September 1.

Click here to email Gina with questions, if you want table tents delivered to your business or if you want to submit an event for upcoming table tents.


Upcoming Save the Dates

September 14 – 15 – Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson
November 15 – Taste of the Holidays
November 24 – Small Business Saturday


More information!

2018 Quarter 3 Table Tents Events

44th Annual Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson September 14 & 15, 2018

Business logo for Farm Fatigue Bucket of Thanks Event

Southwest Eye Care poster promoting Dr Jabin Krassin MD

 


Business logo for the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce and Tourism

August 2018 Business of the Month

Nuvera logo

235 Franklin St SW, Hutchinson, MN 55350

(320) 429-2253

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

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

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

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

 

What does Nuvera enjoy most about their Chamber membership?

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

What’s Happening in July 2018!

Hometown Golf Challenge

Are you ready to travel “Around the World in 18 Holes” with us? The  Hutchinson Chamber’s Hometown Golf Challenge is on Monday, July 23 at the Crow River Golf Club.

Check-in and in-flight lunch begins at 11 am, with a shotgun start at 12 pm. The final destination dinner, program, prizes and announcing game winners at 5 pm.

There will be a $500 GUARANTEED shoot-out winner, as well as the option to upgrade your game by purchasing a passport package that includes mulligans, raffles, course games. Don’t miss out on your chance to win one of the cash prizes! Will you could be the 1st place winner or one of the two randomly drawn teams? Or better yet, will your team be the best team costume, best decorated cart or best costume & cart combo?

Your ticket price of $125 includes: cart, green fee, lunch and dinner. Click here for the 2018 Hometown Golf Challenege registration form and Information (pdf) or click here to register your team online for the 2018 Hometown Golf Challenge.

We have many different sponsorship opportunities available. Click here for a 2018 Hometown Golf Challenge Sponsor Form (pdf).


Crazy Days 2018

We are going crazy this year on Crazy Days! Each business can choose their own Crazy Days theme. Yes, that’s right… you decide on a theme to bring customers in and move product out. 

If your business would like to participate in Crazy Days, click here to email Gina at Chamber office. Let us know what your crazy deals are and we will help promote your Crazy Days sale!

Click here to check out participating businesses!

Questions? Click here to call the Chamber office at 320-587-5252


Manufacturing in the Park & Picnic in the Park

Children at Manufacturing in the Park 2017On Friday, July 27, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, manufacturers and educators in McLeod County will be in Library Square Park providing an interactive afternoon and engaging with community members. Come and learn who they are and what they do! While learning through play and activities.

Also from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, the Hutchinson Downtown Association is hosting a $5 picnic-style lunch. Please join us for Picnic in the Park!

Manufacturing in the Park and Picnic in the Park coincide with Crazy Days. 


Hutchinson Leadership Institute & Leadership 2.0

Enrollment for 2018-2019 is Now Open!

We are happy to announce the Hutchinson Leadership Institute is back for its 30th year! The Hutchinson Leadership Institute is hosted by the Hutchinson Chamber. 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! This brand new program will take a deeper dive into personal leadership and how it can impact the future of your business and the entire community. 

Click link for the Hutchinson Leadership Institute application (pdf) or Click here for the Hutchinson Leadership 2.0 application (pdf).

If you have questions about the Hutchinson Leadership program, please click here to email Mary at the Chamber office or click here to call Mary at the Chamber office at 320-234-0785.


Dairy Day – Thank You!


THANK YOU to everyone who made Dairy Day a success! We would especially like to thank our sponsors!

Visionary Sponsor:

  • Citizens Bank & Trust Co.2018 Dairy Days visiting royalty

Champion Sponsors:

  • Hutchinson Health
  • MidCountry Bank
  • South Point Financial Credit Union
  • TDK / Hutchinson Technology

Event Sponsors:

  • Ag Systems
  • E.G. Rud & Sons
  • Home State Bank
  • Hutchinson Co-op
  • Hutchinson Leader
  • Impressions2017 Princess Loraina milking a cow
  • Jennifer’s Avon
  • Nuvera
  • Piehl, Hanson & Beckman, P.A.
  • Plumbing and Heating by Craig
  • Runnings Stores
  • Skyview Dairy
  • Walmart
  • Wells Fargo

And a special thank you to: 

  • Agri-Business Committee
  • Below Zero Frozen Yogurt
  • Benny’s Meat Market
  • Celebrity Milkers: Mayor Gary Forcier, Police Chief Dan Hatten & Fire Chief Mike Schuman
  • Community Volunteers
  • First District Dairy2018 Dairy Day Frozen Yogurt Eating Contestants
  • Form-A-Feed
  • Hutchinson High School FFA Members
  • Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival Royal Family
  • The Kurth Family
  • McLeod County 4-H
  • McLeod County Dairy Princess and Ambassadors
  • McLeod County Extension
  • Princess Kay of the Milky Way

 


Business of the Month

In July we will be highlighting  Elena’s Bakery as our Business of the Month.

 

Click here to learn more about Elena’s Bakery.

 

 


Renewing Members

Thank you to our renewing Chamber Members!

  • 3M
  • Century 9
  • Days Inn
  • Faith Lutheran Church
  • Huski Townhomes
  • Hutchinson Health Auxiliary
  • Minnesota Pottery Festival
  • Stamp-n-Storage
  • State Farm Insurance Mike McGraw
  • United Community Action Partners
  • Vivid Image


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.

Click here to check out the Ambassador’s Facebook to see photos of all the visits and other special events hosted by the Ambassadors.

June’s Ambassadors Visits:

  • Bobbing Bobber Brewing Company
  • Victoria Shoopman Photography

Business After Hours:

  • Business After Hours is not held in June, July, August or September.
  • Business After Hours resumes on October 11th with Tigers After Hours. The TigerPath teachers will be on hand to explain how they will helps students discover their talents, develop their skills and build an exciting, rewarding career! “Find your own path” – that’s what it’s all about!

Business After Hours is a great way to learn about businesses in Hutchinson and network with fellow chamber members. This monthly event is Chamber invitation only and a way to get behind-the-scenes at our local businesses. Businesses interested in hosting a Business After Hours event, should contact the Ambassadors.

Click here to email the Ambassadors


Something from Mary

Chamber President Mary Hodson 2017

Leadership….. Leadership 2.0

One of the MOST beneficial chamber programs we have for businesses is Hutchinson Leadership Institute. Leadership Institute is celebrating its 30th year during our 2018-2019 session. Its longevity is based on a core group leading the content; keeping it fresh with today’s business climate and reactive to participants’ needs.

Click here to read the rest of Mary’s article. 


The Quarter 3 Table Tents are ready!


The Chamber prints and delivers 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 Table Tents!  The cost is $20/listing for Chamber members and $30/listing for non-members.

The deadline for Quarter 4 (October, November & December) is September 1.

Click here to email Gina with questions, if you want table tents delivered to your business or if you want to submit an event for upcoming table tents.


Upcoming Save the Dates

July 23 – Hometown Golf Challenge “Around the World in 18 Holes”
July 26-28 – Crazy Days
July 27- Manufacturing in the Park and Picnic in the Park
September 14 – 15 – Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson


More information!

 

 

 


July 2018 Business of the Month

Elena's Bakery logo is made of a teal circle with orange letters and grey elegant drawing surrounding it. It has a small flower in the circle.

8 Main St N, Hutchinson, MN 55350

(320) 429-2253

 

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

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

A collage of photos from Elenas Bakery. The first is a photo of the entrance - a single door with a sign above and a logo in each window beside the door. The second is a picture of the tables in the bakery. The third is a photo of a woman baking desserts in a wide open setting. the third is a photo of cupcakes topped with pink frosting and cherries, some cupcakes have white frosting and sprinkles, and a variety of cookies. The last photo is of the parmesan pull apart bread.

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

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

A collage of photos from Elena's Bakery. The first is a photo of the Caramel Rolls which resemble cinnamon rolls but with a caramel brown icing. The second is of a walnut muffin. The third is of a cake decorated with pink and white icing - a flower and bow are made of icing. The fourth is a caked that is made to look like a boy scout shirt. It is blue with a yellow trim. The fourth is a cake that is made to look like a coach purse. It is purple and white with a gray strap.

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

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

What’s Happening June 2018!

Dairy Day is Friday, June 1 from 11:00am to 1:30pm

in Library Square Park. We hope to see you there!

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This year’s activities include:

  • ~~12:00 pm – Cow milking contest featuring celebrity milkers: Water Carnival Royal Family, McLeod County Dairy Ambassadors, Mayor Gary Forcier, Police Chief Dan Hatten & Fire Chief Mike Schumann
  • ~~12:30 pm – Fro-Yo eating contest sponsored by Below Zero
  • ~~Meet Princess Kay from the Milky Way
  • ~~$5.00 meal
  • ~~Children’s activities
  • ~~Cheese samples
  • ~~Live music

Hometown Golf Challenge

Do you have your (golf) bags packed???  This year’s participants at the Chamber’s Hometown Golf Challenge will be traveling “Around the World in 18 Holes!”  Are you ready to have some fun while networking and highlighting your business?

2018 Hometown Golf Challenge will be Monday, July 23 at the Crow River Golf Club. 

Here’s a little preview of some of this year’s itinerary and travel perks:

  • 11:00am registration and lunch
  • 12:00pm shotgun start
  • 5:00pm dinner and program
  • Four cash prizes – 1st place & three randomly drawn teams
  • $500 guaranteed cash shootout winner
  • Best team costume
  • Best decorated cart
  • Best costume & cart combo
  • Lunch & dinner meals included

We have many different sponsorship opportunities available, click here for a 2018 Sponsor Form.

Registration for the event is now open, click here for the 2018 Registration and Information.


Manufacturing in the Park & Picnic in the Park

On Friday, July 27, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm, manufacturers, educators and related organizations in McLeod County will be in Library Square Park providing an interactive afternoon and engaging with community members. Come and learn who they are, what they do and why they may be looking for you! While learning through play and activities, you can also enjoy a $5 picnic-style lunch. Manufacturing in the Park coincides with Hutchinson Crazy Days and the Hutchinson Downtown Association’s Picnic in the Park

If you are interested in sharing manufacturing and education with the community, click here for registration form.


 Crazy Days – Save the Date!


Are you crazy for Crazy Days?!  We sure are!  

Mark your calendar for July 26 – 28. 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!


Hutchinson Leadership Institute & Leadership 2.0

Enrollment for 2018-2019 is Now Open!

We are happy to announce the Hutchinson Leadership Institute is back for its 30th 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! This brand new program will take a deeper dive into personal leadership and how it can impact the future of the entire community. 

Click link for the Hutchinson Leadership Institute application (pdf) or Click here for the Hutchinson Leadership 2.0 application (pdf).

If you have questions about the Hutchinson Leadership program, please click here to email Mary at the Chamber office or click here to call Mary at the Chamber office at 320-234-0785.


Business of the Month

In June we will be highlighting  RiverSong as our Business of the Month.

Click here to learn more about RiverSong.

 


New Members

Welcome to our newest Chamber Members!


Renewing Members

Thank you to our renewing Chamber Members!


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

Click here to check out the Ambassador’s Facebook to see photos of all the visits and other special events hosted by the Ambassadors.

May’s Ambassadors Visits:

Business After Hours is not held in June, July, August or September — See you in October 11th!

Business After Hours is a great way to learn about businesses in Hutchinson and network with fellow chamber members. This monthly event is Chamber invitation only and a way to get behind-the-scenes at our local businesses. Businesses interested in hosting a Business After Hours event, should contact the Ambassadors. Click here to email the Ambassadors


Something from Mary

YOU have it.

YOU have the power, knowledge and ability… to change the world.

YOU are capable of changing your life, your business and those around you.

Read the rest of Mary’s article here: 


Table Tent Deadline for Quarter 3 is June 1st 2018!


Are you planning an event for July, August or September 2018?  Make sure you get your event added to the Table Tents!  The deadline to add events for the 3rd Quarter is June 1st.  The cost is $20/listing for Chamber Members and $30/listing for non-members.  We print 900 table tents and deliver them around the community.

The deadline for Quarter 4 (October, November & December) is September 1.

To submit an event , click here to email Gina.

 


Upcoming Save the Dates

June 1 – Dairy Day Celebration
July 23 – Hometown Golf Challenge “Around the World in 18 Holes”
July 26-28 – Crazy Days
July 27- Manufacturing in the Park and Picnic in the Park
September 14 – 15 – Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson


More Information for You!