Hutchinson Leadership Institute 2017-2018

We are happy to announce the Hutchinson Leadership Institute is back for its 29th 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.

Here’s what past participants have said after going through the program:

“I have been thru many leadership classes in my life and this class far exceeds any and all I have ever participated in. Thank you for this opportunity to grow and meet these others that are now like family. This was amazing on all levels!!!! Blown Away!!!” 

“This program made me realize my potential for growth, both personally and professionally, outside my current circle of influence.”

“Leadership Institute has given my an opportunity to learn some new things about myself and the community, as well as given me a wake-up call on something things I have just taken for granted.

“I have learned so much about myself, from I can do and who to reach out to if I need business help.”

“The Leadership class means more self confidence in the workplace and my personal life. I enjoyed getting to know my classmates and building relationships.” 

 

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

Hometown Golf Challenge

Let’s Go Crazy, Let’s Go Golf! We are excited to have some fun at the Hometown Golf Challenge this year, and we want to let you in on it too!  This is a fun and easy event to highlight your business.  We typically host 100 golfers each year, and they look forward to not only golfing, but interacting with other local business people.  We have many different sponsorship opportunities available, 2017 Golf Sponsor Form

Click here for printable Registration Form: 

Super Bowl 52 – What does it mean for YOU?

Last week you may have seen that I ventured out to Minneapolis to learn more about how our community can get involved with Super Bowl 52.

Now you might wonder why would that matter to us at the chamber and our community?  Not only is the Super Bowl a day for football fans, this entire event hosts numerous opportunities for minority businesses to work directly with the NFL and showcase their craft or service.  It gives us a chance to “get on the map” in a HUGE way.

Business Connect, the National Football League’s Super Bowl and special event supplier diversity program is focused on creating contract and business development opportunities for certified minority-, woman-, veteran-, lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender-owned qualified, diverse businesses and is looking for the following business types:

Audio Visual • Barricades • Carpet/Flooring • Catering/Food & Beverage • Courier Services • De-icing • Décor • Employment Agencies • Entertainment • Equipment Rental • Event Production • Fencing • Florists • Furniture • Generators • Gifts & Promotions • Golf Carts • Hardware Supplies • Linens • Office Supplies • Painters • Photography    • Port-O-Lets • Printing & Graphics • Security • Snow Removal • Tenting • Trailers • Transportation • Vans • Video • Waste Removal

If you are a business providing those goods or services, here are the additional eligibility requirements:

  • Be Headquartered in the state of Minnesota (with offices within the 13 County Twin Cities area)
  • Be 51% owned by a minority, woman, veteran, or LGBT-owned business individual and certified as one of the following:
    • Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
    • Woman Business Enterprise (WBE)
    • Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB)
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Business Enterprise (NGLCC)
  • Have been in operation for three (3) or more years (i.e. registered with the state)
  • Provide goods or services requested by this program (see SBLII BC’s 56+ scopes of work)
  • Must be in good standing and eligible to do business in the state of Minnesota

If you meet these requirements, you must provide proof and initiate an application for certification/verification.  Please refer to the below website to gather more information on how you can apply for this certification.

http://www.mnsuperbowl.com/get-involved/business-connect

All vendor registrations & certifications MUST BE completed by 03/31/17.  Registration does not guarantee your participation in the event as a vendor – but it allows you the opportunity to potentially bid on the opportunities available.

Why would you go through this process? This puts you in direct contact with key influential people from the NFL. It doesn’t give you an absolute “in” with them, but it definitely gives you an “edge”.  The program will host leadership and training opportunities, multiple networking events, and if chosen to take on a job, gives you and your business direct access to one of the largest stages& events in the world – the Super Bowl.

Are you ready for this?  This is the time for you to take a look in the mirror, think about where you see your business as it is now and where you want it to be in the future.  If you think you have what it takes, let’s get you there.

Please reach out to me, Mollie Terlinden, if you have additional questions about how to proceed.  Time is of essence – and if you have interest in taking this further, you must act QUICKLY.

All my best,

Mollie

320-234-0789

mollie@explorehutchinson.com

 

Tourism Marketing Grant Available!

Every event watches the bottom line to make the most out of every dollar.
Every event has the same need- people.

Have No Fear- Help is Here!

Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism has a grant to help offset marketing costs to get people to come to your event- Here are the two biggest things to know:
1. Marketing (for the grant) must be outside a 30 mile radius of Hutchinson, MN.
2. The Chamber/Tourism logo has to be included in the ad or marketing medium.

Through our Tourism program, we work to attract more people to Hutchinson, MN. We have much to offer, and our businesses are here to serve those who visit. More people in Hutchinson generates more revenue for our businesses…. Which generates more tax revenue…. Which repairs our streets, keeps police officers in our neighborhoods, keeps our water clean… you get where I am going with that.

Several events have applied and received Tourism Marketing Grant money:
RiverSong, Elks Annual Gun Show, Bonnie Mohr’s Fall Open House, Orange Spectacular, Big Little Hunting & Fishing Expo, and the Hutchinson Area Boat and RV Show.

Event Marketing Tip: When you are setting up a marketing plan, be sure to diversify. Publications, Radio, Posters, and Social Media are all important in today’s world. Be sure you are doing everything to set your event up for success. Focusing too heavily on only one of these options can drastically reduce your attendance.

The deadlines for the 2017 Tourism Marketing Grant:  June 1, 2017 & September 1, 2017. 

We look forward to receiving your application and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

Click here for our 2017 Tourism Marketing Grant Application.

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2017 Chamber Beach Bash Registration: January 20th, 2017

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Hutchinson Chamber New Office Hours

To resist is futile.

“One reason people resist change is because they focus on what they have to give up,
instead of what they have to gain.”
-Rick Godwin

A business person must be nimble, fluid, open to adjustments, willing to ying instead of yang. You do it all day… we all do. Things do change. Things do need to be adjusted from time to time.

Recently, the chamber board and staff made the decision to adjust the chamber’s hours of operation. We are adjusting when we are open to the public, not necessarily because we want to, but, this is the best way to TAKE CARE OF OUR CHAMBER MEMBERS, while managing changes made to salary structures by the Dept. of Labor.

What will be gained with this adjustment of hours? Staff will be able to attend important community and committee meetings, we’ll be able to serve members when it is best for them, not because of office hours. The flexibility our staff will appreciate will reap benefits for you, our members, just as it should.

So what’s next?

As of November 21, 2016 our hours will be 10am to 4pm. The majority of our walk-in traffic and phone volume is during these hours.

The board room will still be available, from 9am-4pm. There may be a few exceptions due to events. For any organization who may be used to having access to this room from 8-5… your attendees may be cheering right now… (shorter meetings)

Committee meetings scheduled outside of the 10-4 time-frame will stay the same for now.

I am going to thank you in advance for being nimble, open to adjustments, willing to bend with the wind with us on this. There’s always a silver lining, a bright side, and ever notice there’s always something in the glass whether you think it’s half full or half empty?

Yep, I still get to be perky, sparkly, positive and jam-packed with sunshine. So we’ll adjust our hours, meet your needs, and keep #MuchInHutch!

Businesses: Participate in Small Business Saturday 2016!

There is nothing small about Small Business Saturday in Hutchinson! Each year our Bring It Home committee works hard to plan some fun around Hutchinson.  Now we just need Hutchinson businesses to jump on board.  We need you to help make this big! The Chamber Board has once again decided to support local businesses with payments towards shoppers purchases.

 

 

Steps to Success:

Envision Your Day

  • Design a shopping event showcasing your product and/or services
  • Do something fun to entice people to come and shop with you
  • Offer a special or discount for customers to use on Small Business Saturday

Think Big

  • Use the Hutchinson Leader and KDUZ/KARP to tell the community about your plans
  • Utilize Social Media to generate excitement
  • Word of mouth goes a long way; tell your customers, friends, and family what you have planned
  • Chamber Members: Use your Chamber Portal to enter HOT DEALS, and your EVENT to the community calendar
    (If you need assistance logging in, call Matt 320-587-5252)
  • Non-Chamber Members; to enter an Event to the calendar
    1.Go to ExploreHUTCHINSON.com 2. Click “Community Calendar”
    3. “Submit New Event” 4. Enter info & “Submit for Approval”

Sign-Up

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Who:  Any Hutchinson Chamber Member may participate

What is it? This contest is meant to create traffic for your business.  Display a Decorated Snowman at your business.

When: November 26 through December 2, 2016

How? Call the Chamber office at 587-5252 or email Casey by November 18 to sign up.
When you sign up we will need to know:

snowman name
address /location of snowman/display
sponsor name*, and who the snowman is created by (if applicable)
*Businesses may sponsor a group to make a snowman on their behalf

  • The cost is $25 to participate. Payments may be cash, check, or $25 gift card.
    (Money will go toward expenses, gift cards will be used on Small Business Saturday to suprise shoppers)
  • Create your snowman out of any material—be creative!
  • The Bring It Home logo must be incorporated somehow. You will receive the logo by email when you register.

Prizes:

  • $100 for Judges Favorite
    Criteria: 1. Creativity 2. Use of Bring It Home logo 3. Incorporation of your business in the design
  • Winners  will be announced by December 9th, 2016

Why a Decorated Snowman Contest?

  • The contest draws people in, bringing people INTO your business. Even if they don’t purchase anything, they are still IN your business– make the most of each experience!
  • Doesn’t everyone love a snowman?
  • In the past, several businesses used the snowman decorating as a team building exercise.
  • Businesses had fun with the friendly competition. It wasn’t really about the competition, but being part of something bigger, and special, in Hutchinson. #MuchInHutch

Hutchinson Leadership Institute 2016-2017

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We are happy to announce the Hutchinson Leadership Institute is back for its 28th year!  The Hutchinson Leadership Institute is a staple of the local business community.  This program gives you the opportunity to see Hutchinson from the inside out, as well as provides in depth leadership training on topics such as Ethics, Communication, Project Management, Personal Assessments, Civic Leadership, and more!

If you aren’t sure if you should consider the opportunity, here’s some of what this year’s group said about the program:

“I have been thru many leadership classes in my life and this class far exceeds any and all I have ever participated in. Thank you for this opportunity to grow and meet these others that are now like family. This was amazing on all levels!!!! Blown Away!!!” 

“This program made me realize my potential for growth, both personally and professionally, outside my current circle of influence.”

“Leadership Institute has given my an opportunity to learn some new things about myself and the community, as well as given me a wake-up call on something things I have just taken for granted.

“I have learned so much about myself, from I can do and who to reach out to if I need business help.”

“The Leadership class means more self confidence in the workplace and my personal life. I enjoyed getting to know my classmates and building relationships.”

Click here for the application and more information.

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

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Thank You!

chamber (4 of 35)Thank you Hutchinson Chamber Member Businesses, Board of Directors, Matt, and Mary!  My (almost) 4 years at this office has been more than I could have ever asked for.  Starting as the quiet administrative assistant I slowly found the place I was meant to be, and have enjoyed the last year as the Communication Coordinator.

It is hard to walk away from a career that I truly LOVE, but I know in my heart that now is the time for me to focus on my family.  Being a military family, sometimes the sacrifices can be hard.  Our family has chosen when and where to sacrifice, but lately our three kids have had to sacrifice way too much.  Knowing that I am making the best decision for my family is getting me through the loss I feel for this career I love.

Here is a list of some of the things I have enjoyed most during my time here:

  • Helping the Chamber Committees,  Ambassadors,  Agri-Business, and Bring It Home, with their events and programs.
  • The Hutchinson Leadership Institute will always be a highlight of my personal and professional growth.
  • Serving on the City of Hutchinson Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
  • Communicating with people that are tourists visiting Hutchinson, and sharing that there is #MuchInHutch!
  • Assisting in the administrative work for the Hutchinson Area Community Foundation.
  • Learning more about all the great businesses and organizations Hutchinson has (we are so lucky here!)

One last Thank You to Matt & Mary, seriously two awesome co-workers!  Thank you for making a “job” so fun. I will miss creating random hashtags, pumpkin muffins, brainstorming sessions, and just all the fun we truly have. I will miss my Main Street view and the daily laughs!

I will still be around town, and hope to stay involved.  Hutchinson will always be home to me.  Thank you to everyone who takes their time to make this community so great!

-Melissa Goldstein

**If you are interested in an awesome job as a Communication Coordinator at the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, click here!

Celebrating #MuchInHutch – Annual Banquet

We invite you to join us as we celebrate #MuchInHutch!  The Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism will host our annual banquet on Friday, January 23, 2015, social hour beginning at 5:30pm at Crow River Winery.  We are excited to have Jerrid Sebesta as  our guest speaker for the evening!  You will leave inspired to take an introspective look at your life and dreams.  Community awards will also be presented during the event.

The cost for this event, which includes a dinner by Chef Craig, is $40 for Chamber Members and $50 for nonmembers.

The 2014 Community Award Winners are:
Volunteer of the Year: JOANNE CLAY WILLMERT
Business Person of the Year: KEITH HEIKES
Teacher of the Year: KATHY NORDBY
Young Leader of the Year: ADAM FINK

If you have questions about this event please email Melissa or call 320-587-5252.

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Thank you to our sponsors!
Citizens Bank & Trust and Crow River Winery