What’s Happening July 2020

 

Lets focus and think on the long term- let’s not allow this short term crisis, impact your long term success. How we as businesses support each other, commit to each other, will lay our foundation for moving forward. As we move forward building strategic plans for our community’s recovery, we need your voice, your investment to move Hutchinson forward. Let’s work together.

 

Time to Recover and Get Back to Business

Small Business Relief Grants Program
2020-06-15 – PPP Loan Forgiveness & 24 Week Extension Guidance 

Guidance for Outdoor Dining

MN RETAILERS ASSOCIATION- Curbside Best Practices AND FREE WEBINAR

Safety Best Practices to get back to work

McLeod County COVID-19 Website

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Hutchinson Leadership Institute & Leadership 2.0 Enrollment for 2020-2021 is Now Open!

Business logo for Hutchinson Leadership Institute

We are excited to announce the Hutchinson Leadership Institute is back for its 32nd year! The Hutchinson Leadership Institute is hosted by the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. This comprehensive program is designed to build community leaders. Over the period of nine months, participants will experience 10 days of training and classes. Each participant will be assigned to a group service project, which will assess community needs, determine a project, and facilitate the project working with other community members and/or groups.

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

Click link for application: Hutchinson Leadership Institute (pdf) or Hutchinson Leadership 2.0 (pdf)

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

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Something from Mary…

 

Looking for a “Take Home” Hutchinson Keepsake? Wanting your business to be apart of a Hutchinson Keepsake?…. Read Something from Mary to learn more!
Click here to watch a short video about Goodnight Hutchinson

Sponsorship Form

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

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

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

June’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • No visits were scheduled due to COVID-19

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Maximize Your Membership!

With all the closures, re-opening, curb-side, delivery, new hours, ect. does it have you searching for a new way to remind customers of the services or products you offer? Do you have a promotional flyer already and don’t feel like recreating the wheel? Your search is over…

Chamber Members can add a newsletter insert to the Chamber’s monthly newsletter or request a Chamber Member mailing list in one of two ways. They can purchase a single newsletter insert or mailing list; or to maximize their benefit they can add it to their membership as a 1 point option. Feel free to reach out with any questions to info@explorehutchinson.com or call 587-5252.

Newsletter Insert and Member Mailing Lists graphic

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No Longer receiving the Chamber’s informational emails?

Please let us know and/or check your email filters. We are experiencing a hefty number of bounces each month but need your help in trying to fix the problem. Thank you for your hand in trying to correct it. 

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CrAzY dAyS!!!    Yes, it’s HAPPENING!

Click here to learn how you can help get the word out about Crazy Days 2020! 

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New & Renewing Members for June

Warmest Welcome to our NEW MEMBER of the Hutchinson Chamber

We also want to Thank the following Members for renewing their partnership with us!

  • Below Zero Frozen Yogurt 
  • Canvasworks, Inc.
  • Clay Coyote Gallery & Pottery
  • Crow River Auto & Truck Repair, Inc.
  • Crow River Habitat For Humanity
  • Designs by Jane
  • Duane Jindra Crop Insurance Agency, L.L.C.
  • Hutchinson Health Auxiliary
  • JBL Companies
  • Main Street Sports Bar
  • Marco
  • Midwest Vision Centers
  • Minnesota Pottery Festival
  • Novation Credit Union
  • Outdoor Motion
  • Pizza Ranch
  • Stamp-n-Storage
  • Tidy Tightwads
  • Vivid Image, Inc.

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2020 Annual Hometown Golf Challenge

With a very heavy heart we are sad to announce that the Hometown Golf Challenge has been postponed until 2021. We believe that we would not be able to provide the experience this year due to the safety and integrity of the event. We will be back in 2021 with a FUN and EXCITING event.

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Business of the Month- United Community Action Partnership

UCAP offers a wide variety of services to low income families, individuals and persons in need. They provide resources and referrals to persons in the area of housing, shelter, child care aware, energy assistance, Head Start preschool, Food Assistance, transportation and many additional resources!

218 Main St S, Suite 124   Hutchinson, MN
www.unitedcapmn.org  |  507-847-2632

Click here to learn more about UCAP!

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Shop Small Floor Mat

Do you have a smaller space in need of a rug? Fret not the Chamber is here to save the day! We have extra Shop Small floor mats roughly sized 27″ x 17.5″. Stop at the Chamber to pick yours up today! (First come, first served basis)

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Click here to view July’s Community Calendar

 

Hutchinson Leadership Institute 2020-2021

Are you ready for a new professional or personal challenge?
Is it time to reinvest in yourself?
Are you hoping to be more involved in the community?
Would you like to learn more about our great community of Hutchinson?

If you have answered “Yes” to any of these questions this program may be perfect for you!

 

Click here to learn more about Hutchinson Leadership Institute.

 

Wondering what’s Next? LEADERSHIP 2.0 Of course!
Click to to apply!

 

Click here to watch!

 

Please call (320-587-5252) the Hutchinson Chamber with any questions. 

 

What’s Happening June 2020

It’s Time to Recover and Get Back to Business

Click the titles below to learn more

MN RETAILERS ASSOCIATION- Curbside Best Practices AND FREE WEBINAR

Safety Best Practices to get back to work

McLeod County COVID-19 Website

Interviews with Hutchinson’s Businesses during COVID

Click here to watch!

Stay informed and look for information from reliable and trusted sources, including:

 

Dairy Day- Postponed until 2021

 

Hometown Golf Challenge

This event has been postponed to later summer due to COVID-19 restrictions. Keep an eye out for additional details

 

New & Renewing Members

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

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

  • 3M
  • Achieve TFC, LLC
  • AKI, Inc
  • American Legion Hutchinson Post 96
  • Arvig Media
  • B & B Sports & RV
  • Benny’s Meat Market
  • Bobbing Bobber Brewing Company
  • Bursch Travel Agency
  • Caspers Chiropractic Center
  • Common Cup Ministry
  • Crow River Floral & Gifts
  • Crow River Auto & Truck Repair
  • Custom Stay Residence & Suites 
  • Duane Jindra Crop Insurance Agency L.L.C.
  • Faith Lutheran Church
  • Five Star Financial Resources
  • Fun Sports of Hutchinson
  • Goebel Fixture Company
  • GSM Hutchinson
  • Hutchinson Financial
  • Hutchinson Huskies Baseball Association
  • Hutchinson Seventh-day Adventist Church
  • Impressions Inc.
  • Iron Jungle CrossFit
  • Keller Williams- The Broll Team
  • McLeod Alliance 
  • McLeod Emergency Food Shelf
  • MidCountry Bank
  • Midwest Visions
  • Novation Credit Union
  • Sheldon Nies
  • The Hair Lounge and Spa Services
  • The Paint Factory
  • Ohly Americas
  • Plumbing & Heating by Craig
  • Pride Solutions
  • Rainy Water Conditioning, Inc.
  • Relay for Life McLeod County
  • Re/Max Results
  • SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
  • State Farm Insurance – Mike McGraw
  • Stepping Stone Therapeutic Inc
  • The Lamb Shoppe & Wellness Center
  • United Community Action Partnership
  • Upper Midwest A-C Club
  • Vivid Image, Inc.
  • Walmart Supercenter
  • Wells Fargo Bank N.A.
  • Wendorff Insurance
  • West Central Sanitation
  • Woodstone Senior Living Community

 

 

Business of the Month

Skyview Dairy, Inc.

18506 Nickel Ave
Hutchinson, MN
Skyview Dairy’s Facebook Page320-587-3658

Click here to learn more about Skyview Dairy!

Click here to hear the KDUZ interview with Skyview Dairy

 

 

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What’s Happening- May 2020

Something from Mary!

Hutchinson Residents are Needed More Than Ever to #thinkLOCAL
As we prepared for Main Street 2020 for two and a half years, we never imagined a virus could spread across the world, threatening lives and bank accounts, and sending some of us home from work for weeks at a time.

We planned for each business and building owner to have information at their fingertips, considered carefully how to spend precious dollars on marketing and billboards, and how to keep businesses open during construction season. How could anyone prepare for the extension of lost business before the equipment began to move?

But here we are. Equipment has been rolled into position, roads closed, and Main Street is closed to through traffic. And COVID-19 is still here. Businesses need YOU. More specifically…your friends, neighbors and family members need YOU… to spend your dollars LOCALLY.
Local businesses are owned and operated by people YOU know and care about.

I am asking you to:

  • Spend your dollars locally with businesses who have adjusted their hours, services, and routine to manage both virus and construction
  •  Shop online at LOCAL stores and shops
  •  Spend your dollars locally, instead of driving out of town
  •  Support the businesses that donate to your child’s activities and events
  • Attend sales and downtown events this summer when it is safe
  •  When using large online sites-choose their donation options; they’ll donate to a local non-profit of your choice

I’d like you to consider:

  • That cute store downtown has an owner trying to raise their family here.
  •  The restaurant staff donate time and food to other organizations.
  •  Businesses in our community pay a significant portion of the taxes in our city and county. Taxes pay for law enforcement, roads/streets, and many other amenities we take for granted every day.
  •  The service business owner brought their family back to Hutchinson to be part of a true community.
  •  The place just around the corner; the owner moved from another community because they felt welcome here.
  •  That place down the street is run by someone who is managing cancer, and now Covid, and road construction.
  •  The salon owner is not going to sit down for weeks once social distancing is lifted. Be kind when you cannot get in right away. Oh, and don’t get your own bangs.
  • ·Put your dollars where your heart is. Hutchinson is an incredible community, which I and my family have lived for almost 19 years. We came because of a job. We stayed because of the #HutchinsonHeart. You know…. the community that steps up when there is a cancer fundraiser for a family battling disease and bills, and answers the call when a neighbor needs help. The community that griefs together when a child has died, or when people go missing. The city that populates hearts on windows, sidewalks, driveways and signs when a virus threatens. The community that has made thousands of sewn fabric masks to give to those on the front lines, and hands out food, while it snows, to people who line up for blocks. The community that creates a parade to celebrate someone during 100 years young.

This is Hutchinson.

Next year the road will be complete, we’ll be able to shake hands and hug. Let’s each do our part to make sure everyone is there with us when we come back together.

Put your money where your heart is.
spendLOCAL              shopLOCAL                 thinkLOCAL               loveLOCAL

 

www.ExploreHutchinson.com

This is where you can find updated information on:

  • If you have information that should be on these pages, PLEASE let us know and we will get it updated. Please share these resources with staff and friends!

Contact the chamber at 320-587-5252 or e-mail office@explorehutchinson.com

 


Main Street 2020

You may have noticed the  hustle and bustle downtown over the last few weeks. The Main Street 2020  project is in full swing! This is a great opportunity to get out, walk, get some fresh air and enjoy watching the progress! Please remember to follow all detours and view from a safe distance.

                       Find more about the plan, detours, parking, and construction
updated every Friday here.

 

Dairy Day- CANCELED

For the health and well being of our community, Dairy Day has been postponed until June 4, 2021.
The Agri- Business Committee works diligently to support the Agriculture Community. Although Dairy Day will not take place this year, the committee is working on additional support for our producers.
We encourage everyone to thank a farmer, be safe for farmers and give them room on the roads as they travel from field to field planting next year’s food for our tables.

If you know a farmer struggling with the overwhelming work, COVID crisis and the strains of current Ag. issues, please provide them with the support number for free and confidential counseling.
Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline is available 24/7
833-600-2670 FREE & CONFIDENTIAL

 


May Business of the Month

Oakdale Golf Club  is located southwest of Hutchinson on beautiful Lake Allie. Mike and Laura Knodel own the course and if there is one thing they would like you to know, it’s that everyone is welcome. This 18 hole course is open to the public and also features a driving range. Not a golfer? That’s okay. Enjoy a meal at Chip Shots Grill & Bar. Chip Shots Grill & Bar is open to the public.

55106 Co Rd 38, Buffalo Lake, MN 55314

320-587-0525

info@oakdalegolfclub.com

Take a drone tour of the course here

See the Chip Shots menu here

*Currently Chip Shots is doing take out on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm-7pm.

Learn more about Oakdale Golf Club and Chip Shots Grill & Bar here.


 

Upcoming Events:

 

Business Logo for the Chamber's Business Connection event
Canceled for May

 

Canceled for May

 

Events canceled for MayBusiness logo for PLUSE

 

 

Please check back for June’s 2020 Event updates. As we all know, the current situation is ever-changing. We will do our very best to communicate changes with you.

 


 

Tourism Marketing Grant Available!

Every event watches the bottom line to make the most out of every dollar and every event has the same need –  people!

Have no Fear – Help is Here…. The 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 – Hutchinson Area Boat and RV Show, The Big Little Hunting & Fishing Expo, Minnesota Pottery Festival, Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival, RiverSong, McLeod County Fair and Minnesota Garlic Festival.

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.

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

2020 Tourism Marketing Grant Criteria, Deadlines and Grant Application (pdf).

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!

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

2018 Hometown Golf Challenge Around the World in 18 Holes

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 (pdf).


Manufacturing in the Park & Picnic in the Park

Watermelon slices on a plate at Picnic in the ParkOn 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 (pdf).


Crazy Days – Save the Date!


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

Business logo for Hutchinson Crazy Days July 26 - 28, 2018

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!

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 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

RiverSong Music Festival July 13 - 14, 2018

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!


Business logo for Hutchinson AmbassadorsThe 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

Chamber President Mary Hodson

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 Calendar of Events for June 2018

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!

 

Table Tent Calendar of Events for 2nd Quarter 2018 (April - June)

 

Dairy Day event flyer for June 1 2018

Southwest Eye Care Celebrates National Sunglasses Day flyer

 


Business logo for ExploreHutchinson.com Much in Hutch

What’s Happening in May 2018?

 Leadership Logo

Hutchinson Leadership Institute

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Hutchinson Leadership Institute Graduates!

Justin Abfalter                     Jen Barnett                   Angie  Bloemke
Jackie Borka                         Gina  Buske                  James Chapman
Annie DeMeyer                     Andy Erlandson         Dale Gross
Erika  Kellen                           Robyn Lawson           Tanya Mackenthun
Missy Maiers                           Kayla Nemec              Alicia Nortrom
Colton Porter                         Kristen Schuft            Adam Smith
Chris Sperl                              Melissa Straka            Joe Tauer
Danielle Vander Ploeg       Nikki Willemssen       Dave Wollan

Participants, sponsors, alumni and guests are invited to join us on May 16, 2018, at the Crow River Winery to celebrate the graduation and community service project of the 2017-2018 Hutchinson Leadership Institute Class. Students in the Hutchinson Leadership Institute have the rare opportunity to turn knowledge into action by creating community projects as part of the program.

Hutchinson Leadership Institute Banquet – May 16th, 2018 – 5:30 pm

  • Crow River Winery
  • Current Participants, Sponsors & Guest – No Fee
  • Alumni & Additional Guests – $20 per person

If you would like to attend the graduation and banquet or would like more information about registering for the 2018-2019 class, please click here to call the Chamber office at 320-587-5252 or email click here to email Mary.


Accessibility for Your Business banner ad

Learn about ADA accessibility for your building or business. From what the ADA barriers are, to developing your own plan… learn from the experts.

  • Tuesday, May 22 at Hutchinson Event Center
    7:45 am Registration
    8:00-10:00 am ADA Seminar

For more information and registration details click here! (pdf)


Dairy Day / Friday, June 1 / 11:00 am – 1:30 pm / Library Square Park

 

Every year, over 1000+ supporters come to Business logo for Hutchinson Chamber Agri-BusinessLibrary Square in celebration of Dairy Day, the annual official start of summer in Hutchinson. The Agri-Business Committee hosts Dairy Day honoring our vibrant farming community. Plan to stop down for a $5 meal and learn more about our local agriculture in Hutchinson and  the surrounding communities.

Two black and white cows at Dairy DaysThis year’s activities include:

  • 12:00 pm – Cow milking contest featuring celebrity milkers include 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

Click here for more Dairy Day information (pdf) or if you are interested in sponsoring this community event click here for Dairy Day sponsorship form (pdf) or call the Chamber at 320-587-5252.


Hometown Golf Challenge

2018 Hometown Golf Challenge "Around the World in 18 Holes" banner ad

Traveling by land, air or sea…… Our theme this year will be Around the World in 18 Holes! 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.  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:

  • 11:00 am registration and lunch
  • 12:00 pm shotgun start
  • 5:00 pm dinner and program
  • Four cash prizes
  • 1st place & three randomly drawn teams
  • 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 (pdf).

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


Manufacturing in the Park & Picnic in the Park

Seven kids having Dairy Day picnic lunch at blanket in Library Square Park On Friday, July 27, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, manufacturers, educators and related organizations in McLeod County will be in Library Square Park and provide  an interactive afternoon engaging with McLeod County community members. Come and learn who they are, what they do and who they are looking for…

Manufacturing in the Park coincides with Hutchinson Crazy Days and Picnic in the Park which is hosted by Hutchinson Downtown Association. While learning through play and activities, you can also enjoy a $5 picnic-style lunch.

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


Crazy Days – Save the Date!

Hutchinson Chamber Crazy Days July 26 - 28 2018
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!


Thank you to everyone who helped to make the 2018 Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo another successful year!

We want to thank all those who donated their time and talents.Bring It Home Business Expo Chamber business logo A special shout out to the McLeod County Fairgrounds, Randy Starke and his staff, to the Hutchinson Jaycees for setting up and taking down the booths and another to our own, Ashley Gabbert, who furnished us with a photo booth that provided hours of fun and photos that captured the days excitement! 

The Expo would not be possible if not for the businesses that graciously contribute to the event and to those braved the snowstorm and participated in the day.   

Last but never least, we would like to acknowledge our Event Sponsors, Champion Sponsors and Visionary Sponsor. Our deepest gratitude to these businesses for their generous support.

EVENT SPONSORS

Ashley HomeStore, Cash wise Foods, Century 9 Theater, Factory Direct Furniture, Goebel Fixture, Hutchinson Leader, Hutchinson Rotary, Luce Line Loops, NU-Telecom, Outdoor Motion, Piehl Hanson Beckman, Plumbing & Heating By Craig, Quade Electric, Stamp N Storage & Wal-Mart.

CHAMPION SPONSORS

3M Hutchinson, Hutchinson Health, TDK– Hutchinson Technology & Uponor

VISIONARY SPONSOR

Citizens Bank & TrustThank you in multiple colored letters


Woodstone Senior Living Community business logo

Business of the Month

 

In May we will be highlighting  Woodstone Senior Living Community as our Business of the Month.

Click here to learn more about Woodstone Senior Living Community.

 


New Members

Welcome to our newest Chamber Member!

  • Jennifer’s Avon

Renewing Members

Thank you to our renewing Chamber Members!

  • Adult Training and Habilitation Center
  • AKI
  • Benny’s Meat Market
  • Caspers Chiropractic Center
  • Edina Realty
  • Hutchinson Financial
  • Hutchinson Huskies Basketball Association
  • Keller Williams Realty Integrity – The Straka Group
  • LBC of Hutchinson
  • McLeod Emergency Food Shelf
  • NU-Telecom
  • Shoe Sensation
  • Twice is Nice

Hutchinson Chamber Ambassadors business logo

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.

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

April’s Ambassadors Visits:

May’s Business After Hours:

Thursday, May 10, 2018 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Business After Hours events are open to all Chamber Member business employees.  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 for May’s Business After Hours  or click here to call the Chamber at 320-587-5252.


Table Tent Deadline for Quarter 3 is June 1st 2018!May 2018 photo of table tent events

 

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.

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.

 

 


Something from Mary

Mary Hodson Chamber President 2017

Sign of the Times

Are you keeping up with the times? Are you investing in your personal and professional development? Are you investing in your employees’ personal and professional development?

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Upcoming Save the Dates

  • May 4 – Leadercast
  • May 10 – Business After Hours: MidCountry Bank
  • May 22 – ADA Seminar
  • 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

 

April to June 2018 table tent events pdf

ADA Basics Seminar May 22 2018 at Hutchinson Events Center pdf

Dairy Days June 1 2018 in Library Square Park pdf

Mediacom Home Controller information 2018 pdf


Hutchinson Chamber business logo

 

2018 Dairy Day – Friday, June 1

Dairy Day / Friday, June 1 / 11:00am – 1:30pm / Library Square Park

Every year, over 1000+ supporters come to Hutchinson Chamber Agri-Business business logoLibrary Square in celebration of Dairy Day, the annual official start of summer in Hutchinson. The Agri-Business Committee hosts Dairy Day honoring our vibrant farming community. Plan to stop down for a $5 meal and learn more about our local agriculture in Hutchinson and the surrounding communities.

Two black and white cows at Dairy DaysThis year’s activities include:

  • 12:00 pm – Cow milking contest featuring celebrity milkers include 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

Children standing by table in frozen yogurt eating contestGrey cow in Library Square Park at Dairy Days eventTwo green John Deere tractors and one red International tractor at Dairy Days

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

 

Mary Hodson, IOM, Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce Graduates from Institute for Organization Management

IOM graduation

A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Mary Hodson, IOM, President of the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.