Hutchinson Leadership Institute 2021-2022

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!

 

 

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

 

April 2021 Newsletter

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Hutchinson Chamber April Newsletter

 

 

 

 

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March 2021 Newsletter from the Hutchinson Chamber!

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March 2021 Newsletter!

 

 

 

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February Newsletter 2021

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January 2021 Newsletter

 

 

 

 

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Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Thanks you for all of your support during 2020. We are excited to see what 2021 will bring for the Hutchinson Community!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodnight Hutchinson Order form

Books are HERE! Fill out the online form, stop in at the Chamber or give us a call to reserve a copy .

*Shipping is available!!

THANK YOU!

 

 

Goodnight Hutchinson Order Form.

  • Name * Required
  • We will only call you if we have questions about the payment.
  • Address
    Please fill out the address portion for shipping purposes only. The book (s) will be shipped to this address.
  • Price: $15.00 Quantity:
    Each book is $15.00 with an option to have the book shipped to you. All books will be signed by The Hutchinson Chamber President and Author, Mary Hodson. Personalized message is available.
    Shipping & Handling
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    Once you click Submit, the system will re-direct you to Paypal for payment. THANK YOU!

 

 

 

 

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What’s Happening- November 2020

Small Business Saturday! – November 28th

Are you ready for Small Business Saturday? Like everything else this year, Small Business Saturday  will look different than previous years. One thing that won’t change this year is the fact that the Chamber “Elves” will be out  paying for purchases of unsuspecting shoppers!

How can you prepare for Small Business Saturday?
-Tell customers about your SBS deals by postcard, flyers in all purchases bags starting NOW,  print on receipts, emails, create a social media event, post a live Facebook video, decorate your businesses or call the Chamber to learn how to share on our website too! We are in this together, so let’s work together!

Are you planning sales for the entire week, allowing/encouraging curbside pick up, offering additional sales or promotions!? Let us know, we are happy to help promote!

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Downtown Christmas- December 12th

The Hutchinson Downtown Association  will be hosting Downtown Christmas 2020! Please help us celebrate by decorating your store front (even if you will not be open on December 12th) by using lights, holiday décor and possibly providing a small take away from your business! Together we are all working on treat bags for the kids, ice skating, farmers market, self-guided holiday tour,  Santa and so much more!

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Maximize Your Membership!

As the height of retail shopping season begins, the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce wants you to think local/shop local.  The Chamber strongly encourages everyone to ThinkLOCAL when making a purchase. Please consider where you will be spending your shopping dollars this holiday season! Now more than ever do we need your business to stay local. That doesn’t only mean shop small but shop LOCAL as well.

Small Business Saturday, which is Nov. 28th, is a nationwide event intended to encourage residents to shop local and to shop small businesses in each participating hometown.

Just think, if you were to switch just 50 % of your online purchases to store front pick up you could greatly impact the Hutchinson Community. When we shop local the entire community we live in is positively impacted!

Did you know?

  • If every household were to take 10 percent of what they typically spend online or out of town and spend it LOCALLY and every business spent 5 percent more locally, that would equal $42 million in annual revenue for our community.
  • Revenue from local purchases keeps tax dollars in our community. These are dollars that support our police and fire departments, our schools and parks, our streets and utilities and much more.
  • Local businesses offer great customer service. Shopping at a local store and tapping into local expertise, you’re as much as 3 times more likely to discover something new.

Sometimes maximizing your Chamber membership is about supporting local efforts to aim to make Hutchinson the best community it can be. There are ways to promote thinkLOCAL at your Chamber business. How do you do that? We have free resources and materials available for your business right here at the Chamber office.  You can request:

  • thinkLOCAL business cards to hand out to customers. The cards feature facts that explain the value in shopping locally and thank customers for a local purchase.
  • thinkLOCAL magnets are also available and serve as a great visual reminder.
  • thinkLOCAL window clings can be put on your storefront or door.
  • a digital version of the thinkLOCAL logo to show your support on your Web site or other social media.
  • and several other promotional materials to

Want to know more? Download your copy of the thinkLOCAL Business Guide.

Contact Cegi at the Chamber office or email her with questions or to work with her to maximize your membership.

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2021 Tourism Marketing Grant

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

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

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

2021 Tourism Marketing Application (pdf). 
2021 Tourism Marketing Grant Criteria & Deadlines (pdf). 

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Business of the Month

This month’s Business of the Month is Chamber Member, Benny’s Meat Market.  This meat market is locally and family owned and operated in downtown Hutchinson and newly opened store in Hector, MN.  Benny’s has over 20 years of experience in the industry and always ready to serve you.

Click here to learn more about Benny’s Meat Market and listen to their radio interview with Mary.

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New & Renewing Members for October

Warmest Welcome to our NEWEST MEMBER of the Hutchinson Chamber!

We also would like to Thank the following members for renewing their partnership with us!

  • Compass Occasions LLC
  • Edward Jones – Matt Beilke
  • FireLake Manufacturing 
  • Home State Bank
  • Hutchinson Area Community Foundation
  • Jimmy’s Pizza
  • Jonny Block
  • New Journey United Church of Christ
  • Quilt Haven on Main
  • Terning & Company Inc.

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Hutchinson Ambassadors

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

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

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

October’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • Clay Coyote
  • Pizza Ranch

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Working from home but need to have an in-person meeting?

Have you been working from home and are sick and tired of cleaning the kitchen/dining room for an in-person business meeting.  Maybe you’re in the search for a quiet meeting location to host a confidential meeting. Look no further, the chamber has a solution for you!  Included with your Chamber membership you are able to reserve the Chamber board room Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm at no charge!

Give us a call today to book your next meeting.

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Something from Mary!

November 28th & December 12th… Two days, you do not want to miss!!!

Read Mary’s Blog to learn more..

 

 

 

 

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What’s Happening in Hutchinson- October 2020

2021 Hutchinson Chamber Annual Banquet–

The Hutchinson Chamber and its Board are actively working to fine tune the details of the 2021 Annual Event. Stay tuned for more details.
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Business Connection –

October business connection has been canceled. The past two months we have been able to facilitate this networking event in Library Square with great outcomes. As we all know, October mornings can be quite chilly causing some guests to be uncomfortable, lowering our registrations and attendance. The Chamber is actively working to find an alternate route of how we can continue with Business Connection while abiding the event guidelines. Contact Cegi at [email protected] if interested in hosting.

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Business After Hours-

Graphic for Hutchinson Ambassadors Business After Hours event

After a couple months on hiatus, Business After Hours event is BACK! The Hutchinson Ambassadors are ready to welcome you to their event on October 8th,  at Woodstone Active Living Facility from 4-6 PM.  All are welcome to visit and tour the new Active Living Facility!  This facility is designed for seniors 55+ that want fewer responsibilities and more adventure, Woodstone Active Living offers a built-in community of friends, activities and amenities.  There will be tours, food and door pries, you won’t want to miss this! REGISTER HERE!

Business After Hours is a great way to learn about businesses in Hutchinson and network with fellow Chamber members. This is a way to get behind the scenes at our local businesses… to see what they make, do or provide. This monthly event is by Chamber invitation only and is open to all Chamber member business employees. Businesses interested in hosting a Business After Hours event or would like more information should email the Ambassadors.

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.

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Maximize Your Membership!

Here at the Chamber we use Email marketing efforts to reach our membership. As a Chamber member, you, too, can make the most of your membership through Email Blasts!

There are two types of Email Blasts that can benefit your business by marketing, promoting events or deals and networking!

A Spotlight Message is a 1-point option that would include a message in one of our monthly Chamber emails, such as the digital newsletter email or one of our other mid-month email updates. Your business name would be in the email’s subject line and your company’s message is a main bullet point in the email.

A Custom Email is a 2-point option that features an email we send to all of the Chamber members whenever you choose. This email contains your message highlighting whatever you wish to share with Chamber members and includes an image or video link we can include in the email.

Email Blasts are a great way to help get your message out to other Chamber members and connect you to other businesses. Are you ready to raise your community profile and maximize your membership!? Contact Cegi by phone (320-234-0786)or email ([email protected])with questions.

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October 1-7

The first week of October is Manufacturing week!

Watch this video to celebrate Manufacturing week.

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Farm Fatigue / Bucket of Thanks Event – THANK YOU!

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

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

See below for a full list of all the businesses that graciously donated this year!

Click the image below for a full list of businesses that donated items!

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Hutchinson Arts & Crafts ONLINE Festival

The Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting an online Arts & Crafts Festival for 2020. Due to COVID-19 we were unable to hold our annual event in person as in years past, so we created a new shopping experience for all to enjoy!

                                  Click here to shop online!

 

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Election of Board of Directors

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

Any question or petitions may be direct to Mary Hodson by phone 320-234-0785 or by email [email protected] and will be presented to the Nominating Committee.

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

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

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

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

Recommended Candidate: Rich Hantge

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Business of the Month

This month’s Business of the Month is Chamber member,
L & P Supply Co. This full lawn, garden and outdoor
power equipment dealership with a small engine
repair shop is a one stop shop for your outdoor needs.  Click here to learn more about 
L & P Supply Co. located in Hutchinson!

Click here to listen to their radio interview.

The Chamber’s Business of the Month program is a free marketing opportunity that is only available to Chamber Members. The featured business is interviewed on KDUZ by Mary, the business logo and company information will be featured on the Chamber’s website for one month, we will put your logo and information in the Chamber’s monthly newsletter, as well as the Chamber highlighting your business in the Hutchinson Leaders’ business section.

If you are interested interested in this opportunity, please email Cegi at [email protected] or call 320-587-5252.

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New & Renewing Members for August

We would like to Thank the following members for renewing their partnership with the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism!

  • AMS Coating Systems, Inc.
  • Ashley HomeStore
  • Branded Solutions
  • Coffee and Bagels (Caribou Coffee & Einstein Bros Bagels)
  • Crow River Nutrition
  • Culver’s
  • Down with Diabetes Alliance
  • Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp
  • Hutchinson Hockey Association
  • Hutchinson Housing & Redevelopment Authority
  • Innovative Foam Inc.
  • Kwik Trip, Inc.
  • RiverSong Music Festival
  • Thrivent Financial

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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, as well as, celebrate business renovations and milestones with an Ambassador Business Visit.

September’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • Arts Place
  • West Central Technology, Inc.
  • Woodstone Active Living Facility

*Be sure to check out their Facebook to see photos from locations.

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Business logo for PLUSE

Professionals Under 40 Leading Socializing and Educating

PULSE,  a committee of the Hutchinson Chamber, is a group of  Professionals Under the age of 40 who asked themselves that same question and then created the answer. Our goal is to help young people in the Hutchinson area become better Leaders, create a concrete Social network with professional value, and continue to Educate themselves on important life and business topics.

PULSE meets for Lunch & Learn events on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, January – May & September – December  from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Like the PULSE Facebook page to get the latest event information and registration links.

Refer to the printable image below for the 2020 schedule

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Something from Mary!

It’s October. Wait, what?  My body is physically in October, but my brain thinks it should be in May… Read Mary’s Blog to continue reading what you too may be feeling!

 

 

 

 

 

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Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Online Festival

The Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting an online Arts & Crafts Festival for 2020. Due to COVID-19 we are unable to hold our annual event in person as in years past, so we created a new shopping experience for all to enjoy!

 

When clicking a vendor icon or image it will automatically re-direct to you their website or personal page.     Happy Shopping with all ours vendors who were registered to participate in this years festival before moving online!

 

Ashly Kay Creations / Forget me not Woolens 

 

 

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Carla K Design 

 

 

CCC Salon & Boutique

 

 

Cheryl's Nut ButtersBEST NUT BETTERS. EVER. NO JUNK ADDED! 

 

 

Cindy’s Crafts 

 

 

 

Your one-stop shop for fun, fashionable and unique collars and accessories for your favorite furry friend. Face masks for your favorite furry owner are a new addition! Custom orders always welcome. 

 

 

 

Color Street LogoA vast array of colors and nail art designs. 

 

 

D L Benson Clothing and More 

 

 

Farm Girl Fashion Women’s clothing and accessories 

 

 

 

NO ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS – NO PRESERVATIVES 

 

 

 

GOC Rocks

 

 

 

Janet Day- 763-972-2764 

 

Heavenly Designs Woodworking
Unique handmade wooden toys.

 

“where haute meets cold”
Women’s Clothing and Accessories 

 

 

 

JD’s Salsa Seasoning Mix is the perfect blend of the all natural spices needed to make a variety of Fresh Homemade Salsa Recipes in 30 seconds!

 

 

 

Jenifer LeClair Author 

 

 

 

Just Heavenly! is comprised of  two entities: “Heavenly Scents” (bath & body), and “Heavenly Hues” (cosmetics). 

 

 

Gary Harbo
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uthor and illustrator of 30 exciting books for children 

 

 

 

Malnar Purses & Spoon Jewelry

Antique spoon rings, jewelry & felted purses & hats  

 

 

Handmade jewelry by Nyome & Virgina

 

 

No product at Olive on Tap is mass manufactured, IT’S THE REAL”HAND MADE” DEAL. 

 

 

 

Pampered ChefTogether We Make Mealtime Better 

 

 

 

 

Unique Personalized Custom Keepsake Glass Photo Ornaments

 

 

 

 

Simple-Trends

Masks, Headbands, Wool Mittens, Bling Mittens & Dog Collars. 

 

 

 

 

Traditional Salsas, Fruit Salsa, Guacamole Mix, Jams & Margarita Mix. 

 

 

 

Stained Glass Evolution

 

 

 

Birthstones, Bracelets, Gemstones, Necklaces & Rings 

 

 

 

 

Wind Spinners, Weathervanes, Wall Plates, Home Decor, Yard Decor, Collegiate & Dog Items. 

 

 

 

 

The Soap Shoppe

Affordable BATH & BODY options, safe for the whole family. 

 

 

 

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Hooded Poncho, Reading Pillow, Busy Bags, Baby Washcloths, Bibs (Child & Adult), Dish Towels & so much more! 

 

 

 

Wooden Hearts

Wooden Hearts is your one stop shop for home decor, gifts and much more! 

 

*****A HUGE Thank you to our Sponsors. We could not do this festival without YOU!*****

 

Event  Partners:

 

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Event Sponsors:

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COVID Information & Resources

McLeod County and State Resources:

Find the latest State COVID informationGovernor’s COVID-19 Website.

Latest information from the  Minnesota Department of Health’s website.

Latest numbers for McLeod County Weekly COVID Information

McLeod County Resources & MN Dept. of Health Information
Subscribe for MDH COVID-19 Updates

Statewide Mental Health Resources

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COVID- 19 Vaccine Information

Vaccine Distribution information
COVID Phases and Planning information
Find a Vaccine location 

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources


Testing information

Testing locations
COVID-19 Test at Home information
Community Testing

Employer Toolkit (How to vaccinate your workforce, vaccine info, toolkit & legal guidance)

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Hutchinson Area Resources:

Business Guidance 
Large Venue Guidelines
Event Preparedness Plan

School District Resources:

McLeod County COVID Updates
Southwest Initiative Foundation
Hutchinson Area Community Foundation
I.J. Burich Family Foundation

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thinkLOCAL

Now, more than ever, we need everyone to thinkLOCAL business for you needs.

Click here to find a list of Local Businesses

 

**The Hutchinson Chamber is supporting the Hutchinson Community during this time of need by providing resources for businesses and residents.  We will do our best to update as often as possible.