What’s Happening in May 2018?

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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 – 5:30pm

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 contact the Chamber office at 320-587-5252 or email Mary.

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
    7:45am Registration
    8:00-10:00am ADA Seminar

For more information and registration details click here!

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


Every year, over 1000+ supporters come to Library 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.

This 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

For more information click here or if you are interested in sponsoring this community event click here for sponsorship form or call 320-587-5252.

Hometown Golf Challenge

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:

  • 11:00am registration and lunch
  • 12:00pm shotgun start
  • 5:00pm 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.

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 – 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.

 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!

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. 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.


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.


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


Citizens Bank & Trust

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!

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

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 call the Chamber at 320-587-5252.

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.

To submit an event or feature photo , click here to email Gina or call 320- 234-0786.



Something from Mary

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



December 2015 New Business Visits

In December 2015 the Hutchinson Ambassadors welcomed six new Hutchinson businesses.

Aspen DentalAspen
964 Hwy 15 S, Hutchinson

Aspen Dental is committed to providing exceptional care that addresses both your short- and long-term oral health needs, believing that every mouth deserves a dental treatment, regardless if you have insurance or not.


Branded SolutionsBranded
19 Main St N, Hutchinson

Your business is our business! Let us be your full service solution when it comes to your brand. We offer employee uniforms, corporate apparel, head wear, jackets and custom branded promotional products.


Goodwill/Easter Sealsgoodwill
1420 Montreal St SE, Hutchinson

Goodwill is a non-profit store with a range of clothing, furniture, housewares and more! Donations and purchases support 6 services and 18+ programs providing job training and assistance for others.


Keller Williams Realty Integrity NW – The Straka GroupKW
19 Main St N, Hutchinson

Keller Williams Realty, The Straka Group, is a professional real estate team dedicated to helping their clients with one of the most important transactions of their lives. They work hard to provide the most positive experience possible!


Landy Lodge Bar and Grilllandy
35 3rd Ave SE, Hutchinson

Landy Lodge is a full service bar and grill where the lodge life is brought to the city without the long drive. Stop in for a burger and a brew, a cold one or cocktail, fresh fish or fine food. It’s “feel good” at its best.


NaNa’s Unforgettable Treasuresnana
36 Main St N, Hutchinson

NaNa’s Unforgettable Treasures truly has a little something for everyone. Antiques, vintage, collectables, records, shabby chic, clothing, tools and more!

September 2015 Ambassador Visits

In September the Hutchinson Ambassadors visited four new businesses in Hutchinson.  If you are a new business in Hutchinson, and would like the Ambassadors to visit you, please contact Matt by email or call 234-0789.

ACC Midwest_Hutch CabACC Midwest/LaBraatan Bus/Hutch Cab Company
115 Erie St SE – Hutchinson
Eric and his time provide a variety of services from non-emergency medical transport to cab services.  If you have any transportation needs at all, give them a call.



1310 Hwy 15 S, Suite 104 – Hutchinson
AT&T has a fun, friendly atmosphere while providing support for current and potential AT&T customers.  They also have new phone and Direct TV available.



Nala Jean'sNala Jean’s
20072 Raven Ave – Hutchinson
Nala Jean’s provides totally grain free, nutritional pet food.  These exceptional products range from kibble and raw food to treats and accessories.



The Pink Owl Resale BoutiqueThe Pink Owl Resale Boutique
Hutchinson Mall
The Pink Owl specializes in gently used girls and women’s clothing and accessories.  On Wednesday through Saturday, the store takes in gently used clothing for cash or store credit.

June 2015 New Business Visits

In June 2015 the Hutchinson Ambassadors visited with five new Hutchinson businesses!

Below Zero Frozen YogurtBelow Zero Frozen Yogurt
45 Washington Ave E – Hutchinson
Below Zero Frozen Yogurt provides self-serve frozen yogurt and toppings with seating inside and out. Their 9 different flavors always include a “non-dairy” and a “no sugar added” option.


Charity Heating and CoolingCharity Heating & Cooling Services
Charity Heating and Cooling Services is a family owned business with 20 years of experience that specializes in residential and commercial installation, service and maintenance of heating and cooling systems.


Midwest Custom ApparelMidwest Custom Apparel
1140 Hwy 7 E – Hutchinson
Midwest Custom Apparel screen prints and embroiders all clothing and apparel to suit your needs, including shirts, jackets and everything in between.



The Bobber StopThe Bobber Stop
23684 Hwy 15 N – Hutchinson
The Bobber Stop is an old fashioned style bait shop that accommodates all of your fishing needs. Providing tackle, custom gear and rods, live bait and snacks, as well as hearth and home items and a meeting space upstairs. Come share a story and check out this newly remodeled space!


Trimmings and CharmTrimmings & Charm
Trimmings & Charm is a locally owned family company who is here to bring your personality to any kind of celebration big or small. Specializing in event planning and decorating, wedding decorating, table settings, birthday or intimate gatherings, as well as paper flowers and midway booths/games.