What’s Happening June 2018!

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

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

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This year’s activities include:

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

Hometown Golf Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

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


Manufacturing in the Park & Picnic in the Park

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

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


 Crazy Days – Save the Date!


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

Mark your calendar for July 26 – 28. The Chamber advertises in publications locally and in surrounding communities to share the great deals offered during Hutchinson’s Crazy Days.

More information to come!


Hutchinson Leadership Institute & Leadership 2.0

Enrollment for 2018-2019 is Now Open!

We are happy to announce the Hutchinson Leadership Institute is back for its 30th year! The Hutchinson Leadership Institute is hosted by the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. This comprehensive program is designed to build community leaders. Over the period of nine months, participants will experience 10 days of training and classes. Each participant will be assigned to a group service project, which will assess community needs, determine a project, and facilitate the project working with other community members and/or groups.

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

Click link for application: Hutchinson Leadership Institute or Hutchinson Leadership 2.0

If you have questions about the Hutchinson Leadership program, please email Mary or call 320-234-0785.


Business of the Month

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

Click here to learn more about RiverSong.

 


New Members

Welcome to our newest Chamber Members!


Renewing Members

Thank you to our renewing Chamber Members!


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

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

May’s Ambassadors Visits:

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

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


Something from Mary

YOU have it.

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

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

Read the rest of Mary’s article here: 


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


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

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

To submit an event , click here to email Gina.

 


Upcoming Save the Dates

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


More Information for You!

 

 

 


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 – 5:30pm

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.

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 & 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 , 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?

Read the rest of Mary’s article here:

 


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

 


 

What’s Happening in April 2018!

Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo

2018 April 14 Bring It Home Expo at the McLeod County Fairgrounds
Are you familiar with the Bring It Home Expo?  This event is a great way to showcase what your business does in our community.  All participating businesses/organizations must be located within a 10 mile radius of Hutchinson.  The Bring It Home Committee hosts this event to showcase what is in Hutchinson and remind our community members that there is no need to leave Hutchinson to purchases the goods and services that you may need.

This one day expo is popular in our community and with all age ranges.  There are activities for children and a food court set up for people to sit, relax and enjoy some local food options.

Click here to learn more and to find registration information for the 2018 Bring It Home Expo.


Hometown Golf Challenge

2018 Hometown Golf Challenge event banner ad

Ever want to take a vacation to Asia, Africa, South America, Antarctica, Europe or Australia? Now is your chance! You can hit all the continents in one day! 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. 

Click here for the 2018 Hometown Golfer Challenge Sponsor Form (pdf)


2018 Dairy Days June 1 in Library Square Park

Dairy Day

Save the Date – Dairy Day is scheduled for Friday, June 1 in Library Square Park!
Click here if you are interested in being a sponsor at the 2018 Dairy Day (pdf)


Taste of Hutchinson

Mark your calendars for September 14 & 15, 2018!! The Taste of Hutchinson is right around the corner! This event is  hosted by the Hutchinson Ambassadors and is located alongside the Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival. The food vendors offer a variety of tasty items & beverages. Click on the Vendor Application below for more detail on Taste of Hutchinson Food Vendor.

Click for the the 2018 Taste of Hutchinson Vendor Application (pdf) 


Business of the MonthLandy Lodge Bar & Grill business logo

In April we will be highlighting Landy Lodge as our Business of the Month.

Click here to learn more about April’s Business of the month – Landy Lodge

 


New Members

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

  • Arvig Media
  • Connecting Point
  • Crow River Builders Association
  • Keller Williams – The Broll Team
  • Winn Exteriors

We also want to thank our renewing members!

  • Allina Health Home Care Services
  • Bethlehem United Methodist Church
  • Bob Ness,
  • Carly’s Shoes
  • Common Cup Ministry
  • Crow River Wheelers
  • Crow River Youth for Christ
  • Employment Resource Center
  • Goebel Fixture Company
  • Hutchinson Jaycee’s Water Carnival
  • Hutchinson Seventh-Day Adventist Church
  • Impressions Inc.
  • Jeff Stamer Farms Partnership
  • Kids Inc. Child Care
  • McLeod Alliance for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Minnesota Garlic Festival
  • NRG – The Networking Referral Group
  • Parkview Dental
  • Phoenix Drumline / Crow River Drumline Association
  • Richard Larson Builders
  • SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
  • TDK – Hutchinson Technology
  • The Lamb Shoppe & Wellness Center
  • VFW Post 906
  • Wendorff Insurance
  • West Central Sanitation

Business After Hours

Join the Hutchinson Ambassadors in celebrating April’s Business After Hours event!

Echo Family Dental

Thursday, April 12, 2018 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

These events, along with all 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 the April’s Business After Hours  or Click here to call the Chamber at 320-587-5252.


Something from Mary

2018 Chamber President Mary Hodson

This time of year my head is swirling.

Where is spring?

What is happening ….

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


 #MuchInHutch

We are honored to have received the Explore MN Marketing Campaign Award for #MuchInHutch.

If you need a smile, check out this video – but turn up the volume…  Click here to watch video of our Chamber President receiving the award!

Many thanks go to our Board, Committee Members and Chamber Supporter who have made #MuchInHutch a great marketing tool for Hutchinson!
2017 Chamber President at Explore MN Tourism Award Banquet


Membership has it’s Privileges!

Want to increase foot traffic in your store? Receive more exposure for your business? Want to advertise for FREE? Over 225 people view our Hot Deals page just in the last month.  This a great feature on our website for Chamber members to utilize!

Three penguins in a circle

Click in the headings below for “How To” instructions for each topic!


Leadercast – Hutchinson – May 4

2018 Leadercast Live Speaker Spotlight banner ad

Leadercast Live 2018 is the largest single-day leadership event focused on helping you become the best leader you can be. Carey Lohrenz is one of nine world-class experts on leadership who will inspire and motivate you.

2018 Leadercast Live Speaker Carey LohrenzCarey Lohrenz knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure, extreme environments imaginable: in the cockpit at Mach 2. As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, Carey is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results.

Carey’s experience in the all-male environment of fighter aviation and her ability to pass on the lessons learned in her career allow her to deliver insight and guidance on leadership, high-performing organizations and diversity training.

See Carey on stage with eight other leadership experts at Leadercast Live on May 4, 2018.

By attending Leadercast Live 2018, you will have the  opportunity to:

  • Spark your creativity and fill yourself with fire-in-the-belly determination to drive your team to new levels of achievement
  • Be empowered by world-class speakers who show you how to become a more effective leader
  • Get useful takeaways, including digital summaries you can share when you return to the office
  • Surround yourself with other leaders who share your passion for learning and leading
  • Focus on self-improvement by removing yourself from your work environment and immersing yourself in the event

See why leading yourself is a vital prerequisite to leading others.

Click here to learn more about Leadercast or to purchase tickets for the May 4th event in Hutchinson.


More Information

2018 Chamber Quarter Three Table TentOakdale Golf Club - call today to plan your next event. Call 320-587-0525

2018 MidCountry Bank Home Equity Lines 4.50 percent APR

2018 SouthPoint Smart Home Loans - apply online bit.ly/SPFCUJoneLoans.com

2018 Connecting Point Everything Cloud Event - call 800-529-5500

What’s Happening in March 2018!

Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo

2018 Bring It Home Expo Saturday April 14 at McLeod County Fairgrounds

Early Bird Deadline for Bring it Home Expo is FRIDAY, MARCH 2nd!  

Are you familiar with the Bring It Home Expo?  This event is a great way to showcase what your business does in our community.  All participating businesses/organizations must be located within a 10 mile radius of Hutchinson.  The Bring It Home Committee hosts this event to showcase what is in Hutchinson  and to remind our community members that there is no need to leave Hutchinson to purchases the goods and services that you may need.

This one day expo is popular in our community and with all age ranges.  There are activities for children and a food court set up for people to sit, relax and enjoy some local food options.

Click here to learn more about the 2018 Bring It Home Expo and to find registration information.


New Members

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

  • BNI – Elite Business Professionals
  • Hutchinson Bus Line, Inc.
  • Legend Companies
  • Ram Buildings
  • Uponor
  • Victoria Shoopman Photography

We also want to thank our renewing members! 

  • B&B Sports
  • Bergmann Interiors, LLC
  • Crow River Glass
  • Gopher Campfire Club
  • Hutchinson Rotary
  • J & R Auto Complete Auto Repair
  • Masterson Staffing Solutions
  • Plumbing and Heating by Craig
  • RAM Buildings, Inc.
  • SNAP Fitness
  • SteppingStone Therapeutic
  • The Paint Factory
  • Today’s Women of Hutchinson
  • Trimmings & Charm
  • United Way of McLeod County
  • Virgil Voigt

Business of the Month

Business logo for Compass Occasions

We are highlighting Compass Occasions as our March Business of the Month!

Click here to learn more about Compass Occasions 

 


Business After Hours

Join the Hutchinson Ambassadors in celebrating March Business After Hours event!

Parkview Dental

Thursday, March 8, 2018 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

These events, along with all 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 the March Business After Hours  or click here call the Chamber office at 320-587-5252.


Dairy Days Friday June 1 in Library Square Park

 

Save the Date! Dairy Day is scheduled for Friday, June 1st in Library Square Park!

 

 

This year’s activities include:

  • Cow Milking Contest
  • Meet Princess Kay from the Milky Way
  • Fro-Yo Eating Contest
  • $5.00 meal
  • Children’s Activities
  • And so much more!!

If you are interested in sponsoring this community, click here for the Dairy Day Sponsorship Invitation (pdf) or click here to call the Chamber office at 320-587-5252.


2018 Hometown Golf Challegen "Around the World in 18 Holes"

Traveling by land, air or sea…. the 2018 Hutchinson Chamber’s Annual Hometown Golf Challenge is departing on Monday, July 23 from the Crow River Golf Club.

Stay tuned for trip details, travel perks, the itinerary and what to pack! The reservation desk will be opening soon!

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, click here for the Hometown Golf Sponsor Form (pdf) or click here to call the Chamber office at 320-587-5252.


Summer Save the Dates

Can you believe we are already thinking of our summer events?? We are excited to know these fun events are just around the corner!

April 14 – Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo
June 1 – Day Day Celebration
July 23 – Hometown Golf Challenge “Around the World in 18 Holes”
July 26-28 – Crazy Days
September 14 – 15 – Arts & Crafts Festival


Something from Mary

Chamber President Mary Hodson

It’s a Buffet!

Probably most of you have been to an all-you-can-eat food buffet at some point in your life. You know…. Some of you hover on the meat and potato end, some gravitate to the salad bar, I hang out by the ice cream and cake.

Read the rest of Mary’s article here: 


More For Your Business

 

McLeod Alliance for Victims of Domestic Alliance Supply Drive March 15 - April 5 2018March 20 2018 Home State Bank Construction Financing 101 training

 

March 15 2018 PULSE Ed Event at Hutchinson Center for the Arts

 

 

 

What’s Happening in February 2018

Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo

Registration for the Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo is now open.  Register by March 2nd to take advantage of early-bird pricing!  Are you not familiar with the Bring It Home Expo?  This event is a great way to showcase to our community what your business does.  All participating businesses/organizations must be located within a 10 mile radius of Hutchinson.  The Bring It Home Committee hosts this event to showcase what is in Hutchinson, and remind our community members that there is no need to leave Hutchinson to purchases the goods and services that you may need.

This one day expo is popular in our community, and with all age ranges.  There are activities for children and a food court set up for people to sit, relax, and enjoy some local food options.

Click here to learn more and to find registration information.


New Members

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

We also want to thank our renewing Members!

  • Hjerpe Contracting
  • Quade Electric
  • SEH of Hutchinson
  • Peace Lutheran Church
  • Runnings
  • McCormick’s Family Restaurant

Thank you!

The Hutchinson Chamber would like send a special thank you to Candace Hoversten and Hutchinson Health for donating $200 through their Volunteer Match Program to PULSE, the Professionals Under 40 Leading, Socializing & Educating group. PULSE will use these funds to sponsor events. Thank you again for your contribution!


Business of the Month

Please help us celebrate February’s Business of the Month,  CenBank!
Click here to learn more about CenBank


Business After Hours

Join the Hutchinson Ambassadors in celebrating two February’s Business After Hours events!

Snap Fitness

Thursday, February 8, 2018 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

Hutchinson Enterprise Center

Thursday, February 22, 2018 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM


These events, along with all 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! Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, so our business hosts may plan accordingly.

Click here to register for the February 8th Business After Hours at Snap Fitness 
or
Click here to register for the February 22nd Business After Hours at the Hutchinson Enterprise Center
or
call the Chamber at 587-5252.


Save the Date!


Job Postings for Chamber Members

Are you looking for qualified applicants to fill open positions at your business? Post your job openings on ExploreHutchinson.com through your Chamber Membership. Use us as a trustworthy resource to get the word out about your available positions. We reference these job postings and share on our Facebook page!  Click on the image below for instructions or call the Chamber at 320-587-5252 with questions.


Something from Mary!

We work together! ( I may or may not have a Grease song in my head now.)

I was on social media earlier today, and I noticed something….. RiverSong is looking for Volunteers. Like most non-profits and events, they need help making things happen before and during the event. They were even looking for someone to attend Music in the Park and promote RiverSong- genius!

Why am I telling you this….   Click here to read Mary’s article: 


Table Tent Deadline: March 1st, 2018!

Are you planning an event for April, May or June 2018?  Make sure you get your event added to the Table Tents!  The deadline to add events for the 2nd quarter is March 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.  An image of the table tent is also shared on social media.  The last time we shared an image of the table tent on our Facebook page, it had over 2,000 views!  

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


Save the Date!


2018 Annual Chamber Event: “Let’s Make A Deal”

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the 2018 Annual Chamber Event, “Let’s Make A Deal” a huge success! A special thank you to Compass Occasions, Crow River Winery, Ashley Homestore and Factory Direct Furniture for making the evening a zonk-free occasion. We would also like to thank our Visionary Sponsor: Citizens Bank & Trust Co. and our Champion Sponsors: MidCountry Bank, MITGI and Hutchinson Health.

Additionally, please help us congratulate our 2017 Community Award Winners!

Congratulations Peggy Westlund: 2017 Educator of the Year

Congratulations Kelsey Wichman: 2017 Young Leader of the Year

Congratulations Beth Gasser: 2017 Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations Miles Seppelt: 2017 Business Person of the Year


More For Your Business

What’s Happening in January 2018

2018 Annual Chamber Event – “Let’s Make a Deal”

"Couch Potato" sitting on blue couch

January 19, 2018 –  Join us for the Hutchinson Chamber’s Annual Event – “Let’s Make a Deal” at the Crow River Winery from 5pm to 9pm.

What happens to people the do not wear a costume to the event? They become a “Couch Potato.”

Which door will you choose? Door #1, Door #2 or Door #3… be careful to not choose the door with  the ZONK!

Additionally, the Community Awards for Business Person of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Young Leader of the Year will be announced. You wouldn’t want to miss this event. Click here to register for the 2018 Annual Chamber Event.


New & Renewing Members

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

  • Cal Tex Electric
  • Kokesch, LLC

We also want to thank our renewing Members!

  • Albers Insurance
  • American Family Insurance – William Young
  • Applebee’s
  • Averyron Homes, Inc.
  • Bernick’s Pepsi
  • Bonneville Land & Cattle, LLC
  • Bursch Travel Agency, Inc. L.M.
  • Cash Wise Foods
  • Chef Craig’s Catering
  • Citizens Bank & Trust Co
  • City of Hutchinson
  • Compton-Anderson Construction
  • Connie & Larry Fraser
  • Dairy Queen
  • Dobratz Hantge Chapel
  • Dostal Electronics Center
  • Edward Jones – Kim Winter
  • Excelsior Homes, Inc.
  • Fahey Sales Agency
  • Family Rexall Drug
  • Farm Bureau Financial – Ryan Elbert
  • Hager Jewelry, Inc.
  • Hanson & Vasek Construction
  • Hillyard, Inc.
  • Holiday
  • Hometown Realty
  • Hutch Bowl and Squeaky’s Bar & Grill
  • Hutch Café
  • Hutchinson Co-op
  • Hutchinson Downton Association
  • Hutchinson Health
  • Hutchinson Jaycees
  • Hutchinson Leader
  • James Young & Associates, Ltd.
  • Jay Malone Motors
  • Juul Contracting Co.
  • KDUZ/KARP Radio
  • Kock’s Jewelry
  • Kraft Walser Law Office
  • L & P Supply Co.
  • Landy Lodge Bar and Grill
  • Laraway Roofing, Inc.
  • Little Crow Archery Club
  • McDonald’s House of Hutchinson
  • McGraw-Mahon, P.A.
  • McKimm Milk Transit
  • McLeod Cooperative Power
  • Melchert, Hubert, Sjodin – Neil Jensen, Partner
  • MITGI
  • New Discoveries Montessori Academy
  • Ohly Americas
  • Pheasant Run Retreat
  • PHG – Piehl, Hanson, Beckman, P.A.
  • Primary EyeCare
  • Prince of Peace Retirement Living
  • Pro Maintenance, Inc.
  • Redline Systems
  • Regional Eye Specialists, P.A.
  • Shamrock Inn
  • Simonson Lumber Co.
  • Slumberland Furniture
  • Southwest Eye Care
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation
  • Subway – Hwy 7
  • The Village Shop
  • Town & Country Tire
  • Viking Coca Cola
  • West Central Industries
  • Westlund Associates
  • Wetterling & Roepke Financial Services
  • Zellas

January Business of the Month

Business logo for Clay Coyote Gallery and Pottery

In January we are highlighting Clay Coyote Gallery and Pottery as our Business of the Month!

The NFL playoffs are upon us – families gather around their televisions sporting their favorite team apparel and hope that this year will be the year their team to makes it to the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl will be highlighted and discussed throughout January, but it isn’t the only “bowl” that will be featured this month in Hutchinson.

Click here to learn more about Clay Coyote Gallery and Pottery.

 


Business After Hours

Join the Hutchinson Ambassadors as they kick off the 2018 Business After Hours events!

CenBank – Hutchinson

Thursday, January 11, 2018 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

This event, along with all 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! Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, so our business hosts may plan accordingly.

Click here to register for the January Business After Hours or click here to call the Chamber office at 587-5252.


Save the Date!

Bring it Home Expo – Saturday, April 14th, 2018. More information to come!

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More Information for You!

2018 1st Quarter Chamber Table Tent

What’s Happening in December 2017

2018 “Let’s Make a Deal” / formerly known as the Annual Banquet

Friday, January 19, 2018 –  Join us for the Hutchinson Chamber Annual Banquet!  Save yourself from a “ZONK” and save the date! Costumes are highly encouraged as we will be playing “Let’s Make a Deal” games. Click here to register for event. 


Community Awards

Community Award Nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, December 22, 2017 by 12:00PM.  Each year the Hutchinson Chamber teams up with the Hutchinson Jaycees to thank the people in our community that are doing extraordinary things!  We all know a few people who deserve to be nominated, so take a few minutes and nominate them today. These people rarely get the appreciation they deserve.

Nominations are being accepted for:
Business Person of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Teacher of the Year
Young Leader of the Year (under 35 years of age)

Click here to get the nomination form.

Please help us congratulate Paul Merkins, the 2017 Ag Person of the Year!


December Business of the Month

We are excited to highlight The Paint Factory as our December Business of the Month!

To learn more about The Paint Factory please click here.


Holiday Business After Hours

The Hutchinson Ambassadors are excited to be hosting their annual Holiday Business After Hours event.  This event, along with all 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!

Landy Lodge Bar & Grill

Thursday, December 14, 2017 4:00 – 6:00PM

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  Click here to register or call the Chamber at 587-5252.


New & Returning Chamber Members

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

We also want to thank our renewing Members!


Something from Mary

Let’s be clear, I love the movie White Christmas, but I am not dreaming of a white Christmas…. I’m all for a light dusting after everyone has arrived at their destination, so it looks iconic like a good old fashioned Hollywood musical. But here we are, IN Minnesota, the state where it can hail one day and snow the next…. Oh wait, it did.

Click here to read more here… 


Small Business Saturday – Thank You!

We would like to express our thanks and gratitude to everyone that came out on Small Business Saturday to shop local! A huge shout out to our “Red Clad Elves” which included members from the Bring It Home Committee, Chamber Board of Directors and Hutchinson Ambassadors. The “Red Clad Elves” were on Main Street enticing patrons to spin the Welcome Station’s spinning wheel that allowed them to choose a gift from the Giving Tree. The “Red Clad Elves” were also out and about in Hutchinson surprising shoppers with gift cards that they could use to pay for their purchases.

We would also like to extend a special thank you to all the businesses that donated to Small Business Saturday. Your donations, time and talents made Small Business Saturday a huge success one again!

#ShopSmall   #MuchInHutch   #LoveWhereYouLive


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What’s Happening in November 2017

Small Business Saturday

Do your holiday shopping on Small Business Saturday and support our community in a big way! Small Business Saturday is one of our favorite community events. The Chamber Board has once again decided to support local businesses with payments towards shopper’s purchases. The smiles we see from store owners, and the shoppers, are what make this day stand out for us. It’s always great to see so many people out shopping with loved ones, while supporting our local businesses. We hope to see you shopping in Hutchinson on November 25th!

Businesses, this is your day to shine! We want to help you with that. Once again our Bring It Home Committee has some fun planned.

To learn about all the great ways you can participate click here.


Taste of the Holidays

Do you have your tickets yet?! Don’t wait to purchase yours, this event has sold out the last several years, and you don’t want to miss it! Taste of the Holidays will be held Thursday, November 16 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Crow River Winery. Tickets are $15 in advance. Advanced sale tickets can be purchased from any Hutchinson Ambassador or at our office.  If all the advance sale tickets are not sold before the event they will be $20 at the door.

This event will not only give you great holiday gift ideas, you will get to sample tasty treats from many food and beverage vendors.  Come hungry, your tummy will thank you!

 


Thank You! farm-fatigue-tractor-logo

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 out in the field during harvest time. These items are sincerely appreciated by the farmers. Thank you to all the businesses that donated items this year!

Click here for a full list of businesses that donated items this year! 


Community Awards & Banquet

Save the Date: Friday, January 19, 2018 – “Let’s Make a Deal” to join us for the Hutchinson Chamber Annual Banquet! More information to come!

Community Awards will be awarded at the banquet.  Do you know someone in our community that is doing great things? Nominate them today!  Awards are given for:

  • Business Person of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Teacher of the Year
  • Young Leader of the Year (under 35 years of age)

Click here to learn more and to get the nomination form


New & Returning Chamber Members

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

  • New Journey United Church of Christ
  • Down with Diabetes Alliance

We also want to thank our renewing Members!

  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Home State Bank
  • Hutchinson Area Community Foundation
  • Joanie’s Catering
  • Fairway Independent Mortgage Company
  • Hutchinson Downtown Association
  • Quilt Haven on Main
  • B&C Plumbing and Heating
  • Jonny Block
  • MeshedDesigns
  • Mary Kay – Jessi Wendland

Table Tent Deadline: December 1st, 2017!

Are you planning an event for January, February or March 2018?  Make sure you get your event added to the Table Tents!  The deadline to add events for the 1st quarter is December 1, 2017.  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.  An image of the table tent is also shared on social media.  The last time we shared an image of the table tent on our Facebook page, it had over 2,000 views!  To submit an event email Ashley or call 234-0789.


Something from Mary

Retail isn’t dead. Small Businesses aren’t dying.

On-line shopping isn’t going away.

There is room for both. Room for both doesn’t mean there isn’t a need for change. AHHHH- the dreaded CHANGE word. How about Refresh? Update? Possibilities? Transformation? Revolution? Revenue?

Click here to continue reading Mary’s Article:


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What’s Happening in October 2017

Thank You!

September 15th & 16th we held our 43rd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival.  Into every life a little rain must fall… and so, we didn’t let the weather dampen the weekend. We had a awesome weekend! The festival was a huge success again this year and would not have been possible without the help of some fantastic sponsors, volunteers and workers.

Thank you to the MANY businesses that make adjustments to allow Arts and Crafts Festival to bring in 12,000 people to our community. 12,000 people shopping at event (tax revenue), shopping/eating/staying/playing at local businesses (wages, tax base revenue) and TOURISM!

Did you know many people share with us they come back to Hutchinson because they feel endeared to our community? They enjoy our shops, restaurants, trails and parks, friendly service and kindness. What a great legacy to have in the state of Minnesota!

We would like to thank the following businesses for their support at the Arts & Crafts Festival:

  • Ashley Furniture
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Citizens Bank & Trust
  • Crow River Winery
  • Elena’s Bakery
  • McCormick’s Family Restaurant
  • MeshedDesigns
  • MidCountry Bank
  • NU-Telecom
  • Send Out Cards
  • South Point Financial Credit Union
  • Stamp-N-Storage

We would also like to put a spotlight on the backstage people of Arts & Crafts. Thank you for all your support. As well as a special THANK YOU to the Hutchinson Police for keeping this event safe and for all the hard work they do during this busy weekend.

  • Cash Wise Foods
  • City of Hutchinson
  • Hutchinson Parks & Rec
  • Hutchinson Police Services
  • Kwik Trip
  • ShopKo
  • Walgreens
  • West Central Sanitation

Again, THANK YOU to everyone that helped out with this event. We hope to see everyone again next year!


Election of Board of Directors

In accordance with Hutchinson Chamber & 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 questions or petitions may be directed to Mary Hodson 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 persons nominated as candidates for directors, and the right of persons nominated as candidates for directors, and the right of petition as provided in these By-Laws. A list of the 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 (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.

Recommend Candidates: Jesse Bjur


Meet the Staff!

As always the Chamber staff is committed to providing you with the information you need to do business in Hutchinson or visit Hutchinson, MN. Ashley Gabbert and Gina Buske are excited to be on staff at the Chamber and look forward to working with you.

Click here to learn more about Ashley and Gina.


Thank You! farm-fatigue-tractor-logo

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 out in the field during harvest time.  These items are sincerely appreciated by the farmers.  Thank you to all the businesses that donated items this year!

Click here for a full list of businesses that donated items this year!


Hutchinson Ambassadors

The Hutchinson Ambassadors will be hosting the Taste of the Holidays on Thursday, November 16 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Crow River Winery.  Advance tickets are $15 and will be sold by the Hutchinson Ambassadors and at the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism office. There are limited tickets each year and this event has sold out for the past several years.  As a result make sure to get your tickets early! For more information, visit the Hutchinson Ambassadors Facebook Page. 


New & Returning Chamber Members

We would like to thank the following members for renewing  their partnership with the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce:

  • 3M
  • Elena’s Bakery – The Sweet Spot
  • Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
  • Associated Benefits and Risk Consultation
  • Hansen Gravel, Inc.
  • AMS Coating Systems
  • Animal Medical Center on Crow River
  • J&R Auto Repair
  • Hutchinson Housing & Redevelopment
  • St. Anastasia Catholic Community
  • Thrivent Financial
  • Crow River Nutrition

October Business of the Month

 

The October Business of the Month is Trimmings and Charm!

Learn more about Trimmings and Charm click here.

 


Business After Hours

Join the Hutchinson Ambassadors for Business After Hours on Thursday, October 12th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm!

Click here to register


Something from Mary

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Why Chamber Membership? … It’s considered an effective business strategy.

Click here to read Mary’s article

 

 

 


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What’s Happening in September 2017?

43rd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson

We hope you will join us for the 43rd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival and Taste of Hutchinson. The Festival dates are Friday, September 15th from 10-6 and Saturday, September 16th from 9-4. This Festival is full of handmade items and crafts from vendors that travel from all areas of the country. We have several returning vendors and many NEW vendors that are eager to share their creations with you.  Please invite your family and friends to attend this community favorite event! For more information follow our Facebook Event Page.

Taste of Hutchinson {New this year} LIVE MUSIC!  Friday: Javier Matos 11AM – 1PM, Mike Munson 2PM – 4PM, and Shaw – 5PM – 7PM.  Saturday: Phoenix Drumline 10AM – 10:45AM, Andy Austin 11AM – 1PM, and Lowland Lakers 1:30PM – 3PM.

Arts & Crafts Festival Volunteers NEEDED!!

We need HELP! That shouldn’t be a huge surprise to everyone, but to be more specific – we need help for our Arts & Crafts Festival!

For information on how to volunteer for the Arts & Crafts Festival please click here. Simply type your name in, provide your phone number and EMAIL. (There is no save button, it automatically saves what you type.)

If you have a friend who might like to volunteer, please provide the link to them as well. With 10,000-12,000 people attending each year, volunteers are critical. Volunteering is a fabulous experience and it is a great way to get involved in the community.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us by phone 320/587-5252 or email Mary. 

Arts & Crafts and Taste of Hutch

 

 

 


Something from Mary

BrewDog, a Scotland based company is giving their 1,000 worldwide employees one week’s paid leave when they welcome a new puppy into their lives.

Hey, I’ve got your attention, don’t I?! Although the above statement is true… I do know I have your attention…. We could talk about perks, benefits and zero-vacation all day… but right now… let’s talk about the perks and benefits of being a member of the Hutchinson Chamber.

I have TWO new Perks and a new Project to tell you about!

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


September Business of the Month

The September Business of the Month is Richard Larson Builders, Inc.

Click here for more information on Richard Larson Builders, Inc.


New & Returning Chamber Members

We would like to thank the following members for renewing  their partnership with the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce:

  • Carpets Plus ColorTile Design Show
  • Clay Coyote Gallery & Pottery
  • Culver’s
  • E. G. Rud & Sons, Inc.
  • e2 Electrical Services
  • Edwards Jones – Dean Winter
  • Equul Access, Inc.
  • Factory Direct Furniture
  • Flagship Capital Advisors
  • Hutchinson Hockey Association
  • Mini Biff, LLC
  • RiverSong
  • Wheel and Cog Children’s Museum

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed Music in the Park this summer! We had another year of great bands and social hosts. Also, we are excited to announce that Music in the Park will be hosted by RiverSong and Historic Hutchinson beginning in 2018.

A huge THANK YOU to all the sponsors:

  • 3M
  • American Legion Post #96
  • Cash Wise Foods
  • Citizens Bank & Trust Co
  • Crow River Glass
  • Edward Jones: Pat Chapman, Nick Pederson, Dean Winter & Kim Winter
  • Home State Bank
  • Hutchinson Health
  • Hutchinson Technology
  • Jaycees Water Carnival
  • Mediacom
  • MidCounty Bank
  • Parkview Dental
  • PBOE Elks #2427
  • State Farm Insurance: Mike McGraw
  • VFW Post #906
  • Walmart
  • Woodstone Senior Living

Table Tent Deadline Reminder

The deadline to submit events for the 1st quarter of 2018 (January, February, March) table tents is December 1st. Table Tents are brought to dozens of business in Hutchinson, getting hundreds of views a day! To submit an event, email Ashley or call 320/234-0789. Also, if you submit an event to the table tents, make sure to add it to the online Community Calendar.


Thank You to our Golf Sponsors!

We would like to thank everyone that came out for the Hometown Golf Challenge this past July. Kudos to our Hole-In-One Sponsors:  Citizens Bank & Trust Co., Factory Direct Furniture, and Valley Sales of Hutchinson. Thank you to Hutchinson Health for being our Welcome Sponsor, MITGI for being our Lunch Sponsor, and Citizens Bank for being our Visionary Sponsor. We would also like to thank all of the businesses that donated to and sponsored this event. Thank you to the volunteers for all your help and for everyone that came out to play golf. We wouldn’t be able to have this fun event without all of your support!


Calling All Businesses – Your Workforce Needs You Now!

Click here to learn more about TigerPath. Here you will fill in contact information and your ability to help students in ANY AREA of workforce. Businesses can EASILY sign up to offer anything from internship, mentorship, apprenticeship or work experience arrangement with an upperclassman at HHS. Make a difference in Hutchinson’s workforce pipeline of tomorrow, today!


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