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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Businesses: Participate in Small Business Saturday 2017!

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

 

2017 Small Business Saturday Hot Deals

Click here for this year’s Hot Deals!

Steps to Success

Envision Your Day

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

Think Big

  • Use the Hutchinson Leader and KDUZ/KARP to tell the community about your plans
  • Utilize Social Media to generate excitement
  • Word of mouth goes a long way; tell your customers, friends, and family what you have planned
  • Donate a $5 – $50 gift cards to be used on this year’s “Giving Tree”
  • Chamber Members: Use your Chamber Portal to enter HOT DEALS, and your EVENT to the community calendar (Call the Chamber at 320-587-5252 if you need assistance logging in).
  • Non-Chamber Members; to enter an Event to the calendar

1. Go to ExploreHUTCHINSON.com
2. Click “Community Calendar”
3. Click “Submit New Event”
4. Enter info & “Submit for Approval”

Sign-Up

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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What’s Happening in August 2017?

Leadership Institute: Application for 2017-2018 is Now Open!

We are happy to announce the Hutchinson Leadership Institute is back for its 29th year! The Hutchinson Leadership Institute is hosted by the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. This comprehensive program is designed to build community leaders. Over the period of nine months, participants will experience 10 days of training and classes. Each participant will be assigned to a group service project, which will assess community needs, determine a project, and facilitate the project working with other community members and/or groups.

Click here for the application and more information.

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


Farm Fatigue

Farm Fatigue Tractor LogoEach harvest season, our Agri Business committee works hard to deliver buckets of goodies to our farmers in the fields in McLeod County. If your business is interested in supplying goodies or money for this program, please complete and return the 2017 Farm Fatigue Flyer. 

 

 


New & Returning Chamber Members

We want to welcome our new members:

  • Ashley Furniture (Opening Soon!)

Thank you to our July renewing Members!

  • Ag Systems
  • Amazing Grace Boutique
  • Carly’s Shoes
  • Casey’s General Store
  • Century 9 Theater
  • Evergreen Apartments
  • FRF Productions
  • Hutchinson Dental Center
  • Kwik Trip, Inc.
  • New Century Academy
  • Novation Credit Union
  • Papa Murphy’s Take-N-Bake Pizza
  • People Ready

Something from Caroline (Our Summer Intern)

As my busy summer in Hutchinson comes to an end, I can’t help but reflect back on all of the experiences I’ve had and how they’ve helped me grow. This summer, I held the title of Hutchinson Princess, Hutchinson’s Aquatennial Candidate and Hutchinson Chamber Summer Intern. Although these titles each included very different obligations, one thing remained among them all: my love for the community of Hutchinson.

There truly is #muchinhutch and I’m honored to have been involved in the many activities this year to help our community grow. From Dairy Days to Crazy Days, there was always a fun event going on that needed a Princess or a Chamber Intern to help (or both)! These experiences have helped me appreciate all of the work that is contributed from community members that make these events possible.

Being the Chamber Summer Intern has been an experience I will never forget. I have learned so much about our community and it has made me love it even more. Although my reign as princess may be over, and my time at the chamber is soon coming to a close, I will always ‘love where I live’ and call Hutchinson my home.


43rd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson

Make sure to put September 15th & 16th on your calendar!

11×17 Poster

 


Table Tents

The deadline to submit events for the 4th quarter (October, November, December) table tents is September 1!  To submit an event, email Mollie or call 234-0789.  Also, if you submit an event to our table tents, make sure to add it to the online community calendar.  The community calendar averages about 100 views a day, so don’t forget to utilize it! Submitting an event to the community calendar may be done through your chamber member portal or the chamber website.


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What’s Happening in June 2017?

Dairy Day 

Dairy Day is scheduled for this Friday, June 2nd in Library Square Park. We hope to see you there!

 

This year’s activities include:

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

Music in the Park

We are ready to kick off the summer with our annual Hutchinson Music in the Park! Bring your own chair, blanket and/or picnic dinner! Located at Library Square Park every Monday at 6:30 pm.

The Chamber is excited to be partnering with Historic Hutchinson, RiverSong and Compass Occasions in 2017, as we transition ownership of Music in the Park to these organizations.

 

 


Hometown Golf Challenge

Let’s Go Crazy, Let’s Go Golf! The Golf Challenge theme this year will be MUSIC. 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.  2017 Hometown Golf Challenge will be located at Oakdale Golf Club. 

We have many different sponsorship opportunities available, click on the link to fill out a Sponsor form. 2017 Golf Sponsor Form

Golfer Registration is now available!

Golfer Registration Form:

Online Registration also available here:


Leadership Institute: Application for 2017-2018 is Now Open!

 

We are happy to announce the Hutchinson Leadership Institute is back for its 29th year! The Hutchinson Leadership Institute is hosted by the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. This comprehensive program is designed to build community leaders. Over the period of nine months, participants will experience 10 days of training, and classes. Each participant will be assigned to a group service project, which will assess community needs, determine a project, and facilitate the project working with other community members and/or groups.

Click here for the application and more information.

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


June Business of the Month

In June we will be highlighting  Quilt Haven on Main as our Business of the Month.

Click here to learn more about Quilt Haven on Main

 

 

 

 

 

 


New Members

Welcome to our newest Chamber Members!


Renewing Members

Thank you to our renewing Chamber Members!

  • Applebee’s
  • Below Zero Frozen Yogurt
  • Bob Ness
  • Businessware Solutions
  • Caspers Chiropractic Center
  • Days Inn & Suites
  • Fun Sports of Hutchinson
  • Hutchinson Family Dentistry
  • Hutchinson Health Auxiliary
  • Hutchinson Huskies Baseball Association
  • Lillians of Hutchinson
  • Midwest Vision Centers
  • Oakdale Golf Club
  • Pizza Ranch Hutchinson
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation
  • Valley Sales of Hutchinson, Inc.

Table Tent Deadline: June 1st, 2017!

Are you planning an event for July, August, or September 2017?  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, which are then delivered around the community. To submit an event email Casey or call 234-0786.


Business After Hours

Join the Hutchinson Ambassadors for Business After Hours on WEDNESDAY, June 7th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm!

Click here to register


Something from Mary

What Leadership Is To Me:

Recently Hutchinson Ambassador and Bring It Home Committee Member Brian Renner posted a remarkable story on Facebook. Someone who had signed up for Be The Match at his son Carter’s 2016 Benefit had received a call telling them they were a match to someone who needed a bone marrow transplant in the United States.

Read the rest of Mary’s article here: 


More Information for You!

What’s Happening in May 2017?

Hutchinson Leadership Institute

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Hutchinson Leadership Institute Graduates!

 Leadership Logo

Justin Baune                         Justin McGuire
Aaron Berry                           Juli Neubarth
Andrew Broll                         Ben Norgaard
Audrey Hollatz                     Dawn Renner
Mahogany James               Staci Schmidt
Tad Johnson                        Sara Waibel
Tyler Krischel                       Christina Weckwerth
Ashley Kuhnau                    Jarrod Witte
Participants, Sponsors, Alumni and Guests are invited to join us on May 17, 2017 to celebrate the graduation and community service project of the 2016-2017 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 17th, 2017 – 5:30pm
Current Participants & Sponsors – No Fee
Alumni & Guests – $20 per person

If you would like to attend the Graduation & Banquet, or would like more information about registering for the 2017-2018 class, please contact the Chamber office at 320-587-5252 or email Mary.


Hometown Golf Challenge

Let’s Go Crazy, Let’s Go Golf! Our theme this year will be Music! 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.  2017 Hometown Golf Challenge will be located at Oakdale Golf Club. 

Here’s a little preview of what the Golf Challenge will look like!

  • $500 Shoot – Out, GUARANTEED  Winner.
  • $1,400 total Cash Prizes
  • Lunch & Dinner Meals Included
  • Two Beverage Carts

We have many different sponsorship opportunities available, click on the link to fill out a Sponsor form. 2017 Golf Sponsor Form

**Golfer registration forms will be available June 1**


Dairy Day

Save the Date! Dairy Day is scheduled for Friday, June 2nd 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 event please email Mary, or call our office at 320-587-5252.


Crazy Days – Save the Date!

Are you ready to go Crazy for Crazy Days?!  We sure are!  In 2017 we will be changing the dates of Crazy Days to July 27-29. Marketing for the event will soon start for outside of Hutchinson. The Chamber works hard to advertise this event to share that there will be great deals in Hutchinson.

More information to come!

 


Business of the Month

In May we will be highlighting  Stearnswood, Inc. as our Business of the Month.

Click here to learn more about Stearnswood, Inc.

 


New Members

Welcome to our newest Chamber Members!


Renewing Members

Thank you to our renewing Chamber Members!

  • AKI
  • Benny’s Meat Market
  • Bob Ness
  • Hutch Sport Shop
  • Hutchinson Financial
  • Hutchinson Huskies Baseball Association
  • McLeod Emergency Food Shelf
  • Woodstone Senior Living

Table Tent Deadline: June 1st, 2017!

Are you planning an event for July, August, or September 2017?  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, which are then delivered around the community. To submit an event email Casey or call 234-0786.


Business After Hours

Join the Hutchinson Ambassadors for Business After Hours on Thursday, May 11 from 4-6pm at Stearnswood, Inc.

Click here to register


Something from Mary

National Small Business Week April 30- May 6

So I know I beat the drum frequently, but here’s just another opportunity to THANK and RECOGNIZE our small businesses in the Hutchinson Area.

Read the rest of Mary’s article here: 

 


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What’s Happening in April 2017?

Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo

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.


Hometown Golf Challenge

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

**Golfer registration forms will be available June 1**


Dairy Day

Save the Date: Dairy Day is scheduled for Friday, June 2 in Library Square Park!  If you are interested in sponsoring this community event please email Mary, or call our office at      587-5252.


Taste of Hutchinson

September 15 & 16, 2017 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.

2017 Taste of Hutchinson Vendor Application. 


Business of the Month

In April we will be highlighting Tidy Tightwads as our Business of the Month.

Click here to learn more about Tidy Tightwads

 

 


New Members

Welcome to our newest Chamber Members!


Renewing Members

Thank you to our renewing Chamber Members!

Branded Solutions
Country Kitchen
Genesis Salon & Ensospa
Hutchinson Mall
Tastefully Simple- Carol Bahr
Walgreens
Wendorf Insurance


Business After Hours

Join the Hutchinson Ambassadors for Business After Hours on Thursday, April 14 from 4-6pm at New Discoveries Montessori Academy!

Click here to register


Something from Mary

Right now, in Minnesota, we have 40,000 fewer people in the workforce than we did one year ago. Yes, in just Minnesota….. way less people in the workforce. Now we know that is because of the baby boomers retiring, and the trailing generations have less people to fill this gap.

Read the rest of Mary’s article here: 

 


Hot Deals

Want to increase foot traffic in your store? Want to advertise for FREE? Over 331 people view our Hot Deals page just in the last month.  This a great feature on our website for Chamber members to utilize!

How To Post Hot Deals, Events, and Job Postings

 


Leadercast – Hutchinson

Attend Leadercast to learn how purpose motivates teams to build stronger organizations, and inspires individuals to lead with intention. Hear from world-class speakers and connect with leaders like you who are actively striving to raise their standard of leadership. Learn more about Leadercast here: 


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What’s Happening in March 2017?

Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo

Capture 2Early Bird Deadline for Bring it Home Expo is FRIDAY MARCH 3rd!  

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.


New Members

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

We also want to thank our renewing Members! 

  • Allina Health Home Care Services
  • B & B Sports & RV
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Cornerstone Commons Group
  • CrossPoint Church
  • Crow River Glass
  • Family Rexall Drug
  • Gopher Campfire Club
  • Historic Hutchinson
  • Hutchinson Center for the Arts
  • Hutchinson Jaycees Water Carnival
  • Hutchinson Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Hutchinson Toastmasters II
  • Jeff Stamer Farms Partnership
  • Keller Williams Realty Integrity NW – The Straka Group
  • Kids Inc. Child Care
  • Mary Kay
  • Masterson Staffing Solutions
  • McCormick’s Family Restaurant
  • Piehl, Hanson, Beckman P.A.
  • Prairie River Home Care – Hutchinson
  • Shamrock Inn
  • Shoe Sensation
  • SteppingStone Therapeutic, Inc.
  • The Village Shop
  • Today’s Women of Hutchinson
  • Walmart Supercenter
  • Woodstone Senior Living

Music in the Park

We are excited to begin our planning for the 2017 Music in the Park Summer Concert Series.  Applications are now being accepted for Bands, Social Hosts, and Sponsors!  The concerts will be on Monday evenings from
6:30 – 8/8:30pm.  The Hutchinson Chamber plans the concerts for June 12 – August 7th.

Applications are due Friday, March 3rd!!

Please fill out application and return to the Chamber Office, 2 Main Street South.

**We are excited to be partnering with Historic Hutchinson and RiverSong in 2017, as we transition ownership of Music in the Park to these two organizations. Watch for more details later this year.


Business of the Month

We are highlighting West Central Sanitation as our March Business of the Month!

Click here to learn more about West Central Sanitation 

 


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!

June 12- August 7: Music in the Park

July 24: Hometown Golf Challenge

July 27-29: Crazy Days

September 15 & 16: Arts & Crafts Festival


Something from Mary

Myth Busters: No matter what organization you are, there are always assumptions made about your business. The Chamber is no different, so I thought it might be helpful to dispel the common myths we hear regularly.

Read the rest of Mary’s article here: 

 


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What’s Happening in February 2017?

Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo

Capture 2Registration for the Bring It Home Expo is now available.  Register by March 3rd 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 members to the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce!

We also want to thank our renewing Members!

  • Ace Hardware
  • Area 22 Paintball
  • Cash Wise Foods
  • CenBank
  • Chef Craig’s Catering
  • Crow River Golf Club
  • Crow River Title Guaranty, Inc.
  • Crow River Youth for Christ
  • David Larson Financial and Insurance Services, Inc.
  • Divine Clean
  • Dostal Electronics Center
  • Edward Jones – Pat Chapman
  • Fahey Sales Agency
  • First Minnesota Bank N.A.
  • Goebel Fixture
  • Hason & Vasek Construction
  • Hillyard, Inc.
  • Hjerpe Contracting, Inc.
  • Holiday
  • Hutch Bowl & Squeaky’s Grill & Bar
  • Hutchinson Area Dollars for Scholars
  • Hutchinson Co-op
  • Hutchinson Elks Lodge 2427
  • Hutchinson Kiwanis Club
  • Hutchinson Leader
  • Hutchinson Public Schools
  • Hutchinson Rotary
  • Hutchinson Theatre Company
  • James Young & Associates, Ltd.
  • Kock’s Jewelry
  • Laraway Roofing, Inc.
  • Marco Technologies, LLC
  • McDonald’s of Hutchinson
  • McLeod Cooperative Power Assoc.
  • McLeod County Abstract & Title Services, LLC
  • McLeod County Fairgrounds
  • Mediacom
  • MidCountry Bank
  • MITGI
  • NU-Telecom
  • Ohly Americas
  • Parkview Dental
  • Runnings
  • Safe Avenues
  • Skyview Dairy, Inc.
  • Slumberland Furniture
  • SNAP Fitness
  • Southwest Eye Care
  • State Farm- Mike McGraw
  • State Farm Insurance- Steve Kropp
  • Stearnswood, Inc
  • Subway Hwy 7
  • Tidy Tightwads
  • TriCounty Water Conditioning, Inc.
  • Trimmings & Charm
  • Viking Coca Cola
  • Viking Signs
  • Wendling Insurance Services, Inc.
  • West Central Industries

Business of the Month

We are highlighting Crow River Floral & Gifts as our February Business of the Month!

Click here to learn more about Crow River Floral & Gifts 

 

 

 

 


Business After Hours

The Hutchinson Ambassadors invite all Chamber Member Business Employees to attend Business After Hours.  In February you can join them on February 9, from 4-6pm at Zellas.

Click here to register, or contact the Chamber office at 587-5252.


It’s Really Not Goodbye…

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When I was a husky little 8 year old, I wanted nothing more than to be a first basemen for the Minnesota Twins.  I wanted to play baseball and win the world series, just like Kent Hrbek did.  Thinking about it now, I wished for that career because it looked like a joy for those grown men to play a game that they loved and get paid for it.  I mean, that’s everyone’s dream, right?

With the Chamber, I found a career that sparked my interest and drove me to understand what I wanted out of a career: to help people be the best they can be. This translated into the Chamber world by doing what I could to help our members and organization with anything I could.  It meant helping move cabinets and furniture for a business relocating across town.  It meant reaching out to offer congratulations and condolences for celebrations and sorrow.  It meant getting up at 4am to make sure we were ready with coffee and donuts for the Arts & Crafts Festival… And all of it has meant the world to me.  The people I got to work with every day, the businesses that I got to support and work for, and the organizations that I got to be a part of have truly shaped my life for the last 2 years and I am thankful that the Hutchinson Chamber took a chance on me.

I am also so excited for Mollie Terlinden!  She has hit the ground running and I am overjoyed that the Chamber has found a person that will truly work hard for our members and organization.  Do not hesitate contacting her to introduce yourself and make her feel welcome as you did with me.  She is and will be a rock star here!

My new opportunity with Citizens Bank & Trust allows and encourages me to be involved in the community, so there is a good chance you will see me out and about with the Hutchinson Ambassadors, learning and socializing with Hutchinson Young Professionals and delivering farm fatigue buckets with the Ag Committee.  I look forward to being involved when and where I can.

So as I leave the Membership Coordinator position here at the Chamber, it truly isn’t goodbye.  You will still see and hear from me, and I will always be an advocate for Hutchinson, the Chamber and their mission.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for making this experience amazing and helping me find joy in my job.


Welcome Mollie!

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As a Hutchinson native, I’ve always been intrigued by the “inner workings” of this city; the history, the planning that results in fantastic events we host, our constant growth, and the people that shout #lovewhereyoulive and are proud to call Hutchinson their home.  I, indeed, moved away for a while, but I came back… During my time away, I learned that Hutchinson is a great place to raise children, to build a business, to explore the outdoors, and to get involved with your community.  It’s quiet, but offers plenty of excitement, it’s big, but not too big, and it is a “feel good” community.  Hence the shift from the metro back to Hutchinson so my husband, my daughter, and I can grow our roots here.

Throughout my career I’ve gained experience in leadership, communications, speaking, finance, and the importance of partnership and teamwork.  I’m eager to utilize these skills in my new role here at the Chamber and enjoy a more hands on approach in making our community thrive.

While I know my learning about this new position will be ongoing, my most influential takeaways from week one are:

  • The work that is done within these walls is done with intention, thought, and heart.
  • The members of the chamber are not just members, they are a part of a family and a bigger vision for the Hutchinson Community.
  • I am “replacing” Matt, who has done a fantastic job connecting, relating, learning, and getting to know what really drives the businesses in our town, and that’s you. He has set a high standard for what is expected of this position and I will do my best to continue that with as much love and ease as Matt did.

Over the next few weeks and months I hope meet as many of you as I can, understand a little bit more about you and your business, and connect! Email Mollie


2017 March Food Drive

full-color-logoIt’s time to gear up for the 2017 Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign, which benefits the McLeod County Food Shelf! The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign is the largest collection of financial and food support for McLeod Emergency Food Shelf (MEFS) each year. EVERY dollar and EVERY pound raised is reported and then eligible for a match in relation to the total raised and the total number of people MEFS serves.

Click here to learn more, and to find out how your business can be a collection site. 


Something from Mary!

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution to work out? To exercise more, creating a stronger, healthier body? Maybe you were looking to gain core strength, or perhaps you have an injury which needs specific muscle groups to become stronger to aid in the healing.

The Chamber has services much like a gym. Services that can benefit all business needs, ongoing maintenance, or just what you might specifically need. Click here to read Mary’s article: 


Table Tent Deadline: March 1st, 2017!

Are you planning an event for April, May, or June 2017?  Make sure you get your event added to the Table Tents!  The deadline to add events for the 1st quarter is March 1st.  The cost is $20/listing for Chamber Members and $30/listing for non-members.  We print 900 table tents, which are then delivered around the community. To submit an event email Casey or call 234-0786.


Chamber Beach Bash

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the Chamber Beach Bash a splash! A special thank you to Beth Gasser, Sheila Murphy, Renne Hantge, Roman Bloemke, Compass Occasions and Crow River Winery for making the Beach Bash a success. We would also like to thank our Champion Sponsors: MidCountry Bank, Hutchinson Health and our Visionary Sponsor: Citizens Bank & Trust Co.

Congratulations Dave Kucera: 2016 Educator of the Year

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Congratulations Karlie Mosher: 2016 Young Leader of the Year

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Congratulations Van Karg: 2016 Volunteer of the Year

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Congratulations Brett Haugen: 2016 Business Person of the Year

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