December 2020 Newsletter

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What’s Happening- November 2020

Small Business Saturday! – November 28th

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

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

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

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Downtown Christmas- December 12th

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

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Maximize Your Membership!

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

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

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

Did you know?

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

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

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

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

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

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2021 Tourism Marketing Grant

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

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

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

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

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Business of the Month

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

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

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New & Renewing Members for October

Warmest Welcome to our NEWEST MEMBER of the Hutchinson Chamber!

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

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

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Hutchinson Ambassadors

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

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

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

October’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • Clay Coyote
  • Pizza Ranch

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

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

Give us a call today to book your next meeting.

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Something from Mary!

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

Read Mary’s Blog to learn more..

 

 

 

 

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What’s Happening in Hutchinson- October 2020

2021 Hutchinson Chamber Annual Banquet–

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

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

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Business After Hours-

Graphic for Hutchinson Ambassadors Business After Hours event

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

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

If you are the only primary representative with your business receiving emails from the Chamber, please invite all your employees to join us! Preregistration is strongly encouraged, so our business hosts may plan accordingly.

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Maximize Your Membership!

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

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

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

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

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

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October 1-7

The first week of October is Manufacturing week!

Watch this video to celebrate Manufacturing week.

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Farm Fatigue / Bucket of Thanks Event – THANK YOU!

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

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

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

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

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Hutchinson Arts & Crafts ONLINE Festival

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

                                  Click here to shop online!

 

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Election of Board of Directors

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

Any question or petitions may be direct to Mary Hodson by phone 320-234-0785 or by email mary@explorehutchinson.com and will be presented to the Nominating Committee.

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

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

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

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

Recommended Candidate: Rich Hantge

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Business of the Month

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

Click here to listen to their radio interview.

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

If you are interested interested in this opportunity, please email Cegi at office@explorehutchinson.com or call 320-587-5252.

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New & Renewing Members for August

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

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

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

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

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

September’s Ambassador Business Visits:

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

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

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Business logo for PLUSE

Professionals Under 40 Leading Socializing and Educating

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

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

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

Refer to the printable image below for the 2020 schedule

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Something from Mary!

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Whats Happening in Hutchinson?- September 2020

Farm Fatigue “Bucket of Thanks” Event 2020

Each harvest, our AgriBusiness Committee works hard to deliver buckets
of goodies to our farmers in the fields within McLeod County.

If your business is interested in donating goodies or money for this program, please complete the printable 2020 Farm Fatigue Bucket form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber by the deadline, Friday, September 4th, 2020.

 

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Business Connection – September 11

Thank you to everyone who attended our August Business Connection at Library square, it was great to see and hear everyone’s voices in person!

Please join us in Library Square at 7:30am for our Septembers Business Connection. Steve Kropp and Mike McGraw from State Farm will be hosting this event. Come check out their new office front located on Main Street. It will be a great view with limited traffic interruptions!

REGISTER HERE!

*Business Connection is a morning networking event that takes place at a Chamber business on the first Friday of each month.  Chamber members are invited to gather, enjoy coffee and a light breakfast, share a quick update or information on their business/organization. We will always have a Chamber update for you as well.

Door prizes will be given out, so make sure you bring your business card to be entered into the drawing. Hand written cards will not be accepted due to safety guidelines. This networking opportunity is a great way to get to know people in the community and keep in touch with Hutch!

Business Logo for the Chamber's Business Connection

We are currently working to fill our 2021 Business Connection calendar, so if your Chamber business would like to learn more about becoming a Business Connection host, contact Cegi.

 

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Hutch CARES Loan

https://www.hutchcaresloan.com/

 

McLeod County CARES ACT

https://www.co.mcleod.mn.us/cares_act_grant_application/index.php

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Maximize Your Membership!

Looking for a place to meet your customers but would rather not pay a fee to use their space? Fret not, the Hutchinson Chamber has you covered! Included with all Chamber Memberships you’re welcome to use our board room FREE of charge!   Yes, FREE!  Tables and chairs will be arranged to match your request. Room allows social distancing as shown below.  

We’ll take care of the cleaning, you take care of your customers! 

Call or email Cegi today for a reservation.

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Hutchinson Leadership 2.0 Enrollment for 2020-2021 is Open!

Business logo for Hutchinson Leadership Institute

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

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

Click link for application:Hutchinson Leadership 2.0 (pdf)

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

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New & Renewing Members for August

Warmest Welcome to our NEWEST MEMBER of the Hutchinson Chamber!

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

  • Carpets Plus ColorTile Design Showroom
  • Casey’s General Stores, Inc.
  • Crow River Youth for Christ
  • Customer Elation
  • e2 Electrical Services
  • Evergreen Apartments
  • Factory Direct Furniture
  • Heartland Ag Systems
  • HealthSource of Hutchinson
  • Hutchinson Pet Hospital
  • Junior Achievement of Hutchinson
  • LandsKapings
  • Maytag Laundry Tanning & Car Wash
  • Mini Biff
  • Wheel & Cog Children’s Museum

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Business of the Month

Have you recently started biking and found that you you truly enjoy it? Maybe you have added countless miles to your bike this year and need a few adjustments or even are considering an upgrade. Chad along with his team at Outdoor Motion is here for you!

141 Main Street S.  Hutchinson, MN
www.outdoormotionbikes.com  |  (320) 587-2453

Click here to learn more about Outdoor Motion 

Listen to Outdoor Motions radio interview

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

If you are interested interested in this opportunity, please email or call Cegi at the Chamber.

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

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

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

August’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • H Fit 360
  • Junk n Treasures
  • NewClay Pottery

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Business logo for PLUSE

Professionals Under 40 Leading Socializing and Educating

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

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

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

September 2020 will be conducted as a Zoom Lunch & Learn. Click here to learn more! 

Refer to the printable image below for the 2020 schedule.

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Something from Mary!

The Surge Was Real…. And now our capacity is depleted….

More about this story can be found on Mary’s Blog.

 

 

 

 

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What’s Happening? -August 2020

Farm Fatigue “Bucket of Thanks” Event 2020

Each harvest, our AgriBusiness Committee works hard to deliver buckets
of goodies to our farmers in the fields in McLeod County.

If your business is interested in donating goodies or money for this program, please complete the printable 2020 Farm Fatigue Bucket form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber by the deadline, Friday, September 4th, 2020.

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The Agri-Business Committee, a committee of the Hutchinson Chamber, is a group of community members who focus on the educational and support needs of our agricultural businesses.Hutchinson Agri-Business business logo

Throughout the year Agri-Business hosts the February Ag Seminar, June Dairy Day and a special program in conjunction with our neighbor the Glencoe Chamber- Farm Fatigue. These events can be found on our Community Calendar.

Visit our Agri-Business page for more information on the committee, events and sponsorship opportunities.

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

Printable Sponsorship Form
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Business Logo for the Chamber's Business Connection

Bringing back business connection… Join us  at 7:30am – 8:30am on August 7th in Library Square

Learn about community business updates, what’s new and coming to Hutchinson & share your own business information with the group.

Wear your business apparel and bring your business card to be entered into the door prize drawings. Hand written entries do not meet safety guidelines. Please wear you mask.

Register TODAY! Multiple guests per business/organization are welcome.

 

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31st Hutchinson Leadership Institute Graduation

Students in the Hutchinson Leadership Institute for 2019-2020  had the rare opportunity to turn knowledge into action during a pandemic! With the times we are in now you can understand the level of difficultly and flexibility this group underwent. Increasing the difficulty only strengthened each participants knowledge and ability to overcome! This unusual situation has given each and every participant a once in a lifetime opportunity to Lead in unique ways!  

Congratulations to the 2019 – 2020 Hutchinson Leadership Institute Graduates!

  • Ben Beckman
  •  Marc Langerman
  •   Jill Brisse
  •  Kristen Matthews
  •   David Broll
  •   Mike Meyer
  •   Eric Campbell
  •   Phil Mielke
  •   Casey Carlson
  •   Eli Miller
  •   Jason Corby
  •   Steve Rahkola
  •   Kris Demeter
  •   Emma Schalow
  •  Geoffrey Donley
  •   Joy Schmitz
  •   Amber Erickson
  •   Kristen Wigen
  •   Victor Garcia
  •   Colleen Young
  •   Kristin Haack

 

What is the Hutchinson Leadership Program?
The Hutchinson Leadership Institute is hosted by the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. This comprehensive program is designed to build community leaders. The Institute provides participants with a unique opportunity to turn knowledge into action through classroom experiences, hands-on activities, and a variety of assessment tools. This program has had the great privilege of providing community information and leadership training to over 700 graduates, for 30 years. Like any good leader, we don’t maintain the status quo. Each year the program undergoes format and curriculum changes in an effort to improve the quality of the experience.

“What’s next?” Hutchinson Leadership 2.0 of course!
Every leader plays a significant role in making a community the best it can be. Leadership 2.0 takes a deeper dive into personal leadership and how it can impact the future of the entire community.

 

Hutchinson Leadership 2.0 Graduation

Congratulations to the 2019 – 2020 Leadership 2.0 Graduates!

  • Marsha Anderson
  • Matt Beilke
  • Cory Dammann
  • Shari Graf
  • Dale Gross
  • Anthony Hanson
  • Curtis Hughes
  • Megan Karg
  • Mark Lansink
  • Brian Ludowese
  • Melissa Mayer
  • Karlie Mosher
  • Ben Norgaard
  • John Sanken

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

Business logo for Hutchinson Leadership Institute

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

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

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

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

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2020 Tourism Marketing Grant – Reminder – Deadline September 1!

The September 1 deadline is quickly approaching for the Hutchinson Tourism & Marketing Grant. Grants are available for not-for-profit events and for-profit events that are marketing outside a 30-mile radius of Hutchinson.

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

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

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Maximize Your Membership!

Looking for a way to highlight a message from your business? How about having the Chamber send an email on your behalf from our Chamber account to literally hundreds of subscribers?

With a Spotlight Message, the Chamber will highlight a message from your business in one of our Newsletters. Your business or organization will be recognized in the subject line of the email and your message will be a main bullet point of the email. The Spotlight Email can be added to your membership as a 1 point option.Be in the Know with Chamber Emails flyer

A Custom Email (email blast) is an individual email sent on your behalf from the Chamber account to our over 700+ subscribers. The Custom Email can be added to your membership as a 2 point option.

Feel Free to give us a call with any questions you may have!

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New & Renewing Members for July

Warmest Welcome to our NEWEST MEMBER of the Hutchinson Chamber

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

  • AmericInn Lodge & Suites
  • Birthright Crisis Pregnancy Center of Hutchinson
  • Days Inn
  • Equal Access, Inc.
  • Hutchinson Dental Center
  • Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • McLeod for Tomorrow
  • Mid Minnesota Marketing
  • New Century Academy
  • Papa Murphy’s Take-N-Bake Pizza
  • Twice is Nice
  • Walgreens

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Business of the Month

 

Carly’s Shoes has been locally owned and operated since 1959 in Downtown Hutchinson. Carly’s has always had the finest quality shoes and boots available for their customers.

Carly’s takes great pride in having available options for everyone. Be sure to stop down today and find a shoes that fits your style! Click here to learn more about Carly’s.

24 Main St. N  Hutchinson, MN
Carly’s Facebook Page  |  320-587-8356

 

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

If you are interested interested in this opportunity, please email or call Cegi at the Chamber.

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

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

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

July’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • No visits were scheduled

Has your business recently remodeled? If so, the Hutchinson Ambassadors would LOVE to  visit you and help showcase your remodel. Contact the Chamber today to get this scheduled! 

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Business logo for PLUSE

Professionals Under 40 Leading Socializing and Educating

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

PULSE meets for Lunch & Learn events on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, January – May & September – December  from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM at Squeaky’s Grill and Bar. The events are free to attend, a $10 lunch option is available.

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

The group also gets together at quarterly social events.  Refer to the printable image below for the 2020 schedule.

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ThinkLOCAL is a Chamber program is designed to share important information with the community on how local businesses, big or small, contribute to a strong local economy. Every business can play a part if sharing the importance of spending money locally before going online or out of town.

  • Locally owned, independent businesses recycle a higher percentage of profits back into the local economy
  • Local businesses also keep tax dollars in our community to support schools, parks police & fire departments, and much more.
  • Customers benefit from expertise offered by local businesses. Also, at a local store you’re as much as 3x more likely to discover something new.
  • Shopping local means enjoying lively streets and bumping into friendly faces. You support businesses who support community events and organizations.

During the year, thinkLOCAL committee hosts Crazy Days (July) and Small Business Saturday (Saturday after Thanksgiving). Both events encourage local spending and are just an all-around fun time!

Visit our thinkLOCAL page for more information on how you can make a difference; as well as check out our free resources and materials for businesses.

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Something from Mary!

 

Chamber President Mary Hodson

As humans we have had to adapt to having less or more of any number of things these past months…

More about this story can be found on Mary’s Blog.

 

 

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What’s Happening July 2020

 

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

 

Time to Recover and Get Back to Business

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

Guidance for Outdoor Dining

MN RETAILERS ASSOCIATION- Curbside Best Practices AND FREE WEBINAR

Safety Best Practices to get back to work

McLeod County COVID-19 Website

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

Business logo for Hutchinson Leadership Institute

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

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

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

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

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Something from Mary…

 

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

Sponsorship Form

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

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

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

June’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • No visits were scheduled due to COVID-19

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Maximize Your Membership!

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

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

Newsletter Insert and Member Mailing Lists graphic

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No Longer receiving the Chamber’s informational emails?

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

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CrAzY dAyS!!!    Yes, it’s HAPPENING!

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

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New & Renewing Members for June

Warmest Welcome to our NEW MEMBER of the Hutchinson Chamber

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

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

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2020 Annual Hometown Golf Challenge

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

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Business of the Month- United Community Action Partnership

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

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

Click here to learn more about UCAP!

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Shop Small Floor Mat

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

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What’s Happening June 2020

It’s Time to Recover and Get Back to Business

Click the titles below to learn more

MN RETAILERS ASSOCIATION- Curbside Best Practices AND FREE WEBINAR

Safety Best Practices to get back to work

McLeod County COVID-19 Website

Interviews with Hutchinson’s Businesses during COVID

Click here to watch!

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

 

Dairy Day- Postponed until 2021

 

Hometown Golf Challenge

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

 

New & Renewing Members

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

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

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

 

 

Business of the Month

Skyview Dairy, Inc.

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

Click here to learn more about Skyview Dairy!

Click here to hear the KDUZ interview with Skyview Dairy

 

 

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What’s Happening- May 2020

Something from Mary!

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

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

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

I am asking you to:

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

I’d like you to consider:

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

This is Hutchinson.

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

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

 

www.ExploreHutchinson.com

This is where you can find updated information on:

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

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

 


Main Street 2020

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

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

 

Dairy Day- CANCELED

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

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

 


May Business of the Month

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

55106 Co Rd 38, Buffalo Lake, MN 55314

320-587-0525

info@oakdalegolfclub.com

Take a drone tour of the course here

See the Chip Shots menu here

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

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


 

Upcoming Events:

 

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

 

Canceled for May

 

Events canceled for MayBusiness logo for PLUSE

 

 

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

 


 

What’s Happening March 2020!

Celebrate Business Connection’s 1 Year Chamberversary!

Business Connection logo

Can you believe it has been one year since the first Business Connection in Hutchinson?

A special thank you to the March host of Business Connection – HealthSource.

Business Connection is a morning networking event that takes place at a Chamber business on the first Friday of each month from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM. Chamber Members are invited to gather, enjoy coffee and a light breakfast, and share a quick update or information on their business/organization. We will always have a Chamber update for you as well.

Door prizes will be given out, so make sure you bring your business card to be entered into the drawing. This networking opportunity is a great way to know people in the community and keep in touch with Hutch!

If you are part of a Chamber business/organization and interested in attending, please register online via the link provided below. Multiple guests per organization are welcome, just remember to register!

Please join us for the Next Chamber Business Connection at:

April and May Business Connection will be canceled as we comply with CDC recommendations for social distancing. We appreciate your understanding and hope to see you when our networking events start again.


Business After Hours is a great way to learn about businesses in Hutchinson and network with fellow Chamber Members. Get behind the scenes access to our local businesses… see what they make, do, or provide for our community. This monthly event is open to all Chamber Member business employees or by a Chamber invitation. Registration is advised. Businesses interested in hosting a Business After Hours event, or seeking more information should email the Hutchinson Ambassadors.

If you are the only primary representative with your business receiving emails from the Chamber, please invite all your employees to join us! Preregistration is strongly encouraged, so our business hosts may plan accordingly.

 

April & May Business After Hours will be canceled as we comply with CDC recommendations for social distancing. We appreciate your understanding and hope to see you when our networking events start again.


Maximize Your Membership!

Hot Deals for Chamber Members — Are you running any specials for your business? Maybe you are a retail store with a buy-one-get-one offer, or a service provider that’s offering discounted rates. Post these events on ExploreHutchinson.com to gain exposure to our wide audience. When you post a Hot Deal, an email is sent out to Chamber Members with details on the deal as well. This benefit is included with your Chamber Membership!

Click on the image below for instructions or call the Chamber with questions.



2019 Hometown Golf Challenge Snow Golfing

2020 Annual Hometown
Golf Challenge

There is “SNOW” better time to start thinking about the Annual  Hometown Golf Challenge!!!

On Monday, July 27, the Chamber will host a construction themed Annual Hometown Golf Challenge at the Crow River Country Club. The golf event is open to the public, for all levels of experience, and is fun for all!


Business of the Month

March’s Business of the Month is Chamber Member Phoenix Drumline.

This local non-profit has served the Hutchinson community for over 25 years. The drum line features those entering 7th grade to age 22. They have a summer and a winter season, and welcome new members. To learn more about Phoenix Drumline click here.

www.phoenixdrumline.org

 

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

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Mary or call Mary at the Chamber.


Hutchinson Ambassadors

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

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

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

February’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • Sport Clips
  • Jimmy John’s

Renewing Chamber Members

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

  • Allina Health Home Care Services
  • Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
  • Bergmann Interiors, LLC
  • Bethlehem United Methodist Church
  • Carly’s Shoes
  • Country Kitchen
  • Crow River Drumline Association / Phoenix Drumline and Phoenix Phlyers
  • Crow River Glass
  • Crow River Wheelers
  • Crow River Winery
  • Culver’s
  • David Larson Financial and Insurance Services, Inc.
  • Edina Realty, Inc.
  • Edward Jones – Nick Pederson
  • Genesis Salon and Ensospa
  • Hutchinson Jaycees Water Carnival
  • Jeff Stamer Farms Partnership
  • Kids Inc Child Care
  • McCormick’s Family Restaurant
  • Minnesota Garlic Festival
  • NRG – The Networking Referral Group
  • Shoe Sensation
  • TDK Hutchinson Technology, Inc.
  • Today’s Women of Hutchinson

Business logo for PLUSE

Professionals Under 40 Leading Socializing and Educating

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

PULSE meets for Lunch & Learn events on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, January – May & September – December  from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM at Squeaky’s Grill and Bar. The events are free to attend, a $10 lunch option is available.

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

The group also gets together at quarterly social events.  Refer to the printable image below for the 2020 schedule.

*Update: PULSE Lunch & Learn events for April & May 2020 have been canceled.


Quarter 3 Table Tent Deadline is June 1, 2020!Chamber Table Tent Entry Form - blank

The Chamber prints and delivers over 900 table tents around the community. Are you looking for a way to boost an upcoming Hutchinson event? Make sure you get your event added to the Chamber’s table tents. The cost is $30 per event listing for community members, and Chamber Members receive a $10 discount per event listing.

Also, if you submit an event to our table tents, make sure to add it to our 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 directly on the Community Calendar page!

The deadline for Quarter 3 (July, August & September 2020) is June 1, 2020.

If you want to submit an event for an upcoming table tent click the image above to open a .pdf entry form, or complete an online entry HERE . Payment can be mailed, dropped off, or made over the phone.

If you want table tents delivered to your business or if you have any questions, please contact the Chamber by phone 320-234-0786 or by email info@explorehutchinson.com.

 


Something from Mary!

Mary Hodson
It’s the Final Countdown…

to the Main Street 2020 Project.

The rest of Mary’s article can be found on March’s Something from Mary blog.

 


Save the Date!

  • MARCH
    6       Business Connection
    11     PULSE Lunch & Learn
    12     Business After Hours – B&B Sports & RV

    APRIL
    3     Business Connection – Canceled
    8     PULSE Lunch & Learn – Canceled
    9     Business After Hours – Canceled

    MAY
     1        Business Connection – Canceled
    13      PULSE Lunch & Learn -Canceled
    14      Business After Hours – Canceled
    20      Leadership Institute 2018-2019 Graduation

    JUNE
    5      Business Connection
    5      Dairy Day

    JULY
    27   Chamber Golf Event – Crow River Golf Club

    AUGUST
    7    Business Connection

    SEPTEMBER
    4           Business Connection
    9           PULSE Lunch & Learn
    18/19      46th Arts & Crafts Festival
    18/19     Taste of Hutchinson
    24/25     Leadership Institute 2020-2021 Begins

    OCTOBER
    -Farm Fatigue Buckets Delivered-
    2     Business Connection
    14    PULSE Lunch & Learn
    8     Business After Hours

    NOVEMBER
        6   Business Connection
    11   PULSE Lunch & Learn
    19   Taste of the Holidays
    28   Small Business Saturday

    DECEMBER
    Crop Management Input Seminar
    4   Business Connection
    9   PULSE Lunch & Learn

What’s Happening February 2020!

Thank you for your support at the Chamber Annual Event and Congratulations to the 2020 Community Award Winners!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2020 Chamber Annual Event – Hutch-Opoly a huge success! A special thanks to our event sponsors. Our deepest gratitude to them for supporting our event.

Visionary Sponsor: Citizens Bank and Trust Co.

Welcome Sponsor: MITGI

Event Sponsors: 3M, ATHC, Hutchinson Health, and Uponor

In-kind Sponsors: CineMagic Century 9 Theatre, Crow River Winery, Innovative Foam, Kock’s Jewelry, Muddy Cow, and Oakdale Golf Course

 

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The Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce and Hutchinson Jaycees are excited to announce the Community Award winners. The winners are (from left to right) Young Leader of the Year – Luke Krueger, Volunteer of the Year –Mavis Schwanke, Teacher of the Year – Gloriann Heikes, and Business Person of the Year – Dean Bertram.

You can find more pictures from this event here:  Hutchinson Chamber’s Facebook page


Passing of the Gavel – Chamber Board Chair

The Chamber takes this opportunity to thank 2019 Chamber Board Chair Roman Bloemke for his service to the Board and to each of us in the past year; and we welcome the 2020 Chamber Board Chair Beth Gasser into that position.

The Chamber would also like to thank outgoing Chamber Board Member Keith Heikes for his committed service.


Passing of the Gavel – Hutchinson Ambassadors

The Chamber takes this opportunity to thank 2019 Ambassador President Leah Watzke  for her service to the Ambassadors and to each of us in the past year; and we welcome the 2020 Ambassador President Matt Bielke  into that position.


2020 Tourism Marketing Grant Deadline – March 1st

Grant applications are due by March 1, 2020! Click the link below for more information.

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

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

More information about the Tourism Marketing Grant program, grant criteria, and grant applications can be found on our Tourism Marketing Grant blog.  Grants will be awarded March 31, 2020 for applications returned by March 1, 2020.

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


Quarter 2 Table Tents – Deadline March 1st

The deadline for Quarter 2 Tables Tents is just around the corner, be sure to get your entry in today!

Due to a lack of entries, Quarter 1 Table Tents were not printed. We have had countless inquiries about where they are. Many people rely on them to know what is happening in Hutchinson. What a great marketing opportunity for your event! Table tents are a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to reach Hutchinson area residents and visitors.  The Chamber prints and delivers over 900 table tents around the community. Make sure you get your event added to the Chamber’s table tents.

The cost is $30 Chamber Table Tent form - blankper event listing for community members. Chamber Members receive a $10 discount per event listing. Submitting an event is easy… just complete the printable Table Tent Entry Form and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber.

Also, if you submit an event to our table tents, make sure to add it to our 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 directly on the Community Calendar page!

The deadline for Quarter 2 (April, May & June) is March 1.

If you want table tents delivered to your business or if you want to submit an event for an upcoming table tent, please contact the Hutchinson Chamber by phone 320-587-5252 or by email

office@explorehutchinson.com.


Business Connection logo

Please join us for March’s Business Connection hosted by Health Source Chiropractic on Friday, March 6th from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM.

Business Connection is a morning networking event that takes place at a Chamber business on the first Friday of each month from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM. Chamber Members are invited to gather, enjoy coffee and a light breakfast, and share a quick update or information on their business/organization. We will always have a Chamber update for you as well.

Door prizes will be given out, so make sure you bring your business card to be entered into the drawing. This networking opportunity is a great way to know people in the community and keep in touch with Hutch!

If you are part of a Chamber business/organization and interested in attending, please register online via the link provided below. Multiple guests per organization are welcome, just remember to register!

Please join us for the Next Chamber Business Connection at:

HealthSource Chiropractic
Friday, March 6th from 7:00 am to 8:00 am.

Register Here for the March Business Connection 

 

Thank you to February’s Business Connection host – St. Anastasia’s.

Invitation to Business Connection & Business After Hours

Please extend an invitation to Business Connection and Business After Hours to your employees.  All Chamber Members and their employees are welcome to these programs. Please remember to register for the events through the links provided in this newsletter.


Maximize Your Membership!

Job Postings for Chamber Members — Are you looking for qualified applicants to fill open positions at your business? Post you 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 them on our Facebook page! Click on the image below for instructions, or call the Chamber with questions.

Are you hiring? Post your job on ExploreHutchinson.com (pdf)


Business After Hours is a great way to learn about businesses in Hutchinson and network with fellow Chamber Members. Get behind the scenes access to our local businesses… see what they make, do, or provide for our community. This monthly event is open to all Chamber Member business employees or by a Chamber invitation. Registration is advised. Businesses interested in hosting a Business After Hours event, or seeking more information should email the Hutchinson Ambassadors.

If you are the only primary representative with your business receiving emails from the Chamber, please invite all your employees to join us! Preregistration is strongly encouraged, so our business hosts may plan accordingly.

 

February’s Business After Hours will be held on

Thursday, February 13th from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at

Edina Realty, located at 904 Highway 15 S, Hutchinson, MN

Click here to register for February’s Business After Hours or call the Chamber at 320-587-5252.

 

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March’s Business After Hours will be held on

Thursday, March 12th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at

B & B Sports & RV  20271 MN-15, Hutchinson, MN

Registration coming soon!


New & Renewing Chamber Members

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

  • Berger Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Larson Building Inc.

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

  • Ace Hardware
  • Adara Home Health
  • Applebee’s Bar & Grill
  • Area 22 Paintball
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Cal-Tex Companies
  • CenBank
  • Cobblestone Hotel & Suites
  • Collin Peterson
  • Crow River Golf Club
  • Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
  • Dostal Electronics Center
  • Echo Family Dental
  • Ecumen Oaks & Pines
  • Excelsior Homes, Inc.
  • FRF Productions
  • Hager Jewelry Inc
  • Harmony River Living Center
  • Hillyard, Inc.
  • Hjerpe Contracting, Inc.
  • Holiday
  • Hometown Realty, Inc.
  • Hutch Café
  • Hutchinson Area Dollars for Scholars
  • Hutchinson Bus Line, Inc.
  • Hutchinson Center for the Arts
  • Hutchinson Elks Lodge 2427
  • Hutchinson Health
  • Hutchinson Kiwanis Club
  • Hutchinson Lions
  • Hutchinson Rotary
  • James Young & Associates, Ltd.
  • Kock’s Jewelry, Inc.
  • Larry & Connie Fraser
  • Legend Companies
  • Little Crow Archery Club
  • Masterson Staffing Solutions
  • Maurices
  • McDonald’s
  • McLeod Cooperative Power
  • McLeod County Abstract & Title Services
  • McLeod County Fairgrounds
  • New Discoveries Montessori Academy
  • New Era Financial Group, Inc.
  • Nuvera
  • Oakdale Golf Club
  • Parkview Dental
  • Piehl, Hanson, Beckman, P.A.
  • Primary EyeCare
  • Quade Electric
  • RAM Buildings, Inc.
  • Regional Eye Specialists, P.A.
  • Ridgewater College
  • River of Hope Lutheran Church ELCA
  • Runnings
  • Sheila Murphy
  • SNAP Fitness
  • Sonora’s Mexican Restaurant
  • South Skyview Estates
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation
  • State Farm Insurance, Steve Kropp
  • Title Mark
  • Tri County Water Conditioning, Inc.
  • Uponor
  • Viking Signs
  • West Central Industries
  • Wetterling & Roepke Financial Services
  • Zellas

Business of the Month

February’s Business of the Month is Chamber Member Hager Jewelry. This locally owned full-service jeweler has been been in operation since 1913! You may recognize them by their signature clock outside their downtown location. They offer watch and ring repair, customization, and a full retail store. To learn more about Hager Jewelry click here.

138 Main St S 
Hutchinson, MN 55350
http://www.hagerjewelry.com
http://facebook.com/hagerjewelry

 

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

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Mary or call Mary at the Chamber.


Hutchinson Ambassadors

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

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

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

January’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • CorTrust Bank

Business logo for PLUSE

Professionals Under 40 Leading Socializing and Educating

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

PULSE meets for Lunch & Learn events on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, January – May & September – December  from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM at Squeaky’s Grill and Bar. The events are free to attend, a $10 lunch option is available.

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

The group also gets together at quarterly social events.  Refer to the printable image below for the 2020 schedule.


Something from Mary!

Mary Hodson
Networking is for everyone

Insight into the Chamber’s networking events.

The rest of Mary’s article can be found on February’s Something from Mary blog.

 


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