Something from Mary!

As I write this I’m still basking in the fun and excitement of this past week’s Small Business Saturday. (Okay, part of my excitement is that MN beat WI twice this weekend in football.)

Our staff and ThinkLOCAL committee put much time and effort into planning ideas to bring people to, and keep people in, our community for this day. Staff and volunteers spent hours purchasing and collecting gift cards throughout the community for the first SBS ping pong ball drop of prizes and for handing out later in stores.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED, DONATED and SHOPPED!

But….

Let’s ThinkLOCAL more frequently; not just on Small Business Saturday.

Let’s ThinkLOCAL even when there isn’t a ball drop or elves out paying bills.

Even when you are online, there are local options to choose.

  • Amazon offers their Amazon Smile donations… pick a local charity!
  • Most online purchases with store pick-up options keep the purchase local to that store!

Did you know you will never run into friends and old acquaintances while shopping online?

Did you know you can’t touch or feel the fabric or texture of something online?

Do you realize if you don’t understand how to use it, or it comes broken or late there is not a real person to talk to without saying or hitting seven 3,785 times first?

How many times have you received a personal reminder online about that email you may have gotten with more savings and how you can use that coupon with another deal?

NOW…. let’s be real…. I know you shop online, sometimes I have to as well. Let’s just pledge to ThinkLOCAL before we just hop online, and let’s spend more in Hutchinson this year.

ThinkLOCAL… because every dollar spent locally pays for someone’s wages, which pays for food, heat, and clothing. Each dollar can be regenerated again and again.

ThinkLOCAL… because we are the reflection of our choices.

ThinkLOCAL… because you’re cool like that!

Something from Mary!

What’s the big deal?

I can’t keep calm. SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY is coming!

It’s November, the leaves are changing, the air is crisp and we are warming up the red scarves to give away… MONEY!

Wait. What?

Yes, the Chamber is giving away money again.

Here’s how people have a chance at winning money:

  • Shop in Hutchinson on November 24th
  • Attend the ping pong ball drop at 10:00 AM on the north side of Library Square

Super easy right?! YES!

Want in on the fun as a business?

Provide the chamber with gift cards, gift certificates, tokens, or items to give away during the ball drop. It’s a great way to drive traffic into your business.

Follow this link to get the download for the ping pong ball drop information.

The balls will be dropped from a large truck and bucket along Washington Avenue. We’ll have separate ball drops for adults AND kids.

Chamber Board Members will be out paying for people’s bills as well… Why? Because the incentive to bring business to you is VERY important to the board and staff.

The chamber has Small Business Saturday materials for you if you haven’t signed up through ShopSmall.

Give us a jingle and we’ll help you make the most of your Small Business Saturday!

Something from Mary!

I’m constantly amazed at what people will or will not complain about.

Some are content with whatever is put in front of them, others… well they complain about not having something to complain about.

This is an installment of #lovewhereyoulive. This past month, we hosted the 44th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival, and yes Randy Starke, it was once Arts in the Park. We bring in 10,000-12,000 people every year for this event. How do we know you may ask… well we counted this year, at every corner all times of the day…. and well, we’ve been right… I love it when we are right! J

Arts & Crafts is a fundraiser for the Chamber, AND, a tourism event. We use money from both sides of our budget for the festival. Businesses in town are busier, gas stations are hopping, and hotels are filled.

Businesses downtown lose parking, many close during load-in and the festival itself, some may lose money, some may make more. But it is decidedly BUSIER and traffic is congested. LOTS to complain about… right? No!

Our businesses are so understanding of the importance of this event to our entire community. Many tell us they look forward to the people watching, or they utilize the opportunity to do some training, or give their hard working employees a day off, or even have the celebrated day in a closed office- you know what I mean- no one comes in or calls, and you can actually get work done. We have VERY LITTLE grumbling, complaining, or rudeness from businesses. The bigger picture in Hutchinson is the sense of community: the opportunity to show off our community with pride.

So this isn’t about complaining, this is about a bright and happy community willing to push and pull when needed, ebb and flow, and ying and yang for the betterment of Hutchinson.

Thank you to SOOO many of you who make it possible to host such an event as the Arts and Crafts Festival! I #LoveWhereILive

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Something from Mary!

Yes, you’ve heard it before. The Hype, the Excitement, the Four Pathways, Mary jumping up and down, Miles getting awards, the new school building supporting it….

But NOW…. there’s a TigerPath COORDINATOR… Andrea Moore!

Andrea is no stranger to the Chamber; she serves on our Hutchinson Leadership Institute Design Team and also played a huge part in getting our Youth Leadership Institute program up and running…. Huge=she did it all. She’s also been a teacher for 12 years, has her MBA, and gol dang it she farms with her husband as well. If you do not know Andrea yet, you need to- andrea.moore@isd423.org.

Have you seen the new TigerPath website? www.tigerpath.com read more and click on the internship button- there are a lot of ways to particiapte once you get there.

You can sign up to be part of this innovative program which among other things connects students to internships to take a deeper dive into work experience, an industry and/or a specific business.

But what else is there? Mentoring a student who may need/want one-on-one conversations about very specific careers, or perhaps very broad careers. Speaking with a doctor or a chamber president result in two very different experiences.  Perhaps you can present to classes about what you do, what your business does, what they can expect when they see your business…. Or how is their daily learning applicable to your industry.

I did not care for math in school… sorry… it wasn’t and still isn’t how my brain works… but it would have been helpful for me to hear from professionals how they use percentages to figure out tips at a restaurant, or how a math lover can be an actuary for an insurance company, or an insurance agent, or an interior designer, or a draft person, or a welder, or or or…. so many options, so many careers needing math skills.

ALSO, be watching for the PATHFair, coming this fall. Not a job fair as much as a way to help students determine if they fit into one or more TigerPaths. This will be so helpful to our students… and to you. We want our students to stay in Hutchinson, or go to school and come back to Hutchinson to fill the positions here, rather than somewhere else. Your participation in the PATHFair can help students learn what you do or make, and understand what types of careers are available. Building relationships with students now can help you supply the workers you need later.

So, let’s review, Andrea.Moore@isd423.org is a great resource for you to connect at the school…. Your time, your business, donations to TigerPath programs, the whole deal. Check out the website www.tigerpath.com.

Make a difference for tomorrow, today.

What’s Happening in August 2018!

2018 Hometown Golf Challenge – Thank you!

We would like to thank everyone that joined us for the 2018 Hometown Golf Challenge “Around the World in 18 Holes” on July 23 at the Crow River Golf Club. The event would not be possible without our mighty volunteers and the businesses that donated to and sponsored this event. THANK YOU all for your time, talents, donations and support!!

MILLE GRAZIEO to our Visionary Sponsor – Citizens Bank & Trust Co and also to our Champion Sponsors – 3M, Hutchinson Health, MidCountry Bank, MITGI, TDK/Hutchinson Technology and Uponor. 

DANKE, DANKE also goes out to our Welcome Sponsors – MITGI, SouthPoint Financial Credit Union and TDK/Hutchinson Technology.

JE VOUS REMERCIE to our Staffed Hole Sponsors – APR, Ashley Homestore, Citizens Bank & Trust Co, Buffalo Wild WIngs, Hutchinson Health, Marco, Oakdale Golf Club, TDK/Hutchinson Technology, Uponor, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Woodstone Senior Living.

TACK, TACK, TACK are in order for our Hole Sponsors – 3M, Branded Solutions, Cash Wise Foods, Caspers Chiropractic, CenBank, Century 9 Theatre, Crow River Winery, Edina Realty, Fairway Mortgage Company, First Minnesota Bank, Goebel Fixture Company, Hutchinson Dental, Hutchinson Leader, Hutchinson Manufacturiing, LBC of Hutchinson, Novation Credit Union, Nuvera, Piehl Hanson Beckman, Plumbing and Heating by Craig, Rahk Studios, SouthPoint Financial Credit Union, Stamp N Storage, State Farm – Steve Kropp, State Farm – Mike McGraw, Valley Sales of Hutchinson and Walmart SuperCenter.

And last but certainly not least, GRACIAS to our Hole-In-One Sponsors:  Citizens Bank & Trust Co and Valley Sales of Hutchinson.

Buh Bye until next year!


2018 Crazy Days & Manufacturing in the Park – Thank you!

Thank you to businesses that participated in Crazy Days and Manufacturing in the Park! What a great way to see how our manufacturers, educators and related organizations work, who they are and who they are looking for! Also, a special thanks to those who attended. These events would not be a success without you!

Check out our Facebook page to view event photos.


Hutchinson Leadership Institute & Leadership 2.0 Enrollment for 2018-2018 is Now Open!

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

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

Click link for the Hutchinson Leadership Institute application (pdf) or Click here for the Hutchinson Leadership 2.0 application (pdf).

If you have questions about the Hutchinson Leadership program, please click here to email Mary at the Chamber office or click here to call Mary at the Chamber office at 320-234-0785.


Farm Fatigue – Bucket of Thanks Event 2018

Business logo for Farm Fatigue Bucket of Thanks Event

Each 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 2018 Farm Fatigue Flyer (pdf). 

 


44th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson

Make sure to put September 14th & 15th on your calendar!

44th Annual Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson September 14 & 15, 2018


Business of the Month

In August we will be highlighting Nuvera as our Business of the Month.Business logo for Nuvera

Click here to learn more about Nuvera.

 


New & Returning Chamber Members

We want to welcome our new members:

Thank you to our August renewing members!

  • Ag Systems, Inc.
  • Amazing Grace Boutique
  • Ashley Furniture
  • Basswoods Welding & Repair
  • Canvasworks
  • Casey’s General Store
  • Clay Coyote Gallery & Pottery
  • Crow River Floral & Gifts
  • Evergreen Apartments
  • New Century Academy
  • Outdoor Motion Bike Shop
  • Papa Murphy’s Take-n-Bake Pizza

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

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

July’s Ambassadors Visits:

  • Kruse Altitude, LLC
  • LandSkapings
  • Schrade Firearms Knives and Tactical Survival, Helping Hands Healing Spa Trinities Trinkets & Designs JD’s Fidgets & Fun

Business After Hours:

  • Business After Hours is not held in August or September.
  • Business After Hours resumes on October 11th with Tigers After Hours. The TigerPath teachers will be on hand to explain how they will helps students discover their talents, develop their skills and build an exciting, rewarding career! “Find your own path” – that’s what it’s all about!

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

Click here to email the Ambassadors


Something from Mary

Chamber President Mary Hodson 2017

RETENTION

It’s a challenge to hire good people with the skill sets you need and want.

It’s a challenge because we have fewer people in the pipeline than we have leaving the workforce.

It’s going to continue to be a challenge, for a long time.

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


Quarter 4 Table Tent Deadline is September 1

2018 Quarter 3 Table Tents EventsThe Chamber prints and delivers 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 Table Tents!  The cost is $20/listing for Chamber members and $30/listing for non-members.

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. Click here to access the Chamber’s Community Calendar!

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

Click here to email Gina with questions, if you want table tents delivered to your business or if you want to submit an event for upcoming table tents.


Upcoming Save the Dates

September 14 – 15 – Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson
November 15 – Taste of the Holidays
November 24 – Small Business Saturday


More information!

2018 Quarter 3 Table Tents Events

44th Annual Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson September 14 & 15, 2018

Business logo for Farm Fatigue Bucket of Thanks Event

Southwest Eye Care poster promoting Dr Jabin Krassin MD

 


Business logo for the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce and Tourism

Something from Mary!

RETENTION

It’s a challenge to hire good people with the skill sets you need and want.

It’s a challenge because we have fewer people in the pipeline than we have leaving the workforce.

It’s going to continue to be a challenge, for a long time.

Instead of ranting or raving about what you can do…. I am sending you directly over to our Pinterest Board Building Your Business. Here you will find a VARIETY of info graphics about retention, employee engagement and recognition.

RETENTION is the new black. Wear it well.

What’s Happening in July 2018!

Hometown Golf Challenge

Are you ready to travel “Around the World in 18 Holes” with us? The  Hutchinson Chamber’s Hometown Golf Challenge is on Monday, July 23 at the Crow River Golf Club.

Check-in and in-flight lunch begins at 11 am, with a shotgun start at 12 pm. The final destination dinner, program, prizes and announcing game winners at 5 pm.

There will be a $500 GUARANTEED shoot-out winner, as well as the option to upgrade your game by purchasing a passport package that includes mulligans, raffles, course games. Don’t miss out on your chance to win one of the cash prizes! Will you could be the 1st place winner or one of the two randomly drawn teams? Or better yet, will your team be the best team costume, best decorated cart or best costume & cart combo?

Your ticket price of $125 includes: cart, green fee, lunch and dinner. Click here for the 2018 Hometown Golf Challenege registration form and Information (pdf) or click here to register your team online for the 2018 Hometown Golf Challenge.

We have many different sponsorship opportunities available. Click here for a 2018 Hometown Golf Challenge Sponsor Form (pdf).


Crazy Days 2018

We are going crazy this year on Crazy Days! Each business can choose their own Crazy Days theme. Yes, that’s right… you decide on a theme to bring customers in and move product out. 

If your business would like to participate in Crazy Days, click here to email Gina at Chamber office. Let us know what your crazy deals are and we will help promote your Crazy Days sale!

Click here to check out participating businesses!

Questions? Click here to call the Chamber office at 320-587-5252


Manufacturing in the Park & Picnic in the Park

Children at Manufacturing in the Park 2017On Friday, July 27, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, manufacturers and educators in McLeod County will be in Library Square Park providing an interactive afternoon and engaging with community members. Come and learn who they are and what they do! While learning through play and activities.

Also from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, the Hutchinson Downtown Association is hosting a $5 picnic-style lunch. Please join us for Picnic in the Park!

Manufacturing in the Park and Picnic in the Park coincide with Crazy Days. 


Hutchinson Leadership Institute & Leadership 2.0

Enrollment for 2018-2019 is Now Open!

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

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

Click link for the Hutchinson Leadership Institute application (pdf) or Click here for the Hutchinson Leadership 2.0 application (pdf).

If you have questions about the Hutchinson Leadership program, please click here to email Mary at the Chamber office or click here to call Mary at the Chamber office at 320-234-0785.


Dairy Day – Thank You!


THANK YOU to everyone who made Dairy Day a success! We would especially like to thank our sponsors!

Visionary Sponsor:

  • Citizens Bank & Trust Co.2018 Dairy Days visiting royalty

Champion Sponsors:

  • Hutchinson Health
  • MidCountry Bank
  • South Point Financial Credit Union
  • TDK / Hutchinson Technology

Event Sponsors:

  • Ag Systems
  • E.G. Rud & Sons
  • Home State Bank
  • Hutchinson Co-op
  • Hutchinson Leader
  • Impressions2017 Princess Loraina milking a cow
  • Jennifer’s Avon
  • Nuvera
  • Piehl, Hanson & Beckman, P.A.
  • Plumbing and Heating by Craig
  • Runnings Stores
  • Skyview Dairy
  • Walmart
  • Wells Fargo

And a special thank you to: 

  • Agri-Business Committee
  • Below Zero Frozen Yogurt
  • Benny’s Meat Market
  • Celebrity Milkers: Mayor Gary Forcier, Police Chief Dan Hatten & Fire Chief Mike Schuman
  • Community Volunteers
  • First District Dairy2018 Dairy Day Frozen Yogurt Eating Contestants
  • Form-A-Feed
  • Hutchinson High School FFA Members
  • Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival Royal Family
  • The Kurth Family
  • McLeod County 4-H
  • McLeod County Dairy Princess and Ambassadors
  • McLeod County Extension
  • Princess Kay of the Milky Way

 


Business of the Month

In July we will be highlighting  Elena’s Bakery as our Business of the Month.

 

Click here to learn more about Elena’s Bakery.

 

 


Renewing Members

Thank you to our renewing Chamber Members!

  • 3M
  • Century 9
  • Days Inn
  • Faith Lutheran Church
  • Huski Townhomes
  • Hutchinson Health Auxiliary
  • Minnesota Pottery Festival
  • Stamp-n-Storage
  • State Farm Insurance Mike McGraw
  • United Community Action Partners
  • Vivid Image


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

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

June’s Ambassadors Visits:

  • Bobbing Bobber Brewing Company
  • Victoria Shoopman Photography

Business After Hours:

  • Business After Hours is not held in June, July, August or September.
  • Business After Hours resumes on October 11th with Tigers After Hours. The TigerPath teachers will be on hand to explain how they will helps students discover their talents, develop their skills and build an exciting, rewarding career! “Find your own path” – that’s what it’s all about!

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

Click here to email the Ambassadors


Something from Mary

Chamber President Mary Hodson 2017

Leadership….. Leadership 2.0

One of the MOST beneficial chamber programs we have for businesses is Hutchinson Leadership Institute. Leadership Institute is celebrating its 30th year during our 2018-2019 session. Its longevity is based on a core group leading the content; keeping it fresh with today’s business climate and reactive to participants’ needs.

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


The Quarter 3 Table Tents are ready!


The Chamber prints and delivers 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 Table Tents!  The cost is $20/listing for Chamber members and $30/listing for non-members.

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

Click here to email Gina with questions, if you want table tents delivered to your business or if you want to submit an event for upcoming table tents.


Upcoming Save the Dates

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


More information!

 

 

 


Something from Mary!

Leadership….. Leadership 2.0

One of the MOST beneficial chamber programs we have for businesses is Hutchinson Leadership Institute. Leadership Institute is celebrating its 30th year during our 2018-2019 session. Its longevity is based on a core group leading the content; keeping it fresh with today’s business climate and reactive to participants’ needs.

Some of the MOST repeated comments we hear after Leadership is ‘I want to do it again,’ ‘I wish it wasn’t over,’ ‘I want more.’ NOW there’s not ONE, but TWO leadership programs.

If you loved Leadership Institute, encourage a friend or co-worker to participate, THEN sign up for Leadership 2.0.

‘You must manage yourself before you can lead someone else.”  -Zig Ziglar

2.0 will take a deep dive into YOU…learn who you are at your core, what makes you think, react, and feel the way you do.

You’ll gain an amazing understanding of who YOU are, so you will be able to lead and focus on others with more intentionality and efficiency. This is an incredible offering with the help of GiantWorldWide.

To learn more, to invest in your employees AND invest in your business, click here to learn more about Hutchinson Leadership Institute and Leadership 2.0.

Something from Mary!

YOU have it.

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

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

For 30 years, the Hutchinson Leadership Institute has provided an opportunity for business people to learn more about themselves, create opportunities for deep personal connections, and showcase all Hutchinson has to offer.

YOUR business needs the best employees providing quality work, and pride in what they do and who they do it for. YOUR business needs powerful personal development, solid networking, and thoughtful leadership.

For 30 years, the Hutchinson Leadership Institute has brought speakers and educators to you and your employees. Provided almost 700 participants with discussion on topical issues like ethics, management, diversity, communications, and more.

For 30 years, it hasn’t been about who runs it, leads it, or provides it…. It is about YOU and YOUR business, OUR community, OUR Hutchinson.

Whether YOU or YOUR employees need the Leadership Institute, we look forward to meeting you in September.

If YOU have already been through Leadership Institute, we have now rolled out Leadership 2.0. An in-depth, deep-dive of who you are, and how you can lead others intentionally. The Chamber and Design Team are thrilled to be able to offer another program which helps YOU address workforce retention, building leaders up, and giving them tools to lead others.

YOU will be grateful YOU took action for yourself, your business and for others.

Next May you’ll be amazed at what you feel, what you know, and what you will have learned.

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

Something from Mary!

Sign of the Times

Are you keeping up with the times? Are you investing in your personal and professional development? Are you investing in your employees’ personal and professional development?

In today’s competitive job market you cannot afford not to be putting more opportunities into your employees’ hands.

You’ve heard this before, you’ll hear it again and again….  Employees are hard to find, they will get harder to find.

Let’s try keeping employees, but it won’t happen like it used to.

Retention is going to be KEY to the stability of your business. Economically and operationally.

It isn’t always about money. Today’s workforce is looking for meaning in their work. Most of us spend a third or more of our day at work. Certainly the majority of our waking hours are at work. We want to feel good about what we are doing and who we do it for!

Many workers want continuous feedback, not the usual annual evaluation. Feedback on a regular basis sounds like mentoring, mentoring sounds like leadership. Leadership sounds like success! Coaching can reduce stress and burnout for an employee, which can create positive outcomes from output as well as overall engagement.

Are your employees doing what makes them happy and they feel they are best at? Steve Gasser, owner of Vivid Image says a person should strive for a 70/30 balance in their work. 70 percent of the time you’re doing what you enjoy and makes you feel successful. During VOICES training with Steve, I learned that most of 2016 & 2017 I wasn’t at a 70/30 balance. Ugh- no wonder I was frustrated! Although I felt I was taking items off my staff’s plate, I was loading my plate with unrealistic tasks. I was buried under the “I am responsible for this, so I better do it” blanket. I’m out from under the blanket! Hiring to fill those pieces I am not as skilled at was a great way to fill someone else’s bucket and build myself back up to 70/30. Imagine how an employee feels when they are buried under that blanket… burned out, frustrated, ready to run for greener grass.

Every single business is different, but I will tell you, every single business needs to look at what they do to take care of employees. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of everything else.

Hey, if you have great ideas for retention, send them my way! We can share with others in the community.

Some information for this article was taken from Inc. article 9/26/2017