2017 Small Business Saturday Hot Deals

When you shop small you’re doing more than making a purchase, you’re making a difference. Join us for Small Business Saturday on November 25th!

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Businesses: Participate in Small Business Saturday 2017!

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


2017 Small Business Saturday Hot Deals

Click here for this year’s Hot Deals!

Steps to Success

Envision Your Day

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

Think Big

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

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


Something from Mary

Why Chamber Membership?

It’s considered an effective business strategy.

66-85% of consumers believe Chamber Member businesses use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers and are involved in the community. When consumers know a small business is an active member of the chamber they are 80% MORE likely to purchase goods/services from them in the future.

The perception is Chamber Member products stack up better against non-chamber competition.

Being a member of the chamber can increase consumer awareness by 73%. Looking at your Chamber Membership as an investment is great way to add strength to your business. You already know someone’s opinions and perceptions are their reality. Did you know most people looking to relocate go to the local chamber of commerce to learn more about the community and what amenities it has? They assume all successful businesses are part of the chamber. That being said as a Chamber Member they are seeing YOU as part of a potential home to live in, and/or a community to work in. Funny how all of this is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s the marketing, education, networking events, support programs, and so much more we have for our members. OUR business is entirely about YOUR business. We are here simply to help you THRIVE, SUCCEED, GROW, and attain your GOALS.

We are honored you are a Chamber Member. We are here to ENGAGE, SUPPORT & PROMOTE you.

Thank you for allowing us the privilege to do so.


Statistics Source: ACCE: Survey: Chamber Membership is Effective Business Strategy.

Business Scams Targeting School and Youth Support


Hutchinson, MN

Scams Targeting School and Youth Support

Recently another promotional scam has targeted Hutchinson, MN businesses.

An individual stating they are working with the “Hutchinson Boosters” for a fall calendar of sports events has contacted businesses in town to collect money. This project like many others are portrayed to be part of or working for an organization. Some will use tactics like “we talked to the Chamber” when in fact they have not, or a business owner referred another business. These tactics, although convincing, or usually not true.

Police Chief Dan Hatten says “There are no limitations on who scammers claim as victims, the young, old, male, female, businesses, and churches.  The sole responsibility to prevent these scams from occurring is on each of us.  We must educate ourselves on the indicators of a scam and be diligent because it is not if you will become a target of a scam but merely when.”

If you are unsure if it is a scam or ever question if you are possibly being scammed contact your local police department before you agree or send any money. Hatten continued, “Once you send money or sign documents there is virtually no recourse.”

Hutchinson Public Schools work exclusively with Crow River Press and the Hutchinson Leader to produce their sports calendars. Hutchinson Activities Director Thayne Johnson said “If any of our local businesses are contacted by any other organization, please know that they are not working on behalf of the school.  Their claim to represent the Hutchinson Booster Club is false, as there is no such organization.”

The Chamber’s goal is to work with all area businesses and organizations to make everyone more aware of the scam business. “It is a business to these people,” said Mary Hodson, Chamber President. She added “in the past five years I’ve lost track of the number of scams we’ve been made aware of. Last year we were able to cut one off at the pass, but many we don’t hear about and then we can’t help. Connecting with the Police or the Chamber before making a commitment can go a long way to protect yourself and others.”

If you have more questions, please contact Police Chief Dan Hatten 320-587-2242 or Mary Hodson 320-587-5252.


News Release: North American Showcase and Distinguished Minnesota Potter Featured at Annual Festival

HUTCHINSON, MN — Thirty-five potters from across North America will be on display at the sixth annual Minnesota Pottery Festival in Hutchinson, MN the weekend of July 29th and 30th.

Robert (Bob) Briscoe of Minneapolis, Minnesota is this year’s featured potter. Bob has been a potter for more than forty years and is one of the founding potters behind the renowned St. Croix Pottery Tour, held each May. Bob’s passion for clay comes from his desire to make beautiful pots that also feel wonderful to hold. “I want them to give distinct pleasure in use – to allow a subtle conversation over time. I point my work towards a quiet simplicity. I look to subtlety and nuance as the foundation for my aesthetic. The essence that I am seeking in this work is a stripped, almost brutal, rawness.” An acclaimed potter, Bob has received awards from both the Jerome Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and his work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Arts Daily, American Craft, 500 Bowls and The Art of Contemporary Pottery.

Also at this year’s Festival are twenty other Minnesota potters and thirteen ceramic artists from other states as far away as North Carolina, Georgia, Maine, and Texas. The festival welcomes thirteen potters for the first time including Tom Homann from Georgia, John Bauman from Indiana, Carolina Niebres from Wisconsin.

There are also four Emerging Artists featured at this year’s festival: Gillan Doty of Portland, Maine and Greg Palombo of Buffalo, New York; both are current Fogelberg Studio Fellows at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. Chris Singewald currently resides in St. Paul, but originally hails from Waverly, Iowa. Reiko Cunningham Uchytil from Grimes, Iowa, she is the daughter of Miky Cunningham, who is also participating in the show.

The Festival provides an excellent day trip for clay-lovers, families, and collectors. Entrance and parking are free. The two days are filled with on-site raku firing, Pottery Olympic competitions and a Kids’ Station where children of all ages can get their hands dirty. Food and beverages available for purchase provided by the Phoenix Drumline and beverages for sale from the Crow River Winery.

The Minnesota Pottery Festival takes place on the grounds of the Clay Coyote Gallery & Pottery, just one hour West of the Twin Cities. The backdrop includes thirty acres of conservation prairie land, two ponds, trails, and beautiful Todd Lake in the distance.

The Minnesota Pottery Festival is a nonprofit organization, it’s mission is to provide a venue for quality clay artists to educate and engage with an increasingly knowledgeable public by raising the appreciation and understanding of pottery to help broaden the depth and breadth of ceramic arts in Minnesota.

Board-member Kerry Brooks of Dock 6 Pottery in Minneapolis says, “The Minnesota Pottery Festival is such a fun event! The setting is beautiful, the pottery is of the highest quality and great variety, and the customers are a delight because they’re knowledgeable and love pottery as much as we do. Not only is it a first-rate festival, but it’s also so much fun for the potters!  We love to hang out after hours and talk shop, play music, eat good food, and have a great time with kindred spirits. The pottery olympics and the kid’s tent make it fun and interesting for all ages and an outing everyone enjoys.”

This activity is made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC) thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The Minnesota Pottery Festival Board would also like thank our generous supporters: Continental Clay Company, Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Smith-Sharpe Fire Brick Supply, Shimpo Ceramics and all of our generous individual donors and volunteers.

More information and full list of artists available at www.mnpotteryfestival.com.

What’s Happening in July 2017?

Crazy Days 2017

Coupon Sheet of Savings deadline is FRIDAY JULY 7th! The Coupon Sheet of Savings will help businesses bring customers in and move product out.  In 2017 we will be changing the dates of Crazy Days to July 27-29.

If your business would like to participate in Crazy Days please download the registration form here: 

Questions? Please call our office at 320-587-5252 or visit our website for instructions. 

Hometown Golf Challenge

Let’s Go Crazy, Let’s Go Golf! The Golf Challenge theme this year will be MUSIC. We are excited to have some fun at the Hometown Golf Challenge, and we want to let you in on it too!  Hometown Golf Challenge a fun and easy event to highlight your business.  2017 Hometown Golf Challenge will be located at Oakdale Golf Club. 

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

Early Bird Golf Registration is due JULY 10th!! 

Golfer Registration Form:

Online Registration also available here:

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

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

Click here for the application and more information.

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

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.

Champion Sponsor:

  • Midcountry Bank

Event Sponsors:

  • 3M Hutchinson Plant
  • E.G. Rud and Sons Professional Land Surveyors
  • Hillyard Hutchison,Mn
  •  Home State Bank
  • Hutchinson Co-op
  • Hutchinson Health
  •  Hutchinson Leader
  • Hutchinson Technology
  •  Impressions
  • The Lamb Shoppe & Wellness Center
  •  NU-Telecom
  • Parkview Dental
  • Piehl Hanson Beckman, P.A.
  • Plumbing and Heating by Craig
  • Runnings Stores
  • Skyview Dairy
  • SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
  • Wells Fargo

And a special thank you to: 

  • Form-A-Feed
  •  Benny’s Meat Market
  • McLeod County Extension
  •  First District Dairy
  •  Hutchinson High School FFA
  •  Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival Royal Family
  • McLeod County Dairy Princess and Ambassadors
  •  Princess Kay of the Milky Way








July Business of the Month

In July we will be highlighting Minnesota Pottery Festival as our Business of the Month!

Click here to learn more about Minnesota Pottery Festival







Member Education Opportunity

“Hitting a Home Run”

July 11, 2017
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Dassel History Center
901 1st St, Dassel, MN 55325

The workplace wellness consortium team has planned a great gathering.
Everyone is welcome to come and learn about creating a culture of healthy employees in the workplace setting.

  • Free Yogurt Parfait Bar will be available
  • Networking with other professionals
  • Getting Your Game Plan together – Dr. Mike Keifer – How to get administration on board.
  • Area All Star’s: Personal and Organizational success stories
  • Learn How to Keep Score: Learn best practices from other professionals
  • Batting Order: Receive your first Wellness monthly Toolkit

Email Judy at judy@litch.com to reserve your ticket.

New Members

Welcome to our newest Chamber Members!

Renewing Members

Thank you to our renewing Chamber Members!

  • Amazing Grace
  • Canvasworks, Inc.
  • Crow River Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
  • Edina Realty, Inc.
  • Huski Townhomes
  • Outdoor Motion
  • Stamp-n-Storage
  • Vivid Image, Inc.

Something from Mary

Workforce Retention – what are you doing to KEEP employees?

– Volunteer Programs
– Pleasing Work Environment
– Deeper Employee Relationships
– Appreciation Programs
– Flexible Schedules

Read the rest of Mary’s article here: 

More information!



News Release: Utility investigation for 2020 Highway 15/Main Street project in Hutchinson begins

WILLMAR, Minn. – Utility location and surveying work has started in preparation for the 2020 Highway 15/Main Street project in Hutchinson.  As part of the preliminary design work utility locates and surveying will occur throughout the summer.  Motorists and residents can expect to see bright pink paint along the project areas.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the City of Hutchinson are working cooperatively on the reconstruction of Highway 15/Main Street through downtown Hutchinson. The project includes the full reconstruction of underground utilities as well as full reconstruction of the roadway.  The work will extend from building front to building front in the downtown corridor from 2nd Ave. NW (near the South Fork Crow River Bridge) to 5th Ave. SW.  As part of this project, concrete rehabilitation /repair work is also being planned from 5th Ave. SW to just south of Denver Ave.  Sidewalks and pedestrian crossings will also be upgraded to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) along the project area.  The project is scheduled for the 2020 construction season and will require a detour.

The project is in the early stages of development and MnDOT, along with the City of Hutchinson, will be working with the community to gather feedback over the next several months.

For more information on the project please contact Teal Spellman, Project Manager, at 320-214-6350 or via email at teal.spellman@state.mn.us.

For more information on the project, along with project timelines and contact information, visit www.mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy15downtownhutchinson.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.

Crazy Days 2017


Who’s ready for CRAZY DAYS!?!  We sure are! On July 27, 28 & 29, visit these businesses to check out their CRAZY deals! Stop by the Chamber to pick up a Coupon Sheet of Savings, or print off your own!

Questions? Please call our office at 320-587-5252

Happy Saving!!


Table Tent Deadline: March 1st

Are you planning an event for April, May or June 2017? Make sure you get your event added to the Table Tents!

What is listed on the Table Tent?

  • Event Title
  • Date of Event
  • Location

The cost is $20.00 per listing for Chamber Members and $30.00 per listing for non-members. We print 900 Table Tents, which are then delivered around the community. To submit an event email Casey or call 320-234-0786.

Deadline: March 1st!

Watch Table Tent Video here: 


Mary Hodson, IOM, Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce Graduates from Institute for Organization Management

IOM graduation

A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Mary Hodson, IOM, President of the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.