What’s Happening April 2020

Our newsletter looks different this month, as does the world we are living in.

You are likely reading this from home, or a quieter-than-usual office, and for those of us who are not used to working from home… this is hard.

For perspective, Anne Frank, famous for chronicling her family’s plight during WW2, stayed in a small room for 761 days;  with multiple people, little food, and horrendous living conditions. Toilet paper was the least of their concerns.

WE’VE GOT THIS!

We will NEVER again take for granted School Staff, Truck Drivers, Health Care Workers, Grocery Store Employees, or the HUNDREDS of others who keep this country going on a minute by minute basis.

For now, here’s what the Chamber is doing to continue helping our community:

www.ExploreHutchinson.com

This is where you can find updated information on:

  • Business Resources
  • Business Hours and Services that have been adjusted
  • Restaurant Carry Out, Curbside, and Delivery Options
  • 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.

Until the time comes that I can high-five you, shake your hand, or tackle you with a hug; I wish you nothing but good things, health and happiness among them.

Blessings and Gratitude,

Mary

#LookForTheGood
#BeKind
#LookForTheHelpers
#AllInThisTogether
#ChooseJoy
#HeartsAcrossAmerica
#MuchInHutch
#thinkLOCAL


Put Your Membership to Work:

What the Chamber has to Offer its Members:

Learn about these amenities included in your Chamber Membership. Each opportunity highlighted below is available only to Chamber Members. They are all featured on explorehutchinson.com on the left side of the home page.  After each description below, you will find a link to a pdf guide outlining how to post on our website and take advantage of these opportunities to share your business with others.

Hot Deals

Post promotions, specials, or discounted rates. Drive traffic to your website by listing on ours.

Hot Deals (pdf)

Volunteer Opportunities

Post volunteer opportunities available in your business, or with an organization you have partnered with. This is a great resource for community involvement!

Volunteer Opportunity (pdf)

News Release

Have a new product, process, or other development in your business? Post a news release so community and business members can learn more about what you have to offer.

News Release (pdf)

Job Posting

Are you hiring? Post your job opening here. When people contact the Chamber about job opportunities in the area, we direct them to this page.

Job Listing (pdf)

 

Additionally: Post your events on the Community Calendar. Don’t forget to include your meetings as well.  The Community Calendar receives approximately 100 hits per day. Don’t miss out on this chance to share your business with the community.

*Note: Unlike the options above, the Community Calendar is open for any organization to post on. However, Chamber Members have the added benefit of being able to post videos, pictures, and logos on their event page.


April Business of the Month

In honor of the great sacrifice local businesses have made to keep our community safe and healthy, we devote this month’s business of the month to local businesses. Please remember to think local and support those who have taken difficult and costly steps to protect our community. We appreciate all businesses and want to commend them all for their flexibility, ingenuity, and sacrifice in these difficult times.


Arts & Crafts Festival Applications

While events happening in the next few months can’t be set in stone, we are moving forward with planning the 46th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival on September 18th & 19th. There are several exciting changes being made this year. First is a location change. Due to the Main Street 2020 project, the festival will move to the McLeod County Fairgrounds. With ample space for parking, indoor options for exhibitors, (and indoor plumbing!) this move is highly anticipated by all. Additionally, there will be a new exhibitor section called the Open Market. This section is reserved for those who sell or resell manufactured items, kit art, imports, store merchandise, ready-to-eat items, home-show items, antiques, or out-sourced mass produced items.

The application for exhibitors is linked below and can also be found on our website explorehutchinson.com.

2020 A&C Application & Festival Guidelines

*Note- Early Bird pricing has been extended to June 30. Submit your application today!


Upcoming Events:

 

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

 

Canceled for April & May

 

Events canceled for April & MayBusiness logo for PLUSE

 

 

Please check back for updates about events in June. As we know, the current situation is ever-changing. We will do our very best to communicate changes with you.


New Chamber Members

 

We want to thank Rice Companies for becoming a Chamber Member this month.

 


Hutchinson Businesses during COVID-19

SUBJECT TO CHANGE- Please check back daily for updates. Last Updated 4.01.2020 at 8:00am
Not all businesses are included in our listings.
Chamber Members are highlighted.

Ace Hardware

Normal business hours
320-587-8888
www.acehardware.com

Allina Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment

By appointment only. Call for assistance 320-234-5110

Animal Medical Center on Crow River

Normal business hours
320-587-4044
http://www.besthutchinsonvet.com

Aldi
Adjusted hours 9am-7pm
Exclusive hours for vulnerable customers Tues & Thurs 8:30am – 9:30am

Art Center

Closed until April 3rd
320-587-7278

Ashley Furniture

Closed 3/27 – 4/11
Warehouse and delivery operations will continue during this time.
Online shopping is available at  www.AshleyHomeStore.com

Beeler Chiropractic
Open normal business hours with extra sanitation practices in place
Mon &  Wed: 8am – 6pm
Tues, Thurs & Fri: 8am -5pm

Benny’s Meat Market

Normal business hours- WILL DELIVER
Additional grocery items available
320-587-2622

Carly’s Shoes

Closed as of 3/27 5pm
320-587-8356

Cashwise

Adjusted hours 6am-8pm
*First hour is reserved for At Risk Individuals
320-587-7655 http://www.cashwise.com

Pharmacy hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm

CenBank

Lobby is by appointment only, Drive-Thru is OPEN
Regular hours: Mon – Fri 8:30am – 5:30pm     Sat CLOSED
320-587-2265

Cenex – Adams St Location
Temporary Hours
Mon – Fri 6am – 8pm
Sat & Sun 7am – 8pm

Citizens Bank & Trust

Lobby is closed, Drive-Thru open Mon – Fri 8am – 6pm     Sat 9am – Noon
320-587-2233    www.cbhutch.com

City of Hutchinson

Click this link to find information about all city services & businesses

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Clay Coyote

Gallery is closed, but online shopping is available
320-587-2599     https://www.claycoyote.com/shop/

Common Cup Ministry

-BACKPACK WEEKEND BAGS are available M-Th from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm in back of the Hutch Common Cup office. They will NOT be available at the school lunch distribution sites. Please only take if your child has been receiving bags throughout the school year. Your child may only take one bag per week.
-The March 31st HUTCH DIAPER DISTRIBUTION will take place. Please drive to the back of the Hutch office, stay in your car and Bev will bring the diapers to you.
-FARE FOR ALL will be held as a drive-thru style at the Event Center on Thursday, April 2nd from 3pm-5pm. Credit cards or ebt only.

THERE WILL BE NO OFFICE APPOINTMENTS AT COMMON CUP MINISTRY UNTIL MAY 1ST
CALL 320-587-2213 TO VISIT PER PHONE AND OUR DIRECTOR WILL WORK WITH EACH CASE INDIVIDUALLY
Also, Common Cup is not accepting any donations at this time.
320-234-8344      common-cup.org

Crow River Golf Club

Open Thursday & Friday for Curbside Orders
Orders can be placed between 3-5pm and picked up 5-7pm
Menu provided on link below
http://www.crowrivergolf.com

CVS Pharmacy at Target
M-F 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm.

Crow River Floral

Will Close Friday 3/27 until further notice
320-587-3110

Duane Jindra Crop Insurance Agency L.L.C.

Open normal business hours (Mon. – Fri.  9am – 5pm)
320-587-2612

Dundee Floral
Closed

Edward Jones

Open normal business hours (M – F 8:30am – 5pm)
Open for over the phone, WebEx and mail methods.
320-234-5939      Edward Jones

Evergreen Apartments:
 The office is currently closed to in-person visits but able to assist residents & customers.
320-587-9432 or email at: snelson@lloydmanagementinc.com

Factory Direct

Closed 3/27 – 4/11
Warehouse and delivery operations will continue during this time.
Online shopping is available at www.fdfonline.com

Faith Lutheran Church

No worship services on location. Staff  available for calls, emails, one-on-one visits. Worship will be on the radio & regular cable TV & Facebook sessions. Please check their website for regular updates.
FaithLC.com           320-587-2093 

Family Video
Closed until further notice.  Rentals can be returned to dropbox.

Farm Bureau Financial- Ryan Elbert

Mon. – Thur.  8am – 5pm    Fri.-  8am – 4:30pm
Lobby is closed, but available by phone
320-587-0466

Five Star Financial – John Sanken

Regular Business Hours
320-587-6669

Fun Sports of Hutchinson

Full service department. Pick-up & delivery available for vehicles
Will ship or do curb-side pick up for parts
Monday & Thursday: 9am – 7 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 9am – 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9am – 2 pm
320-587-9505       Fun Sports of Hutchinson

Genesis Salon & Enso Spa

Closed until May 1st
April 1st – available for retail sales for curbside pickup
320-587-7117 

Goodwill

Closed until further notice
320-234-5947

Hager Jewelry

Open (Doors locked)  Mon. -Fri. 10am-4pm
Saturday, April 4th Hager Jewelry will be Closed
Call 587-2230 for appointments or when you arrive. Feel free to go to back door and ring the doorbell for service.
http://www.hagerjewelry.com

HomeSource

Open Mon – Fri 9am – 5:30pm
Sat 9am – 4pm
https://www.thehomesourcestore.com/
320-234-6700

Hutchinson Event Center

Closed until further notice.
http://www.hutchinsoneventcenter

Hutchinson Health

Visitor restrictions & appointment guidelines available online
COVID-19 Update

Hutchinson Mall

Closed until further notice
320-587-5956

Hutchinson Public Library
Closed until further notice. Please do not return items to the library at this time. Due dates for all items have been extended. All April & May library programs and events are canceled/indefinitely postponed.  https://www.hutchinson.lib.mn.us/

Holiday Gas Station

Beginning 3/23 adjusted hours: 5am-11pm, 24 hour pumps when paying with card.
Limited hot food options.

Jay Malone Motors

No vehicles sales. Open for service!
320-587-4748

Keller Williams- The Broll Team

Office Open by appointment only.
320-587-4242
http://thebrollteam.com

Kock’s Jewelry

Temporarily Closed until March 31st

Kwik Trip

Open 24 hours a day.

Lamb Shoppe

Beginning Saturday, March 21st, Hours will be Mon – Sat. 10am – 2pm.
Classes postponed. Still available are phone-In Shopping & wellness consultations via phone or zoom.
320-587-6094
http://lambshoppe.com

Maurices

Closed until further notice

McLeod County COVID-19 Updates

Phone line with recordings from Public Health employees with information and updates about COVID-19. Call 320-484-4369.

McLeod County Emergency Food Shelf

2020 MN FoodShare March Campaign has been EXTENDED TO APRIL 30, 2020!
donation drop hours are 3pm-8pm
Donations are welcome anytime before then but it may be wise to check our website or Facebook page for the most current hours. We are doing all we can to remain open and available for service for as long as possible!

McLeod Title

Open normal business hours (M – F 8am – 5pm)
320-587-6239         http://www.mcleodtitle.com

Mediacom


Menards
Adjusted hours: Mon-Sat 6am-8pm, Sun 8am-7pm
320-587-0027

MidCountry Bank

Drive-thru only
320-234-4500      http://www.midcountry.bank

New Journey UCC

Closed office, please call for assistance
10am Sunday worship service via Zoom
320-587-2125       http://newjourneyucc.org

Novation

Starting Monday, March 23rd the office will be closed
e-Services/night drop/ATM only
320-587-4666 for all inquires

Outdoor Motion

Open normal business hours:   Mon-Thurs 10am – 6pm,     Fri 10am – 5pm,       Sat 10am – 3pm
https://www.outdoormotionbikes.com/

PetSmart

Offering curbside pick up for online & phone orders
Mon – Sat 9am – 7pm     Sun 10am – 7pm
320-587-4335

Piehl Hanson Beckman P.A.

Temporary Adjusted hours until April 14th
Mon, Tues, Thur 8am – 6pm
Wed, Fri 8am – 5pm
Sat & Sun – Closed

Primary Eyecare

Emergency & Urgent vision concerns only. Please call to order contact lenses.
Mon – Fri 8am-5pm
*Effective 3/18- 3/27
320-587-4744
http://www.primaryeyecare2020.com

Ridgewater

Please refer to this link for the most recent information:
https://ridgewater.edu/covid-19/
Please contact Covid19@ridgewater.edu with any questions

Runnings

Normal business hours Mon – Fri 8am – 9pm,    Sat 8am – 6pm,   Sun 9am – 6pm
320-587-7104
www.runnings.com

Sally Beauty
Closed until April 9th
Order online at sallybeauty.com
Mon-Sat  10am – 6pm       Sun 11am – 5pm

SouthPoint

Drive-thru only
http://www.southpointfinancial.com
Text UPDATE to 44394 for updates

Southwest Eye Care

Urgent / Emergency Care only. Call to order contact lenses
Mon – Fri 8:30am – 5pm
320-587-2593
www.southwesteyecare.net

St. Anastasia Catholic Community

All Masses have been suspended until March 31st.
Daily Masses will be streamed on Facebook at their normal time.
During weekend Mass times, Eucharistic Adoration will be held in the church with the distribution of Communion.  Weekend Mass will be on local channel 10 HCVN on Sundays at 7:30am and Wednesdays at 7pm.
www.stanastasia.net

Starbucks- Target location
Closed

Stepping Stone Therapeutic

Mon & Tues 8am – 8pm,  Wed & Thurs 8am -6pm,  Fri 8am – 4pm
Check the website for any updates https://steppingstonetherapeutic.com/
Telehealth appointments available

Target
Adjusted hours 7am-9pm
Returns & Exchanges Suspended  until 4/11
*First Hour each Wednesday is reserved for At Risk Individuals
320-587-7113

Today’s Driving School

Suspended all behind the wheel sessions.

Tri County Water

Normal office hours 7:30am – 4:30pm
Offering curbside pickup for water and salt needs
320-587-2950    http://www.treatmywater.com

Twice is Nice

Closed until further notice
320-587-8277

Valley Sales of Hutchinson

No Sales.
Service     Mon – Fri 8am – 5pm,   Sat 9am -Noon
Also offers drop off and delivery services
320-587-2240

Walgreens

Store hours: daily 9am-9pm
Pharmacy hours: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-6pm
Drive-Thru offers medication, limited grocery & household pick-ups

Walmart

Adjusted hours 7am- 8:30pm
*Each Tuesday is reserved for At Risk Individuals 6am-7am
320-587-1020

Walmart Pharmacy

Open 9am-8pm with a lunch break from 1:30-2pm
Tuesdays from 6am-8am are reserved for senior citizens over 60

Wendorff Insurance

Lobby closed, please call during business hours Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm,   Friday-8am-12pm
320-587-3230    http://www.wendorffinsurance.com/

Yamaha Motorsports
Mon – Fri  9am- 5:30pm        Sat 9am – 1pm
320-587-2980

Hutchinson Take-Out & Delivery Options

SUBJECT TO CHANGE- please check back daily for updates. Last Updated 3.30.2020
Note all restaurants are included in our listings.
Chamber Members are highlighted.

 

Applebees

Carside to go 11am-9pm, subject to change
320-421-0400
Limited menu www.applebees.com

Arby’s
Same hours, drive-thru only

Below Zero Frozen Yogurt

Not yet open for the season

Benny’s Meat Market

Normal Business Hours- WILL DELIVER
Additional Grocery Options available
320-587-2622

Bobbing Bobber Brewery

Call for specific hours of Growler Sales and food truck schedule
(320) 455-4999
www.bobbingbobber.com

Buffalo Wild Wings

Hours of Operation:  11am – 10pm
Takeout Orders via Carryout and Curbside plus now Delivery to Businesses (call in orders only)
Phone in orders 320-234-9453
www.buffalowildwings.com (or Buffalo Wild Wings App)

Burger King
7am-12am drive-thru only

Caribou/Einstein Bagels

M-Th 5am-8pm,  F 5am-9pm,  Sa 6am-9pm, Su 6am-8pm
Drive-Thru remains open
1100 MN 15
(320) 345-3339
ebcatering.com (use Caribou App for ordering ahead of the line)

Caribou in Cashwise

Carry out only
Monday – Sunday 630am -630pm

Casey’s

Same Business as usual
320-234-9635
http://www.caseys.com

Cashwise Deli

No catering, grill, hot case. Salad and meats prepackaged only.
320-587-7655
https://www.cashwise.com/

Common Cup Ministry

-BACKPACK WEEKEND BAGS are available M-Th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in back of the Hutch Common Cup office. They will NOT be available at the school lunch distribution sites.
-The March 31st HUTCH DIAPER DISTRIBUTION will take place. Please drive to the back of the Hutch office, stay in your car and Bev will bring the diapers to you.
320-234-8344

Country Kitchen

Closed
countrykitchenrestaurants.com

Crow River Golf Club

Thursday & Friday take out.
Orders can be place between 3-5pm and pick up between 5-7pm
Menu- Scroll down a bit

Crow River Nutrition

Curbside / door-side pickup
Call (320)587-4616 to place an order
Check out social media for shake/tea menu
Prefer card payment or exact change

Crow River Winery

Take out and curbside pickup orders of wine, cider, and our Bistro menu
11am-7pm every day of the week
Call 320-587-2922 to order
CrowRiverWinery.com to see the menu

Culver’s

Drive-thru open daily, 10am to 10pm.
Call in orders will be accepted and need to be picked up in the drive-thru line.
320-234-8333
www.culvers.com

Dairy Queen

Closed

Domino’s
Business as usual

Dunn Bros
Drive-Thru open 5:30am, nightly hours may vary

Elks

Closed until further notice
www.hutchelks.org

El Loro
Carry out & Delivery Only
320-587-0911

Greener Pastures Co-Op
Carry-out only
Grocery options available
320-434-1118

Happy Panda
Same hours, carry out only

Hardee’s
Drive-Thru Only
M – Thurs  6am -10pm, Friday- 6am- 11pm
Saturday  6am – 11pm, Sunday 7am -10pm

Hutch Cafe

Closed
320-587-2438

Jimmy John’s
Drive-Thru, Delivery & Take-out
10:30am – 8pm
320-234-2222   www.jimmyjohns.com

Jimmy’s Pizza

Take out or Delivery
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-1:30pm
Dinner: Mon-Thurs 4-9, Fri-Sat 4-10, closed Sunday
Phone orders: 320-587-7633
Online orders:  www.jimmyspizzahutch.com (option for contact-free delivery!)

Kings Wok
Carry Out Only, 11am-8:30pm

Main Street Sports Bar

11am- Daily open time (hours subject to change)
Curbside and Deliveries, New! Pizza Kits available for carry out
Order via phone 320-587-2760
Order Oline www.mssbpizza.com

McCormicks Family Restaurant

9am-7pm Limited Menu
Call for take-out 320-587-4417
FB and mccormicksfamilyrestaurant.com

McDonald’s

Same Hours, Drive-Thru available
Use mobile app for curbside
www.mcdonalds.com

Muddy Cow

Closed
muddycowbar.com/hutchinson

North Star BBQ
Bundles available, contact via Facebook or (612)720-5390
https://www.facebook.com/North-Star-BBQ-162570517092353/

Papa Murphys Pizza

Pick Up window, credit and debit only
Su-Th 10am-9pm Fr & Sa 10am-10pm
Order 320-234-9696 and www.PapaMurphys.com

Pizza Hut
Business as usual

Pizza Ranch

11am-7pm Delivery and Pick Up
320-587-0123
pizzaranch.com

Qdoba

Online or call in for curbside pick up
320-587-8279
www.qdoba.com

Sonora’s

Closed

Squeaky’s Bar and Grill

Closed
squeakysgrillandbar.com

Starbucks- Target Location
Closed until further notice

Subway – Highway 7 West

Monday – saturday 8-9pm, Sunday 9am -9pm
Order onsite or in advance:
By calling 320-587-3074
Place order online at order.subway.com  or download the Subway App for your phone

Subway – Highway 15 South
Order on the Subway App, carry out only
10am – 8pm

Taco Bell
7am-12am, Drive-Thru Open

Taco Johns
Drive-Thu Open
Monday – Sunday 8am -8pm

Tokyo Grill
Take-out
Mon, Wed, Th 11am-10pm; Fr- 11am-10:30pm; Sa 12-10:30pm; Su 11am-9:30pm
Call 410-972-7586 to place orders

VFW

Closed
Location Info

ZELLAS

Wed-Fri 11pm-2pm and 4pm-7pm,    Sat 4pm-7pm
Closed- Sun, Mon & Tues
Call ahead at 320-587-9463
Menus: www.zellas.net/menus
Credit card payment by phone only.
Curbside pickup, call upon arrival.

Something From Mary – March 2020

It’s the Final Countdown

Nope. Not the Europe Song from the 80’s. Good guess though… I appreciate your enthusiasm for 80’s music!

It’s here. We have some dates for upcoming information sessions, we have a contractor identified as the low bidder for the project, some businesses have made upgrades to their secondary entrances; Yes- Main Street 2020 is here.

#TheBigDig   #TheMainEvent   #MainStreet2020

This is what everyone has prepared for, the season of unknowns, the season we go from busy Main Street/Highway 15 traffic to no traffic, the season also known as road construction, but wait… it’s happening here, not to someone else.

This is our community being affected. Our local business owners planning for lower revenues. Our friends, neighbors, and family members who will likely have anxiety or stress because of what we don’t know.

HOW CAN WE ALL HELP?
The MOST important piece of this, is to STILL go to these businesses.
Be positive about the adjustments, be positive to others when talking about the project.

What isn’t important: parking somewhere different, walking a little farther than we are used to.

What is important: keeping our local businesses open throughout and after construction, sending encouragement messages, sharing positive ideas.

You may or may not know I had back surgery six years ago. Oh boy, that was hard. Before surgery, I could literally be stopped mid step by agonizing nerve pain that simply cannot be described. It was clear the only way to alleviate the constant pain, the spirals of agony, was to have surgery. I had surgery in early March, the onset of spring. I was in the hospital for 4 days, then my family and I were trained on how I should walk, sit, lay down, and get into a vehicle, before I could leave the hospital. Then, I was home, for six weeks, without going outside. Nope, ice was dangerous. I followed every rule and guideline they prepared me with. (there was a 1.5”  book they gave me) The biggest rules were not to bend-lift-twist… for 3 months. Think about this the next time you sit in a chair, lay down in bed or use the bathroom. This time comes back to me frequently when I talk about this Main Street Project. It was hard. It hurt. I was surrounded by positive people who came to sit, or lay down, or walk with me in my house. (the house laps are another conversation) and then… I could leave the house! Then I could move freely when the ice was gone, then I could walk longer. Soon, I was able to go back to work, and finally, after three hard months, I could bend-lift-twist. It was slow, but I was stronger, better, faster, and pain-free.

So my analogy is this…. like surgery, the project is necessary to maintain our services at a high level of reliability. It will have some pain associated with it, but when the road is re-opened, it will be completed and done for many years, it will work better for all of us, and we’ll take it for granted within no time. A year from now we’ll be smiling that it is done, and six years from now, we’ll be so grateful we had it done when we did.

Yes, I had some sad days, and frustrating days, this project will too, but I can GUARANTEE you, if you put on a smile, and share a kind word or gesture with someone who is going through this project directly affected on Main Street, it will make a difference, and make it an easier road to the finish line. And soon, like Willie Nelson sings, we’ll be “On the Road Again!”

Be watching for many updates to come by visiting our website www.explorehutchinson.com and click on the Main Street 2020 icon.

 

February 2020 – Something From Mary!

Networking Is For Everyone

Have you seen the invitations for Business Connection or Business After Hours, and thought… my couch is calling me, or hmmmmm, I’ll have a headache that day?

Perhaps you even registered, but then decided last minute not to attend. (Which by the way, leaves someone hanging with extra food and costs-ooops!)

I want to give you some insight into these events. Here are questions I hear from people.

 “What’s the difference between Business Connection and Business After Hours?
Business Connection is the first Friday of the month from 7-8am. It is a structured hour with time to learn about the business as well as an opportunity for each attendee to introduce themselves and share a tiny piece of their business. It might be one of our financial institutions sharing new rates for home loans, or “it’s not clean until it’s Patty Clean” from Divine Clean and a reminder of spring cleaning projects.
Business After Hours is from 4-6pm on the second Thursday of the month and is an open house, usually with a tour of some kind.
Both events provide food, and information about the business. Both give you a sense of the business and their work.

“I have plenty of business.”
Great, right now you do. You might be in over your head today, but what about this summer? Reminding people of your mere existence is important in the business world. Add some padding to relationships which you will need in the future. Being at a networking event shows you are involved in the business community. I think of Renee and Jon Hantge who have talked about being part of events simply to remind people they have Tri-County Water, and perhaps you’ll remember to order the softener salt you need. Or, next week your neighbor calls and says their water softener died….. they ask you who should they call? You’ll think of Jon and Renee since you just saw them. BOOM. I see this happen ALL THE TIME.

“Oh, I know what that business does.”
Do you really? Did you know they have a new product line they are making which uses the newest technology? Do you know who they just hired as manager? Did you realize they just renovated half their building? Have you been to their location to see them make product? Too many times we all make assumptions about what we do or don’t know about a business or business person. Did you know Jay Malone of Jay Malone Motors sleeps very little, and works in the wee wee hours of the night, because of his heart for his employees and customers? If you attended Business Connection you learned that tidbit. We meet people where they work and experience their passion.
This is building relationships.

“It’s so early in the morning.”
Yep, the best part of waking up is with a bunch of business people enjoying coffee, juice and breakfast…together. (I tried to make this work in my head as a coffee jingle.) Once 8am hits, we’re done and you are off to the races, ready to make the day bright and productive. Besides…. Seeing so many smiling faces is a huge day maker. And you’re actually probably already awake, and out of bed. Several of our Business Connection attendees cannot make the afternoon events due to work schedules, and they comment frequently about the morning being such a great option for them.

“I have to drop my kids off at practice.”
Supporting your kids and your family is VERY important. But if you are dropping them off, you may be just waiting in the car. Come to Business After Hours as it is an open house format. It isn’t structured like Business Connection in the mornings. Come when you can, leave when you need to. And if your child has a game or you need to be out of town… then attend the morning events. Heidi Arndt of Vivid Image usually needs to pick up her kids by a certain time each night. She comes early, and is able to accommodate her daycare time.

“I am not the owner of the business.”
And that matters….why? You are important to the work of your organization. ANY employee of ANY Chamber Member Business is welcome to attend. This is about growing your business, growing your network. Bo Young of American Family Insurance keeps saying, “Your network is your net worth.” Ooo, so good Bo! What happens to you if the owner/manager/president/supervisor leaves? What will you do? Having a network of options to lean on is extremely important.

“Why do businesses host either of these events?”
One. They are PROUD of their work and WHO does the work. I love to listen to people who are passionate about their work. Usually I tell people I could listen all day to someone who loves to make paperclips, passion is key.
Two. What a great way to share what you do and/or make. Educating the public and other business people is rewarding as is making B2B connections. Business to Business work happens frequently in Hutchinson. You may just make a connection attending and learning what a business offers, OR, what you can offer them.

“I don’t know anyone” or “I’m kinda shy.”
Time to consider what one “hello” can do for your business. We have MANY business people attend without a plus-one with them. MANY. You don’t have to worry about being a wall flower/shy type. We don’t bite. We really don’t. You are likely to know someone and if not, you will meet people. Mackenna Koehler from RAM Buildings frequently attends and has met people without having known people previously, and you know what? She meets someone new every month.

I am personally inviting YOU to attend something new and out of the box for yourself and your team. Join us on Friday, February 7th from 7-8am for Business Connection at St Anastasia’s, and/or Thursday, February 13th any time from 4-6pm for Business After Hours at the newly remodeled Edina Realty. Watch your inbox for invitations or send me a note to be added to the list.