What’s Happening in October 2018

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 withing 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 Candidates: Paul Jossart, Tara Tepley & Don Martinez


Taste of the Holidays

2017 Hutchinson Ambassadors Taste of the Holidays photos with flowers and musicians

The Hutchinson Ambassadors will be hosting the Taste of the Holidays on Thursday, November 15 from 5:00PM – 8:00PM at the Crow River Winery. Advance Tickets are $15 and go on sale Thursday, October 11th. Tickets can be purchased from a Hutchinson Ambassadors or at the Chamber office. There are limited tickets each year and this event has sold out several years. As a result, make sure to get your tickets early! for more information, visit the Hutchinson Ambassadors Facebook Page.


44th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival – THANK YOU!

On September 14 & 15, we held our 44th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival and Taste of Hutchinson. We had a spectacular weekend! Once again the Festival was a huge success, but would not have been possible without the help of some incredible volunteers and workers.

Thank you to the MANY businesses that make adjustments to allow the Festival to bring 12,000 people to our community. 12,000 people shopping at the event (tax revenue), shopping/eating/staying/playing at local businesses (wages, tax base revenue) and TOURISM!

Did you know many people share with us that they come back to Hutchinson because they feel endeared to our community? They enjoy our shops, restaurants, trails and parks, friendly services and kindness. What a great legacy to have in the state of Minnesota!

We would like to thank the following businesses for their support at the Arts & Crafts Festival:

  • SPONSORS: Advance Auto Parts, AG Systems Inc, Animal Medical Center on Crow River, Ashley Furniture Homestore, Buffalo Wild Wings, Crow River Winery, Elena’s Bakery, Goebel Fixture Company, Keller Williams Integrity – The Broll Team, McCormick’s Family Restaurant, Nuvera, Rahk Studios & Stamp-N-Storage
  • CHAMPION SPONSORS: MidCountry Bank, MITGI, TDK Hutchinson Technology Inc & Uponor
  • VISIONARY SPONSOR: Citizen’s Bank and Trust Co

We would also like to put a spotlight on the backstage people of Arts & Crafts. Thank you for your support, as well as a special THANK YOU to Hutchinson Police Services for keeping this event safe and for all the hard work they do during this busy weekend.

  • Cash Wise Foods, City of Hutchinson, Hutchinson Park & Rec, Hutchinson Police Services, Kwik Trip, ShopKo, Walgreens & West Central Sanitation

Again, THANK YOU to everyone that helped out with this event. We hope to see everyone again next year!


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 out in the field during harvest time. These items are sincerely appreciated by the farmers.

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

Click here for a full list of businesses that donated items (pdf) this year!

2017 Hutchinson Chamber Agri-Business Committee


Annual Banquet – Save the Date!

Save the Date for Annual Chamber Event - January 18, 2019


Business of the Month

The October Business of the Month is Hutchinson Public Schools.Hutchinson Tigers business logo

Read more about the Hutchinson Public Schools in our Business of the Month article and make sure you check out PDF insert at the bottom of our newsletter for some events happening at the High School this October.

 


New & Returning Chamber Members

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

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

  • B&C Plumbing and Heating
  • Compass Occasions
  • Down with Diabetes Alliance
  • Edward Jones – Dean Winter
  • Home State Bank
  • Hutchinson Housing & Redevelopment Authority
  • Innovative Foam
  • Quilt Haven on Main
  • St. Anastasia Catholic Community
  • Terning and Ross Company
  • Wheel & Cog Children’s Museum

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.

September’s Ambassadors Business Visits:

  • No visits were scheduled in September as the Ambassadors were hosting the Taste of Hutchinson September 14-15.

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 in our local businesses… to see what they make, do or provide. This monthly event is 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.

October’s (Business) TigerPath After Hours will be held on Thursday, October 11 from 4:00PM to 6:00PM at:

  • TigerPath After Hours – Hutchinson High School’s Center for Technical Excellence

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.

Click here to register online for October’s TigerPath After Hours or call the Chamber at 320-587-5252.


Something from Mary!Chamber President Mary Hodson

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.

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


Quarter 4 Table Tent are Here!

Are you looking for a way to boost an upcoming Hutchinson event? 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/event listing for community members and Chamber Members receive a $10 discount per event listing.Quarter Table Tent - Calendar of Events

Also, make sure you add your events to the Chamber’s 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 you can go directly to the Community Calendar page!

The deadline for Quarter 1 (January, February & March 2019) is December 1, 2018.

If you want table tents delivered to your business or if you want to submit an event for an upcoming table tent, please contact Gina by phone 320-234-0786 or by email gina@explorehutchinson.com.


Upcoming Save the Dates

November 15, 2018 = Taste of the Holidays
November 24, 2018 = Small Business Saturday
January 18, 2019 = Annual Chamber Event


More information for your business to grow…

2018 4th Quarter Table Tent - Calendar of Events

HHS Grand Opening Invite Flyer_101218

HHS Grand Opening Invite Flyer_101218

2018 Taste of the Holidays POSTER

Taste of Holidays Vendor Info & Registration Form 2018

Junior Achievement in schools in 2018-2019

Citizens Bank & Trust - Lock in Financing

Parkview Dental Candy buy back 2018

Event flyer for PULSE Education Workshop


October 2018 Business of the Month

 

Hutchinson Tigers School Logo

(320) 587-2860

Hutchinson Public Schools was first established back in 1857, just two years after John, Asa, and Judson Hutchinson are credited with founding the town. In 1881 it was under an act of Minnesota Legislature that aid was provided to districts offering a course of high school study – Hutchinson was among the first to qualify for this aid. Today, the independent school district 423 has four main school buildings: West Elementary for preschool-grade 1, Park Elementary for grades 2-5, Hutchinson Middle School for grades 6-8 and the newly built Hutchinson High School that hosts grades 9-12. Hutchinson Public Schools also has buildings and programs for early childhood family education, Transition Assistance Program, and the District Office.

Empty classroom new in the Hutchinson High School

Students and employees within the Hutchinson Public Schools strive for excellence in academics, activities, and character. They believe relationships are essential for student success, a culture of high expectation is critical, meaningful and challenging curriculum is vital and all students learn. The district has goals to focus on individual student growth to maximize college and career opportunities, build positive relationships within their schools and community, manage their resources efficiently and effectively, and provide a safe and functional environment.

Each school within ISD 423 offers a variety of different services and opportunities including co/extracurricular activities, academic enrichment programs, elective courses in music, fine arts, business, foreign languages, tech education, and more. When students get to grade nine, they’ll be attending school in a 21st century facility and journeying through different potential career options with the new TigerPath Academies program.

Hutchinson Public Schools is constantly evolving and growing in order to provide the best experiences for their students, staff, and volunteers.

What does Hutchinson Public Schools enjoy most about their Chamber Membership?

The opportunity to network and build relationships with our community partners.

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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What’s Happening in September 2018!

Hutchinson Chamber Agribusiness business logoLast Call — Farm Fatigue Bucket of Thanks Event 2018

The Agri-Business Committee is announcing last call for donations for the 2018 Bucket of Thanks Event. Their donation deadline is September 3rd. Donations needed are food, wellness and safety items. The Committee is looking forward to assembling the buckets for the anticipated and very much appreciated “out in the field” delivery day during harvest time.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to call the Chamber at 320-587–5252  or email us at info@explorehutchinson.com.


44th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival and Taste of Hutchinson

We hope you will join us for the 44th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival.  The festival dates and times are Friday, September 14th 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Saturday, September 15th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  This festival is full of handmade items and crafts from vendors that travel from all areas of the country. We have several returning vendors and many NEW vendors that are eager to share their creations with you. Please invite your family and friends to attend this community favorite event! For more information follow the Arts & Crafts Festival Facebook Event Page.

Crowd of people at the 2018 Taste of HutchinsonThe Annual Taste of Hutchinson is held in conjunction with the Arts & Crafts Festival. Along with the delicious food vendors, the Ambassadors bring you live music! This year’s line up includes: Stoney Point, “Off Duty”, Ben Weaver, Area Youth, South Grade Band and Tony Cuchetti. For more information follow the Taste of HutchinsonFacebook Event Page.

LOOKING FOR A WAY TO GET INVOLVED??? ARTS AND CRAFTS VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!!! With 10,0000 – 12,000 people attending each year, volunteers are critical. The 2018 Arts & Crafts Volunteer sign up sheet is the easiest way to sign up to volunteer. This online document automatically save, so there is no need to click save. Otherwise, to speak with someone at the Chamber about volunteer opportunities, please call us at 320-587-5252  or you can email us at info@explorehutchinson.com.


Business of the Month

American Family business logoThe September Business of the Month is American Family Insurance – William ”Bo” Young Agency.

We are honored to have American Family Insurance – William ”Bo” Young Agency as September’s Business of the Month. For the Am Fam story and to see what they enjoy most about their Chamber membership read our September Business of the Month article. 


New & Returning Chamber Members

We want to welcome our new Chamber Members:

We would like to thank the following members for renewing their partnership with the Chamber!

  • AMS Coating
  • Carpets Plus ColorTile Design
  • e2 Electrical Services
  • Fairway Mortgage
  • Marco Technologies
  • Mini Biff, LLC
  • RiverSong
  • Valley Sales of Hutchinson

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.

August’s Ambassadors Visits:

Business After Hours:

  • Business After Hours is not held in September.
  • Business After Hours resumes on October 11th with Tiger After Hours. The TigerPath teachers will be on hand to explain how they will help 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.

Email the Ambassadors if you have any questions or would like more information.


Something from Mary

Chamber President Mary HodsonTigerPath

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!

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


Quarter 1 Table Tent Deadline is December 1st 2018!Hutchinson Chamber Table Tent for Quarter 3 (July, August & September 2018)

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/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 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 directly on the Community Calendar page!

The deadline for Quarter 1 (January, February & March 2019) is December 1, 2018.

If you want table tents delivered to your business or if you want to submit an event for an upcoming table tent, please contact Gina by phone 320-234-0786 or by email gina@explorehutchinson.com.


Upcoming Save the Dates

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


More Information…

Hutchinson Chamber Table Tent for Quarter 3 (July, August & September 2018)

2018 Farm Fatigue Flyer for Farm Fatigue Bucket of Thanks Event

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

2nd Annual Taste of Hutchinson & 44th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival September 14 & 15, 2018

Taste of Holidays Vendor Info & Registration Form 2018

Nuvera promotions expire 09/30/18

MidCountry Bank Keep a Good Thing Growing Money Management Offer Poster

Meet & Greet Ridgewater College President Dr Craig Johnson 10/02/18


 

Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce and Tourism business logo

September 2018 Business of the Month

American Family Insurance Logo

 95 Hassan St SE, Hutchinson, MN 55350 | (320) 587-4989

A car crash, a house flood, a fire at your farm, a break in at your business – you may never be able to anticipate when tragedy will strike, but you can always have a plan in place that protects you. That’s where insurance comes in. American Family Insurance – William Young Agency focuses on protecting, restoring, and inspiring your dreams so your only concern is making them a reality.

American Family Insurance Agent Bo Young high-fiving fellow agents that created a tunnel for him to walk through as he accepts an award

With a combined total of over 75 years of experience, the team at American Family Insurance – William Young Agency is more than qualified to provide you with the best protection. The Hutchinson branch began business in town over 80 years ago under the Farmers Mutual name, until switching its name to American Family in 1963. In 1985 the AmFam team moved into its current location on the corner of 1st Avenue and Hassan Street. Roger and Mary Mies ran the business for 50 years until retiring in 2012, when William “Bo” Young took over for them.

Bo works with a fantastic team of representatives that strive to be the most trusted and valued customer-driven insurance providers around. Kathy Ludowese has been with the company for over 41 years, her husband Tom for over 16, their son Brian moved to the Hutchinson branch 3 years ago after serving in the St. Cloud Community for a few years and Tracy Hassan joined the team in 2017.

Combining their experience, reputation, coverage, pricing, and community involvement logically makes American Family Insurance – William Young Agency one of the top choices for insurance in town. There are customers that have been loyal to AmFam for over 70 years and Kathy has personally insured multiple generations of families over her career.

The American Family Insurance team standing in a line in their office smiling for a photo in their blue long sleeve button up American Family shirts.

American Family Insurance’s main products are Auto, Home, Commercial, Farm, and Life Insurance. Their local presence allows them to truly be there for their customers when tragedies strike and to contribute to the community. The William Young Agency team lives, works, volunteers and invests in Hutchinson and we are proud to have them in our community!

 

What does American Family Insurance – William Young Agency enjoy most about their Chamber Membership?

Our team enjoys all of the networking and developmental opportunities that the Chamber provides.  The Business After Hours, Chamber Golf Tournament, Arts and Crafts Festival, and the Leadership Institute are a few examples of fantastic ways to connect with other community members!

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

August 2018 Business of the Month

Nuvera logo

235 Franklin St SW, Hutchinson, MN 55350

(320) 429-2253

Internet, TV, phones, and computers… what do all of these have in common? They have all become essentials in our everyday lives AND are all items that are provided or serviced by our August Business of the Month – Nuvera.

Nuvera first came to the Hutchinson community 10 years ago and has been offering our residents and businesses top quality products, connectivity, and customer service ever since. Nuvera believes customizable solutions and superior customer service are key in building trustworthy relationships with the community. They know that in order to deliver the very best service to their customers, they need to start with providing the best work environment to their employees, which is why Nuvera focuses on an engaging and empowering company culture.

For over 110 years, Nuvera has had a commitment to growth and innovation. While products and services may change with the times, one thing that remains the same is their dedication to excellent service, customized solutions, and friendly local support that families, individuals, and businesses of all sizes can rely on.  There is a local customer solutions center in Hutchinson where experts are on hand to help you with your needs. Nuvera also has customer solutions centers located in New Ulm, Glencoe, Goodhue, Litchfield, Redwood Falls, Sleepy Eye, Springfield, and Aurelia, Iowa, staffing over 150 support experts that you can count on.

In addition to helping you with your residential or business telecommunication needs, Nuvera offers a free WiFi service at several public parks, community centers and fairgrounds.  Give them a call or stop by their local service center to find out

 

What does Nuvera enjoy most about their Chamber membership?

“Nuvera is proud to be a member of the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce.  We understand the value of supporting the community and appreciate the networking, education and promotional opportunities, as well as a variety of valuable resources, provided by them. “

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!