What is Happening in August 2019!

Farm Fatigue “Bucket of Thanks” Event 2019

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

If you business is interested in supplying goodies or money for this program, please complete the printable 2019 Farm Fatigue Bucket form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber by the deadline, Friday, September 6.


45th Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival September 13 – 1445th Annual Logo A&C TOH

The 45th Annual Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival will be held on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14 in beautiful Library Square Park in downtown Hutchinson. This event will feature handmade crafts in the following categories: accessories, artwork, bath, clay, clothing, dolls, fabric/fiber, floral, furniture/home accents, games/toys/books, glass, gourmet, jewelry, leather, metal, painting, photography, seasonal, wood and much much more.

Conversely, if you are an artisan and interested in vending at the Arts & Crafts Festival, applying is easy! Just complete the printable Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival Exhibitor Application & Guidelines (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber! An online Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival Exhibitor Application & Guidelines is also available.

For any questions, please contact the Chamber at 320-587-5252 or email us.


Taste of Hutchinson

The Hutchinson Ambassadors host the Taste of Hutchinson on September 13 & 14 along side the Arts & Crafts Festival. Delectable food options and live music awaits all patrons! See you there!Crowd of people at the 2018 Taste of Hutchinson


Hutchinson Leadership Institute & Leadership 2.0 Enrollment for 2019-2020 is now open!

Business logo for Hutchinson Leadership InstituteWe are happy to announce the Hutchinson Leadership Institute is back for its 31st year! The Hutchinson Leadership Institute is hosted by the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. This comprehensive program is designed to build community leaders. Over the period of nine months, participants will experience 10 days of training and classes. Each participant will be assigned to a group service project, which will assess community needs, determine a project, and facilitate the project working with other community members and/or groups.

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

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

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


Crazy Days ~ thinkLOCAL Thank You!2019 Chamber Crazy Days logo

Thank you to businesses that participated in Crazy Days and the Chamber’s .5k Receipt Run Race to Savings! What a great way to see how thinking local can impact our community! Also, a special thanks to our volunteers — our events would not be a success without you!

Check out our Facebook page to view event video.

 


Hometown Golf Challenge Thank You!2019 Chamber Golf Scramble Tailgating Pary July 22 2019

We would like to thank everyone that joined us for the 2019 Hometown Golf Challenge Tailgating event on July 22 at the Oakdale 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!! A special shout out to the Oakdale Golf Club’s Mike Knodel and his staff! 

Last but never least, we would like to acknowledge our Event Sponsors, Champion Sponsors and Visionary Sponsor. Our deepest gratitude to these businesses for their generous support.

Visionary Sponsor – Citizens Bank & Trust Co.

Champion Sponsors – Hutchinson Health, MidCountry Bank, MITGI and SouthPoint Financial Credit Union. 

Welcome Sponsors – MITGI

Staffed Hole Sponsors – Asset Protection & Restoration Inc, Buffalo Wild Wings, Caspers Chiropractic Center, Edina Realty – Erika Kellen, Hutchinson Health, MidCountry Bank, MnDOT, Ridgewater College, State Farm – Steve Kropp, and Woodstone Senior Living Community.

Hole Sponsors – Ashley HomeStore, Cash Wise Foods, Compass Occasions, Crow River Winery, Fairway Mortgage Company, First Minnesota Bank, Goebel Fixture Company, Heartland Ag Systems, Hometown Realty, Hutchinson Dental Center, Hutchinson Leader, Hutchinson Manufacturing, Iron Jungle Crossfit, LBC of Hutchinson, Novation Credit Union, Nuvera, Piehl Hanson Beckman PA, Plumbing and Heating by Craig, State Farm – Mike McGraw, The Tiger Pro Shop / Branded Solutions, TDK Hutchinson Technology, Uponor, Valley Sales of Hutchinson and Walmart Supercenter.

Hole-In-One Sponsors:  Citizens Bank & Trust Co and Factory Direct Furniture.

See you next year!

Check out our Facebook page to view event photos.


2019 Tourism Marketing Grant – Reminder – Deadline September 1!

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

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

2019 Tourism Marketing Grant Criteria, Deadlines and Application (pdf)


Business Connection – September 6

New Discoveries Montessori Academy business logo

Thank you to everyone that registered for August’s Business Connection scheduled for Friday, August 2 hosted by Buffalo Wild Wings. It will be a blazin’ good time I am sure! Also, sending a special shout out to Cliff Cleveringa and his staff – the do such a great job!

Please join us for September’s Business Connection hosted by New Discoveries Montessori Academy on Friday, September 6 from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM at 1000 5th Ave SE. See how New Discoveries Montessori Academy enables children to share and contribute their unique talents in the world.

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

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

Business Logo for the Chamber's Business ConnectionIf you are part of a Chamber business/organization and interested in hosting or have questions about Business Connection, call the Chamber or send us an email.

Online registration for September Business Connection


Business After Hours

With the many festival and events that happen in Hutchinson over the summer, Business After Hours goes on hiatus in August and September –but will be back on October 10th!

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

Graphic for Hutchinson Ambassadors Business After Hours eventIf 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.


Maximize Your Membership!

Looking for a way to highlight a message from your business? How about having the Chamber send an email on your behalf from our Chamber account to literally hundreds of subscribers? Let’s have a blast with your email!

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

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

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


Table Tents Quarter 4 (Oct, Nov & Dec) Deadline – September 1

Table Tent Entry Form (pdf)Are you looking for a way to boost an upcoming Hutchinson event? The  Chamber prints and delivers 900 table tents around the community. Make sure you get your event added to the table tents!

The cost is $30 per event listing for community members and $20 for Chamber member per event listing. Submitting an event is easy… just complete the printable Table Tent Entry Form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber by the quarterly deadline.

Also, if you submit an event to our table tents, make sure to add it to our Community Calendar. The Community Calendar averages about 100 views a day, so don’t forget to utilize it! Submitting an event to the Community Calendar may be done through your Chamber Member Portal or directly on the Community Calendar page!

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

If you want table tents delivered to your business or if you want to submit an event for an upcoming table tent, please call the Chamber or email the Chamber.


New & Renewing Members

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

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

  • AmericInn Lodge & Suites
  • Canvasworks, Inc
  • Casey’s General Store
  • Century 9 Theatre
  • Clay Coyote Gallery & Pottery
  • Crow River Habitat for Humanity Inc
  • Edward Jones – Nick Pederson
  • Evergreen Apartments
  • Hutchinson Dental Center
  • Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Maytag Laundry, Tanning & Car Wash / Maytag Laundry & Car Wash
  • New Century Academy
  • Papa Murphy’s Take-N-Bake Pizza
  • Re/Max Results
  • Upper Midwest A-C Club
  • Vivid Image, Inc
  • Winn Exteriors LLC
  • United Community Action Partnership, Inc

Business of the Month

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

July’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • No visits were scheduled

Business logo for PLUSEProfessionals Under 40 Leading Socializing and Educating

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

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

The group also gets together at quarterly social events  (green dates listed in calendar below). Like the PULSE Facebook page to get the latest event information and registration links. Register for the August 14 Lunch & Learn by Friday, August 9 to be entered into a $25 gift card drawing! August 14 Lunch & Learn Registration

PULSE Calendar of Events for 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

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

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

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


Something from Mary!Chamber President Mary Hodson

Hands Free, Free Time

As the Hands-Free law goes into place today, August 1, 2019, I am thinking about the many times, we should put down our phones…

Answers to these question can be found on August’s Something from Mary Blog.


Save the Date!

  • AUGUST
    2          Business Connection – Buffalo Wild Wings
    14        PULSE Lunch & Learn
    14-18  Made in McLeod @ County Fair
  • SEPTEMBER
    6        Business Connection – New Discoveries Montessori Academy
    11      PULSE Lunch & Learn
    13-14    45th Arts & Crafts Festival
    13-14    Taste of Hutchinson
    19-20    Leadership Institute 2019-2020 Begins
  • OCTOBER
    Farm Fatigue Buckets Delivered
    4        Business Connection – Adult Training & Habilitation Center Inc
    9        PULSE Lunch & Learn
    10      Business After Hour – Stamp N Storage
  • NOVEMBER
    1        Business Connection – Ecumen Oaks & Pines
    13     PULSE Lunch & Learn
    21     Taste of the Holidays
    30     Small Business Saturday
  • DECEMBER
    Crop Management Input Seminar
    6      Business Connection – Jay Malone Motors
    12     Holiday Business After Hours

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2019 Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival flyer

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JBL Companies County Fair Marketplace flyer


2019 August – Something from Mary!

Hands Free, Free Time

As the Hands-Free law goes into place today, August 1st, 2019, I am thinking about the many times, we should put down our phones, not just in the vehicle while we are driving, and not just our phones need to be put down.

Gosh we live in a crazy world in which we now have an attention span that is less than a grass hopper’s. For some reason many of us need to be entertained at every curve… do you turn the channel or pick up your phone and scroll when a TV commercial comes on? Do you even realize you are doing that? Probably not.

How about today, you think intentionally about those moments of boredom-quiet-transitions between shows, waiting in line at the store, waiting for a client, and consider how you could use those fleeting moments to do something more productive…. Return a phone call, start your grocery list, make a work list of items you’d like to tackle, dust something- seriously… you can get a lot of dusting done during TV commercials, just sayin’- don’t judge. Make lunch for tomorrow, walk around the block, drink a glass of water, pick up the office or room you are in.

I say this as I am trying to be more intentional about my time. I run run run….. and then crash. I am trying to RUN less, and crash less, which leaves me with some quiet time. It’s amazing what a person can do when they are intentional about finding time for the things that matter, and removing the time wasters.

I hope you’ll do two things.

One, put your phone down while you are driving. It’s the law and by the way, I like you alive, healthy and not strapped with a heavy fine.

Two, put other distractions down and find the opportunities that you can see in front of you. You never know what great things can come from a little dusting, a quickly made list, or even sitting in your own solitude.

July 2019 Business of the Month

Logo for RAM Buildings

 

592 Industrial Dr, Winsted, MN 55395  |  (320) 485-2844

HISTORY

In 1998 Rollie Radtke, then the owner of the Waconia lumber yard, and Gregg Machemehl, a post frame sales and project manager came together to create RAM Buildings. Over the last twenty years RAM has developed commercial general contracting and excavation divisions. Specializing in post frame and steel frame construction lends itself to a variety of project opportunities including airplane hangars, poultry & dairy buildings, equestrian complexes, commercial buildings, agricultural buildings, storage buildings, and Post-Frame Residential homes.RAM stage in Winsted

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT RAM BUILDINGS

  • Post Frame Construction is an economical building method and RAM strives to help their customers achieve their building needs using budget minded construction methods.
  • RAM’s goal is to deliver personal service, excellent workmanship and deliver with timely completion to their projects.
  • RAM Buildings is a company of integrity. Their customers and the companies they work with need to know that RAM’s word is something they can count on.
  • RAM enjoys post frame construction because of the diverse of projects they can build for a variety of clientele. They are efficient, so buildings go up relatively quick. Their company takes pride in their projects and has a feeling of satisfaction leaving a jobsite with a building in place after only a few weeks.
  • RAM also distinguishes itself from some of their competitors by offering the RAM Advantage; this is their desire to take your project on at whatever capacity you want them to. If you are looking for a builder who can take care of the project from excavation, to building, electrical and plumbing, and cement – they can do that.  If just you want a team who can help you construct the building so you can take care of the rest, RAM can do that too.  RAM Buildings is comfortable taking on the whole project, a few parts of your project or just one piece.

PRODUCTS, SERVICES, AND PROMOTIONS

  • RAM specializes in constructing all buildings-built post frame. They also build steel buildings which are mostly used for commercial purposes.
  • Another area of expertise is the design and construction of equestrian complexes. These projects include stall barns, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, storage and social areas. These projects are spectacular and impressive.  They’ve also built move in ready commercial projects over the years.
  • RAM builds year-round, working hard to keep their carpenters employed over the winter. To help make this happen they offer an incentive to customers by providing the best value through their winter discount program. They also offer a RAM Days promotion which coincides with our company’s anniversary at the end of February each year. The discount runs through late-spring / early-summer discount to kick off the year.
  • A few things that make RAM unique are:
    • RAM has seven carpenter crews building locally and throughout MN. They have long-standing relationships with subcontractor framing crews that they work with as well.
    • They are willing to take on any aspect of your project as your contractor (RAM Advantage)
    • RAM has many tenured employees with a great deal of experience in all aspects of their business. This makes it easier for us to find the right way to service their customers.

Construction worker standing on ladder nailing wood together   Group of construction workers working together to assemble wood structure  Construction worker using a circular saw to cut wood

Recently RAM has set out to reach the next generation of carpenters and tradesmen.  They have invested a great deal of time and resources into developing a three-week training course for those interested in carpentry and want to start their career right after graduation.  RAM visited about 20 schools from the area, including Hutchinson High School. One 2019 graduate signed up for our course and has successfully completed it.

Reaching the next generation of carpenters is going to be a big task for all businesses in the construction industry and RAM has endeavored to be a leader in doing so.  This will help RAM achieve their goal of continued steady growth.

RAM has been in business for 20 years! Happy Anniversary!

What does RAM Buildings enjoy most about being a Chamber Member?

RAM loves being a part of the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce because of all the connections that we make, it is so much fun learning about everyone’s business and seeing the passion that every member has for what they do.

What’s Happening in July 2019!

Race to Savings at Hutchinson’s Crazy Days ~ July 18 – 20!2019 Chamber Crazy Days logo

On July 18 – 20 there will be some crazy days of shopping, dining and fun. Hutchinson businesses will take to the sidewalks with a “Race to Savings.”

The Chamber will have a Welcome Station on the corner of Main Street and Washington Avenue on Thursday, July 18 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM to kick off the Race to Savings. Stop by for a .5K Race to Savings Lanyard, given to the first 100 families. Then be sure to stop back at the Welcome Station to drop off one receipt from Thursday, July 18 for a chance to be entered in our prize drawing. One ticket per person, receipts must be dated 07/18/19 and from a Hutchinson MN business.

Stay tune to ExploreHutchinson.com to see a list of participating businesses and check out the Community Calendar to see other events that are going on in the community.

The Chamber’s new thinkLOCAL program is designed to share important information with the community on how local businesses contribute to a strong local economy.

  • Locally owned, independent businesses recycle a higher percentage of profits back into the local economy
  • Local businesses also keep tax dollars in our community to support schools, parks police & fire departments, and much more.

Hometown Golf Challenge ~ Monday, July 22

Looking for an opportunity to wear your favorite team or game apparel? Want to cheer loud and proud?

The Chamber is hosting a TAILGATING PARTY Golf Scramble at Oakdale Golf Club on Monday, July 22. Registration begins at 11:00 AM with shotgun start at 12:00 PM. Enjoy 18 holes, scramble format, two meals included with registration, prizes and much much more!

2019 Chamber Golf Scramble Tailgating Pary July 22 2019– $125 per golfer: includes lunch, dinner, and 18 holes with cart included in ticket price (Registration deadline is July 12)
– No experience necessary – this event is FUN whether you’re a golfer or not
– Prizes given to best “costume”, best decorated golf cart, and the team with the lowest golf score
– “Closest to the Pin” shootout with a $500 prize

To register for the event, complete the printable Hometown Golf Registration form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber.

Click this link to see why you should register for this year’s Chamber Hometown Golf Challenge.

Interested in promoting your business at the Chamber Golf Event? Ask us about opportunities to set up a booth at one of the holes or have your business represented with signage on a hole. Just complete the printable Hometown Golf Sponsorship Form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber.


Hutchinson Leadership Institute & Leadership 2.0 Enrollment for 2019-2020 is now open!

Business logo for Hutchinson Leadership InstituteWe are happy to announce the Hutchinson Leadership Institute is back for its 31st year! The Hutchinson Leadership Institute is hosted by the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. This comprehensive program is designed to build community leaders. Over the period of nine months, participants will experience 10 days of training and classes. Each participant will be assigned to a group service project, which will assess community needs, determine a project, and facilitate the project working with other community members and/or groups.

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

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

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


Dairy Day ~ Thank You!2019 Dairy Days Tractor Barrel Kids Ride

THANK YOU to everyone who made Dairy Day a huge success! We greatly appreciate all who helped in every way!

We would especially like to thank our sponsors!

  • Visionary Sponsor: Citizens Bank & Trust Co
  • Champion Sponsors: Hutchinson Health, MidCountry Bank, SouthPoint Financial Credit Union & TDK Hutchinson Technology
  • Event Sponsors: Cash Wise Foods, CenBank, Compass Occasions LLC, E.G. Rud & Sons Inc, Edina Realty Inc, Edward Jones – Nick Pederson, Goebel Fixture Company, Harmony River Living Center, Heartland AG Systems, Home State Bank, Hutchinson Co-op, Hutchinson Leader, Impressions Inc, Piehl Hanson & Beckman PA, Plumbing & Heating by Craig Inc, Runnings, Skyview Dairy Inc and WalmartSupercenter.

And a special shout out to: Agri-Business Committee, Below  Zero Frozen Yogurt, Benny’s Meat Market, Bongards, Celebrity Milkers, Community Volunteers, First District Dairy, HHS FFA Members, Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival Royal Family, the Kurth Family, McLeod County 4-H, McLeod County Dairy Princess & Ambassadors, McLeod County Extension and Princess Kay of the Milky Way.


Chamber Volunteers Make the Difference


Business Connection

Business Connection will not be held in July due to the holiday –but will be back on August 2. Please watch for information to come!

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

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

Business Logo for the Chamber's Business ConnectionIf you are part of a Chamber business/organization and interested in hosting or have questions about Business Connection, call the Chamber or send us an email.

Online registration for August Business Connection


Business After Hours

With the many festival and events that happen in Hutchinson over the summer, Business After Hours goes on hiatus in July, August and September –but will be back on October 10th!

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

Graphic for Hutchinson Ambassadors Business After Hours eventIf 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.


Maximize Your Membership!

Are you searching for a new way to remind customers of the services or products you offer, an upcoming event or promotions, etc? Do you have a promotional flyer already and don’t feel like recreating the wheel? Your search is over…

Chamber Members can add a newsletter insert to the Chamber’s monthly newsletter or request a Chamber Member mailing list in one of two ways. They can purchase a single newsletter insert or mailing list; or to maximize their benefit they can add it to their membership as a 1 point option.

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

Newsletter Insert and Member Mailing Lists graphic


45th Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival September 13 – 14

2019 Arts & Crafts Succa for Plants

The 45th Annual Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival will be held on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14 in beautiful Library Square Park in downtown Hutchinson. This event will feature handmade crafts in the following categories: accessories, artwork, bath, clay, clothing, dolls, fabric/fiber, floral, furniture/home accents, games/toys/books, glass, gourmet, jewelry, leather, metal, painting, photography, seasonal, wood and much much more.

Conversely, if you are an artisan and interested in vending at the Arts & Crafts Festival, applying is easy! Just complete the printable Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival Exhibitor Application & Guidelines (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber! An online Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival Exhibitor Application & Guidelines is also available.

For any questions, please contact the Chamber at 320-587-5252 or email us.


2019 Taste of Hutchinson - Hutchinson Lions Club

Taste of Hutchinson

The Hutchinson Ambassadors host the Taste of Hutchinson on September 13 & 14 along side the Arts & Crafts Festival. Delectable food options and live music awaits all patrons!

Interested in being a food vendor? Just complete the printable Hutchinson Ambassador 45th Annual Taste of Hutchinson Food Vendor Application (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber.


Quarter 3 Table Tents 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 Chamber Table Tent form - blankper event listing for community members and $20 per event listing for Chamber Members. Submitting an event is easy… just complete the printable Table Tent Entry Form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber.

Also, if you submit an event to our table tents, make sure to add it to our Community Calendar. The Community Calendar averages about 100 views a day, so don’t forget to utilize it! Submitting an event to the Community Calendar may be done through your Chamber Member Portal or directly on the Community Calendar page!

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

If you want table tents delivered to your business or if you want to submit an event for an upcoming table tent, please call Gina or email Gina.


New & Renewing Members

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

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

  • Below Zero Frozen Yogurt
  • Benny’s Meat Market
  • Crow River Floral & Gifts
  • Days Inn & Suites
  • Edward Jones – Pat Chapman
  • Hutchinson Health Auxiliary
  • Kwik Trip Inc
  • Marco Technologies
  • MidCountry Bank
  • Midwest Vision Centers
  • Minnesota Pottery Festival
  • Nies, Sheldon
  • Novation Credit Union
  • Outdoor Motion
  • Pizza Ranch Hutchinson
  • Stamp-n-Storage
  • State Farm Insurance – Mike McGraw

Business of the MonthRAM Buildings Business Logo

Our July Business of the Month is RAM Buildings. This year RAM Buildings is celebrating their 20th Anniversary! We are so happy to have their involvement in our Chamber and their business in our area. Learn more about RAM Buildings in our Business of the Month article.


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

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

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


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

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

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

June’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • Thrifty White
  • Greener Pastures
  • Sanford & Co.

Business logo for PLUSEProfessionals Under 40 Leading Socializing and Educating

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

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

The group also gets together at quarterly social events  (green dates listed in calendar below). Like the PULSE Facebook page to get the latest event information and registration links. Register for the July 10 Lunch & Learn by Friday, July 5 to be entered into a $25 gift card drawing! July 10 Lunch & Learn Registration

PULSE Calendar of Events for 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

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

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

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


Something from Mary!Chamber President Mary Hodson

thinkLOCAL… do YOU THINK LOCAL?
What a question? What does it mean to thinkLOCAL?

Before you purchase something online, or out of town, do you think about whether you can actually find it here in Hutchinson? Do you consider the online options for local stores?
Do you ask businesses to donate to this, that, and the other thing?

Answers to these question can be found on July’s Something from Mary Blog.


Save the Date!

  • JULY
    10       PULSE Lunch & Learn
    18-20  Crazy Days
    22       Chamber Golf Event – Oakdale Golf Course
  • AUGUST
    2          Business Connection – Buffalo Wild Wings
    14        PULSE Lunch & Learn
    14-18  Made in McLeod @ County Fair
  • SEPTEMBER
    6        Business Connection – New Discoveries Montesorri Academy
    11      PULSE Lunch & Learn
    13-14    45th Arts & Crafts Festival
    13-14    Taste of Hutchinson
    19-20    Leadership Institute 2019-2020 Begins
  • OCTOBER
    Farm Fatigue Buckets Delivered
    4        Business Connection – Adult Training & Habilitation Center Inc
    9        PULSE Lunch & Learn
    10      Business After Hour – Stamp N Storage
  • NOVEMBER
    1        Business Connection – Ecumen Oaks & Pines
    13     PULSE Lunch & Learn
    14     Taste of the Holidays
    30     Small Business Saturday
  • DECEMBER
    Crop Management Input Seminar
    6      Business Connection – Jay Malone Motors
    12     Holiday Business After Hours

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2019 Crazy Days Event Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Chamber Golf Scramble Tailgating Pary July 22 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2019 July – Something from Mary!

thinkLOCAL… do YOU THINK LOCAL?
What a question? What does it mean to thinkLOCAL?

Before you purchase something online, or out of town, do you think about whether you can actually find it here in Hutchinson?
Do you consider the online options for local stores?
Do you ask businesses to donate to this, that, and the other thing?

Here’s food for thought:
You purchase something in Hutchinson for $100.
68% of that stays in Hutchinson. Wages, Services, Taxes, Donations.
Tax Revenue pays for FIRE, POLICE, Park & Rec, water treatment, waste water and so many services we take for granted every single day!

If you purchase that item in another community, you are giving them your money to pay for the same things in their community, not yours.

This applies to every purchase you make.

NOW, take your online ordering and switch it to online ordering for a business that has a brick and mortar in town and have it delivered to pick-up. THAT purchase and your money goes to OUR community to help pay wages, benefits and donations for your friends, family and neighbors HERE in Hutchinson.

Please consider your purchasing tendencies. What can you do to bring back some of what you spend BACK TO HUTCHINSON.

I know we can’t get everything here, but I bet there are many things you can. You can’t buy happiness, but shopping local is almost the same thing!

Join us for Crazy Days, SHOP LOCAL, SPEND LOCAL, have LOCAL FUN, and please thinkLOCAL!

To learn more about thinkLOCAL and the work of our committee, please go to our website. (link to thinkLOCAL page please)

What’s Happening in June 2019!

Dairy Day – Friday, June 7 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM – Library Square Park

Join us for the annual official start of summer in Hutchinson. The Agri-Business Committee hosts Dairy Day honoring our vibrant farming community. Plan to stop down for a $5 lunch and learn more about our local agriculture in Hutchinson and the surrounding communities.

This year’s activities include:

  • 12:00 PM – Cow Milking Contest featuring celebrity
    milkers including Hutchinson Water Carnival Royalty, 2018 Dairy Day - kids in park with calfMcLeod County Dairy Ambassadors and manufacturing leaders – Jack Daggett, Matt Field and Brett Haugen
  • 12:30 PM – Fro-Yo Eating Contest sponsored by Below Zero Frozen Yogurt – onsite registration is at 12:15 PM
  • Meet Princess Kay from the Milky Way, McLeod County Dairy Ambassadors & Water Carnival Royal Family
  • $5.00 Lunch
  • Live Music by Josie Sanken
  • Kids Activities

For more information, please see our printable Dairy Day poster (pdf) or call the Chamber.


Hutchinson Leadership Institute & Leadership 2.0 Enrollment for 2019-2020 is now open!

Business logo for Hutchinson Leadership InstituteWe are happy to announce the Hutchinson Leadership Institute is back for its 31st year! The Hutchinson Leadership Institute is hosted by the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. This comprehensive program is designed to build community leaders. Over the period of nine months, participants will experience 10 days of training and classes. Each participant will be assigned to a group service project, which will assess community needs, determine a project, and facilitate the project working with other community members and/or groups.

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

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

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


Business Connection – June 7

Equul Access Inc Business Logo

Please join us for June’s Business Connection hosted by Equul Access Inc. on Friday, June 7 from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM at 13769 Pheasant Road in Hutchinson. Join us to see how Equul Access Inc provides therapeutic equine assisted activities for individuals with special needs.

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

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

Business Logo for the Chamber's Business ConnectionIf you are part of a Chamber business/organization and interested in hosting or have questions about Business Connection, call the Chamber or email Ashley.

Online registration for June Business Connection


Business After Hours

With the many festival and events that happen in Hutchinson over the summer, Business After Hours goes on hiatus in June, July, August and September –but will be back on October 10th!

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

Graphic for Hutchinson Ambassadors Business After Hours eventIf 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.


Maximize Your Membership!

Does your business want the community to know about an upcoming event? Are you looking for ways to promote an event? Utilize your membership benefits by posting the event on the Chamber’s Community Calendar on ExploreHUTCHINSON.com.

Graphic for Chamber Community CalendarCommunity members can post events to the Community Calendar; however, Chamber members can post an event as well as photos, videos, logos, map service and more. Once your event is approved it will receive community exposure on ExploreHutchinson.com.

Additionally, events from the Community Calendar that are hosted by a non-profit organization, non-recurring, open to the public and located in Hutchinson are posted on the Marquee! No additional action is needed on your part after submitting it to the Community Calendar, we will take care of the rest!

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


2019 Chamber Crazy Days logo

CrAzY DaYs ~ July 18 – 20 ~ Save the Date!

Are you ready to run for some remarkable  saving? Then mark your calendars for July 18 – 20. The race will be on for great savings and fun!

The Chamber advertises in publications locally and in surrounding communities to share the great deals offered during Hutchinson’s Crazy Days!

More information to come!

 

 

 


Tailgating Party Annual Hometown Golf Challenge July 22 2019 Oakdale Golf Club

Each year the Chamber hosts an unique, exciting, themed golf event for Chamber Members and the community. This year we are TAILGATING at Oakdale Golf Club on Monday, July 22nd – come in your favorite sports apparel, enjoy you typical tailgate lunch, deck out your golf carts in team pride, and get ready to golf! Here’s what you can expect:

– $100 per golfer when you register by June 28th
– $125 per golfer if you register after June 28th
– Lunch, dinner, and 18 holes with cart included in ticket price.
– No experience necessary – this event is FUN whether you’re a golfer or not!
– Prizes given to best “costume”, best decorated golf cart, and the team with the lowest golf score.
– “Closest to the Pin” shootout with a $500 prize

Interested in promoting your business at the Chamber Golf Event? Ask us about opportunities to set up a booth at one of the holes or have your business represented with signage on a hole. Just complete the printable Hometown Golf Sponsorship Form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber.

To register for the event, complete the printable Hometown Golf Registration form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber.


45th Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival September 13 – 14, 20192018 Arts & Crafts Festival - Home sign

The 45th Annual Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival will be held on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14 in beautiful Library Square Park in downtown Hutchinson. This event will feature handmade crafts in the following categories: accessories, artwork, bath, clay, clothing, dolls, fabric/fiber, floral, furniture/home accents, games/toys/books, glass, gourmet, jewelry, leather, metal, painting, photography, seasonal, wood and much much more.

Conversely, if you are an artisan and interested in vending at the Arts & Crafts Festival, applying is easy! Just complete the printable Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival Exhibitor Application & Guidelines (pdf)and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber! An online Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival Exhibitor Application & Guidelines is also available.

For any questions, please contact the Chamber at 320-587-5252 or email us.


Taste of Hutchinson

2018 Taste of Hutchinson - food vendors

The Hutchinson Ambassadors host the Taste of Hutchinson on September 13 & 14 along side the Arts & Crafts Festival. Delectable food options and live music awaits all patrons!

Interested in being a food vendor? Just complete the printable Hutchinson Ambassador 45th Annual Taste of Hutchinson Food Vendor Application (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber.


Table Tents for Quarter 4 (Oct, Nov & Dec) Deadline – September 1Table Tent Entry Form (pdf)

The Chamber prints and delivers over 900 table tents around the community. Are you looking for a way to boost an upcoming Hutchinson event? Make sure you get your event added to the Chamber’s table tents. The cost is $30 per event listing for community members and $20 for Chamber Members, a $10 discount per event listing.

Submitting an event is easy… just complete the printable Table Tent Entry Form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber by the quarterly deadline.

Also, if you submit an event to our table tents, make sure to add it to our Community Calendar. The Community Calendar averages about 100 views a day, so don’t forget to utilize it! Submitting an event to the  Community Calendar may be done through your Chamber Member Portal or directly on the Community Calendar page!

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

If you want table tents delivered to your business, to submit an event for an upcoming table tent or if you have any questions. give Gina a call, send her an email or drop by the Chamber.


New & Renewing Members

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

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

  • 3M
  • AKI
  • Arvig Media
  • Basswoods Welding & Repairs
  • Caspers Chiropractic Center
  • Customer Elation
  • Duane Jindra Crop Insurance Agency
  • Edina Realty, Inc.
  • Genesis Salon and Enso Spa
  • GSM Hutchinson
  • Hutchinson Elks Lodge 2427
  • Hutchinson Financial
  • Hutchinson Huskies Baseball Association
  • Hutchinson Seventh-day Adventist Church
  • Iron Jungle CrossFit
  • NRG – The Networking Referral Group
  • Nuvera
  • SEH Hutchinson
  • The Lamb Shoppe & Wellness Center LLC
  • Twice is Nice
  • Walmart Supercenter
  • Wells Fargo

Business of the Month

SouthPoint Financial Credit Union LogoOur June Business of the Month is SouthPoint Financial Credit Union. The Hutchinson Branch opened in 2017; it is a community-minded financial center providing the best support and services possible for their members. Learn more about SouthPoint Financial Credit Union in our Business of the Month article.


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

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

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

May’s Ambassador Business Visits:


Business logo for PLUSEProfessionals Under 40 Leading Socializing and Educating

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

The group also gets together at quarterly social events  (green dates listed in calendar below). Like the PULSE Facebook page to get the latest event information and registration links. Register for the June 12th Lunch & Learn by Friday, June 7th to be entered into a $25 gift card drawing! June 12th Lunch & Learn Registration

PULSE Calendar of Events for 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Something from Mary!Chamber President Mary Hodson

We asked the 30th class of the Hutchinson Leadership Institute what they would tell a future applicant about their experience or what to expect regarding the Hutchinson Leadership Institute.

Their answers can be found on June’s Something from Mary Blog.


Save the Date!

  • JUNE
    7        Business Connection – Equul Access
    7        Dairy Day
    12     PULSE Lunch & Learn
  • JULY
    10       PULSE Lunch & Learn
    18-20  Crazy Days
    22       Chamber Golf Event – Oakdale Golf Course
  • AUGUST
    2          Business Connection – Buffalo Wild Wings
    14        PULSE Lunch & Learn
    14-18  Made in McLeod @ County Fair
  • SEPTEMBER
    6        Business Connection – New Discoveries Montesorri Academy
    11      PULSE Lunch & Learn
    13-14    45th Arts & Crafts Festival
    13-14    Taste of Hutchinson
    19-20    Leadership Institute 2019-2020 Begins
  • OCTOBER
    Farm Fatigue Buckets Delivered
    4        Business Connection – Adult Training & Habilitation Center Inc
    9        PULSE Lunch & Learn
    10      Business After Hour – Stamp N Storage
  • NOVEMBER
    1        Business Connection – Ecumen Oaks & Pines
    13     PULSE Lunch & Learn
    14     Taste of the Holidays
    30     Small Business Saturday
  • DECEMBER
    Crop Management Input Seminar
    6      Business Connection – Jay Malone Motors
    12     Holiday Business After Hours

More Information For Your Business To Grow…

Hutchinson Chamber Table Tent 2nd Quarter 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Chamber Golf Scramble Tailgating Pary July 22 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hutchinson Health Employment Based Drug/Alcohol Screening

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nuvera Protect Your Information and Computer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ThinkLOCAL.jpg - #MuchInHutch Only

2019 June – Something from Mary!

2019 Hutchinson Leadership Institute ClassWe asked the 30th class of the Hutchinson Leadership Institute what they would tell a future applicant about their experience or what to expect regarding the Hutchinson Leadership Institute.

Here are their answers:

• Do it! Well Worth it: I am amazed how much I am taking away.
• Throw any expectations out the window. The experience is so much more than training.
• Do It! It was an amazing experience where you learn about yourself and about others.
• Perfect way to learn about one’s self and the community, Just do the Class!
• A superb group of people, content and topics. Come in with an open mind and a happy heart and learn more about YOUR town, yourself, and how you can help and use both to help those around you.
• Lots of good lessons.
• Trust the process. Throw yourself into it. No holds barred, just do it. Trust. The. Process.
• Just do it, you will get more out of it than you give.
• Definitely worth it. You have a chance once a month to step back and be purposeful vs always getting caught up in daily chaos.
• Expect to reflect on yourself and who you are. If you dive in and are open to the experience, you will take away significant learning.
• It’s a really good way to learn about Hutchinson, gain friends and understand the community.
• Be open minded and be willing to let your guard down.
• You’ll learn skills that are useful for working with others.
• I would recommend to any one in the community. Learn more about what makes this city, Hutchinson, a community to have passion for.
• You will never regret the decision. You will learn so much about yourself, the community and others!
• Just do it! Expect to get and give a ton.
• Do it! It’s fun, great content, great networking, valuable professional development.
• Soak it all in and let yourself be vulnerable. Learn from those around you and make new friends while continuing to learn.
• It will be amazing, do not hesitate!
• This is a great idea, and you will learn a lot!
• This will help with communication and dives into how you see yourself. It helps you gain and better understanding and appreciation for the community.
• Expect to grow amazing relationships, and grow in ways you couldn’t imagine.

Applications for Leadership Institute and Leadership 2.0 are now available on our Hutchinson Leadership Institute and Leadership 2.0 page.

June 2019 Business of the Month

SouthPoint Financial Credit Union Logo

1250 MN-15, Hutchinson, MN 55350
(877) 794-6712

 

Our June Business of the Month got their start in 1936 as St. Mary’s Parish Sleepy Eye. Their name was changed to SouthPoint Federal Credit Union in 2002 and their business expanded to three counties. Today, we know them as SouthPoint Financial Credit Union, a non-for-profit financial cooperative serving 19 counties and more than 21,000 member owners. They have branch locations in Sleepy Eye, Springfield, New Ulm, St. Peter, North Mankato, and Hutchinson, with a 7th branch opening in Waconia in late 2019/early 2020.

This Financial Center offers credit union services as well as services for two supporting divisions: SouthPoint Home Mortgage and SouthPoint Investment Services. SouthPoint provides industry leading transactional, deposit and loan services to meet the demands of today’s mobile consumers and small businesses. Among some of their services are:

  • Checking, Savings, and Money Market Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Youth Savings Accounts
  • Certificate of Deposits
  • Auto and Home Loans
  • Credit Cards
  • Mobile Wallet and Mobile Deposit

Nearly everything that members need to do in branch can be done with one of SouthPoint’s Mobile Platforms (with the exception of withdrawing money). Their members also have access to the MoneyPass ATM network, which offers a surcharge-free ATM experience for qualified cardholders at over 32,000 convenient ATM locations across the US. Wherever their members are, SouthPoint is, too!

Ladies from SouthPoint holding an award in front of a step and repeat banner at an event SouthPoint's branch president Megan Karg handing a box of food donations to the food shelf representative SouthPoint Financial Credit Union Hutchinson Building - a stone structure with the logo on the front of the building

SouthPoint makes it their mission to always do the right thing for the right reason. They empower their members to achieve goals and chase dreams by providing them with exceptional service and guidance along the way.  SouthPoint is owned and governed by its members. Every member has an equal right to both voice their opinions and vote at their annual meeting. As a credit union, SouthPoint’s profits are distributed to members in the form of lower rates, fewer and lower fees, and higher savings rates.

SouthPoint is recognized as one of the Nation’s Healthiest Credit Unions. They are a recipient of the Crystal Performance Award from Raddon, which recognizes credit unions for achieving a top ten ranking based on a balanced scorecard measurement of growth, income, efficiency and margin management. Each year more than 500 credit unions were evaluated for this award; the winners were ranked among the top two or three percent of all credit unions analyzed by Raddon for two consecutive reporting periods. SouthPoint has also been recognized with a Credit Union National Association Diamond Award, which rewards creative excellence and outstanding results.

Above all, SouthPoint Financial Credit Union is a community-minded financial center providing the best support and services possible for their members. To learn more about SouthPoint Financial Credit Union visit www.SouthPointFinancial.com or call (877) 794-6712!

 

What does SouthPoint Financial Credit Union enjoy most about their Chamber Membership?

The SouthPoint team enjoys that the Chamber helps to foster the connection between our local businesses and the community.

What’s Happening in May 2019!

Hutchinson Leadership Institute

Hutchinson Leadership Institute Class 2018-2019

Congratulations to the 2018 – 2019 Hutchinson Leadership Institute Graduates!

Heidi Arndt                        Becky Boll                                  Steven Broll
Cole Coubrough              Alice Davenport Stoltz          Dan Fischer
Dillon Forcier                    Ashley Gabbert                        Brad Hemling
Joshua Koehnen             Kim Kruse                                  Tasha Lambert
Steve Lamecker               Mark Lansink                            Kelly Magnuson
Payton Eastman              Jay Malone                                Erin Petty
John Sanken                     Tyler Schmeling                      Jill Springer
Jenelle Stiras                    Tera Thomas                             Paul Wesley

Participants, sponsors, alumni and guests are invited to join us on May 15 at the Crow River Winery to celebrate the graduation and community service projects of the 2018 – 2019 Hutchinson Leadership Institute Class. Students in the Hutchinson Leadership Institute have the rare opportunity to turn knowledge into action by creating community projects as part of the program.


Business logo for Hutchinson Leadership InstituteHutchinson Leadership Institute Banquet

The 30th graduating class of the Hutchinson Leadership Institute (HLI) will present their community projects at the HLI Banquet on Wednesday, May 15 at 5:30 PM at the Crow River Winery. Current participants, sponsors and a guest have no fee to attend. Alumni and additional guest can purchase a ticket for $25 per person.

If you would like to attend the graduation and banquet or would like more information about registering for the 2019 – 2020 class, please call the Chamber or email Mary.


Leadership 2.0

2018 - 2019 Leadership Institute 2 Class PhotoCongratulations to the 2018 – 2019 Leadership 2.0 Graduates!

Hope Hagert               Dave Wollan                Melissa Straka
Dean Bertram             Nikki Willemssen        Mark Corbin
Don Martinez              Mary Hodson                Beth Gasser
Tom Lambert              Shannon Brice            Jackie Borka
Bo Young                      Andrea Moore              Adam Smith

Every leader plays a significant role in making a community the best it can be. Leadership 2.0 takes a deeper dive into personal leadership and how it can impact the future of the entire community.

If you would like information about registering for the 2019 – 2020 class, please call the Chamber or email Mary.


2019 Tourism Marketing Grant – Reminder – Deadline June 1!

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

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

2019 Tourism Marketing Grant Criteria, Deadlines and Application (pdf)


Business Connection – May 3

Business logo for Vivid Image Please join us for May’s Business Connection hosted by Vivid Image on Friday, May 3 from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM at 897 Hwy 15 S. See how Vivid Image can help your business navigate through websites, social media, reputation management, search engines and the list goes on.

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

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

Business Logo for the Chamber's Business ConnectionIf you are part of a Chamber business/organization and interested in hosting or have questions about Business Connection, call the Chamber or email Ashley.

Online registration for May Business Connection


Business After Hours – May 8

Business logo for Goebel Fixture CompanyMay’s Business After Hours will be hosted by Goebel Fixture Company on Wednesday, May 8 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at 528 Dale St SW.

Please join us for hearty appetizers, beverages and door prizes! “Step inside to see the craftsmanship of how luxury interiors are created.  You’ll enjoy an evening full of great conversation, delicious catered appetizers and a tour of our manufacturing facility!”
Business After Hours is a great way to learn about businesses in Hutchinson and network with fellow Chamber members. This is a way to get behind the scenes at our local businesses… to see what they make, do or provide. This monthly event is by Chamber invitation only and is open to all Chamber member business employees. Businesses interested in hosting a Business After Hours event or would like more information should email the Ambassadors.

Graphic for Hutchinson Ambassadors Business After Hours eventIf 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.

Online registration for May’s Business After Hours.


Maximize Your Membership!

Does your business or organization have an special announcement? You may want to consider sending a news release – a written communication directed at community members for the purpose of announcing something ostensibly newsworthy.

Graphic for Chamber News ReleasesChamber members can post their News Releases on ExploreHutchinson.com. When your news release is posted it will receive community exposure on our website.

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


Dairy Day – Friday, June 7 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM – Library Square Park

Every year over 1,000+ supporters come to Library Square in celebration of Dairy Day, the annual official start of summer in Hutchinson. The Agri-Business Committee hosts Day Day honoring our vibrant farming community. Plan to stop down for a $5 lunch and learn more about our local agriculture in Hutchinson and the surrounding communities.

2018 Dairy Day Fro Yo Eating ContestThis year’s activities include:

  • 12:00 PM – Cow Milking Contest – featuring celebrity milkers including Hutchinson Water Carnival Royalty, McLeod County Dairy Ambassadors and manufacturing leaders – Jack Daggett, Matt Field and Brett Haugen!
  • 12:30 PM – Fro-Yo Eating Contest – sponsored by Below Zero Frozen Yogurt
  • Meet Princess Kay of the Milky Way
  • $5.00 Lunch
  • Children’s’ activities
  • Live Music by Josie Sanken

If you are interested in in sponsoring this community event, just complete the printable Dairy Day Sponsor Registration form (pdf) and mail, email to drop it off at the Chamber.

For more information, please see our printable Dairy Day poster (pdf) or call the Chamber.


CrAzY DaYs – Save the Date!

2019 Chamber Crazy Days logo

 

Mark your calendars for July 18 – 20.

The Chamber advertises in publications locally and in surrounding communities to share the great deals offered during Hutchinson’s Crazy Days!

More information to come!

 

 

 

 


Hometown Golf Challenge

This year the Chamber is hosting a Tailgating Party at the Annual Hometown Golf Challenge on Monday, July 22 at Oakdale Golf Club. Wear your favorite team or game apparel. We are excited to have some fun and want to let you in on it too! This is a fun and easy event as well as a great way to highlight your business. This event is open to the public.

This year’s events and information:

  • Early Bird Pricing ($100 before June 28) includes cart, green fee, lunch & dinner
    Regular Pricing ($125 after June 28) includes cart, green fee, lunch & dinner
  • 18 Holes, Scramble Format
  • 11:00 – 11:45 AM Registration & Lunch
  • 12:00 PM Shotgun Start
  • Prizes, three cash prizes for golf teams, best costume, best decorated cart and  best of both
  • Event packages available day of event
  • $500 guaranteed shootout winner

Want to take advantage of being an event sponsor, just complete the printable Hometown Golf Sponsorship Form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber.

To register for the event, complete the printable Hometown Golf Registration form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber.


2018 Arts & Crafts Festival vendor45th Annual Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival September 13 – 14, 2019

Are you looking for a unique piece of jewelry, collar for your canine or gourmet olive oil? Look no longer, the 45th Annual Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival will be here before you know it!

Conversely, if you are an artisan and interested in vending at the Arts & Crafts Festival, applying is easy! Just complete the printable Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival Exhibitor Application & Guidelines (pdf)and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber! An online Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival Exhibitor Application & Guidelines is also available.

For any questions, please contact the Chamber at 320-587-5252 or email us.


Taste of Hutchinson 2018 Taste of Hutchinson Ambassadors food tent

The Hutchinson Ambassadors host the Taste of Hutchinson on September 13 & 14 along side the Arts & Crafts Festival. Delectable food options and live music awaits all patrons!

Interested in being a food vendor? Just complete the printable Hutchinson Ambassador 45th Annual Taste of Hutchinson Food Vendor Application (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber.


Table Tents Quarter 3 (July, August & September) Deadline – June 1st

Table Tent Entry Form (pdf)Are you looking for a way to boost an upcoming Hutchinson event? The  Chamber prints and delivers 900 table tents around the community. Make sure you get your event added to the table tents! The cost is $30 per event listing for community members and $20 for Chamber member per event listing.

Submitting an event is easy… just complete the printable Table Tent Entry Form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber by the quarterly deadline.

The deadline for Quarter 3 (July, August & September events) is June 1, 2019.

Also, make sure to add it 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.

If you want table tents delivered to your business, to submit an event for an upcoming table tent or if you have any questions, give Gina a callsend her an email or drop by the Chamber.


New & Renewing Members

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

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

  • AKI
  • Arvig Media
  • Crow River Youth for Christ
  • Edina Realty, Inc.
  • Faith Lutheran Church
  • Five Star Financial Resources
  • Hutchinson Elks & Lodge 2427
  • Hutchinson Financial
  • Hutchinson Manufacturing
  • Keller Williams – The Broll Team
  • McLeod Emergency Food Shelf
  • Minnesota Garlic Festival
  • Nuvera
  • SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
  • The Hair Lounge
  • The Lamb Shoppe & Wellness
  • Walmart Supercenter
  • West Central Sanitation

Business of the MonthBusiness logo for Hantge Funeral Homes

May Business of the Month is Hantge Funeral Chapels. This family-owned funeral home supports, participates, and believes in our hometown causes, events and organizations. The staff and owners are your local friends and neighbors, and their goal is to provide sensitive and caring assistance during life’s most difficult times and create meaningful celebrations that honor your family and friends. Read the Business of the Month article to learn more.


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

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

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

April’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • Cancelled due to bad weather

Business logo for PLUSEProfessionals Under 40 Leading Socializing and Educating

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

The group also gets together at quarterly social events  (green dates listed in calendar below). Like the PULSE Facebook page to get the latest event information and registration links. Register for the May 8th Lunch & Learn by Friday, May 3rd to be entered into a $25 gift card drawing! May 8th Lunch & Learn Registration.

PULSE Calendar of Events for 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Something from Mary!Chamber President Mary Hodson

Why does the Chamber have a golf tournament?

I am so glad you asked! …

The rest of Mary’s article can be found on May’s Something from Mary Blog.


Save the Date!

  • MAY
    3        Business Connection – Vivid Image
    8        PULSE Lunch & Learn
    8        Business After Hours – Goebel Fixture Company
    15      Leadership Institute 2018-2019 Graduation
  • JUNE
    7        Business Connection – Equul Access
    7        Dairy Day
    12     PULSE Lunch & Learn
  • JULY
    10       PULSE Lunch & Learn
    18-20  Crazy Days
    22       Chamber Golf Event – Oakdale Golf Course
  • AUGUST
    2          Business Connection – Buffalo Wild Wings
    14        PULSE Lunch & Learn
    14-18  Made in McLeod @ County Fair
  • SEPTEMBER
    6        Business Connection – New Discoveries Montesorri Academy
    11      PULSE Lunch & Learn
    13-14    45th Arts & Crafts Festival
    13-14    Taste of Hutchinson
    19-20    Leadership Institute 2019-2020 Begins
  • OCTOBER
    Farm Fatigue Buckets Delivered
    4        Business Connection – Adult Training & Habilitation Center Inc
    9        PULSE Lunch & Learn
    10      Business After Hour – Stamp N Storage
  • NOVEMBER
    1        Business Connection – Ecumen Oaks & Pines
    13     PULSE Lunch & Learn
    14     Taste of the Holidays
    30     Small Business Saturday
  • DECEMBER
    Crop Management Input Seminar
    6      Business Connection – Jay Malone Motors
    12     Holiday Business After Hours

More Information For Your Business To Grow…

Hutchinson Chamber Table Tent 2nd Quarter 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oakdale Golf Club General Information for 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ridgewater College Workforce Safety Flyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walmart $10 off Grocery Pickup Flyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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2019 May – Something from Mary!

Why does the Chamber have a golf tournament?

I am so glad you asked!

Golf is the summer sport taking you to lovely green courses filled with green plants, bringing people together for fun and also aggravates and brings humility to many.

A number of years ago the Chamber started the golf tournament as a fundraiser, which it still is today. Membership dues do not cover the expenses of running the chamber programs and services we provide our members. The board did not and does not want to raise dues significantly, so we fund raise. The golf themes came along shortly after this from suggestions from golfers.

A few years ago we added the “Staffed Hole” Sponsor- WOW! Everyone seems to really enjoy this addition. We have members who will not miss the opportunity to network with every golfer. With an easy $200 investment, most businesses easily justify the cost with the opportunity.

Now this year, mix the Staffed Holes with the theme of Tailgaiting… yes, we plan to have fun while we spend the day on the course, in the sun, light breeze, bev carts out…. Oh, yes, sorry, I was writing an article… back to it.

The amount of networking at our golf tournaments is substantial. See and be seen. Work actually does get done on the golf course. We’ve seen people meet for the first time, businesses have hired people they met, to-do list items get accomplished, and there is a lot to be said for a group of people out on the course on a beautiful day enjoying each other’s company.

So yes, we have fun at the golf tournament, and it is a lot of work to organize and run, but our members benefit from this is multiple ways. Programs and services are funded, networking, and deals are made. And, you all deserve a Monday afternoon off. So there is my added bonus/benefit…. We are so busy in the hustle and bustle of work, it’s great to hear from golfers “I needed this afternoon out of the office.” We all do, so please add July 22 to your calendar and join us at Oakdale Golf Club for a day of fundraising, networking, deal making, and FUN. We’ll have fun for certain; we’re tailgating! Your team can show their team spirit in any way you’d like.

See you in July!