2017 Dairy Day Celebration!

Join us on Friday, June 2nd 2017 at 11am-1:30pm in Library Square Park!

Every June the Agri-Business Committee celebrates Dairy Day in downtown Hutchinson. Dairy Day festivities include:

  • $5 lunch meal
  • Cheese samples
  • Cow milking contest
  • Live music
  • Tractors
  • Children’s activities
  • AND MORE!

More details to come!

 

Hometown Golf Challenge

Let’s Go Crazy, Let’s Go Golf! We are excited to have some fun at the Hometown Golf Challenge this year, and we want to let you in on it too!  This is a fun and easy event to highlight your business.  We typically host 100 golfers each year, and they look forward to not only golfing, but interacting with other local business people.  We have many different sponsorship opportunities available, 2017 Golf Sponsor Form

**Golfer registration forms will be available June 1**

What’s Happening in April 2017?

Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo

Are you familiar with the Bring It Home Expo?  This event is a great way to showcase what your business does in our community.  All participating businesses/organizations must be located within a 10 mile radius of Hutchinson.  The Bring It Home Committee hosts this event to showcase what is in Hutchinson, and remind our community members that there is no need to leave Hutchinson to purchases the goods and services that you may need.

This one day Expo is popular in our community, and with all age ranges.  There are activities for children and a food court set up for people to sit, relax, and enjoy some local food options.

Click here to learn more and to find registration information.


Hometown Golf Challenge

Let’s Go Crazy, Let’s Go Golf! We are excited to have some fun at the Hometown Golf Challenge this year, and we want to let you in on it too!  This is a fun and easy event to highlight your business.  We typically host 100 golfers each year, and they look forward to not only golfing, but interacting with other local business people.  We have many different sponsorship opportunities available, 2017 Golf Sponsor Form

**Golfer registration forms will be available June 1**


Dairy Day

Save the Date: Dairy Day is scheduled for Friday, June 2 in Library Square Park!  If you are interested in sponsoring this community event please email Mary, or call our office at      587-5252.


Taste of Hutchinson

September 15 & 16, 2017 Taste of Hutchinson is right around the corner! This event is  hosted by the Hutchinson Ambassadors and is located alongside the Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival. The food vendors offer a variety of tasty items & beverages. Click on the Vendor Application below for more detail on Taste of Hutchinson Food Vendor.

2017 Taste of Hutchinson Vendor Application. 


Business of the Month

In April we will be highlighting Tidy Tightwads as our Business of the Month.

Click here to learn more about Tidy Tightwads

 

 


New Members

Welcome to our newest Chamber Members!


Renewing Members

Thank you to our renewing Chamber Members!

Branded Solutions
Country Kitchen
Genesis Salon & Ensospa
Hutchinson Mall
Tastefully Simple- Carol Bahr
Walgreens
Wendorf Insurance


Business After Hours

Join the Hutchinson Ambassadors for Business After Hours on Thursday, April 14 from 4-6pm at New Discoveries Montessori Academy!

Click here to register


Something from Mary

Right now, in Minnesota, we have 40,000 fewer people in the workforce than we did one year ago. Yes, in just Minnesota….. way less people in the workforce. Now we know that is because of the baby boomers retiring, and the trailing generations have less people to fill this gap.

Read the rest of Mary’s article here: 

 


Hot Deals

Want to increase foot traffic in your store? Want to advertise for FREE? Over 331 people view our Hot Deals page just in the last month.  This a great feature on our website for Chamber members to utilize!

How To Post Hot Deals, Events, and Job Postings

 


Leadercast – Hutchinson

Attend Leadercast to learn how purpose motivates teams to build stronger organizations, and inspires individuals to lead with intention. Hear from world-class speakers and connect with leaders like you who are actively striving to raise their standard of leadership. Learn more about Leadercast here: 


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Something From Mary

So I know I beat the drum frequently, but here’s just another opportunity to THANK and RECOGNIZE our small businesses in the Hutchinson Area.

Did you know?

  • 540,000 new businesses are started each month in the US
  • 65% of all new jobs come from small businesses
  • There are 28 million small businesses in US, which outnumber corporations 1162 to 1.

(Sources: Carbonite, Start Small, Tentacle)

Small Businesses are run by tenacious, spirited, hard-working, strong- hearted individuals. These people know and love their products and services. They believe in the work they do, the community they live in and want to make our community a better place.

Let’s look at some unique side-effects of shopping online or out-of- town versus locally.

The costs of gas when you travel outside of Hutchinson, and the effects of fuel in our environment.

Road wear and tear- seriously you complain about the roads, let’s think about the wear on our vehicles.

The loss of stores who must compete against online purchases.

We complain about being too busy, well driving somewhere else to buy something we have in town is wasting time, precious time.

I know we don’t have EVERYTHING in Hutchinson, BUT we have a great deal of stores and people here to help us find what we need. Local businesses support youth activities, events, pay taxes – which cover costs of crucial city services, and they actually want to see your smiling face. 🙂

No matter where you shop in Hutchinson, money stays local.  I spoke with Scott Hilgeman, Walmart Store Manager for a Bring It Home video, he shared with me Walmart donated over $200,000 back into our community last year. So whether you shop at locally owned and operated, or bigger chain stores… it makes a difference!

Please consider our hard working LOCAL businesses the next time you are looking for the perfect “something.”

Thank you Small Business Owners for your dedication to our Community! We appreciate you!

Something from Mary

40,000 Fewer People for Hire in MN

Creativity: the use of the imagination or original ideas

Synonyms: inventiveness, imagination, innovation, originality, individuality

Right now we need creativity, and all the other synonyms to manage the workforce shortage we are experiencing and are going to continue to experience.

Right now, in Minnesota, we have 40,000 fewer people in the workforce than we did one year ago. Yes, in just Minnesota….. way less people in the workforce. Now we know that is because of the baby boomers retiring, and the trailing generations have less people to fill this gap.

RIGHT NOW we all need to be thinking about HOW we do our work, not just WHO will do what we need now. Job openings are going to sky rocket, and seriously, there will be no one to step into MANY of these jobs.

So, how will YOU change HOW you work, hire, think?

I find this 40,000 number staggering. Here are some thoughts from my abys:

Work Load: What tasks do we currently take on, that don’t fit our work/mission?

Wait?! Do you know your mission?

Cross Training: If one person is out of the office/plant/etc for a day or a week, or more, who can step in and fill their role(s)?

Flexibility: What flexibility do you offer? Not just WHEN someone works, but WHERE and HOW? This is not about millennials, or Gen Z, this is about EVERYONE.

HAVE TO: Whenever you say “but we HAVE TO, do this, or that”….. Do you? No, really, do you have to do it the way you have, or this specific way, or in this order?

Lean Management & Six Sigma: this is an entirely separate conversation, HOWEVER, here is my synopsis: a process in which EVERYONE helps to provide steps for more productivity and quality of work, and reduce waste in the work place. Not garbage waste. Waste of time, inventory, motion, transportation, over- and under-production, and skills. There are some very good resources online about making your office or workplace leaner and more efficient.

These are just my top-of-mind thoughts this month, your team needs to be thinking about what you do on a daily, monthly and annual basis and how might this look different. Be willing to listen and consider the ideas and suggestions of others.

Super Bowl 52 – What does it mean for YOU?

Last week you may have seen that I ventured out to Minneapolis to learn more about how our community can get involved with Super Bowl 52.

Now you might wonder why would that matter to us at the chamber and our community?  Not only is the Super Bowl a day for football fans, this entire event hosts numerous opportunities for minority businesses to work directly with the NFL and showcase their craft or service.  It gives us a chance to “get on the map” in a HUGE way.

Business Connect, the National Football League’s Super Bowl and special event supplier diversity program is focused on creating contract and business development opportunities for certified minority-, woman-, veteran-, lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender-owned qualified, diverse businesses and is looking for the following business types:

Audio Visual • Barricades • Carpet/Flooring • Catering/Food & Beverage • Courier Services • De-icing • Décor • Employment Agencies • Entertainment • Equipment Rental • Event Production • Fencing • Florists • Furniture • Generators • Gifts & Promotions • Golf Carts • Hardware Supplies • Linens • Office Supplies • Painters • Photography    • Port-O-Lets • Printing & Graphics • Security • Snow Removal • Tenting • Trailers • Transportation • Vans • Video • Waste Removal

If you are a business providing those goods or services, here are the additional eligibility requirements:

  • Be Headquartered in the state of Minnesota (with offices within the 13 County Twin Cities area)
  • Be 51% owned by a minority, woman, veteran, or LGBT-owned business individual and certified as one of the following:
    • Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
    • Woman Business Enterprise (WBE)
    • Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB)
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Business Enterprise (NGLCC)
  • Have been in operation for three (3) or more years (i.e. registered with the state)
  • Provide goods or services requested by this program (see SBLII BC’s 56+ scopes of work)
  • Must be in good standing and eligible to do business in the state of Minnesota

If you meet these requirements, you must provide proof and initiate an application for certification/verification.  Please refer to the below website to gather more information on how you can apply for this certification.

http://www.mnsuperbowl.com/get-involved/business-connect

All vendor registrations & certifications MUST BE completed by 03/31/17.  Registration does not guarantee your participation in the event as a vendor – but it allows you the opportunity to potentially bid on the opportunities available.

Why would you go through this process? This puts you in direct contact with key influential people from the NFL. It doesn’t give you an absolute “in” with them, but it definitely gives you an “edge”.  The program will host leadership and training opportunities, multiple networking events, and if chosen to take on a job, gives you and your business direct access to one of the largest stages& events in the world – the Super Bowl.

Are you ready for this?  This is the time for you to take a look in the mirror, think about where you see your business as it is now and where you want it to be in the future.  If you think you have what it takes, let’s get you there.

Please reach out to me, Mollie Terlinden, if you have additional questions about how to proceed.  Time is of essence – and if you have interest in taking this further, you must act QUICKLY.

All my best,

Mollie

320-234-0789

mollie@explorehutchinson.com

 

What’s Happening in March 2017?

Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo

Capture 2Early Bird Deadline for Bring it Home Expo is FRIDAY MARCH 3rd!  

Are you familiar with the Bring It Home Expo?  This event is a great way to showcase what your business does in our community.  All participating businesses/organizations must be located within a 10 mile radius of Hutchinson.  The Bring It Home Committee hosts this event to showcase what is in Hutchinson, and remind our community members that there is no need to leave Hutchinson to purchases the goods and services that you may need.

This one day Expo is popular in our community, and with all age ranges.  There are activities for children and a food court set up for people to sit, relax, and enjoy some local food options.

Click here to learn more and to find registration information.


New Members

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

We also want to thank our renewing Members! 

  • Allina Health Home Care Services
  • B & B Sports & RV
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Cornerstone Commons Group
  • CrossPoint Church
  • Crow River Glass
  • Family Rexall Drug
  • Gopher Campfire Club
  • Historic Hutchinson
  • Hutchinson Center for the Arts
  • Hutchinson Jaycees Water Carnival
  • Hutchinson Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Hutchinson Toastmasters II
  • Jeff Stamer Farms Partnership
  • Keller Williams Realty Integrity NW – The Straka Group
  • Kids Inc. Child Care
  • Mary Kay
  • Masterson Staffing Solutions
  • McCormick’s Family Restaurant
  • Piehl, Hanson, Beckman P.A.
  • Prairie River Home Care – Hutchinson
  • Shamrock Inn
  • Shoe Sensation
  • SteppingStone Therapeutic, Inc.
  • The Village Shop
  • Today’s Women of Hutchinson
  • Walmart Supercenter
  • Woodstone Senior Living

Music in the Park

We are excited to begin our planning for the 2017 Music in the Park Summer Concert Series.  Applications are now being accepted for Bands, Social Hosts, and Sponsors!  The concerts will be on Monday evenings from
6:30 – 8/8:30pm.  The Hutchinson Chamber plans the concerts for June 12 – August 7th.

Applications are due Friday, March 3rd!!

Please fill out application and return to the Chamber Office, 2 Main Street South.

**We are excited to be partnering with Historic Hutchinson and RiverSong in 2017, as we transition ownership of Music in the Park to these two organizations. Watch for more details later this year.


Business of the Month

We are highlighting West Central Sanitation as our March Business of the Month!

Click here to learn more about West Central Sanitation 

 


Summer Save the Dates

Can you believe we are already thinking of our summer events?? We are excited to know these fun events are just around the corner!

June 12- August 7: Music in the Park

July 24: Hometown Golf Challenge

July 27-29: Crazy Days

September 15 & 16: Arts & Crafts Festival


Something from Mary

Myth Busters: No matter what organization you are, there are always assumptions made about your business. The Chamber is no different, so I thought it might be helpful to dispel the common myths we hear regularly.

Read the rest of Mary’s article here: 

 


More For Your Business

 

 

 

Something from Mary

Myth Busters: No matter what organization you are, there are always assumptions made about your business. The Chamber is no different, so I thought it might be helpful to dispel the common myths we hear regularly.

Myth: The City signs our paychecks. We are part of the City. We are one in the same with the City.

Busted: The Chamber is a Separate entity from the City. Aside from collecting Lodging Tax dollars which are used to promote Hutchinson and bring people here, we have no legal connection to the City. Now, that being said, we have a great working relationship with everyone at the city. Hutchinson is very fortunate to have such open leaders, organizations and businesses to get the work done! Don’t feel bad, this is a very common misconception. So all those bank and school holidays…we don’t get (ALL) of them off.

Myth: the Chamber Staff only works from 10am-4pm

Busted: the office is open for calls and walk-ins during these hours, however the staff works 40+ hours a week. We changed the hours when the Dept of Labor was changing overtime rules. We have kept the adjustment as we continue to use the hours we’re closed to work on catching up on phone calls, paper work, etc. it also allows staff some flexibility when we are coming in for early meetings and staying late for events.

Myth: The Chamber organizes all the big events in town.

Busted: We do not. You may see us at many events; you may see our logo attached to many events, but Water Carnival, RiverSong, MN Garlic Festival, Orange Spectacular, MN Pottery Festival, are run by their own set of VOLUNTEERS. Yes, these are volunteer run organizations and they DO A FABULOUS job! So no, the Chamber’s Father’s Day Parade is not a real thing.

We currently host the Annual Arts & Crafts Festival, Bring It Home Family Fun and Business Expo, the Hometown Golf Challenge, and through this summer the Music in the Park Summer Concert Series.

Myth: The Hutchinson Community Foundation is part of the Chamber.

Busted: Nope, this isn’t true either. Fact: the Community Foundation meets at the Chamber, we provide administrative services for them, and they do reimburse us for these services. Now, we love when they are here, and we love October when they invite all their grant winners to come for show and tell, photos and checks are handed out!

Myth: We work with all the Community Organizations

Truth! We do work with MANY Community Organizations, some very closely. For any event happening in town, the general public comes to the Chamber for information and we work to have as much information as possible on the community calendar, which is seen by over 100 people a day, and during the busy summer weekends- even more!

Myth: the Chamber isn’t “political.”

Well…. Sort of. The Chamber Board of Directors has an issue endorsement policy in place, which stipulates we will not endorse any issue that benefits one business or industry over another. We DO support issues that benefit ALL LOCAL businesses. In the past we’ve supported work to protect businesses from drive-by ADA compliance lawsuits, update state business taxes which currently have automatic infiltrators, and represent 30% of most owners taxes. And most recently, we worked with legislators to stop the Dept. of Labor’s ruling on overtime.

MITGI Receives Manufacturer of the Year Award from Manufacturers Alliance

HUTCHINSON, MN – February 15, 2017

Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding, Inc. (MITGI) has been named Manufacturer of the Year (small company category) by the Manufacturers Alliance, a Minnesota association that promotes education and peer-to-peer mentoring in the Minnesota manufacturing industry.  MITGI was selected for efforts to help promote manufacturing through articles, work with schools, business partnerships, tours, presentations, and industry outreach.

“As a company, MITGI believes that it is part of our responsibility to help promote manufacturing, economic growth, innovation, and skilled workforce development,” explains Eric Lipke, MITGI President.  “We’re fortunate to be part of a thriving manufacturing community that includes engaged and involved business leaders, educators, legislators, and industry associations.”

In partnership with area schools and businesses in the region, MITGI has joined together to raise the visibility of manufacturing.  These efforts help to build the foundation for a thriving community and well-prepared workforce.  Over the past year MITGI has:

  • Provided tours to showcase different types of facilities, work environments, and career opportunities.
  • Participated in advisory boards to ensure that opportunities in education and business exist for students when they are ready to work.  Local education partners include Dassel-Cokato High School, Hutchinson High School, Glencoe-Silver Lake High School, Ridgewater College, and SCTCC.
  • Hosted meetings and tours with legislative leaders and staff, including Senators Klobuchar and Franken.
  • Participated in manufacturing-related education seminars through organizations such as Manufacturers Alliance, IMTS, Made in McLeod, Crow River HR Group, Minnesota DEED, Hutchinson Chamber, and Ridgewater College.
  • Promoted activities and events to draw local, regional, statewide, and national exposure to the successes of these unprecedented local partnerships.

 

“We are very proud of the work that our employees do to help promote a strong manufacturing environment in Minnesota and in our community,” describes Jennie Nelson, MITGI Director of Sales and Marketing.  “When we host tours and events, our employees provide personal perspective, explaining what it is like to work in manufacturing.  The words and actions of our employees help individuals to connect their interests and talents to potential careers.  It is important work, as the foundation we lay today will help ensure the long-term viability of our industry and community.”

MITGI will be recognized at an awards presentation on April 13, 2017 in Golden Valley, MN.  The event will be attended by nearly 400 manufacturing leaders from throughout the state.

Located in Hutchinson, MN, MITGI manufactures and markets standard and custom cutting tools. Combining innovation with quality and repeatability, MITGI tools have become the product of choice in many R&D departments and manufacturing facilities that serve medical device manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, and rapid prototyping industries. MITGI is the recipient of the Image Award (2014 & 2015, Minnesota Business Manufacturing Award), Paragon of Leadership Award (Sheila Murphy, 2016, Minnesota Business Community Impact Awards), 100 Best Companies to Work for Award (2015, Minnesota Business), and the Top 150 Workplaces Award (2015 & 2016, Star Tribune).

2017 Music in the Park Applications

We are excited to begin our planning for the 2017 Music in the Park Summer Concert Series.  Applications are now being accepted for Bands, Social Hosts, and Sponsors!  The concerts will be on Monday evenings starting at
6:30 – 8/8:30pm.  The Hutchinson Chamber plans the concerts for June 12 – August 7th

Applications are due Friday, March 3rd. Please fill out application and return to the Chamber Office, 2 Main Street South.

More information will be found on the applications, but if you have questions please email Casey or call our office at 320-587-5252.

**We are excited to be partnering with Historic Hutchinson and RiverSong in 2017, as we transition ownership of Music in the Park to these two organizations. Watch for more details later this year.

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