What’s Happening in February 2018

Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo

Registration for the Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo is now open.  Register by March 2nd to take advantage of early-bird pricing!  Are you not familiar with the Bring It Home Expo?  This event is a great way to showcase to our community what your business does.  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!

  • Hjerpe Contracting
  • Quade Electric
  • SEH of Hutchinson
  • Peace Lutheran Church
  • Runnings
  • McCormick’s Family Restaurant

Thank you!

The Hutchinson Chamber would like send a special thank you to Candace Hoversten and Hutchinson Health for donating $200 through their Volunteer Match Program to PULSE, the Professionals Under 40 Leading, Socializing & Educating group. PULSE will use these funds to sponsor events. Thank you again for your contribution!


Business of the Month

Please help us celebrate February’s Business of the Month,  CenBank!
Click here to learn more about CenBank


Business After Hours

Join the Hutchinson Ambassadors in celebrating two February’s Business After Hours events!

Snap Fitness

Thursday, February 8, 2018 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

Hutchinson Enterprise Center

Thursday, February 22, 2018 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM


These events, along with all Business After Hours events, are open to all Chamber Member business employees.  If you are the only primary representative with your business receiving emails from the Chamber, please invite all your employees to join us! Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, so our business hosts may plan accordingly.

Click here to register for the February 8th Business After Hours at Snap Fitness 
or
Click here to register for the February 22nd Business After Hours at the Hutchinson Enterprise Center
or
call the Chamber at 587-5252.


Save the Date!


Job Postings for Chamber Members

Are you looking for qualified applicants to fill open positions at your business? Post your job openings on ExploreHutchinson.com through your Chamber Membership. Use us as a trustworthy resource to get the word out about your available positions. We reference these job postings and share on our Facebook page!  Click on the image below for instructions or call the Chamber at 320-587-5252 with questions.


Something from Mary!

We work together! ( I may or may not have a Grease song in my head now.)

I was on social media earlier today, and I noticed something….. RiverSong is looking for Volunteers. Like most non-profits and events, they need help making things happen before and during the event. They were even looking for someone to attend Music in the Park and promote RiverSong- genius!

Why am I telling you this….   Click here to read Mary’s article: 


Table Tent Deadline: March 1st, 2018!

Are you planning an event for April, May or June 2018?  Make sure you get your event added to the Table Tents!  The deadline to add events for the 2nd quarter is March 1st.  The cost is $20/listing for Chamber Members and $30/listing for non-members.  We print 900 table tents and deliver them around the community.  An image of the table tent is also shared on social media.  The last time we shared an image of the table tent on our Facebook page, it had over 2,000 views!  

To submit an event, click here to email Gina or call 234-0786.


Save the Date!


2018 Annual Chamber Event: “Let’s Make A Deal”

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the 2018 Annual Chamber Event, “Let’s Make A Deal” a huge success! A special thank you to Compass Occasions, Crow River Winery, Ashley Homestore and Factory Direct Furniture for making the evening a zonk-free occasion. We would also like to thank our Visionary Sponsor: Citizens Bank & Trust Co. and our Champion Sponsors: MidCountry Bank, MITGI and Hutchinson Health.

Additionally, please help us congratulate our 2017 Community Award Winners!

Congratulations Peggy Westlund: 2017 Educator of the Year

Congratulations Kelsey Wichman: 2017 Young Leader of the Year

Congratulations Beth Gasser: 2017 Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations Miles Seppelt: 2017 Business Person of the Year


More For Your Business

2018 Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo – 2018 Exhibitor Registration

Are you familiar with the Bring It Home Family Fun & Business 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 to 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 draws all age ranges.  There are activities for children as well as a food court for people to sit, relax and enjoy some local food options.

EXPO DATE: Saturday, April 14, 2018

For your convenience, please click here for the 2018 Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo information and registration -or- click here to be redirected to the 2018 Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo ONLINE Exhibitor Registration.

For any questions, please call our office at (320) 587-5252 or email gina@explorehutchinson.com.

We look forward to seeing you in April at the Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo!

 

 

Something from Mary!

We work together! ( I may or may not have a Grease song in my head now.)

I was on social media earlier today, and I noticed something….. RiverSong is looking for Volunteers. Like most non-profits and events, they need help making things happen before and during the event. They were even looking for someone to attend Music in the Park and promote RiverSong- genius!

Why am I telling you this…. Well…. isn’t it fabulous that Music in the Park continues thanks to RiverSong and Historic Hutchinson!?? It does not fit the Chamber’s mission and these two groups who we see and work with every week in the summer were ready to take it on. We know they will be able to make this weekly summer event HUGE and even more successful! No worries- we’ll still be able to help you with your questions, just like other community events!

This is just ONE example of hundreds, dare I say thousands, of examples of how this community, the people who live here, the organizations among us WORK together, side by side to make things happen!

Hutchinson Ambassadors run Taste of Hutchinson, along-side the Chamber as we host the Annual Arts & Crafts Festival. Who is serving food??? Many local non-profits raise money serving up cheese curds, kettle corn and other tasty treats. Surrounding businesses make adjustments because they recognize the importance of this event to our local economy.

Throughout the year you’ll see groups, organizations and businesses working together. We’re told by other chambers and cities they see Hutchinson as unique. Many communities have squabbling and in-fighting which damages relationships. We’re really lucky here as we recognize our differences, but respect positions and opinions. Yes, we have some people who don’t play nice, but I choose to see the good.

So if you are looking for an opportunity to meet new people, get connected, be involved, get up off the couch, give back to the community you live, work and or play in…. take a look at our Volunteer Opportunities for new postings, or give us a call. We can help match your talent/skill set with one of the many non-profits in town. There are groups to join, support, work with, and the best part… it helps not only you and the organization…. it makes Hutchinson a LOVELY place to call home!

Mark your calendars for April 14th, Bring It Home Expo at the McLeod County Fairgrounds. Jaycee Pancake Breakfast, Jaycee booth curtains, Wheel and Cog Children’s area, over 100 businesses participating in some way, shape or form. All of us TOGETHER! (now I have High School Musical in my head.)

February 2018 Business of the Month

1380 Montreal St SE
Hutchinson, Minnesota 55350
(320) 587-2265

About CenBank

While CenBank may be new to the Hutchinson community, the Hutchinson community is not unfamiliar to them. The Buffalo Lake CenBank location has been an active member of the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce and many staff members are involved in our Chamber events. It is great to be able to celebrate a new business opening in town that already has a great understanding and respect for the community. As the CenBank team puts it, “We are a community bank focusing on the banking needs of the people in the towns we operate. We are dedicated to the success of our customers and take pride in seeing them grow.”

In 2018 CenBank will celebrate it’s 125th anniversary. The bank was founded in Buffalo Lake in 1893, where went by its original name of State Bank. In 1994 CenBank merged with Tri-County Bank in Ortonville and in 2018 they expanded to the great town of Hutchinson. Throughout its-125 year journey, CenBank has remained an independent bank in the state of Minnesota.

“As a community bank, you may find that CenBank makes a bank more than just a four-letter word!” CenBank offers a special program called the “Lend a Hand Program” that allows their customers to direct a $10.00 donation for every new account and loan that’s opened. During the first quarter of 2018, the ISD 423 Foundation and the McLeod Alliance for Victims of Domestic Violence will be the recipients of these donations. Additionally, CenBank is offering a $50.00 gift card to one of four local businesses whenever a new account is opened with direct deposit! *Certain conditions must be met.

Visit CenBank today and see how they can help you with your banking needs!

Mission Statement:

To be the financial institution of choice by expertly investing local deposits in the growth and
improvement of our communities.

 Vision Statement:

We help people in our communities reach their goals and dreams every day, proving we are –
Customer focused. Community driven.

 

What does CenBank enjoy most about being a Chamber Member? 

“We are excited to be a part of such an important organization in Hutchinson.  We understand that a strong  business sector isn’t only good for business, it is good for the community as a whole.  Our Chamber works tirelessly to support Hutchinson’s businesses and all of the jobs they provide.  All of us at CenBank are proud of our Hutchinson Chamber membership.”

January 2018 Business of the Month

17614 240th St
Hutchinson, Minnesota 55350
(320) 587-2599

 

The NFL playoffs are upon us – families gather around their televisions sporting their favorite team apparel and hope that this year will be the year their team to makes it to the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl will be highlighted and discussed throughout January, but it isn’t the only “bowl” that will be featured this month in Hutchinson.

About Clay Coyote Gallery and Pottery

Our January Business of the Month, Clay Coyote Gallery and Pottery, has been offering “super bowls” to customers for decades, along with other fantastic pieces of pottery and art. The working pottery studio and handmade art gift shop is located on a beautiful hobby farm in Hutchinson, and has been family owned and operated since it’s beginning. Thousands of people pass through the indoor and outdoor art spaces each year. Throughout the years, Clay Coyote’s potters have collaborated to make over 145,000 handcrafted one-of-a-kind pots to adore and purchase.

The Gallery is open every day and it carries the handmade work of more than 150 North American artisans. There is a ton of featured pottery, blown glass, unique handmade jewelry, turned wood, forged metals, and textile art. The Clay Coyote is the go-to place for a special, unique, handmade, and affordable gift. All of the products made at their studio can also be found in their online store.

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Cooking with Art

Clay Coyote is most famously known for their Chef’s Line of pottery. This is a special line of pots that are designed to enhance your cooking experience. “They say cooking is an art; we make art you can cook with,” says owner, Morgan Baum. The Chef’s Line uses special flameware clay that can go over directly over open flames, stovetops, even your grill – most common pottery, such as stoneware, earthenware, and porcelain, is not designed for these extreme temperature changes.

Their “hottest” item at the moment is the Clay Coyote Flameware Grill Basket. To their knowledge, it is the only hand-thrown clay grill basket in the USA. The things you once spent hours skewering, you can now just toss right into your Grill Basket for an excellent grilling experience.

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Super Baskets and the Super Bowl

In the spring of 2017, Clay Coyote had the opportunity to present their popular Grill Baskets to the NFL and MN Super Bowl Host Committee through the Super Bowl LII Business Connect program. By mid-summer, Clay Coyote found out that they were one of 350 companies in MN selected to be a part of the Business Connect program. Since then, they have been making and selling commemorative Super Bowl LII Grill Baskets; these perfect tailgating tools are limited edition and are available online and in their Gallery until mid-February.

There is a lot excitement around this unique opportunity for Clay Coyote Gallery and Pottery, but the fun doesn’t stop when the Super Bowl is over. There is always something new and exciting to see and experience at Clay Coyote. Stop by for a Coyote After Dark event where you can enjoy food, drinks, art, and your hand at the potter’s wheel! You can also sign up for a free Studio tour where you can see the Clay Coyote potters hard at work throwing, glazing, and firing pots. Stop by to view all that Clay Coyote Gallery and Pottery has to offer or checkout their online store as well.

 

What does Clay Coyote Gallery and Pottery enjoy most about their Chamber membership?

“We love working with the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce, they’re always looking for new and exciting possibilities for our small business. Because of our Chamber membership we’ve had access to small business resources and local promotion and marketing opportunities.”

 

What’s Happening in January 2018

2018 Annual Chamber Event – “Let’s Make a Deal”

January 19, 2018 –  Join us for the Hutchinson Chamber’s Annual Event – “Let’s Make a Deal” at the Crow River Winery from 5pm to 9pm.

What happens to people the do not wear a costume to the event? They become a “Couch Potato.”

Which door will you choose? Door #1, Door #2 or Door #3… be careful to not choose the door with  the ZONK!

Additionally, the Community Awards for Business Person of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Young Leader of the Year will be announced. You wouldn’t want to miss this event. Click here to register for event.


New & Renewing Members

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

  • Cal Tex Electric
  • Kokesch, LLC

We also want to thank our renewing Members!

  • Albers Insurance
  • American Family Insurance – William Young
  • Applebee’s
  • Averyron Homes, Inc.
  • Bernick’s Pepsi
  • Bonneville Land & Cattle, LLC
  • Bursch Travel Agency, Inc. L.M.
  • Cash Wise Foods
  • Chef Craig’s Catering
  • Citizens Bank & Trust Co
  • City of Hutchinson
  • Compton-Anderson Construction
  • Connie & Larry Fraser
  • Dairy Queen
  • Dobratz Hantge Chapel
  • Dostal Electronics Center
  • Edward Jones – Kim Winter
  • Excelsior Homes, Inc.
  • Fahey Sales Agency
  • Family Rexall Drug
  • Farm Bureau Financial – Ryan Elbert
  • Hager Jewelry, Inc.
  • Hanson & Vasek Construction
  • Hillyard, Inc.
  • Holiday
  • Hometown Realty
  • Hutch Bowl and Squeaky’s Bar & Grill
  • Hutch Café
  • Hutchinson Co-op
  • Hutchinson Downton Association
  • Hutchinson Health
  • Hutchinson Jaycees
  • Hutchinson Leader
  • James Young & Associates, Ltd.
  • Jay Malone Motors
  • Juul Contracting Co.
  • KDUZ/KARP Radio
  • Kock’s Jewelry
  • Kraft Walser Law Office
  • L & P Supply Co.
  • Landy Lodge Bar and Grill
  • Laraway Roofing, Inc.
  • Little Crow Archery Club
  • McDonald’s House of Hutchinson
  • McGraw-Mahon, P.A.
  • McKimm Milk Transit
  • McLeod Cooperative Power
  • Melchert, Hubert, Sjodin – Neil Jensen, Partner
  • MITGI
  • New Discoveries Montessori Academy
  • Ohly Americas
  • Pheasant Run Retreat
  • PHG – Piehl, Hanson, Beckman, P.A.
  • Primary EyeCare
  • Prince of Peace Retirement Living
  • Pro Maintenance, Inc.
  • Redline Systems
  • Regional Eye Specialists, P.A.
  • Shamrock Inn
  • Simonson Lumber Co.
  • Slumberland Furniture
  • Southwest Eye Care
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation
  • Subway – Hwy 7
  • The Village Shop
  • Town & Country Tire
  • Viking Coca Cola
  • West Central Industries
  • Westlund Associates
  • Wetterling & Roepke Financial Services
  • Zellas

January Business of the Month

In January we are highlighting Clay Coyote Gallery and Pottery as our Business of the Month!

The NFL playoffs are upon us – families gather around their televisions sporting their favorite team apparel and hope that this year will be the year their team to makes it to the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl will be highlighted and discussed throughout January, but it isn’t the only “bowl” that will be featured this month in Hutchinson.

To learn more about Clay Coyote Gallery and Pottery click here.

 


Business After Hours

Join the Hutchinson Ambassadors as they kick off the 2018 Business After Hours events!

CenBank – Hutchinson

Thursday, January 11, 2018 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

This event, along with all Business After Hours events, are open to all Chamber Member business employees.  If you are the only primary representative with your business receiving emails from the Chamber, please invite all your employees to join us! Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, so our business hosts may plan accordingly.

Click here to register for the January Business After Hours or call the Chamber at 587-5252.


Save the Date!

Bring it Home Expo – Saturday, April 14th, 2018. More information to come!

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What’s Happening in December 2017

2018 “Let’s Make a Deal” / formerly known as the Annual Banquet

Friday, January 19, 2018 –  Join us for the Hutchinson Chamber Annual Banquet!  Save yourself from a “ZONK” and save the date! Costumes are highly encouraged as we will be playing “Let’s Make a Deal” games. Click here to register for event. 


Community Awards

Community Award Nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, December 22, 2017 by 12:00PM.  Each year the Hutchinson Chamber teams up with the Hutchinson Jaycees to thank the people in our community that are doing extraordinary things!  We all know a few people who deserve to be nominated, so take a few minutes and nominate them today. These people rarely get the appreciation they deserve.

Nominations are being accepted for:
Business Person of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Teacher of the Year
Young Leader of the Year (under 35 years of age)

Click here to get the nomination form.

Please help us congratulate Paul Merkins, the 2017 Ag Person of the Year!


December Business of the Month

We are excited to highlight The Paint Factory as our December Business of the Month!

To learn more about The Paint Factory please click here.


Holiday Business After Hours

The Hutchinson Ambassadors are excited to be hosting their annual Holiday Business After Hours event.  This event, along with all Business After Hours events, are open to all Chamber Member business employees.  If you are the only primary representative with your business receiving emails from the Chamber, please invite all your employees to join us!

Landy Lodge Bar & Grill

Thursday, December 14, 2017 4:00 – 6:00PM

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  Click here to register or call the Chamber at 587-5252.


New & Returning Chamber Members

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

We also want to thank our renewing Members!


Something from Mary

Let’s be clear, I love the movie White Christmas, but I am not dreaming of a white Christmas…. I’m all for a light dusting after everyone has arrived at their destination, so it looks iconic like a good old fashioned Hollywood musical. But here we are, IN Minnesota, the state where it can hail one day and snow the next…. Oh wait, it did.

Click here to read more here… 


Small Business Saturday – Thank You!

We would like to express our thanks and gratitude to everyone that came out on Small Business Saturday to shop local! A huge shout out to our “Red Clad Elves” which included members from the Bring It Home Committee, Chamber Board of Directors and Hutchinson Ambassadors. The “Red Clad Elves” were on Main Street enticing patrons to spin the Welcome Station’s spinning wheel that allowed them to choose a gift from the Giving Tree. The “Red Clad Elves” were also out and about in Hutchinson surprising shoppers with gift cards that they could use to pay for their purchases.

We would also like to extend a special thank you to all the businesses that donated to Small Business Saturday. Your donations, time and talents made Small Business Saturday a huge success one again!

#ShopSmall   #MuchInHutch   #LoveWhereYouLive


More Information For Your Business To Grow:

 

Something from Mary!

Year End Review…

Let’s be clear, I love the movie White Christmas, but I am not dreaming of a white Christmas…. I’m all for a light dusting after everyone has arrived at their destination, so it looks iconic like a good old fashioned Hollywood musical. But here we are, IN Minnesota, the state where it can hail one day and snow the next…. Oh wait, it did.

Just as many of us were surprised back in March with hail, then snow… and it snowed in late April also…. We can also be surprised with unexpected business changes. It is so HO HO important to work on your business and keeping it shored up against changes that will inevitably come around.

Whether you’re managing employment changes, regulations and laws, industry upheavals or maybe through growth (think about growing pains when you were a young child) being agile and willing to maneuver through change is very important. Change whether positive or not, still brings stress to you, and those around you.

Just a couple of considerations for 2018:

Retention: It’s so much easier (AND CHEAPER) to retain employees rather than attract and train new ones. What are you really doing to retain your current workforce? It isn’t about pay for 90% of your employees. My action item for you: ASK your employees what is meaningful to them.

Education: Have you or your employees been through educational seminars, workshops or classes to stay up to speed on newest techniques, industry standards or new skills? A great way to get refreshed is to get out of the office, because we don’t know what we don’t know. Action Item: Don’t delete the emails coming from industry experts, take a look at what they can offer you and your staff.

Policies and Procedures: I know you love it when I bring this up! But policies and procedures can easily become outdated. Action Item: pick a couple right now you know aren’t up to date and take the time. Okay…. MAKE the time.

2018 holds mystery and intrigue for the business world. It could be smooth sailing or a roller coaster ride with one of those horrid upside down thingies in the middle. Set yourself up to ride the wave, and have a great start to 2018.

I pray your year-end goes well, and you take the time to be with your loved ones over the holidays. I’ll see you on the flipside! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

December Business of the Month

 320.296.8095
137 Main St S Hutchinson, MN 55350

Whether you’re looking for an exciting date night with your special someone, a family fun night that will appease each generation,or a great way to bond with your co-workers, The Paint Factory offers you a unique opportunity to unleash your inner artist and create both incredible art and memories.

About The Paint Factory

The Paint Factory first opened in Hutchinson almost four years ago and didn’t just bring another unique business to our town, but a unique experience as well. It doesn’t matter if you’re a talented artist, or if you haven’t picked up a paintbrush since elementary school – The owner, Tara Tepley, tells us, “It brings me so much joy to see people enter the studio afraid of how their paintings will turn out and leave with a created masterpiece.” Even if you still have some doubts that you’ll be walking away with a masterpiece, the most important thing is you know you’ll always enjoy yourself when you’re at The Paint Factory. It’s a chance to get away for a couple of hours and unleash creativity in ways many of us don’t get to anymore.

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Beyond just offering something unique to Hutchinson, The Paint Factory also offers a variety. You can view their online calendar to see what canvas paintings are on the docket, and they now offer several pallet painting classes as well. Their team has also started painting on plywood and burlap – there is always something different to try!

What a lot of people might not know is how much The Paint Factory likes to give back. Tara and her mother are both Breast Cancer survivors so at the end of each paint class they sell the instructor’s demo painting and 100% of the funds go to a local family who is going through cancer treatment. They also host monthly fundraisers for local non-profits to help them spread the word about their organizations.

What’s Happening in December?

December is a special time for The Paint Factory. Ladies Night is taking place on December 12th and The Paint Factory will be partnering with a couple of local businesses to make it a truly special night – this sells out every year so make sure you contact The Paint Factory now to see how you can be a part of it! This month they will also be featuring an Open Paint / Open Pallet night on Monday December 18th, complete with Karaoke and an Ugly Sweater Competition where you can when some great prizes. The studio has also taken on the look of “Whoville” from a recent “Grinch” event, so it’s sure to be a fun and festive time.


    

Lastly in December, The Paint Factory will be teaming up with Hutchinson Family Dentistry and New Era Financial Shad Ketcher to bring you two classic Christmas movies on the big screen at Century 9 Theaters. They will be screening “White Christmas” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 11am and 2pm on December 24th for FREE, along with complimentary cookies, cider and coffee! Bring the whole family, but don’t forget to bring an item to donate to the food shelf.

The January calendar will be up and running soon and anyone who follows The Paint Factory on social media will be the first to know about their early bird registration every month where there are special prices on their classes. Stop in to sign up for a class or get the perfect Gift Card for someone you love!

What does The Paint Factory enjoy most about their Chamber membership?

“We do not know if we would have been able to do what we have done without the Chamber. They are always there with advice and we love the community feel of the businesses.”

2017 Small Business Saturday Hot Deals

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

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