What’s Happening July 2020

 

Lets focus and think on the long term- let’s not allow this short term crisis, impact your long term success. How we as businesses support each other, commit to each other, will lay our foundation for moving forward. As we move forward building strategic plans for our community’s recovery, we need your voice, your investment to move Hutchinson forward. Let’s work together.

 

Time to Recover and Get Back to Business

Small Business Relief Grants Program
2020-06-15 – PPP Loan Forgiveness & 24 Week Extension Guidance 

Guidance for Outdoor Dining

MN RETAILERS ASSOCIATION- Curbside Best Practices AND FREE WEBINAR

Safety Best Practices to get back to work

McLeod County COVID-19 Website

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Hutchinson Leadership Institute & Leadership 2.0 Enrollment for 2020-2021 is Now Open!

Business logo for Hutchinson Leadership Institute

We are excited to announce the Hutchinson Leadership Institute is back for its 32nd 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.

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Something from Mary…

 

Looking for a “Take Home” Hutchinson Keepsake? Wanting your business to be apart of a Hutchinson Keepsake?…. Read Something from Mary to learn more!
Click here to watch a short video about Goodnight Hutchinson

Sponsorship Form

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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:

  • No visits were scheduled due to COVID-19

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Maximize Your Membership!

With all the closures, re-opening, curb-side, delivery, new hours, ect. does it have you searching for a new way to remind customers of the services or products you offer? 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. Feel free to reach out with any questions to info@explorehutchinson.com or call 587-5252.

Newsletter Insert and Member Mailing Lists graphic

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No Longer receiving the Chamber’s informational emails?

Please let us know and/or check your email filters. We are experiencing a hefty number of bounces each month but need your help in trying to fix the problem. Thank you for your hand in trying to correct it. 

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CrAzY dAyS!!!    Yes, it’s HAPPENING!

Click here to learn how you can help get the word out about Crazy Days 2020! 

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New & Renewing Members for June

Warmest Welcome to our NEW MEMBER of the Hutchinson Chamber

We also want to Thank the following Members for renewing their partnership with us!

  • Below Zero Frozen Yogurt 
  • Canvasworks, Inc.
  • Clay Coyote Gallery & Pottery
  • Crow River Auto & Truck Repair, Inc.
  • Crow River Habitat For Humanity
  • Designs by Jane
  • Duane Jindra Crop Insurance Agency, L.L.C.
  • Hutchinson Health Auxiliary
  • JBL Companies
  • Main Street Sports Bar
  • Marco
  • Midwest Vision Centers
  • Minnesota Pottery Festival
  • Novation Credit Union
  • Outdoor Motion
  • Pizza Ranch
  • Stamp-n-Storage
  • Tidy Tightwads
  • Vivid Image, Inc.

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2020 Annual Hometown Golf Challenge

With a very heavy heart we are sad to announce that the Hometown Golf Challenge has been postponed until 2021. We believe that we would not be able to provide the experience this year due to the safety and integrity of the event. We will be back in 2021 with a FUN and EXCITING event.

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Business of the Month- United Community Action Partnership

UCAP offers a wide variety of services to low income families, individuals and persons in need. They provide resources and referrals to persons in the area of housing, shelter, child care aware, energy assistance, Head Start preschool, Food Assistance, transportation and many additional resources!

218 Main St S, Suite 124   Hutchinson, MN
www.unitedcapmn.org  |  507-847-2632

Click here to learn more about UCAP!

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Shop Small Floor Mat

Do you have a smaller space in need of a rug? Fret not the Chamber is here to save the day! We have extra Shop Small floor mats roughly sized 27″ x 17.5″. Stop at the Chamber to pick yours up today! (First come, first served basis)

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Click here to view July’s Community Calendar

 

July 2020- Business of the Month

218 Main St S, Suite 124   Hutchinson, MN
www.unitedcapmn.org  |  507-847-2632

United Community Action Partnership is a non-profit who’s name was adopted through the merging of two organizations (Heartland Community Action Agency & Western Community Action) in 2016. UCAP has a rich history of helping people, changing lives and working to eliminate poverty by empowering individuals and strengthening communities. United Community Action started in 1964.

UCAP offers a wide variety of services to low income families, individuals and persons in need. They provide resources and referrals to persons in the area of housing, shelter, child care aware, energy assistance, Head Start preschool, Food Assistance, transportation and many additional resources! They believe that when you strengthen a family you strengthen a community. Thus when your community supports the families you serve, everyone becomes more self-sufficient and resilient to challenges.

 

Did you know?

UCAP covers 9 counties in Central MN to Iowa and 13 counties with housing programs
They have over 200 employees
UCAP is able to offer 25 different programs to families in need
in 2019 UCAP served 22,000 people throughout 9 counties

Click here to listen to UCAP’s KDUZ interview.

Something from Mary!- July 2020

After numerous requests for a “Take Home” Hutchinson Keepsake, the Hutchinson Chamber Foundation is excited to offer this opportunity! In order for this sponsor based book to be published, we need your help. We are asking businesses to Sponsor Goodnight Hutchinson, in return you will receive copies of the book, listed and have images in the book!
Please reach out today with any questions or to complete your sponsorship!

Click here to watch a short video about Goodnight Hutchinson

Sponsorship Form

Hutchinson Leadership Institute 2020-2021

Are you ready for a new professional or personal challenge?
Is it time to reinvest in yourself?
Are you hoping to be more involved in the community?
Would you like to learn more about our great community of Hutchinson?

If you have answered “Yes” to any of these questions this program may be perfect for you!

 

Click here to learn more about Hutchinson Leadership Institute.

 

Wondering what’s Next? LEADERSHIP 2.0 Of course!
Click to to apply!

 

Click here to watch!

 

Please call (320-587-5252) the Hutchinson Chamber with any questions. 

 

Interview’s with Hutchinson Businesses during COVID-19

Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce is interviewing many Downtown Businesses during
COVID-19 & MainStreet 2020. Click the corresponding link below to learn how their Business has adapted.

Village Shop, Hager Jewelry & Hutch Cafe       
Carly’s Shoes, Main Street Sports Bar & Wendling Financial Insurance Services

       Zellas, Steve Kropp State Farm Agent & Kock’s Jewelry

 

Recovery and Opportunity

Time to Recover and Get Back to Business

Small Business Relief Grants Program
2020-06-15 – PPP Loan Forgiveness & 24 Week Extension Guidance 

Guidance for Outdoor Dining

MN RETAILERS ASSOCIATION- Curbside Best Practices AND FREE WEBINAR

Safety Best Practices to get back to work

McLeod County COVID-19 Website

thinkLOCAL

Stay informed and look for information from reliable and trusted sources, including:

 

What’s Happening June 2020

It’s Time to Recover and Get Back to Business

Click the titles below to learn more

MN RETAILERS ASSOCIATION- Curbside Best Practices AND FREE WEBINAR

Safety Best Practices to get back to work

McLeod County COVID-19 Website

Interviews with Hutchinson’s Businesses during COVID

Click here to watch!

Stay informed and look for information from reliable and trusted sources, including:

 

Dairy Day- Postponed until 2021

 

Hometown Golf Challenge

This event has been postponed to later summer due to COVID-19 restrictions. Keep an eye out for additional details

 

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
  • Achieve TFC, LLC
  • AKI, Inc
  • American Legion Hutchinson Post 96
  • Arvig Media
  • B & B Sports & RV
  • Benny’s Meat Market
  • Bobbing Bobber Brewing Company
  • Bursch Travel Agency
  • Caspers Chiropractic Center
  • Common Cup Ministry
  • Crow River Floral & Gifts
  • Crow River Auto & Truck Repair
  • Custom Stay Residence & Suites 
  • Duane Jindra Crop Insurance Agency L.L.C.
  • Faith Lutheran Church
  • Five Star Financial Resources
  • Fun Sports of Hutchinson
  • Goebel Fixture Company
  • GSM Hutchinson
  • Hutchinson Financial
  • Hutchinson Huskies Baseball Association
  • Hutchinson Seventh-day Adventist Church
  • Impressions Inc.
  • Iron Jungle CrossFit
  • Keller Williams- The Broll Team
  • McLeod Alliance 
  • McLeod Emergency Food Shelf
  • MidCountry Bank
  • Midwest Visions
  • Novation Credit Union
  • Sheldon Nies
  • The Hair Lounge and Spa Services
  • The Paint Factory
  • Ohly Americas
  • Plumbing & Heating by Craig
  • Pride Solutions
  • Rainy Water Conditioning, Inc.
  • Relay for Life McLeod County
  • Re/Max Results
  • SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
  • State Farm Insurance – Mike McGraw
  • Stepping Stone Therapeutic Inc
  • The Lamb Shoppe & Wellness Center
  • United Community Action Partnership
  • Upper Midwest A-C Club
  • Vivid Image, Inc.
  • Walmart Supercenter
  • Wells Fargo Bank N.A.
  • Wendorff Insurance
  • West Central Sanitation
  • Woodstone Senior Living Community

 

 

Business of the Month

Skyview Dairy, Inc.

18506 Nickel Ave
Hutchinson, MN
Skyview Dairy’s Facebook Page320-587-3658

Click here to learn more about Skyview Dairy!

Click here to hear the KDUZ interview with Skyview Dairy

 

 

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June 2020- Business of the Month

Skyview Dairy, Inc.

18506 Nickel Ave
Hutchinson, MN
Skyview Dairy’s Facebook Page320-587-3658

Skyview Dairy is a family owned and operated dairy farm that has been in continuous operation since 1968.
Daryl Luthens started the business with seven cows, and today he and his four sons (Shane, Brandon, Justin & Garrett) manage a milking herd of 1200 cows! They employ a staff of 19 and make it their mission to give each cow their undivided attention as if she were the only cow.

Skyview Dairy is passionate about continuous improvement on being the best stewards of the community they operate in and deep passion about the health and success of the cows/calves in their care. Their responsibilities that come with being a dairy farmer that are higher then any rule/regulations to honor.

Most of the milk from Skyview is processed into cheddar cheese or is sent to the Twin Cities to be bottled for
fluid consumpition.

Did you know?

– Skyview also grows many crops? These would include barley, alfalfa, corn, corn silage & beans.
– Their cows produce around 80 pounds of Milk a DAY!
– Cow sleep as little as 1 hours a day
– A cow is two years old before she starts to produce milk
– It takes 10 pounds of milk to make 1 pound of cheese

 

Click here to hear the live radio interview with Skyview Dairy!

What’s Happening- May 2020

Something from Mary!

Hutchinson Residents are Needed More Than Ever to #thinkLOCAL
As we prepared for Main Street 2020 for two and a half years, we never imagined a virus could spread across the world, threatening lives and bank accounts, and sending some of us home from work for weeks at a time.

We planned for each business and building owner to have information at their fingertips, considered carefully how to spend precious dollars on marketing and billboards, and how to keep businesses open during construction season. How could anyone prepare for the extension of lost business before the equipment began to move?

But here we are. Equipment has been rolled into position, roads closed, and Main Street is closed to through traffic. And COVID-19 is still here. Businesses need YOU. More specifically…your friends, neighbors and family members need YOU… to spend your dollars LOCALLY.
Local businesses are owned and operated by people YOU know and care about.

I am asking you to:

  • Spend your dollars locally with businesses who have adjusted their hours, services, and routine to manage both virus and construction
  •  Shop online at LOCAL stores and shops
  •  Spend your dollars locally, instead of driving out of town
  •  Support the businesses that donate to your child’s activities and events
  • Attend sales and downtown events this summer when it is safe
  •  When using large online sites-choose their donation options; they’ll donate to a local non-profit of your choice

I’d like you to consider:

  • That cute store downtown has an owner trying to raise their family here.
  •  The restaurant staff donate time and food to other organizations.
  •  Businesses in our community pay a significant portion of the taxes in our city and county. Taxes pay for law enforcement, roads/streets, and many other amenities we take for granted every day.
  •  The service business owner brought their family back to Hutchinson to be part of a true community.
  •  The place just around the corner; the owner moved from another community because they felt welcome here.
  •  That place down the street is run by someone who is managing cancer, and now Covid, and road construction.
  •  The salon owner is not going to sit down for weeks once social distancing is lifted. Be kind when you cannot get in right away. Oh, and don’t get your own bangs.
  • ·Put your dollars where your heart is. Hutchinson is an incredible community, which I and my family have lived for almost 19 years. We came because of a job. We stayed because of the #HutchinsonHeart. You know…. the community that steps up when there is a cancer fundraiser for a family battling disease and bills, and answers the call when a neighbor needs help. The community that griefs together when a child has died, or when people go missing. The city that populates hearts on windows, sidewalks, driveways and signs when a virus threatens. The community that has made thousands of sewn fabric masks to give to those on the front lines, and hands out food, while it snows, to people who line up for blocks. The community that creates a parade to celebrate someone during 100 years young.

This is Hutchinson.

Next year the road will be complete, we’ll be able to shake hands and hug. Let’s each do our part to make sure everyone is there with us when we come back together.

Put your money where your heart is.
spendLOCAL              shopLOCAL                 thinkLOCAL               loveLOCAL

 

www.ExploreHutchinson.com

This is where you can find updated information on:

  • If you have information that should be on these pages, PLEASE let us know and we will get it updated. Please share these resources with staff and friends!

Contact the chamber at 320-587-5252 or e-mail office@explorehutchinson.com

 


Main Street 2020

You may have noticed the  hustle and bustle downtown over the last few weeks. The Main Street 2020  project is in full swing! This is a great opportunity to get out, walk, get some fresh air and enjoy watching the progress! Please remember to follow all detours and view from a safe distance.

                       Find more about the plan, detours, parking, and construction
updated every Friday here.

 

Dairy Day- CANCELED

For the health and well being of our community, Dairy Day has been postponed until June 4, 2021.
The Agri- Business Committee works diligently to support the Agriculture Community. Although Dairy Day will not take place this year, the committee is working on additional support for our producers.
We encourage everyone to thank a farmer, be safe for farmers and give them room on the roads as they travel from field to field planting next year’s food for our tables.

If you know a farmer struggling with the overwhelming work, COVID crisis and the strains of current Ag. issues, please provide them with the support number for free and confidential counseling.
Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline is available 24/7
833-600-2670 FREE & CONFIDENTIAL

 


May Business of the Month

Oakdale Golf Club  is located southwest of Hutchinson on beautiful Lake Allie. Mike and Laura Knodel own the course and if there is one thing they would like you to know, it’s that everyone is welcome. This 18 hole course is open to the public and also features a driving range. Not a golfer? That’s okay. Enjoy a meal at Chip Shots Grill & Bar. Chip Shots Grill & Bar is open to the public.

55106 Co Rd 38, Buffalo Lake, MN 55314

320-587-0525

info@oakdalegolfclub.com

Take a drone tour of the course here

See the Chip Shots menu here

*Currently Chip Shots is doing take out on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm-7pm.

Learn more about Oakdale Golf Club and Chip Shots Grill & Bar here.


 

Upcoming Events:

 

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

 

Canceled for May

 

Events canceled for MayBusiness logo for PLUSE

 

 

Please check back for June’s 2020 Event updates. As we all know, the current situation is ever-changing. We will do our very best to communicate changes with you.

 


 

May 2020 – Business of the Month

Oakdale Golf Club

55106 Co Rd 38, Buffalo Lake, MN 55314
320-587-0525
info@oakdalegolfclub.com
Take a drone tour of the course here
Schedule a tee time here

Oakdale is located southwest of Hutchinson on picturesque Lake Allie. It has been in operation since 1965 and was a 9 hole golf course until its expansion in 1995. Mike and Laura Knodel purchased the course in 2011 and have enjoyed being owners. If there is one thing they would like you to know, it’s that everyone is welcome. The 18 hole course is open to the public and also features a driving range and full bar & grill. Not a golfer? That’s okay. Enjoy a meal at Chip Shots Grill & Bar. The restaurant is open to the public and features a full bar, appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, wraps and baskets. On Friday evenings from 5:00 – 8:30 pm they feature a  special  menu which includes steak, walleye, garlic shrimp and more! Oakdale and Chip Shots is known for their excellent customer service and fun, casual, & friendly atmosphere. 

Find the menu here

*Currently, due to COVID-19 restrictions, Chip Shots is doing take out on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm-7pm. Check the website for updates.

What’s Happening April 2020

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

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

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

WE’VE GOT THIS!

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

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

www.ExploreHutchinson.com

This is where you can find updated information on:

  • Business Resources
  • Business Hours and Services that have been adjusted
  • Restaurant Carry Out, Curbside, and Delivery Options
  • If you have information that should be on these pages, PLEASE let us know and we will get it updated. Please share these resources with staff and friends.

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

Blessings and Gratitude,

Mary

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


Put Your Membership to Work:

What the Chamber has to Offer its Members:

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

Hot Deals

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

Hot Deals (pdf)

Volunteer Opportunities

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

Volunteer Opportunity (pdf)

News Release

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

News Release (pdf)

Job Posting

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

Job Listing (pdf)

 

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

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


April Business of the Month

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


Arts & Crafts Festival Applications

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

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

2020 A&C Application & Festival Guidelines

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


Upcoming Events:

 

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

 

Canceled for April & May

 

Events canceled for April & MayBusiness logo for PLUSE

 

 

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


New Chamber Members

 

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