What’s Happening in December

Annual Chamber Banquet – A Night Under the Stars

“Alright, Mickey’s a mouse, Donald’s a duck, Pluto’s a dog. What’s Goofy?” Stand By Me (1986)2019 Annual Chamber Event Friday, January 18 5:30pm

Goofy is what you would be if you didn’t join us on Friday, January 18th at the Crow River Winery. Prom officially kicks off at 5:30 PM and will wrap up at 10:00 PM.

Pull out your vintage 80s punk fashions: studded leather jackets, ripped jeans, band t-shirts and heavy duty boots -or- 80s workout fashions: leotards, leg-warmers, headbands, neon leggings and bike shorts!

Also, encouraged is 80s prom fashions… guys in pastel tuxedos with frilly ruffles shirts, girls with bow embellished puff sleeves on a baby-pink dress with hairspray teased hairdos. Get our drift – costumes are highly encouraged!

To register for the 2019 Annual Chamber Event, 80’s Prom – A Night Under the Stars, use the online Annual Event Registration Form or by mailing/emailing a printable Annual Event Registration Form (pdf) to the Chamber by Friday, January 11, 2019.


photo of 2018 Community Award statutesCommunity Awards

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.
Community Award Nominations must be submitted by Thursday, December 20, 2018.

  • Submit your nomination using the online Community Aware Nomination Form or by mailing/emailing a printable Community Award Nomination Form (pdf) to the Chamber by Thursday, December 20, 2018.
  • Awards are given for: Business Person of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Young Leader of the Year (under 35 years of age).
  • A recipient can only win an award in any given category once – nominees who have won a specific award in years prior cannot be considered for that award again.
  • Award winners will be recognized at the Chamber Annual Event on Friday, January 18, 2019.
  • Award winners will be video-taped prior to the event, as well as possibly the nominator.
  • Award winners will be informed of the awards before the event.
  • Award winners will attend the event at no charge.

2019 Crop Management Input Seminar

The University of Minnesota Extension and the Hutchinson Chamber are proud to be hosting the 2019 Crop Management Input Seminar. The seminar is set for Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 2:15 PM at the Hutchinson Events Center. The seminar will provide education on crop production, brain health and cash flow planning, as well as handouts and a catered meal. Also, the 2018 Ag Person of the Year will be announced at the event.

RSVP were due to the Extension Office on Monday, November 26, 2018. Questions should be directed to the Extension Office by phone at 320-484-4334 or by emailing mnext-mcleod@umn.edu.

2019 Crop Management Input Seminar poster (pdf)


Taste of the Holidays – Thank You!

The Hutchinson Ambassadors and the Hutchinson Chamber would like to thank you to the businesses that participated in Taste of the Holidays! Great food, great music and great networking! Once again, a sell out event!
A special thanks goes out to everyone that attended. This event would not be such a huge success without you!

Check out the Hutchinson Ambassadors Facebook page for Taste of the Holidays – Photo Booth

2018 Taste of the Holidays at the Crow River WInery


Small Business Saturday – Thank You!

What happens when you mix approximately 300 people and 144 ping pong balls? Well a great time, of course!2018 Small Business Saturday shoppers

Thanks and gratitude go out to the everyone that came out on Small Business Saturday to shop local. This year we had an adult and kids ping pong ball drop. Dare I say that everyone had a bouncing good time? A special thanks to all the businesses that participated this year in the Chamber’s Small Business Saturday marketing campaign as well as those businesses that donated gift cards for the event! The day would not have “bounced” if it wasn’t for you!!!

SHOUT OUT… to Valley Sales for providing cookies and cider for the event and also to Landy Lodge Bar & Grill for coming out with warming beverages!!!

Small Business Saturday Thank You for Your SupportOnce again, the Chamber Board of Directors, Hutchinson Ambassadors and the thinkLOCAL Committee donned their red scarves and masqueraded as the “Red Clad Elves.” Hats (or scarves) off to them and the excellent work they do! They were out and about in Hutchinson surprising shoppers with gift cards to pay for their local purchases.

Check our the Hutchinson Chamber’s Facebook page for photos and the 2018 Ping Pong Ball Drop.


New & Returning Chamber Members

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

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

  • Allina Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment
  • Cal-Tex Companies
  • Compass Occasions
  • Culver’s
  • Ecumen Oaks & Pines
  • Hutchinson Area Community Foundation
  • Keller Williams Integrity Northwest – The Straka Group
  • Kokesch LLC
  • McGraw-Mahon, P.A.
  • New Discoveries Montessori Discovery
  • New Era Financial Group, Inc.
  • River of Hope Lutheran Church

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

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

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

November’s Ambassador Business Visits:

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

If you are the only primary representative with your business receiving emails from the Chamber, please invite all your employees to join us! Preregistration is strongly encouraged, so our business hosts may plan accordingly.

December’s Holiday Business After Hours will be held on Wednesday, December 12 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (NOTE DATE CHANGE) at the VFW Post 906 on 247 1st Ave in Hutchinson.

  • Holiday Business After Hours – Wednesday, December 12 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the VFW.

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

red Christmas ornaments on snow


Something from MaryChamber President Mary Hodson

As I write this I’m still basking in the fun and excitement of this past week’s Small Business Saturday. (Okay, part of my excitement is that MN beat WI twice this weekend in football.)

Our staff and ThinkLOCAL committee put much time and effort into planning ideas to bring people to, and keep people in, our community for this day…

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


Quarter 2 Table Tent Deadline is March 1, 2019!

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 Chamber Members receive a $10 discount per event listing.

Also, if you submit an event to our table tents, make sure to add it to 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 2 (April, May & June 2019) is March 1, 2019.

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


Save the Dates

January 18, 2019 = Annual Chamber Event & Community Awards


More Information for your Business to Grow!

Small Business Saturday Shop Small for the Holidays

2018 4th Quarter Table Tent - Calendar of Events

Nuvera-_News_Promo


 

ThinkLOCAL.jpg - #MuchInHutch Only


 

Something from Mary!

As I write this I’m still basking in the fun and excitement of this past week’s Small Business Saturday. (Okay, part of my excitement is that MN beat WI twice this weekend in football.)

Our staff and ThinkLOCAL committee put much time and effort into planning ideas to bring people to, and keep people in, our community for this day. Staff and volunteers spent hours purchasing and collecting gift cards throughout the community for the first SBS ping pong ball drop of prizes and for handing out later in stores.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED, DONATED and SHOPPED!

But….

Let’s ThinkLOCAL more frequently; not just on Small Business Saturday.

Let’s ThinkLOCAL even when there isn’t a ball drop or elves out paying bills.

Even when you are online, there are local options to choose.

  • Amazon offers their Amazon Smile donations… pick a local charity!
  • Most online purchases with store pick-up options keep the purchase local to that store!

Did you know you will never run into friends and old acquaintances while shopping online?

Did you know you can’t touch or feel the fabric or texture of something online?

Do you realize if you don’t understand how to use it, or it comes broken or late there is not a real person to talk to without saying or hitting seven 3,785 times first?

How many times have you received a personal reminder online about that email you may have gotten with more savings and how you can use that coupon with another deal?

NOW…. let’s be real…. I know you shop online, sometimes I have to as well. Let’s just pledge to ThinkLOCAL before we just hop online, and let’s spend more in Hutchinson this year.

ThinkLOCAL… because every dollar spent locally pays for someone’s wages, which pays for food, heat, and clothing. Each dollar can be regenerated again and again.

ThinkLOCAL… because we are the reflection of our choices.

ThinkLOCAL… because you’re cool like that!

What’s Happening in November

2018 Taste of the Holidays graphic

Taste of the Holidays

Don’t wait to purchase your ticket to this year’s Taste of the Holidays! This very popular event sells out every year!

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from an Ambassador or at the Chamber office. No tickets will be sold at the door – advanced sales only.

Come out and enjoy the evening. Hopefully you will find some great holiday gift ideas too. There will be many vendors with samples of tasty treats and beverages. Hope to see you there!

2018 Taste of the Holidays poster (pdf)
2018 Taste of the Holidays Vendor Information & Registration form (pdf)


Small Business Saturday

Do your holiday shopping on Small Business Saturday and support our community in a big way! Small Business Saturday is one of our favorite community events. This year the Chamber will be  hosting a block party on Saturday, November 24 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Washington Avenue, the block east of Main Street. Come check out our Welcome Station that includes information, giveaways, cookies, cider, refreshments and at 10:00 AM we will be dropping 100+ ping pong balls for you to gather and redeem at the Welcome Station for local gift cards.

2019 Small Business Saturday poster (pdf)

Small Business Saturday town graphic

thinkLOCAL business logoAlso new this year, is our thinkLOCAL campaign. This campaign will replace Bring It Home campaign with a new logo, new ideas, new support for our local businesses and education for consumers. Be watching for more information!


Annual Banquet & Community Awards

Are you ready for “A Night Under the Stars”?  2019 Annual Chamber Event 80s Prom business logoThis year’s Chamber Annual Event will be an 80s Prom theme, and will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019, from 5:30 PM to 10PM at the Crow River Winery.  It will be Totally Tubular!

To register for the 2019 Annual Event use our online Annual Event Registration Form or by mailing/emailing a printable Annual Event Registration Form to the Chamber by Friday, January 11, 2019.

The Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce and the Hutchinson Jaycees, in a joint effort, are proud to award deserving individuals their Community Awards. Do you know someone in our community that is doing great things? Nominate them today!

  • Submit your nomination using the online Community Award Nomination Form or by mailing/emailing a printable Community Award Nomination Form (pdf) to the Chamber by Thursday, December 20, 2018.
  • Awards are given for: Business Person of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Young Leader of the Year (under 35 years of age).
  • A recipient can only win an award in any given category once – nominees who have won a specific award in years prior  cannot be considered for that award again.
  • Award winners will be recognized at the Chamber Annual Event on Friday, January 18, 2019.
  • Award winners will be video-taped prior to the event, as well as possibly the nominator.
  • Award winners will be informed of the awards before the event.
  • Award winners will attend the event at no charge.

2018 Farm Fatigue Bucket of Thanks deliveryFarm Fatigue Bucket of Thanks & Ag Seminar!

Another year of Farm Fatigue’s Buckets of Thanks have been delivered. We extend our sincere thanks to those businesses that donated (pdf). We would also like to send a special shout out to those who helped collect, package and deliver the buckets. This special delivery would not be possible without you!

ATTENTION – The University of Minnesota Extension and the Hutchinson Chamber are proud to be hosting the 2019 Crop Management Input Seminar.  The seminar is set for Thursday, December 6, 2018, from 9:00 AM to 2:15 PM at the Hutchinson Events Center. The seminar will provide education on crop production, brain health and cash flow planning, as well as, handouts and a catered noon meal.

Please RSVP to the Extension Office by Monday, November 26, 2018. They can be reached by phone at  320-484-4334 or by emailing mnext-mcleod@umn.edu.

2019 Crop Management Input Seminar poster (pdf)


2019 Tourism Marketing Grant

Since 2013, the Chamber has enjoyed granting money to events hosted by nonprofits and for-profits held in Hutchinson. These grants help cover the expense of marketing that covers a radius outside the Hutchinson area for the event. These events help the Chamber bring more people to our beautiful and welcoming community – there really is #MuchInHutch!

Tell your friends, co-workers, committees and organizations about the Chamber’s Tourism Marketing Grant. We love to help events as they help us and increase the traffic and awesomeness 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 Grant Application (pdf)


Business of the Month

Throughout the month of November, we celebrate and recognize Small BSmall Business Saturday business logousiness Saturday in place of an individual business.

Read our Business of the Month article for more details on what Small Business Saturday is and the details for this year’s event. You can also check out the 2018 Small Business Saturday Facebook page for more exciting information!


New and Returning Chamber Members

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

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


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

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

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

October’s Ambassador Business Visits:

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

If you are the only primary representative with your business receiving emails from the Chamber, please invite all your employees to join us! Preregistration is strongly encouraged, so our business hosts may plan accordingly.

No Business After Hours event will be held in November as the Ambassadors will be hosting the Taste of the Holidays at the Crow River Winery on Thursday, November 15 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.


Something from Mary!

Chamber President Mary HodsonWhat’s the big deal?

I can’t keep calm. SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY is coming!

It’s November, the leaves are changing, the air is crisp and we are warming up the red scarves to give away… MONEY!

Wait. What?

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


2019 Quarter 1 – Table Tent Deadline – December 1, 2018

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/event listing for community members and Chamber Members receive a $10 discount per event listing.

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.

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

Submit an event for an upcoming table tent by mailing/emailing this printable Table Tent Entry form (pdf) by the quarterly deadline to Gina or stop by the Chamber office. If you want table tents delivered to your business or if have any questions, email Gina
or call the Chamber.


Upcoming Save the Dates

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


More information for your business to grow!

2018 4th Quarter Table Tent - Calendar of Events

 

2018 Taste of the Holidays POSTER

Taste of Holidays Vendor Info & Registration Form 2018

 

2018 Nuvera_IntTVPromo_NonProfit_Business.pdf

2018 Today's Women of Hutchinson Winter Wonderland Holiday Home Bus Tour flyer

 

MidCountry Bank has Rates Ripe for Pickin 8x10 Hutchinson

Path Fair for TigerPath Academies November 16 2018



 

Something from Mary!

What’s the big deal?

I can’t keep calm. SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY is coming!

It’s November, the leaves are changing, the air is crisp and we are warming up the red scarves to give away… MONEY!

Wait. What?

Yes, the Chamber is giving away money again.

Here’s how people have a chance at winning money:

  • Shop in Hutchinson on November 24th
  • Attend the ping pong ball drop at 10:00 AM on the north side of Library Square

Super easy right?! YES!

Want in on the fun as a business?

Provide the chamber with gift cards, gift certificates, tokens, or items to give away during the ball drop. It’s a great way to drive traffic into your business.

Follow this link to get the download for the ping pong ball drop information.

The balls will be dropped from a large truck and bucket along Washington Avenue. We’ll have separate ball drops for adults AND kids.

Chamber Board Members will be out paying for people’s bills as well… Why? Because the incentive to bring business to you is VERY important to the board and staff.

The chamber has Small Business Saturday materials for you if you haven’t signed up through ShopSmall.

Give us a jingle and we’ll help you make the most of your Small Business Saturday!

November 2018 Business of the Month

Each November, communities around the nation highlight the importance of shopping local through Small Business Saturday. This month we featuring Small Business Saturday to share what exciting things we have planned for Saturday, November 24th and why it’s important to #ShopSmall.

What is Small Business Saturday?

Small Business Saturday was started by American Express back in 2010. It was originally designed to help local organizations thrive during the busiest time of the shopping year, but has since transformed into an eventful time of year for shoppers to come together and experience all that their small businesses have to offer.

Hutchinson adds unique twists to it’s Small Business Saturday by offering shoppers opportunities to win big when they shop small. Visit our welcome station on Washington Street from 10am-12pm. At 10:10 am we are going to drop hundreds of ping pong balls on Washington Street – each ping pong ball is your ticket to a discount, coupon, or gift card at a local business.

Stop into various local retail locations for the chance to be treated with a “Shop Small” tote, or get a surprise visit from one of the Chamber’s Red Clad Elves. You can also be a winner just by finding the perfect gift for your loved one at one of our small businesses 🙂

3 Reasons Why it’s Important to Shop Small

  1. You’re Supporting the Local Economy and Keeping Taxes Lower
    Studies show that money put into local businesses is more likely to stay local than money spent online. You are helping the community flourish just by making a purchase.
  2. You’re Preserving Local Character
    Our small businesses are what give our community that unique touch. We are proud to have one-of-a-kind stores that make Hutchinson what it is. By shopping local, you help preserve what makes our community special.
  3. You’re Investing in your “Neighbor”
    Local business owners have opened their doors to offer our community something unique that they believe in. Stand behind them and support what they are doing to make your community a better, more homey place.

 

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 24th!

What’s Happening in October 2018

Election of Board of Directors

In accordance with Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce & Tourism By-Laws Article V, Sections 3, 4 and 5, the following candidates have been recommended to serve on the Board of Directors for the indicated terms.

Any question or petitions may be direct to Mary Hodson by phone 320-234-0785 or by email mary@explorehutchinson.com and will be presented to the Nominating Committee.

Section 3 – Publicity
5.3.1 Upon receipt of the report of the Nominating Committee, the President shall be instructed to notify the membership of the names of the persons nominated as candidates for directors, the right of persons nominated as candidates for directors and the right of petition as provided in these By-Laws. A list of candidates so nominated shall be kept on file in the Association office.

Section 4 – Petition
5.4.1 Additional names of candidates for directors can be nominated by petition bearing the genuine signatures of at least five (5) qualified members of the Association. Such petition shall be filed with the Nominating Committee withing ten (10) days after notice has been given of the names of those nominated. The determination of the Nominating Committee as to the legality of the petition shall be final.

Section 5 – Determination
5.5.1 If no petition is filed within the designated period, the nomination shall be closed and the nominated slate of five (5) candidates shall be declared elected upon a 2/3 vote approval by the Board of Directors at their regular October Board meeting.

5.5.2 If a legal petition presents additional candidates, the names of all candidates shall be arranged on the ballot in alphabetical order. Instructions will be to select five (5). Identification shall be made on the ballot to identify those candidates nominated by the Nominating Committee. The usual election procedure shall prevail.

Recommended Candidates: Paul Jossart, Tara Tepley & Don Martinez


Taste of the Holidays

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

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


44th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival – THANK YOU!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Farm Fatigue / Bucket of Thanks Event – THANK YOU!

Each Fall the Hutchinson Agri-Business Committee along with the Glencoe Agri-Business Committee gather donations of food, wellness and safety items from Chamber Members. The donated items are packed and hand delivered to the local farmers out in the field during harvest time. These items are sincerely appreciated by the farmers.

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

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

2017 Hutchinson Chamber Agri-Business Committee


Annual Banquet – Save the Date!

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


Business of the Month

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

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

 


New & Returning Chamber Members

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

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

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

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

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

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

September’s Ambassadors Business Visits:

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

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

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

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

If you are the only primary representative with your business receiving emails from the Chamber, please invite all your employees to join us! Preregistration is strongly encouraged, so our business hosts may plan accordingly.

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


Something from Mary!Chamber President Mary Hodson

I’m constantly amazed at what people will or will not complain about.

Some are content with whatever is put in front of them, others… well they complain about not having something to complain about.

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


Quarter 4 Table Tent are Here!

Are you looking for a way to boost an upcoming Hutchinson event? The Chamber prints and delivers over 900 table tents around the community. Make sure you get your event added to the Chamber’s table tents. The cost is $30/event listing for community members and Chamber Members receive a $10 discount per event listing.Quarter Table Tent - Calendar of Events

Also, make sure you add your events to the Chamber’s online Community Calendar. The Community Calendar averages about 100 views a day, so don’t forget to utilize it! Submitting an event to the Community Calendar may be done through your Chamber Member Portal or you can go directly to the Community Calendar page!

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

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


Upcoming Save the Dates

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


More information for your business to grow…

2018 4th Quarter Table Tent - Calendar of Events

HHS Grand Opening Invite Flyer_101218

HHS Grand Opening Invite Flyer_101218

2018 Taste of the Holidays POSTER

Taste of Holidays Vendor Info & Registration Form 2018

Junior Achievement in schools in 2018-2019

Citizens Bank & Trust - Lock in Financing

Parkview Dental Candy buy back 2018

Event flyer for PULSE Education Workshop


October 2018 Business of the Month

 

Hutchinson Tigers School Logo

(320) 587-2860

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

Empty classroom new in the Hutchinson High School

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

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

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

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

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

Something from Mary!

I’m constantly amazed at what people will or will not complain about.

Some are content with whatever is put in front of them, others… well they complain about not having something to complain about.

This is an installment of #lovewhereyoulive. This past month, we hosted the 44th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival, and yes Randy Starke, it was once Arts in the Park. We bring in 10,000-12,000 people every year for this event. How do we know you may ask… well we counted this year, at every corner all times of the day…. and well, we’ve been right… I love it when we are right! J

Arts & Crafts is a fundraiser for the Chamber, AND, a tourism event. We use money from both sides of our budget for the festival. Businesses in town are busier, gas stations are hopping, and hotels are filled.

Businesses downtown lose parking, many close during load-in and the festival itself, some may lose money, some may make more. But it is decidedly BUSIER and traffic is congested. LOTS to complain about… right? No!

Our businesses are so understanding of the importance of this event to our entire community. Many tell us they look forward to the people watching, or they utilize the opportunity to do some training, or give their hard working employees a day off, or even have the celebrated day in a closed office- you know what I mean- no one comes in or calls, and you can actually get work done. We have VERY LITTLE grumbling, complaining, or rudeness from businesses. The bigger picture in Hutchinson is the sense of community: the opportunity to show off our community with pride.

So this isn’t about complaining, this is about a bright and happy community willing to push and pull when needed, ebb and flow, and ying and yang for the betterment of Hutchinson.

Thank you to SOOO many of you who make it possible to host such an event as the Arts and Crafts Festival! I #LoveWhereILive

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What’s Happening in September 2018!

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

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

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


44th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival and Taste of Hutchinson

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

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

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


Business of the Month

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

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


New & Returning Chamber Members

We want to welcome our new Chamber Members:

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

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

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

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

August’s Ambassadors Visits:

Business After Hours:

  • Business After Hours is not held in September.
  • Business After Hours resumes on October 11th with Tiger After Hours. The TigerPath teachers will be on hand to explain how they will help students discover their talents, develop their skills and build an exciting, rewarding career! “Find your own path” – that’s what it’s all about!

Business After Hours is a great way to learn about businesses in Hutchinson and network with fellow chamber members. This monthly event is Chamber invitation only and a way to get behind-the-scenes at our local businesses. Businesses interested in hosting a Business After Hours event, should contact the Ambassadors.

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


Something from Mary

Chamber President Mary HodsonTigerPath

Yes, you’ve heard it before. The Hype, the Excitement, the Four Pathways, Mary jumping up and down, Miles getting awards, the new school building supporting it….

But NOW…. there’s a TigerPath COORDINATOR… Andrea Moore!

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


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

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

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

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

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


Upcoming Save the Dates

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


More Information…

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

2018 Farm Fatigue Flyer for Farm Fatigue Bucket of Thanks Event

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

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

Taste of Holidays Vendor Info & Registration Form 2018

Nuvera promotions expire 09/30/18

MidCountry Bank Keep a Good Thing Growing Money Management Offer Poster

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


 

Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce and Tourism business logo

September 2018 Business of the Month

American Family Insurance Logo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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