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.

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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


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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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November 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 25th 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 in Library Square from 10am-12pm and spin our wheel for a chance to grab a prize off of our Giving Tree, stop into various local retail locations for the chance to be treated with a “Shop Small” tote, or just be a “winner” 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
    Studies show that money put into local businesses is more likely to stay local than money spent at larger chain stores. You are helping the community flourish just by making a
  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 25th!

 

 

What’s Happening in November 2017

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. The Chamber Board has once again decided to support local businesses with payments towards shopper’s purchases. The smiles we see from store owners, and the shoppers, are what make this day stand out for us. It’s always great to see so many people out shopping with loved ones, while supporting our local businesses. We hope to see you shopping in Hutchinson on November 25th!

Businesses, this is your day to shine! We want to help you with that. Once again our Bring It Home Committee has some fun planned.

To learn about all the great ways you can participate click here.


Taste of the Holidays

Do you have your tickets yet?! Don’t wait to purchase yours, this event has sold out the last several years, and you don’t want to miss it! Taste of the Holidays will be held Thursday, November 16 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Crow River Winery. Tickets are $15 in advance. Advanced sale tickets can be purchased from any Hutchinson Ambassador or at our office.  If all the advance sale tickets are not sold before the event they will be $20 at the door.

This event will not only give you great holiday gift ideas, you will get to sample tasty treats from many food and beverage vendors.  Come hungry, your tummy will thank you!

 


Thank You! farm-fatigue-tractor-logo

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!

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


Community Awards & Banquet

Save the Date: Friday, January 19, 2018 – “Let’s Make a Deal” to join us for the Hutchinson Chamber Annual Banquet! More information to come!

Community Awards will be awarded at the banquet.  Do you know someone in our community that is doing great things? Nominate them today!  Awards are given 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 learn more and to get the nomination form


New & Returning Chamber Members

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

  • New Journey United Church of Christ
  • Down with Diabetes Alliance

We also want to thank our renewing Members!

  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Home State Bank
  • Hutchinson Area Community Foundation
  • Joanie’s Catering
  • Fairway Independent Mortgage Company
  • Hutchinson Downtown Association
  • Quilt Haven on Main
  • B&C Plumbing and Heating
  • Jonny Block
  • MeshedDesigns
  • Mary Kay – Jessi Wendland

Table Tent Deadline: December 1st, 2017!

Are you planning an event for January, February or March 2018?  Make sure you get your event added to the Table Tents!  The deadline to add events for the 1st quarter is December 1, 2017.  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 email Ashley or call 234-0789.


Something from Mary

Retail isn’t dead. Small Businesses aren’t dying.

On-line shopping isn’t going away.

There is room for both. Room for both doesn’t mean there isn’t a need for change. AHHHH- the dreaded CHANGE word. How about Refresh? Update? Possibilities? Transformation? Revolution? Revenue?

Click here to continue reading Mary’s Article:


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Businesses: Participate in Small Business Saturday 2017!

There is nothing small about Small Business Saturday in Hutchinson! Each year our Bring It Home committee works hard to plan some fun around Hutchinson.  Now we just need Hutchinson businesses to jump on board.  We need you to help make this big! The Chamber Board has once again decided to support local businesses with payments towards shopper’s purchases.

 

2017 Small Business Saturday Hot Deals

Click here for this year’s Hot Deals!

Steps to Success

Envision Your Day

  • Design a shopping event showcasing your product and/or services
  • Do something fun to entice people to come and shop with you
  • Offer a special or discount for customers to use on Small Business Saturday

Think Big

  • Use the Hutchinson Leader and KDUZ/KARP to tell the community about your plans
  • Utilize Social Media to generate excitement
  • Word of mouth goes a long way; tell your customers, friends, and family what you have planned
  • Donate a $5 – $50 gift cards to be used on this year’s “Giving Tree”
  • Chamber Members: Use your Chamber Portal to enter HOT DEALS, and your EVENT to the community calendar (Call the Chamber at 320-587-5252 if you need assistance logging in).
  • Non-Chamber Members; to enter an Event to the calendar

1. Go to ExploreHUTCHINSON.com
2. Click “Community Calendar”
3. Click “Submit New Event”
4. Enter info & “Submit for Approval”

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Something from Mary!

Retail isn’t dead. Small Businesses aren’t dying.

On-line shopping isn’t going away.

There is room for both. Room for both doesn’t mean there isn’t a need for change. AHHHH- the dreaded CHANGE word. How about Refresh? Update? Possibilities? Transformation? Revolution? Revenue?

There is a shift in retail happening and it’s in the wheel house of retail business owners… show off your uniqueness!

In a couple of articles from the Star Tribune’s October 8th and 15th Editions, stories were shared about small businesses providing an experience for shoppers and using lighthearted, attractive, and inviting displays to encourage passersby to notice and stop in.

Yes. You have to remind people your business exists.

Pamela Danzinger, market researcher and author was quoted by John Ewoldt. “Small retailers have a secret weapon. They’re face to face and eye to eye with customers.” Ewoldt’s article “Selling La Vida Local” also included information from local businesses who commented shoppers are asking for a very localized experience.

What can a business do to be more: localized, eye to eye and attractive to customers?

Here’s some ideas:

  • Create a surprise in your window/entry
    Perhaps people are used to seeing something specific, whether it be items, or style of display. Change it up. GET their attention. Need some fresh eyes to help you discover new options? Call the Chamber 587-5252.
  • Add Special Touches to your Customer’s Experience
    We don’t own our customers, we EARN them. What special touches do you provide to the people who walk in your door? If you need to brainstorm, call the chamber 587-5252. A quick litany of ideas: personalized thank you cards or emails, gift wrapping, personalized shopping assistance, a small “gift” candy with each purchase. Frequent flyer/shopper cards, VIP shopping experiences. See more on our pinterest board
  • Provide Customer Service Training
    YES! What do you want YOUR BRAND to be? Is it a sales clerk who sits behind the register and sighs when they HAVE to get up and check someone out, or is it someone who knows the name of the customer and the reason for their special purchase because they took the time to engage that customer, or know them personally from repeat visits? YOUR BRAND is YOUR CUSTOMER SERVICE as much as it is your logo, product, or service. Need a secret shopper to pop in and help assess opportunities? Call the Chamber 587-5252.
  • Have a Social Media Presence
    It’s where the younger generations are. It’s how they get their news. Your business is news to them. If you have noticed your clientele getting older, with fewer “youngsters” coming in… I encourage you to consider if you aren’t speaking to them on social media, they do not know you exist. If you aren’t using social media and it scares you, I invite you to call the chamber 587-5252 and ask us to help you! Please let us help you reach a new generation of shoppers who will love you!

Okay, NOW…. you’ve got this! You can make it happen- you have been all this time… you can KEEP doing it! If we can help, let us know. Your Business is Our Business and we believe in you!

What’s Happening in October 2017

Thank You!

September 15th & 16th we held our 43rd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival.  Into every life a little rain must fall… and so, we didn’t let the weather dampen the weekend. We had a awesome weekend! The festival was a huge success again this year and would not have been possible without the help of some fantastic sponsors, volunteers and workers.

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

Did you know many people share with us they come back to Hutchinson because they feel endeared to our community? They enjoy our shops, restaurants, trails and parks, friendly service 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:

  • Ashley Furniture
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Citizens Bank & Trust
  • Crow River Winery
  • Elena’s Bakery
  • McCormick’s Family Restaurant
  • MeshedDesigns
  • MidCountry Bank
  • NU-Telecom
  • Send Out Cards
  • South Point Financial Credit Union
  • Stamp-N-Storage

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

  • Cash Wise Foods
  • City of Hutchinson
  • Hutchinson Parks & 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!


Election of Board of Directors

In accordance with Hutchinson Chamber & 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 questions or petitions may be directed to Mary Hodson 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 persons nominated as candidates for directors, and the right of persons nominated as candidates for directors, and the right of petition as provided in these By-Laws. A list of the 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 within 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 (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.

Recommend Candidates: Jesse Bjur


Meet the Staff!

As always the Chamber staff is committed to providing you with the information you need to do business in Hutchinson or visit Hutchinson, MN. Ashley Gabbert and Gina Buske are excited to be on staff at the Chamber and look forward to working with you.

Click here to learn more about Ashley and Gina.


Thank You! farm-fatigue-tractor-logo

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!

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


Hutchinson Ambassadors

The Hutchinson Ambassadors will be hosting the Taste of the Holidays on Thursday, November 16 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Crow River Winery.  Advance tickets are $15 and will be sold by the Hutchinson Ambassadors and at the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism office. There are limited tickets each year and this event has sold out for the past several years.  As a result make sure to get your tickets early! For more information, visit the Hutchinson Ambassadors Facebook Page. 


New & Returning Chamber Members

We would like to thank the following members for renewing  their partnership with the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce:

  • 3M
  • Elena’s Bakery – The Sweet Spot
  • Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
  • Associated Benefits and Risk Consultation
  • Hansen Gravel, Inc.
  • AMS Coating Systems
  • Animal Medical Center on Crow River
  • J&R Auto Repair
  • Hutchinson Housing & Redevelopment
  • St. Anastasia Catholic Community
  • Thrivent Financial
  • Crow River Nutrition

October Business of the Month

 

The October Business of the Month is Trimmings and Charm!

Learn more about Trimmings and Charm click here.

 


Business After Hours

Join the Hutchinson Ambassadors for Business After Hours on Thursday, October 12th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm!

Click here to register


Something from Mary

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Why Chamber Membership? … It’s considered an effective business strategy.

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Something from Mary

Why Chamber Membership?

It’s considered an effective business strategy.

66-85% of consumers believe Chamber Member businesses use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers and are involved in the community. When consumers know a small business is an active member of the chamber they are 80% MORE likely to purchase goods/services from them in the future.

The perception is Chamber Member products stack up better against non-chamber competition.

Being a member of the chamber can increase consumer awareness by 73%. Looking at your Chamber Membership as an investment is great way to add strength to your business. You already know someone’s opinions and perceptions are their reality. Did you know most people looking to relocate go to the local chamber of commerce to learn more about the community and what amenities it has? They assume all successful businesses are part of the chamber. That being said as a Chamber Member they are seeing YOU as part of a potential home to live in, and/or a community to work in. Funny how all of this is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s the marketing, education, networking events, support programs, and so much more we have for our members. OUR business is entirely about YOUR business. We are here simply to help you THRIVE, SUCCEED, GROW, and attain your GOALS.

We are honored you are a Chamber Member. We are here to ENGAGE, SUPPORT & PROMOTE you.

Thank you for allowing us the privilege to do so.

 

Statistics Source: ACCE: Survey: Chamber Membership is Effective Business Strategy.