What’s Happening in Hutchinson- October 2020

2021 Hutchinson Chamber Annual Banquet–

The Hutchinson Chamber and its Board are actively working to fine tune the details of the 2021 Annual Event. Stay tuned for more details.
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Business Connection –

October business connection has been canceled. The past two months we have been able to facilitate this networking event in Library Square with great outcomes. As we all know, October mornings can be quite chilly causing some guests to be uncomfortable, lowering our registrations and attendance. The Chamber is actively working to find an alternate route of how we can continue with Business Connection while abiding the event guidelines. Contact Cegi at office@explorehutchinson.com if interested in hosting.

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Business After Hours-

Graphic for Hutchinson Ambassadors Business After Hours event

After a couple months on hiatus, Business After Hours event is BACK! The Hutchinson Ambassadors are ready to welcome you to their event on October 8th,  at Woodstone Active Living Facility from 4-6 PM.  All are welcome to visit and tour the new Active Living Facility!  This facility is designed for seniors 55+ that want fewer responsibilities and more adventure, Woodstone Active Living offers a built-in community of friends, activities and amenities.  There will be tours, food and door pries, you won’t want to miss this! REGISTER HERE!

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 at our local businesses… to see what they make, do or provide. This monthly event is by 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.

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Maximize Your Membership!

Here at the Chamber we use Email marketing efforts to reach our membership. As a Chamber member, you, too, can make the most of your membership through Email Blasts!

There are two types of Email Blasts that can benefit your business by marketing, promoting events or deals and networking!

A Spotlight Message is a 1-point option that would include a message in one of our monthly Chamber emails, such as the digital newsletter email or one of our other mid-month email updates. Your business name would be in the email’s subject line and your company’s message is a main bullet point in the email.

A Custom Email is a 2-point option that features an email we send to all of the Chamber members whenever you choose. This email contains your message highlighting whatever you wish to share with Chamber members and includes an image or video link we can include in the email.

Email Blasts are a great way to help get your message out to other Chamber members and connect you to other businesses. Are you ready to raise your community profile and maximize your membership!? Contact Cegi by phone (320-234-0786)or email (office@explorehutchinson.com)with questions.

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October 1-7

The first week of October is Manufacturing week!

Watch this video to celebrate Manufacturing week.

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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 in the field during harvest time. These items are sincerely appreciated by the farmers and fun to hand out since they are literally in the fields!

We want to send out a huge heartfelt  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!

See below for a full list of all the businesses that graciously donated this year!

Click the image below for a full list of businesses that donated items!

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Hutchinson Arts & Crafts ONLINE Festival

The Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting an online Arts & Crafts Festival for 2020. Due to COVID-19 we were unable to hold our annual event in person as in years past, so we created a new shopping experience for all to enjoy!

                                  Click here to shop online!

 

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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 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 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 Candidate: Rich Hantge

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Business of the Month

This month’s Business of the Month is Chamber member,
L & P Supply Co. This full lawn, garden and outdoor
power equipment dealership with a small engine
repair shop is a one stop shop for your outdoor needs.  Click here to learn more about 
L & P Supply Co. located in Hutchinson!

Click here to listen to their radio interview.

The Chamber’s Business of the Month program is a free marketing opportunity that is only available to Chamber Members. The featured business is interviewed on KDUZ by Mary, the business logo and company information will be featured on the Chamber’s website for one month, we will put your logo and information in the Chamber’s monthly newsletter, as well as the Chamber highlighting your business in the Hutchinson Leaders’ business section.

If you are interested interested in this opportunity, please email Cegi at office@explorehutchinson.com or call 320-587-5252.

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New & Renewing Members for August

We would like to Thank the following members for renewing their partnership with the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism!

  • AMS Coating Systems, Inc.
  • Ashley HomeStore
  • Branded Solutions
  • Coffee and Bagels (Caribou Coffee & Einstein Bros Bagels)
  • Crow River Nutrition
  • Culver’s
  • Down with Diabetes Alliance
  • Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp
  • Hutchinson Hockey Association
  • Hutchinson Housing & Redevelopment Authority
  • Innovative Foam Inc.
  • Kwik Trip, Inc.
  • RiverSong Music Festival
  • Thrivent Financial

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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, as well as, celebrate business renovations and milestones with an Ambassador Business Visit.

September’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • Arts Place
  • West Central Technology, Inc.
  • Woodstone Active Living Facility

*Be sure to check out their Facebook to see photos from locations.

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Business logo for PLUSE

Professionals Under 40 Leading Socializing and Educating

PULSE,  a committee of the Hutchinson Chamber, is a group of  Professionals Under the age of 40 who asked themselves that same question and then created the answer. Our goal is to help young people in the Hutchinson area become better Leaders, create a concrete Social network with professional value, and continue to Educate themselves on important life and business topics.

PULSE meets for Lunch & Learn events on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, January – May & September – December  from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Like the PULSE Facebook page to get the latest event information and registration links.

Refer to the printable image below for the 2020 schedule

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Something from Mary!

It’s October. Wait, what?  My body is physically in October, but my brain thinks it should be in May… Read Mary’s Blog to continue reading what you too may be feeling!

 

 

 

 

 

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Something from Mary!!

How’d that happen?

It’s October.

Wait, what?

My body is physically in October, but my brain thinks it should be May. Do you feel misplaced too?

Recently at a conference, Jennifer Hellman of Goff Public noted some changes in most of us humans due to Covid.

  • We are all socially awkward now. I laughed. How could that be true? I love people! Oh wait… do you hug, do you not hug? Someone comes in for a handshake, and should I take my hand sanitizer out now, or later? Yep, I’m socially awkward now also.
  • Isolation has made us hyper sensitive and over vigilant. The sounds I am making right now sound like I am walking on hot coals… oo, ah, who, wow…. Yep… I can see where she is coming from.
  • We, in general, are indecisive, because we may be waiting for a grant that may or may not come, the election may change things, this “thing” could go away, or any myriad of things- see over-vigilant above.

In a time where we have so many unknowns, let’s focus on what we know to be true and real.

Focus Items to consider for the immediate future to help you during this time:

  • Post or do something to drive people into your business in the next five days.
  • Create a takeaway for every sale you have in person. A simple note thanking them for shopping locally, or specifically at your business.
  • Send a thank you note to a vendor for their extra effort in helping you and your business.
  • Send a postcard mailing with a special offer coming up, or remind them of Small Business Saturday, November 28. Oh, and by the way, every day is Small Business Day.
  • Remember your livelihood is essential. You matter. I believe in you!
  • Invite a friend, mentor, or family member for coffee. Just chat and fill your bucket.
  • Send a note to another business person and let them know you appreciate them.
  • Go for a walk, even if it is around the block.
  • Everyday, write three things you are grateful for.

You probably can think of other things to bring a little more intentionality to your immediate future.

So yes, the leaves are changing, the air is crisper and there is pumpkin spice macaroni and cheese. But also, we can think about taking care of ourselves, flipping the calendar to a new month, AND, intentionally taking small steps toward focusing on what is factual and real for each of us.

Thank you for all YOU do in our community to support others. We see what you are doing. YOU make it #MuchInHutch!

October 2020- Business of the Month

1470 South Grade Road     Hutchinson, MN
320-587-2332

www.lp-supply.com/       www.facebook.com/lpsupply

L & P Supply has been a family owned business since 1965. In 1998 brothers, Brad and Brian bought the business from their father. The Lokensgards’ father, Orion, founded the business in 1965 as an implement dealership located along State Highway 7 East. He moved the business to its current location and refocused on smaller lawn and garden equipment. Today they sell John Deer, Simplicity, Ferris, Husqvarna, Echo and Aluma. L & P Supply also carries a full line of oils, lubricants, chains, filters and other parts for many lawn and garden equipment brands.

For years, Brian and Brad Lokensgard had been taking in free fill from construction around Hutchinson. They finally put the expanded plateau west of their lawn and garden equipment dealership to good use by building a 4,320-square-foot addition. L & P Supply has long been known for carrying a large selection of reconditioned, used equipment, and for servicing what it sells. The Lokensgards said the construction of a new showroom allowed their busy repair shop to expand into the former showroom area.

 

Did you know?

They sell Automowers? Yes, really they do!

They have an extensive parts inventory on hand

Customers will drive a great distance to come see them because of their superb service

Click here to listen to their radio interview!

 

Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Online Festival

The Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting an online Arts & Crafts Festival for 2020. Due to COVID-19 we are unable to hold our annual event in person as in years past, so we created a new shopping experience for all to enjoy!

 

When clicking a vendor icon or image it will automatically re-direct to you their website or personal page.     Happy Shopping with all ours vendors who were registered to participate in this years festival before moving online!

 

Ashly Kay Creations / Forget me not Woolens 

 

 

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Carla K Design 

 

 

CCC Salon & Boutique

 

 

Cheryl's Nut ButtersBEST NUT BETTERS. EVER. NO JUNK ADDED! 

 

 

Cindy’s Crafts 

 

 

 

Your one-stop shop for fun, fashionable and unique collars and accessories for your favorite furry friend. Face masks for your favorite furry owner are a new addition! Custom orders always welcome. 

 

 

 

Color Street LogoA vast array of colors and nail art designs. 

 

 

D L Benson Clothing and More 

 

 

Farm Girl Fashion Women’s clothing and accessories 

 

 

 

NO ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS – NO PRESERVATIVES 

 

 

 

GOC Rocks

 

 

 

Janet Day- 763-972-2764 

 

Heavenly Designs Woodworking
Unique handmade wooden toys.

 

“where haute meets cold”
Women’s Clothing and Accessories 

 

 

 

JD’s Salsa Seasoning Mix is the perfect blend of the all natural spices needed to make a variety of Fresh Homemade Salsa Recipes in 30 seconds!

 

 

 

Jenifer LeClair Author 

 

 

 

Just Heavenly! is comprised of  two entities: “Heavenly Scents” (bath & body), and “Heavenly Hues” (cosmetics). 

 

 

Gary Harbo
A
uthor and illustrator of 30 exciting books for children 

 

 

 

Malnar Purses & Spoon Jewelry

Antique spoon rings, jewelry & felted purses & hats  

 

 

Handmade jewelry by Nyome & Virgina

 

 

No product at Olive on Tap is mass manufactured, IT’S THE REAL”HAND MADE” DEAL. 

 

 

 

Pampered ChefTogether We Make Mealtime Better 

 

 

 

 

Unique Personalized Custom Keepsake Glass Photo Ornaments

 

 

 

 

Simple-Trends

Masks, Headbands, Wool Mittens, Bling Mittens & Dog Collars. 

 

 

 

 

Traditional Salsas, Fruit Salsa, Guacamole Mix, Jams & Margarita Mix. 

 

 

 

Stained Glass Evolution

 

 

 

Birthstones, Bracelets, Gemstones, Necklaces & Rings 

 

 

 

 

Wind Spinners, Weathervanes, Wall Plates, Home Decor, Yard Decor, Collegiate & Dog Items. 

 

 

 

 

The Soap Shoppe

Affordable BATH & BODY options, safe for the whole family. 

 

 

 

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Hooded Poncho, Reading Pillow, Busy Bags, Baby Washcloths, Bibs (Child & Adult), Dish Towels & so much more! 

 

 

 

Wooden Hearts

Wooden Hearts is your one stop shop for home decor, gifts and much more! 

 

*****A HUGE Thank you to our Sponsors. We could not do this festival without YOU!*****

 

Event  Partners:

 

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               Champion Member

 

 

 

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Event Sponsors:

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Whats Happening in Hutchinson?- September 2020

Farm Fatigue “Bucket of Thanks” Event 2020

Each harvest, our AgriBusiness Committee works hard to deliver buckets
of goodies to our farmers in the fields within McLeod County.

If your business is interested in donating goodies or money for this program, please complete the printable 2020 Farm Fatigue Bucket form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber by the deadline, Friday, September 4th, 2020.

 

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Business Connection – September 11

Thank you to everyone who attended our August Business Connection at Library square, it was great to see and hear everyone’s voices in person!

Please join us in Library Square at 7:30am for our Septembers Business Connection. Steve Kropp and Mike McGraw from State Farm will be hosting this event. Come check out their new office front located on Main Street. It will be a great view with limited traffic interruptions!

REGISTER HERE!

*Business Connection is a morning networking event that takes place at a Chamber business on the first Friday of each month.  Chamber members are invited to gather, enjoy coffee and a light breakfast, share a quick update or information on their business/organization. We will always have a Chamber update for you as well.

Door prizes will be given out, so make sure you bring your business card to be entered into the drawing. Hand written cards will not be accepted due to safety guidelines. This networking opportunity is a great way to get to know people in the community and keep in touch with Hutch!

Business Logo for the Chamber's Business Connection

We are currently working to fill our 2021 Business Connection calendar, so if your Chamber business would like to learn more about becoming a Business Connection host, contact Cegi.

 

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Hutch CARES Loan

https://www.hutchcaresloan.com/

 

McLeod County CARES ACT

https://www.co.mcleod.mn.us/cares_act_grant_application/index.php

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Maximize Your Membership!

Looking for a place to meet your customers but would rather not pay a fee to use their space? Fret not, the Hutchinson Chamber has you covered! Included with all Chamber Memberships you’re welcome to use our board room FREE of charge!   Yes, FREE!  Tables and chairs will be arranged to match your request. Room allows social distancing as shown below.  

We’ll take care of the cleaning, you take care of your customers! 

Call or email Cegi today for a reservation.

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Hutchinson Leadership 2.0 Enrollment for 2020-2021 is 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 then 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 2.0 (pdf)

If you have questions about this program please email Mary call 320-234-0785.

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New & Renewing Members for August

Warmest Welcome to our NEWEST MEMBER of the Hutchinson Chamber!

We also would like to Thank the following members for renewing their partnership with us!

  • Carpets Plus ColorTile Design Showroom
  • Casey’s General Stores, Inc.
  • Crow River Youth for Christ
  • Customer Elation
  • e2 Electrical Services
  • Evergreen Apartments
  • Factory Direct Furniture
  • Heartland Ag Systems
  • HealthSource of Hutchinson
  • Hutchinson Pet Hospital
  • Junior Achievement of Hutchinson
  • LandsKapings
  • Maytag Laundry Tanning & Car Wash
  • Mini Biff
  • Wheel & Cog Children’s Museum

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Business of the Month

Have you recently started biking and found that you you truly enjoy it? Maybe you have added countless miles to your bike this year and need a few adjustments or even are considering an upgrade. Chad along with his team at Outdoor Motion is here for you!

141 Main Street S.  Hutchinson, MN
www.outdoormotionbikes.com  |  (320) 587-2453

Click here to learn more about Outdoor Motion 

Listen to Outdoor Motions radio interview

-The Chamber’s Business of the Month program is a free marketing opportunity that is only available to Chamber Members. The featured business is interviewed on KDUZ by Mary, the business logo and company information will be featured on the Chamber’s website for one month, we will put your logo and information in the Chamber’s monthly newsletter, as well as the Chamber highlighting your business in the Hutchinson Leaders’ business section.

If you are interested interested in this opportunity, please email or call Cegi at the Chamber.

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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.

August’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • H Fit 360
  • Junk n Treasures
  • NewClay Pottery

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Business logo for PLUSE

Professionals Under 40 Leading Socializing and Educating

PULSE,  a committee of the Hutchinson Chamber, is a group of  Professionals Under the age of 40 who asked themselves that same question and then created the answer. Our goal is to help young people in the Hutchinson area become better Leaders, create a concrete Social network with professional value, and continue to Educate themselves on important life and business topics.

PULSE meets for Lunch & Learn events on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, January – May & September – December  from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Like the PULSE Facebook page to get the latest event information and registration links.

September 2020 will be conducted as a Zoom Lunch & Learn. Click here to learn more! 

Refer to the printable image below for the 2020 schedule.

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Something from Mary!

The Surge Was Real…. And now our capacity is depleted….

More about this story can be found on Mary’s Blog.

 

 

 

 

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September 2020 – Business of the Month

141 Main Street S.  Hutchinson, MN
www.outdoormotionbikes.com  |  (320) 587-2453

Owner, Chad Czmowski purchased the shop in 2003, then in 2008 Outdoor Motion went through a major remodel to be the bike shop we know today. Outdoor Motion carries a large variety of bikes from entry level to mid level for the entire family. Top brands that they carry are but not limited to are Trek, Salsa, Surly, All-City and Electra. Not only does Outdoor Motion stock a large variety of bikes they also have a top-notch service team. Reach out today for a tune-up, repair or installation service. 

When entering the store you will be greeted by friendly, knowledgeable and fun staff members. Not only will they put a smile on your face, they make bike shopping easy! Check out their website to learn more about each staff member and which bikes they own.

   Did you know?

Outdoor Motion has a trade-in Program
They sell Used bikes
Average selling a bike a day

Click here to listen to Chad’s radio Interview with Mary

Something from Mary! September 2020

The Surge Was Real…. And now our capacity is depleted….

 

Just scrapped a monthly newsletter article into my “seeya” file.

This article link was sent to me a couple of days ago…. I am grateful someone was able to succinctly put words to how many of us are feeling. I hope you are able to find things to keep you grounded and whole during this time.

 

Your ‘Surge Capacity’ Is Depleted — It’s Why You Feel Awful

COVID Information & Resources

NEWEST RECOVERY Package outlined for businesses from the US CHAMBER- Added 12/22/2020 

The Hutchinson Chamber is supporting the Hutchinson Community during this time of need by providing resources for businesses and residents.  We are doing our best to update as often as possible.

FREE COVID Testing Dates at the Hutchinson Armory

 

For the latest State information on COVID-19 please visit the
Governor’s COVID-19 Website.

For the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak in Minnesota, please visit the

 Minnesota Department of Health’s website.

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McLeod County and State Resources:

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

McLeod County Resources
COIVD-19 Testing Site (Starting Nov. 30th) Hutchinson Armory
Find a Saliva Community Testing site
COVID-19 Test at Home information

Minnesota Department of Health

Statewide Mental Health Resources

VETERANS SUPPORT
COVID-19 Disaster Relief Overview
COVID-19 Special Needs Grant Overview
COVID-19 Resources – Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

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Hutchinson Area Resources:

Business Guidance 
MN Chamber COVID Business Toolkit
City of Hutchinson COVID Information
Event Preparedness Plan

School District Resources:

Outdoor Dining Guidance
McLeod County COVID Updates
Hutchinson CARES Act for Small Businesses & Non-Profits
Cares Application

Southwest Initiative Foundation
Hutchinson Area Community Foundation
I.J. Burich Family Foundation

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thinkLOCAL

Now, more than ever, we need everyone to thinkLOCAL business for you needs.

Click here to find a list of Local Businesses

 

What’s Happening? -August 2020

Farm Fatigue “Bucket of Thanks” Event 2020

Each harvest, our AgriBusiness Committee works hard to deliver buckets
of goodies to our farmers in the fields in McLeod County.

If your business is interested in donating goodies or money for this program, please complete the printable 2020 Farm Fatigue Bucket form (pdf) and mail, email or drop it off at the Chamber by the deadline, Friday, September 4th, 2020.

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The Agri-Business Committee, a committee of the Hutchinson Chamber, is a group of community members who focus on the educational and support needs of our agricultural businesses.Hutchinson Agri-Business business logo

Throughout the year Agri-Business hosts the February Ag Seminar, June Dairy Day and a special program in conjunction with our neighbor the Glencoe Chamber- Farm Fatigue. These events can be found on our Community Calendar.

Visit our Agri-Business page for more information on the committee, events and sponsorship opportunities.

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

Printable Sponsorship Form
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Business Logo for the Chamber's Business Connection

Bringing back business connection… Join us  at 7:30am – 8:30am on August 7th in Library Square

Learn about community business updates, what’s new and coming to Hutchinson & share your own business information with the group.

Wear your business apparel and bring your business card to be entered into the door prize drawings. Hand written entries do not meet safety guidelines. Please wear you mask.

Register TODAY! Multiple guests per business/organization are welcome.

 

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31st Hutchinson Leadership Institute Graduation

Students in the Hutchinson Leadership Institute for 2019-2020  had the rare opportunity to turn knowledge into action during a pandemic! With the times we are in now you can understand the level of difficultly and flexibility this group underwent. Increasing the difficulty only strengthened each participants knowledge and ability to overcome! This unusual situation has given each and every participant a once in a lifetime opportunity to Lead in unique ways!  

Congratulations to the 2019 – 2020 Hutchinson Leadership Institute Graduates!

  • Ben Beckman
  •  Marc Langerman
  •   Jill Brisse
  •  Kristen Matthews
  •   David Broll
  •   Mike Meyer
  •   Eric Campbell
  •   Phil Mielke
  •   Casey Carlson
  •   Eli Miller
  •   Jason Corby
  •   Steve Rahkola
  •   Kris Demeter
  •   Emma Schalow
  •  Geoffrey Donley
  •   Joy Schmitz
  •   Amber Erickson
  •   Kristen Wigen
  •   Victor Garcia
  •   Colleen Young
  •   Kristin Haack

 

What is the Hutchinson Leadership Program?
The Hutchinson Leadership Institute is hosted by the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. This comprehensive program is designed to build community leaders. The Institute provides participants with a unique opportunity to turn knowledge into action through classroom experiences, hands-on activities, and a variety of assessment tools. This program has had the great privilege of providing community information and leadership training to over 700 graduates, for 30 years. Like any good leader, we don’t maintain the status quo. Each year the program undergoes format and curriculum changes in an effort to improve the quality of the experience.

“What’s next?” Hutchinson Leadership 2.0 of course!
Every leader plays a significant role in making a community the best it can be. Leadership 2.0 takes a deeper dive into personal leadership and how it can impact the future of the entire community.

 

Hutchinson Leadership 2.0 Graduation

Congratulations to the 2019 – 2020 Leadership 2.0 Graduates!

  • Marsha Anderson
  • Matt Beilke
  • Cory Dammann
  • Shari Graf
  • Dale Gross
  • Anthony Hanson
  • Curtis Hughes
  • Megan Karg
  • Mark Lansink
  • Brian Ludowese
  • Melissa Mayer
  • Karlie Mosher
  • Ben Norgaard
  • John Sanken

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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 then 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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2020 Tourism Marketing Grant – Reminder – Deadline September 1!

The September 1 deadline is quickly approaching for the Hutchinson Tourism & Marketing Grant. Grants are available for not-for-profit events and for-profit events that are marketing outside a 30-mile radius of Hutchinson.

More information about the Tourism Marketing Grant program, grant criteria and grant application can be found on our Tourism Marketing Grant blog.

2020 Tourism Marketing Grant Criteria, Deadlines and Application (pdf) 

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Maximize Your Membership!

Looking for a way to highlight a message from your business? How about having the Chamber send an email on your behalf from our Chamber account to literally hundreds of subscribers?

With a Spotlight Message, the Chamber will highlight a message from your business in one of our Newsletters. Your business or organization will be recognized in the subject line of the email and your message will be a main bullet point of the email. The Spotlight Email can be added to your membership as a 1 point option.Be in the Know with Chamber Emails flyer

A Custom Email (email blast) is an individual email sent on your behalf from the Chamber account to our over 700+ subscribers. The Custom Email can be added to your membership as a 2 point option.

Feel Free to give us a call with any questions you may have!

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New & Renewing Members for July

Warmest Welcome to our NEWEST MEMBER of the Hutchinson Chamber

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

  • AmericInn Lodge & Suites
  • Birthright Crisis Pregnancy Center of Hutchinson
  • Days Inn
  • Equal Access, Inc.
  • Hutchinson Dental Center
  • Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • McLeod for Tomorrow
  • Mid Minnesota Marketing
  • New Century Academy
  • Papa Murphy’s Take-N-Bake Pizza
  • Twice is Nice
  • Walgreens

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Business of the Month

 

Carly’s Shoes has been locally owned and operated since 1959 in Downtown Hutchinson. Carly’s has always had the finest quality shoes and boots available for their customers.

Carly’s takes great pride in having available options for everyone. Be sure to stop down today and find a shoes that fits your style! Click here to learn more about Carly’s.

24 Main St. N  Hutchinson, MN
Carly’s Facebook Page  |  320-587-8356

 

The Chamber’s Business of the Month program is a free marketing opportunity that is only available to Chamber Members. The featured business is interviewed on KDUZ by Mary, the business logo and company information will be featured on the Chamber’s website for one month, we will put your logo and information in the Chamber’s monthly newsletter, as well as the Chamber highlighting your business in the Hutchinson Leaders’ business section.

If you are interested interested in this opportunity, please email or call Cegi at the Chamber.

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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.

July’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • No visits were scheduled

Has your business recently remodeled? If so, the Hutchinson Ambassadors would LOVE to  visit you and help showcase your remodel. Contact the Chamber today to get this scheduled! 

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Business logo for PLUSE

Professionals Under 40 Leading Socializing and Educating

PULSE, a committee of the Hutchinson Chamber, is a group of  Professionals Under the age of 40 who asked themselves the same question and then created the answer. Our goal is to help young people in the Hutchinson area become better Leaders, create a concrete Social network with professional value, and continue to Educate themselves on important life and business topics.

PULSE meets for Lunch & Learn events on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, January – May & September – December  from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM at Squeaky’s Grill and Bar. The events are free to attend, a $10 lunch option is available.

Like the PULSE Facebook page to get the latest event information and registration links.

The group also gets together at quarterly social events.  Refer to the printable image below for the 2020 schedule.

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ThinkLOCAL is a Chamber program is designed to share important information with the community on how local businesses, big or small, contribute to a strong local economy. Every business can play a part if sharing the importance of spending money locally before going online or out of town.

  • Locally owned, independent businesses recycle a higher percentage of profits back into the local economy
  • Local businesses also keep tax dollars in our community to support schools, parks police & fire departments, and much more.
  • Customers benefit from expertise offered by local businesses. Also, at a local store you’re as much as 3x more likely to discover something new.
  • Shopping local means enjoying lively streets and bumping into friendly faces. You support businesses who support community events and organizations.

During the year, thinkLOCAL committee hosts Crazy Days (July) and Small Business Saturday (Saturday after Thanksgiving). Both events encourage local spending and are just an all-around fun time!

Visit our thinkLOCAL page for more information on how you can make a difference; as well as check out our free resources and materials for businesses.

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Something from Mary!

 

Chamber President Mary Hodson

As humans we have had to adapt to having less or more of any number of things these past months…

More about this story can be found on Mary’s Blog.

 

 

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August 2020- Business of the Month

24 Main St. N  Hutchinson, MN
Facebook- Carly’s Shoes  |  320-587-8356

Carly’s Shoes has been locally owned and operated in the Downtown Hutchinson area since 1959. Originally bought in 1959 by Carly & Pat Hoeft, they then sold the business to Bruce Christianson in 1988. Carly’s has always had the finest quality shoes and boots available for their customers.

Carly’s takes great pride in having available options for everyone. Bruce travels with his shoe trailer to manufacturing businesses in the area for a convenient shopping experience.  Be sure to stop down today and find a shoes that fits your style!

Click here to listen to Carly’s interview