March 2018 Business of the Month


Compass Occasions logo. Grey letters spell out Compass Occasions and beneath that it says "You Imagine. We Create." in purple script letters. There is a faded compass in the background.
(715) 388-5862

There’s always so much excitement surrounding events. Is it the fact that you get to dress up for the night? Maybe you just can’t wait to find out what amazing food will be at your fingertips. Whatever the anticipation might be, there is nothing that makes a night feel more special than walking into a well-decorated venue – you can see the hard work that went into the evening and it truly makes all the difference.

About Compass Occasions

Compass Occasions is an event planning company based in Hutchinson, MN that organizes standout events for the groups and the businesses they work with.  The co-founders, Kayla Alexander and Valerie Mackenthun, are in their third year of business, but their journey started back in 2014 after they volunteered to help coordinate the Hutchinson Center for the Arts Annual Night for the Arts Gala. After helping with the gala, the pair took a 12-day road trip between San Francisco and Seattle where they talked non-stop about their shared love for the people, planning and details that are involved in organizing an event.

When they returned to Hutchinson, Valerie and Kayla were approached by a few local business owners who needed help coordinating their events.  “We were urged to make it official,” said Kayla and Valerie, and after a few meetings with the Southwest Initiative Foundation (a local non-profit that helps individuals start new businesses) Compass Occasions was ready to do just that.

Image displays a tropical table decoration. A wine bottle displays a message that says # Love Where You Live. There are vases with sand, shells, rocks, and artificial candles around. There are pieces of artificial seaweed, shells, and netting strewn about the table. Image of Compass Occasions co-owner decorating a long table for a wedding. The table has greenery, vases with floating candles, and metallic votive candles in the middle. water glasses have ivory napkins displayed and you can see other round tables decorated in the background.

The Fine Details

Compass Occasions specializes in three different types of event planning:

  • Non-Profit/Fundraisers
  • Corporate Events
  •  Weddings
    • Styling & design, rentals, and set up/tear down
    • Full coordination | Day of coordination | “Getting started package”

No matter what type of event they are planning, Compass Occasions is there to provide a unique experience that takes their clients’ events to the next level. Decorating is a fun and important factor in making a special occasion “special”, but it isn’t the primary focus for Valerie and Kayla. They create the best experiences by concentrating on “behind the scenes” details such as the event budget, internal timelines, vendor execution, and day-of logistics. They bring their clients’ visions to life, help guide the process, and make sure everything will go smoothly on the day of the event.

It’s easy to forget the amount of work and detail that goes into event planning – often times events are taken on by employees in addition to their workload. Compass Occasions has found that their services save their clients both time and money. An event planned by Compass Occasions will look fantastic and operate smoothly because of the hard work, organization, and attention to detail these ladies commit to each occasion.

Compass Occasions owners Kayla and Valerie taking a selfie in their Hutchinson Tigers headband/bandannas which are yellow with paw prints on them. Compass Occasions owners Valerie and Kayla are holding large bouquets of flowers filled will pink roses, white roses, some violet flowers, and a lot of greenery. They are smiling in front of a rustic wooden backdrop and two old whisky barrels.

The next time you’re planning an event and hoping to create an awesome experience for your attendees, reach out to Compass Occasions.

“We are lucky to live in an area with many opportunities to engage with our community. It can be challenging for a business or group to stand out among the countless events in the area. Our annual events are experiences guests look forward to each year.” – Valerie and Kayla, Compass Occasions


What does Compass Occasions enjoy most about their Chamber membership?

We enjoy being connected to a community of businesses through the Chamber. Their support has helped grow our business and we love the membership opportunities