Something from Mary!

What will be given away this year?

Let’s rally around each other and our community. Imagine a great big hug for everyone this holiday season. Let’s wrap Hutchinson in a big bright bow.

I, along with the Chamber Board, thinkLOCAL and the Hutchinson Downtown Association, am asking YOU and YOUR business to be part of the Christmas Spirit in 2020. We need and want you to put your best foot forward, THROW up some lights, ADD some holiday flair to your windows, your entry, your offices.

It sounds so simple, but really, we need to embrace each other and remember as we hit this big holiday season, and a new year, we are in this together.

TWO DATES to consider: November 28, and December 12.

Small Business Saturday (SBS) and Downtown Christmas

SBS is participation year number eight for the Chamber. We have given away over $25,000 these past few years, and this year we will be giving away money to shoppers again! We hope you’ll consider helping as well!

Downtown Christmas, December 12, will look and feel different, but we think for the good! Santa will arrive in town and wave to the kids, businesses will be giving out art kits and treats safely packaged, and you’ll be able to pick up your own copy of “Goodnight Hutchinson” at the chamber.  The Downtown Association is looking to build good will toward all during the day, and they are working on other fun ideas for the day. As a business owner, please consider what you can do to add to the festivities.

BE SURE TO: add your specials, deals, goodies and sales to the Chamber Calendar and Hot Deals. Call us if you’re not sure how to do that: 587-5252.

USE an hour of time to have the staff help trim the Christmas tree, create a fun window decorating theme. Even those Bah-Hum-Bugs will appreciate some cider and fellowship with co-workers.

Take a look at the newsletter inserts included in this newsletter for more information and ideas on both of these events.

The weather may be frightful… I readily admit I am not a fan of snow and cold, but I LOVE Hutchinson, Minnesota. I think you do too!

Show your love, show your community spirit, and join us to create a beautifully decorated community for the Christmas season.

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!

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

Something from Mary! August 2020

Recently I was blessed to have been able to visit the North Shore for a few days. Sleep and rest, read and relax, reduced phone reception, and the beautiful scenery of “up north.”

We hiked along the Gooseberry River, and did my favorite thing…. Sit on a rock and simply watch and listen to the river flowing.

The sun was bright and there were perfect ‘cloud watching’ clouds floating about sky. And a soft breeze that was just enough to cool off a hiker when they reached the right opening.

While I sat and listened to the river flow to and fro, ebb and flow, meandering from bend to bend, I noticed this plant growing from between some rocks. At some point a seed was planted, not on the shore, not in the woods, but caught on these rocks. Like many of us who landed in a situation we didn’t choose, this seed was hooked and rooted. As humans we have had to adapt to having less or more of any number of things these past months, but we’ve fought to thrive, instead of drowning in sadness, floating down the river of despair, or being taken away by a bug or meth alligators. Instead, we’ve swayed when the wind blew, locked our feet on firm foundations of faith and strength, and absorbed the gifts of rain and sun to help us grow and find joy.

This scene I watched made me first think of our Leadership Institute class which of course was impacted by these past months in an experience like no other class has. They, like you, have PIVOTED, yelled PLOT TWIST, ADAPTED, and MANAGED CHANGE after CHANGE.

As we graduated these 20 people, I asked them, as I ask you now, to consider Covid didn’t happen to you, but possibly for you. Did you just GASP?

I have watched MANY of YOU find strength you didn’t know you had. You have shared YOUR stories where you have found glory in the slowing down, gained a new hobby, and made life changes which have driven you to new opportunities.

While we re-count all the sad/bad/frustrating parts of 2020 to date, we SHOULD recount the moment we wouldn’t have had, or the times this has saved us from… oh for example…. hellacious heat and a crippling storm that would have taken down RiverSong. Let’s remember touching base with family more frequently, seeing my kids on ZOOM Bingo, or painting along with Tara while she painted on Friday nights as much as for herself as for us.

And as we have watched people lose family members during this time, with distance and regulations in place, we have learned what really matters to most of us: relationships.  Whether an extravert or introvert, sparkly or brooding, we all need people in our lives. So, as we continue to social distance, wear masks because we are asked to, (think seatbelts) and limit our interactions in the world, reach out to someone who may need a brownie, a meaningful quote, or a simple hello. Yes Bo, your brownies are famous. Replace the reaction of commenting/condemning on social media with, private messages of support or ask for an opportunity to discuss opposite sides. Let’s unite, Not separate.

I lend you my photo memory of that beautiful day along Gooseberry River, and the plant like you, bending in the wind, reaching for sunny days, and absorbing soft life-giving rains, in an ebb and flow season you didn’t expect to be, during a time of historical proportion. You are stronger and more resilient than you knew you were. Much like those we read about in history books, ordinary people doing extraordinary acts during extraordinary circumstances.