What’s Happening in May 2018?

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Hutchinson Leadership Institute

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Hutchinson Leadership Institute Graduates!

Justin Abfalter                     Jen Barnett                   Angie  Bloemke
Jackie Borka                         Gina  Buske                  James Chapman
Annie DeMeyer                     Andy Erlandson         Dale Gross
Erika  Kellen                           Robyn Lawson           Tanya Mackenthun
Missy Maiers                           Kayla Nemec              Alicia Nortrom
Colton Porter                         Kristen Schuft            Adam Smith
Chris Sperl                              Melissa Straka            Joe Tauer
Danielle Vander Ploeg       Nikki Willemssen       Dave Wollan

Participants, sponsors, alumni and guests are invited to join us on May 16, 2018, at the Crow River Winery to celebrate the graduation and community service project of the 2017-2018 Hutchinson Leadership Institute Class. Students in the Hutchinson Leadership Institute have the rare opportunity to turn knowledge into action by creating community projects as part of the program.

Hutchinson Leadership Institute Banquet – May 16th, 2018 – 5:30 pm

  • Crow River Winery
  • Current Participants, Sponsors & Guest – No Fee
  • Alumni & Additional Guests – $20 per person

If you would like to attend the graduation and banquet or would like more information about registering for the 2018-2019 class, please click here to call the Chamber office at 320-587-5252 or email click here to email Mary.

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Learn about ADA accessibility for your building or business. From what the ADA barriers are, to developing your own plan… learn from the experts.

  • Tuesday, May 22 at Hutchinson Event Center
    7:45 am Registration
    8:00-10:00 am ADA Seminar

For more information and registration details click here! (pdf)

Dairy Day / Friday, June 1 / 11:00 am – 1:30 pm / Library Square Park


Every year, over 1000+ supporters come to Business logo for Hutchinson Chamber Agri-BusinessLibrary Square in celebration of Dairy Day, the annual official start of summer in Hutchinson. The Agri-Business Committee hosts Dairy Day honoring our vibrant farming community. Plan to stop down for a $5 meal and learn more about our local agriculture in Hutchinson and  the surrounding communities.

Two black and white cows at Dairy DaysThis year’s activities include:

  • 12:00 pm – Cow milking contest featuring celebrity milkers include Water Carnival Royal Family, McLeod County Dairy Ambassadors, Mayor Gary Forcier, Police Chief Dan Hatten & Fire Chief Mike Schumann
  • 12:30 pm – Fro-Yo eating contest sponsored by Below Zero
  • Meet Princess Kay from the Milky Way
  • $5.00 meal
  • Children’s activities
  • Cheese samples
  • Live music

Click here for more Dairy Day information (pdf) or if you are interested in sponsoring this community event click here for Dairy Day sponsorship form (pdf) or call the Chamber at 320-587-5252.

Hometown Golf Challenge

2018 Hometown Golf Challenge "Around the World in 18 Holes" banner ad

Traveling by land, air or sea…… Our theme this year will be Around the World in 18 Holes! We are excited to have some fun at the Hometown Golf Challenge this year and we want to let you in on it too!  This is a fun and easy event to highlight your business.  2018 Hometown Golf Challenge will be Monday, July 23 at the Crow River Golf Club. 

Here’s a little preview of some of this year’s itinerary and travel perks:

  • 11:00 am registration and lunch
  • 12:00 pm shotgun start
  • 5:00 pm dinner and program
  • Four cash prizes
  • 1st place & three randomly drawn teams
  • Best team costume
  • Best decorated cart
  • Best costume & cart combo
  • Lunch & dinner meals Included

We have many different sponsorship opportunities available, click here for a 2018 Sponsor Form (pdf).

Registration for the event is now open, click here for the 2018 Registration and Information (pdf).

Manufacturing in the Park & Picnic in the Park

Seven kids having Dairy Day picnic lunch at blanket in Library Square Park On Friday, July 27, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, manufacturers, educators and related organizations in McLeod County will be in Library Square Park and provide  an interactive afternoon engaging with McLeod County community members. Come and learn who they are, what they do and who they are looking for…

Manufacturing in the Park coincides with Hutchinson Crazy Days and Picnic in the Park which is hosted by Hutchinson Downtown Association. While learning through play and activities, you can also enjoy a $5 picnic-style lunch.

If you are interested in sharing manufacturing and education with the community, click here for registration form (pdf).

Crazy Days – Save the Date!

Hutchinson Chamber Crazy Days July 26 - 28 2018
Are you crazy for Crazy Days?!  We sure are!  

Mark your calendar for July 26 – 28.  The Chamber advertises in publications locally and in surrounding communities to share the great deals offered during Hutchinson’s Crazy Days.

More information to come!

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the 2018 Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo another successful year!

We want to thank all those who donated their time and talents.Bring It Home Business Expo Chamber business logo A special shout out to the McLeod County Fairgrounds, Randy Starke and his staff, to the Hutchinson Jaycees for setting up and taking down the booths and another to our own, Ashley Gabbert, who furnished us with a photo booth that provided hours of fun and photos that captured the days excitement! 

The Expo would not be possible if not for the businesses that graciously contribute to the event and to those braved the snowstorm and participated in the day.   

Last but never least, we would like to acknowledge our Event Sponsors, Champion Sponsors and Visionary Sponsor. Our deepest gratitude to these businesses for their generous support.


Ashley HomeStore, Cash wise Foods, Century 9 Theater, Factory Direct Furniture, Goebel Fixture, Hutchinson Leader, Hutchinson Rotary, Luce Line Loops, NU-Telecom, Outdoor Motion, Piehl Hanson Beckman, Plumbing & Heating By Craig, Quade Electric, Stamp N Storage & Wal-Mart.


3M Hutchinson, Hutchinson Health, TDK– Hutchinson Technology & Uponor


Citizens Bank & TrustThank you in multiple colored letters

Woodstone Senior Living Community business logo

Business of the Month


In May we will be highlighting  Woodstone Senior Living Community as our Business of the Month.

Click here to learn more about Woodstone Senior Living Community.


New Members

Welcome to our newest Chamber Member!

  • Jennifer’s Avon

Renewing Members

Thank you to our renewing Chamber Members!

  • Adult Training and Habilitation Center
  • AKI
  • Benny’s Meat Market
  • Caspers Chiropractic Center
  • Edina Realty
  • Hutchinson Financial
  • Hutchinson Huskies Basketball Association
  • Keller Williams Realty Integrity – The Straka Group
  • LBC of Hutchinson
  • McLeod Emergency Food Shelf
  • NU-Telecom
  • Shoe Sensation
  • Twice is Nice

Hutchinson Chamber Ambassadors business logo

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

Check out the Ambassador’s Facebook to see photos of all the visits and other special events hosted by the Ambassadors.

April’s Ambassadors Visits:

May’s Business After Hours:

Thursday, May 10, 2018 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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! Preregistration is strongly encouraged, so our business hosts may plan accordingly.

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

Table Tent Deadline for Quarter 3 is June 1st 2018!May 2018 photo of table tent events


Are you planning an event for July, August or September 2018?  Make sure you get your event added to the Table Tents!  The deadline to add events for the 3rd Quarter is June 1st.  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.

Email Gina with questions, if you want table tents delivered to your business or if you want to submit an event for upcoming table tents.



Something from Mary

Mary Hodson Chamber President 2017

Sign of the Times

Are you keeping up with the times? Are you investing in your personal and professional development? Are you investing in your employees’ personal and professional development?

Read the rest of Mary’s article here:


Upcoming Save the Dates

  • May 4 – Leadercast
  • May 10 – Business After Hours: MidCountry Bank
  • May 22 – ADA Seminar
  • June 1 – Dairy Day Celebration
  • July 23 – Hometown Golf Challenge “Around the World in 18 Holes”
  • July 26-28 – Crazy Days
  • July 27- Manufacturing in the Park and Picnic in the Park
  • September 14 – 15 – Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson

More Information


April to June 2018 table tent events pdf

ADA Basics Seminar May 22 2018 at Hutchinson Events Center pdf

Dairy Days June 1 2018 in Library Square Park pdf

Mediacom Home Controller information 2018 pdf

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