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Chamber NewsBreak - April 2012

   Chamber golf outing tickets on sale April 2  
Tickets for the 30th Annual Portage Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing at Portage Country Club go on sale Monday, April 2 at the Chamber office.  The committee is hard at work planning the outing which will be held on Wednesday,  June 13.  Don't miss out on this great opportunity to network with many Chamber members.  Click here to get your reservation form.

Thank you to this year's golf sponsors:

First Weber Realty                           Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Homegolf outing 2012 logo

Community Bank of Portage             Forever Your's Jewelry

BMO Harris Bank                                 H.G. Meigs/Meigs Trucking Inc.

Land Title                                                  Rhyme

Miller Brussell Ebben & Glaeske        Portage National Bank

Witt Agency Farmers Insurance          Cascade Mountain

Don-Rick Insurance                             General Engineering

Trecek Automotive                                Associated Bank

Two Rivers Signs & Design               Culvers Restaurant

Wal-Mart                                                 Cardinal FG

Frontier Communications                  Zimmerman Plumbing

AmericanWay                                    United Country Hamele Auction Realty   


    Ladies, get ready for your Night Out! 
ladies shopping logoLadies, local stores and restaurants are lining up to offer up special discounts this one evening just for youSave the date of Thursday, May 3 from 3pm-8pm for the second Ladies Night Out in Portage. We've expanded the hours and are rolling out the red carpet for you.  

Stop at the Chamber office that day and for only $5 you will receive a shopping tote bag, a passport to savings featuring all the participating businesses and the one-night only specials they are offering, plus a chance to win a Portage Green Gift Certificate. 


More details will follow in the next newsletter and on the Chamber website,, soon!!!

    Welcome New Members  
 Sombreros Burrito House
235 W. Pleasant St.
Portage, WI 53901
Neil Shortreed at 608-742-7779
Mexican restaurant with family atmosphere and outdoor seating, delivery and carry-out available.

Tastefully Simple 
N7520 Turtle Tr.
Pardeeville, WI 53954
Sue Hon at 608-429-3462
Independent consultant specializing in gourmet foods, drinks, and spices.

Noah's Ark Animal Workshop 
N7520 Turtle Tr. 
Pardeeville, WI 53954
Sue Hon at 608-429-3462
Build your own hand-stuffed animal; great for birthday parties or any kids' events.

Wisconsin Inspection Consultants
916 Silver Lake Drive
Portage, WI 53901
Adam Maier at 608-745-4082
Certified home inspectors with years of experience in the inspection industry.  
   Business Profile:   U.S. Cellular® Retail Store - Portage

U.S. Cellular® is a wireless telecommunications network that serves customers in the U.S. Created in 1983, as a subsidiary of TDS, Inc, U.S. Cellular® offers free unlimited incoming calls, as well as unlimited text, pictures, and video messaging. 

In October, 2010, U.S. Cellular® launched the Belief Project, in which we were the first wireless carrier to offer features such as free phone replacement, one and done contracts, point based rewards for customer loyalty, minute overage protection, and monthly discounts for auto-pay with paperless billing.  


U.S. Cellular® is proud of its award winning customer service, and has won many awards for customer service and call quality. We were even recognized as, "The Customer Service Champion", in 2011 by J.D. Power and Associates. In 2010, U.S. Cellular® was also recognized by J.D Power for overall call quality in the North Central Region for the 10th reporting period in a row.   


Among some of the services we offer include a variety of wireless phones with some phones including optional data packages, as well a smartphones with data such as Android, BlackBerry®, and Windows 7 operating systems. Wireless modems and tablets are also available for home and travel internet accessibility.   


We offer monthly device workshops to help our customers learn to use their wireless devices and customize them by finding out what applications will benefit them the most. They are held on the second Wednesday of the month at our Retail store from 7:30am-8:30am. Please email for notifications about upcoming classes.  


We are extremely excited about the upcoming launch of our 4G LTE network. 4G LTE speeds provide an enhanced wireless experience with faster web browsing, video streaming, and application downloads. So you can do everything on your phone up to 10 times faster and be rewarded with points for new phones and free accessories. We also have a lineup of cutting edge 4G LTE devices beginning to arrive this spring and continuing throughout the year.  


The U.S. Cellular® Retail Store (located next to Staples) at 2850 New Pinery Road is open everyday of the week. Services provided are bill payments, answering questions about devices and billing, two "in house" service technicians, and knowledgeable associates ready to listen to your personal, business, and safety needs, and recommending the best product and services to fit those needs. For more information, call 608-745-4771.  



    "Life with Mother Superior" playing at PCA
Portage Area Community Theatre presents Life with Mother Superior, a comedy about a real life convent and girls' school in Illinois. Tickets are available at Portage Center for the Arts and Portage Furniture Store. Production dates are April 19-22 & 26-29. Call the Portage Center for the Arts for more information at 608-742-5655.


    Portage Theatres Food Pantry Movie and Egg Hunt
easter eggHop on over to Portage Theatres, 322 W. Wisconsin St., for an Easter treat on Saturday, March 31. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Portage Food Pantry and see the movie 'Hop' for free. Show times are 9:30am and 10:30am. An added bonus, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt following each of the showings!


    Portage Lions Easter Egg Hunt
lion eggThe Portage Lions Club will hold its annual egg hunt on Saturday, April 7 at 10am. Foil-wrapped chocolate eggs will be scattered on the grounds of Woodridge and John Muir schools. Children are separated by age groups from 1-10 years of age. For more information, call Peter Grimm at 608-742-2590.



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   Portage Lumber 'Paint Lady' Claudia Vesely Retiring    
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Just wanted to send a friendly note to all of you who have worked with Claudia 'The Paint Lady' Vesely currently or in the past...


Claudia is retiring at the end of this month after 34 wonderful years with Portage Lumber! Claudia will be here Friday (March 30) and Saturday this week, Saturday being her last day of work. We will be having cake & refreshments on Saturday and are encouraging any employees, customers & vendors to stop on in and say 'goodbye' to her as well as enjoy some snacks. Claudia will be here from 7am-4pm on Friday and from 7am-5pm on Saturday. 


Please feel free to stop on in and chat with her before she goes... I know she'd love to see anyone who can make it!


--Kimberly Dorn, Portage Lumber

   Give Portage Green Gift Certificates!  
Portage Green Gift Certificates make an excellent gift. Used just like cash, the certificates can be purchased from the Portage Chamber in $5 and $10 increments. Recipients of the Portage Green may redeem them at these participating Chamber member businesses. By buying Portage Green Gift Certificates, you are helping to boost local business by keeping thousands of dollars right here in Portage. Don't get worked up over figuring out what to get someone; make it easy on yourself and give them Portage Green Gift Certificates! For more information, call the Chamber at 608-742-6242.
   Portage Lions Club Radio Auction this Saturday!  
The 36th Annual Portage Lions Club Radio Auction is this Saturday, March 31 starting at 12:30pm. Proceeds from this annual fund-raiser are used to support many Lions service projects on the local, state and international levels. Some of the local activities include pre-school vision testing, eye exams, glasses for those in need, and transportation of eye tissue to and from the Eye Bank in Madison. Other projects include scholarships, the annual Easter Egg hunt, donations to the Safety Patrol trip, the High School athletic fund, Santa's Workshop, and many others.

Listen to 1350 AM WPDR starting at 12:30pm this Saturday to participate in the Lions Radio Auction or go to St. Mary's Cafeteria. Call 608-745-5864 to find out the latest bids on any item.

Click here for a link to the Auction Items!

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   Friesland Men's Choir to perform  
The Friesland Men's Choir performs at St. John's Lutheran Church, 850 Armstrong St., at 7:30pm on Saturday, May 5. This is a free will donation event with the proceeds going to the Pregnancy Resource Center. The PRC provides pregnancy testing, supportive counseling, a library and educational materials, infant clothing and bedding as well as supplies for mama and baby after the birth.  
Jessica Heesch, Director of Columbia County Pregnancy Resource Center, at 608-432-2450 for more information about this event. The center is located at 311 E. Wisconsin Street, Suite 202 in Portage. Help line: 1-800-705-4710.   
    Eulberg to guide summer walking tours again
judy walking tourLocal historian Judy Eulberg will again lead the Historic Downtown Walking Tours this summer.  The one-hour tours will depart from the Chamber office, 104 W. Cook St., at 10am.  The tours are free to the public and will be held on the first and third Saturdays of the month, June through August.

We are happy to have Judy back as a guide and look forward to another great season of enlightening locals and visitors alike with the history of our downtown. 
   Upcoming Business After 5

Business After 5 - U.S. Cellular at Murph's North Shore

Tuesday, April 10th from 5pm-7pm

Join fellow Chamber members for networking, conversation and refreshments at our monthly Business After Five. Hosted by U.S. Cellular at Murph's North Shore.



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    St. Mary's Best Fest coming soon!

Save May 18-20 for St. Mary's Best Fest!  Event schedule to be announced. Visit or call 608-742-6998.


Community Events

   April Chamber Meeting & Event Dates
4th:    Ambassador Meeting at Community Bank   8am 
10th:  Business After 5 - U.S. Cellular at Murph's North Shore   5pm-7pm
11th:  Ribbon Cutting at Eye Deal Eyewear   9am
18th:  Ribbon Cutting at B & B Hitching Post  9am  
   General Engineering Company turns 100 years    
Celebrate a prestigious time as General Engineering Company turns 100!  Join them in thanking the community for their business over the past century on Tuesday, May 8. An Open House will begin at 2pm leading into Business After 5 from 5pm until 7pm at GEC, 916 Silver Lake Drive, in Portage.
They will be giving away door prizes from 2pm until 7pm, as well as a grand prize--a one-night stay in Wisconsin Dells!  There will be refreshments, appetizers, and cake. Many vintage-framed photographs will be on display that range from the early 1900's until now, as well as many historical archived items. People can tour the office, as well as watch featured slide shows of GEC.
For more information about this historic event, call GEC at 608-742-2169. 
   Ribbon Cuttings   
hibbett sports ribbon cutting
A ribbon cutting was held at Hibbett Sports to welcome this new business to Portage. Located at 2830 New Pinery Road, Hibbett Sports offers sporting goods, workout apparel, athletic shoes and more. For more information, call, 608-745-1202.


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