June 2014
Concert in the Park update
The 2014 Concert in the Park will once again feature the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra performing at Pauquette Park. A great Portage summer tradition enjoyed by thousands each year, another wonderful evening is in store for our community this year on Saturday, June 28. But we need your help. At this time, $2,900 needs to be raised to pay for the orchestra. Please call our office at 608-742-6242 if you are able to make a donation. 
The orchestra is scheduled to take center stage for the 22nd consecutive year at 6:30pm that evening followed by local musician Madison Malone. A great fireworks display over the Wisconsin River caps off the event at 9:30pm.  
Thank you to all the businesses and individuals who make this event a wonderful tradition each summer. We look forward to hearing the sounds of the orchestra once again.

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Wisconsin River Title Consultants Eleanor's Friends 
Alliant Energy Kwik Trip 
Frontier Communications Bremner Granite - in memory of Dick Boockmeier
Cardinal FGCurran & Seubert Dental Office 
Crawford Oil & PropaneJohn Holmes
Edward Jones - Klay Vehring Advisor New Life Physical Therapy
& Sports Medicine

Johnson Chiropractic

Dave & Judy Eulberg
Portage National Bank
Portage Lions Club
US  BankNona's Tailoring & Tuxes 
Waddell & Reed, Kathy Houzner
& Julie Groves

Hill Automotive
Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral HomePardeeville Family Dentistry
Peggy & Bill Amend - in memory of
Dick Boockmeier
Best Western Resort Hotel & Conference Center
Sheila Link Agency

Howard Latton


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Golf Outing Tickets On Sale Now
Teams are now forming for the 32nd annual Portage Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing scheduled for Wednesday, June 11 at 11am.
Call the Chamber office at 608-742-6242 to reserve your spot.
Spend a day away from the office and in the great outdoors with the birdies and fellow Chamber members!

Among the raffle prizes this year: 4 hours of fishing guide services for 2 people by Reel Good Guide Service courtesy of Klay Vehring - Edward Jones Financial Advisor; an autographed and framed picture of Packers all-time rushing leader Ahman Green courtesy of Pepsi; and a group movie night package courtesy of Portage Theatres.       
Thanks to this year's golf outing sponsors:
1. First Weber Realty 10. Portage National Bank
2. Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home 11. Dean Health Plan
3. Community Bank of Portage
 12. Cascade Mountain
4. Forever Your's Jewelry
 13. Don-Rick Insurance
5. BMO Harris Bank 14. General Engineering
6. H.G. Meigs/Meigs Trucking Inc. 15. Trecek Automotive
7. Frontier Communications 16. Associated Bank
8. Rhyme 17. Zimmerman Plumbing
9. Miller Brussell Ebben & Glaeske 18. Culver's Restauant
  19. Two Rivers Signs & Design

Putting Green: Wal-Mart


Ball Sponsor: Frontier Communications


Pre-Game Sponsors: Cardinal Glass & Divine Savior Healthcare


Dinner Sponsor: Ho-Chunk Gaming 


Cart Sponsor: AmericanWay


Trophy Sponsor: United Country Hamele Auction Realty 

Chamber Business Luncheon
Join us at the Pizza Ranch in Portage for our monthly business luncheon on Tuesday, June 17, as City Administrator Shawn Murphy will be our guest and talk with you about upcoming City of Portage projects for the year 2014 as well as give you some insight into future road projects that are scheduled. 


Lunch begins at 11:30am and Shawn's presentation will begin at Noon. Please register in advance by Monday, June 16 with the Chamber Office. Register Online here. Pay directly to the cashier at Pizza Ranch. For more information, call 608-742-6242.  

New Chamber Members
Verizon Wireless Zone 
2850 New Pinery Rd., Portage 
Matt Williams at 608-566-1812 
Verizon products, services, and accessories including phones,
tablets, and mobile hotspots.

Cavanaugh Enterprises, LLC
101 E. Pleasant St., Portage
Marlena Cavanaugh at 608-577-5449
We offer services in web design and development, graphics design, and mobile apps. We are a full service marketing agency.

Forward Service Corporation
2875 Village Rd., Portage
Tamika Doolin at 608-742-2992
We provide employment, training and support services that spark a transformation in the lives of those we serve.

The Artisan Foodie
117 W. Cook St., Portage
Mila Stahl at 608-577-7110
Small batch artisan food products and related kitchen
items produced in the U.S.

Douglas' Big Dog Saloon
218 W. Cook St., Portage 
Sherry and Brad Douglas at 608-742-3644
A nice neighborhood bar to grab a bite to eat.


Business Overview

We offer everything in branding, marketing, advertising, graphic, website design and mobile app development, social media management.

We create long lasting strategies that help our customers optimize their marketing and achieve the highest ROI. We provide them with adequate tools to measure their efforts. Finally, we control the performance of all campaigns.

We work with large businesses as well as small companies that need helping finding direction in the marketing world.


How did your business begin?

The business originally started in Milwaukee in 2003. We saw an increasing need for interactive media. This was the time where Flash applications were becoming very popular. Technology has certainly changed since then and we are constantly adapting to the needs that the market presents.


What do you like the most about your business?

I like the challenges of the ever changing market and dealing with different types of businesses and industries. But the most rewarding part in all that we do is seeing our customers succeed.

Can you describe your most typical client?

Our clients vary in both size and the industry they specialize in. We work with customers that invest $50,000 in their marketing and also the ones with annual marketing budgets exceeding $1 million.

We found our niche in the remodeling industry - we are extremely familiar with the processes that drive their marketing and produce best results. We work with companies in the healthcare industry, public services, non-profits and many other.


Our business vs. competitors.

What makes us different is the dedication, involvement and close relationship with our customers. We start with getting to know their business. Then their customers. Next, we improve the ways they're communicating with those customers. We are committed to helping them grow.


Future Goals

Our future goal is to continue the great relationships we have with our clients but also to expand our market. We are currently focused on clients in the Wisconsin area. The nature of our business and the technology allows us to serve clients on the national level - that is our expansion plan for the next 2 to 3 years.


Community Involvement

We support our local community and as our business grows, we are planning to expand our community involvement even further. I have been a Main Street Portage Board Member - a local organization that helped with many downtown revitalization projects and events. Currently I am serving on the Marketing/Enrollment Committee for St. Mary School. I am also a member of the Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Portage. Our goal is to educate the community on the values of historic properties and advise them on tools available for the owners of historic homes and businesses.


For more information, call Marlena Cavanaugh at 608-577-5449 or visit http://www.cavanaughenterprises.com/

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Downtown Walking Tours begin
Popularized by the Discover Wisconsin - Portage program, the free one-hour Downtown Walking Tour guided by local historian Judy Eulberg is back this summer! Meet her at the Chamber office, 104 W. Cook St., at 10am on one of the following first Saturdays of the month: June 7, July 5, or August 2. 

Got News?

What is your business up to? Pass along information and corresponding photos to graphics@portagewi.com and let us help spread the word about the great things your business or organization is doing. The deadline is the 20th of each month. 


Vibe Salon and Spa - The Essential 7  

Curious about essential oils? Wondering...How they can help you? How to use them? Which to use? Where to start? Where to get them? Get these questions and more answered on Thursday, June 5 at 11am or Wednesday, June 11 at 6:30pm at VIBE Salon and Spa, 218 W. Wisconsin St.


Pre-register to receive your book at time of class; Registration form at front desk or contact Jessica Alden at 608-587-2090 or email jessicalalden@gmail.com. The Class is $10 and includes a reference booklet.


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The Warrior Way - A community conversation for educational excellence

You are invited to participate in a community conversation that will help shape the future of education in the Portage Community School District. The purpose of this event is to actively engage our community to develop a clear, shared strategic vision that will address the evolving needs of our students for a changing tomorrow.

This will be a gathering of community members, parents, students, teachers, business leaders, government officials and others. During this three-day event, the time will be filled with activities, designed to get your input and will also include some entertainment highlighting the talents of our students.

If you choose to participate, we would ask that you attend all three sessions. Here are the dates and times:

Where: Portage High School Commons, 301 E. Collins St., Portage
When:  Thursday, June 5, 2014  5pm-5:30pm Registration; 5:30pm-9pm (Appetizers and refreshments provided)
           Friday, June 6    2pm-2:30pm  Socialize; 2:30-7:30pm (Meal will be provided)
           Saturday, June 7    8am-8:30am (Continental Breakfast); 8:30am-2pm
Please RSVP to reserve your seat today: Online at http://goo.gl/W0CyRz
                                                             Call 608-742-4879 ext. 3 

pride of america web logo Pride of America 'Weekend Wish' looking for families 

The Weekend Wish organizers are accepting candidate families wishing for a weekend of wonderful memories and to feel better, if only for a while. Families enjoy a fully furnished cabin, golf cart/bike rental and camp store as well as a heated pool, lake, bouncy pillow, D.J./dance at night and theme weekends at Pride of America.  


Qualified candidates are people with severe medical illness, special needs children or adults, or a caregiver of person(s) with medical hardships. Nominees will be reviewed by a Board of Pride of America Seasonal Campers. Please submit your story explaining why you or the person of interest deserves a Weekend Wish, ahead of the July 1 entry deadline. If you would like to learn more about the Weekend Wish, please go to www.weekendwish.com or call Todd Gitter at 920-948-8199 or Janet Godard at 608-576-3421 for more information.  


Thank you to the local businesses that help support this cause and Weekend Wish appreciates the outpouring of generous responses.     

Euchre Card Party

Come to this card party to benefit the Yakutat Presbyterian Church on Friday, June 6 from 6pm to 9pm at the Portage Presbyterian Church, 120 W. Pleasant St.  There will be a 'lite' lunch at 6pm. For more information, contact Nancy Schaper at 608-742-7242. A $5 donation to the food pantry is appreciated. 

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portage center for the arts
Art That Blooms Exhibit!
This is a wonderful event, free and open to the public featuring original artwork by area artists, along with fresh floral arrangements and poetry inspired by each individual work of art. All this comes together for a two day, multi-sensory event on Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at Portage Center for the Arts, 301 E. Cook St.

There will be an opening reception on June 6 with a poetry reading at 6:30pm. Visit www.Portagecenterforthearts.com
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Goodwill Industries Free Computer Collection Drive
Goodwill Donation Center, 2902 American Legion Drive, is holding a collection drive on Sunday, June 15 from Noon to 3pm.Goodwill accepts working and nonworking computers (desktop and laptop), hard drives, monitors, keyboards, mice, software and just about anything that can be attached to a computer (e.g., printers, speakers, cords), regardless of brand. Residents donating hard drives, software or monitors or scanners with broken glass are asked to visit http://www.goodwillscwi.org or call 608-246-3140 for special instructions.
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Concerts at the Portage
The Columbia County Visitor's Bureau proudly presents the 6th season of Concerts at the Portage beginning Wednesday, June 4 at 6:30pm and continuing through summer.  Bring your chairs and blankets to hear the summer sounds of music, each week featuring different band, with your family, friends and neighbors. Bring your own picnic dinner or order carry-out from a local restaurant. Desserts will be served by local non-profit groups. 

Enjoy the park-like setting behind the Portage VFW Post #1707 located at 215 W. Collins Street behind Walgreen's.
Healthy Recipe Exchange
HealthSource of Portage is excited to start a healthy recipe exchange. There will be a group that will meet every third Wednesday of every month to talk and exchange recipes. The next meeting is on June 18 from 6pm to 7pm. Also, once a quarter there will be a potluck to sample some of those tasty recipes. Call Jessica at 608-742-2225 or come on down to sign up at HealthSource of Portage, 306 W. Cook St.

Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddle 2014
Join others on a canoe voyage this summer during the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Paddle happening Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22! The trip is goes along the Wisconsin River from Veteran Park in Prairie du Sac to Ferry Bluff (9 miles), camping at Sky High Resort in Portage, and from Newport Park in Lake Delton to Pine Island (13 miles) with a tour of the Leopold Center. There is a small fee to participate.

Click Here to check out more paddles scheduled for this year.
Appraisal Event at the Portage Library
Experienced antique and fine art appraiser Mark Moran will conduct appraisals in Portage on Saturday, June 21. Forty items will be appraised and individuals can make arrangements for private appraisals while Moran is in Portage.

Contact Peg Amend at 608-201-9214 to make your appointment. There is a $15 per item fee that must be paid in advance when reserving your time slot. Home appraisals are available for the same day for $75 an hour. For more details about Mark Moran visit www.markfmoran.com
Due to the Fire at the Museum, this event will take place at the Library from 9am to 11:30am. For more information, call Peg Amend at 608-201-9214.


Uncovering Wisconsin's Past - Summer Speaker Series, Installment 1

Come to the Historic Indian Agency House for a closer look at the "non-traditional" research-such as archeology, oral histories, and other non-book sources-that has shaped our understanding of Wisconsin history.


Join us for an evening of edification and entertainment on Tuesday, June 24 at 6:30pm. Refreshments provided for lecture guests. A visitor favorite!Check www.agencyhouse.org for updated information.

The house is located at,1490 Agency House Road. Contact Destinee at 608-742-6362 for more information. Admission is free and the speaker will be announced. 


Organizing an event or having a sale?

Submit your event or sale to us and have it appear on the Chamber website calendar of events.You may enter your event by clicking here. Please note: Your submission will take a while to appear as the Chamber office first reviews the submissions before approving them to appear on the web calendar. For more information, please call our office 608-742-6242.

June Community Events
Spread the word about your event by posting them on our website!

3   Photography Interest Group at Agency House   11:30am-1pm 

6 Euchre Party at Portage Presbyterian Church

6-7 Art that Blooms at Portage Center for the Arts

7-8  Free Fun Weekend in Wisconsin     Free fishing, trails and parks admission in WI

7   Prevent Suicide Columbia County's Dinner for Hope at Northwoods Inc.  6pm-8pm 
12-14 Citywide Garage Sales
13-14 Portage City Flea Market at Veteran's Memorial Field
14   Community Garage Sale and Picnic at Cross of Christ Church  7am-3pm
14   Flag Day Luncheon at Historic Indian Agency House
14   Portage FFA Alumni Truck and Tractor Pull at Veteran's Memorial Field  6:30pm-10pm
15 Goodwill Free Computer Collection Drive, Noon-3pm
16-Aug 15  Free lunch for kids (under 18) at Portage Library  Mon-Thur, 11:30am-1pm
21   River Haven Fundraiser at Pine Meadow Park   Time TBA
21 Appraisal Event hosted by the Museum at the Portage, held at the Library
21   Portage Lions Club Brat Sale and Hot Dog Stand at Wal-Mart to benefit High School Scholarships  10am-2pm
24 Summer Speaker Series at Historic Indian Agency House
28 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Concert in the Park, 6:30pm Pauquette Park 

For more information about these and other events, click here!!!

Citywide Garage Sales
Citywide garage sales are happening Thursday through Saturday, June 12-14. Are you or is someone you know having a sale? Promote your sale on our events calendar webpage. Just call the Chamber office at 608-742-6242 with your address and time of your sale, and we'll post it for you!!!

June Chamber Meeting & Event Dates
11th   Golf Outing at Portage Country Club 9am Pre-Game, 11am Start 

17th   Business Luncheon at Pizza Ranch at 11:30am   

28th   Concert in the Park at Pauquette Park at 6:30pm 

Ribbon Cuttings
A ribbon cutting was held at The North Shore, W7245 Country Club Road, to welcome new ownership to the Portage business community.

Come out and enjoy their nightly food and drink specials. They will entice you with their famous Friday night fish fry. Relax inside or outside with a scenic view of Swan Lake. For more information, call 608-742-3553.

A ribbon cutting was held at Artisan Foodie inside the Mercantile, 117 W. Pleasant St., on May 14 to welcome this new business to Portage.

Check out the small batch artisan food products and related kitchen items produced right here in the United States.
For more information, call 608-577-7110. 
Give Portage Green Gift Certificates As A Gift
Portage Green Gift Certificates make an excellent gift. Used just like cash, the certificates can be purchased from the Portage Chamber in $5, $10 and $25 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. For more information, call the Chamber at 608-742-6242.
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