July 2014
Concert in the Park
It was a wonderful day for the 2014 Concert in the Park featuring the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.  The summer tradition continued and was enjoyed by many at Pauquette Park. 
Thank you to George and Nancy Beasley for singing our National Anthem and to Madison Malone for keeping the music going until the fireworks.   
A great fireworks display capped off the night over the Wisconsin River.  
Thank you to all the businesses and individuals who make this event a wonderful tradition each summer. Look at more photos at the Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page. 
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ds healthcare    PAT HALASZ   
ho-chunk gaming logo register logo
   portage lumber  

Community Bank of Portage       Wisconsin River Title Consultants
Cardinal FG                                 Eleanor's Friends
Alliant Energy                               Kwik Trip
Frontier Communications                                                              


Bremner Granite - in memory of Dick Boockmeier
Crawford Oil & Propane                                           Curran & Seubert Dental Office
Edward Jones - Klay Vehring Advisor                     John Holmes
Johnson Chiropractic                                                New Life Physical Therapy  
Portage National Bank                                              Dave and Judy Eulberg
US Bank                                                                    Portage Lions Club
Waddell & Reed, Kathy Houzner & Julie Groves



Nona's Tailoring & Tuxes                               Hill Automotive                                                
Pardeeville Family Dentistry                           Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home
Best Western                                                  Judge Howard Latton
Aramark                                                          Portage Printing
Peggy & Bill Amend - in memory of Dick Boockmeier
Portage Furniture                                            
Sheila Link Agency - American Family
Matt and Heather Smith      


Chamber Golf Outing 

Travis Hamele of United Country Hamele Auction Realty presented the trophy to the winning team of Tyler Hoel, Kim Standke, Justin Olson, and Greg Holland.  
Thank you to all the golfers, sponsors, prize donators and volunteers who helped make the 32nd annual Portage Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing a success.

The event serves as the Chamber biggest fundraising source. We are very fortunate to have great people coming out each year to support this event.

We hope everyone had a great time on the course and new contacts were made.  

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 

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New Chamber Members
4 City Safety Council  
317 E. Wisconsin St. #3  
Thom Wielgus at 608-742-5354

Council that assists businesses within our four county area to reduce injuries and work related illness. Provides safety training and forum for members to share ideas and network. 

Chamber Business Profile -The Artisan Foodie
Not being able to travel as much as she would like left her unable to purchase some of the unique food items that she has tasted and loved.  Why shouldn't someone locally be able to enjoy something that is unique to other regional areas of our country, she thought.  So, with a belief in local, sustainable, and always delicious food, owner Mila Stahl officially opened The Artisan Foodie inside The Mercantile on April 25 this year. The location is your local curated marketplace for artisanal foods as she strives to bring together a community of people who care deeply about where and how their food is made. 


"I love meeting people and learning about them," says Stahl. "Small-batch artisan food producers are artists and people who love to cook are also artists. Some of us are very creative when it comes to food and creating a delicious meal and I want to help inspire people to be more creative.  I also believe that by supporting these small-batch artisan food producers that we, the consumer, really help support many local economies." 


Stahl describes her typical clients as those who purchase the food for either themselves or another foodie. "I can help create unique gift boxes tailored to the occasion," Stahl explains. "I have had customers ask me to help select anniversary box items to a second wedding gift box."


She hopes that people will think that the food items she carries as unique, wholesome, earthy and delicious. But above all, she wants them to realize that they, the consumer, are supporting home-grown industries in our country.  In fact, one of her vendors, from Montana, employs 12 people and that equals 10% of their town's population. 


New business keeps her business evolving. Her goal for the shop is to have an on-line e-commerce website. She anticipates the process to be completed and live by July 15. Stahl is currently working with a developer who has been extremely busy loading in all the products. The Artisan Foodie carries more than 200 different items from around the country and the website will tell the producers' stories.


For more information, please call the Artisan Foodie, 117 W. Cook St., at 608-577-7110 or visit https://www.facebook.com/artisanalfood online.


Chamber Business Luncheon

The Portage Area Chamber of Commerce is offering another way to network with your fellow Chamber members and make those important connections that can help you in your business or career. Bring your business cards, brochures, or anything you wish to share with other members.


This month, Guest Speaker Karrie Landsverk of AmericanWay University presents the topic Compromise Your Style, Not Your Message-Learning to Communicate With Influence on Tuesday, July 15th at Pizza Ranch. Lunch is at 11:30am and Karrie's presentation begins at Noon.


Please RSVP by July 14 by calling the Chamber office at 608-742-6242 or email us at pacc@portagewi.com.

Prairie Flower Beads 4th Anniversary Sale 

Come help celebrate their 4th Anniversary at Prairie Flower Beads, 210 W. Cook St. Coupon sheets will be available and valid from July 14 through July 21. Stop in and pick one up at the store.


On Saturday, July 19 there will be cake and other snacks, drawings, pop a prize balloon, sidewalk sale items and the Portage Family Skate Park Bake Sale Fundraiser.


Also, the Stone Strand Trunk Show will be held from July 18 through July 22.  

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Downtown Walking Tours
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 Saturday, July 5. The last chance to enjoy the tour this summer is August 2. 


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Magnum adds stations  

Magnum Communications recently agreed to purchase Milwaukee market radio stations WRJN-AM and WEZY-FM in Racine and WBKV-AM and WBWI-FM in West Bend from Bliss Communications, Inc.


The transfer of the radio stations must be approved by the Federal Communications Commission before the sale can be finalized. The approval process usually takes 60 to 120 days. Bliss Communications will continue to operate the stations until approval is obtained.   


"With this acquisition, my co-workers and I will program radio signals connecting from Milwaukee to La Crosse," said Dave Magnum, President of Magnum Communications, Inc. "When my late wife, Lynn, and I started from scratch 23 years ago, we wanted to grow across Wisconsin. I'm blessed to work with so many talented and loyal individuals, many of whom have been on board since the early 90's."      


When this four station expansion is completed, Magnum will be licensed to operate 16 radio stations, one Class A TV station and two LPTV stations, all in Wisconsin.

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. 


BrightStar logo Five qualities to look for in Home Care Service
Families looking for quality care find themselves faced with a lack of clinical quality standards within the private duty in-home care sector. Here are some key qualities that families should look for in any home care agency they may be considering:
  1. Availability. Operates on a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week basis as many home care providers only operate during "regular business hours."
  2. Registered Nurse oversight. Provides a comprehensive health and wellness evaluation conducted by a Registered Nurse with the expertise to craft a personalized plan of care around a loved one's unique interests, personal, and healthcare needs.
  3. Trusted. Employs and oversees experienced, screened, compassionate, and trained nurses and caregivers.
  4. Core Values. Stands by its core values and ensures that the client will get the care they need and deserve.
  5. Accreditation. Committed to care standards that are validated through a major third-party healthcare standards accrediting body, like The Joint Commission.

For more information, contact BrightStar Care at 608-355-5015.  

Portage Theatre Summer Series 

The 50 cent movies continue Tuesdays through Thursdays this month at 10am. Movies showcased this month include Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2; The Lego Movie; and Ice Age Continental Drift. The discounted movies continue through August. Call 608-742-6678 for more information.  

Portage Women's Civic League Summer Tours

The Portage Women's Civic League located at 506 West Edgewater Street will host tours of the home of Zona Gale each Saturday from June through August. The tours will be given from 1pm to 3pm and the charge is $5 per person.


The Zona Gale home was built by the Pulitzer Prize winning author in 1906 for her parents and is not handicap accessible. For tours outside of the scheduled Saturday times, please call 608-742-4625. Any questions contact Judy Eulberg at judye3@frontier.com. 


Uncovering Wisconsin's Past - Summer Speaker Series, Installment 2

Join us for an evening of edification and entertainment on Tuesday, July 29 by taking 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.  


This is installment two of the summer speaker series at the Historic Indian Agency House, 1490 Agency House Road. The free lecture begins at 6:30pm and includes refreshments. For more information, call Director Destinee Udelhoven at 608-742-6362 or visit www.agencyhouse.org.


Regional Job Fair Opportunity

The State of Wisconsin would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the Regional Job Fair, Wednesday, October 1, from 1pm to 5pm at the Crystal Room at Buffalo Phil's Grille, 150 Gasser Rd., Wisconsin Dells. (Set up will begin at 12:15pm for Employers.) Regional Job Fairs help bring in hundreds of job candidates with general, advanced and professional skills and experience. Get maximum results and conserve resources by condensing your recruiting efforts in this one day event. 


Amenities include: break out space for on-site interviewing, application room, snack pack for each space, and free parking.

Benefits of a Regional Job Fair:

- Meet face to face with job candidates in your community

- Profile employment opportunities your organization has to offer

- Build your resume database for current and planned recruiting initiatives

- Gain exposure and visibility at the Regional Job Fair for new and expanding businesses


Contact us today; space is limited. Registration will end, September 12, or when all space has been reserved. The registration fee is $75.00. Included with each space rental at no additional charge are: one 8 foot table, two chairs, and a table cloth. Please fill out the registration form attached to reserve your space. There is an additional $20.00 charge for electricity. Employers must note on their registration form that electricity is being requested. Electricity will not be available on the day of the fair for those that did not request it in advance.


For questions or concerns please contact either Eric Atkinson at 608-242-4908 or Nicole Bernhardt at 608-242-4876 with the Bureau of Job Service.

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St. Mary's Golf Outing

St. Mary's is proud to announce their Annual Golf Outing at the Portage Country Club on Sunday, August 3. All proceeds will go toward the technology fund and the Patty Quigley scholarship. Enjoy a great Pre-Event Culver's Shoot Out on Hole 10, a hole in one prize sponsored by Big O's trailers, 50/50 raffles on the course, classroom basket raffle and door prizes. In addition, Travis Hamele of United Country Realty and Auction will be auctioning off some great experiences during dinner.


For more information or to register, donate or sponsor, call Marty Krueger at 608-697-3336 or visit http://www.stmaryotic.com/.   

Healthy Recipe Exchange
HealthSource of Portage started a healthy recipe exchange that meets every third Wednesday of every month to talk and exchange recipes. The next meeting is on July 16 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.

United Way Golf Outing
The United Way of Portage is seeking golfers and sponsors for its golf outing on Saturday,
August 2 at the Portage Country Club. The fee is $75 per person/$300 per team ($60 for PCC members) and includes golf scramble, cart, lunch and great giveaways including: Hole-In-One Car, $500 VISA Gift Card, Kindle Fire, and set of irons.

Start time is 8am. Click here for a registration form.
Businesses, sponsor a hole for $100 and promote your business. Call the Portage Area United Way at 608-295-0695.

Garden Tractor Daze at Veteran's Memorial Field

Garden Tractor Daze features a Garden Tractor show with farm tractors, hit and miss engines, pedal pull, pony rides, indoor and outdoor flea market, farm toy show, tractor swap meet.  Fun for the whole family.  The event runs from July 11-13.  (Starts at Noon on Friday and runs until Noon on Sunday.) For more information, contact Bret at 608-297-7400.

Mountain bike racing at Cascade Mountain

Enjoy three days of racing, activities and fun at Cascade July 11-13. Amateurs and pros will all be there for short track, cross country and downhill racing. Spectating is free. Racers can get more info at WORScup.com.

River Haven Fundraiser
In support of River Haven Homeless Shelters, please come out for a brat feed featuring games and prizes for kids and an adult raffle on Saturday, July 19 from Noon to 5:30pm at the VFW Hall (behind Walgreen's). 
Columbia County Fair
Come out and out enjoy the 163rd annual fair with Carnival Rides, Demo Derby, Music, Tractor/Truck Pull, Exhibits and so much more!  The fair runs from July 23 through July 27.

Click here for a
Fair Schedule! For more information, contact Russ Shaw at 608-697-5307. 
AmericanWay 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament and 3 Point Contest
Join us at Portage High School at 9am for the Tournament on Saturday, July 12.
Referee calls fouls; games are 21 to win by 1 in a 30 minute time limit. Additional rules will be given to team captains.

The fee is $10 per player with a minimum of 3 and max of 5 players (ages 16+). To reserve a spot contact Stephanie Cook at 608-697-7644.
Portage Elks & Columbia County Tavern League Harley-Davidson Fundraiser for Charity
The big drawing for the 2013 Harley-Davidson Black Super Glide bike will be held at 4:30pm on Saturday, July 12. Doors open at Noon that day for a 2pm pig roast at the Portage Elks Lodge #675, 201 W. Conant St.

The bike is on display at the Cottonwood Bar & Grill, 312 DeWitt St. Tickets are available at any Tavern League Member's establishment. Only 5,000 tickets will be sold with proceeds going toward the Portage Elks and Columbia County Tavern League Charities.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life
Relay For Life is a community event to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and empower individuals to fight back against a disease that takes too much from too many. The community is welcome to enjoy music, food, fun, entertainment and activities at the Portage High School Track on Friday and Saturday, July 18 & 19.

The opening ceremony begins at 6pm on Friday evening with the Luminaria Ceremony (candlelight vigil) at 9pm. The closing ceremony is scheduled for 9am on Saturday. The Relay For Life of Portage supports the American Cancer Society by helping people get well, stay well, finding cures and fighting back against cancer.

For more information, contact Kristi Grothman at 608-697-5532.  

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.

July Chamber Events 

9th     Ribbon Cutting at ComfortCare Transportation    8:15am

14th   Ribbon Cutting at Asian Cuisine   4:30pm  

15th   Chamber Lunch & Learn at Pizza Ranch   11:30am 

July Community Events
Spread the word about your event by posting them on our website!
1   Listening Session at the Library with Dave Considine, Candidate for 81st Assembly
4   Brat Sale Fundraiser - For Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance  at Pierce's Market Place 
5   Downtown Walking Tour at the Chamber Office 10am
11-13  Garden Tractor Daze at Veteran's Memorial Field
11-13  WORS Mountain Bike Race at Cascade Mountain
12  AmericanWay 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament & 3 Point Contest
12  Carlos Mencia performs at Ho-Chunk Wisconsin Dells
12  Portage Elks & Columbia County Tavern League Harley-Davidson Fundraiser for Charity
14-21 Prairie Flower Beads 4th Anniversary Sale
16  Healthy Recipe Exchange at HealthSource of Portage  6pm-7pm
18-19   American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Portage
19   Portage Family Skate Park Bake Sale Fundraiser at Prairie Flower Beads

19   River Haven Fund Raiser at the VFW Hall    Noon-5:30pm
23-27   Columbia County Fair
23-27  Kiwanis "Bingo at the Fair"
24-26  July Book Sale at Portage Public Library
25  Johnny Counterfeit and the Time Travelers Band at the Columbia County Fair
29  Uncovering Wisconsin's Past-Summer Speaker Series at Indian Agency House    6:30pm

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

Ribbon Cuttings
A ribbon cutting was held at Pine Trail Golf Course at Saddle Ridge, 100A Saddle Ridge, to welcome new owner Bob Johnson to the Portage business community. Tuesday & Wednesday specials are back! Friday Fish Fry, too! Open 7 days a week, they are ready for your outing! For more information, call 608-742-2181.

A ribbon cutting was held at the Saddle Ridge Marina, to welcome the new ownership. The season runs
from late April until late October.
Boat slips on beautiful Swan Lake
are now available. Please contact
608-692-7174 for more details.

A ribbon cutting was held at Verizon Wireless Zone, 2850 New Pinery Rd., to welcome this new business to Portage. We offer all the latest in smartphones, tablets and accessories for you.  Being locally owned, you will work directly with the owners, so contact us today at 566-1812 or just stop in. 
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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