News Break June 2016
Portage Chamber Golf Outing
Join us for the 34th Annual Chamber Golf outing to be held Wednesday, June 8 at Portage Country Club. Space is available to join us for dinner that evening at the North Shore Restaurant. 
If you are interested in donating a prize for the raffle, please contact the Chamber office at 742-6242.

Thank you Golf Sponsors! 
First Weber Realty                             Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home 
Community Bank of Portage              Forever Your's Jewelry
BMO Harris Bank                            
   H.G. Meigs/Meigs Trucking Inc. 
Frontier Communications                   Rhyme                                                   

Miller Brussell Ebben & Glaeske        Roth Professional Solutions
Rayovac                                              UW Health

Don-Rick Insurance                           
General Engineering

Trecek Automotive                              Cascade Mountain
Zimmerman Plumbing                         Culvers Restaurant
Wal-Mart                                              Blau Family Chiropractic            
Frontier Communications                    Cardinal Glass
Divine Savior Healthcare                    AmericanWay
Ho-Chunk Casino                               Crawford Oil & Propane
United Country Hamele Auction Realty  
Donations needed for Concert in the Park  
Join us for some great summer music at the Portage Concert in the Park Fireworks Celebration on Saturday, July 2. Bring your lawn chair to Pauquette Park (corner of  Hwy 33 and Pierce Street) and listen to the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Enjoy a cold treat of Culver's Custard and Pepsi products during the performance. Stay for the terrific fireworks show over the Wisconsin River!! Reserve a table for you and your guests and be close to the music.

Donations are still needed to help cover the cost of the orchestra. If you can help, please call Marianne at the Chamber, 608-742-6242.
Welcome New Members

Frankie's Pizzeria
2555 New Pinery Rd., Suite #1
    Portage, WI 53901  
Gani Ahmetaj at 608-745-9140
Pizza, subs, pasta, calzones.

Ship-Rec Logistics, Inc. 
2520 W. Wisconsin St.   Portage, WI 53901
Justin P. O'Rourke at 608-745-3388
We help organizations reduce their small package, frieght, ocean,
rail, and international shipping costs.

Continual, LLC 
2520 W. Wisconsin St.   Portage, WI 53901
Justin P. O'Rourke at 608-745-3388
A cost containment company which focuses on a cost reduction
strategy that protects your organization's bottom line.

Bill Tierney
523 W. Edgewater St.   Portage, WI 53901
Associate member.

ReStore - Habitat for Humanity Wisconsin River Area 
1450 E. Wisconsin St.   Portage, WI 53901 
Tim Schulenburg at 608-356-0332
Builds and repairs homes for low to moderate income for families. Sells new and gently used home improvement building supplies and home improvement items to the public. 
Open House at Wisconsin River Title Consultants, 101 Hiawatha 
Tuesday, June 14 from 5pm to 7:30pm
RSVP to Andi at [email protected] 

Divine Savior Healthcare Run/Walk & Kite Fly
Held in conjunction with Canal Days, Divine Savior Healthcare is hosting a Run/Walk in support of the Portage Area Trails Heritage System (PATHS) on Saturday, June 11. All profits from the race will go directly to the project to create a walkable and bikeable community. Click here for info. ds healthcare

The 2016 Canal Days Kite Fly will take place at the Divine Savior Healthcare Portage Campus from 10am to 4pm. Giant show kites, precision stunt kites, spectacular ground displays, treat drop, kite making and flying lessons provided by the Wisconsin Kiters Club. Participate in the family fun flying or bring a blanket and chair and enjoy the show! (All activities will depend on wind conditions.)
Canal Days 2016
A grand summer tradition is back! Canal Days is scheduled for June 10-12 and will feature historical re-enactment encampments, parade, live music, kids activities and more. For a schedule of events, click here.
Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters hiring docents
Calling all individuals and educators who enjoy history and need a summer job! Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters is seeking docents for immediate openings. Some qualifications include: communicating to travelers; ability to work cooperatively; event, programs and private party management; daily upkeep of the grounds and buildings; be dependable and hard working; and have an educational or tourist background.

The site is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 8am to 4pm from June 1 to September 1 with weekends in September and October. If interested, please contact with letter of interest, resume and references to Nancy Burns at 608-790-4897.

luncheon Did you know???
Wisconsin had 57,698 students graduate from high school with a regular diploma in 2015, a graduation rate of 88.4% versus a national rate of 82.3 percent (class of 2014). The state's graduation rate was two-tenths of a percent below last year's rate. Find out many more interesting statistics at June's...

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.

Speaker: Todd Berry of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance
Todd will talk with us about the Wisconsin State Budget and give us an update on the overall fiscal health of the State of Wisconsin.  

Todd A. Berry has been President of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) since 1994. Founded in 1932, WISTAX is a privately funded and widely respected nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving government through public policy research and citizen education. WISTAX, and Todd, fervently believe that, more than ever, the public and the press need objective, factual information about their government.
When: Tuesday, June 7
Location:  Dino's Restaurant
Time:  Lunch at 11:30AM, Presentation at Noon
Cost: pay for your lunch at the restaurant
List of Market Space items is growing!
Members are now able to post items they have for sale through our Chamber website on our Market Space page. Consider it a 'Craigslist' for Chamber members. There is no cost to list items that may fall outside of, but could also include, the realm of the usual type of products and services offered by a member. For example: A printing business may post an office desk it no longer has a need for. 
If you are interested in posting items you are looking to giveaway or sell, please call the Chamber office at 608-742-6242. View our Market Space page here.
Laura's School of Dance 
Register now for Summer lessons the weeks of June 20-24 or August 1-5.

Certified professional instructors! Information online at or by calling 866-dance56.
goodwill logo Goodwill Hiring Fair  
Do you want to make a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities or other challenges?  
Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin offers a variety of positions that support its mission of strengthening our community by providing supportive housing, employment and other assistance to local residents with disabilities or other challenges. During a special hiring fair, staff will be interviewing persons interested in a position with Goodwill, including store associate and store management positions available in Portage. The fair will take place from 11am to 3pm on Thursday, June 2, at the Goodwill Store located at 2902 American Legion Drive, in Portage.

Persons interested in learning about available career opportunities can visit or call 608-246-3140. Goodwill encourages persons to check often because its staffing needs change frequently. All positions play an important role in support of Goodwill's mission.   
To guarantee an interview during the June 2 hiring fair, individuals should register in advance by calling 608-246-3140, ext. 175. Walk-in interviews will be conducted on a first-come-first-served basis.
Interested persons can apply online or pick up an application at the home office or any Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin store or donation center. For a list of locations, visit the website or call 608-246-3140.

judy walking tour Historic Downtown Walking Tours 2016
Local historian Judy Eulberg will once again be leading historic guided downtown walking tours this summer.

The informative one-hour tours are free to the public and leave from the Portage Chamber office at 104 W. Cook St. at 10am on the following Saturdays:
June 4 - July 2 - August 6 
Free Summer Meals & Summer Library Program
Registration for the Summer Library Program begins Thursday, June 2. The program runs from June 2 through June 26. Summer meals will be served Monday through Thursday from June 6 through August 11 (no meals July 4) at Goodyear Park from 11:15am to 11:50am and at the Portage Public Library from 12:05pm to 12:40pm (optional hands-on activity begins at 12:20pm). The lunch must be eaten on site and no application or proof of income is needed.

Contact the UW-Extension at 608-742-9680 for more information. Meal program partners include City of Portage, Portage Public Library, Portage Presbyterian Church, UW-Extension and funded in part by Portage Area United Way.  
Giggles for Kids sale 
Giggles for Kids, located inside the Mercantile, will be offering a 20% discount off all merchandise during the Mercantile 11th anniversary celebration on June 11.

The Mercantile is located in downtown Portage at 117 W. Cook St.

portage center for the arts
Art That Blooms!
Join us for the Opening Reception of Art that Blooms in Portage Center for the Arts' Drury Gallery from 4 to 6pm on Friday, June 3 followed by a Poetry Reading. The exhibit runs through July 30 (floral longevity will vary as the exhibit progresses). For more information, call 608-742-5655.

Mercantile celebrates 11th Anniversary
The Mercantile, 117 W. Cook St., will be celebrating its 11th anniversary on June 11 from 9am to 4pm. Come in and enjoy a piece of cake. There will be specials throughout the store!

Ribbon Cuttings
A ribbon cutting was held at Frankie's Pizzeria, 2555 New Pinery Road, to welcome this new business to Portage. 

"Thank you for giving me an opportunity to be part of the Chamber and the community
of Portage. I will, with all of my family and business, support this community, and I will also provide  
great food!" --Gani Ahmetaj, owner

For more info, call 608-745-9140. 

June massage specials
Seasons of Splendour Massage & Affordable Elegant Skin Care, 242 W. Cook St., is currently offering a couple specials:

1. Any new customer receives a 50-minute facial for $55 and any returning customer that brings a friend or recommends our services will receive 10% off a 50-minute facial when booking an appointment.

2. June Special: Buy a body wax at full price, receive a 2nd body wax for 25% off. Example- wax your legs & get an underarm wax 25% off.

For more information, call 608-745-0010 today!

Looking for a Hot Deal? See our list!   

Check out our Hot Deals webpage for deals our Chamber members are offering. Have a Hot Deal of your own you want others to know about? Post your deals on our webpage and join the Hot Deal brigade! There is no charge for posting a Hot Deal, so post away!  If you have questions, call the Chamber office at 608-742-6242 to get started.

Click here to see the specials that are currently running!
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, $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.

Got News?

What is your business up to? Pass along information and corresponding photos to [email protected] 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. 

June Community Events
Spread the word about your events by posting them on our website!
2    Portage Farmers Market
2    Goodwill Hiring Fair
3-11   Art That Blooms Exhibit at Portage Center for the Arts
3   Euchre Party at Portage Presbyterian Church
4    Babysitting Basics at 
Divine Savior Healthcare
4    Downtown Walking Tour
5    Portage Elks Lodge Kids Fisheree
6-July 28   LaVita Speed & Agility Classes
7-9   Portage Theatres Summer Series
7    Chamber Business Luncheon
8    Chamber Golf Outing
8    Concerts at the Portage
9-11   Citywide Garage Sales
9    Portage Farmers Market
10-12   Portage Canal Days 2016
11   Divine Savior Healthcare Run/Walk & Kite Fly
11   Mercantile 11th Anniversary
11   Flag Day Luncheon at Indian Agency House
11   Boy Scouts Troop 70 Garage & Bike Sale
11   Jack's Tap Grand Opening
11   Portage City Flea Market
11   Rabies & Microchip Clinic at Columbia County Humane Society
13-25   Children's Theatre Workshop at Portage Center for the Arts
13   American Legion Post 47 Annual Steak Fry
14-16   Portage Theatres Summer Series
14   Open House at Wisconsin River Title Consultants
15   Concerts at the Portage
16   Portage Area Muses Project at Portage Public Library
16   Movie in the Park at Sunset Park
16   Portage Farmers Market
17   Bingo at Our House Senior Living
18   Brat Sale at Pierce's Marketplace for the Portage Lions Club
19   Bingo at the VFW
21-23   Portage Theatres Summer Series
21   Open House at Ship-Rec Logistics
22   Concerts at the Portage
23   Portage Farmers Market
23   Get the Scoop on Retirement at Columbia County Aging & Disability Resource Center
27   Portage Sharing Supper at Wayne Bartels Middle School
28-30   Portage Theatres Summer Series
28   Summer Speaker Series at Historic Indian Agency House
29   Concerts at the Portage
30   Blood Drive at Divine Savior Healthcare
30   Portage Farmers Market  

For more information about these and other events, go to 

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.

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NEWS BREAK is a monthly publication of the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce.  Please contact the Chamber if you have news about your business that you would like to include in the next issue. 
 Our deadline is the 20th of the month.  Email your news to [email protected].