Benefits of Membership

The Portage Area Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary membership organization of the business community. chamber office summerThe Chamber is a private, non-profit corporation which unites hundreds of businesses, professionals and individuals to enhance economic, civic and cultural interests in the Portage Area.

Our Chamber consists of 300-plus members working together to make the Portage Area a better place to live and work. We are a voice for the business and professional community on critical issues and a partner in economic development working to attract new businesses and foster growth among existing enterprises.

BENEFITS FOR YOUR BUSINESS

  • NETWORKING  Make contacts, develop leads and learn valuable business strategies at monthly Business Luncheons, Annual Meeting & Awards, Golf Outings and other special events.
  • EDUCATION  Helping to create a strong, well-educated workforce, by offering periodic seminar/workshops.

Committees – Help us help you! The Chamber offers many committees including Annual Banquet, Golf Outing, Taste of Portage, Concert in the Park, and Ambassadors. Each committee is developed to target a specific area of interest to the Chamber and its Members.

Economic Development – We are dedicated to creating a strong local economy through business retention and expansion, attraction of new business enterprises, and support of business-friendly legislation.

Education – Helping to create a strong, well-educated workforce, by offering periodic seminar/workshops.

Government Advocacy – The Chamber is dedicated to communicating the views of the business community as it relates to local, regional, state and federal governmental issues. We strive to keep Chamber members informed on timely topics and issues that affect everyone.

Mailing Labels – The Chamber will provide upon request one set of Chamber Member mailing labels for $25 with a paid membership per year.

Member Directory – You receive a free alphabetical and categorical listing in our online directory that is visited by thousands of people throughout the world in search of information on services like yours. By purchasing upgrades, members can easily and effectively enhance their online listing.

Member Referrals – Via phone calls, e-mails, letters and drop-ins, the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce receives thousands of requests for referrals each year. Only our members are referred to businesses or individuals seeking products and services. We direct business to you!

Newsletter – Our monthly newsletter, NewsBreak, keeps members informed of upcoming Chamber events and programs, member benefits and community news. NewsBreak is also available online, helping advertisers reach thousands of potential new clients! Opportunities are available for advertising and target marketing by taking an ad space or including an insert. Additional exposure is provided through the monthly Business Profile.

Portage Green Gift Certificates – Purchased through the Chamber and used at participating Chamber member’s business. Participating in Portage Green can help boost your business while helping to keep thousands of dollars here in Portage.

Tourism & Retail Promotional Opportunities – 25,000 Portage Visitor Guides and 10,000 Maps are distributed annually. Opportunities are available to market your business during promotional events & activities: Concert in the Park, Taste of Portage, Holiday Events and more!

Visitor/Relocation Information Packets – Information is sent throughout the year to individuals who call or write indicating an interest in visiting or relocating to the Portage Area. The Chamber provides community information, demographics, local publications, maps and brochures for tourists, new residents and businesses.

Websitewww.portagewi.com is the Chamber’s online connection to its Members and the world! Members can post their events, hot deals, available jobs and much more. Contact the Chamber for your own username and password login. Members are listed by category with web site links provided at no charge.