Benefits of Membership

The Portage Area Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary membership organization of the business community. To the Secretary of State, we are a not-for-profit organization. To the IRS, we are a 501(C) business association. Our only significant resources are the time, skills and financial support of our members. We are defined by people’s perceptions of our past accomplishments, our current actions and our preparation to deal with the future.

chamber office summerThe Chamber is a private, non-profit corporation which unites hundreds of businesses, professionals and individuals. The Chamber is a unique central agency interested in creating a healthy environment in which to conduct business and assisting its members and community by enhancing economic, civic and cultural interests in the Portage Area. Most importantly, the Chamber is people… people just like you. People who realize that through the Chamber they can accomplish collectively what no one of them can do individually. The strength of the Chamber lies in attracting the greatest number of members and creating a pool of resources from which ideas, energy, and finances can be drawn to create great businesses in our community.

Our Chamber consists of 330 plus members working together to make the Portage Area a better place to live and work by setting and achieving goals that assure Portage of reaching its full potential as a community. 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

The Chamber realizes the importance of every business, regardless of size, and to the economic well being of the Portage Area. It also is committed to strengthening services to member businesses through a variety of programs developed solely for the Portage Area business community.

Business After Five – After a long day at work why not join us and mingle with your fellow Chamber Members! Promote your business by hosting one of these events offered monthly.

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 – The Chamber works to build and strengthen the business community of Portage on a daily basis. We have an ongoing commitment to advocate and promote balanced economic growth in Portage. 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!

Networking – Make contacts, develop leads and learn valuable business strategies at Chamber Business After 5’s, Golf Outing, Business Luncheons, Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner and other special events.

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.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies – Our Ambassadors help you organize an official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to formally welcome your business to the community, celebrate an expansion or a new move within your organization. A photograph is taken and submitted to the local newspaper, as well as printed in our monthly newsletter.

Telephone Program – Opportunity to enroll in our phone program and create non-dues revenue for the Chamber.

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.