Launch Portage

Portage is known as the place ‘Where the North Begins.’ As Young Professionals, the needle on our compass always points north, guiding us forward in our careers while creating new experiences and more opportunities for others like us who want to live, work and play in Portage.

Welcome to Launch Portage. We are Young Professionals building leadership skills, networking and socializing to create a culture of community involvement through the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce. We organize fun activities designed to bring people together and strengthen our community. Come back to this page to see what we are up to and find out how you can be a part of the fun things happening in Portage.

If you are interested in becoming part of Launch Portage, please call the Portage Chamber office at 608-742-6242 or email

Social Night

When: Thursday, October 19
Where: Rock N Wool Winery, W7817 Drake Rd., Poynette
(Just South of Poynette of Hwy 51)
Time: 6pm-8:30pm

Please join us for a Portage Area Chamber of Commerce – Launch Portage
Come meet others from our area, make some new connections and just have fun! Free Admission, appetizers provided. Bring a friend!

Communities statewide, including first-timer Portage, scheduled events during Young Professionals Week, April 22-29, 2017. Click on the logo at right to find out more. Take a look back at the Launch Portage events that happened during YPWeek 2017:

Blitz the VFW

When: Tuesday, April 25
Where: VFW Post #1707, 215 W. Collins St.
Time: 6pm-8pm

Nearly 60 people participated in this Launch Portage kick-off event. Brewmaster Jamie Baertsch was on hand to serve her beer from Wisconsin Dells Brewing Company. Jamie is the first female brewmaster in Wisconsin, who happens to be from Portage. Downtown businesses Bon Bon and Bordeaux and The Mercantile sampled some of their delicious products.

Sunset Park Cleanup

When: Wednesday, April 26
Where: Sunset Park, 1217 W. Pleasant St.
Time: 5pm-6:30pm

A bunch of leaves, sticks, and a little trash were picked up by 23 volunteers who turned out for a spring clean up at this local treasure! Assist Wisconsin, committed to replacing obstacles with opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their families, gave a kayak demonstration and presentation following the cleanup.


Wine Walk

When: Friday, April 28
Where: Downtown Portage
Time: 6pm-9pm

This event sold out again with many of the 350 participants coming from outside the area to sample great wines and check out the downtown, enjoying a sample of one red and one white wine at each stop.