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Business Development in Portage

Did you know North America’s largest glass manufacturing campus, belonging to Cardinal FG, is located right here in Portage? Energizer/Rayovac has a battery plant here, too. Other industries that have a base in Portage include plastics, silicone products, coated paper, pre-cast concrete, a tool & die maker, a tire distributor and a food processor.

We are eager for more businesses to join them in Portage, which is ideally situated along Interstates 90/94 and 39, just outside of Madison and within a few hours of busy markets in Milwaukee, Chicago and the Twin Cities.

Portage is an economic hub with a population of 10,400 and regional population of 55,000. The downtown retail district is a great location for the entrepreneur or small business owner selling a unique product. The business park is ready for more large industries with its quick link to Interstate 39 and the Canadian Pacific Railway mainline.

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Local and Regional Resources

SCORE Madison

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SCORE Madison, a national nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and success of the nation’s small businesses, provides free and confidential business advice, counseling and education. SCORE Madison also offers workshops for entrepreneurs.



MadREP (formerly THRIVE) is the economic development partnership for the eight-county Madison Region with a vision to create a dynamic environment where people and businesses prosper. MadREP and its partners aim to position the region to take advantage of economic opportunities while preserving and enhancing quality of life.

Other Local Resources

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Columbia County Economic Development Corporation

State Resources

Wisconsin Historical Society


Tax Credits and Historic Buildings. If you are planning work on a historic building you may be eligible for a tax credit.

Wisconsin Business Answer Line

The Wisconsin Business AnswerLine provides free information to Wisconsin small business owners on a wide variety of business topics. AnswerLine staff often field calls about starting a business, business planning, permits and licensing, insurance, legal entity types and business financing topics. These resources can also be e-mailed to the caller to answer their questions quickly and efficiently. The AnswerLine is available from Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Call: 608-263-7680 or 800-940-7232.

More State Resources

SBDCWisconsin Small Business Development Center


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