Portage Chamber Breakfast Meeting has been rescheduled to MARCH 31
Join us for the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Meeting and be part of the Business Event of the Year! The meeting is rescheduled for Thursday, March 31 at the Best Western.

Our featured speaker for the event will be Kristin Runge, Ph. D., Communication Research Specialist, Community Development Institute Division of Extension UW-Madison, who, as a part of the Portage Housing Task Force, will be discussing the results of the housing survey taken last year.  

This Task Force conducted a community housing survey with presentations by professional housing specialists/experts over the past 8 months. The study identifies possible housing policies, programs and resources that supports a safe, diverse, affordable and equitable housing system and contributes to a healthy tax base for Portage. 

To Register for this event, click here. For more information, contact the Portage Chamber at 608-742-6242 or email us at pacc@portagewi.com.

Thank You to the sponsors of our 2022 Breakfast Meeting:
Mayoral Forum February 7
The Portage Area Chamber of Commerce is holding an hour-long virtual Mayoral Forum on Monday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m. Click Here for the link to view the forum by Zoom.

The forum is expected to feature current mayor Richard Dodd and candidate Mitch Craig. A third candidate, Kyle Little, could not participate, but is invited to have a stand-in read his responses. Residents will have their chance to select their choice during the primary election on Tuesday, February 15. The top two candidates will compete in the Spring election on April 5.
Welcome New Portage Chamber of Commerce Members

Tiny Homestead
N9164 Muskrat Road, Portage, WI 53901
Kelsey Houk at 608-235-2675
Seasonal farmstand on Muskrat Road property with candles and other products
sold at The Mercantile and Wilz Hometown Pharmacy.

Simply Well Air
2555 New Pinery Road Portage, WI 53901
Nathan Griepentrog at 608-697-3451
The Most Powerful Air & Surface Cleaning Technology Ever Created!
Kills SARS COV 2 to a 99.9% in just 3 minutes!    

Portage Cafe LLC
111 W. Cook Street Portage, WI 53901
Tammy Medina at 608-566-7194
Breakfast and lunch cafe in downtown Portage.

Riley Kubatzke Agency - American Family Insurance
1606 New Pinery Road, Suite B Portage, WI 53901
Riley Kubatzke at 608-742-3888
Our team is here to serve. With unique backgrounds, training and experience, we are well
prepared to meet your insurance needs. Additionally, as residents of your community, we understand how
important it is to be there for you - our trusted friends and neighbors.

CBD American Shaman
2814 New Pinery Road Portage, WI 53901
 Dedicated to bringing wellness to the world through ultra-concentrated
terpene rich CBD oil derived from all natural, high quality industrial hemp.

Chamber Member training with ChamberMaster
As a Portage Area Chamber of Commerce member, you have a listing and searchable visibility on our website within the online business directory through your own MIC (Member Information Center). We want to make sure your information in this area is accurate and searchable for users on our website at www.portagewi.com.
We are holding a virtual training workshop on Thursday, February 10 from 1pm to 2pm to review your MIC (Member Information Center) listing with you and share new features you can use to highlight your business. We will also be reviewing options you can take to maximize your business visibility on the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce website by upgrading your listings to include banner ad opportunities.
Learn how to login and utilize your personal Chamber Member Center
• Learn how to add and manage local deals and job postings
• Learn how to add and manage your events
• Learn how consumers find your business listing and how to STAND OUT
In this training workshop, Michelle Bursch, our Internet Marketing Consultant, will be guiding us through the process and will be available to answer any questions.
Kiwanis Fisheree at Silver Lake
Come help the Portage Kiwanis raise money to purchase books for children at the Kiwanis Fisheree at Silver Lake on Saturday, February 12. Registration starts at 8am and fishing continues until 3pm. There will be food, games and prizes.  

For more information, contact Klay Vehring at klay.vehring@gmail.com.
Warrior BASH
Come support the Warrior Fund with a night of food, fun, music and live and silent auction during the Warrior BASH on Saturday, February 19 from 5pm to 10pm at the Portage Rod & Gun Club, W10450 Hwy 16.

Universal Sound band will be performing. Food will be prepared and served by Portage High School ProStart Class. Live and silent auction items to bid on. Tickets are $100 for this Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior BASH. Price includes food and beer/wine. Cash bar available to purchase mixed drinks.
Valentine's Day Special
Enjoy this Valentine's Day Special! Purchase one introductory membership to Portage CrossFit Cooperative, get one membership...perfect for your significant other or your BFF! ($85 value). Offer Good now through February 14, 2022.

Visit www.portagecrossfitcooperative.com for more information.
Ribbon Cuttings
A ribbon cutting was held at Simply Well Air, 2555 New Pinery Road, to welcome this new business to Portage.

Activepure is the most Powerful Surface and Air cleaning system ever created. Activepure eliminates 99.9% of Pathogens in your home or business including Sars Cov 2, the virus that causes Covid in just 3 minutes!

For more information, please call 608-697-3451.
News from Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative
If you’re a member of Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative and have an idea to suggest to the co-op, submit your advisory resolutions https://www.acecwi.com/about-advisory-resolutions/ by Friday, February 18. Visit our website to learn more or give us a call at 800-831-8629.
Attending college or planning to this upcoming fall? Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative members are eligible to apply for our Educational Scholarship. This scholarship is available until Friday, March 4. Visit our website to learn more about our Educational Scholarship https://www.acecwi.com/co-op-programs/scholarships/. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to receive funding towards your education!

Do you know an educator that needs funding for classroom projects in the areas of science, technology, engineering, or math? Encourage them to apply for ACEC’s STEM Grant. The grant amount has recently been increased to $1,000, which means the co-op could fund an awesome project for a local class! Visit our website to learn more about our STEM Grant https://www.acecwi.com/stem-grant/, or email Haley Melby at hmelby@acecwi.com<mailto:hmelby@acecwi.com.
Welcome the Riley Kubatzke Agency
A ribbon cutting will be held on Wednesday, February 2 at 9am to welcome Riley Kubatzke as a new Portage agent, replacing Kari Tracey who retired from the Kari Tracey Agency - American Family Insurance. We wish Kari a happy retirement and thank her for being a Chamber member.

Riley brings several years of experience with American Family Insurance through the success of his office in St. Francis, focusing on providing dependable protection, friendly service and flexibility to meet his customer’s needs. He realizes that insurance is more than just a policy which is why he connects with his customers to protect what matters the most.

Riley currently lives in Oconomowoc with his wife and stepson. Together they have a puppy who they enjoy taking to dog parks and who is a regular at the St. Francis office. Riley enjoys paddle boarding, spending time with his family and coaching his stepson’s sports. He is looking forward to learning how to curl and spending more time getting involved in the Portage community.

For more information, contact the Riley Kubatzke Agency - American Family Insurance, 1606, Suite B, New Pinery Road, at 608-742-3888.
Spring Candle Launch with Tiny Homestead
There are many 'Classic' Candle Scents that stick around all year, but new 'Spring Candle Scents' will be launched February 1 through February 3 by Tiny Homestead. These new candles will be available to purchase starting February 4 at The Mercantile in downtown Portage.

Candle Making Workshop with Tiny Homestead
From Our Homestead to Your Home: This workshop was designed to connect neighbors who love creating and sharing! The workshop will take place at The Mercantile, 117 W. Cook Street, in downtown Portage on Friday, February 4 at 6pm. Come early to do some shopping!
Attendance will be limited to 15 people. Cost is $35 per person. Stop into The Mercantile or call them at 608-745-5768 to pay! Cost includes: Candle Making hosted by Tiny Homestead. You will make 1-8oz. candle and have the opportunity to make and purchase additional at the event. BonBon and Bordeaux will once again have amazing appetizers to enjoy during the workshop! Grab a friend and join the fun!
For more information, call Tiny Homestead at 608-235-2675.
Clyde Masten performs at VFW
Clyde Masten will host a music concert at the Portage VFW Post 1707 on Saturday, February 5 from 3:30pm to 7pm. A variety of music will include Elvis, Oldies, Country and Classic Rock. There will be food and drink specials, too.

Portage VFW is located at 215 West Collins Street. For more information, please call 608-742-5350.
Adult Computer Basics at Portage Library
Portage Public Library will be offering technology basics programs for adults on the second Wednesday of every month in 2022. Meet on Wednesday, February 9 in the computer area of the main library from Noon to 1pm. 

Alternative computers will be available in other locations around the library for patrons to use during the program. For more information, call 608-742-4959. The library is located at 253 E. Edgewater Street.
Portage FFA Pancake Supper
Join Portage FFA in celebration of FFA week with an all-you-can-eat Pancake Dinner on Wednesday. February 23 from 5pm to 6:30pm at Portage High School, 301 E. Collins Street. Meals will cost $5 per person, and kids under 3 eat for free!
For more information, please email Josh Capodarco.
Artist Opening Reception at PCA
Join us for the Opening Reception of 'Evolution' by Rick Ross in the Drury Gallery at Portage Center for the Arts on Friday, February 4 from 4pm to 6pm. Free and open to the public! Exhibit runs through February 25.

Driftless Brass Quintet at Portage Center for the Arts
Join the Portage Center for the Arts at the Zona Gale Theatre on select Saturdays throughout the year for music concerts. The Driftless Brass Quintet plays a wide variety of musical delights specifically arranged for the group, ranging from Renaissance to Jazz! Hear this group perform on Saturday, February 5 at 7:30pm.

Lunch Break at Portage Center for the Arts
Come to this speaker series at Portage Center for the Arts to listen to the Portage High School Culinary Team with Michelle Madden discuss the skills needed for success at competitions and for long term careers, on Thursday, February 24 from Noon to 1pm. $5 per person at the door.

Help Create A River of Art
Help create a river of art as part of this collaborative community art project. Download a fish template from the PCA website, pick one up at the PCA office or design your own…let your creativity run wild as you decorate your fish using markers, paints or anything you’d like!
Your fish will be added to a river banner outside of PCA. Grab your goggles or snorkel and stop on by for a fun selfie in front of the river of art you helped create starting on or about May 15!

For more information about these and other events, call 608-742-5655 or visit portagecenterforthearts.com.
February Chamber Meetings and Events
2 Ambassador Meeting at Community Bank at 8am
2 Ribbon Cutting at Riley Kubatzke Agency at 9am
7 Mayoral Forum held virtually at 6:30pm
Spread the word about Portage!
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Want to submit an article for this newsletter?
The Chamber's monthly newsletter deadlines the 20th of the month. Members are always welcome to let others know: about new products and services; introduce new associates or promotions; provide updates about their industry or business; give helpful tips; promote a sale or event. For more information, call the Portage Chamber at 608-742-6242.
Submit your Events!
Are you planning an event this year? Get it posted on our web community calendar at www.portagewi.com. One of the most popular viewed of the Chamber website pages, the calendar allows you to submit your own events.

Simply click this link and submit your events. If you have questions, please call the Chamber office at 608-742-6242.
Job postings on portagewi.com
Check out these job postings on our Chamber site from our member businesses. You are welcome to post job openings your business may have at any time. Call the Chamber office at 608-742-6242 for more information.
Text PORTAGE to 51660
to receive information about upcoming Portage events
Join a Service Club - Meetings subject to change
Rotary - Meets Mondays at Noon at Dino’s Restaurant, 2900 New Pinery Rd.
Lions Club - Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm at Dino’s Restaurant, 2900 New Pinery Rd., summer month meetings change locations
Kiwanis - Meets on Wednesdays at Noon at Pizza Ranch, 2905 New Pinery Rd.
Optimists - Meets on Tuesdays at 7am at Dino’s Restaurant, 2900 New Pinery Rd.
Elks - Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday at 7pm; 4th Tuesday only during July and August
Women's Civic League - Meets 2nd Wednesdays of the month at Dino’s Restaurant, 2900 New Pinery Rd.
Portage Area Chamber of Commerce | 608-742-6242 | pacc@portagewi.com | www.portagewi.com