Portage Chamber Breakfast Meeting January 20
Join us for the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Meeting and be part of the Business Event of the Year! The meeting will be held at Best Western on Thursday morning, January 20.

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.

There is still time to be a sponsor for this great annual tradition. Join these sponsors of the 2022 Breakfast Meeting:
Simply Well Air Portage High Fundraiser
Portage High School is hosting a Community Protection Fundraiser sponsored by Activepure, the most powerful air and surface purification technology ever discovered. The technology reduces 99.9% airborne and surface contaminants, including SARS-CoV-2, viruses, bacteria and mold. A percentage of the proceeds go back to the school.

Find our more about this technology and how it can help you at this fundraising event on Monday, January 10 at 6:30pm with at the Portage High School or on a Zoom call on January 11 at 6:30pm. For more information, call Simply Well Air at 608-697-3451 or visit simplywellair.com.
CrossFit Cooperative New Year Special
Start the New Year out right! Receive a free Portage CrossFit T-Shirt with an introductory membership at Portage CrossFit Cooperative through Monday, January 10. Details can be found here: www.portagecrossfitcooperative.com or call 608-345-7109.
Elvis Birthday Bash at Portage VFW
Come join the fun at the Elvis Birthday Bash featuring Clyde Masten. Everyone is welcome and there will be food specials and desserts for sale on Saturday, January 8 from 3:30pm to 7pm at Portage VFW Post 1707, 215 West Collins Street.

Portage Ice Fishing Team/Portage FFA Ice Fishing Clinic
On Saturday, January 15, the Portage Ice Fishing Team along with Portage FFA will be hosting a Free Ice Fishing Event at Silver Lake Pond. Attendees will be able to fish without a license or stamp as part of the Wisconsin DNR Free Ice Fishing weekend.

In addition to ice fishing, attendees will be able to meet with members of the Portage Police Department to discuss Ice Fishing safety. Attendees can access the event at Silver Lake Beach and Park (522 Silver Lake Drive). Prizes will be offered for largest fish caught, including several gift cards. Also, attendees will be provided with free hot chocolate as they fish and explore the event.
Members of the Portage Ice Fishing Team and Portage FFA will be on site to assist first-time fishers with equipment, practices and advice! No fishing experience required! The event runs from 9am to 2pm.

For more information, contact Joshua Capodarco at Capodarcoj@portage.k12.wi.us.
OSHA delays effective dates for vaccine & testing mandate
OSHA has made the decision to delay enforcement of COVID-19 vaccine and testing requirements for employers with 100 or more people until later dates. According to their statement, "OSHA will not issue citations for noncompliance with any requirements of the ETS before Jan. 10 and will not issue citations for noncompliance with the standard’s testing requirements before Feb. 9, so long as an employer is exercising reasonable, good faith efforts to come into compliance with the standard."
This means that employers with 100 or more people will have until January 10, 2022 to comply with the requirements that were initially slated to begin on Dec. 6, 2021. Additionally, weekly testing requirements for unvaccinated employees will be delayed until Feb. 9, 2022, instead of Jan. 4, 2022.

View the mandate here.
Artist Opening Reception at PCA
An Opening Reception will be held for the "Even When We Close Our Eyes" exhibit by Brit and Bernadette Brownson Borcher at Portage Center for the Arts on Friday, January 7 from 4pm to 6pm. The onsite exhibit runs January 7 through January 28.

Saturday Theatre & Film Workshops
Portage Center for the Arts is hosting Saturday Theatre & Film Workshops led by Valarie Lanciaux. Ages 10-18 welcome. Experience not required. No fee!
Theatre Workshop - January 8, 2022  9am-Noon
Film Workshop - January 15, 2022  9am - Noon

Ritt & Wilder Deitz at PCA
Ritt & Wilder Deitz are ready to perform on Saturday, January 15 at Portage Center for the Arts at 7:30pm. A regular performer in listening rooms and house concerts from Wisconsin to his native Kentucky, acoustic roots rocker and recording artist Ritt Deitz is joined by his son Wilder Deitz, a folk/jazz pianist and founder of the Wilder Deitz School for Creative Music.

Lunch Break at PCA
Find out how you can easily layer moss, sand or rock to create variation and texture in your displays during 'Air Plants & Terrariums with Edgewater Home & Garden' Lunch Break at Portage Center for the Arts. This event will be held on Thursday, January 27 from Noon to 1pm at Portage Center for the Arts, 301 E. Cook St. The cost is $5 at the door per person.

Student Recital Series
The Student Recital Series will be held at Portage Center for the Arts on Sunday, January 30. The event features recital performances from students of independent teachers throughout the surrounding region.

For more information about these and other events, call 608-742-5655 or visit portagecenterforthearts.com.
How to Begin a New Year with Hope
As the New Year approaches, those who grieve realize that life moves forward whether they like it or not. Those around you may be full of energy with resolutions and plans while you are still trying to survive one day at a time. This program offers an opportunity to face the New Year with Hope. 

Aspirus Divine Savior Hospital invites you to register for this Zoom Grief meeting, How To Begin A New Year With Hope, on Tuesday, January 18 from 6pm to 7pm. This is a Virtual Event - Registration is required. To receive the Zoom link: https://www.wingsgrief.org/zoomgrief.
Ribbon Cuttings
A ribbon cutting was held at Carrie Lynne's Coffee, LLC, 322 DeWitt Street, to welcome this new business to Portage.

Try the tasty coffee, teas, hot cocoa, apple cider, lattes and more! A panini sandwich is so filling, and delicious! You will crave Carrie Lynne’s famous salad.

Stop in, relax and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere in downtown Portage. For more information, call
HealthCare Revival
You are invited to HealthCare Revival! Connecting our community with health and wellness professionals that are passionate about educating and changing the culture of healthcare, HealthCare professionals from the area get together to educate community members over some charcuterie and wine, with a chance to win up $1500 in prizes!

HealthCare Revival is happening on Friday, January 28 from 5pm to 7pm at Blau Family Chiropractic & Integrated Wellness, 641 Latton Lane.

Free Massage & Spinal Screening at Anytime Fitness
Enjoy free 10-minute chair massage & spinal screenings from Blau Family Chiropractic at Anytime Fitness of Portage on Wednesday, January 12 from 4:30pm to 6pm. You have this opportunity the second Wednesday of the month from 4:30pm to 6pm.
Anytime Fitness is located at 2800 New Pinery Road in Portage. For more information, contact Blau Chiropractic at 608-742-1300.
Durward's Glen 1st Pancake Breakfast!
Enjoy a delicious plate of pancakes, eggs and sausage during this pancake breakfast on Saturday, January 15 from 8am to 11am.
$10 per plate.

Winter Wonderland at Durward's Glen
Enjoy a hike around the Glen on candle lit walkways! Cozy up next to the bonfire and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies during Winter Wonderland event at Durward's Glen on Saturday, January 29 from 5pm to 8pm.

Durward's Glen is located at W11876 McLeisch Road, Baraboo. For more information, visit durwardsglen.org or call 608-356-8113.
Thank You Farmers
The Thank You Farmers Project accomplished a lot in 2021. With your help, $500,000 was raised in 2021 to support the people in agriculture who are making a positive impact on the world, including those in FFA and other agricultural education programs.

Culver's has raised over $3.6 million since the Thank you Farmers Project began in 2013.
Rhyme chosen as a 2021 Elite Dealer
ENX Magazine announced that Rhyme was among the 120 companies chosen this year as a 2021 Elite Dealer.
Rhyme has consistently been recognized among the nation’s top office technology dealerships as an Elite Dealer and is celebrating 135 years in business this year, which it feels is a considerable achievement in a highly competitive industry.
“The past 20 months have been challenging and inspiring at the same time. I’m so proud of our people who innovated, adapted, and changed how they do what they do best,” said Kendall Steinhoff, Marketing Director of Rhyme. “We have invested in training, new marketing initiatives and anything we could do to better ourselves during this time. The marketplace has changed and so have we. I believe with the team we have now we are stronger than ever, and we will continue to offer the best customer service experience we can to our clients. Everyone here is honored to be recognized as an Elite Dealer and they take great pride in the role they play to get Rhyme to this level as a Dealer.”
Each year, ENX Magazine judges Elite Dealer applicants on a number of criteria, from technical service excellence to marketing proficiency, growth initiatives, technology leadership, industry accolades and philanthropy. Those dealers chosen are profiled in the December issue of ENX Magazine.
2022 Historic Portage calendars available
A new 2022 Calendar, themed "Milestones and Pebbles from the History of Columbia County by Richard Jenkins" is available at the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce.

The free calendar is courtesy of the Portage Historic Preservation Commission, which is always looking for new commission members interested in the historic preservation of Portage. For more information, visit portagewi.gov/historic-preservation-commission.
Opportunities at Madison College
Madison College is seeking an Administrative Coordinator at the Reedsburg Campus and an Early College Advisor at the Portage and Reedsburg Campuses. Both positions are full time.

For more information about the positions:
Welcome New Portage Chamber of Commerce Members

Portage Cafe, LLC
111 W. Cook Street, Portage WI 53901
Tammy Medina at 608-566-7194
A great breakfast and lunch cafe in the heart of downtown Portage.

 Simply Well Air
2555 New Pinery Road, Portage WI 53901
Nate Griepentrog at 608-697-3451
The most powerful air & surface cleaning technology ever created.
January Chamber Meetings and Events
5 Ambassador Meeting at Community Bank at 8am
5 Ribbon Cutting at Simply Well Air at 9am
20 Chamber Annual Breakfast Meeting at Best Western at 8am
Spread the word about Portage!
Use #portagewi or #portagechamberwi in your social media posts.
Check out the Chamber's YouTube Channel HERE
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