About Us

The Business Improvement District was approved on December 11, 1987 by the Common Council of the City of Portage.

The purpose of the Business Improvement District is to provide an organizational and funding mechanism to support the development, improvement, and promotion of the downtown area for the economic benefit of all businesses within the District as well as the general social and economic benefit of the people of the City of Portage and visitors.

BID meets every month on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm.

City of Portage

Our significant historical heritage, small-town charm and seasonal recreational opportunities provide the perfect setting in which to live, work and play. Portage, with a population just over 10,000 and a regional population exceeding 55,000, serves as the county seat for Columbia County.

Home to two Pulitzer Prize winners, novelist Zona Gale and historian Frederick Jackson Turner, Portage is a wonderful read when it comes to history. The Historic Indian Agency House and Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters are living museums contributing to the story of our nation’s development and expansion.

Whether you are interested in visiting our community or you are looking to relocate and make Portage your home, we hope you explore and discover all that we have to offer.

Featured Business

Portage Soundworks

Calendar of Events

Chamber Business Luncheon March 2017
Tuesday Mar 7, 2017

Caring for the Athletic Arm
Tuesday Mar 7, 2017

‘Smart’ Cookie Sale
Thursday Mar 9, 2017

Live Radio Show by PACT
Friday Mar 10, 2017 – Sunday Mar 12, 2017

Friendship Supper at Seventh-day Adventist Church
Wednesday Mar 15, 2017

VFW Social Night
Thursday Mar 16, 2017

Ladies Night at Portage Lumber
Thursday Mar 16, 2017

Hope House Support Group
Friday Mar 17, 2017

Live Radio Show by PACT
Friday Mar 17, 2017 – Sunday Mar 19, 2017

The Best of St. Patrick’s Day
Friday Mar 17, 2017

Bingo at Our House Senior Living
Friday Mar 17, 2017

Girl Scouts Birthday Event
Saturday Mar 18, 2017

Paint Your Pet Event for CCHS
Wednesday Mar 22, 2017

Threaded Streams – Fiber Arts Trail
Thursday Mar 23, 2017 – Saturday Mar 25, 2017

The Harmonica Hour
Thursday Mar 23, 2017

HANDBUILT POTTERY Class at The Mercantile
Thursday Mar 23, 2017

FREE Saturday Theatre Workshops
Saturday Mar 25, 2017

Graminy – Performing Arts Concert Series
Saturday Mar 25, 2017

2017 Spring Bridal Show
Sunday Mar 26, 2017

Portage Sharing Supper at Wayne Bartels Middle School
Monday Mar 27, 2017

BonBon and Bordeaux Painting Class and Wine Sampling
Thursday Mar 30, 2017