Portage County Business Council delivers results – results to the economy through our economic development efforts, and results to area businesses through our Chamber of Commerce.

Wisconsin River, Stevens Point

Economic Development

We’ve got our economic development proposition down to three words. It’s better here.

Actually, it’s much better here, but that’s four words. 

The Portage County Business Council works with local municipalities and state agencies to promote business development in our area and smooth the way for businesses expanding or relocating to Portage County.  The Business Council promotes the Portage County community by featuring available properties, resources and news of interest to potential and growing businesses.

Assistance is just a phone call away. The PCBC serves as a key contact for economic development information and referrals.


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UWSP Set to Launch Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology

By Portage County Business Council

The University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point will launch the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) on Wednesday, September 8th. This new source for sustainability solutions will provide business and (continued).


Land Use That Protects Our Future Generations

By Portage County Business Council

We’re all interested in economic development — growing existing businesses and attracting new ones. Community planning is key to sustainability — how a community uses the land for residential, agricultural or (continued).


Check out Wisconsin’s Economic Development Programs for your Business!

By Portage County Business Council

Businesses considering job creation, investment in property or equipment, employee training or other development may be eligible for financial assistance programs offered through the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. According to (continued).

Looking for possibilities and prosperity? Look at our resources below and rise above.

Chamber of Commerce

Experience a strong sense of belonging. The Portage County Business Council – your Chamber of Commerce partner.

Add us to your list of a strong place to belong and we promise we’ll both be better for it.

Serving nearly 500 members, PCBC offers valuable benefits, including increased marketing opportunities through events and the Business Council’s printed and online communication tools. PCBC advocacy and our Legislative Committee provide the membership with a strong, unified voice on local, regional and national issues that have an impact on area businesses. The PCBC makes it a point to collaborate with business, education, community and government leaders to get results.

“Being a member of the Portage County Business Council these past 25-plus years has been vital in growing our business. PCBC offers the right tools to help businesses of all sizes to be successful — from networking opportunities, to learning and employee development, to events and sponsorships to showcase your organization. The key for anyone is to get involved!”

Lisa Sobczak
Branch Manager, ABR Employment Services

Join today and take advantage of the benefits tomorrow.

Workforce Development

Our workforce development belief?
The cream always rises to the top.

Well, it’s not just that the cream always rises to the top, it’s that our workforce development efforts produce the cream of the crop.

The Business Council Foundation makes workforce and leadership development a priority through its Partners in Education (PIE) and Leadership Portage County (LPC) programs.  Knowing the importance of a talented workforce and strong community guidance as the basis for a healthy business environment, the Foundation partners with quality educational institutions at every level to give students assistance in developing career awareness and gaining the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.

Workforce Development Programs

Leadership Portage County – insights from the insightful.

Through the LPC program community leaders share their expertise and help participants learn leadership skills that will help them enhance their careers and take on important civic tasks.

Become a leader

Hands down, the Partners In Education program is the hands on favorite for school to business partnerships.

Partners In Education provides programs and services to approximately 10,000 students and 1,100 educators in six different school districts. PIE partner school districts benefit from the support and expertise of local businesses and professional organizations that participate in PIE programs, services and events.

Become a Partner

University of WI-Stevens Point

Portage County Living

Choose your you.

You like to recreate, be outdoors all four seasons, be with friends, you like fall colors and colorful people, good food and craft beverages, oh and yes, you like to work with talented people. You can do all of that and more in Portage County, the one place you can choose your you. Portage County, has been making appearance after appearance on national lists of America’s best cities.  With small-town appeal and college-town sophistication, Portage County is the place to be.

Our Communities

Stevens Point
New residents and visitors discover a historic downtown area, a variety of shopping and entertainment options, and a diverse calendar of events, including cultural, athletic and church-affiliated events. Parks and natural areas such as the Sculpture Park and Green Circle Trail inspire outdoor enthusiasts to explore the beauty of Central Wisconsin.

Located south of Stevens Point, the Village of Plover has grown from just 2,618 residents when it was incorporated in 1971 to a current population of more than 12,000. This prosperous community, with an average household income above the state average, has attracted a growing number of retailers and become a popular shopping destination.

Straddling the banks of the Tomorrow River and surrounded by the natural beauty of rural Wisconsin, the scenic Village of Amherst is surprisingly independent for a community of just over 1,000 residents. Medical services, groceries, banking, dining and most other necessities are readily available within Amherst’s small-town atmosphere.


Choose your you