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Shop Local; Portage County Business Council Supports Local Holiday Shopping

By Portage County Business Council

In Portage County, 83% of businesses have nineteen or fewer employees. Small businesses are central in central Wisconsin and the entrepreneurial spirit is strong. With Small Business Saturday right around the corner, the Portage County Business Council (PCBC) is putting a special emphasis on local shopping and supporting small business. PCBC supports businesses of any size but recognizes that in this pandemic small, local businesses need an extra boost.

PCBC will be launching our annual Elf on the Shelf “Jolly Biz the Membership Elf” promotion on November 1st. We had 36 spots to fill but with an overwhelming response from member businesses, we decided to offer the promotion on weekends and over Thanksgiving to allow greater participation for a total of 53 member businesses! Jolly will be appearing on our Facebook page daily from November 1st through December 23rd. Correctly guess his location and win a prize donated by that business. This contest is a popular and lighthearted way for businesses to gain extra recognition on PCBC’s social media channels.

PCBC is also partnering with 88.5 FM The Family to promote our gift certificate program. With many businesses not having holiday parties and the desire to promote shopping local, anyone can come to the PCBC office or most area banks to buy Portage County gift certificates of various denominations. PCBC does this as a service to local businesses and we make no profit off of their sale. Listen to 88.5 FM to learn more.

“We are a thriving entrepreneurial community with lots of support for our businesses and now more than ever we need to give back to them. Many of these same businesses support your child’s sport or school or non-profit (including PCBC), so get out in-person or online and support them.” shared Todd Kuckkahn, Portage County Business Council Executive Director.


About Portage County Business CouncilWhere Economic Vitality Meets Quality of Life

The Portage County Business Council is the Chamber of Commerce for all of Portage County and the preeminent leader in economic development and community growth.  The priorities for our members and the community are retention and attraction of businesses and employees.  That is accomplished through engagement, growth, innovation, leadership, network development and partnerships.