Who We Are

The Portland Area Chamber of Commerce is organized to advance the general welfare and prosperity of Portland and surrounding area.


What We Do

Provide promotion to the economic, civic, commercial, cultural, industrial and educational interests of the area. 



Want To Join?

To learn more about buisness membership, check out the information below and see how you, too, can make a difference in the community.



Greetings from the Portland Area Chamber of Commerce,


My name is Kathy Ness, and I am again serving as the chamber president.  As you might guess, the Portland buzz of 2015 was the June tornado.  Even with all of the storm devastation, we were briefly down, but never out.  The business community is growing, our schools are solid and local churches look with enthusiasm as to what 2016 will bring.  


The Chamber of Commerce has enjoyed success with co-hosting Business After Hours with Portland Main Street.  We have celebrated a number of new businesses with our ribbon cutting ceremonies, and spotlighted chamber member businesses at local events and in social media.  


We have our vision set on additional activities such as an educational seminar for our local businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs as well as advertising via a highway billboard.   We welcome businessmen and women, and any other civic-minded citizens to join us. 


This community shines bright with all its attributes (that being the people who care, lead, and lend a hand).  Yes, we are Portland Strong, but equally noted, we are Portland proud.


Kathy Ness, 2016 Chamber President



Some of our Events for 2016 include:


Board Members: Leo Madarang - Vice President, Sara Badgero - Treasurer, Fawn Morris - Secretary, Lori Adcock - Membership Chair, Tutt Gorman, Liz Miller, and Chopper Schrauben

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Business After Hours

Portland area business leaders -- The Portland Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Portland Main Street, hosts quarterly "Business After Hours" events. The next event will be held in January 28, 2016 at The Gallery Brewery, 143 Kent St., Portland, MI.  4:30 - 6:30 pm


PACC Annual Dinner & Business Awards

The PACC will be celebrating accomplishments for 2015 at our annual dinner and awards presentation, held on February 8, 2016 at 6:00 pm at the Wagon Wheel Oak Room. Cost of the dinner is $25. The nominations have been received for our awards. We are now asking your help in placing your votes for the two nominees in each category. Winners of the award to be announced at the dinner.

Business of the Year: B&W Auto Supply and Divine Auto body

Citizen of the Year: Rev. Marilyn Danielson and Mary Scheurer

Dr. Gerald Brown Life-long Business Achievement: Randy Sandborn of Sandborn Real Estate and Larry and Julie Chapin of Portland Black Belt Academy.

Special recognition (non-voting) will also be given to Chuck Dumas and Judge David Hoort honoring their retirement and service to our community. 

Voting for the nominees will close on Jan. 31, 2016.

You are invited to join us for an evening of dinner, music and recognition of Portland’s business and civic leaders.

Please RSVP to: portlandmichamber@gmail.com

or register on-line with link below.

** 2014 Business of the Year Portland Party Store

** 2014 Citizen of the Year

Shelley Perry
** Dr. Gerald Brown Life-long Business Achievement Award

Milton Smith & Walt Sprague


Legislative Luncheon

Held on the second Monday of the month at the Wagon Wheel Oak Room at 12:00 noon. Come, bring a friend -- great opportunity to network and stay up on local news.

Monthly PACC Board Meeting

Held every third Wednesday of the month.  February's meeting will be at Fabiano's in Portland, 8:15 am. All welcome.

Business Spotlight -- Portland Assisted Living and Memory Center

223 Charlotte Hwy., Portland, MI  (former PCFU building)

Patrice Weber is the owner of Portland’s newest business, Portland Assisted Living and Memory Center, located at 223 Charlotte Hwy.  So how does one turn an older credit union building into an assisted living center with a modern, comfortable and classy feel?  Well, check out the transformation for your self and be pleasantly surprised.  Patrice, with the help of her mother, Bernadette, have opened this 19 bed licensed AFC .  They have options for private and semi-private rooms.  Twenty –four hour care is provided for seniors with dementia or other care dependent needs.  Patrice states that they participate with the Medicaid waiver program, as well as accept private pay residents.  Nursing services are provided by a variety of homecare agencies and physician treatment can be continued with the patient’s doctor, or receive services from Visiting Physicians Association.  End of life care is also provided with hospice agencies.


Patrice is able to manage the Portland Assisted Living and Memory Center with her wealth of knowledge and experience in this field.  She owns another AFC, Brighter Horizons, in Lansing, and has past experience in managing a large internal medicine physician’s office for a number of years.  To keep up to date with current medical trends, Patrice has her certification as a dementia care practitioner.


Portland welcomes Patrice and wishes her the best in this new business.  If you have questions for her, call (517) 643-2073.


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Remember to save gas by shopping locally. We have some really remarkable business owners in our city. The Chamber highly recommends that you view all of our Chamber Business Members and make sure they are the first on your list, as they are on ours!


Click here to see our Current Business Members list.

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