Chamber History

2016 marked over One Hundred Years of service to the Portland community by the Portland Area Chamber of Commerce.


When the Chamber began in 1916, it was known as the Commercial Club. The 1920's brought a name change from the Commercial Club to the Board of Commerce, providing services ranging from Night Watchmen for downtown businesses to concerts that helped promote shopping.  The Chamber was also known for purchasing instruments and uniforms for the Portland School Band.


The Community Chest got it's start from the Board of Commerce Directors who established by-laws for the Community Chest in the late 1930's.


The Board of Commerce continued and in the early 1960's became known as the Portland Area Chamber of Commerce for which it stands today.  The 1970's brought Light-up Portland campaigns, retail promotions and a joint venture with the City of Portland formed Burman Square for additional parking in the downtown area.


In years past the location of the chamber was always located in the Director's home or a Chamber member's place of business.  1993 started with a new location for the Chamber with it's office then being located at the Old Iron Bridge Professional Building.  Since 2017 an Executive Assistant has been assigned to oversee daily operations, promote membership and communicate, to the general public, through social media.


The Chamber is committed to the Portland community along with surrounding areas and will continue to grow and service it's Business and Individual Member community.


Famous Individuals who contributed to the Portland community
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Portland Area Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 303

Portland, Michigan  48875

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