Sep 19

Attention businesses!

You’ve hear about the proposed tax changes for small businesses. Now come hear how it will affect your business?

Wednesday, September 27th
Rotary Multipurpose room, Stride Place


FREE to attend, please RSVP
All businesses welcome!

Aug 30

New Tax for Small Businesses?


Quietly this summer, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced proposed changes to the corporate tax structure in Canada. The changes, according to the federal government, is meant to address fairness and make the 1% pay their fair share of taxes. Upon further review, economists, business, and tax experts share a different view. One Liberal strategist labeled the proposed changes as grossly unfair and a danger to the entrepreneurial spirit which creates jobs, and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce refers to them as the most radical tax overhaul in 50 years. More info here


This is an issue where the power of the network can affect change if we all work together and use our voice of business.

The window of opportunity is closing.  The Liberal and Conservative caucuses meet immediately after Labour Day and the Chamber network is aiming to have MPs go to the meetings with businesses’ comments in hand.


A template letter is provided here, into which we hope you will supply your own stories and then send them to our Member of Parliament.

One of the critical areas to emphasize is the importance of the direct impact these changes would have on small and family run businesses.

Please email your letter to and cc the Portage Chamber. We will pass the letters on to the Canadian Chamber and Manitoba Chambers.


Without question, the federal government must hear from the business community. Chambers across the Country are taking the first in a series of steps towards getting the message to Minister Morneau, and our MP’s.

Last week, Manitoba Chambers spoke with some tax experts who have been working to comprehend what the changes mean and just how damaging they could be to small business. Experts from BDO have shared a document that reviews the changes and explains them in detail.


Jul 04

Nominations are now open!

Nominations now open for the 2017 Best Business and Community Volunteer Awards.

Nominate an outstanding business or person that has gone above and beyond for their community.

Nomination deadline, Friday, September 30th, 2017.

Awards will be handed out at the Best Business Awards Gala on Friday, November 17th, 2017.


Nominate someone today!

Best Business Nomination 2017

Community Volunteer Awards 2017


For more information or to fill out a Nomination form for the Volunteer Awards please contact the Chamber Office at



Jun 19

Fun day of golf!

Thank you to everyone that took part in the Chamber 21st Annual Golf Tournament.

Special thanks to our Sponsors:

  • Canad Inns Portage la Prairie
  • Richardson Milling
  • RBC
  • BDO
  • Solutions IT
  • McMunn & Yates
  • Portage Golf Club
  • Stride Credit Union
  • Southport
  • MIG Insurance
  • Portage Transport
  • Rogers Portage la Prairie
  • Clarity Vision
  • MNP
  • Telus
  • Portage Consumers Co-op
  • KF Aero


May 18

Bike Week 2017

May 17

Portage Chamber Annual Golf Tournament

May 17

Chamber Quarterly Lunch – State of the City/RM

May 11

WIB – Mental Health in the Workplace

A big thank you to Jordan Friesen, Executive Director of CMHA for a great presentation at our WIB Lunch & Learn today. We learnt all about Mental Health in the Workplace.

May 03

Upcoming Women In Buisness Events

Women In Business

Lunch & Learn – Mental Health At Work

The average Canadian will spend roughly 100,000 hours at work over the course of their lifetime. With so much of our time spent working, it’s easy to see how your workplace can have a dramatic impact on your health and the health of your employees. Work can also be stressful, and stress over time can impact both our physical and mental health. While there is a large body of knowledge about how to protect workers’ physical safety, the psychological safety of workers is something most employers haven’t considered. Jordan will provide a number of key factors employers can consider when evaluating the health of their workplace, and he’ll outline concrete action employers can take to make mental health at work a priority today.


Guest Speaker:  Jordan Friesen, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association

Jordan Friesen is a young, energetic leader with a knack for affecting and managing organizational change. Jordan is currently the Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association – Central Region, a registered occupational therapist, and a CMHA Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor. He works with organizations to develop environments that promote the mental health of employees and foster a culture of wellbeing. As part of the CMHA team in Manitoba, Jordan plays a lead role in building the capacity of CMHA branches to support organizations in creating psychologically healthy work environments. Jordan understands that the best way to make long-term, sustainable change – both personally and as an organization – is to think strategically and focus on your strengths


WHEN: Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ 11:30am-1:00pm

WHERE: CanadInns, Portage la Prairie. Downstairs, Ambassador E

COST: Free to attend (pay $15 to CanadInns for lunch)



Please email to register.

Women In Business

Createbook Workshop

“Your Discovery Tool for Creating the Remarkable”

Createbook is a hands-on way to open yourself to new life possibilities that are awaiting your attention. 

Bring your friends and join us for a step-by-step discovery tool for determining a meaningful path to a life you love. It’s more than a tool though – it’s a creative companion to your life, the inspirational holding place to capture your interests, your ideas, your curiosities and your reflections.

This workshop will guide you through the Createbook process and get you started on your path to discovery. Learn more here:


Workshop presenter: Tracy Wood

Tracy was born and raised on a farm just outside of Portage la Prairie, MB and currently operates a cow/calf beef operation alongside my husband Cam and sons Ethan & Colton on the farm where she grew up.

 As a Certified Equine Assisted Learning facilitator she offers a wide range of programs to meet client’s needs. Through interaction with horses, reconnecting with nature and experiencing the beauty of life on the farm, she can support others as they cultivate their new beginning! 

As part of her journey through business she began Createbooking in July of 2016.  It has since proven to be instrumental in cultivating new ideas in her business as well as some major self-discovery!!  She loves putting pen to paper, dreaming big dreams and the form of continuous learning that Createbooking encourages.  2017 will be an exciting year as she begins to offer workshops and retreats for both Createbooking and Equine Assisted Learning at the farm. She is eager to offer these amazing tools to other women.  Powerful tools that will help you gain clarity & forge that new path to self-discovery, learning and growth.  


WHEN: Thursday, May 18th 

WHERE: Fair Board office (located on the Island)

 TIME: 6:30pm (registration)

7:00pm-9:00pm workshop


COST: $20.00 (includes snacks, coffee/tea and what you need to get started on your Createbook)

Createbooks will not be provided but can be purchased for $30.00 at the workshop.


Must pre-register. Maximum 40 participants.

Deadline to register: Friday, May 12th 

Please email or call 204-857-778 to register.



Contact Cindy at the Chamber for more details or to register for either session.


May 03

Exciting News for Portage la Prairie!

An announcement was made yesterday that our great city of Portage la Prairie, MB will be host to the first ever Canadian Mixed Doubles Olympic Trials! It will take place at Stride Place, January 3-7, 2018. It will be here that curlers from across Canada will compete for the right to represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea!

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