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November 18, 2014

Open house to celebrate success of Portage business incubator

By Jen McCoy
Excerpted from the Portage Daily Register


A free public party to celebrate the success of workforce training and new businesses isn’t common these days. It is, however, what will happen on Thursday at the Portage Enterprise Center.

The open house at 5 p.m. will include catering from Corner Pocket, live music, a tour of the facility, networking, on site resources for people who want to start a business and success stories from people who are tenants. Further, there will be $1.5 million in revolving loans for business expansion and start-up businesses.

“The job numbers show manufacturing is expanding and this facility has helped with that,” said Nancy Elsing, executive director of the Columbia County Economic Development Corporation.

Along with a celebration is the need to create awareness of the 33,000-square-foot incubator located at 1800 Kutzke Road in Portage. It opened January 2011 with support from a $2.4 million grant from the federal Economic Development Administration to Portage and the Columbia County Economic Development Corporation.

“It’s the future of Portage and economic security,” said Steve Sobiek, director of business development and planning for the city of Portage.

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Celebrating Entrepreneurship

The public is invited to a free celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, November 20 
at the Portage Enterprise Center at 1800 Kutzke Road in Portage. The event is to highlight 
the key partnerships throughout the region and to showcase the Portage Enterprise Center 
with tours and success stories from tenants in the building. Food and beverages will be 
provided by Corner Pocket and live music by Strumbeat.