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What is a Chamber of Commerce?

A Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary federation of the business community. It unites the efforts of business and professionals to ensure that the entire community realizes a healthy economic and socio-economic benefit.
The Chamber of Commerce harnesses the tremendous potential of the private enterprise system and enables its membership to accomplish collectively what no one person or group could accomplish individually.

The Chamber is the voice of Business.


What does a Chamber of Commerce do?

The Chamber represents and promotes the area’s economy through various shop local initiatives. It encourages business and industrial investment in ways such as networking and seminars.

Chambers of Commerce are increasingly involved in non-commercial areas such as education, human relations, environmental, cultural and governmental concerns. Chambers of Commerce influence federal, provincial, and municipal legislation affecting business.
These challenges have encouraged Chambers to become a viable force in seeking solutions to today’s social problems.


Why join a Chamber of Commerce?

The Chamber of Commerce is the salesperson for its community and businesses. Chambers unceasingly promote their communities’ products and services while at the same time being their watchdog. This results in Chambers protecting their interests, particularly in the political arena. The united voice of the Portage la Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce has often proven effective and beneficial to business where a single voice can go unheard.
The benefits of belonging to the Chamber is full-time representation with year-round results.


How can I join the Chamber?

Joining the Portage & District Chamber of Commerce is easy. Fill out the application and email to

Who finances a Chamber of Commerce?

The Chamber is a business and incurs costs in conducting its operation as in any other type of organization. These expenses are met primarily through membership fees derived from its numerous members. Members share a mutual desire to achieve a better community for all its citizens. Membership in the Chamber is an investment in the present and future welfare of both the individuals and their community.


How can I find out who else is a member of the Chamber?

Our Membership Directory is published each year containing names, addresses, phone and fax numbers, website addresses, and contact names of all of the members for the current membership year. A listing in the Membership Directory will help increase your profile as well.


What are the Benefits of becoming a Chamber Member?

As a member of the Portage & District Chamber of Commerce, you belong to an organization dedicated to the business community in Portage la Prairie. You gain access to many benefits that promote your business, save your company money and recover the cost of your membership many times over.


Indirect Benefits

Stay Connected: Chamber membership allows you to stay connected with the business community in Portage la Prairie. Our active schedule of meetings, training seminars, networking luncheons and events helps you keep in touch with peers, keep current on affairs affecting business and provides you an opportunity to increase your contacts and build your business. As a Chamber member you receive reduced prices for all Chamber functions such as networking Quarterly Luncheons and Business Training Seminars.


Your Business Voice: The Portage & District Chamber of Commerce continually works together with the City of Portage la Prairie and local organizations to support our business community, but if the interests of business are compromised in our community, we don’t hesitate to speak out on your behalf. As a Chamber member, your voice wil be heard at all levels of government and we will lobby on your behalf to present your views and concerns on legislation, taxes, employment, industry, safety, education, transportation and various other issues.


A Helping Hand: The Portage & District Chamber of Commerce is a central point of contact for communication with the local business community. We can assist you through researching and providing business information and by faxing publications, letters, bulletins, and flyers to your market area.


Direct Benefits

As a member of the Portage la Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce, your business is provided with discounted services that provide exclusive cost savings programs negotiated on the strength of membership numbers on a full range of products & services.


  • Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan – More than 30,000 member firms strong; together create affordable group health insurance. Ideal for companies with 1-49 employees.

  • Johnson – Exclusive benefits and pricing on home, auto, and travel insurance PLUS AIR MILES reward miles.

Merchant Services

  • First Data – Exclusive Chamber Member Offer – earn a $1000 MasterCard gift card if First Data can not beat your current payment processing fees


  • Blue Canvas – Discounts on work management & payroll


  • Purolator – Savings ranging from 25%-45% off rates, depending on your businesses’ annual volume.

  • UPS – Discounts of 40% on shipments within Canada and to worldwide destinations, 25% on imports into Canada and 75% (starting at) on freight shipments services.


  • 6P marketing – Free website analysis


  • Pragmatic – Save at least 25% off on your audio conferencing. No contracts, commitments or monthly minimums.

Computer Hardware

  • Lenovo – Save up to 30% off the everyday public web price on a wide range of Levono products. Free ground shipping on all web orders.

Safety Solutions

  • 1Life Workplace Safety & Health – Complimentary 60 minute Simpler Easier consulation. 25% discount on mySafetyApp.

Fuel Savings

  • Esso – $0.035/litre discount regardless of volume.


  • Choice Hotels – Save up to 15% on stays at Choice Hotels, 325 locations in Canada; 6,300 locations worldwide.

Professional Services

  • Vexxit – Save 20% on annual Vexxit professional Subscription. Connect with trusted lawyers, financial advisors, accountants and consultants who have the skills and experience best suited to your needs for FREE


For more information on these benefits, please call Cindy at the Portage & District Chamber of Commerce office at: 204-857-7778 or email

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