Accelerating your business

Membership in the Napa Chamber of Commerce represents an investment in your business’ success. Our mission is to provide connections, resources and solutions to help your business thrive.

One way to meet and connect with other businesses is to participate in our 25th annual Business Expo on Thursday, Oct. 2 at the Copia building at 500 First St. The annual Business Expo features 70-plus booths, 700-plus attendees, wine, food and much more. Connect with local businesses, learn about new opportunities and grow your network.

This year’s expo comes at a time when local businesses may have a story to tell as a result of recent events. That story may be one of survival, one of resilience, or possibly a comeback of epic proportions. There is simply no other event in Napa that enables companies a more affordable way to tell their story, while also supporting their respective marketing and networking goals, than the Chamber’s Business Expo.

Every business has different needs: our job is to try to see what we can do to connect you to resources, solutions and opportunities. For example, plans are underway to work closely with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to develop more fully integrated new/small business programming.

Often, new businesses will join the Chamber before they open to the public. Golden Island Day Spa owner Wing Pak knows it takes time for a business to establish its image and reputation in a new place, so the first thing he did — even before the spa opened — was to join the Napa Chamber of Commerce. He said he believes his membership offers him numerous benefits that will help keep him on top of important issues and trends in town, as well as bringing credibility and visibility to his business. The Chamber recently co-hosted an open house at the new spa, where guests included Golden State Warriors Hall of Famer All Attles.

Other new members include Robledo Family Winery, whose tasting room in Sonoma was the first in the United States established by a former Mexican migrant vineyard worker and his family — a true “American Dream.” Additionally, Goosecross Cellars, a family-owned and operated winery offering great wine, wine education class and tours in Napa Valley, has rejoined.

ACN Janitorial Services is a new company providing industrial cleaning services. Bryan Gray Photography is a Napa Valley photographer specializing in wine bottle photography, as well as winery, vineyard, real estate and food photography. DMH Custom Learning is a woman-owned business founded by a U.S. Air Force veteran; it provides leadership development, sales training, diversity and organizational development to small to mid-sized businesses.

Nekter Juice Bar in Bel Aire Plaza offers juices and smoothies made of real, whole ingredients and a one- to five-day juice cleanse. Bay Equity Home Loans is a full-service retail mortgage lending institution. With these varied examples, you can see the wide array of businesses that make up the Napa Chamber of Commerce.

Every company faces different challenges, but for all local businesses, the Chamber is the best resource to help you succeed and get to the next level. There is a lot of passion for success here, and we are excited to be at the forefront of that endeavor. Here’s to a really bright future for all our members and for Napa.