The Countywide Business Advisory Group will work with health and government officials, Chambers and key business owners/operators and community stakeholders to develop guidance and rules of engagement for business sector reopening and economic recovery.
The advisory group will consist of representatives from key economic sectors to develop respective draft guidance for each sector. Each sector group will provide a link to state, regional and local factors and protocols that lead to reopening. This information will identify where we align with state and regional guidelines, and where our particular set of circumstances warrant local customization.
“Government is a partner in the solution, but not the sole solution,” said Ken Frank, Napa Chamber Board Advocacy Chair and Owner/Executive Chef at LaToque. “The critical and practical guidance provided by the business community and stakeholder groups will be key in developing and implementing a plan for the reopening of businesses and Napa County’s eventual recovery, and the Chamber looks forward to the collaboration.

Countywide Business Advisory Group (CBAG)

Michael Murray
Board Chair

Kevin Teague
Past Chair

Jeri Hansen
Consultant

Larry Kamer & Devereaux Smith
Public Relations

Dr. Karen Relucio
County Health Officer

Jennifer Yasmuto
Health & Human Services

Linda Reiff & Rex Stults
Napa Valley Vintners

Linsey Gallagher
Visit Napa Valley

Whitney Diver McEvoy
Yountville Chamber

Bruce Kyse
Calistoga Chamber

Valerie Zizak-Morais
American Canyon Chamber

Amy Carabba-Salazar
St. Helena Chamber

Gerardo Martin & Bernie Narvaez
Napa County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

SECTOR POINT PERSON MEMBER

Restaurants
Ken Frank, LaToque

Hotels, Resorts, Inns & Bed & Breakfast
John Evans, Silverado Resort and Spa

Winery Production/Vineyards
Christi Ficeli, Goosecross Cellars

Tasting Rooms
Christi Ficeli, Goosecross Cellars

Professional Services
Kevin Teague, HTRA

Personal Services/Personal Care
Alonso Corona, Greene’s Cleaners

Financial Services
Kent Kuhlmann, Kuhlmann Financial Services

Medical Services
Andrea Clark, MD

Government and Municipal Services
Alfredo Pedroza

Real Estate Services
Adam Ghisletta, Golden Gate Sotheby’s

Entertainment/Arts Venues
David Graham, Latitude 38/BottleRock

Education (Public and Private)
Kyle Iverson, Napa Valley College Board Trustee

Human Resources
Rick Rybicki, Rybicki & Associates

Retail
Craig Smith, Napa Downtown Association

Public Transportation
Kate Miller/NVTA

Economic Development/Planning Processes
Beth Painter, Balanced Planning

Social Services
Michele Grupe, COPE

Commercial Development
Greg Brun, Brooks Street

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What role does the Napa Chamber play in the Advisory Group?

The Napa Chamber of Commerce understands our business community, and realizes there are many questions surrounding government-issued timelines, strategies and processes for reopening of our economy, especially as new information emerges almost daily. Engaging, connecting and collaborating has never been more imperative for our business community.

How is a county-wide initiative being started by a local-based organization?

The NCC-led Business Advisory Group is collaborating with Napa County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Relucio, County Supervisors, City Of Napa elected officials, Visit Napa Valley, Napa Valley vintners, and all the local chambers.  We are collaborating with a focus on public safety, and the confidence and trust that by doing so our business community can thoughtfully and methodically begin to reopen in a way that will reduce the risk of the spread of COVID 19. All recommendations will be in conjunction with Dr. Relucio, and include public health guidance at every stage.

Is this only for city of Napa businesses?

This is a county-wide initiative. As a matter of fact the American Canyon, Calistoga, Napa, St. Helena and Yountville Chambers of Commerce, in collaboration with the NCC Countywide Business Advisory Group, have also formed a coalition to coalesce and convey the needs of businesses and their workforce to local government as we all work on safely reopening. CBAG will also work with all industry groups like Visit Napa Valley and Napa Valley Vintners to coalesce and convey the needs of all business sectors and their workforce, to local government and the community.

Why was this started?

It was recognized by all that resuming normal operations swiftly is very tempting  However, it’s imperative that everyone take individual responsibility for the broader effort, and we need to be as unified and cohesive as possible in our actions — it’s for the greater good of our entire Napa Valley Community. Otherwise, the unfortunate consequences could mean extended or renewed closures and set us back rather than helping us move forward.

What's the primary purpose of the CBAG?

We want to make sure that the business community has a role in shaping what comes next. Local government is rightfully focused on COVID-19 public health and related governmental impacts and issues. Therefore, it is imperative that a cohesive and comprehensive plan is developed to address how local businesses and sectors begin to reopen and recover. Again, the ultimate goal is to insure and maintain our health and safety – and to get our workforce back to work as quickly as feasible and as safely as possible.”

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