Napa Valley Business Expo

The Napa Valley Business Expo is the premier event for local business owners to connect, engage and collaborate with other industry professionals. It is an affordable way to give your company/brand maximum exposure to attendees, and often provides a preview of new goods and services available to help boost your business.

This year’s event is the 25th annual expo put on by Napa Chamber of Commerce, and will play host to 70 business vendors and approximately 700 attendees. It will take place at 500 First Street (the former Copia) on Thursday, Oct. 2 from 4:30 to 7 p.m., and is one of three signature events of the year for the Chamber. The other two are the Community Awards and the annual luncheon.

This Expo comes at a time when some local businesses are in need of an outlet to share stories of survival, perseverance and success after the earthquake. Despite being one of the last downtown tasting rooms to re-open, Capp Winery, will be there to pour wine. Also on hand will be AAA Northern California, a Chamber member since 1954. This well-established group has been an Expo staple from the beginning, proudly displaying its growth, sustainability and the diversification of a company founded in the early 1900s by a group of individuals at a dinner meeting at the Cliff House restaurant in San Francisco.

Further demonstrating the wide-ranging diversity of businesses on hand is the Center for Sustainable Energy. Part of Experience Electric — The Better Ride promotional campaign aims to build awareness, action and demand for plug-in electric vehicles. Chat with EV experts to learn about the benefits of owning/driving clean energy vehicles. This is your chance to find out more in a hassle-free, no sales environment and test drive the latest plug-in electric vehicles.

Is there ever an event held in Napa Valley that doesn’t feature and showcase what we truly stand for — great food and wine? Cairdean Estate and Farmer and the Fox, relatively new kids on the block, will be there with tastes and samples, along with local favorites Compadres, Fish Story, Ceja Vineyards and Castello di Amorosa, to name a few. And don’t forget beer. Popular Napa Point Brewing Company will also be there.

If you haven’t signed up to have a booth at the Business Expo, there are still a few spots left. And if you are a business owner whose downtown Napa business has suffered from the earthquake, the Chamber would love to work with you to sponsor your booth. If that’s the case, contact Susanne at the Chamber office at 226-7455 to find out more about participating.

And what good is an Expo without attendees? The Expo is open to the public. Your $10 entry fee includes entrance, networking, food and wine, fun giveaways, and more. For more information, visit