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With a major storm now heading toward Northern and Central California, PG&E is reminding customers that power outages may occur this week due to significant rainfall, potential flooding and high winds. PG&E is implementing its emergency preparedness plans and utilizing advanced technology to be ready to restore service to impacted customers safely and as quickly as possible. PG&E urges customers to stay safe during storms and remember the following safety tips: Always treat low hanging and downed power lines as if they are energized and extremely dangerous. Keep yourself and others away from them. Be aware that trees, pools of water and...

Congratulations to Don Shindle of the Westin Verasa and Jim Treadway of Hotel Bardessono for both being named 2014 General Manager of the Year by the California Hotel & Lodging Association in the medium and small hotel categories, respectively. Thank you to the many whom I observed taking part in supporting Small Business Saturday throughout Napa County. I know many of us are always encouraging you to support local merchants, and it’s very much appreciated. I’d like to also encourage local merchants to return the favor by being more assertive in providing goods and services as online shopping options for local...

Every Thanksgiving, after the turkey has been devoured and families settle down for an evening of parades and football, many people begin to think about how they’ll decorate their homes and businesses for the holiday season. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reminds customers that while holiday lighting truly adds to the season, it can also significantly increase the potential for fire risk, injury and electric shock if the proper precautions aren’t followed while decorating.  Adding to possible safety risks, older, non-energy-efficient lighting can severely impact customers’ power bills. "We’re asking our customers to please be safe while trimming the tree...

I’ve decided to engage my readers with a menu of small items that better share a sneak peek into my world as president/CEO of the chamber. Call it my personal homage to Mick Salyer of ZuZu and newly opened La Taberna — “tapas style” chamber news and notes. Hope you enjoy! Thank you, past Napa chamber chairs, for the chamber history lesson over our breakfast at La Toque. We had 21 past members representing 65 years of chamber leadership in spirited discussion. Their dedication to this historic community organization was on full display and provided an enormous amount of inspiration to...

Tuesday’s elections are over, but there’s still time to vote for the Napa Chamber of Commerce Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Customer Service Person of the Year. In fact, nominations for the four categories are open through this Friday, Nov. 7; voting will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 12. At the Napa Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and lunch in January when we usher in our new board of directors, we will announce the award winners nominated and voted on by members of the community. For Business of the Year, we are looking...

PG&E's comprehensive online report highlights the progress they are making—with examples, statistics, local videos and stories that bring PG&E’s sustainability commitment to life. The report details the strategies and partnerships being pursuing to deliver safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to create a better future for the communities PG&E is privileged to serve. View More...

My family and I moved to Napa nearly a year ago today after living here part time since 2004. We decided that this is the place we want to call home, to raise our children and begin the next chapter in our very blessed lives. Joining this great community in my current capacity as president/CEO of the Napa Chamber of Commerce is more than I could have ever imagined, and has quickly given me a much stronger sense of pride to be a part of all things Napa. And yes that includes the recent earthquake. I could not be more proud...

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...

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...