Travis Stanley is the president and CEO of the Napa Chamber of Commerce. Call 226-7455 or visit

The message on the winery website reads, “We are passionate people. We have extended ourselves at times — physically, emotionally, financially. But the hard work and dedication has been worth it. We are raising our daughter and son on the land that we’ve so carefully, diligently—and yes, pas…

It drives me just a little crazy that once a year American Express has chosen to invest so much in a nationwide marketing platform that encourages local support of small neighborhood entrepreneurship, for exactly one day out of the calendar year with the Small Business Saturday campaign.

The Napa Chamber of Commerce (NCC) is giving the local community a little extra time to nominated and vote for your favorite new/old existing business; favorite owner, manager, employee, server or concierge, etc.; or favorite NCC member.

One of the highlights of my three-year stint as President/CEO of the Napa Chamber, has been the opportunity to get to know — and develop a friendship with — Mike DiSimoni, Sr., a highly respected, but very low-key local developer.

While thousands of individuals, families and communities continue to deal with the reality left behind by Hurricane Harvey, I remain overcome with feelings of despair and helplessness as the reports, videos and pictures of one of the most catastrophic natural disasters events remain vividly …

Wikipedia describes urban planning as “a technical and political process concerned with 1) the welfare of people, 2) control of the use of land, 3) design of the urban environment including transportation and communication networks and 4) protection and enhancement of the natural environment.

I’m not certain of the early operation methods of the Napa Chamber of Commerce, which was established in 1887. But I think it’s safe to say that without a foundation similar to the 20 NCC Hall of Fame business members I’m about to mention, this organization may not exist today.

The Napa Chamber of Commerce and its Board of Directors unanimously voted to prioritize a renewed focus of the organization’s advocacy outreach efforts with the formation of the Government Affairs and Policies Committee (GAP).

The Napa Chamber of Commerce is fortunate to have a core group of members – new and renewed – as we continue to evolve during our almost three-year organizational transition – or transformation as many refer to it.

Please join the Napa Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, May 11 at the Napa Valley Marriott for Coffee and a Q&A with Napa Chief of Police Steve Potter.

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I was happy to hear that the four bi-weekly readers of my Napa Chamber of Commerce (NCC) column actually missed me last month.

Thank you to all who have taken the time to engage in the nomination and voting process for the 2017 Napa Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards luncheon.

There’s a valiant effort being spearheaded by a local Chamber member to provide one Christmas gift each for the 940 veterans currently residing at the Veterans Home of California at, Yountville.

Prolific Prep founders Jeremy Russotti and Philippe Doherty, along with partner David Goodrich and Head Coach Billy Knight, have put together a 2017 team that is better than last season’s squad that featured McDonald’s All- American and current highly touted Kansas University freshman, Josh …

Congratulations to Owner/Executive Chef Ken Frank and his team at LaToque. He’s good enough to earn a Michelin Star but still can’t crack the San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 ... go figure.

I can’t say enough about the buzz generated by festivities surrounding the Napa Chamber of Commerce golf tournament last week.

I can’t say enough about everyone working behind the scenes of the upcoming PGA/Safeway Open event at Silverado Resort and Spa. This will be a spectacular event you won’t want to miss.

Right in the middle of a huge project at my home, Napa Chamber of Commerce President’s Circle member Pacific Gas & Electric kicked off a campaign to “Call 811 before digging.”

Only a few days remain to RSVP for the second annual Napa Chamber of Commerce Appreciation Party.

My wife and I established residency here in Napa in 2004, so it’s easy for me to look back before the presence of organizations and events like Visit Napa Valley, Napa Valley Film Festival, BottleRock, Safeway Open, Festival Napa Valley (formerly Festival del Sole), Truffle Festival, Uptown …