There is a lot going on at the Chamber and in St. Helena over the next two months and we want to make sure you are in the know. If you aren’t already receiving the Chamber’s weekly email highlighting events and opportunities for your business, sign up to receive the email at sthelena.com. If you are more of a social media person, join us on Facebook at The Source St. Helena and on LinkedIn at the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce. Our communications aren’t solely for members or just for those in business; residents, employees, families and visitors are all invited and encouraged to sign up and join in.

Retail Development Workshop: The Chamber’s spring workshop is aimed at empowering our retail industry. The ever-changing world of retail is challenging and the Chamber wants to provide businesses with an opportunity to learn from a nationally recognized retail specialist, Dan Mann of the Mann Group. Dan’s deep understanding of the retail environment and comprehensive set of custom tailored services provides his clients with value and insight that impact the customer experience, employee engagement and the financial health of their business. The idea for the workshop comes from Jake Scheideman, who has worked with Dan for many years and highly values his work. Anyone with a retail presence should plan to attend and/or send staff to this unique workshop. This is incredibly valuable for tasting room managers, winery owners, hotels, restaurants, and any other business who has customer service interaction. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 11, in the Magnolia Room, 1299 Pine St. It is free, please RSVP.

Earth Day: Once again, the Chamber partners with Upper Valley Disposal & Recycling, Umpqua Bank, and the City of St. Helena to provide you an opportunity to spring clean from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 22. Enter the Firehouse driveway on Railroad Avenue for the drive thru, drop off service of e-waste, anything with a cord, and household batteries. The secured shredding truck will handle all your shredding needs and the City’s Public Works Department is on hand with Water Wise information. The St. Helena Football Team will assist in unloading your car and donations will be accepted for their football camp scholarship program. Drop unused and expired pharmaceuticals at the Police Station with reserved parking right out front of City Hall.

Joining Forces to Maximize Networking: The St. Helena Chamber has joined forces with the Yountville and Calistoga Chambers for networking mixers this year. These events give you the chance to meet and mingle with colleagues from all business backgrounds while learning about the host business. More than 100 people attended our March event, which was held in conjunction with the Yountville Chamber and hosted by Whitehall Lane Winery. Be on the lookout for our next event, where we will join with the Calistoga Chamber on Thursday, June 1, at a spot north of town — TBA! In November, we will again join with the Yountville Chamber for a fall mixer at Beringer Vineyards. We hope to see you at one or all of these!

May Sidewalk Sales: Mark your calendars — Annual Sidewalk Sales will be Friday through Sunday, May 5-7 along Napa Valley’s Main Street. It’s a great time to check out the new stores and revisit your favorites.

Sthelena.com wins Davey Award for Website Design: The St. Helena Chamber of Commerce website, sthelena.com, has received a Davey Award in the Website Design category for its redeveloped site. The “Davey” honors the best in Web, Design, Video, Advertising, Mobile and Social from small agencies worldwide. The award is sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms such as Conde Nast, Microsoft, Yahoo! and the Marketing Store. We were pleased to be considered and thrilled to be recognized.

For more information or to RSVP to any of our events, please email us at admin@sthelena.com or call us at 707-963-4456.

Editor’s Note: Pam Simpson is the president and CEO of the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce.

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