By Lisa Batto ACE,President/CEO
By Randy Martinsen,President & CEOo Accelerated Marketing Group2010 Napa Chamber o Commerce Chairman o the Board
September 23 is our next All Mem-ber Brieng held at the Chamber in ourBoardroom. Our Business Builders com-mittee launched this brieng last year andit has been gaining momentum ever since.New members are denitely encouragedto attend, however, we think this is a greatbenet or you seasoned members out there.It has probably been a while or some o you since you’ve heard all the new benetso your membership - see we’ve never taken
beneFITs oFmembershIp –
hOW, WhY ANd WhAT!
benets away rom you we’ve only continuedto improve and add them to your membership!Some o the things we have been work-ing to improve your business opportunities:Search Engine Optimization – we workedwith Napa Web Consultants to improve ourvisibility when youtype in Doing Businessin Napa, Napa or VisitNapa – staying on topo this SEO process issomething that we arecommitted to providingour members! This isn’ta process that we com-plete just once – it’s anongoing eort to keepon top o this technology!
How you cantake advantage o this beneft?
Check yourBusiness Directory listing on our website tomake sure you have a business descriptionthat contains all the key words that describewhat you do – and i you have a website,we elt we didn’t have enough inormationto make a good decision. LAC Chair, DebraDommen, asked two LAC members, KentKuhlmann and Paul Hicks, to conduct moreinterviews to understand the RFP processand the outcome. During this process, andbeore we could interview the County HealthDepartment - Director, Randy Snowden,made a public announcement to recommendto the Board O Supervisors (BOS) to rejectall RFP candidates. The Chamber ExecutiveCommittee met the aternoon beore the BOSmeeting to discuss the ndings o the inter-views, and orm an opinion to present to theBOS the ollowing morning. The decisionwas to read the ollowing letter:
“The Napa Chamber o Commerce isthe largest representative o businesses inNapa County, representing over a thou-sand businesses that employ over 27,000people. We support the recommendationo Health & Human Services Director,Randy Snowden, to set aside the results o
The Chamber In aCTIonFor our members
the County’s prior Ambulance RFP andstart the process anew. We encourage theBoard o Supervisors to adopt this recom-mendation and suggest that it incorporatethe ollowing concepts within the newprocedure:
-rated with the County and supportedthe creation o a Local Preerence Or-dinance. The Napa Chamber stronglysupports promoting local businessesor the beneft o our community.Otentimes local businesses haveknowledge o the area that is neededto complete a service to satisaction.We believe businesses that supportour community deserve support romlocal governments when they remaincompetitive and qualifed to do the jobwithin the guidelines requested.
process should compare the businessesbased on their track records andhow they will serve the community,not their fnancial promises that maybecome part o the fnal contract. It iseasy or non-local entities to use theireconomies o scale to make short-termpromises without guaranteeing long-term community investment.
improvements not be part o theRFP process. I the County desiresthat bidding companies must agreeto support inrastructure improve-ment (such as, dispatch services, newequipment or training) negotiationsto und such improvements should beseparate rom the core RFP selectionprocess.We understand that this is not just anissue o choosing an out o state businessover a local business. This is an issue aboutthe health and welare o our communityand receiving the best possible care. Webelieve that adding the above concepts willhelp to create a transparent process thateveryone in the community can support.”
We are happy the BOS voted to ac-cept Director Snowden’s recommendation,and will be watching the new RFP processclosely.I want to thank Paul, Kent, Debra, Lisaand the Chamber Executive Committee orall o the extra work in making a good andtimely recommendation. I am proud to be amember o an organization that eectivelyadvocates or its members.
make sure we have the address correctlylisted. These items will help us keep yourChamber Front Door open to your business!ChamberCast keeps you updated withcurrent events, issues and programs o theChamber. Check out our latest Podcast –you can easily nd it by looking under theBusiness Advocacy section o the websiteand click on ChamberPodcast or ollow this link http://www.napachamber.com/podcast.html
Whyshould you take ad-vantage o this beneft?
Missing opportunities bynot being inormed couldmean that the opportunitiesmissed may never comeyour way again. An in-ormed person can pick their opportunities.Oce Depot Savings – The special dis-counts you receive through the course o theyear by buying paper, ink and other daily o-
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Te Naa Camer sorts terecommenationof healt & hmanSerices director,Rany Snowen, toset asie te resltsof te Conty’s rior Amlance RFp anstart te rocess anew.how yo can takeaantage of tisenet? Wy solyo take aantageof tis enet? Watoes tis enetmean to yo?
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