In the heart of Napa Valley, amidst the rolling vineyards and picturesque landscapes, a vibrant economic development scene is unfolding and local business owners are at the forefront of its exciting transformation. One standout initiative that has the potential to propel Napa's economic growth is Trellis Napa Valley, a business incubator focused on establishing a world-class accelerator program for entrepreneurs dedicated to solving the most pressing challenges facing Napa Valley. The program will connect founders, growers, vintners and hospitality leaders to build the ecosystem essential to realizing these solutions.
Trellis’ goal is to transition to a more sustainable Napa Valley, both economically and environmentally, through investment in entrepreneurs and the reinforcement of Napa’s standing as a leading global wine region showcasing climate stewardship.
Napa is unique in its sheer density of globally recognized wineries, resorts and restaurants. All of these businesses are seeking ways to reduce their carbon footprint, build climate resilience, reduce operating costs and keep pace with the demanding and ever-shifting consumer preferences. The Incubator Accelerator by Trellis is not just another business space; it's a hub of innovation and a powerhouse focused on nurturing agriculture and climate startups, aligning perfectly with Napa's rich agricultural heritage. Napa is an ideal birthplace for these developments. It is filled with local subject-matter experts in agriculture and climate technology, has a recent influx of tech talent moving from LA and San Francisco and provides an abundance of capital—all within a space accessible to the Bay Area and institutions like UC Davis, UC Berkeley and Stanford.
That's not the only exciting thing happening around Napa. The Marin Sonoma Impact Ventures (MSIV) social enterprise is propelling the North Bay’s economic future by fueling the high-growth startups of tomorrow. The growing MSIV community convenes founders, executives and investors to ensure Marin and Sonoma have a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem. MSIV makes early-stage investments in category-defining startup companies growing their physical presence across Marin and Sonoma. We hope MSIV or a like-minded company takes root in Napa.
Tourism, a cornerstone of Napa's economy, is not just about bringing in visitors; it's about leveraging those visitor dollars to benefit the entire community. Napa County has around 4 million visitors each year, with a staggering 80% of visitors using lodging that includes a 15% tourism surcharge that goes straight to the General Fund. This influx of tourism income contributes toward community benefits that everyone can enjoy, such as the Napa Lighted Art Festival.
For all of our local business owners: we encourage you to get involved in what’s happening in Napa. There are numerous avenues, from joining the Chamber of Commerce, to participating in the innovation happening at Trellis, to engaging with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), where your insights and expertise can make a difference. Napa's economic renaissance is a collaborative effort, and your voice matters. Join the conversation, be part of the initiatives driving change, and together, let's continue to write the success story of Napa's thriving economic development.