Chamber to host quarterly business seminar

As the local market emerges from the recession, peer-to-peer seminars can help businesses begin to grow again, a Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce member said Wednesday.

The chamber will host its next quarterly installment of the Business Solutions NOW Seminars, "Strategies for Growth in a Recovering Economy," April 6 at Newport Lexus, 3901 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

"I think that things are beginning to ease, and business owners and consumers are adjusting to the new business paradigm," said Marie Case, a chamber member and seminar moderator who owns Case Communications in Newport Beach. "A lot of businesses have gone out of business in the last few years, but those still around did something right."

Case will lead a discussion on strategies for growth and how to remain adaptable in tough economic times with a panel of prominent business leaders: Jim Walker, owner of The Bungalow; Gary Sherwin, president and CEO of Visit Newport Beach, Inc.; Bobby Sento, sales manager from Newport Lexus; Gavin Herbert Jr., president and CEO of Roger's Gardens; and Shannon Fowler from the American Cancer Society.

"What we want is to give people an opportunity to gets some hands-on experiences that some of business owners used or employed in order to increase businesses in the last several years," said Richard Luehrs, president of the Newport Beach chamber. "Sharing that information makes a lot of sense."

Tickets are $20 in advance for members, $30 at door for members, and $35 both in advance and at the door for non-members. Interested parties can RSVP online at

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