Biz News: Grab a bite before the next sesh

A new sandwich shop opening on the Balboa Peninsula was inspired by the founders' love of surfing sessions and sandwiches.

Sessions Sandwiches officially opens at 2823 Newport Blvd. on April 16.

The eatery will be open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, boasting not only 16 hot and cold sandwiches — like the Summer Zephyr with fresh mozzarella, marinated tomato, basil aioli, baby arugula and pickled onion on toasted ciabatta — but also four gourmet hot dogs, including The Mad Dog, a 10-inch, third of a pound hot dog on an authentic Chicago-style poppy seed bun topped with cheddar, bacon guacamole and pickled onions.

For breakfast, patrons can nosh on a specialty pastry while visiting the full coffee bar, featuring Kean Coffee and espresso.

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EY has announced that 16 local entrepreneurs are up for top honors this year, according to a release.

Regional winners of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, now in its 28th year, could be considered for the national program.

Ernst & Young LLP founded and produces the awards, with support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. Regional sponsors include Marsh Insurance, Union Bank, Stradline Yocca Carlson & Rauth, Cresa, Merril DataSite, Scherzer Investigations, Smart Business Magazine and HKA Inc. Marketing Communications.

The following people will be recognized as "building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses" at a gala June 4 at the St. Regis Resort in Dana Point:

Newport Beach:

Debra Miller, chief executive and founder, CureDuchenne


Kunal Hinduja, president, ARQ LLC

Jeffrey Frieden, CEO,

Michael Burdiek, president and CEO, CalAmp Corp.

Jon Wilcox, CEO and co-founder, Mark Rebal, executive vice president, chief compliance officer and co-founder, and John DeCero, president and co-founder, California Republic Bank

Maynard Carkhuff, chairman and CEO, Freedom Innovations

Michael Purcell, founder, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Global Cash Card

Jeffrey Hanson, chairman and CEO, Griffin-American Hearthcare REIT II Inc.

Vivian Clecak, CEO, Human Options

Parsa Rohani, CEO, Neudesic LLC

Stephen Gordon, founding chairman, CEO and president, Opus Bank

Jerome Fink and David Kim, managing partners, the Bascom Group LLC

Phillip Chang, founder and chairman, Yogurtland

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