Firms can learn to avoid identity theft

The Arroyo Grande Valley-Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon in August for South County business owners to learn about avoiding identity theft.

Doug Cohen, a U.S. Secret Service agent headquartered at the agency’s Ventura office, will be the guest speaker at the chamber’s Aug. 15 luncheon.

Cohen, who served on the presidential detail for former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, addressed the South County group last year about currency fraud.

“Today’s business people are so busy juggling many demands that it’s tough to be as diligent as needed to protect oneself,” said Arroyo Grande-Grover Beach Chamber President/CEO Judith Bean. “It’s a huge help to have safeguards in place at the front end to avoid disaster.”

The luncheon is open to the public, but advance reservations are required. The cost is $18 for members of the Arroyo Grande-Grover Beach and Pismo Beach chambers of commerce and $25 for non-members.

To reserve a space, call 489-1488 or email by Aug. 10. The luncheon will start at noon at the South County Regional Center, 800 W. Branch St. in Arroyo Grande.