WATERVILL — A Business Breakfast about how to survive in today’s online retail environment is scheduled for 7:15-9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Spann Student Commons Summit Room on Thomas College’s campus. 180 West River Road.

The event is hosted by Thomas College and the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce.

Brent Burger of Campbell’s True Value, Bull Moose’s Brett Wickard, and Kathy Corey of Day’s Jewelers will discuss what a small business can do to remain competitive against global competition.

Burger is the owner of Campbell’s Agway True Value, a five-store chain of hardware, lawn and garden and pet supply retail stores in central Maine for the past 18 years. Burger is also chairman of the Board of True Value Company, one of the world’s largest hardware cooperatives with two-billion dollars in annual sales.

In July of 1989, Wickard founded Bull Moose after his junior year at Bowdoin College. The original Bull Moose was only a few hundred square feet with a cash register on a cardboard box. Despite its humble beginning, the store grew to become the largest retailer of music, movies, games and books in northern New England.

Kathy Corey graduated from the University of Maine in 1979 with a Bachelor Science in nursing. After graduation, she served as a Charge Nurse at Northern Maine Medical Center, and then became director of nursing at Forest Hill Manor, managing a staff of 50 employees until her departure in 1983. Since then, Corey has co-owned her retail jewelry business.


She currently serves as vice president of merchandising and vice president of personnel at Day’s Jewelers.

Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce holds monthly informative presentations on a variety of educational business topics.

Cost is $18 for members, $25 at the door and for non-members. Breakfast is included with the reservation.

To register, email [email protected] or call 873-3315.

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