Cha-ching. Cha-change.

In February of this year, the federal government reported that online retail sales overtook in-store sales for the first time ever. Which begs the question: How do retailers deal with this changing landscape, find and serve customers and keep them coming back? Innovators in this space have answers.

Join us on September 18 for an in-depth discussion with experts in the field.

Doors open at 7:30 a.m. with coffee and networking until 8:00 a.m. when the program begins. Program ends at 9 a.m.

Maine Technology Institute is at 8 Venture Street in Brunswick. Parking on-site is free.

About the moderator:

Hosted by Business editor Carol Coultas. Carol Coultas has been practicing journalism in Maine since the mid-‘80s and focusing on business journalism since 2003. She’s been the business editor at the Press Herald, overseeing an award-winning staff, since 2014.

On the panel:

Steve Pogson, founder and principal of Helm Digital

In 2008, Steve answered the call to live life ​“the way it should be” and moved from New York to Portland, Maine after a brief but powerful weekend visit with his now-wife and business partner, Rebecca. After leading multi-million-dollar strategic technology efforts for some of the world’s largest companies, including Pfizer, Johnson Johnson, Sony, and other Fortune 500s, Steve started First Pier, the first iteration of Helm Digital, in 2009 to help local businesses with their digital needs. In the last ten years, the company has grown from an in-home operation to a full-service digital marketing agency with offices in Portland and Biddeford. As of 2019, First Pier, the total commerce solutions division of Helm Digital, is certified as an official Shopify Expert— the first agency in Maine who meets the criteria for certification.


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