Business news Thursday, Sept. 22

Posted Sept. 20, 2011, at 3:12 p.m.

Vendor opportunities

BANGOR — The Downtown Bangor Partnership has organized a one-day Outdoor Market to run noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in West Market Square as a part of Oktoberfest activities.

DBP is seeking vendors to sell Maine-made fine arts, crafts, specialty food items and produce.

All items must be handmade, prepared or raised by the vendor. The fee is $25. Applications and vendor guidelines are available at http://www.downtownbangor.com/oktoberfest. Vendors are asked to sign up by Friday, Sept. 23.

In addition, downtown activities on Oct. 1 will include the Bangor Book Festival and Paws on Parade. For information, contact Shirar Patterson at 992-4234 or downtown@bangormaine.gov.

Cellular service manager

BANGOR — U.S. Cellular has promoted Matthew Arnold to service manager for New England. Arnold will lead the service technicians at U.S. Cellular’s retail stores throughout Maine and New Hampshire.

U.S. Cellular’s service technicians help customers repair their damaged phones so they can stay connected with family, friends and work. Arnold will ensure service quality and consistency across the New England market. U.S. Cellular offers benefits including new phones faster without continually signing contracts and cutting-edge devices backed by a high-speed nationwide network.

Arnold, who has been with the company for seven years, earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maine. He was a retail wireless consultant at the company’s Bangor store and recently served as U.S. Cellular’s operations analyst for the New England market.

Eric Conlon, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in New England, said that Arnold “will help our associates provide customers with all of the latest information on the unmatched benefits of being a U.S. Cellular customer like Battery Swap and Overage Protection.”

For information about U.S. Cellular, visit http://uscellular.com.

Disney’s approach

BANGOR — Disney Institute will bring its professional development program, “Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence,” to the Hilton Garden Inn on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The full-day event will allow professionals to learn how to drive business results, retain employees and satisfy customers through proven and adaptable Disney business philosophies.

“EMDC is committed to supporting and strengthening businesses in our region,” said Jen Brooks, director of business development at Eastern Maine Development Corp. “Bringing Disney and its proven business practices to this region is one way we’re working to help local organizations grow and prosper.”

The program will introduce participants to Disney’s approach to leadership excellence, people management, quality service, brand loyalty and inspiring creativity.

For information or registration, call EMDC at 942-6389 or visit http://www.emdc.org.

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