Step-by-step approach targets dream, though not unique

There’s nothing left in your reserves, not a drop. You’re done, wondering if this is as far as you’ll ever go, but somehow open to new suggestions. So read “The Full Tank Life” by Ben Tankard. It might just rev your engine again.

Imagine this: You’re driving down the highway on your way to somewhere important, when you glance at the gas gauge and oh, boy, it’s almost on “E.” That’s what your life may be like, but Ben Tankard says you can boost your inner fuel with his “Full Tank Life” method. Since it’s easy to do, you can start now.

From left, Paul and Roy Allen-Webber own the Maplewood Inn Bed & Breakfast in Fair Haven, which is celebrating its 30th year in business.

Fair Haven B&B going strong at 30

FAIR HAVEN — The Maplewood Inn Bed & Breakfast in Fair Haven is enjoying its 30th anniversary this month, and — if the travel website tripadvisor.com is any indication — current owners Paul and Roy Allen-Webber, who bought the property only two years ago, can feel good about how their venture is faring.

From left, Jim Barr, of the University of Vermont, poses for a photo with Sarah O Donnell, of the Burlington Business Association, and Meaghan Cormier, of Hall Communications.

St. John’s Club hosts BBA Summer Social

BURLINGTON — Brilliant summer sun and warm temperatures welcomed guests to the annual Burlington Business Association (BBA) Summer Social in late August. The St. John’s Club in the Lakeside neighborhood in Burlington’s South End hosted this year’s edition. Guests enjoyed original surf music performed by the band, The High Breaks.

Gayle Malinowski, chief technology officer at Castleton University, leads the university's efforts on cybersecurity.

Awareness is key for good cybersecurity

Cyber attacks are a regular part of the news cycle these days. With security breaches becoming more common, it’s more important than ever for businesses in Vermont and across the U.S. to protect their sensitive information. However, before a business launches into the technology side of this issue, a good first step is to make it a priority for the company. Simply put, a business can’t have a “laissez faire attitude” about cybersecurity, according to Linus Goedken, senior network engineer at the Tech Group in South Burlington. “An overwhelming number of businesses I work with don’t want to do it,” Goedken said.

Firm is buying Sovernet

BELLOWS FALLS – Changes are in the works for Sovernet Communications, the 21-year-old Bellows Falls-based internet, data and voice services provider. Sovernet’s parent company, ATN International, announced last month it was selling the company to Oak Hill Capital Partners, a $9 billion private equity firm. Oak Hill said once the deal is completed, it plans to merge Sovernet with another recent acquisition, FirstLight Fiber of Albany, New York. FirstLight also offers high-speed internet, data and voice services. Sovernet President and CEO Richard Kendall said he needed to take the broadband company to the next level.

Group helps drive new business in Vt.

BARRE — Capstone Community Action’s Micro Business Development program helped 18 people launch new businesses in central Vermont this year. Altogether, those businesses created 34 full-time jobs in Lamoille, Orange and Washington counties and helped provide access to $841,300 in financing through local banks and credit unions. With the program — now in its third decade — Capstone also provided established businesses with marketing and financial guidance about expanding their current product or service lines. About 200 people received technical assistance and other support from Capstone’s program this year. “Micro-business development is an extremely effective and cost-efficient job creator and community economic development engine,” Capstone’s Executive Director Dan H. Hoxworth said in a statement.

From left: Nick Roy, cocktail chef; Kaila Fong, general manager; and Andrew LeStourgeon, owner at Monarch and the Milkweed, pose for a photo.

Monarch and the Milkweed debuts

BURLINGTON — Monarch and the Milkweed opened in mid-August, bringing a sweets-focused, diner-themed restaurant and bakery to the dining scene in downtown Burlington. The business is offering breakfast and pastries to start, but will soon add lunch and dinner, becoming an all-day restaurant. “We’re calling ourselves a ‘fine diner,’ focusing on sweets, pastries, milkshakes, ice cream,” owner Andrew LeStourgeon said. “We’re not ‘fine dining.’ The dress code and everything else about this place is as casual as you could possibly make it, except not. So we’re serving patty melts and chicken and waffles, house-made golden grahams, and biscuits and gravy.