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Help support new Mid-Coast business: Rockland Chocolate Factory Needs your Votes to Win Gorham LaunchPad Competition

Amy Files | BDN
Posted March 19, 2014, at 4:18 p.m.
Amy Files | BDN

ROCKLAND, Maine — Kate McAleer, 26, founder and owner of Bixby & Co., found out on Tuesday, March 11th, that she has been named a semi-finalist in the annual Gorham Savings Bank competition LaunchPad. The winner will receive a $30,000 grant to be used toward the advancement of the applicant’s company. In order to receive this grant, Kate needs help from her fans, supporters and the midcoast community. Voting begins this Tuesday, the 18th and will only last for nine days. How many votes she receives, will determine whether or not she moves on to the next round of the competition; which will be narrowed down to only five competitors.

Kate recently announced the exciting news that she is moving Bixby & Co. to downtown Rockland and opening a chocolate factory there, to produce her Bixby Bars. Bixby Bars are a unique combination of organic chocolates, dried fruit, nuts, organic brown rice crisps, and selected spices. Since opening her company in 2011, with the help of her two parents who both assist her with production, Bixby Bars have grown in popularity and now Bixby & Co. has outgrown their present location in Belfast. With this new factory, Kate plans on expanding production of Bixby Bars, establishing herself as a chocolate manufacturer in mid-coast Maine, and hopes to open a future tasting room that the public can visit.

With the help of the LaunchPad grant, Kate will be able to scale-up production and grow her company to accommodate more business. She will use the funds to purchase new machinery—upgrading her production process, making it more efficient. Kate hopes that, with future growth, she will also be able to create more jobs and re-establish Rockland as an attractive location to manufacture local products.

Please support Kate and this great Maine-made business by visiting the Gorham Savings Bank’s LaunchPad website: https://launchpad.gorhamsavingsbank.com. Voting begins on March 17th and ends at 11:59 pm on March 27th. As a result of the voting, five finalists will be selected for presenting their applications before a panel of judges. The winner, selected from the five presenting finalists will win $30,000.

Every vote counts! “Please vote for Bixby & Co. and help us go for the gold!” —Kate McAleer.

All of Bixby’s products are Earth Kosher certified, certified Gluten Free, Rain Forest Alliance certified, and GMO (genetically modified organisms) free. The dark chocolate bars are Vegan-Verified.

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