Young Entrepreneur Finds Maine Sweet Place for Business

Kate McAleer

Many times we have heard from elected officials and experts that Maine needs young people, and especially entrepreneurial young people to move here. Well, Kate McAleer fits that profile. After starting her company, Bixby & Co., LLC in New York State, Katedecided to move to Rockland to produce her candy bars made with natural and healthier ingredients. Taking full advantage of all the various programs available to young entrepreneurs in the state, from competitions that provided funding, to free programs like business mentoring services from the Women’s Business Center and Maine Technology Institute, and an SBA 7(a) loan, Bixby has seen truly astounding growth and success. Initially hand wrapping the Bixby Bars at the Coastal Farms and Food ProcessingCenter in Belfast, the company was able to move into a new facility in Rockland, and has switched to much more efficient production. By using the full range of resources available to her and her business, Kate has been able to see her products sold innearly 1,000 stores nationwide, while never compromising on the quality of the ingredients or the values that allowed such success. The commitment to those values have earned Bixby designations for kosher products, non-GMO, sustainable sourcing, and veganproducts. With such an amazing product and impressive expansion, Bixby serves as an example to Maine’s growing local food community, employing 8 people in the new facility. As such, she is certainly deserving of her award as Maine's Young Entrepreneurof the Year.

Company Name: 
Bixby & Co., LLC
Location: 
Rockland