FY18 Award: $25,000 Grant
Gneiss Spice, founded in 2009, produces magnetic spice jars in Albany Township and sells primarily online to an out of state market. MTI funds were used to develop prototypes and determine feasibility of a more durable lid design. With an improved lid, Gneiss Spice expects the new design to be a catalyst to scale the business to the next level and to the international marketplace.
“A grant from MTI helped us improve our product and scale our business. Our business growth means job security and higher wages employees in rural, Western Maine, where much of the economy is fueled by small businesses. Creating sustainable businesses with reliable wages allows employees to invest in their own financial security and lift the economy in the area.”
Beth Weisberger, Owner, Gneiss Spice
Much of the Maine economy is fueled by small businesses, especially in rural Western Maine. Creating a sustainable business with reliable wages is helping Gneiss Spice employees to invest in their own financial security. Additionally, the company donates 5% of their profits to fighting food insecurity in the state. As Gneiss Spice expands, they expect a bigger impact in the local community.