What inspired you to start your business?
A passion for cooking and the lack of catering options within the boundaries of the Leech Lake Reservation inspired the establishment of Terri Kay's Catering. Terri Kay's Catering is a family business, operated by the entire family from the eldest to the youngest. Their family run-business provides a unique opportunity to pass down the teaching and preparation of delicious home-cooked meals to younger family members. For younger family members this means gaining valuable customer service skills and confidence in working and serving the public, while earning money to grow their savings accounts.
Did you receive any funding or technical assistance to start your business?
Terri Kay's Catering received business loan for start up through the Leech Lake Economic Development Program.
What types of services or products does your business offer?
Terri Kay's Catering provides customers with the finest catering services within the Leech Lake Reservation. Catering menus include: breakfast, lunch, dinner and special events. Catering services include: an excellent menu that is delicious and affordable, complete set up, guest service and clean up by a friendly staff.
Do you have a recent success story or business milestone you would like to share?
The development of a brochure and having the brochures available at all the events has helped get the word out about the business. It is a very inexpensive way to advertise.
Do you have testimonials/quotes from satisfied customers you would like to include?
Steve White, Leech Lake District II Representative -
"I would recommend Terri Kay's for all your catering needs. The baked chicken on a bed of Bowstring River wild rice was delicious!"
Jennie Reyes, MCT Accountant -
"Terri Kay's catered our employee Christmas party. The breakfast brunch was delicious! Her granddaughters that served the meal were adorable!
Lyndsey Schiller, Instructor with the Boys and Girls Club of the Leech Lake Area
"At the last moment, we needed a caterer for a staff in-service training, Terri and her family came through with a Taco Bar that satisfied everyone's hunger. We appreciated her service."
What has been the biggest challenge/barrier in your business?
The completion of a new renovation that will increase cooking space to meet catering schedules and future growth. Future plans include the purchase of a small town restaurant that would serve breakfast and lunch and have the space and equipment for catering projects in the evening.
What advice would you give other American Indian entrepreneurs interested in starting a business?
Start out small and don't expect to make millions in your first year of business. Always save your profit so that you can have start-up money for the next project and be able to slowly invest in additional equipment needed.