I took early retirement at 54 years old and decided to open a catering business. My dad taught me how to cook. I always dreamed of being in the food industry.
Garden City, NY (PRWEB) July 22, 2014
NAPW honors Hilda K. Phillips as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year. Ms. Phillips is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in catering. As the largest, most-recognized organization of women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women is a powerfully vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and nearly 300 Local Chapters.
“I was an AT&T Repair Technician for 34 years,” says Ms. Phillips. “I took early retirement at 54 years old and decided to open a catering business. My dad taught me how to cook. I always dreamed of being in the food industry.”
To make that dream a reality, shortly after she retired, Ms. Phillips established Cg’s Catering, a full-service catering business, with her husband. They got their start by catering meals for a nearby military facility, and two years later, they are still going strong. “The first year was tough, but by the next year, we were growing in leaps and bounds!” she said.
Known as the “phone lady” in her small town, Ms. Phillips said she has gained customers through local advertising and word-of-mouth testimonials attesting to her delicious food, playful and entertaining displays and exceptional service. Due to their success, she and her husband have been able to purchase much-needed new equipment and are now in negotiations to purchase space to expand the business and open a restaurant. “We are growing daily. We want to be an asset to our home community of Marion and the surrounding areas!” says Ms. Phillips.
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