LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It was the first time the Chamber of Commerce, and Lufkin and Angelina County Economic Development hosted an event that rivaled East Texas entrepreneurs looking for a boost in their business.
After vying other finalists in the top four, Tome Catering came out on top.
Britany Vinson starting Tome Catering just three years ago, but it's a dream she's been cooking up since was a child. She never imagined that her hard work would pay off.
"T-O-M-E The ordinary made extraordinary. It's the first letter of each word. So it's an acronym, not an actual word," Vinson said.
Being a chef has brought many unbelievable opportunities to in such a short time.
"Even last year when I took a huge leap of faith and left my job of 10 years to do this full time, I couldn't imagine the opportunity to go beyond this space and expand," Vinson said.
Now the entrepreneur is grateful to the $5000 she won from the Made in Lufkin competition.
"The Made in Lufkin competition requires businesses or potential business owners to go out and utilize the resources within the community, like the small business development center and contacting the city and county," said Melissa Wheeler, Program and Operations Manager.
The lead chef takes pride in putting together fresh meals.
"We strive to make at least 95% of everything from scratch. So it's not just opening a can and pour it in on a plate because I take a lot of pride in what I do. And I wouldn't want to serve anything that I wouldn't want to eat myself."
Vinson is grateful for some extra cash that will help her business grow.
"Huge blessing to put a dent in what we need to do to get to the next level," Vinson said.