2014 February WBE Spotlight: The Catering Connection & Fleur de Lis New Orleans Cuisine

The Catering Connection Unlimited and sister company Fleur de Lis New Orleans Cuisine specialize in bringing the highest quality catering to large corporate off-site convention events. They understand food! Their accolades include: Best Catered Event of the Year award from the National Association of Catering Executives and the International Supplier of the Year award from the New Orleans Chapter of Meeting Professionals. www.fdlcatering.net

 

Marie Hasney

President

From catering finger sandwiches for small parties to supplying delectable cuisine for large conventions, Marie Hasney built her business over 30 years with customer service and perseverance.

From catering finger sandwiches for small parties to supplying delectable cuisine for large conventions, Marie Hasney built her business over 30 years with customer service and perseverance.

Marie Hasney started catering over 30 years ago from her kitchen at home. Everyone surrounding her loved the food she prepared and encouraged her to start her own business. It was a perfect fit since Marie didn’t want to leave her kids to go to work. The company received word of mouth referrals which helped her small business grow. The business went from catering finger sandwiches for small parties to supplying delectable cuisine for large conventions.

Formula for Success

Although both businesses are successful, there have been some obstacles. “I fought hard to break through the ‘glass ceiling’ blocking access to the most coveted contracts long held by old school business networks. Having fought that battle and proven myself, opportunities have followed. A great deal of my business is from out of town. Local word of mouth and referrals are key to attracting new contracts. Personal relationships and professional networks drive my business.” The WBENC certification has given her businesses the boost she needed. “I have received a great deal of reinforcement from participating in and supporting WBEC South. There is no doubt that my WBE certification has factored into my being awarded several major contracts by national corporations.  I never fail to state that I am certified when competing for business.”

Inspiration & Insights

Perseverance, quality, and service are all things needed to grow a business, Marie says.“Be present and drive the business forward, never lose sight of your focus and do what you do best!”