Bray Henson spent nine years working for various pharmaceutical companies and is well experienced in all facets of management, marketing and sales. Although his endeavors to sell pharmaceuticals were very lucrative, they had a major drawback -- a lot of time away from his family. Bray’s travels saw him gone for extended periods of time, and he made up his mind to do something that would keep him closer to home. Bray Henson started his own barbecue catering business!
Bray negotiated a deal with Farmhouse BBQ and Buffet to acquire their catering services and in November 2003, began operating under the name of Farmhouse Catering. Farmhouse Catering took off and before long Bray was looking for other opportunities to expand his business. Not only did Bray secure the rights to operate a barbecue facility in Whataburger Field commencing April 2005, he also entered into talks with Norman Howard to purchase Howard’s BBQ, one of Corpus Christi’s most well established restaurants. After coming to terms with Howard on the selling price, Bray contacted the Small Business Development Center in April 2004, for help in structuring a business plan and loan proposal. SBDC counselor Michael North assisted him in preparing a detailed business plan with financial projections, a personal financial statement, and a loan application requesting the necessary funding through SBA’s 7(a) loan program.
After the business plan and loan package were complete, Bray Henson approached Texas State Bank for the financing and both the bank and the SBA approved him for the loan. Bray’s goal to consolidate the operations of Farmhouse Catering and Howard’s BBQ had come to fruition and, as Bray states, “Howard’s Farmhouse Catering evolved to bring its customers the premier restaurant and catering operation in all of South Texas”. As to the services provided by the SBDC, Bray stated, “the business plan helped provide direction for starting my business. As well, it helped provide the lending institution with a very clear road map for my business needs and helped secure my loan”.
Howard’s Farmhouse Catering is located at 1002 Antelope Street, Corpus Christi, Texas. The restaurant is open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with catering available Monday through Saturday at varying hours of service.