By Chris Lisinski, firstname.lastname@example.org
WESTFORD — Laurin Mills wants to take the stress out of putting dinner on the table.
For years, she was an accountant at a prestigious firm in Boston, but the “day-to-day grind” of cooking for her family after long workdays grew frustrating. So she decided to something about it: She started the kind of business she would want to use.
Now, four years after launching The Dinner Daily through a Lowell accelerator program, Mills’ business is growing rapidly, helping customers across the country take advantage of sales in their local grocery stores to plan out meals for the week, and Mills herself is a finalist in a national fellowship program for female entrepreneurs.
“This is the hardest I’ve ever worked, without question,” Mills, 51, said.
“You’re emotionally invested in your business. It becomes a huge part of your life.”
On the surface, The Dinner Daily appears to fit into a trend of increasingly popular meal-service programs such as Blue Apron, although Mills said she launched her business before others gained so much traction. What sets hers apart, though, is that it focuses on grocery stores and giving customers advice to purchase ingredients for meals themselves.
Customers sign up for The Dinner Daily, currently at a rate of $4 a month, and indicate their local grocery store and their meal preferences, such as how often they want to use a given protein each week.
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