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    Date submitted
  • 15-Dec-2016

Operation Greek Kitchen


Business Summary

Operation Greek Kitchen is owned and operated by a female (SDVOSB), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, in the heart of Annapolis, Maryland (Home of the United States Naval Academy). The creation of Operation Greek Kitchen is a fulfillment of Diana Dalakis's goal of owning and operating her own business, after managing restaurants for over 10 years, along with being an Incubator Business Scholar and Business Management graduate at AACC (Anne Arundel Community College). A graduate of both VWISE (Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship) 2011, and EVB (Entrepreneurship for Veteran’s Bootcamp) Cornell University 2016, plus recipient of Ratcliffe Enterprise $10,000 seed money grant, and recipient of EVB Foundation Business Plan grant of $1,000, determination to succeed in a profitable Greek Island calendar business is the goal for 2017-18.


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Additional Questions

Who is your customer?

31-50 Years Old Median Income $100,000 Tourist/Non-tourist

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

Someone without income to travel to Greece, it is brought to you, here in the US, without traveling.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

Living in Greece for 4 years, I can relate to the customs, beaches and cuisine. The beautiful serene beaches are something to long for. A calendar with Greek Island beaches and traditional recipes is a reminder to focus daily and take some time to relax.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

Teaming up with a local manufacturer of calendars and creating a relaxing visual calendar with traditional Greek recipes, not just landscapes and historic scenes that are produce through competitors of Greek calendars.