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SBA 2020 Kentucky Small Business Person of the Year

Release Date: 
Monday, September 14, 2020
Release Number: 
20-09-14-1KY
Contact: 
michael.ashcraft@sba.gov

Name:            Mavis Linnemann-Clark

Title:              Owner and CEO

Company:     The Delish Dish, LLC, Made by Mavis and Kickstart Kitchen

Address:        1032 Madison Avenue / Covington, KY 41011

Phone:           859-250-0881

Website:        https://www.delishdishcateringcovington.com/

Employees:   30

In 2012, Mavis Linnemann-Clark opened The Delish Dish, a catering company in Covington, KY. She had obtained a Catering and Personal Chef certificate in 2011, combining her passion for travel, cooking and experience in the food service industry.

With hard work and focus, Mavis was successful from the start. In 2013, she was a finalist in a woman-focused startup accelerator. She also joined an incubator kitchen and launched an artisan line of jams and jellies, Made by Mavis. 

Despite her success, Mavis needed help running the business side of her business and control the rapid growth. She began working with the Northern Kentucky University SBDC in 2014.

Since that time, Mavis has received over 155 hours of counseling from the SBDC.  She also received over 200 hours of mentoring from the local SCORE Chapter. The SBDC and SCORE have helped Mavis better manage rapid growth in revenue, employees and catering events. They also assisted her in developing a strategic plan, new product lines and increase profit margin.

With financial analysis and guidance from the SBDC and SCORE, The Delish Dish was able to even out cash flow for the business, which has increased three-fold over a four-year period. Space increased over 10-fold during this same time.

In 2016, Mavis had to unexpectedly relocate. With SBDC assistance, she negotiated a long-term lease of a large incubator kitchen and now manages that kitchen. 

The Delish Dish employees 30. Mavis was the only employee when she started the company in 2012. Revenue and net profit have also seen similar growth patterns.

Based on her success, Mavis has been recognized with numerous awards and become a member of both the Kroger Buys Local Campaign and Kentucky Proud® program. She is also passionate about helping those in need. The Delish Dish donates meals to two local homeless kitchens. The Delish Dish team volunteer for the Keep Covington Beautiful campaign and the Great American Clean-Up Day.