T.J. and Danielle Kaikobad, owners of the Dalton restaurant Cyra’s – Simple Goodness, received the Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs Inc. (ACE) during its annual awards celebration on Oct. 3. The awards "celebrate both small-business owners who have excelled in entrepreneurial leadership and its exemplary partners," according to the group.
"Cyra’s is a full-service, casual fine dining restaurant owned by T.J. and Danielle Kaikobad," according to ACE. "They serve farm-to-table, locally sourced natural, no added growth hormone, antibiotic free, freshly prepared food. The restaurant opened in the fall of 2016 with a small business loan from ACE of $50,000, created 18 jobs and generated revenues of $750,000 their first 12 months in business. Now they have 46 employees and are on track for $1.2 million in revenues. In fall of 2017, they opened a second restaurant in Dalton, Baja Coop. They self-funded this restaurant which now has 12 employees and is on track for $300,000 in revenues. Next month they will open Diana’s Italian Kitchen along with a Wine, Whiskey and Tapas Room in Dalton. This will create an additional 35-40 jobs. They are true entrepreneurs and proof that access to capital goes a long way and gives back in so many ways."
According to ACE, the organization's "vision is to create a ripple effect that not only has a positive impact on the individuals it serves directly, but also on their families, their employees and their communities."
“These awards reflect a strong commitment to entrepreneurship, community and service by our clients and business associates, and we are delighted to celebrate their many successes from this past year,” said Grace Fricks, president and CEO of ACE.