El Borrego started in a driveway with one customer, but quickly grew with people traveling hours for the "El Borrego", which translates to the lamb. They started with a quarter of a pound of meat and in just 3 months they were going through 600 pounds of meat in one weekend. Soon, they needed a restaurant and went to SCORE to help them get started.

How SCORE Helped: 

SCORE mentor, Elias Sheinberg helped Rodnia Navarro and her mother, Rosario Sotelo create a formal business plan to start their business as an authentic Mexican restaurant. He assisted them in finding the right immigration lawyer, real estate layer, business accountant, business bank account and even their restaurant location. Mr. Sheinberg's contacts with a remodeling business helped Ms. Navarro remodel the restaurant location at a very low-cost. Mr. Sheinberg gave advice along the way and assisted the business during the recession.

My Successes: 

El Borrego has grown from a small local operation to a large restaurant, catering and may soon be at your local grocer. They continue to grow and offer healthy options for the community from barbacoa to birra, beef or goat stew to home-made pozole, quesadillas and pancita. El Borrego has been in business for nearly 15 years and has been featured in the San Diego Reader, City Beat, and Union Tribune and on NBC and ABC. El Borrego is located at 4280 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105. They offer on-site dining and catering.

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