Success Stories

Janitzio Family Mexican Restaurant

Twin Falls

Mercedes and Gloria Guzman have over 30 years of combined experience in restaurant ownership and management. In 2007, they opened Janitzio Family Mexican Restaurant in Twin Falls, offering a menu with recipes originating from their hometown in Michoacán, Mexico. The business soon outgrew the leased property and Mercedes and Gloria began to
investigate the steps needed to purchase a building. On the recommendation of her banker, Gloria visited the Twin Falls office of the Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

With the help of SBDC consultant Sherry Blass, Gloria created a business plan and worked with the local Certified Development Company, Region IV Development Corporation. With these collaborative efforts, Janitzio was able to secure financing to purchase a new building, doubling the available restaurant space and seating capacity.

…the SBDC took the time to explain the process of applying for a loan.

Janitzio Family Mexican Restaurant opened in their new building in 2012. Janitzio currently has seven employees with yearly profits surpassing projections.

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