BusinessSource client Ligia Baires at her valley restaurant La Sabrosa
The North Valley BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently helped long-time client Ligia Baires expand her restaurant “La Sabrosa” to a second location, and assisted her in setting up her business to reflect COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

For more than four years, Ligia has worked closely with North Valley business coach Maria Luviano to reduce overhead costs at her first “La Sabrosa” restaurant in Sylmar. The cost savings ultimately allowed Ligia to use her own funds to open “La Sabrosa #2” in Van Nuys, and create one full-time cook position.

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“The North Valley BusinessSource Center has helped me so much. If it wasn’t for them," Ligia said, "I don't know where I'd be.”

Maria assisted Ligia with all pre-startup requirements for La Sabrosa #2 including obtaining the required licenses and permits, lease negotiations and cost-structuring. Maria also helped Ligia participate in the L.A. Al Fresco Program so that both La Sabrosa locations could offer outdoor seating.

Ligia received additional tools to help effectively manage her new location, including human resources consulting to organize her employees’ work schedules to increase workplace productivity. A BSC marketing coach gave Ligia a primer on the importance of branding and how to attract new customers using social media and networking.

La Sabrosa #2 is up and running, with decals placed at six-foot intervals to enforce social distancing and masks are required at all times.

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of October 5, 2020. Read this issue and more.