Norma M. opened Bistro Six to fulfill her dream of working in the food industry. She decided to start a food truck because she wanted to make buying excellent food more convenient for people. Norma and her husband used to grab breakfast at food trucks before work. These experiences helped Norma learn about this model of food production. Bistro Six is successful because of the commitment of Norma and her family. Her oldest son, Javier, is the executive chef and her stepdaughter, Stacey, is the sous chef.
Norma says that receiving the loan from ACCION Texas-Louisiana could not have been more perfectly timed. She and her husband had depleted personal funds to remodel the truck, but the truck was still not outfitted with kitchen supplies. They used part of the loan to pay off the remodeling, which included upgrading the electric wires, adding the logo, and buying a new generator. The day that Norma received the loan, she and her son went shopping for all the pots, pans, and other necessary cooking equipment. As soon as they bought the supplies, the family “started cooking and didn’t stop for four days” until the food truck’s opening. Norma and her family would not have been able to achieve their goal without the loan.
Norma says the most difficult part of owning a food truck is finding a legal place to park. She has struggled to negotiate the rules surrounding food trucks in San Antonio. Some challenges are that there are not many curb spaces to fit a food truck and that the truck is not allowed to park within 300 feet of another eatery. In order to work through these challenges, Norma and a number of other food truck owners have come together to support one another. They are all parking on one piece of land and are calling the area the Boardwalk on Bulverde. Norma says that the food trucks are not competition for one another, but rather are fighting through the same problems and banding together to come up with solutions.
Norma believes that it is important for anyone who has an entrepreneurial inkling to recognize his or her talent and act on it. Norma says, “once you have a dream, never quit and believe that you can do it.”
LiftFund. (www.liftfund.com) is an award-winning nonprofit organization (previously known as Accion Texas) with a mission to provide credit and loans to small and start-up businesses that have limited or no access to credit from commercial sources. Established in 1994 in San Antonio, LiftFund has helped Texas and Louisiana entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, stabilize and increase their incomes, create employment, and contribute to the economic revitalization of their communities. Learn more at www.liftfund.com.