Marilú Ortuño has achieved her dream of going from being a cook in a restaurant to owning her own business in northern California. She produces tortillas and brings the taste of Mexico to families in Sacramento. However, the path to making Tortillería Ortuño a reality has not been easy for Marilú, as she is one of the few Latina women to achieve this in California.
Tortillería Ortuño is one of over 33 million small businesses in the United States, with only 40% of the owners being women. Marilú explained that one of the most important parts of opening her business in Sacramento was obtaining money to finance it. She had to refinance her own house and risk the other dream that she fought for during all her years of work. With the unconditional support of her family, from her brothers and her children, she was able to make her dream a reality.
Opening a business is a dream that many Latinos have in California. Planning is essential to achieve the greatest possible success. A very important tool is a business plan, in which you detail how you are going to open it, who your potential clients are, and how the project is going to be financed. The Small Business Administration offers help in financing, training, market studies, services for veterans, and export. To access this aid, you must be thinking of a small business, not have access to other resources, and demonstrate that you have the capacity to pay.
To renew or obtain the Mexican passport for the first time at one of the Mexican consulates in California, an appointment is required. There are three ways to make this appointment. One way is to make the appointment online on the Mexican Consulate website. Another way is to make the appointment by phone. The third way is to make the appointment by WhatsApp. Emergency appointments can also be requested for procedures such as passport renewal.
The best day to make an appointment for the Mexican passport is Wednesday, between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm. It is important to know that every Wednesday the Mexican consulates release 1,000 appointments. The requirements to obtain the Mexican passport for the first time include proving Mexican nationality, proving identity with an original document with a photograph, and making the corresponding payment.
The costs of the Mexican passport for processing at any of the Mexican consulates in California are as follows: $40 for 1 year for children under 3 years old, $93 for 3 years, $126 for 6 years, and $192 for 10 years, only for those over 18 years old.
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