SANTA ROSA -- In 1977, La Tortilla Factory opened with $75,000 -- including a $50,000 loan through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Almost 35 years later, the 300-employee tortilla-making company has been named Small Business of the Year by the SBA for the Northern California region. The company also was honored by the SBA as the top family business in the Western United States.
The "loan back in 1977 allowed us to start the business," said Carlos Tamayo, a second-generation family owner and company chairman. "That was quite a momentous occasion because my father had been talking about going into business for years."
La Tortilla Factory
Address: 3300 Westwind Blvd., Santa Rosa 95403