South Florida client: Marisol Mendoza
Originally from Nicaragua, Marisol Mendoza is the owner of Selva Negra Corporation, a family-style restaurant located on the outer edge of Little Havana in Miami-Dade County. They offer authentic Nicaraguan cuisine and a variety of international dishes, both on site and for special events catering. Since its establishment in September 2000, the Selva Negra has been known for its exceptional service and food quality, including a full ceviche bar.
When the pandemic began in early 2020, the restaurant sales dropped, yet the Selva Negra continued to operate and generate profit. In February 2021, Marisol felt ready to take her business to the next level. Thus, she approached Prospera for help to access capital to grow her business and expand to a second location in the City of Sweetwater. Since then, Prospera has assisted Marisol with personalized business consulting, a business plan, and guidance to obtain access to capital through a Small Business Administration loan. With Prospera’s support and with an optimized business plan now in place, the Selva Negra generated well over $1 million in revenue during 2021, making it the best year yet for the restaurant.
A new Selva Negra will bring jobs to the City of Sweetwater’s community.
As Marisol continues to execute her expansion plan to the City of Sweetwater with the assistance of Prospera, she recognizes the importance of this area for Florida International University students as student-housing construction and population continue to grow. She anticipates that the new Selva Negra location will bring new job opportunities for the local residents and will positively impact the area’s economy.
To learn more about this woman-owned and operated business, visit selvanegrarestaurant.com