Opening Doors' Client Success Story: Sandy Belio

Expanding her small business with help from Opening Doors' Prosperity Project


Earlier this year, Sandy Belio, was at a health fair at the La Familia Counseling Center, where her daughter was performing in a play. While browsing through the booths she stopped and picked up a pamphlet with information about Opening Doors. The rest, as they say, is history.


Belio is a general coordinator for Qincineras Magazine, a publication for young Hispanic girls planning their traditional fifteenth birthday celebration. She saw a need in the community for additional venue space for social events and began to dream of filling that need through a business of her own.


After learning about Opening Doors, she contacted the agency and met Roxana Calderon, the Prosperity Project Program Coordinator. Belio shared her idea about an event reception hall business. Calderon helped Belio put together a complete business plan, attain needed permits, license, and insurance.


“I couldn’t be more thankful for all of Roxana’s help and attention. Since day one she has been and still is extremely kind and patient and always willing to give time to each person,” Belio said.


Today, Belio has an approved business plan and is looking at several locations in the Sacramento area to open her social hall. She is currently enrolled in Opening Doors’ MoneyWork$ program to continue her financial education.


“The reason why I decided to start my own business is to give my daughter a better life and at the same time, I wanted to fulfill my dream of reaching my highest potential…,” Belio said. “Opening Doors is truly ‘opening doors’ for everyone. It’s only a matter of who wants to be someone and who goes the extra mile to get the information and help they need.”