Don Quijote Restaurant

Sandra Almonte can dish out some mean stew chicken, but don’t ask her to explain how to attach financial information to a pandemic loan application.

The Dominican-born restaurant owner might need more coaching if she follows through with her dream of opening a second location in the coming years.

What’s Working, a series exploring solutions for New Hampshire’s workforce needs, is sponsored by the New Hampshire Solutions Journalism Lab at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications and is funded by Eversource, Fidelity Investments, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the New Hampshire College & University Council, Northeast Delta Dental and the New Hampshire Coalition for Business and Education.

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