DeKALB, IL – As one of the first vendors to operate a food truck in DeKalb, Veronica Garcia-Martinez, owner of Tinez Tacos, at first thought she might have bitten off more than she could chew.

“It has not been easy,” said Garcia-Martinez, who opened her truck in April 2013. “It took me a year of research to open, and since we were first, it was a lot harder for us than it was for everyone else.”

Over the past few years, however, food trucks have become more common in DeKalb County. As of July, there are 29 mobile trucks or trailers, 10 of which operate throughout the year.

Although there has been an emergence of food trucks in the area, Garcia-Martinez said there really isn’t competition between vendors, and she has even assisted business owners who are just starting out.

“I try to guide [owners] as best as I can such as by giving them a list of permits they need,” she said. “It’s really just about providing good food for everyone to eat.”

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