September 13, 2012
For most of his professional life, Rodolfo Bernal worked in construction. When the economy fell apart in 2008, Bernal proactively thought of starting his own business. Bernal is now proud owner of El Llanito, a food stand at Academy Street and Peters Creek Parkway in southern Winston-Salem, whose chicken tacos, among other dishes, result in lines of customers forming at all hours of the afternoon.
Nell Perry, coordinator at Forsyth Technical Community College’s Small Business Center encourages entrepreneurs like Bernal that “knowing your passion is a good start.” In the fiscal year that ended June 30, the center counseled 225 individuals, she said, leading to 20 businesses, eight new jobs and the retention of 50 employees.