Storm Stories

Date: November 21, 2005

When we learned of the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the staff of MyBusiness magazine immediately began work on this issue's cover story. We knew tens of thousands of small-business owners and hundreds of thousands of their employees would each have their own story of tragedy and loss, of despair and hope, of picking up and moving forward.

In the past, we've run stories about planning for disasters and emergencies. Yet Katrina's widespread destruction and the resulting displacement of hundreds of thousands of individuals were beyond anyone's comprehension. We knew there would be lessons to be learned from Katrina, and we knew the best people to learn them from would be those small-business owners who are still living through the storm and flood's aftermath.

A couple of weeks after the hurricane, after those of us who work on this magazine had made our personal contributions to various relief efforts, after we'd volunteered at our churches and other places to collect items to be sent to Mississippi and Louisiana, we heard about the owners and staff of a New Orleans-based magazine, Louisiana Cookin', who were struggling to stay in business.

Immediately, we volunteered to help them put out their next issue. Helping them with editing and proofing gave us a sense of personal involvement with one small business, owned by NFIB members and readers of MyBusiness magazine, as it struggles to get back in operation.

Working with the staff of Louisiana Cookin', we experienced in a vicarious way how nearly impossible it can be to simultaneously put back together one's life and business while knowing your office, home and belongings have all been destroyed.

At MyBusiness magazine, we never cease to be inspired by the spirit of small-business owners who demonstrate to the world how to prepare for, and how to overcome, the challenges we all potentially face.

Rex Hammock
Editor and Publisher

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