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Burning Bright

A Burning Man bohemian and business owner helps clean up after Katrina.

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This story appears in the August 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Entrepreneurs are experts at thinking innovatively, and so are attendees at Burning Man, an annual art festival in the Nevada desert. So when a group of Burners put their skills together to help some of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina, it was a no-brainer for entrepreneur Lisa Benham, who had attended four Burning Man gatherings, to get involved.

Using a temporary Kyocera hot spot to maintain her Los Gatos, California, graphics and web design business while volunteering, Benham, 42, went to Biloxi, Mississippi for two weeks in January to help Burners Without Borders volunteers rebuild a Vietnamese temple. After that, her entire camp picked up and moved to Pearlington, Mississippi. "Basically, everything had to be razed and replaced. That's where we came in."

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