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After the Storm Gulf Coast entrepreneurs put the pieces back together after Hurricane Katrina.

By Jackie Larson

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Online exclusive: For one Entrepreneur reader's story of business survival after Hurricane Katrina, read Surviving Hurricane Katrina."

It's been six months since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. From the devastation emerged stories of strength, survival and courage. Many of those putting the pieces back together are entrepreneurs--forced to take on new challenges and opportunities that came in with the floodwater in the nation's largest natural disaster.

For beleaguered Gulf Coast entrepreneurs swamped in the chaos after Hurricane Katrina, survival has become a matter of fight or flight. Despite overwhelming obstacles, the entrepreneurs we met with haven't lost hope. They're moving forward, taking whatever steps necessary to ensure their businesses survive--and even thrive--in the wake of Katrina.

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