7 Small Business Survival Stories From The Gulf Oil Spill

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The Associated Press

Alicia and Thomas Barrios in their restaurant

Note: This post was originally published on OPEN Forum.For small businesses in Grand Isle, LA, it’s hard to imagine any good coming from the 4 million barrels of crude oil washing onto the local beach.

Locals see the oil spill as a disaster that will cause some businesses to go bankrupt and tarnish the area’s reputation for years.

But in every disaster there’s a silver lining, even if it’s just learning how to survive.

The shop owner who wouldn't give up

The restaurant owners who weren't too proud to take help

The opportunistic realtor

The councilman who saved summer

The bar with a sense of humour

The tourism rep who became THE voice of the beach

The cruise line that cut its losses

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