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Hurricane Katrina Survivor Talks About How Entrepreneurs Help Society


Alexandria, VA. - (September 21, 2012) -  Kevin Langley, A member of the New Orleans chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, had his business wiped out by Hurricane Katrina as did so many other survivors of Katrina – the deadliest and most destructive Atlantic hurricane of the 2005 hurricane season.

In the aftermath of the disaster, Langley came to the realization that entrepreneurs play a big role in solving many of the world’s problems by meeting needs with hard work and innovation.

After seeing how small business owners and entrepreneurs returned to New Orleans and began establishing the supply chains that provided “quality of life” products and services, Langley vowed that as he rebuilt his life, he would help others do the same.

Langley, now the elected global chairmen of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization said “For me, Hurricane Katrina was basically a very dramatic backdrop to what was happening in the rest of the world. Katrina didn’t cause the problems; it revealed the problems in my personal life, my family life, my community, my state, my nation and the world. And I made a commitment that as I rebuilt my life I was going to help other people rebuild theirs.”

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To facilitate that commitment, Langley focused his energy on the Entrepreneurs’ Organization where he developed a program called Accelerator that thrives today by teaching emerging entrepreneurs how to overcome challenges and grow their businesses. The Accelerator program focuses on 4 key factors that entrepreneurs must excel at in order to thrive.

  • Strategic planning
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Finance

Through Accelerator, Langley and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization are giving entrepreneurs the skills and resources they need for success, and making a difference for businesses throughout New Orleans and across the globe.
About The Entrepreneurs’’ Organization

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization is a dynamic, global network of more than 8,000 business owners in 40 countries.  Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO is the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life.  Membership in one of EO’s 120 chapters is by invitation only; the average member is 41 years old with annual revenues of US$17.3 million.  For more information on the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, visit or call +1.703.519.6700.


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