Disaster Victims’ Stories to be Told

The Jan. 9 flooding through Montecito shut down Coast Village Road for the second time in two months. Most businesses are back.

Santa Barbara Business Network is offering services to help disaster victims share their stories, raise awareness of their need and help connect with resources that may support them in their business recovery.  

Participants may submit their stories of up to 800 words to [email protected] and include name, business name, phone and email. 

Deadline for story submissions has been extended to March 10. The network will host a workshop for participants to share their stories, learn from professional writers and speech coaches, and help them prepare for story delivery through various avenues such as blogs, social media, video and TV.  

The Thomas fire was the worst in California history. The Montecito mudslides were devastating and recovery will take years.  

“Although with so much devastation and tragedy, there are also numerous stories of heroism and the miraculous that can serve to encourage our community and those watching,” said Sandy Goe, Santa Barbara Business Network co-founder. “If you have a story to share, the network is taking submissions where selected stories will be published and have a chance to be in a special program produced by TV Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Business Network.” 

The program will consist of a collection of stories shared by those affected by the recent fire and mudslide disasters in the Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, Goe said. Business owners will be interviewed for the program that is expected to air this spring.  

Anyone with questions can call (805) 452-3632.  

The Santa Barbara Business Network is a grass-roots network, co-founded by Sandy and Gino Goe, with the vision of a “Santa Barbara where every business owner makes a difference.”  

The network website, www.BusinessHubSB.com, has a user-friendly directory to reach valuable resources, Sandy Goe said.

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