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Many states are luring small businesses with big promises--so what's in it for you?

This story appears in the March 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Bruce Cowan is a California native. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, and started electronics chip and computer products distributing company Acclaim Electronics five years ago in Carlsbad, California.

But his state of mind changed as California enacted legislation he felt was increasingly anti-business. Eventually, Cowan, 38, reached a breaking point. In November 2003, he moved the 20-employee company to Las Vegas. "I'm a political and economic refugee from California," says Cowan, who contends California has "created a hostile environment toward businesses."

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