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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 theUniversity of California, Los Angeles, and started electronics chipand computer products distributing company Acclaim Electronics fiveyears ago in Carlsbad, California.

But his state of mind changed as California enacted legislationhe felt was increasingly anti-business. Eventually, Cowan, 38,reached a breaking point. In November 2003, he moved the20-employee company to Las Vegas. "I'm a political andeconomic refugee from California," says Cowan, who contendsCalifornia has "created a hostile environment towardbusinesses."

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