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The White House is weighing another attempt to help small businesses with bailout funds, but doubts remain about whether lenders will bite.

Just how the Trouble Asset Relief Program might be used to aid small businesses has not been decided, but the issue is expected to be aired this morning at a meeting with the head of the Small Business Administration, lawmakers and industry leaders.

"This is a signal that the White House continues to be concerned about the credit crunch on small businesses," said Christopher Crawford, who was to attend and is the president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Development Companies.