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imageLast year the U.S. government doled out $6 billion to ailing carmakers promising to crank out hybrid or electric models. Even foreign competitors, such as Nissan, were able to cash in.

Lard on an anemic federal small-business stimulus package (see "They Call This A Stimulus For Small Biz? Pshwaw!" and "A Funding Fix For New Businesses") and a lingering credit crisis and it's all enough to make small business owners think the game is rigged against them.

Things are a bit rosier at the state level. Many states offer incentives for entrepreneurs to put roots down and create jobs. Grants, loans, equity capital: It's all out there if you know where to look. Some of the best programs have been operating for more than two decades and, collectively, have doled out billions of dollars.

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Author: Christopher Steiner