Small businesses have been hard-hit in this economy — nowhere more so than in California. Steve Byland/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Rapid Delivery driver Dennis Radlinger loads packages into his truck. Charles Michael Ray for NPR hide caption

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Customers Linda Price and Sam Wheatley stop for coffee and a bite to eat at the Cucina Deli in Salt Lake City. Jenny Brundin for NPR hide caption

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Kevin DeLange, the owner of Dry Dock Brewery, a craft beer maker in Aurora, Colo., says business has soared since he bought a sixth fermenter to brew beer. Kirk Siegler hide caption

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