Just where is there a favorable environment to do a start-up business in the good old USA? In the February issue of Popular Mechanics, scope out the article beginning on page 62. There are 14 cities that are mentioned and number 11 is Urbana, Illinois, and specifically the University of Illinois. Did you know that the minds who created Netscape, PayPal, Tesla Motors, and YouTube got engineering degrees at the U of I? Help is available at the UIUC Research Park for free. They will even help you write grants.