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How do I find a reputable manufacturer for a particular product?

I am looking to launch a line of organic plush toys for kids, and don't know how to find a reputable manufacturer. Are there any agents that help with this process?
Brad Sugars answered February 17, 2009
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/answer/221859
Yes, there are agents to help with this process. The challenge, however is that they need to see evidence of volume to "rep" your product.

An alternative is to attend an expo or manufacturer's association trade show with samples of your product and see if you can strike a deal directly. You will be able to track down a list and schedule of these trade shows by accessing association websites.

Brad Sugars is the founder and chairman of ActionCOACH. As an entrepreneur, author and business coach, he has owned and operated more than two dozen companies including his main company, ActionCOACH, which has more than 1,000 offices in 34 countries.