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Here's your chance to score big with your big idea.
This story first appeared in the April 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Hammacher Schlemmer, the world-renowned cataloger and retailer of consumer products, based in Chicago, Illinois, recently announced its Search for Invention 2000-a national competition aimed at discovering the next "must-have" innovation.

The competition is open to all inventors of patented consumer products looking to enter the marketplace. Interested inventors must submit product entries before May 15. Hammacher Schlemmer will award a total of $9,000 in cash grants to the winners.

Entries will be narrowed down to 20 semifinalists, requiring each to submit a working or nonworking prototype for the final round of judging. For more information on rules, regulations or how to submit entries, contact Hammacher Schlemmer at http://www.hammacher.com or call (773)INVENT.

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