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This story appears in the May 1999 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

How can you turn one invention into a string of successes? What are the secrets to building a lasting business from an initial flash of inspiration?

Patrick McNaughton knows. Since McNaughton, 34, and his sister, Jamie, 36, started their business in 1985, McNaughton Inc. has created more than 30 new products. Today, the Minneapolis company has 15 employees and 40 independent sales representatives and has sold millions of its products to mass merchandisers, catalogers and overseas markets.

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