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The Entrepreneur: Mary Ellroy, 51, is founder of Gamebird LLC in Norwalk, Connecticut. A toy inventor, Ellroy develops games and toys and licenses the products to outside companies. She's also president emeritus of the Inventors' Association of Connecticut (IACT).

Product Description: Of the more than 100 games and toys Ellroy has invented, 13 have hit the market to date. Examples include the Great States board game, the Two Out of Three board game and the Magic Rainbow Sprinkler toy, due to hit store shelves this summer. The games and toys are primarily sold through specialty toy stores, such as FAO Schwarz and Zany Brainy.

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