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The entrepreneur: Shawn Donegan, 46, founder of Trac Tool Inc. in Cleveland
Product description: The Speed Rollers paint applicator system targets professional painting contractors. Featuring two rollers, the system is fed by an airless paint pump that dispenses paint onto the top roller. Because the applicator system eliminates the need to dip into a roller pan and also minimizes the so-called "back roll," it's four to five times faster than a traditional roller system. While Donegan didn't invent Speed Rollers, he was able to launch his company after signing a licensing deal with Mike Puczkowski, the product's inventor. The Speed Rollers system retails for $349 and is sold through major paint retailers such as Sherwin-Williams.
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