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Finding a Company to Manufacture Your Product

After you've developed your "great idea," follow these tips for finding someone to produce it for you.

By Melissa Maupin

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When Chris Haas was in elementary school gym class, this Murrieta, California, kid noticed that many of his basketball teammates were holding the ball incorrectly and, as a result, not shooting very well. So he did what any other nine-year-old would: He stuck his hands in poster paint and put them on a ball in the correct position. Playing with that ball, his friends got better at making baskets. His teachers encouraged him to patent his invention.

Surprisingly, his design didn't win his school's invention fair that year. But his Hands-On Basketball eventually brought in as much as $50,000 a year in revenue, so he hasn't held a grudge.

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