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By Don Debelak • May 1, 2003

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The Entrepreneur: MaryEllroy, 51, is founder of Gamebird LLC in Norwalk, Connecticut. Atoy inventor, Ellroy develops games and toys and licenses theproducts to outside companies. She's also president emeritus ofthe Inventors' Association of Connecticut (IACT).

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

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