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Got It Made

Looking for a manufacturer? Here's a blueprint for getting just what you want.

This story appears in the May 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The duct tape and staples worked fine for your prototype. At some point, however, if you want to reach the market, you'll need to transform your idea into a finished and produce it in large quantities. Therefore, you need to find a manufacturer whom you can trust to turn your idea into reality. But where can you find one?

The first and easiest step is to contact friends, associates, former clients, customers and anyone else you know to see if they can recommend someone they trust. Finding a trustworthy manufacturer can take time. If these associates can shorten the process, all the better.

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