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Which firms will be the next big thing? These half-dozen may have what it takes to break the billion-dollar sales barrier.

NEW YORK (FORTUNE Small Business Magazine) - How can you pick the next big thing - while it's still small?

If you're author David Thomson, you look for firms that not only pass your rigorous financial screens but also embody your seven principles.

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Here are six particularly promising candidates that Thomson says stand a good chance of becoming the next major players.

They range from a sporting-goods maker to electronics retailers.

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