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The Working Wristband

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(WFLX) - Barbara Bourn's interior design sales commissions were off by 60 percent. Her longtime friend, Stephanie Aucoin, was laid off six months ago from her accounting job.

"And, Barbara said, we got to come up with something," said Aucoin.

What they came up with is a business with a double benefit. "So, we figured this was a way to help us and help other people at the same time," explained Bourn.

They wear their new business idea on their wrists: Yellow bands that say: "Laid Off Need a" Bourn said, "Sales have been skyrocketing."

Now, they stuff envelopes with wristbands that sell for $3. They've had orders from all over the country on their Web site. They've also given away many to family and friends and people who can't afford them. "It's a conversation starter basically."

With millions looking for work, the experts say, networking is a key - letting as many people as you can know that you need a job.

Could a bracelet like this be that kind of conversation starter? "At this point, anything's a good thing if it gets people talking and helps people find a job," one said.

Another added, "I'm not sure how many people are going to go along with it, but in today's economy, whatever helps, helps."

Stephanie and Barbara admit yellow bracelets aren't magic bullets to get a job.

But, after being in business just a few weeks, they already have customer testimonials. They heard from a construction worker who was wearing one. "And he had the owner of a construction business ask him, 'What do you do?'"

He got a job, and they hope their wristbands help open doors for others. They've even heard from people wanting to become distributors. "I hope it works out, and I hope a lot of people,e who've bought them, that they find jobs," said Aucoin. "Because that's what we're here for - to get people jobs."

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