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barbara-bourn-stephanie-aucoin-150Stephanie Aucoin, 48, was laid off from an accounting firm in September. Barbara Bourn, 59, who works in interior design sales in Sarasota, Fla., has seen her income decline 60 percent thanks to the downturn. In March the longtime friends designed and started selling silicone arm bands embossed with the words “I Need a Job.” They have made back their initial investment and are turning a profit. Bourn talked with us about launching their first business.

Lance Armstrong has sold more than 70 million LiveStrong bands. How many have you sold?
We’re probably getting up around the 10,000 mark…