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WESTON, Conn. – Allie Baber, 16, was having trouble getting the word out about her company, Sweet Treats, which she started a year ago. Sweet Treats provides care packages with candy, chips and novelty items to those living away from home.

But now Allie's company is listed in Weston's business directory , which will "give a chance for people to look at it," said Allie.

The business directory has 100 companies and counting, said Charlene Chiang-Hillman, social services director. All businesses owned by Weston residents can be listed in the directory for free.

"Hopefully, it will increase business for folks in town," said Chiang-Hillman, whose own private practice in psychotherapy is listed in the directory. It is currently online only but will be printed once enough donations are collected. Businesses can still sign up to be listed in the directory before it is printed in the fall.

"I think it's fabulous. It's a nice way to help entrepreneurs and people in business in these challenging economic times to get word out about people in the community," said Gail Compton-Flynn, owner of Work it Out Wardrobes. "It's a good way to support members of the community."

Compton-Flynn has been operating her business in Weston for five years. "I help people love the way they look. A lot of people struggle when they look in the mirror – I help people feel good about their reflection," said Compton-Flynn. She teaches her clients about "fit, form and flatter," colors, dressing appropriately for different occasions, and the overall "tips and tricks" of dressing. She also hosts trunk shows and acts as a personal shopper for her clients. This week, her trunk show is featuring Janakos — ladies sportswear made in New York.

Compton-Flynn said she took advantage of this "magnanimous offer" from the social services department and gladly helped sponsor the effort. "It's such a nice, generous opportunity to get marketing," she said.

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