Direct Selling Association Focuses on Women Entrepreneurs at 2023 Roundtable in Augusta, GA

August 25, 2023

United States Congressman Rick W. Allen (R-GA) Meets with Constituent Direct Sellers


(WASHINGTON D.C.) –The Direct Selling Association (DSA) Women’s Entrepreneurship Roundtable Series hosted an educational meeting with Rep. Rick W. Allen (R-GA) in Augusta, GA last week. Throughout the series, independent direct sellers from DSA member companies from across the U.S. have engaged in meetings with over twelve Members of the United States House of Representatives to share their entrepreneurial journeys and challenges as small business owners.

Two entrepreneurs from Georgia’s 12th Congressional District, met with Rep. Allen to discuss the flexibility with a direct selling business around and how their involvement in direct selling has provided them with advancements personally and professionally.

“It was great sitting down with talented businesswomen from Georgia’s 12th District, as we discussed the importance of flexibility in business and the value of being an independent entrepreneur.,” said Rep. Allen. “The great products they provide and the positive impact they have in our community serve as a model for individuals to start a business and achieve the American Dream. I look forward to working on their behalf in Congress so they can continue to create good-paying jobs and stimulate our local economy.”

“Connecting independent direct sellers with elected officials like Rep. Allen allows these entrepreneurs to share their interests first-hand with those who are making important policy decisions,” shared Joseph N. Mariano, DSA president. “We appreciate Rep. Allen for taking time to help us continue the fifth year of this important series and providing the opportunity to share how entrepreneurship has impacted their lives with thriving businesses.”


For more than a century, the Direct Selling Association (DSA) has served as the national trade association for companies that offer entrepreneurial opportunities to independent sellers to market and sell products and services, typically outside of a fixed retail establishment. In 2022, direct selling took place across the United States, generating $40.5 billion in retail sales and 6.7 million entrepreneurs in the U.S. sold products or services through the direct selling channel, providing a personalized buying experience for 40 million customers.

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