The Direct Selling Association Convenes Women Entrepreneurs for Roundtable with Senator Budd in North Carolina

October 24, 2023


United States Senator Ted Budd (R-NC) Meets with Direct Seller Constituents

(WASHINGTON D.C.) – The Direct Selling Association Women’s Entrepreneurship Roundtable Series hosted a meeting with Senator Ted Budd (R-NC) in Greensboro, NC. Now in its fifth year, this series has brought together independent distributors across the U.S. with more than a dozen Members of Congress to share their entrepreneurial journeys.

Six direct sellers from North Carolina met to discuss the value of being an independent entrepreneur, the benefits a direct selling business has provided their families, and how their businesses have adapted over the past three years. Their stories highlighted the flexibility and portability of the business model, its suitability for military families, and the sense of community they derive from their business endeavors. Four direct selling companies were represented at the roundtable.

Sen. Budd said, “It was great sitting down with small business owners from across North Carolina to hear how they are positively impacting the state’s economy. The spirit of entrepreneurship they bring to the state where individuals can start a flexible, low cost business that becomes an integral part of their communities is commendable. I look forward to continuing supporting policies that will facilitate their growth in the United States Senate.”

“This series provides in-person opportunities for direct sellers to meet with elected officials like Sen. Budd in their states and districts to discuss their positive experience with the business. It’s important for policymakers to hear directly from their constituents and hear how policies being considered in Washington will impact them,” said Joseph N. Mariano, DSA President and CEO. “We appreciate Sen. Budd for being the first United States Senator to participate in this roundtable series and hope his colleagues will follow his lead.”


For more than a century, the U.S. 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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