Direct Selling Association Announces Participation in U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes Program

October 2, 2014

Washington, D.C. (Oct. 2, 2014) – The Direct Selling Association (DSA) today announced that it is helping veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses find employment opportunities via the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program.

“We appreciate the daily sacrifices that veterans and military spouses make on behalf of this country,” said DSA President Joseph Mariano. “Direct selling offers those who have served and spouses of those still on active duty an opportunity to run their own business and set their own hours.  The flexibility and entrepreneurial opportunity of this dynamic sales channel is a great match for many veterans and military families.”

DSA is also encouraging its member companies to show their support for veterans and their families by partnering with Hiring Our Heroes, participating in regional career fairs, and providing paths to opportunity for military spouses.

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DSA is the national trade association of the leading firms that manufacture and distribute goods and services sold directly to consumers. Among its more than 240 active and pending members are companies selling both via a party-plan method and in the traditional person-to-person style. In 2013, U.S. direct sales were nearly $32 billion with nearly 17 million direct sellers nationwide. The vast majority are independent business people—micro-entrepreneurs—whose purpose is to sell the product/service of the company they voluntarily choose to represent. Approximately 90 percent of direct sellers operate their business part-time.

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