Strategic Partners

Our work for a fair, educated and ethical direct selling marketplace is the combined effort of many symbiotic organizations and individuals. DSEF partners with direct selling organizations, consumer advocate and protection groups, institutes of higher learning, entrepreneurial focused organizations, non-profit foundations and government entities to develop strategic alliances that forward our mission.

Our strategic partners are listed below.

Academy of Marketing Sciences (AMS) is dedicated to marketing excellence, both in material creation, distribution and practices.

American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) provides quality of life educational programs meant to influence public policy. This professional association aims to empower individuals, strengthen families and enable communities through relationship building.

The American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI) is a leader in consumer policy research and education focused on consumer wellbeing. They promote consumer interests by encouraging, producing and communicating policy-relevant research.

American Marketing Association (AMA) serves marketing practitioners, as well as educators and students engaged in marketing. AMA is comprised of 40,000 members in 82 countries, including 400 chapters in North America.

Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) is a national not for profit (501c3) organization that supports entrepreneurial development among women as a way to achieve economic self-sufficiency, create wealth and participate in economic development through education, training, mentoring, business development and financing opportunities.

Council on Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) is the network hub for BBBs in the United States and Canada. CBBB fosters honest and responsive relationships between businesses and consumers—instilling consumer confidence and advancing a trustworthy marketplace for all.

Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is the premier national trade association serving America’s credit unions. CUNA partners with state credit union leagues to provide representation, information, public relations, continuing professional education, and business development services to credit unions.

The George Washington University Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative offers content-rich classes, experiential learning opportunities, guest lectures, networking events and mentoring aimed at developing entrepreneurial thought as an indispensable career resource for women.

International Council of Small Business (ICSB) is an umbrella organization that integrates organizations and professionals working directly with small business. ICSB produces and distributes small business management and entrepreneurial development pieces, and informs small business on important issues involving commerce, education and the government. DSEF is an active supporter of ICSB Women’s Committee.

Money Management International (MMI) and its family of Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) agencies make up the largest nonprofit, full-service credit counseling agency in the United States. MMI provides professional financial guidance, credit counseling, community-wide educational programs, debt management assistance, bankruptcy counseling and education services, and housing counseling assistance to consumers via phone, Internet and in-person sessions.

Money Wi$e Women Educational Services is a charitable organization educating and empowering women of all ages, ethnicities and economic backgrounds on basic financial literacy. Their educational programs include Money Wi$e Women Get Smart promoting financial security prior to personal crisis.

Marketing Educators’ Association (MEA) serves the development needs of marketing educators worldwide by promoting and sharing information that enhances marketing education and advances marketing knowledge and practice.

National Association for Consumer Agency Administrators (NACAA) is the premiere source of intelligence and dialog on consumer trends, issues and updates. NACAA members work with consumers on the front line as public and private advocates to solve problems, prosecute offenders, advance legislation, and educate the public. NACAA currently represents more than 160 government agencies and 50 corporate consumer offices in the U.S. and abroad.

National Consumers League (NCL) is America’s oldest consumer organization, representing consumers and workers on marketplace and workplace issues since 1899. NCL provides the consumer’s perspective on child labor, privacy, food safety, and medication information to government, business, and others. NCL is home to the LifeSmarts program, Child Labor Coalition, NCL’s Fraud Center, and SOS Rx Coalition.

North American Consumer Protection Investigators (NACPI) is a professional organization of civil and criminal consumer protection investigators, representing federal, state, local, provincial and territorial governments. NACPI trains members and encourages networking, information exchange and cooperation in matters involving consumer protection investigations, education, and litigations.

National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is an independent, bi-partisan federal advisory council providing advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. NWBC promotes bold initiatives, policies and programs designed to support women’s business enterprises at all stages of development in the public and private sector marketplaces—from start-up to success to significance.

Quantum Leaps Inc. is a nonprofit organization that supports women’s global business activity and helps increase their economic success by connecting them to key stakeholders. The goal is to promote information and best practices exchange globally, and linking effective programs to resources. Quantum Leaps Inc. provides online forums, videoconferencing, study tours, expert roundtables and eLearning forums.

Society for Marketing Advances (SMA) brings together marketing educators from around the world at their annual conference and publishes the Journal of Business Research and the Marketing Education Review.

United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) is an eclectic group of government officials, directors of small business development centers, and academics in fields such as finance, marketing, management, and economics. United by their common interest they impact government policy concerning small business development and entrepreneurship.

Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) is a national bi-partisan advocate organization for women in business. WIPP works to strengthen women’s sphere of influence on national legislative issues, create economic opportunities, and build bridges and alliances to other small business organizations.

University of Utah, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) examines how social, economic, political and physical environments, both external and internal, affect families, individuals, and consumers. The Department emphasizes applied social science research and teaching with a strong public policy orientation.

U. S. Small Business Administration Office of Women’s Business Ownership establishes and oversees a network of Women’s Business Centers throughout the United States and its territories. These centers provide entrepreneurs, especially economically or socially disadvantaged women, comprehensive, multi-lingual training and counseling on an array of topics to help them start and grow their own businesses.