Protecting Direct Selling Would Benefit Hispanic Entrepreneurs and Consumers

Francisco Sanchez, former Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade at the Department of Commerce in the Obama administration: Hispanics recognize direct selling as an attractive, affordable business opportunity. They are drawn to the industry’s low risk and the flexibility it offers to build businesses according to family, social, and professional priorities. Pyramid schemes are an insidious threat to legitimate businesses, including to small businesses operated by Hispanic Americans. H.R. 3409, the Anti-Pyramid Promotional Scheme Act of 2017, does not interfere with the authority of states attorneys general to prosecute pyramid schemes in their states. Nor does it obstruct the authority of federal regulatory agencies to bring actions against fraud masquerading as direct selling. What it does is strengthen protections for honest entrepreneurs and their customers from harm posed by pyramid fraud. Its passage will be applauded by one of the most entrepreneurial, small-business-oriented communities in America, a community culturally attuned to the features of direct selling — the growing community of Hispanic Americans. Read more in the Morning Consult.

Direct Selling Association

Direct Selling Association

Direct Selling Association (DSA) is the national trade association for companies that manufacture and distribute goods and services sold directly to consumers.