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December 22, 2011

News in Brief

News in Brief, January 2012

Direct Sellers on Forbes’ List of America’s Most Promising Companies

Forbes magazine has named direct sellers among a select number of companies on its 2011 list of America’s 100 Most Promising Companies.

Those listed included North American Power, a retail energy supplier, at No. 57; followed by Scentsy, an international party-plan company offering a variety of fragrance products, at No. 66; and J. Hilburn, a clothier that sells custom menswear and top-shelf accessories, at No. 75.

North American Power secured its spot as the No. 1 ranked Connecticut-based company on this year’s list. Scentsy was the largest company on the list based on revenue and employees, with 2010 revenues of $381 million and an employee base of 750.

Forbes’ list of America’s Most Promising Companies features “100 privately held up-and-comers with compelling business models, strong management teams, notable customers, strategic partners and precious investment capital.”

According to Forbes Executive Editor Brett Nelson, the publication took a “comprehensive approach to evaluate the health and potential” of these companies.

Forbes
’ list teamed up with CB Insights, a Manhattan-based data firm that tracks investment in high-growth private companies, using their software to assign an algorithm-derived score to each company it considered, marrying that with its own reporting. To view the complete list, please visit www.forbes.com/ampc.

Avon Honors Global Champions

Avon Products Inc. recently held its Avon Foundation for Women Global Voices for Change Gala by honoring global champions working to end breast cancer and domestic violence, and by announcing the winners of Avon’s first-ever global online singing talent search and songwriting competition, Avon Voices. Avon Chairman and CEO Andrea Jung, along with more than 800 guests and performers from 39 countries, attended this celebration at the Marriot Marquis in New York City’s Times Square, which raised more than $2.3 million for the Avon Foundation for Women. To date, the Avon Foundation Gala has raised more than $22 million.

The Global Breast Cancer Medical Advancement Champions Award went to the Barretos Cancer Hospital, a center of excellence in oncology care located in rural Brazil, and Stowarzyszenie Amazonki, the Association of Amazon Women—an organization providing support to women affected by breast cancer throughout Poland.

The Global Community Advocacy Champions Award went to the Women’s Crisis Center in Quezon City, Philippines, for its life-saving work to support victims of domestic violence, as well as Refuge, the largest single provider of specialized domestic violence services in the United Kingdom.

Glamour magazine was presented with the 2011 Voice for Change Champion Award in recognition of Glamour’s commitment to empowering and educating women by calling attention to the critical issue of partner violence.

Also at the Gala, the Avon Voices talent search winners were announced: Selena Gittens of Canada, an Avon Representative, and Evelina Anusauskaite of Lithuania. The winners will record an album with a portion of the proceeds in 2012 to go to the Avon Foundation for Women. Additionally, Avon Voices made a $25,000 donation to the Avon Foundation.

Herbalife Family Foundation Provides Nutrition Grants

The Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) provided grants to Houston’s Casa de Esperanza de los Niños and the Smile Foundation in Mumbai to create a Casa Herbalife program in each location to improve nutrition for children in need.

Casa de Esperanza de los Niños serves 80-100 children each year, about half of whom are in foster care at the facility. The grant will help the organization purchase healthier foods, among other items. This is HFF’s second Casa Herbalife program in Texas and the organization’s eighth program in North America.

The Smile Foundation is a national development organization in India that works toward the education and healthcare of less privileged children and youth. The grant will provide nutritional support to 3,000 schoolchildren across India as part of its ‘Mission Education’ program. The grant to the Smile Foundation marks the start of the second Casa Herbalife program in India after SOS Children’s Village in Bangalore.

After the initial grants made by HFF, both Casa de Esperanza de los Niños and the Smile Foundation will receive local financial and volunteer support from Herbalife Independent Distributors and corporate employees. There are currently 68 Casa Herbalife programs around the world.

LifeVantage Announces New Study

LifeVantage Corp., the maker of science-based solutions to oxidative stress, announced that a new peer-reviewed study involving its flagship product, Protandim®, has been published in the scientific journal Molecular Aspects of Medicine. The new paper takes a historical look at the field of biological antioxidants and oxidative stress, examines gene regulation by Protandim® and relevant pathways, and links together past observations about antioxidant enzyme functions with current investigations into antioxidant gene regulation.

The study, titled “Oxidative Stress in Health and Disease: The Therapeutic Potential of Nrf2 Activation,” was written by Brooks M. Hybertson, Bifeng Gao, Swapan K. Bose, and Joe M. McCord.

LifeVantage was founded in 2003 and currently has operations in both Salt Lake City and San Diego.

MonaVie to Issue Weekly Report

MonaVie, a direct seller of health and wellness products, has launched a new business intelligence service to support the efforts of its global distributor network.

This new feature, called MonaVie Business Intelligence (MBI), will be posted each week on MonaVie’s news website—www. monaviemediacenter.com—to facilitate distributor access to breaking business news related to economic, marketing and product trends and developments. The goal of MBI is to provide the timeliest information available to support MonaVie’s distributors as they market the company’s products and accompanying business opportunity to a global market.

In related news MonaVie has launched in India, as part of the expansion of its business operations in the Asia Pacific Region. Offices have been established in many cities, including Chennai, New Delhi and Mumbai, with more to come this spring. India will now become the company’s No. 1 market in the world. With this addition, MonaVie is also officially open in nine countries in the region and in 21 countries overall, having marked recent openings in Austria, Portugal and Hungary.

MonaVie is a health and wellness company that produces premium products that are marketed through a global network of more than 1 million independent distributors in 21 countries around the world.

Rain International Acquires Rain Nutrition

Rain International LLC announced that it has acquired Rain Nutrition LLC, a seed-based nutritional company based in Highland, Utah, for an undisclosed price. Rain International has purchased all of the assets of Rain Nutrition, including all formulas, research and trademarks.

Rain International partnered with Rain Nutrition in 2010. Since that time, Rain Nutrition’s proprietary research on seed nutrition supported Rain International’s efforts. The acquisition will further enhance Rain International’s position in the seed nutrition industry by bringing Rain Nutrition, a company based on many years of seed research, in-house.

Provo, Utah-based Rain International produces and delivers nutritional products based on seeds, which carry nutrients and antioxidants.

Multi-Pure Announces Pure Convention

After hosting a seven-city regional tour across the country, Multi-Pure, a direct seller specializing in water filtration, announced its first-ever national conference, the Pure Convention.

The Pure Convention is a celebration of Multi-Pure’s past and future, as it unveils new plans, programs and products as part of its bold rebranding initiative. The Pure Convention is the place for Multi-Pure independent distributors, both old and new, to meet with fellow leaders and company executives, and gain unique insight, education and inspiration on the changes and enhancements coming to Multi-Pure.

The Pure Convention will be held at the Planet Hollywood Casino Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, Feb. 24 - 26, 2012. For registration and additional information, contact Multi-Pure’s Director of Marketing, Michele Priest, at mpriest@multipure.com.

Founded in 1970, Multi-Pure is the manufacturer and distributor of drinking water systems and compressed solid carbon block filters.
Headquartered in Las Vegas, Multi-Pure employs more than 200 people.

Sabika Gives Record Donation to Breast Cancer Awareness

Sabika Jewelry announced that their campaign to raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research generated $81,552.73 in one month. It is the largest amount Pittsburg Komen has ever received, according to Julie Philp, Sponsorship and Special Events Coordinator at Pittsburg Komen.

Sabika designed crystal Komen Daisy Pendants for the campaign. Consultants and clients hosted 579 pink parties throughout the month. Consultants donated $38,510.27 of their commissions from these parties for the cause. Sabika matched that number, and donated half of the retail value of every Komen Daisy Pendant sold.

Sabika Jewelry is a multimillion-dollar company, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Products are handmade and uniquely designed with Austrian crystals to bring out every woman’s individual beauty and style every day.