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March 01, 2011

News in Brief

News in Brief, March 2011


Scentsy President Heidi Thompson Named Idaho Woman of the Year

Heidi Thompson, Scentsy President and Co-Owner, was given the first-ever Idaho Woman of the Year Award on Feb. 17 by the Idaho Business Review.

Traditionally, this award has been given to a group of 50 women collectively, but Thompson’s score was the highest across the board in all categories, so they decided to break tradition and give her the top award. A selection committee of past honorees used a rating system covering four critical categories, and Thompson scored highest across the board.

Scentsy Inc. is a rapidly growing party-plan company offering a variety of scented, wickless candles heated in decorative ceramic warmers and other fragrance products.

Southwestern’s Trey Campbell Awarded “Forty Under 40”

Southwestern’s Trey Campbell has been selected by the Nashville Business Journal (NBJ) as a “Forty Under 40” winner for 2011.

The third annual Forty Under 40 publication and awards luncheon celebrates 40 professionals under the age of 40 for their contributions to their companies and communities in Middle Tennessee.

Each winner will be featured in an upcoming special feature of NBJ.

Based in Nashville, Tenn., the Southwestern Co. dates back to the first half of the 19th century as the Southwestern Publishing House under the leadership of Rev. James Robinson Graves. The company has been recognized in recent years with the prestigious Best in Business award and recently moved from the Forbes No. 2 largest internship employer in the United States to the No. 1 spot. Southwestern is an entirely employee-owned company.

Relìv Kalogris Foundation Achieves Record Donations in 2010

The Relìv Kalogris Foundation, the charitable arm of Relìv International Inc., announced that donors gave a record $1.2 million in 2010 to provide free nutritional supplements to 42,000 people every day in 10 countries.

Since 1995, the Foundation has donated approximately $26 million to programs that support malnourished people.

Until recently, the Relìv Foundation took donations solely from Relìv distributors and employees. At the request of the company’s distributors, the Foundation established the Network to Nourish program during 2010. The program, registered in 48 states, enables the organization to accept donations from any individual.

Relìv International Inc., based in Chesterfield, Mo., is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of a proprietary line of nutritional supplements. Relìv sells its products through an international network marketing system of approximately 64,000 independent distributors.

Herbalife Family Foundation Helps Struggling Families in Berlin

The Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) announced its first Casa Herbalife program to help bring good nutrition to children at Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk e.V. in Berlin. Founded in 1972, Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk e.V. promotes child welfare and provides necessary services to vulnerable children and disenfranchised families.

The German Casa Herbalife program is the 62nd Casa Herbalife program worldwide established by HFF. After an initial grant from HFF, local Herbalife independent distributors and employees will support the program through volunteerism and fundraising.

HFF is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit corporation dedicated to improving children’s lives by helping organizations provide healthy nutrition to children at risk. Additionally, HFF often supports relief efforts in response to natural disasters.

SeneGence International Announces Expansion into Indonesia

SeneGence International, a direct sales company specializing in long-lasting cosmetics and anti-aging skin care, announced its expansion into the South Pacific islands of Indonesia.
Indonesia presents a market with strong growth and a good opportunity for U.S. cosmetics. The market is expected to grow at an average of 10–15 percent annually.

Since the debut of the premier product LipSense in 1999, SeneGence has been a privately owned network marketing company that is in the business of developing and selling personal care products through an independent sales network of distributors.

Mannatech Officially Opens Its Doors to Mexico Operations

Mannatech Inc. officially commenced its Mexico business operations on Jan. 24 across all of Mexico.

According to the Direct Selling Association, Mexico is the sixth largest direct selling market in the world. Currently, more than 2 million people living in Mexico involved with direct sales are creating more than $3.5 billion in revenue.

Mannatech’s Mexico operations include offices and storefronts in both Guadalajara and Mexico City and a distribution center located in Monterrey.

Mannatech Inc. is a global wellness-solutions provider of innovative, high-quality, proprietary dietary supplements, skincare products, and weight and fitness products sold through independent associates and members worldwide.

Regal Ware Division Chosen Finalist in About.com Readers’ Choice Awards

The Saladmaster division of Regal Ware Inc. has been selected as a finalist in the 2011 About.com Readers’ Choice Awards in the categories of Best Cookware for their Saladmaster solutions Ti Cookware and Best Kitchen Gadget for the Saladmaster Machine.

Products were nominated by readers at About.com and voting takes place online through March 8, with winners announced March 15.

Saladmaster cookware is manufactured by Regal Ware Inc. at its manufacturing facility in West Bend, Wis., and is marketed worldwide by the Saladmaster sales and marketing division of Regal Ware, located in Arlington, Texas.

Based in Kewaskum, Wis., Regal Ware Worldwide is the premier manufacturer of high-quality stainless steel cookware in the United States. Regal Ware’s product offerings include stainless steel cookware and cast-aluminum cookware—available through both direct selling and retail sales channels—and drinking-water-treatment systems for the home.

DSEF Gears Up for 13th Annual National Consumer Protection Week

The Direct Selling Education Foundation (DSEF) is joining with federal, state and local government agencies and national organizations to celebrate the 13th annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), coming March 6-12. During NCPW, groups nationwide share tips and information that help consumers protect their privacy, manage money and debt, avoid identity theft and avoid frauds and scams.

The NCPW outreach is at the heart of DSEF’s mission to advance the direct selling industry’s commitment to consumer education and protection to help build a nation of better-informed consumers.

For more details on DSEF-sponsored events, visit DSEF’s NCPW website, http://dsef.org/ncpw/2011.

Community Colleges to Offer a Direct Selling Entrepreneur Certificate

Through a new partnership, the Direct Selling Education Foundation (DSEF) and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) are developing the curriculum for a non-credit program that will be made available to community colleges across the country. The curriculum is expected to be available as a pilot in Fall 2011.

Founded in 2002, the NACCE is an organization of educators, entrepreneurs and distinguished business development professionals providing quality programs and services in entrepreneurship education at the community college level.