Babener & Associates

121 SW Morrison Street Suite 1020
Portland, Oregon 97204, United States

Contact: Charity Prater

  • 503-226-6600

Time is ticking! The Starting and Running the Successful MLM Company Conference takes place February 26 and 27, 2015! Register to attend today!

The Starting and Running the Successful MLM Company Conference is just around the corner! For over 27 years we have hosted over 69 national conferences to educate startup and existing MLM company executives. All…more

Happy New Year from the Babener Family! Updates! Plus, First Blog Post of the Year: Network Marketing Myths and MLM “Domination”

Happy New Year from MLMLegal and the Babener & Associates family! We hope you had a fantastic 2014! Here at our headquarters in Portland, Oregon, we have a lot to celebrate! From our long-standing clients to our new arrivals,…more

Are there MLM company programs that help personal and professional growth within the company?

Absolutely. First, it should be noted that this industry boasts some of the best motivational and teaching trainers in the sales business. Just Google “MLM Training” and you will be led to great trainers and systems, such as Zig…more

New Press Release: and Babener & Associates Announces Its 69th National Starting and Running the Successful MLM Company Conference

LAS VEGAS, NV — (Marketwired) — 01/06/15 — For more than 28 years, leading industry experts have educated the executives of starting and existing MLM, direct selling, network marketing, and party plan companies on how to…more

What Is Coding and How Does It Work?

Most modern direct selling plans offer enroller coding bonuses. Historically, a sponsor enrolled a new distributor frontline and was deemed the sponsor. Commissions flowed from this relationship. However, as sponsors became…more

October 2014 MLM Startup Conference Success!

You wouldn’t believe the turnout we had for the October 2014 MLM Startup Conference! Entrepreneurs, executives, founders, and CEOs from 98 direct selling companies registered for the event! Over 160 entrepreneurs registered for…more

What is the Purpose of the “Cancelation” Language on Retail Customer Purchase Forms?

The language on the front and back of a retail customer product form is FTC mandated statutory language for person-to-person sales away from a fixed place of business, of goods or services for household use, of more than $25. It…more

The Origin and Operation of the Famous 70% Rule Explained

The 70% rule derives from the 1979 FTC Amway decision in which an administrative law judge recognized that Amway’s 70% rule helped prevent inventory loading (it is not a retailing rule). Basically, the Amway rule provided: at…more

What It Means When Network Marketers Say “Opportunity”

The word “opportunity” is a generic term for the chance to advance, better one’s economic state, health, social position, etc. However, in the context of direct selling, “opportunity,” in addition to the chance to make money, is…more

What Is the Difference between “Sponsoring” and “Recruiting”?

Although the terms sponsoring and recruiting are often used interchangeably, they actually have two different meanings. Recruiting is the act of searching and soliciting new distributors for the downline sales organization of an…more

Tennessee Recognizes Personal Use in New Legislation

On July 1st, 2014, Tennessee became the latest government/regulatory entity to adopt updated MLM/Pyramid legislation recognizing “personal use” in pyramiding analysis. The Tennessee language is similar to language adopted in…more

BurnLounge Appeal Decision Will Impact MLM Industry and Financial Markets Releases Comprehensive Analysis on Landmark Case on Pyramid Guidance and the Role of "Personal Use" in Pyramid Analysis Click for the full article analysis and actual BurnLounge case at BurnLounge Appeal…more

What do Startup Companies Think about Long Term Professional Relationships? and Babener & Associates have been with many network marketing companies from the very beginning, from startup to stable. We were involved in early stages of a number of leading MLM companies, including some traded…more

What are the most important things to remember when you host an employee recognition event?

First, we must note that this is a bit out of our area of legal expertise. However, we have attended many recognition events and been involved in meeting planning, from hotel logistics, to program, to meeting planners. And, we…more

Do incentives increase sales? How worthwhile are consultant incentives?

Incentives absolutely increase sales. However, sales incentives go by many names, shapes and sizes. Obviously, the understood and expected incentives are bonuses and commissions. Since companies are trying to incentivize…more
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