Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Southwestern Advantage Facts

Southwestern Advantage - A Member of Southwestern Family of Companies

Our Family of Companies features 29 brands that serve businesses and consumers through financial services, consulting, real estate, fundraising, insurance, direct sales, executive placement and more. Southwestern Advantage is the founding company (1855), providing America's oldest entrepreneurial program for university students (1868). Participants of the program regularly find career opportunities within Southwestern Advantage and our Southwestern Family of Companies.


  • 1,500+ participants from 200+ campuses and 20+ countries each year
  • Winner of the CEIA Charles F. Kettering Award for Top Internship in the U.S. - presented to Southwestern Advantage and Dr. Ralph Brigham, our Global Director of Campus Relations
  • Recognized by the industry experts at WayUp as one of the nation's Top 100 Internship Programs
  • Recognized three years by Nashville's leading newspaper, The Tennessean, as a "Top Workplace"
  • Two-time "Best In Business" award winner by Nashville Business Journal for accelerated growth and community impact




  • Approximately 150,000 families invest in Southwestern Advantage products each summer
  • Southwestern Advantage is an accredited and charter member of the Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee since 1961 with an A+ rating
  • Recipient of the BBB Torch Award for Ethical Commerce


  • Southwestern Advantage is America's oldest single-level direct sales and marketing program
  • Participants take consumers' orders and payments, company inventories and ships product orders, difference between the products' wholesale cost and retail price is the participant's profit - similar to any small business owner
  • Zero sign-up costs, entry fees, or financial endorsements required
  • All initial training and sales materials are provided free of charge
  • Participants' parents are included in the selection process by receiving a packet of information from the company, followed by their signing of a Parent Support Letter that simply states their awareness and approval, followed further by ongoing email updates from the student's leaders
  • No quotas for sales or recruitment
  • Leading member of the Direct Selling Association, holding direct sales companies accountable to ethical business practices and DSA Code of Ethics
  • Southwestern Advantage has testified in support of anti-pyramid scheme legislation
  • Company president, Dan Moore, elected to the DSA Board of Directors
  • Listed on DSA Global 100


  • Most students are eligible for 3-9 hours of transfer college credit via Trevecca Nazarene University
  • Partners with Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE)
  • Member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
  • Premium Partner with Handshake - the leading platform connecting campus career centers, employers and students



For more information about Southwestern Advantage and our family of companies, open our online brochure, visit our Instagram Facebook, or browse our website.

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