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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - An Ohio-based bag business is one of the country's fastest growing direct sales companies, and hundreds of women across the Valley are sharing in the success.

From functional purses and to organizational totes, the products Thirty-One Gifts make are inspired by, and created for, busy women.

The owner started the business in the basement of her home in 2003. It started with one house party, then quickly grew.

Today, more than 115,000 consultants work for the company, which is based in Columbus. Across the valley almost 700 people are earning money working for Thirty-One Gifts on either a part-time or full-time basis.

"I can create my own schedule, I pick the days I work and it just works for us," says Nicole Protopapa, regional director for Thirty-One Gifts.

Protopapa is a Youngstown-area mother of four, and says finding time to juggle her family life and work life is tough, but she finds her job the best solution as a busy mom.

The selling tactics of Thirty-One Gifts can be compared to recognizable direct selling brands like Avon, Mary Kay and PartyLite. It is a fast growing sector of the U.S. economy.

In 2012, the Direct Selling Association reports U.S. direct sales totaled $31.6 billion.

The same year, the Association listed Thirty-One Gifts as the tenth largest direct-selling company in the country.

Click here to learn more about consulting jobs with Thirty-One Gifts.

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