Karen Caruso of Mind Your Business, Inc. Makes it Her Business to Know Yours
Oprah Winfrey has influenced and inspired the likes of television virtuoso Shonda Rhimes, celebrity physicians Drs. Phil and Oz, and Karen Caruso, the Asheville-based businesswoman behind Mind Your Business, Inc. (MYB).
In 1996 Caruso was a stay-at-home mom with an eight-month-old baby when she saw a segment on Oprah about a nanny who had slain a young boy. “At the time, background screening was not a common practice in day-to-day operations in business—much less childcare,” she recalls. Caruso, who was considering returning to work and would need a nanny to do so, felt a personal connection to the story. When Oprah revealed that the nanny had a criminal background that had gone unchecked, Caruso envisioned a future where she could help prevent such atrocities and protect her own family; she committed to taking action in protecting children from being harmed by unqualified and unscreened caregivers via an employment screening service.
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