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SBA 2011 North Carolina Small Business Person of the Year

 Karen Caruso, owner and CEO of Mind Your Business, Inc. (MYB) in Hendersonville, NC has been named the 2011 North Carolina Small Business Person of the Year. Karen's entrepreneurial spirit was ignited in 1995 while watching an Oprah Winfrey show with her daughter on abusive child care providers. She decided at that moment what her future would look like. 

Karen's early career was in security, knowing how to conduct background checks. Seeing a gap in the market, she focused on applicant screening services to the childcare industry.  In 1996, Mind Your Business, Inc. (MYB) was launched in the basement of her New Jersey home with two employees and $2,500.

In a field predominantly led by men and large corporations, MYB faced challenges entering the marketplace.  To combat these obstacles, she turned to SBA sponsored mentors.  She has taken classes and received counseling through SCORE, the North Carolina Small Business & Technology Center (SBTDC) and Mountain... Read More