As we close in on 2012, there is a lot to look forward to. However, first, let’s take a look back at 2011 – both for MYB and for the employment screening industry as a whole. Here are a couple of highlights, couple of low points and our how that has affected the employment screening world.
One of the highlights for Mind Your Business was Founder and CEO Karen Caruso being selected as the 2011 North Carolina Small Business Person of the Year by the US Small Business Association.
It was a true honor which really showed just how hard working, passionate and dedicated Karen is in her work. The desire to help people was what founded MYB and is the reason we continue to exist. For Karen, while “fiscal gains are inevitable for a successful company, they are certainly not a pre-requisite for us”.
The congratulatory letter stated “Your hard work, innovative ideas, and dedication to your community have helped you succeed. The SBA is pleased to recognize your achievements and your role in driving our nation’s economic growth”.
Another step forward for MYB was our successful move into social media. Social channels such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – as well as this blog – allow us to extend our reach, and our values, further afield.
One of the disappointments of 2011, however, has been how the economy has continued to struggle. Figures of authority have failed to agree on how to move the country forward and out of this stagnant economy – the effects of which are devastating. In the United States, the unemployment rate currently sits at 9.1%, with 14 million Americans out of work. It is expected to take five more years for the global market to return to it’s pre-recession levels.
What is a difficult situation for many actually puts businesses at an advantage. Part of making more astute hiring decisions often results in more stringent employment checks. More thorough background checks allows a business to ensure they hire the ideal applicant who ticks all the boxes. This leads to better protection of each business from hiring risks, and a more stable future.
Drug testing for those on welfare has been another aspect of 2011 well worth highlighting. With multiple states introducing legislation on this, the jury is still out as to whether it is actually saving taxpayers money. However, we predict that more states will continue to enforce such laws, as citizens like to see a hard line taken on how their tax dollars are spent.
Overall, 2011 has had it’s ups and downs – as is the case of every year. Nonetheless, at MYB we like to focus on the positive – of which there has been plenty.
We are very excited with the position we are in moving into 2012, and look forward to working with current, and new, customers as the new year rolls in.
Wishing you all the best, and a prosperous 2012!
Mind Your Business Founder Karen Caruso is set to be a keynote speaker at the 2011 Women’s Business Conference tomorrow, hosted at the Blue Ridge Community College.
The conference, which is free to attend, is a fantastic opportunity for Karen to tell the MYB story – providing business women an insight into how to go about creating and sustaining a successful business.
The conference registration page states “The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has named Karen Caruso, CEO of Mind Your Business, Inc. (MYB) the North Carolina Small Business Person of the Year for 2011. The criteria for the award include: staying power – a substantiated history as an established business, growth in number of employees, innovativeness of product/service offered, response to adversity and contributions to community-oriented projects.”
“Caruso faced challenges in a market dominated by men and large corporations, but she persevered. With the help of SBA sponsored counseling and training through SCORE, the North Carolina Small Business Technology and Development Center, and Mountain BizWorks, an SBA Women’s Business Center, the business has grown substantially. MYB now employs 14 people, and since 2004, operates in a 3,000 square foot facility in the mountains of Western North Carolina. MYB posted record profits in 2009 and 2010.”
The conference provides the opportunity for women in business to learn skills to grow their business in a fantastic networking environment. Karen is an entrepreneur who has faced the many hurdles businesswomen face in today’s environment and hopes to provide inspiration to many, using her knowledge and experience to help others succeed.
It’s an honor for Karen to be invited to speak, but also a well deserved accolade. For more regular updates on the conference and MYB in general, become a fan of us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!
Mind Your Business CEO, Karen Caruso, has been selected as the 2011 North Carolina Small Business Person of the Year by the US Small Business Association (SBA). The award will be presented at National Small Business Week in Washington D.C., May 18-20.
The congratulatory letter states “Your hard work, innovative ideas, and dedication to your community have helped you succeed. The SBA is pleased to recognize your achievements and your role in driving our nation’s economic growth”. Having been previously recognized as an elite business in Western North Carolina, this step up is emphatic of the success that MYB has experienced throughout the economic downturn.
MYB stands out to most businesses due to it’s simple and personable philosophy. The desire to help people was what founded MYB and is the reason they continue to exist. For Karen, while “fiscal gains are inevitable for a successful company, they are certainly not a pre-requisite for us”. With values based on altruism, customer-service and client appreciation, MYB stands out as an organization that can compete against the best on a business level, while also offering the best to their customers.
In a post on this blog last year regarding SBA awards and the recognition that MYB had received, there was no doubt of the implication that 2011 would be a bigger and better year. Such an accolade as the Small Business Person of the Year certainly takes Karen and MYB to the next level, and it is all the more exciting to see what the future holds.
We will be posting more information regarding National Small Business Week and the ceremony nearer to the time, but for now please join me in passing on your congratulations to Karen!