Weekly Feature

2017-10-12 / Business

Sitters on Standby to be sold to West Seneca couple

by CHRIS GRAHAM
Editor


Cheryl O’Brien, center, owner of Sitters on Standby for 12 years, recently sold her business to Jodie-Kay and Todd Nelson of West Seneca. 
Photo by Chris GrahamPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Cheryl O’Brien, center, owner of Sitters on Standby for 12 years, recently sold her business to Jodie-Kay and Todd Nelson of West Seneca. Photo by Chris GrahamPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Since starting Sitters on Standby in 2006, owner Cheryl O’Brien has been at the center of a recruitment agency providing childcare and senior care for individuals.

O’Brien is leaving to take care of her husband, John, who has been diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s and had complications from brain surgery last March.

Jodie-Kay and Todd Nelson of West Seneca will be the new owners of the company, located at 3959 N. Buffalo St., in Orchard Park.

O’Brien, a resident of Holland, started the company with close friends and relatives after she lost her job following back surgery related to a car accident.

“I started out with a handful of church ladies and my daughters and their friends and started to matchmake with the childcare,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien said nannies, nurses and senior care workers come into the office for an interview. From there, they are placed with a client for childcare or senior care.

Deciding to sell her business to the Nelson family was an easy one for O’Brien after seeing the connection they had.

Jodie-Kay Nelson had applied for a job as a nurse at the company after hearing about it from a friend in August. O’Brien realized during the interview that Nelson used to live in Holland and knew a member of the O’Brien’s family.

“Jodie’s sitting there and I’m going ‘I know you,’” O’Brien said. “There was a connection immediately.”

The meeting convinced O’Brien that the Nelson family should take over the business.

“God put it on my heart to call her,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien said she’ll be a silent partner.

Jodie-Kay Nelson, who had been looking to take on a new career, said that God, and the fact that people were raving about O’Brien, made it easy to decide to come on board.

In the early stages of the takeover Nelson said she is looking to grow the company and is also changing the company logo.

“We’re going to push it and grow it and make Cheryl proud because she’s done 12 years of awesome work in our community,” Nelson said.

For more information on Sitters on Standby, visit www.sittersonstandby.com.

email: cgraham@beenews.com

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