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Sittercity Acquires One of the Largest Websites in the In-Home Care Industry
Nov 18, 2010 (04:11 PM EST)
CHICAGO, Nov. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Sittercity.com, America's largest and most trusted website for connecting families with local, quality in-home caregivers, today announced the acquisition of the Sitters.com website. Sitters.com is the third-largest in-home care website and has developed a significant sitter and parent network throughout its almost 10 year history. This acquisition will expand Sittercity's current database of close to 2 million users, further solidifying the company's dominance in the online in-home care industry.
Sittercity.com, headquartered in Chicago, is the market leader in helping people in need find experienced babysitters, nannies, pet sitters, dog walkers, housekeepers and tutors nationwide. Care seekers can join on their own or through the Sittercity Corporate Program, which is offered through corporations as an employee benefit.
"We are excited to announce the acquisition of Sitters.com," said Martin Clifford, CEO of Sittercity. "It significantly expands our portfolio and strengthens Sittercity's competitive advantage in the marketplace."
"For almost a decade, Sitters.com and Sittercity.com have been pioneers of the in-home online care industry," said Mike Cravens, founder of Sitters.com. "Our two companies have revolutionized the manner in which parents and individuals are able to find in-home care providers, giving them the tools they need to find a safe, reliable sitter in their neighborhood."
As both companies are privately held, the terms of the agreement will not be made public. Cravens will become a strategic advisor to Sittercity as well as a stockholder.
Sittercity.com, the inventor of online caregiving, is America's largest and most trusted online source for babysitters, nannies, pet sitters, senior care, housesitting, housekeeping and tutoring. Sittercity has a network of more than a million caregiver profiles nationwide, and helps families and individuals across America find the perfect in-home care provider quickly, easily and safely. Sittercity's care seekers can use the company's four-step screening process, which includes checking references, reading caregiver reviews, conducting interviews and utilizing free access to background checks. Sitter profiles also come with photos, experience, training, safety skills, availability calendars, reviews and more. Sittercity's Corporate Program now serves a number of marquee clients, including Avon, MasterCard, FOX Networks, Pitney Bowes and Monster Worldwide. For more information, visit the company Web site at http://www.sittercity.com.