Female Small Business Owner of the Year: Pamela holz

Pamela Holz, a parent of a child with Autism, started Puzzle Box Academy, a private school for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities, in 2014 after a career in the finance industry. The school provides high-quality early intervention services, effective treatment and education programs to more than 200 children in kindergarten through 8th grade. Holz’s goal was to provide a school where families could rely on their children getting the special attention they deserved without the obstacles most families with an exceptional education student face.

“Families should be able to focus on what’s important at home — confidence, security, love and acceptance of our children’s quirks,” she said. ‘Families shouldn’t have to battle the system to create the special environments their children need to thrive.”

Puzzle Box Academy employs 27 full-time staff and is in the planning stages for expanded services in the central area of the county. In an attempt to better serve the families of Puzzle Box Academy, Holz has provided more than half a million dollars in scholarships.

“I am honored to be listed among these amazing women. We are a community family, and with this family comes great responsibility. It is our job to take care of our neighbors, to take care of those who do not have a voice. When we come together to support each other, nothing can stop us.”