Congratulations to Jennifer VanDerHorst-Larson of Holland Center for the great press in the New York Times. You might recall Jennifer as the winner of the Age of Autism Post Item in the Autism One auction last May. She wrote: Is He High Functioning?
Read Brent Bower's full article on The Holland Center HERE.
Most entrepreneurs gauge success in numbers like dollars and market share. Jennifer VanDerHorst-Larson measures it, in part, in the words her son speaks and writes.
Ms. VanDerHorst-Larson is the founder of two technology companies that she expects to have combined revenue this year of $50 million and, she says, have bright prospects for 2010. But for six years, she has also lavished her entrepreneurial skills on a different sort of venture — a nonprofit organization whose guiding purpose is to help her 9-year-old son, Cade, and other children deal with autism.
In my final three columns in this space — the last one is to appear in early December — I am revisiting some of the entrepreneurs I have profiled in the last two and a half years. In September 2007, Ms. VanDerHorst-Larson described her efforts to cope with her son’s autism by creating the nonprofit Holland Center in Excelsior, Minn., for young children with the disorder.The treatment category is sponsored by Lee Silsby, the leader in quality compounded medications for autism.