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Melbourne, FL: Multiple companies making millions providing autism services

Mar 6, 2020, Orlando (FL) Business Journal: Academy chalks up local expansion plans A Melbourne-based firm that provides services for children and teens with conditions like autism and attention deficit disorder plans to expand in Central Florida. Puzzle Box Academy's executive team is targeting up to 10 locations in Osceola County to open in the next 12 to 18 months, CEO Pamela Furr told Orlando Business Journal. The company is considering locations near public elementary schools or with access to buses. The company's existing locations offer services ranging from school to after-school programs for pre-kindergarten up through 12th grade. … Dozens of new jobs to be created As part of that push, the company expects to hire and train more than 100 employees, Furr said. Those positions will include behavioralists, registered behavioral technicians and administration staff…. Puzzle Box's expansion comes as related company Puzzle Box Academy of Orlando Holding LLC received more than $5.5 million in funding as part of an equity deal with an undisclosed party on March 2, according to documents submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Continued expansion Puzzle Box is not the only local autism service provider in expansion mode. For example, Lake Mary-based Florida Autism Center LLC added 16 new therapy centers in 2019 to total 50 at the end of last year. That's up from only five centers roughly four years ago. The company grew its revenue from $4 million in 2016 to $40 million in 2019….


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