Jo Schneider (pictured), a serial young entrepreneur and the Director of DVE Business Solutions and Animal Therapeutics Online has been announced as the 2014 South Australian Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year.
After starting her first business ‘Jo’s Toffees’ at the age of 11, Jo founded her first company Animal Therapeutics Online in 2008 after finding a lack in holistic therapies for her injured horse.
Stepping down from her Senior Manufacturing Engineer role at GM Holden, Schneider used her voluntary redundancy package as a capital investment to start Animal Therapeutics Online, providing holistic therapies and performance products from the German Activo Med range to the professional equestrian and racing communities in Australia and New Zealand.
While still building Animal Therapeutics Online, Schneider moved onto her next entrepreneurial endeavor DVE Business Solutions driving positive change through a holistic approach looking at process, people, structure and technology.
Having grown both businesses significantly over the last 12 months, the Telstra Awards judges praised Ms Schneider’s clarity of vision and strategy, continuous improvement focus, her understanding of financial and business drivers and the importance of systemising activities to ensure sustainability.
Kate McKenzie, Telstra Chief Operations Officer and Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador said, “As I reflect on the achievements of the amazing women that have won these Awards over the past 20 years, I am confident that the 2014 South Australian winners will continue to inspire the next generation. They embody what it means to be a Telstra Business Woman’s Award winner – courageous, confident and innovative.”
For Jo Schneider it was a welcomed surprise, “It is truly a great honour to be recognised in this way and be amongst such incredibly talented and accomplished women.”