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Entrepreneurs encouraged to ‘make your dream a reality’

HOLLYWOOD — The Seminole Tribe’s Native Learning Center is offering a five-session webinar for Native American entrepreneurs interested in running a business.

“Learn how to make your dream a reality,” takes place online Oct. 5 through Oct. 9.

Organizers said the objective is to take a business idea from conception to marketing.

“This training will provide both group and individual level guidance to help launch your business,” the training description reads. “Bring an open mind, willingness to learn and a real desire to form your business.”

The instructor for the training is Dr. Ron Sheffield – a member of the Quechan Tribe of Arizona. Sheffield is an adjunct professor of leadership at Christopher Newport University, located in Newport News, Virginia. He also serves on the board of the American Indigenous Business Leaders.

Dr. Ron Sheffield (Quechan Tribe of Arizona) will serve as an instructor for an NLC program Oct. 5-9. (Photo:

His doctoral research at George Washington University, located in Washington, D.C., was titled: “The Influence of Language on Culture and Identity: Resurgence of the Quechan Native American Tribal Language.”

Sheffield’s research focused on the influence that language restriction, and later federal legitimization, had on Native American elders’ perspectives of culture and identity, his biography reads.

Organizers said participants should register separately for each session they would like to attend.

Registration is free for Native Americans and those working within Indian Country. For more information, go to