Published On: Tue, Mar 4th, 2014

ONABEN returns to Cherokee for free training

Our Native American Business Network (ONABEN) is returning to work with the Sequoyah Fund and Native entrepreneurs as part of their three-year program to provide entrepreneurial training to the community in Cherokee.  Trainings are made possible by a grant provided by the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) and allows the Sequoyah Fund to partner with the Portland-based national non-profit to work with area citizens on business development initiatives three times a year.

ONABEN will provide small business training on Tuesday, March 25 from 10am – 2pm at the Qualla Arts and Crafts Cooperative.

“We are so excited to partner with the Sequoyah Fund and to provide these services to the local business community,” said Veronica Hix, ONABEN executive director.  “This trip continues our work and partnership, and now we can begin implementing our training program, incorporating the needs and feedback from the community.”

According to Hix, business development workshops will focus on the needs of the Cherokee business community, specifically artists.  The three-year program will address business development issues identified in the orientation.  There is no cost to take part in the training program and all interested entrepreneurs are welcome.

“Artists love to spend their time creating, but creating art doesn’t pay the bills – selling it does, said Russ Seagle, Sequoyah Fund executive director.  “These programs will help our artists be more financially successful, giving them the opportunity to continue creating.  We’re proud to have such capable resource partners who can bring a new level of skills and expertise to our community of artists.  The time artists spend at these events will be one of the best investments they can make in their business.”

Info: Hope Huskey (828) 359-5005

– ONABEN

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