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Ciara Ladroma

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Amanda Race

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Jonathan Paul Katz

Tribal Self-Employment: Business Success Strategies and Resources

Presented By:

Sonya Fields, Owner of Sonya’s Bed & Breakfast

Ciara Ladroma, Senior Associate, Griffin-Hammis Associates

Amy Parker, Community Rehabilitation Provider (CRP), and Business Consultant with AK Microenterprise Grant.

Amanda Race, Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Coordinator/Counselor, Tanana Chiefs Conference

Jonathan Paul Katz, CPACC, Accessibility Expert and Policy Advisor, US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy

June 12, 2024
12:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern

Register Online     (Registration is free but required.)

Learn about resources and discuss self-employment topics from experts and successful entrepreneurs.



Ciara Ladroma has served the employment and entrepreneurial industries for the last 12 years with a focus on serving people with disabilities, women, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ individuals. She has supported small business owners nationwide to create, launch, and grow their businesses. Ciara began her career in Supported Employment as an Employment Specialist and has since carried these unique skills and traits to all areas of her career. Previously serving as a Career Coach at Des Moines Area Community College and as the Director of the Iowa Women’s Business Center, Ciara has found ways to elevate communities by guiding people’s success through business ownership and career navigation. As an entrepreneur herself, she is able to take her own experiences and challenges to help others navigate their entrepreneurial hurdles. Ciara provides technical assistance and trainings of best-practices regarding employment service delivery with a focus on Customized Employment and Self-Employment. 

Amanda Race has been the TVR Coordinator/Counselor for the Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation program since January 2008.  She has over 30 years’ experience working with people with intellectual, mental & physical disabilities, first a residential counselor in the home, employment specialist and disability care coordinator overseeing a small business mail center and potato wrapping called Spud Buggy to preparing plans of care and overseeing Home Community Based Medicaid Waiver services.   She has lived in Fairbanks since 1986 and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Amanda has provided disability and VR services for the last 25 years at TCC, a Tribal Consortia of 37 Federally recognized Tribes in the Interior of Alaska.   She received a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Western Washington University in December 2007 through an RSA scholarship and has been a current Certified Rehabilitation Counselor since April 2008. 

Jonathan Paul Katz, CPACC, is an accessibility expert and policy advisor at the US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy. He specializes in support for small businesses and accessibility in the workplace. He previously worked for state and county government in Maryland and New York City's Department of Small Business Services, as well as a freelance accessibility consultant. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago, Oxford University, and the University of Maryland - College Park.

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