Testimonials

Here's what great people are saying about Kedma Ough

Kedma is very responsive, thorough, has incredible integrity, and she just gets it.

I feel like I’ve made a new friend.

I first met Kedma when I made arrangements for a live panel discussion for my employer. She came highly recommended by another amazing contributor we have worked with. When I met her, wow I immediately saw her talent matched her reputation, and so I decided to work with her again in a different capacity. It required working a lot closer than the first time around.

One of the best parts of the project was how easy it was to work with her. Kedma is very responsive, thorough, has incredible integrity, and she just gets it. I didn’t have to spend a lot of time explaining, with few words she understood my idea and took it to the next level with her expertise. Exactly what I wanted. And we just connected over the fact that we both have an authentic desire to help people. That was awesome. We are currently sharing an audience, the small business audience, and we both want them to succeed. That desire, in turn, produced amazing content that genuinely helped the audience (or at least that was the feedback). It also gave my brand lots of awareness and helped me show our good will.

The project was so fun and I loved working with Kedma. I am looking forward to following her from here on and grow from her. I was told “she is dynamite!” and when I was done with the project, those where my exact thoughts about her. Kedma is dynamite! Bam!

Denise Rivera, Sr Digital Marketing Manager
Taylor Corporation

Working with her is also super fun!

WOW. If you are looking for straight-shooting, get it done, then move on to a new level, hire Kedma. In just two sessions I gained much-needed clarity on my messaging. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Oh, BTW working with her is also super fun!

Jennifer Tufenkian, Physician, Naturopathic
Natural Choices Health Clinic

Kedma brings a powerful, granular, and insightful superhero perspective.

It was a pure joy to learn some pivotal keys for small business momentum and a path of continued success. Live the dream and move forward with aplomb!

Mark Spencer, Procurement Director

Kedma knows her way around social media marketing..

I am the Content Marketing Manager for The School of Business at Portland State University. I connected with Kedma in a local Portland-based women’s entrepreneur group, and was inspired by her tenacity, marketing skills and most of all, the passionate way she helps others find success. I asked Kedma to be a guest speaker in my Social Media Strategy for Business course, and she guest lectured on how to be a LinkedIn Mastermind. She did not disappoint! It’s clear Kedma knows her way around social media marketing, especially with LinkedIn. I will be applying many of the principles she taught in my class — it was a joy to feel like a student again.

Crista Scott Tappan, Social Media Educator & Content Marketing Manager
The School of Business at Portland State

LISTEN TO THIS WOMAN! She is an expert in her field, and she has the heart of a servant.

Just signed the paperwork for a $4000 grant from my county. This is free money from a $1.2 million dollar fund designed to support small businesses in the county who were interrupted by the pandemic.
I was all over this grant as soon as applications became available. The constant nudges from Kedma Ough about aggressively going after any and all funding really helped me keep it top of mind, and it’s paid off.
So thanks Kedma, I owe you a milkshake the next time I see you. You bring a ton of value to the Conquer family.

If you aren’t a Conquer member, but you follow Kedma in any capacity, LISTEN TO THIS WOMAN! She is an expert in her field, and she has the heart of a servant. You can’t ask for a better combo.

Caleb Wininger, Basecamp Resource Director
The Conquer Program

Thank you for your very helpful insights and tips into funding.

I always assumed I wouldn’t qualify for anything but now I know differently! I am going to get some clarity on my variables and begin some serious research asap.

Mary Ellen Baker, Time Management Teacher

A real-life superhero, Kedma is a one of kind.

I have had the pleasure to know Kedma for a few years as a friend and National Speakers Association member. What makes shine is her ability to take a complicated subject like “Target Funding” and make it accessible to the masses. I have been lucky to in the audience three times and listen to her wow the audience, and every time she has over-delivered. If you like to know more about her target funding magic her book is a must-read it is an amazing resource and an eye-opener to the subject. Target Funding.

Sam Moran, Success & Performance Coach
MindWorks Research Institute

She is a positive force of energy.

Ready to raise the bar and become a more thoughtful, purposeful and tactical leader? Hire Kedma Ough for coaching, consulting or many of her other superhero skills! She is a positive force of energy, a shot in the arm and an accountability master. She knows how to get the best out of her clients and is always willing to ask the thought provoking and sometimes challenging questions that make us better leaders.

Bennett J. Grove II, Founder & CEO

Kedma, a far more effective and dynamic facilitator.

Once in a very rare occasion, if you are fortunate, you will encounter a Kedma Ough. In abstract terms, a “Kedma” is one that, even in an entry level position, is obviously destined for unprecedented accomplishments. I was granted the opportunity to manage the real Kedma when she was a new hire trainer. Not only did Kedma demonstrate an inherent affinity for training and facilitation, she understood the concepts of adult learning principles – even before they became vogue. On one occasion, I made the difficult but necessary decision to replace a tenured new hire trainer with Kedma, a far more effective and dynamic facilitator. In short work, Kedma mastered the art of group facilitation and corporate education. It is by no means a surprise that Kedma has established herself as a world-class speaker and educator.

Brian Deeds, Manager of Training and Safety
The Brewing Science Institute

Kedma is an amazing person who truly wants to help everyone.

She is a wealth of knowledge and has played a huge role in helping me grow our business.

TJ Slyter, Business Owner
Premier Pressure Clean

I highly recommend Kedma as a speaker on the subject of small business funding.

Kedma’s presentation at the Inventors of the National Capital Area group was excellent. Chalked full of tips, info, and advice, I left the meeting with a strong sense of where I would need to get started, what to purse, and what to avoid in looking for “free money” to fund my business idea. I’m looking forward to taking the next step in my education on this topic by reading reading her book Target Funding. I highly recommend Kedma as a speaker on the subject of small business funding.

Lexa Gandolfo, Product Design
ACG Designs

She understands the mindset of the entrepreneur.

Kedma offers a unique combination of experience and expertise that translates into nothing short of pure wisdom for her consulting clients. She understands the complexity of developing a concept, refining the plan, and packaging and selling the idea that eventually translates into gaining the desired resources for the manifestation of a productive business. She knows where to find unique pockets of resources that are hidden from others. She understands the mindset of the entrepreneur and knows how to encourage and promote, and when necessary, challenge a less than ideal option. She also offers a tangible plan of action that is immediate and establishes disciplined timelines for completion. In this respect, she becomes a part of the team. I have personally benefited from her guidance that led to an immediate impact on my business strategy. In a very condensed session, she was able to get to the immediate points of contention, and to establish a way ahead, that led to acceptance in the region’s most prominent business accelerator.

Peter H. , Founder
The Liberator Fund

She has the experience, confidence, intelligence and grit..

Kedma coached me through the most challenging and trying part of my career/life. Her ability to keep calm when everything else seems to be hectic is second to none.

She has the experience, confidence, intelligence and grit it takes to achieve any business or life goal out there. Her passion to do the right thing and help people thrive in their own environment help shape her into a world class coach.

Her book: Target Funding, provides a step by step guide for any business owner looking to fund their venture without giving up precious equity. It is a must read and Kedma is a must follow!

Tyler Amato, Senior Director
Faneuil Inc.

Kedma is an outstanding professional and truly is.. a Superhero.

I was referred to Kedma by a mutual friend and colleague. We connected between legs of her book signing tour, on a day that should have been her day off. She gave her time, energy and insight willingly and enthusiastically.

Anticipating this call, I had previously sent a few bullet points that I felt would help direct the call and make it more effective. She read them. First surprise.

But more than that, she addressed each question I had for her in the most concise and direct manner, calling upon her considerable knowledge and experience to satisfy my concerns completely. She spoke with both authority and empathy.

Quickly (and expertly) assessing my specific needs, Kedma hit me with honest, specific advice and provided clear direction, including an action plan for moving forward. It was an eye opening conversation.

Kedma reinforced many things I had already been thinking but more importantly re-framed those issues for power and action. She provided a new perspective for me to approach the work I have ahead of me.

And inspired me to move on it. Like, today.

Kedma is an outstanding professional and truly is, as the title says, a Superhero. After just one conversation with her you will walk away feeling like a superhero yourself.

William Siebold, Coach & Consultant

Kedma is an inspiration and is a fantastic leader.

. I always enjoy speaking with her and learning from her. She’s very approachable and humble.

Elena Ledoux, 2019 SBA Small Business Person of the Year

Kedma is an awesome mentor and coach!

Her expertise in marketing and explaining to companies “who I am” was invaluable and helped me prepare for a career transition from the military to the civilian sector.

Oren Sieff, MBA, Data Initiatives Consultant
Wells Fargo

Kedma connects to the audience with her own story

Kedma was the keynote speaker at our Women’s Business Symposium. She also conducted workshops on LinkedIn and Lego Serious Play. She received high marks from our attendees. Kedma connects to the audience with her own story and vulnerability. This sets the stage for honest interactions and opens the audience to Kedma’s message: each person has the power to change their own story.

Ann Swanson, Regional Director

Just experienced the Wow!

of Kedma Ough, MBA ⚡️’s LinkedIn session at the #2019Womeninbusiness symposium at Fort Hall, Idaho. I was going to skip out today… She made the day useful. Glad I came, appreciative of the inspiration and the specific advice.

Margo Clayson,
THE MIGHTY MICROGREEN

Her knowledge and the way in which she shares that knowledge is fantastic.

This week, Kedma brought her bright energy, enthusiasm, and WW spirit to the class in which I invited her to guest speak. Her knowledge and the way in which she shares that knowledge is fantastic (especially for an 8:00 a.m. class!). Not only will my students benefit from her discussion, but I will as well! Thank you Kedma!

Dawn Forrester, Counselor
Mt. Hood Community College

Kedma is a breath of fresh air!

I have seen her first hand inspiring people to expand their businesses to another level. I have seen her encourage students to reach for the entrepreneurial goals. She is one fantastic leader.

Felisha Brewer, Top Notch Executive Assistant
Mt. Hood Community College

Kedma truly is a small business superhero!

In a one-hour session, Kedma was able to identify the current pain points in my business and deliver step-by-step solutions each of them. She also forecasted potential future roadblocks and provided tactical remedies for them.

Furthermore, Kedma consulted me on time management, work/life balance, effective outsourcing, revenue generation and opportunities for funding. All of this in just 60 minutes. Kedma has superpowers.

After our session, she followed up with additional resources. I’m still working these resources since there were so many high-impact recommendations.

It has been less than a month since my meeting with Kedma and I can happily report that her advice proved successful — I’m working fewer hours yet making more money. Most importantly, I’m spending more of my time on the verticals of my business I really love — resume/LinkedIn writing and coaching.

Every small business would benefit from Kedma!

Kyle Elliott, Career & Life Coach

Kedma is an innovator willing to share her expertise.

I have the privilege of knowing and having worked with this creative, innovative and energetic leader. Kedma is an innovator willing to share her expertise with up-and-coming entrepreneurs, youth and experienced professionals. She meets people where the are and through her infectious enthusiasm helps people move to their full potential. Talk with Kedma once and you are hooked. Her energy is boundless.

Debra Derr, Retired President
Mt. Hood Community College

Kedma is a walking talking personification of the word ‘inspiration’.

In the short time i have known her she has been invaluable to me as a source of direction and motivation. Her grasp and understanding of the small business world is so deep. The way that Kedma delivers and shares her knowledge is refreshing and enlightening. I enjoy every communication we have and she helps me grow in my business life on a daily basis. I simply cannot recommend Kedma Ough enough.

Emma Preston, Student of Television

Her expertise and enthusiasm shone..

Greater Portland Inc invited Kedma and Mt. Hood Community College to provide a program on cyber security trends to public and private sector leaders who are partners to our organization. Her expertise and enthusiasm shone throughout the presentation and she kept everyone engaged and interested during this lunch and learn event. Kedma ensured that the presentation was relevant to our regional audience and did her homework in providing real-life examples of cyber security threats to both large scale companies and smaller entities. We received positive feedback on the event from our guests and a few followed up with Kedma and her Mt. Hood colleague to have the presentation brought to their companies as well.

Cara Rene, Interim President & CEO

Kedma is on a mission!

If you can be a part of it, you’ll want to! Incredible human being. Brought me to tears in a good way on our first call! She’s in your face, vulnerable and a team player. Blown away by her!

Reena Friedman Watts, Media Marketing Specialist
MegaWatts Productions

Kedma is amazing!

I discovered Kedma on Linkedin while looking for advice on a new idea that I wanted to bring to market. After reaching out and meeting with her, I immediately knew that I had come to the right person. She’s the wealth of knowledge and inspiration that I needed and in no time at all, had a clear vision as to next steps for my project. Kedma the small business superhero that we need!

Jeff Lawber, Founder/Industrial Designer
The Office of Design and Development

She was extremely engaging, motivating and inspirational.

Kedma gave a short talk at an luncheon for XXcelerate Fund. The room was full of powerful and inspirational women investors and Kedma’s talk was a bright spot in the event. She was extremely engaging, motivating and inspirational and tied her points in very well with the theme and goal of the luncheon. I’d highly recommend her to speak at any event where you want to inspire and motivate!

Genevieve LeMarchal

Kedma’s LinkedIn class was extremely beneficial

and shed some light on what a profile could really be and do. I implemented my changes immediately and got amazing feed back from Kedma. My students and I will benefit greatly from her class and her continued support.

Samantha Piers-VanderPloeg
Mt. Hood Community College

Kedma is a decisive, clear, perceptive teacher.

In late 2014. I began planning to open a business. My first stop was at my local SBDC office, where I was introduced to Kedma Ough. Within twenty minutes of the start of our meeting, I had a to-do list, a list of questions to answer and a list of additional meetings to schedule. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. Kedma is a decisive, clear, perceptive teacher. In a straightforward fashion, she can cover more ground than most consultants do in an hour. And working with Kedma does not feel like being rushed. She absolutely makes sure that she is being understood.So, if you are planning to start, expand or improve your business, please see Kedma Ough first. From your first meeting with her, you will feel more grounded and confident in what you need to do to set your business on the path to success.

Cosmo Salibello, President and Owner
Cosmo Celebration Sauces

She is a confident, knowledgable and well spoken.

I so enjoyed hearing Kedma speak at our Business Referral Group concerning Linkedin. She is a confident, knowledgable and well spoken. I’m pretty sure all of us there went away much more aware of the importance of Linkedin and how to make our accountants more usable and attractive. She also inspired me to want to take charge of how I present myself. Her confidence is contagious and she has a very likeable personality. Thank you Kedma and I look forward to working with you more in the future.

TJ Saling Caldwell, Founder and Executive Director
Apple of His Eye Charity

Great presenter!

Kept an otherwise boring subject engaging and entertaining.

Max Mikhaylenko

Her content delivery was on point..

I first heard Kedma speak on the topic of cyber security and small businesses at PNDC’s DoD Cyber Security Seminar. Her content delivery was on point and as a cyber security professional I was impressed with the subject matter and felt it resonated well w/ the audience. Furthermore, she elaborated on several Oregon cyber awareness initiatives that I was impressed with.

Drew Marmo, Cloud Authorization Engineer

Kedma’s energy and enthusiasm ignited confidence and determination

to set up my LinkedIn profile. Her curious questions about the message being given on any given profile were thought provoking and engaging. Thank you for the gentle nudge!!!

Janell Bethke
JB Creative Silk

Thanks, Kedma, for your outstanding LinkedIn class.

I didn’t know where to start with LinkedIn – tried before without success. But after your class, I’m up and running. Thanks again!

Doug Binkley, CPA and FP&A Professional
Micro Accounting Partners

She is an all-star business analyst, advisor, and a gift to the small business community.

When we met Kedma in January 2017, we were not just looking for a business consultant. We were searching for leadership, experience, and prime technique. Kedma surprised us by being all the above and so much more. She is an all-star business analyst, advisor, and a gift to the small business community. Besides, she is a kind, inspiring, and fun person to work with. Over the past six months, Kedma supported our business development. With her guidance, we obtained incredible results: better strategy, increased product quality, and new partnerships.

Sophie Parham, Co Founder
The Rock Dojo

Kedma is an innovator, leader and advocate for small business.

She is a champion of champions; inspiring her colleagues to reach higher and become strong in their pursuit of service. We are fortunate to have her as a leader in our state!

Tammy Marquez-Oldham, Director
PCC SBDC and OSBDCN Global Trade Center

She is fantastic!

If you are looking for an thoroughly engaging, high energy speaker – you have found it in Kedma Ough. She is brilliant at bringing the audience with her on a journey while imparting important lessons. Polished, articulate, dynamic presentation at a pace that kept me completely engrossed. She is fantastic! Hire her today.

Patricia Zamboni Coash, Creator/Owner
PIES™

Thank you for putting together such a wonderful class.

For the non-believers in LinkedIn, I became a believer by the end of the class. Relations are being created and cultivated in the internet. I can wait for the follow up to this class. I don’t know what it would be, but I know it would be interesting. Thank you for your contribution to the small business world.

Cris Dimas Diaz, Owner/Agent
MAXXIMO Insurance Services

Working with Kedma was like a breath of fresh air!

My eyes were truly opened to alterative funding possibilities for the start-up entrepreneur! She had a vast resource of connections, resources and of mind-opening possibilities for building my business and directing my future! I am truly grateful and look forward to meeting once again….

Rebecca Cantwell Jacobs, Owner

I found her very knowledgeable, informed and willing to assist me in my goals..

I recently had the opportunity to meet with Kedma regarding some future business ideas. I found her very knowledgeable, informed and willing to assist me in my goals both current and future. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a professional opinion and guidance on business planning and look forward to continuing to work with Kedma as my business goals become reality.

Beth Rohleder, Systems Analyst
U.S. Bank

She is the ultimate professional.

I had the privilege of working on Mentoring Programs with Kedma when she was with Women’s Business Center in Tucson, AZ. She is the ultimate professional, focused on results with a passion yet personable and fun to be around.

Jim Parker, Certified Master Coach

She is an extraordinary teacher

Wow! Kedma takes you to amazing success in her LinkedIn class. She is an extraordinary teacher – you’ll get immediate results from her expert advice. Her classes are a must for everyone in business.

Ruth Swain, CFRE
Mt. Hood Community College

Kedma and her group are an incredible resource

 for new ventures, start ups and inventors. They were always 100% behind us in our efforts. They helped us tap into many different valuable resources and connections as well as provide excellent advice and feedback. I highly recommend Kedma and her group’s services.

Richard Miller, Director/Program Leader
CLEAResult

She is truly the entrepreneur’s friend.

If you ever have a client that is entrepreneurial, has a great idea and looking to take it to market, then you need to have them meet with Kedma. With her expertise’s and contact base, she can help those that have a great idea but do not qualify within bank parameters. She is truly the entrepreneur’s friend.

David Saltzman, Vice President
Elk Rock Capital Partners

Kedma is a great help

and a has wealth information to share on how to get your business going. She is also a good advocate, and spends the time to understand each business’s unique situation so she can customize her advice for it. She’s always upbeat and energetic. Logic says she has to have bad days, but I’ve never seen them.

Troy Wahl, Consultant

She is a wonderful wealth of information and guidance.

If your a brand new inventor like myself, trying to figure out what to do with your idea, who to talk to, and feel completely lost in a very confusing, and overwhelming world of internet information, youtube videos, and people promising to show you the way if you pay them a bunch of money…
Then I strongly recommend checking out Kedma Ough. She is a wonderful wealth of information and guidance that will point you exactly in the direction you need, and want to go. Tony Robbins was my go to speaker for inspiration and direction. Now it’s Kedma.
Thank you so much Kedma for turning the light on for me!

Aaron Thompson, Company Owner
ShowerDry Inc

Working with Kedma is a moving, empowering experience.

Kedma is well informed and has a positive approach that makes her work seem effortless while she moves mountains and scales tall buildings. She probably isn’t technically a super hero, but to me she seems smart, creative, fresh, funny and unstoppable all in the same breath. Working with Kedma is a moving, empowering experience.

Mardee Malarkey, Owner
Lubliner Florist

she was AMAZING !!!!

Kedma was the Awsome young lady I reported to directly for writing my business plan,and assessing my business for Hand made quilts…she was AMAZING !!!! The hours and days she spent collecting all the information was defiantly worth the investment ! She did an amazing amount of hard work ! My self-worth,and image improved,after a year spent with her !

Sarah Kinder
Hours of Prayer Judaica

Kedma shows her compassion for the entrepreneur

as Business Director at AVITA Business Center. She is committed to helping fledgling and existing business owners succeed. It has been my pleasure to work with her on several projects.

Yvette King, Owner
Modern Succes Inc.

Her content delivery was on point..

I first heard Kedma speak on the topic of cyber security and small businesses at PNDC’s DoD Cyber Security Seminar. Her content delivery was on point and as a cyber security professional I was impressed with the subject matter and felt it resonated well w/ the audience. Furthermore, she elaborated on several Oregon cyber awareness initiatives that I was impressed with.

Drew Marmo, Cloud Authorization Engineer

Kedma is extremely gifted

with such brilliant ideas and concepts , and is able to help a person go above and beyond their expectations concerning their business ventures and endeavors.

Kay Castillo, Owner
Salon Deja Vu

She is a gifted communicator.

Kedma is not only tremendously knowledgeable as a business consultant, but also deeply passionate about her work and about helping her clients succeed in their ventures.She is a gifted communicator, and crystal clear with her clients about what they need to do to succeed. She demonstrates complete commitment to all her clients and works side-by-side with them to move them to success.

Kim Breas, Owner
DoughNation Services LLC

Kedma is a joy to work with..

Kedma is a person who cares about her clients and is driven to give them more than they expect in everything she does with them. Where she could have built a successful business catering to anyone who needs business planning she concentrated on the hardest cases- minorities, women, and disabled people, and provides a high degree of service that they can’t always expect. As she worked more closely with them and found areas where they needed help she couldn’t provide, she put together the professionals and programs they needed to help them succeed. She developed this into her currently successful (and expanding) outreach program to individual inventors and entrepeneurs trying to enter the marketing/manufacturing/liscensing arena. Always, her focus was making sure the client got what they needed at a price they could afford, and making sure that they were treated with the utmost respect regardless of their sophistication in the field. Kedma is a joy to work with and to know, I recommend her whenever possible, and I look forward to working with her in the future.

Charles Letherwood, Design Director

Kedma is a powerhouse of energy.

I can’t say enough good things about Kedma. I have had the honor of knowing Kedma for over five years. I was a plenary speaker at the SBIR/STTR DoD conference in Portland in 2012 and she was running this conference. Kedma also interviewed me for a video series last year on “Innovation Philosophy” by interviewing a range of innovators like me to motivate young generation of innovators. She is smart and I am often amazed the quality and volume of work she gets done. She is the director of Small Business Development Center. She is statewide innovation program lead, SBIR/STTR innovation lead, cyber security program lead, youth entrepreneur program lead, and balancing these acts is no small feat. I have nothing but admiration for her amazing work.

Kedma is a powerhouse of energy and a bundle of joy packed with innovative business ideas. She is strong, outgoing, witty, and motivational and delivers her advice with experience, conviction, and grit. Her mission and passion is to help those in business need and prep them for success. Capital is the fuel for starting, building, and growing businesses but finding funding is like an egg hunt. These eggs are often hidden in various places with varying degree of concealment, in hard-to reach places among nettles or thorns. That is when you really need Kedma on your side. She can guide you in finding these capital eggs. She is a motivator, a mentor, a person with full of innovative ideas. I have learned a lot from her.

Sandhiprakash (Sandhi) Bhide, President
ANWAYA CONSULTING LLC

Kedma’s knowledge and willingness to help get me on the track.

Meeting with Kedma at the SBDC a few months back was one of the smartest decisions I could have made to jump start my small business! Kedma’s knowledge and willingness to help get me on the track I needed to blossom my business was exactly what I had been searching for. I had the pleasure of scheduling a meeting with her quite a few months back…and at the time, I was at somewhat of a standstill with my protein bars I was still waiting on completion of. I was scrambling on how to best grow this type of industry that I had created. Meeting with her helped me to get organized and work on a great game plan. I took her advice and attended a trade show; which happened to be the largest natural products expo in the world – Expo West in Aneheim (met some great contacts there – so inspiring)! Now, I finally have my bars market ready and am getting into local stores!I would like it to be made known how much our meeting meant to me and what a great deal of help and encouragement Kedma provided. I am excited for what the future holds for my business, barNONE Protein, and looking forward to meeting with her again!

Corrine Konell, CEO/Founder
barNONE Protein, Inc.

Kedma has tremendous leadership skills

combined with public speaking abilities. Her ability to bring a broad depth of knowledge about small business together with strategy, catalyzes her work as a dynamic leader.

Mark Gregory, State Director

She is a proven leader.

Kedma approaches projects with confidence, knowledge, and a robust blend of personal style, strong leadership abilities, and sound wisdom that makes working with her a fantastic adventure. She is a proven leader that can collaboratively work through complex issues without getting stuck in traditional mindsets that restrict innovative thinking. Kedma is a continually source of inspiration to those around her, and her energy is contagious to anyone around. She demonstrates excellence in everything she sets her energy on, and is always ready and willing to help others not only achieve their goals, but excel in ways they may not imagine.

John Downing, NW Regional Vendor Diversity Manager
Skanska Building USA

Kedma is a national treasure

through her consistent efforts to help small business owners in Oregon and around the Nation. She is always professional in her presentations and goes the extra mile for company clients. One amazing person and is doing a tremendous job creating a successful economy through her efforts of assisting start-up companies into success for profit business. Keep up the great work.

Stephen Rosenstock, Leader/Facilitator
Portland Laughter Yoga

A gift from the universe..

Kedma sorted through the ferment of Portland Radio Project and helped us find the right business model. Along with being organized, efficient and effective, Kedma is funny and friendly – pointing the way without making us feel inept.

Rebecca Webb, Executive Director

Kedma Ough is a masterful leader and coordinator.

As an expert in collaborating and growing small women and minority-owned businesses, Kedma produced a successful National Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Conference in Portland, Oregon (its first-ever) that resulted in an unprecedented level of SBIR/STTR federal engagement with women and minority-owned businesses.

In conjunction with Kedma’s SBIR/STTR Conference, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber held an invitation-only event at the headquarters of famed global marketers Wieden+Kennedy, at which more than 200 leaders and corporations from around the nation (including Microsoft, Google, Cisco and others) gathered to discuss technology inclusion strategies, frameworks and collaborative outcomes.

Kedma’s tireless attention to detail and empowering her team to perform their best produces consistent results regardless of how small or large the task. Her ability to run a business, coordinate and collaborate businesses through her organization, MIPO, and successfully produce a multi-day national event involving dozens of federal agencies and more than 1,000 high-level attendees is a testament to her capacity as a leader.

Regardless of the challenge, Kedma is constantly upbeat, optimistic, solution- and goal-oriented. And she successfully manages the top priority duties of wife and mother. Somehow, she even manages to squeeze in a good game of chess. I am proud to call Kedma my friend and look forward to working with her on the next big project.

Mike Green, Co-Founder
Common Ground Conversations on Race in America

She is good at problem solving.

If it were not for Kedma I wouldn’t have a business. She recently helped me out of a pickle that I was in with my business and has saved me money. She is good at problem solving. I highly recommend her. Thank you. Sincerely, Mark Bishop

Mark Bishop, Artist

Kedma is a true leader.

I worked as the Speaker and Program Planner for the 2012 National SBIR/STTR Conference Oregon with Kedma for over a year. During that time we worked very closely, probably putting in hundreds of hours together. Kedma is a true leader, both in her initiative to get the National conference to come to Oregon and how she set about organizing and directing the conference activities amongst all members of the conference committee. She was an expert in setting up relationships in DC at the agencies and SBA, and connecting the conference with the Governor’s office and many other Oregon agencies & labs. She worked tirelessly at getting sponsors and many of those connections led to good speakers as well.
Kedma tended to let me have a free hand, respecting my experience and judgment, and let me shape the agenda as I saw fit, which suited me well (even though it was a little scary sometimes). She provided a lot of resource support, especially the volunteers at the days of the conference, who were vital. This was pretty impressive given the limited budget of the conference.
Working on the conference was the chance of a lifetime and has been pivotal for me in development of my own business as an SBIR consultant. I made a huge number of great connections during the planning of the conference as well as the actual event. I am deeply indebted to Kedma.

Leon Wolf, Grant Writing Consultant

She does it for all the right reasons…

Kedma cares as deeply as anyone can about the issues inventors face in our industry. She’s a self starter, with a sharp mind and a huge heart.

Mark T. Reyland, CEO

Kedma is the most dynamic, energetic, and professional

business leader and entrepreneur I’ve worked with in Portland. She is passionate about her business and the non-profit she founded, as well as an incredible resource assisting entrepreneurs and inventors in growing their business.

Carroll Bernard, Co-Founder
Govology.com

Kedma is a positive, energetic, and empowering instructor.

Her wealth of professional knowledge and impeccable classroom delivery resulted in one of my most rewarding educational experiences. As an advisor, she guided me through my role as consultant for a community business and played a crucial part in my success.I recommend Kedma as an instructor for any business course. More importantly, I recommend Kedma as a mentor for any aspiring professional who is looking to make the next step in their career.

Forrest Ching, Senior Analyst
Kamehameha Schools

She is fun, smart and a great resource to have in your network!

Kedma’s amazing ability to connect with people from diverse backgrounds and skill sets is no news. Her extensive business experience aligned with her academic background makes her an invaluable resource to work with. Nothing new there for who works and knows Kedma… More importantly she is a personable, caring and dedicated human being to greater causes and benefit to others than herself. She is fun, smart and a great resource to have in your network!

Rodrigo George, Senior Policy Analyst
Bonneville Power Administration

She has a very in depth knowledge of the process.

Kedma has played a paramount role in the development of my invention and subsequent company setup. She has a very in depth knowledge of the process, is very intelligent, and knows how to get things done. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to bring their idea to market.

Marcus Duffin, COO
NoDK, LLC

Kedma has a natural way of engaging her audience.

PIVOT Job Corps recently had the honor of hosting Kedma for a guest speaking engagement. Kedma provided a motivational presentation that inspired the female Job Corps population. Kedma has a natural way of engaging her audience while empowering them to set and reach their goals.

Elizabeth Beal, Executive Search Consultant
LB Executive Search

Kedma’s insight was pure wisdom worth a million “thank you’s” and more!

My experience was profound! Spiritual in some sense and insightful on every level of business for me when I had my consultation with Kedma. Kedma’s insight was pure wisdom worth a million “thank you’s” and more! and still that is not enough. To anyone seeking Kedma services will be in great hands and support. Kedma will listen and hear you as she replies back with straight forward impulse of clear communication for you to be inform and understand filled with knowledge. Please seek Kedma out for your business. Kedma will guide you and direct you in areas where you need for you and your company to have the opportunity to THRIVE!

Chad Brown M.Sc., President
Soul River Inc.

Her knowledge is invaluable.

Kedma has been an amazing resource for me from developing my product to finding innovative ways to target specific markets and get the results I am looking for. Her knowledge is invaluable and I am looking forward to many more projects to come. Thanks so much, Kedma!

Jenny Peters, Sales Team Manager
RYNLY

Kedma works tirelessly in her pursuit of perfection.

We used her services to negotiate terms on a patent royalty agreement and she was able to turn around results in record time. This feedback from her and her team is invaluable to us. Thanks Kedma!

Jon Schaeffer, Engineering Director

A true professional on what she does.

It’s a real pleasure to work with Kedma. A true professional on what she does. Very knowledgeable, resourceful and informative. I highly recommend Kedma.

Eduardo Norell, President

Kedma was masterful in helping me see the big picture.

When my husband and I met with Kedma, I had my mind set in one direction. After meeting with her, my husband was relieved to see that I had finally become open minded. Kedma was masterful in helping me see the big picture.

Shemia Fagan, Managing Partner

She is a superb motivator.

I am drawn to Kedma for her enthusiasm to strengthen and help progress people and small businesses. She is a superb motivator, and I look forward to a continued relationship.

Christine Eichorn, INVESTMENT SERVICES

Kedma is a leader in her field.

She is very knowledgeable about business concepts. Her ideas are innovative and to the point. If you are looking for success in your field, I recommend Kedma to help achieve it.

Mei Wong, Founding Member
Silver Life

Kedma is a wonderful person to be around.

Kedma did a motivational speech to me and my classmates and I loved it. I would highly recommend her. Thanks Kedma.

Therisa White, Student
Portland Community College

She was a pure joy and an inspiration to us all!

On Friday the 21st of May, 2010, I had the wonderful opportunity of listening to Kedma give an Informational/Motivational presentation in my class. She was a pure joy and an inspiration to us all! Kedma is a wealth of invaluable resources. Sincerely, Trina

Trina Chappelle, Customer Service Associate
Legacy Health

Kedma is ‘a ball of fire’

Kedma is an invaluable resource to inventors and emerging entrepreneurs. She has a wealth of knowledge about all of the ‘ins and outs’ of the process of bringing a product to the market and is passionate about helping these individuals reach their goals efficiently and effectively. In addition, Kedma is ‘a ball of fire’ and a sheer delight to work with!

Katie C. Kelley, Senior Vice President

She’s focused, energetic and competent.

I’ve enjoyed collaborating on inventor-related projects with Kedma. She’s focused, energetic and competent, and I welcome her as an emerging force in the inventor assistance community. Kedma Ough is one of a precious few professionals making truly selfless investment in helping America’s entrepreneurs and innovators.

Don Kelly, CLP™, Principal, Intellectual Asset Mgmt. Associates, LLC

What a wonderful gift it was to have worked with Kedma!

Kedma, has exceptional business skills and passion for what ever she does, this makes for a powerful conbination. Kedma ran our agencies Womens Business Center in Pima County, Arizona, she grew it from an idea to a very successful 5 year program, which is still going strong many years later. I remember when the SBA District Director would come into our office with his staff he always remarked on the high energy level that he felt. This level of energy was their because of Kedma and her leadship.

What a wonderful gift it was to have worked with Kedma!

Rosalyn Boxer, President
Roz Boxer Consulting

I find Kedma an extremely bright, creative and passionate advocate for independent inventors.

Her curiosity in exploring issues critical to inventors is impressive, matched by her resolve finding real solutions. Add a sense of humor, a comforting ability to put those around her at ease and a strong desire to give something back to the inventor community, and you have all the ingredients for a special person.

Warren Tuttle, Open Innovation Director and President
United Inventors Association

Kedma has sooo many skills

it’s hard to write them all down. Kedma was my first ‘Boss’ after relocating to Portland. She was open, straight talking and honest something that always brings the best out in her team. I enjoyed working/ learning from her. Her door was always open to everyone who walked through it. She has solid ties to the community and truly believes in making it a better place for those seeking to improve the local economy.

Claire Pierpoint, Senior Manager

Kedma is a power-house!

She has the passion to help underserved populations achieve their dreams, and she has the business acumen to ensure that her efforts are sustainable. What a great asset she is to Portland and the rest of Oregon!

Valerie Plummer, Development Director
Northwest Outward Bound School

What an inspiration she is!

I heard Kedma give an energizing presentation at an event I attended. What an inspiration she is! If you want your crowd to be inspired and take away knowledge they can put to use immediately to improve their own life and the lives of others, I can think of no one better than Kedma!

Tia Ribary, President

Kedma knew just how to guide

toward the development of my courage when dreaming and planning my business. Her business acumen and attunement to the pulse of the industry created a clear guiding light! She’s personable and results oriented and our work together left me with a dynamic plan!

Jacke Schroeder, MSW, LCSW-C, Nonprofit Director, Executive Coach, & Healing Artist

Kedma is one of the most passionate, dedicated professionals I have ever met.

She is creative, dynamic and visionary. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for great advice and resources.

Michael Doss, Change Agent/Healer/Facilitator

Kedma was a pleasure to work with.

She helped me to construct a business plan for my company. She listened and helped to commit my thoughts and goals to paper. She did an amazing job, and the process was a pleasure rather than a battle. She also recommended my company for a Wells Fargo testimonial video which has proven to be a great tool for helping the national expansion of my business. I look forward to working with Kedma more and highly recommend her to a business owner in any capacity.

Mary Lou Burton, Connector

Kedma is a professional

who has a demonstrated track record and commitment to small disavantaged businesses.

Tony Jones, Business Owner
Rubitone Development Services

Kedma is a highly organized and hard working professional

who cares deeply about the success of her clients. We’ve helped each other in several areas over the past five years, including her helping me with one of my clients’ business plans, and with devising and executing strategies to grow her organization. I enjoy working with Kedma, I learn from her, and I am continually impressed with her.

Thomas Cox, CGO

She is an incredible asset to any team.

I recently worked on putting together several proposals for youth development funding for a community organization. Kedma saw my update on LinkedIn and contacted me to find out what she could do to help. At this point, I had only 24 hours to finalize the presentation but Kedma did not let that stop her.She took off like a rocket and I am not exaggerating. She spent the next 14 hours expanding one of the initial proposals into one of the coolest ideas I have ever seen! I was absolutely stunned by the amount of work she put in, at the last second, with no expectation of return. Her dedication to even this small project earned my respect and admiration and a strong desire to work with her to make it happen.She is an incredible asset to any team.

Marie Daniels, Leading Expert

She is an expert at feasibility analysis..

Kedma has my highest recommendation as a professional well versed in her consulting field of business development and self-employment opportunities. She is an expert at feasibility analysis for product development and self-employment. I enjoyed working with her and continue to work with her in another capacity and it’s great.

Christine Danning, MSL, Consulting Services

Kedma is resourceful and can facilitate progress toward the business goals.

I have known and worked with Kedma for more than 8 years and find her professional, intelligent, compassionate and insightful. She works diligently on behalf of her clients and understands their needs. More importantly, Kedma is resourceful and can facilitate progress toward the business goals.

Celia Barlow, Estate Planning and Business Attorney

Kedma is a super woman!!!

We attended the 2009 Emerge Oregon program together. Her focus on innovation, small businesses and entrepreneurship led to us having great conversations about future projects given my patent law background. Kedma also taught me a lot about the Jewish faith, for which I am deeply grateful. It was wonderful to develop a deep friendship and come together as Oregon business women. I would highly recommend her!!!

Saba Ahmed, Patent Attorney
United State Patent and Trademark Office

Kedma and her company provide great service.

 She’s creative, enthusiastic, professional, and a lot of fun to work with. I recommend her highly.

Barry Mack, ARTIST & COACH

She is a true powerhouse..

To know Kedma is to be amazed by her knowledge, skill, dedication, perseverance and long list of accomplishments. She is a true powerhouse and definitely someone you want in your corner as a proven champion for people who works tirelessly to improve the quality of their lives through the businesses she runs. She has not only helped me personally and our Inventors organization on a number of occasions, she helps many others as well and I whole heartedly recommend her and her services.

Rich Aydelott, Founder

She is a terrific person – ALWAYS on YOUR side !!!!

Kedma is an amazing woman. Her grasp of the business world from a marketing and creative process are always spot on. She can think around many different situations quickly and I am sure she cannot talk as fast as her mind races….AND She Can TALK !! She is a terrific person – ALWAYS on YOUR side !!!!

Lorraine Spiering, Owner

She’s an inspiration!

The Portland micro-enterprise community is blessed to have such a passionate dynamo in Kedma working on their behalf. Her advocacy and mentoring empowers people of all backgrounds to take their ideas and dreams and make them reality. She’s an inspiration!

Sarah H. Keefe, Senior Policy Analyst
Washington State Department of Health

I admire Kedma’s vision and dedication to positively impacting communities.

I was a volunteer at Avita & Associates for two and a half years. During this time I worked closely with Kedma and her non-profit programs including the Micro-Inventors Program of Oregon. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to learn from her. I admire Kedma’s vision and dedication to positively impacting communities. With her broad expertise and sincere interest in supporting especially disadvantaged people, she has helped many clients.

Antje Terayama, Stay-At-Home Mom

Kedma is a well grounded individual

with a business sense that we could all learn from, and she uses that business sense to motivate others.

Ramona Thornton, Office Administrator
Avita Business Center

Her communication skills and ability to stay-on-task are exceptional.

I have most recently been associated with Kedma Ough through the Oregon Small Business Advisory Council where we are fellow members of this Governor’s appointed council. Kedma will play an important advisory role for Oregon’s small businesses, especially because of her knowledge and experience with disability and innovation in small business.Kedma’s perspective is essential in helping to inform OECDD staff and in turn, in advising the Governor on small business policies. She has brought a level enthusiasm I seldom witness in boards and committees. Her communication skills and ability to stay-on-task are exceptional.

Bridget Bayer, Community Economic Development

Kedma Ough is one of the sharpest and most insightful business women I know.

When you want to achieve your goal enough to seek assistance, Kedma’s extraordinary combination of practical experience and intuition is the very best you can get. Clarity, know-how, creativity and above all the ability to listen are just a few of the profound skills she brings to bear on her client’s challenges. Opportunities are only turned into wealth through diligence, flexibility, and experimentation. She has helped many people with her wisdom. I have no hesitation in recommending Kedma for anyone’s endeavor.

Brad Smith, Business Growth Acceleration Coach

Kedma is taking the innovation bull by the horns!

I’ve conducted workshops at many inventor, incubator & entrepreneur organizations over the past few years (over 1000 participants in 2009 alone). I’ve observed that the success of these organizations is largely dependent upon the quality and passion of their leadership. MIPO totally rocks and Kedma’s leadership is clearly the primary driver of its spectacular success. Watch out world, Kedma is taking the innovation bull by the horns!

Ken Bloemer, Ph.D. Director Visioneering Center

Kedma is an innovative, energetic and resourceful business coach and trainer.

The successes of her clients speak volumes of her ability and vision.

Selena Yokoyama, Administrative Services and Marketing

Her amazing energy and enthusiasm is contagious!

Kedma is passionate about sharing her expertise and assisting her clients in achieving their goals. She has a gift of revealing clarity and purpose. Her amazing energy and enthusiasm is contagious!

Christine Green, Inspiring Spiritual Evolution
revchristine.com

She is truly innovative.

Kedma Ough and her staff at Avita helped me start my business with some invaluable support. Not only is Kedma inspirational and knowledgeable, she is truly innovative. Her impact on the local business community is immeasurable and she continues to inspire others to contribute their time and effort. Thank you Kedma.

 

 

Salvatore Apodaca, Webmaster and Graphic Designer
OldWestPokerSupplies

She is a strong advocate for entrepreneurs.

Kedma applies her knowledge of business, finance and self-employment to her work with her clientele. She is a strong advocate for entrepreneurs with disabilities and is passionate about assisting them to build strong foundations for their fledgling businesses. She is direct but not offensive; warm but not enabling. I recommend her and her staff highly.

Sheila Hoover, Program Administrator, Counselor and Coach
State of Oregon Department of Human Services

Kedma loves to see people reach their potential…

“Do something to breakdown a barrier or carve out a path for someone else, not once, but as often as you can.” **Kedma is dedicated to helping women, minority and disabled entrepreneurs breakdown barriers to getting new ideas to the market. She was recently named Women in Business Champion of the year for Oregon. She is a leader with a track record of success in both for profit and non-profit business building. I first met Kedma Ough at United Way through my role as the manager of the Art of Change Gallery. I called Kedma to invite members of the DBA Chamber to participate in one of our monthly art events. She shared her vision and what inspired her to start the program. It was clear then and still is very clear to me that Kedma loves to see people reach their potential and that she will do whatever is in her power to see them succeed. I have also worked with her to facilitate meetings through the Women’s Business Center that she directs. If you are an individual or business Do not go where the path may lead but instead go where there is no path so you can leave a trail*** I recommend calling Kedma Ough.

 

Sunshine Dixon, Connector
One World Chorus

She can guide you in finding these capital eggs.

Sandhiprakash Bhide

I can’t say enough good things about Kedma. I have had the honor of knowing Kedma for over five years. I was a plenary speaker at the SBIR/STTR DoD conference in Portland in 2012, and she was running this conference. Kedma also interviewed me in 2017 for a video series on “Innovation Philosophy,” in which a range of [seasoned] innovators like me to motivate young generation of innovators. She is smart and I am often amazed the quality and volume of work she gets done. She is the director of Small Business Development Center. She is statewide innovation program lead, SBIR/STTR innovation lead, cyber security program lead, youth entrepreneur program lead, and balancing these acts is no small feat. I have nothing but admiration for her amazing work. Kedma is a powerhouse of energy and a bundle of joy packed with innovative business ideas. She is strong, outgoing, witty, and motivational and delivers her advice with experience, conviction, and grit. Her mission and passion is to help those in business need and prep them for success. Capital is the fuel for starting, building, and growing businesses, but finding funding is like an egg hunt. These eggs are often hidden in various places with varying degrees of concealment, in hard-to reach places among nettles or thorns. That is when you really need Kedma on your side. She can guide you in finding these capital eggs. She is a motivator, a mentor, a person full of innovative ideas. I have learned a lot from her.

Corrine Konell, CEO/Founder
barNONE Protein, Inc.

Kedma is a bona fide business genius.

Andy Hayes

In less than 60 minutes, Kedma identified over 5 different ways of increasing our revenues, decreasing our expenses, and increasing our community outreach. While few business consultants bring so much knowledge to the table as Kedma, what I really enjoyed is that Kedma really cared about my company. This wasn’t Shark Tank. Kedma asked questions thoughtfully, and presented business recommendations and funding suggestions in a caring, constructive way. I never felt threatened by her superior expertise – in fact, I felt confident that Kedma was our cheerleader, more assured than our own team that we would succeed. I’m so excited to put all of Kedma’s advice into action, and she’s assured me that she’ll be there every step of the way to ensure that we succeed.

 

Andy Hayes, Founder and Creator
Plum Deluxe & Plum Deluxe Teas

Kedma is a leader.

Gabriel M. Silva

Kedma is an amazing entrepreneur. As the Small Business Services Officer for the Oregon Business Development Department, I have worked closely with the Oregon Native American Business Enterprise Network and various other business service providers. Kedma contracts with these service providers as an expert business consultant, and they, in turn, forward reports to my agency regarding the services provided to business owners. I have personally contacted small business owners on many occasions regarding the training, services, and consultation received from various consultants. The comments I have received about Kedma’s consultations have always been positive and complimentary. Kedma also serves as a Council Member on the Oregon Small Business Advisory Council where she works and provides valuable input on behalf of Oregon business. Kedma is a visionary. She doesn’t just talk about creative business ideas; she pursues and accomplishes her goals and objectives. Kedma is a leader. She confidently but courteously provides her input and ideas in forums and committees that have major implications for the state of Oregon and its citizens. I believe she is destined to represent Oregon as a legislator or Senator in the near future.

Gabriel M. Silva, Small Business Services Coordinator
Oregon Business Development Department

Kedma’s talk was a bright spot in the event.

Genevieve LeMarchal

Kedma gave a short talk at an luncheon for XXcelerate Fund. The room was full of powerful and inspirational women investors, and Kedma’s talk was a bright spot in the event. She was extremely engaging, motivating, and inspirational and tied her points in very well with the theme and goal of the luncheon. I’d highly recommend her to speak at any event where you want to inspire and motivate!

Genevieve LeMarchal, Board Vice President
XXCelerate Fund

Words are not sufficient to describe Kedma Ough.

Gregory Wolley

This is because she is a continuously moving target, constantly growing, evolving, and adapting to changes in her surroundings. This is when she is not making the changes happen herself. Kedma is bright and quick-witted without pretense, business-focused accompanied by passionate interpersonal communication, and prone to alternating intensity with laughter. She will follow up on her commitments and deliver more than what was asked of her. Kedma is the best person to be an advocate for you, and she will draw on her formidable resources to solve problems. I am fortunate to know her, and she has inspired me to ignore barriers and dream big.

 

Gregory Wolley, Manager of Training
Community Engagement and Natural Resources

Kedma is a positive, energetic, and empowering instructor.

Forrest Ching

Her wealth of professional knowledge and impeccable classroom delivery resulted in one of my most rewarding educational experiences. As an advisor, she guided me through my role as consultant for a community business and played a crucial part in my success. I recommend Kedma as an instructor for any business course. More importantly, I recommend Kedma as a mentor for any aspiring professional who is looking to make the next step in their career.

Forrest Ching
Digital Product Manager

Her content delivery was on point.

Drew Marmo

I first heard Kedma speak on the topic of cyber security and small businesses at PNDC’s DoD Cyber Security Seminar. Her content delivery was on point, and as a cyber security professional I was impressed with the subject matter and felt it resonated well with the audience. Furthermore, she elaborated on several Oregon cyber awareness initiatives that I was impressed with.

Drew Marmo, MBA student
The George Washington University, School of Business

Truly the entrepreneur’s friend.

David Saltzman

If you ever have a client that is entrepreneurial, has a great idea, and is looking to take it to market, then you need to have them meet with Kedma. With her expertise and contact base, she can help those that have a great idea but do not qualify within bank parameters. She is truly the entrepreneur’s friend.

David Saltzman, Vice President
Elk Rock Capital

She has a gift of revealing clarity and purpose.

Christine Green

Kedma is passionate about sharing her expertise and assisting her clients in achieving their goals. She has a gift of revealing clarity and purpose. Her amazing energy and enthusiasm is contagious!

Christine Green
Author, Speaker, Trainer, Spiritual Mentor

Kedma is fearless and a huge inspiration to all!

Jennette duCloo

Kedma was a guest speaker at the October 2017 Women of Influence, US Trust event; the topic of conversation: impact investing. She walked on stage with a purple cape and showed us all what a super hero looks like. Kedma spoke from her heart and soul. The attendees were moved and captivated by Kedma’s passion, vulnerabilities, bravery, and talent. Thank you so very much, Kedma, for being a shining star!

Jennette duCloo, Managing Director
U.S. Trust

Most dynamic, energetic, and professional business leader and entrepreneur.

Carroll Bernard

Kedma is the most dynamic, energetic, and professional business leader and entrepreneur I’ve worked with in Portland. She is passionate about her business and the nonprofit she founded, and she is an incredible resource in assisting entrepreneurs and inventors in growing their business.

Carroll Bernard, President, Co-Founder

A true powerhouse!

Rich Aydelott

To know Kedma is to be amazed by her knowledge, skill, dedication, perseverance, and long list of accomplishments. She is a true powerhouse! As a proven champion of people who works tirelessly to improve the quality of their lives through the businesses she runs, Kedma is definitely someone you want in your corner. She has not only helped me personally and our inventors’ organization on a number of occasions, she helps many others, as well. I wholeheartedly recommend her and her services.

 

Rich Aydelott , Founder
Amazing Life Institute & Wellness Center

Kedma was profound!

Chad Brown

My consultation with Kedma was profound! It was spiritual in some sense and insightful on every level of business for me. Her pure wisdom was worth a million thank you’s, that’s still not enough. Anyone seeking Kedma’s counseling will be in great hands. She will listen and hear you, and respond with clear and straightforward understanding and knowledge. Please seek Kedma out for your business! She will inform and guide you in areas where you and your company have the opportunity to THRIVE!

Chad Brown M.Sc.
Creative Director, Designer, Photographer

Sharpest and most insightful

IBCC

Kedma Ough is one of the sharpest and most insightful business women I know. When you want to achieve your goal enough to seek assistance, Kedma’s extraordinary combination of practical experience and intuition is the very best you can get. Clarity, know-how, creativity and above all the ability to listen are just a few of the profound skills she brings to bear on her client’s challenges. Opportunities are only turned into wealth through diligence, flexibility, and experimentation. She has helped many people with her wisdom. I have no hesitation in recommending Kedma for anyone’s endeavor.

Brad Smith, President
Stellar Insight, Inc.

Wonderful wealth of information and guidance

Aaron thompson

If you’re a brand new inventor like myself—trying to figure out what to do with your idea and who to talk to and feeling completely lost in a very confusing and overwhelming world of internet information, YouTube videos, and people promising to show you the way if you pay them a bunch of money—then I strongly recommend checking out Kedma Ough. She is a wonderful wealth of information and guidance that will point you exactly in the direction you need and want to go. Tony Robbins was my go-to speaker for inspiration and direction. Now it’s Kedma. Thank you so much, Kedma, for turning the light on for me!

Aaron Thompson, Owner
ShowerDry, Inc.

Kedma is an energetic force, catalyzing resources for local inventors.

Angela Jackson

She is a passionate and talented advocate for her constituents, and they are lucky to have her on their side!

Angela Jackson, Managing Director
Portland Seed Fund

Meeting Kedma was really a blessing

IBCC

Kedma helped me through a process of government red tape and was very successful in helping me obtain funding for me and my company. Thank you, Kedma.

Michael L. Monen, CEO
International Building Code Consultants (IBCC), PC

Lightning Bolt Kedma

Anne O'Malley

Kedma is a lightning bolt and knows how to channel her energy into success for her clients. I am always delighted when she needs me to work on a project with her.

Anne O'Malley, President
AO Nonprofit Strategies & Affairs

Kedma is very responsive, thorough, has incredible integrity, and she just gets it.

I feel like I’ve made a new friend.

I first met Kedma when I made arrangements for a live panel discussion for my employer. She came highly recommended by another amazing contributor we have worked with. When I met her, wow I immediately saw her talent matched her reputation, and so I decided to work with her again in a different capacity. It required working a lot closer than the first time around.

One of the best parts of the project was how easy it was to work with her. Kedma is very responsive, thorough, has incredible integrity, and she just gets it. I didn’t have to spend a lot of time explaining, with few words she understood my idea and took it to the next level with her expertise. Exactly what I wanted. And we just connected over the fact that we both have an authentic desire to help people. That was awesome. We are currently sharing an audience, the small business audience, and we both want them to succeed. That desire, in turn, produced amazing content that genuinely helped the audience (or at least that was the feedback). It also gave my brand lots of awareness and helped me show our good will.

The project was so fun and I loved working with Kedma. I am looking forward to following her from here on and grow from her. I was told “she is dynamite!” and when I was done with the project, those where my exact thoughts about her. Kedma is dynamite! Bam!

Denise Rivera, Sr Digital Marketing Manager
Taylor Corporation

Working with her is also super fun!

WOW. If you are looking for straight-shooting, get it done, then move on to a new level, hire Kedma. In just two sessions I gained much-needed clarity on my messaging. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Oh, BTW working with her is also super fun!

Jennifer Tufenkian, Physician, Naturopathic
Natural Choices Health Clinic

Kedma brings a powerful, granular, and insightful superhero perspective.

It was a pure joy to learn some pivotal keys for small business momentum and a path of continued success. Live the dream and move forward with aplomb!

Mark Spencer, Procurement Director

Kedma knows her way around social media marketing..

I am the Content Marketing Manager for The School of Business at Portland State University. I connected with Kedma in a local Portland-based women’s entrepreneur group, and was inspired by her tenacity, marketing skills and most of all, the passionate way she helps others find success. I asked Kedma to be a guest speaker in my Social Media Strategy for Business course, and she guest lectured on how to be a LinkedIn Mastermind. She did not disappoint! It’s clear Kedma knows her way around social media marketing, especially with LinkedIn. I will be applying many of the principles she taught in my class — it was a joy to feel like a student again.

Crista Scott Tappan, Social Media Educator & Content Marketing Manager
The School of Business at Portland State

LISTEN TO THIS WOMAN! She is an expert in her field, and she has the heart of a servant.

Just signed the paperwork for a $4000 grant from my county. This is free money from a $1.2 million dollar fund designed to support small businesses in the county who were interrupted by the pandemic.
I was all over this grant as soon as applications became available. The constant nudges from Kedma Ough about aggressively going after any and all funding really helped me keep it top of mind, and it’s paid off.
So thanks Kedma, I owe you a milkshake the next time I see you. You bring a ton of value to the Conquer family.

If you aren’t a Conquer member, but you follow Kedma in any capacity, LISTEN TO THIS WOMAN! She is an expert in her field, and she has the heart of a servant. You can’t ask for a better combo.

Caleb Wininger, Basecamp Resource Director
The Conquer Program

Thank you for your very helpful insights and tips into funding.

I always assumed I wouldn’t qualify for anything but now I know differently! I am going to get some clarity on my variables and begin some serious research asap.

Mary Ellen Baker, Time Management Teacher

A real-life superhero, Kedma is a one of kind.

I have had the pleasure to know Kedma for a few years as a friend and National Speakers Association member. What makes shine is her ability to take a complicated subject like “Target Funding” and make it accessible to the masses. I have been lucky to in the audience three times and listen to her wow the audience, and every time she has over-delivered. If you like to know more about her target funding magic her book is a must-read it is an amazing resource and an eye-opener to the subject. Target Funding.

Sam Moran, Success & Performance Coach
MindWorks Research Institute

She is a positive force of energy.

Ready to raise the bar and become a more thoughtful, purposeful and tactical leader? Hire Kedma Ough for coaching, consulting or many of her other superhero skills! She is a positive force of energy, a shot in the arm and an accountability master. She knows how to get the best out of her clients and is always willing to ask the thought provoking and sometimes challenging questions that make us better leaders.

Bennett J. Grove II, Founder & CEO

Kedma, a far more effective and dynamic facilitator.

Once in a very rare occasion, if you are fortunate, you will encounter a Kedma Ough. In abstract terms, a “Kedma” is one that, even in an entry level position, is obviously destined for unprecedented accomplishments. I was granted the opportunity to manage the real Kedma when she was a new hire trainer. Not only did Kedma demonstrate an inherent affinity for training and facilitation, she understood the concepts of adult learning principles – even before they became vogue. On one occasion, I made the difficult but necessary decision to replace a tenured new hire trainer with Kedma, a far more effective and dynamic facilitator. In short work, Kedma mastered the art of group facilitation and corporate education. It is by no means a surprise that Kedma has established herself as a world-class speaker and educator.

Brian Deeds, Manager of Training and Safety
The Brewing Science Institute

Kedma is an amazing person who truly wants to help everyone.

She is a wealth of knowledge and has played a huge role in helping me grow our business.

TJ Slyter, Business Owner
Premier Pressure Clean

I highly recommend Kedma as a speaker on the subject of small business funding.

Kedma’s presentation at the Inventors of the National Capital Area group was excellent. Chalked full of tips, info, and advice, I left the meeting with a strong sense of where I would need to get started, what to purse, and what to avoid in looking for “free money” to fund my business idea. I’m looking forward to taking the next step in my education on this topic by reading reading her book Target Funding. I highly recommend Kedma as a speaker on the subject of small business funding.

Lexa Gandolfo, Product Design
ACG Designs

She understands the mindset of the entrepreneur.

Kedma offers a unique combination of experience and expertise that translates into nothing short of pure wisdom for her consulting clients. She understands the complexity of developing a concept, refining the plan, and packaging and selling the idea that eventually translates into gaining the desired resources for the manifestation of a productive business. She knows where to find unique pockets of resources that are hidden from others. She understands the mindset of the entrepreneur and knows how to encourage and promote, and when necessary, challenge a less than ideal option. She also offers a tangible plan of action that is immediate and establishes disciplined timelines for completion. In this respect, she becomes a part of the team. I have personally benefited from her guidance that led to an immediate impact on my business strategy. In a very condensed session, she was able to get to the immediate points of contention, and to establish a way ahead, that led to acceptance in the region’s most prominent business accelerator.

Peter H. , Founder
The Liberator Fund

She has the experience, confidence, intelligence and grit..

Kedma coached me through the most challenging and trying part of my career/life. Her ability to keep calm when everything else seems to be hectic is second to none.

She has the experience, confidence, intelligence and grit it takes to achieve any business or life goal out there. Her passion to do the right thing and help people thrive in their own environment help shape her into a world class coach.

Her book: Target Funding, provides a step by step guide for any business owner looking to fund their venture without giving up precious equity. It is a must read and Kedma is a must follow!

Tyler Amato, Senior Director
Faneuil Inc.

Kedma is an outstanding professional and truly is.. a Superhero.

I was referred to Kedma by a mutual friend and colleague. We connected between legs of her book signing tour, on a day that should have been her day off. She gave her time, energy and insight willingly and enthusiastically.

Anticipating this call, I had previously sent a few bullet points that I felt would help direct the call and make it more effective. She read them. First surprise.

But more than that, she addressed each question I had for her in the most concise and direct manner, calling upon her considerable knowledge and experience to satisfy my concerns completely. She spoke with both authority and empathy.

Quickly (and expertly) assessing my specific needs, Kedma hit me with honest, specific advice and provided clear direction, including an action plan for moving forward. It was an eye opening conversation.

Kedma reinforced many things I had already been thinking but more importantly re-framed those issues for power and action. She provided a new perspective for me to approach the work I have ahead of me.

And inspired me to move on it. Like, today.

Kedma is an outstanding professional and truly is, as the title says, a Superhero. After just one conversation with her you will walk away feeling like a superhero yourself.

William Siebold, Coach & Consultant

Kedma is an inspiration and is a fantastic leader.

. I always enjoy speaking with her and learning from her. She’s very approachable and humble.

Elena Ledoux, 2019 SBA Small Business Person of the Year

Kedma is an awesome mentor and coach!

Her expertise in marketing and explaining to companies “who I am” was invaluable and helped me prepare for a career transition from the military to the civilian sector.

Oren Sieff, MBA, Data Initiatives Consultant
Wells Fargo

Kedma connects to the audience with her own story

Kedma was the keynote speaker at our Women’s Business Symposium. She also conducted workshops on LinkedIn and Lego Serious Play. She received high marks from our attendees. Kedma connects to the audience with her own story and vulnerability. This sets the stage for honest interactions and opens the audience to Kedma’s message: each person has the power to change their own story.

Ann Swanson, Regional Director

Just experienced the Wow!

of Kedma Ough, MBA ⚡️’s LinkedIn session at the #2019Womeninbusiness symposium at Fort Hall, Idaho. I was going to skip out today… She made the day useful. Glad I came, appreciative of the inspiration and the specific advice.

Margo Clayson,
THE MIGHTY MICROGREEN

Her knowledge and the way in which she shares that knowledge is fantastic.

This week, Kedma brought her bright energy, enthusiasm, and WW spirit to the class in which I invited her to guest speak. Her knowledge and the way in which she shares that knowledge is fantastic (especially for an 8:00 a.m. class!). Not only will my students benefit from her discussion, but I will as well! Thank you Kedma!

Dawn Forrester, Counselor
Mt. Hood Community College

Kedma is a breath of fresh air!

I have seen her first hand inspiring people to expand their businesses to another level. I have seen her encourage students to reach for the entrepreneurial goals. She is one fantastic leader.

Felisha Brewer, Top Notch Executive Assistant
Mt. Hood Community College

Kedma truly is a small business superhero!

In a one-hour session, Kedma was able to identify the current pain points in my business and deliver step-by-step solutions each of them. She also forecasted potential future roadblocks and provided tactical remedies for them.

Furthermore, Kedma consulted me on time management, work/life balance, effective outsourcing, revenue generation and opportunities for funding. All of this in just 60 minutes. Kedma has superpowers.

After our session, she followed up with additional resources. I’m still working these resources since there were so many high-impact recommendations.

It has been less than a month since my meeting with Kedma and I can happily report that her advice proved successful — I’m working fewer hours yet making more money. Most importantly, I’m spending more of my time on the verticals of my business I really love — resume/LinkedIn writing and coaching.

Every small business would benefit from Kedma!

Kyle Elliott, Career & Life Coach

Kedma is an innovator willing to share her expertise.

I have the privilege of knowing and having worked with this creative, innovative and energetic leader. Kedma is an innovator willing to share her expertise with up-and-coming entrepreneurs, youth and experienced professionals. She meets people where the are and through her infectious enthusiasm helps people move to their full potential. Talk with Kedma once and you are hooked. Her energy is boundless.

Debra Derr, Retired President
Mt. Hood Community College

Kedma is a walking talking personification of the word ‘inspiration’.

In the short time i have known her she has been invaluable to me as a source of direction and motivation. Her grasp and understanding of the small business world is so deep. The way that Kedma delivers and shares her knowledge is refreshing and enlightening. I enjoy every communication we have and she helps me grow in my business life on a daily basis. I simply cannot recommend Kedma Ough enough.

Emma Preston, Student of Television

Her expertise and enthusiasm shone..

Greater Portland Inc invited Kedma and Mt. Hood Community College to provide a program on cyber security trends to public and private sector leaders who are partners to our organization. Her expertise and enthusiasm shone throughout the presentation and she kept everyone engaged and interested during this lunch and learn event. Kedma ensured that the presentation was relevant to our regional audience and did her homework in providing real-life examples of cyber security threats to both large scale companies and smaller entities. We received positive feedback on the event from our guests and a few followed up with Kedma and her Mt. Hood colleague to have the presentation brought to their companies as well.

Cara Rene, Interim President & CEO

Kedma is on a mission!

If you can be a part of it, you’ll want to! Incredible human being. Brought me to tears in a good way on our first call! She’s in your face, vulnerable and a team player. Blown away by her!

Reena Friedman Watts, Media Marketing Specialist
MegaWatts Productions

Kedma is amazing!

I discovered Kedma on Linkedin while looking for advice on a new idea that I wanted to bring to market. After reaching out and meeting with her, I immediately knew that I had come to the right person. She’s the wealth of knowledge and inspiration that I needed and in no time at all, had a clear vision as to next steps for my project. Kedma the small business superhero that we need!

Jeff Lawber, Founder/Industrial Designer
The Office of Design and Development

She was extremely engaging, motivating and inspirational.

Kedma gave a short talk at an luncheon for XXcelerate Fund. The room was full of powerful and inspirational women investors and Kedma’s talk was a bright spot in the event. She was extremely engaging, motivating and inspirational and tied her points in very well with the theme and goal of the luncheon. I’d highly recommend her to speak at any event where you want to inspire and motivate!

Genevieve LeMarchal

Kedma’s LinkedIn class was extremely beneficial

and shed some light on what a profile could really be and do. I implemented my changes immediately and got amazing feed back from Kedma. My students and I will benefit greatly from her class and her continued support.

Samantha Piers-VanderPloeg
Mt. Hood Community College

Kedma is a decisive, clear, perceptive teacher.

In late 2014. I began planning to open a business. My first stop was at my local SBDC office, where I was introduced to Kedma Ough. Within twenty minutes of the start of our meeting, I had a to-do list, a list of questions to answer and a list of additional meetings to schedule. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. Kedma is a decisive, clear, perceptive teacher. In a straightforward fashion, she can cover more ground than most consultants do in an hour. And working with Kedma does not feel like being rushed. She absolutely makes sure that she is being understood.So, if you are planning to start, expand or improve your business, please see Kedma Ough first. From your first meeting with her, you will feel more grounded and confident in what you need to do to set your business on the path to success.

Cosmo Salibello, President and Owner
Cosmo Celebration Sauces

She is a confident, knowledgable and well spoken.

I so enjoyed hearing Kedma speak at our Business Referral Group concerning Linkedin. She is a confident, knowledgable and well spoken. I’m pretty sure all of us there went away much more aware of the importance of Linkedin and how to make our accountants more usable and attractive. She also inspired me to want to take charge of how I present myself. Her confidence is contagious and she has a very likeable personality. Thank you Kedma and I look forward to working with you more in the future.

TJ Saling Caldwell, Founder and Executive Director
Apple of His Eye Charity

Great presenter!

Kept an otherwise boring subject engaging and entertaining.

Max Mikhaylenko

Her content delivery was on point..

I first heard Kedma speak on the topic of cyber security and small businesses at PNDC’s DoD Cyber Security Seminar. Her content delivery was on point and as a cyber security professional I was impressed with the subject matter and felt it resonated well w/ the audience. Furthermore, she elaborated on several Oregon cyber awareness initiatives that I was impressed with.

Drew Marmo, Cloud Authorization Engineer

Kedma’s energy and enthusiasm ignited confidence and determination

to set up my LinkedIn profile. Her curious questions about the message being given on any given profile were thought provoking and engaging. Thank you for the gentle nudge!!!

Janell Bethke
JB Creative Silk

Thanks, Kedma, for your outstanding LinkedIn class.

I didn’t know where to start with LinkedIn – tried before without success. But after your class, I’m up and running. Thanks again!

Doug Binkley, CPA and FP&A Professional
Micro Accounting Partners

She is an all-star business analyst, advisor, and a gift to the small business community.

When we met Kedma in January 2017, we were not just looking for a business consultant. We were searching for leadership, experience, and prime technique. Kedma surprised us by being all the above and so much more. She is an all-star business analyst, advisor, and a gift to the small business community. Besides, she is a kind, inspiring, and fun person to work with. Over the past six months, Kedma supported our business development. With her guidance, we obtained incredible results: better strategy, increased product quality, and new partnerships.

Sophie Parham, Co Founder
The Rock Dojo

Kedma is an innovator, leader and advocate for small business.

She is a champion of champions; inspiring her colleagues to reach higher and become strong in their pursuit of service. We are fortunate to have her as a leader in our state!

Tammy Marquez-Oldham, Director
PCC SBDC and OSBDCN Global Trade Center

She is fantastic!

If you are looking for an thoroughly engaging, high energy speaker – you have found it in Kedma Ough. She is brilliant at bringing the audience with her on a journey while imparting important lessons. Polished, articulate, dynamic presentation at a pace that kept me completely engrossed. She is fantastic! Hire her today.

Patricia Zamboni Coash, Creator/Owner
PIES™

Thank you for putting together such a wonderful class.

For the non-believers in LinkedIn, I became a believer by the end of the class. Relations are being created and cultivated in the internet. I can wait for the follow up to this class. I don’t know what it would be, but I know it would be interesting. Thank you for your contribution to the small business world.

Cris Dimas Diaz, Owner/Agent
MAXXIMO Insurance Services

Working with Kedma was like a breath of fresh air!

My eyes were truly opened to alterative funding possibilities for the start-up entrepreneur! She had a vast resource of connections, resources and of mind-opening possibilities for building my business and directing my future! I am truly grateful and look forward to meeting once again….

Rebecca Cantwell Jacobs, Owner

I found her very knowledgeable, informed and willing to assist me in my goals..

I recently had the opportunity to meet with Kedma regarding some future business ideas. I found her very knowledgeable, informed and willing to assist me in my goals both current and future. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a professional opinion and guidance on business planning and look forward to continuing to work with Kedma as my business goals become reality.

Beth Rohleder, Systems Analyst
U.S. Bank

She is the ultimate professional.

I had the privilege of working on Mentoring Programs with Kedma when she was with Women’s Business Center in Tucson, AZ. She is the ultimate professional, focused on results with a passion yet personable and fun to be around.

Jim Parker, Certified Master Coach

She is an extraordinary teacher

Wow! Kedma takes you to amazing success in her LinkedIn class. She is an extraordinary teacher – you’ll get immediate results from her expert advice. Her classes are a must for everyone in business.

Ruth Swain, CFRE
Mt. Hood Community College

Kedma and her group are an incredible resource

 for new ventures, start ups and inventors. They were always 100% behind us in our efforts. They helped us tap into many different valuable resources and connections as well as provide excellent advice and feedback. I highly recommend Kedma and her group’s services.

Richard Miller, Director/Program Leader
CLEAResult

She is truly the entrepreneur’s friend.

If you ever have a client that is entrepreneurial, has a great idea and looking to take it to market, then you need to have them meet with Kedma. With her expertise’s and contact base, she can help those that have a great idea but do not qualify within bank parameters. She is truly the entrepreneur’s friend.

David Saltzman, Vice President
Elk Rock Capital Partners

Kedma is a great help

and a has wealth information to share on how to get your business going. She is also a good advocate, and spends the time to understand each business’s unique situation so she can customize her advice for it. She’s always upbeat and energetic. Logic says she has to have bad days, but I’ve never seen them.

Troy Wahl, Consultant

She is a wonderful wealth of information and guidance.

If your a brand new inventor like myself, trying to figure out what to do with your idea, who to talk to, and feel completely lost in a very confusing, and overwhelming world of internet information, youtube videos, and people promising to show you the way if you pay them a bunch of money…
Then I strongly recommend checking out Kedma Ough. She is a wonderful wealth of information and guidance that will point you exactly in the direction you need, and want to go. Tony Robbins was my go to speaker for inspiration and direction. Now it’s Kedma.
Thank you so much Kedma for turning the light on for me!

Aaron Thompson, Company Owner
ShowerDry Inc

Working with Kedma is a moving, empowering experience.

Kedma is well informed and has a positive approach that makes her work seem effortless while she moves mountains and scales tall buildings. She probably isn’t technically a super hero, but to me she seems smart, creative, fresh, funny and unstoppable all in the same breath. Working with Kedma is a moving, empowering experience.

Mardee Malarkey, Owner
Lubliner Florist

she was AMAZING !!!!

Kedma was the Awsome young lady I reported to directly for writing my business plan,and assessing my business for Hand made quilts…she was AMAZING !!!! The hours and days she spent collecting all the information was defiantly worth the investment ! She did an amazing amount of hard work ! My self-worth,and image improved,after a year spent with her !

Sarah Kinder
Hours of Prayer Judaica

Kedma shows her compassion for the entrepreneur

as Business Director at AVITA Business Center. She is committed to helping fledgling and existing business owners succeed. It has been my pleasure to work with her on several projects.

Yvette King, Owner
Modern Succes Inc.

Her content delivery was on point..

I first heard Kedma speak on the topic of cyber security and small businesses at PNDC’s DoD Cyber Security Seminar. Her content delivery was on point and as a cyber security professional I was impressed with the subject matter and felt it resonated well w/ the audience. Furthermore, she elaborated on several Oregon cyber awareness initiatives that I was impressed with.

Drew Marmo, Cloud Authorization Engineer

Kedma is extremely gifted

with such brilliant ideas and concepts , and is able to help a person go above and beyond their expectations concerning their business ventures and endeavors.

Kay Castillo, Owner
Salon Deja Vu

She is a gifted communicator.

Kedma is not only tremendously knowledgeable as a business consultant, but also deeply passionate about her work and about helping her clients succeed in their ventures.She is a gifted communicator, and crystal clear with her clients about what they need to do to succeed. She demonstrates complete commitment to all her clients and works side-by-side with them to move them to success.

Kim Breas, Owner
DoughNation Services LLC

Kedma is a joy to work with..

Kedma is a person who cares about her clients and is driven to give them more than they expect in everything she does with them. Where she could have built a successful business catering to anyone who needs business planning she concentrated on the hardest cases- minorities, women, and disabled people, and provides a high degree of service that they can’t always expect. As she worked more closely with them and found areas where they needed help she couldn’t provide, she put together the professionals and programs they needed to help them succeed. She developed this into her currently successful (and expanding) outreach program to individual inventors and entrepeneurs trying to enter the marketing/manufacturing/liscensing arena. Always, her focus was making sure the client got what they needed at a price they could afford, and making sure that they were treated with the utmost respect regardless of their sophistication in the field. Kedma is a joy to work with and to know, I recommend her whenever possible, and I look forward to working with her in the future.

Charles Letherwood, Design Director

Kedma is a powerhouse of energy.

I can’t say enough good things about Kedma. I have had the honor of knowing Kedma for over five years. I was a plenary speaker at the SBIR/STTR DoD conference in Portland in 2012 and she was running this conference. Kedma also interviewed me for a video series last year on “Innovation Philosophy” by interviewing a range of innovators like me to motivate young generation of innovators. She is smart and I am often amazed the quality and volume of work she gets done. She is the director of Small Business Development Center. She is statewide innovation program lead, SBIR/STTR innovation lead, cyber security program lead, youth entrepreneur program lead, and balancing these acts is no small feat. I have nothing but admiration for her amazing work.

Kedma is a powerhouse of energy and a bundle of joy packed with innovative business ideas. She is strong, outgoing, witty, and motivational and delivers her advice with experience, conviction, and grit. Her mission and passion is to help those in business need and prep them for success. Capital is the fuel for starting, building, and growing businesses but finding funding is like an egg hunt. These eggs are often hidden in various places with varying degree of concealment, in hard-to reach places among nettles or thorns. That is when you really need Kedma on your side. She can guide you in finding these capital eggs. She is a motivator, a mentor, a person with full of innovative ideas. I have learned a lot from her.

Sandhiprakash (Sandhi) Bhide, President
ANWAYA CONSULTING LLC

Kedma’s knowledge and willingness to help get me on the track.

Meeting with Kedma at the SBDC a few months back was one of the smartest decisions I could have made to jump start my small business! Kedma’s knowledge and willingness to help get me on the track I needed to blossom my business was exactly what I had been searching for. I had the pleasure of scheduling a meeting with her quite a few months back…and at the time, I was at somewhat of a standstill with my protein bars I was still waiting on completion of. I was scrambling on how to best grow this type of industry that I had created. Meeting with her helped me to get organized and work on a great game plan. I took her advice and attended a trade show; which happened to be the largest natural products expo in the world – Expo West in Aneheim (met some great contacts there – so inspiring)! Now, I finally have my bars market ready and am getting into local stores!I would like it to be made known how much our meeting meant to me and what a great deal of help and encouragement Kedma provided. I am excited for what the future holds for my business, barNONE Protein, and looking forward to meeting with her again!

Corrine Konell, CEO/Founder
barNONE Protein, Inc.

Kedma has tremendous leadership skills

combined with public speaking abilities. Her ability to bring a broad depth of knowledge about small business together with strategy, catalyzes her work as a dynamic leader.

Mark Gregory, State Director

She is a proven leader.

Kedma approaches projects with confidence, knowledge, and a robust blend of personal style, strong leadership abilities, and sound wisdom that makes working with her a fantastic adventure. She is a proven leader that can collaboratively work through complex issues without getting stuck in traditional mindsets that restrict innovative thinking. Kedma is a continually source of inspiration to those around her, and her energy is contagious to anyone around. She demonstrates excellence in everything she sets her energy on, and is always ready and willing to help others not only achieve their goals, but excel in ways they may not imagine.

John Downing, NW Regional Vendor Diversity Manager
Skanska Building USA

Kedma is a national treasure

through her consistent efforts to help small business owners in Oregon and around the Nation. She is always professional in her presentations and goes the extra mile for company clients. One amazing person and is doing a tremendous job creating a successful economy through her efforts of assisting start-up companies into success for profit business. Keep up the great work.

Stephen Rosenstock, Leader/Facilitator
Portland Laughter Yoga

A gift from the universe..

Kedma sorted through the ferment of Portland Radio Project and helped us find the right business model. Along with being organized, efficient and effective, Kedma is funny and friendly – pointing the way without making us feel inept.

Rebecca Webb, Executive Director

Kedma Ough is a masterful leader and coordinator.

As an expert in collaborating and growing small women and minority-owned businesses, Kedma produced a successful National Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Conference in Portland, Oregon (its first-ever) that resulted in an unprecedented level of SBIR/STTR federal engagement with women and minority-owned businesses.

In conjunction with Kedma’s SBIR/STTR Conference, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber held an invitation-only event at the headquarters of famed global marketers Wieden+Kennedy, at which more than 200 leaders and corporations from around the nation (including Microsoft, Google, Cisco and others) gathered to discuss technology inclusion strategies, frameworks and collaborative outcomes.

Kedma’s tireless attention to detail and empowering her team to perform their best produces consistent results regardless of how small or large the task. Her ability to run a business, coordinate and collaborate businesses through her organization, MIPO, and successfully produce a multi-day national event involving dozens of federal agencies and more than 1,000 high-level attendees is a testament to her capacity as a leader.

Regardless of the challenge, Kedma is constantly upbeat, optimistic, solution- and goal-oriented. And she successfully manages the top priority duties of wife and mother. Somehow, she even manages to squeeze in a good game of chess. I am proud to call Kedma my friend and look forward to working with her on the next big project.

Mike Green, Co-Founder
Common Ground Conversations on Race in America

She is good at problem solving.

If it were not for Kedma I wouldn’t have a business. She recently helped me out of a pickle that I was in with my business and has saved me money. She is good at problem solving. I highly recommend her. Thank you. Sincerely, Mark Bishop

Mark Bishop, Artist

Kedma is a true leader.

I worked as the Speaker and Program Planner for the 2012 National SBIR/STTR Conference Oregon with Kedma for over a year. During that time we worked very closely, probably putting in hundreds of hours together. Kedma is a true leader, both in her initiative to get the National conference to come to Oregon and how she set about organizing and directing the conference activities amongst all members of the conference committee. She was an expert in setting up relationships in DC at the agencies and SBA, and connecting the conference with the Governor’s office and many other Oregon agencies & labs. She worked tirelessly at getting sponsors and many of those connections led to good speakers as well.
Kedma tended to let me have a free hand, respecting my experience and judgment, and let me shape the agenda as I saw fit, which suited me well (even though it was a little scary sometimes). She provided a lot of resource support, especially the volunteers at the days of the conference, who were vital. This was pretty impressive given the limited budget of the conference.
Working on the conference was the chance of a lifetime and has been pivotal for me in development of my own business as an SBIR consultant. I made a huge number of great connections during the planning of the conference as well as the actual event. I am deeply indebted to Kedma.

Leon Wolf, Grant Writing Consultant

She does it for all the right reasons…

Kedma cares as deeply as anyone can about the issues inventors face in our industry. She’s a self starter, with a sharp mind and a huge heart.

Mark T. Reyland, CEO

Kedma is the most dynamic, energetic, and professional

business leader and entrepreneur I’ve worked with in Portland. She is passionate about her business and the non-profit she founded, as well as an incredible resource assisting entrepreneurs and inventors in growing their business.

Carroll Bernard, Co-Founder
Govology.com

Kedma is a positive, energetic, and empowering instructor.

Her wealth of professional knowledge and impeccable classroom delivery resulted in one of my most rewarding educational experiences. As an advisor, she guided me through my role as consultant for a community business and played a crucial part in my success.I recommend Kedma as an instructor for any business course. More importantly, I recommend Kedma as a mentor for any aspiring professional who is looking to make the next step in their career.

Forrest Ching, Senior Analyst
Kamehameha Schools

She is fun, smart and a great resource to have in your network!

Kedma’s amazing ability to connect with people from diverse backgrounds and skill sets is no news. Her extensive business experience aligned with her academic background makes her an invaluable resource to work with. Nothing new there for who works and knows Kedma… More importantly she is a personable, caring and dedicated human being to greater causes and benefit to others than herself. She is fun, smart and a great resource to have in your network!

Rodrigo George, Senior Policy Analyst
Bonneville Power Administration

She has a very in depth knowledge of the process.

Kedma has played a paramount role in the development of my invention and subsequent company setup. She has a very in depth knowledge of the process, is very intelligent, and knows how to get things done. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to bring their idea to market.

Marcus Duffin, COO
NoDK, LLC

Kedma has a natural way of engaging her audience.

PIVOT Job Corps recently had the honor of hosting Kedma for a guest speaking engagement. Kedma provided a motivational presentation that inspired the female Job Corps population. Kedma has a natural way of engaging her audience while empowering them to set and reach their goals.

Elizabeth Beal, Executive Search Consultant
LB Executive Search

Kedma’s insight was pure wisdom worth a million “thank you’s” and more!

My experience was profound! Spiritual in some sense and insightful on every level of business for me when I had my consultation with Kedma. Kedma’s insight was pure wisdom worth a million “thank you’s” and more! and still that is not enough. To anyone seeking Kedma services will be in great hands and support. Kedma will listen and hear you as she replies back with straight forward impulse of clear communication for you to be inform and understand filled with knowledge. Please seek Kedma out for your business. Kedma will guide you and direct you in areas where you need for you and your company to have the opportunity to THRIVE!

Chad Brown M.Sc., President
Soul River Inc.

Her knowledge is invaluable.

Kedma has been an amazing resource for me from developing my product to finding innovative ways to target specific markets and get the results I am looking for. Her knowledge is invaluable and I am looking forward to many more projects to come. Thanks so much, Kedma!

Jenny Peters, Sales Team Manager
RYNLY

Kedma works tirelessly in her pursuit of perfection.

We used her services to negotiate terms on a patent royalty agreement and she was able to turn around results in record time. This feedback from her and her team is invaluable to us. Thanks Kedma!

Jon Schaeffer, Engineering Director

A true professional on what she does.

It’s a real pleasure to work with Kedma. A true professional on what she does. Very knowledgeable, resourceful and informative. I highly recommend Kedma.

Eduardo Norell, President

Kedma was masterful in helping me see the big picture.

When my husband and I met with Kedma, I had my mind set in one direction. After meeting with her, my husband was relieved to see that I had finally become open minded. Kedma was masterful in helping me see the big picture.

Shemia Fagan, Managing Partner

She is a superb motivator.

I am drawn to Kedma for her enthusiasm to strengthen and help progress people and small businesses. She is a superb motivator, and I look forward to a continued relationship.

Christine Eichorn, INVESTMENT SERVICES

Kedma is a leader in her field.

She is very knowledgeable about business concepts. Her ideas are innovative and to the point. If you are looking for success in your field, I recommend Kedma to help achieve it.

Mei Wong, Founding Member
Silver Life

Kedma is a wonderful person to be around.

Kedma did a motivational speech to me and my classmates and I loved it. I would highly recommend her. Thanks Kedma.

Therisa White, Student
Portland Community College

She was a pure joy and an inspiration to us all!

On Friday the 21st of May, 2010, I had the wonderful opportunity of listening to Kedma give an Informational/Motivational presentation in my class. She was a pure joy and an inspiration to us all! Kedma is a wealth of invaluable resources. Sincerely, Trina

Trina Chappelle, Customer Service Associate
Legacy Health

Kedma is ‘a ball of fire’

Kedma is an invaluable resource to inventors and emerging entrepreneurs. She has a wealth of knowledge about all of the ‘ins and outs’ of the process of bringing a product to the market and is passionate about helping these individuals reach their goals efficiently and effectively. In addition, Kedma is ‘a ball of fire’ and a sheer delight to work with!

Katie C. Kelley, Senior Vice President

She’s focused, energetic and competent.

I’ve enjoyed collaborating on inventor-related projects with Kedma. She’s focused, energetic and competent, and I welcome her as an emerging force in the inventor assistance community. Kedma Ough is one of a precious few professionals making truly selfless investment in helping America’s entrepreneurs and innovators.

Don Kelly, CLP™, Principal, Intellectual Asset Mgmt. Associates, LLC

What a wonderful gift it was to have worked with Kedma!

Kedma, has exceptional business skills and passion for what ever she does, this makes for a powerful conbination. Kedma ran our agencies Womens Business Center in Pima County, Arizona, she grew it from an idea to a very successful 5 year program, which is still going strong many years later. I remember when the SBA District Director would come into our office with his staff he always remarked on the high energy level that he felt. This level of energy was their because of Kedma and her leadship.

What a wonderful gift it was to have worked with Kedma!

Rosalyn Boxer, President
Roz Boxer Consulting

I find Kedma an extremely bright, creative and passionate advocate for independent inventors.

Her curiosity in exploring issues critical to inventors is impressive, matched by her resolve finding real solutions. Add a sense of humor, a comforting ability to put those around her at ease and a strong desire to give something back to the inventor community, and you have all the ingredients for a special person.

Warren Tuttle, Open Innovation Director and President
United Inventors Association

Kedma has sooo many skills

it’s hard to write them all down. Kedma was my first ‘Boss’ after relocating to Portland. She was open, straight talking and honest something that always brings the best out in her team. I enjoyed working/ learning from her. Her door was always open to everyone who walked through it. She has solid ties to the community and truly believes in making it a better place for those seeking to improve the local economy.

Claire Pierpoint, Senior Manager

Kedma is a power-house!

She has the passion to help underserved populations achieve their dreams, and she has the business acumen to ensure that her efforts are sustainable. What a great asset she is to Portland and the rest of Oregon!

Valerie Plummer, Development Director
Northwest Outward Bound School

What an inspiration she is!

I heard Kedma give an energizing presentation at an event I attended. What an inspiration she is! If you want your crowd to be inspired and take away knowledge they can put to use immediately to improve their own life and the lives of others, I can think of no one better than Kedma!

Tia Ribary, President

Kedma knew just how to guide

toward the development of my courage when dreaming and planning my business. Her business acumen and attunement to the pulse of the industry created a clear guiding light! She’s personable and results oriented and our work together left me with a dynamic plan!

Jacke Schroeder, MSW, LCSW-C, Nonprofit Director, Executive Coach, & Healing Artist

Kedma is one of the most passionate, dedicated professionals I have ever met.

She is creative, dynamic and visionary. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for great advice and resources.

Michael Doss, Change Agent/Healer/Facilitator

Kedma was a pleasure to work with.

She helped me to construct a business plan for my company. She listened and helped to commit my thoughts and goals to paper. She did an amazing job, and the process was a pleasure rather than a battle. She also recommended my company for a Wells Fargo testimonial video which has proven to be a great tool for helping the national expansion of my business. I look forward to working with Kedma more and highly recommend her to a business owner in any capacity.

Mary Lou Burton, Connector

Kedma is a professional

who has a demonstrated track record and commitment to small disavantaged businesses.

Tony Jones, Business Owner
Rubitone Development Services

Kedma is a highly organized and hard working professional

who cares deeply about the success of her clients. We’ve helped each other in several areas over the past five years, including her helping me with one of my clients’ business plans, and with devising and executing strategies to grow her organization. I enjoy working with Kedma, I learn from her, and I am continually impressed with her.

Thomas Cox, CGO

She is an incredible asset to any team.

I recently worked on putting together several proposals for youth development funding for a community organization. Kedma saw my update on LinkedIn and contacted me to find out what she could do to help. At this point, I had only 24 hours to finalize the presentation but Kedma did not let that stop her.She took off like a rocket and I am not exaggerating. She spent the next 14 hours expanding one of the initial proposals into one of the coolest ideas I have ever seen! I was absolutely stunned by the amount of work she put in, at the last second, with no expectation of return. Her dedication to even this small project earned my respect and admiration and a strong desire to work with her to make it happen.She is an incredible asset to any team.

Marie Daniels, Leading Expert

She is an expert at feasibility analysis..

Kedma has my highest recommendation as a professional well versed in her consulting field of business development and self-employment opportunities. She is an expert at feasibility analysis for product development and self-employment. I enjoyed working with her and continue to work with her in another capacity and it’s great.

Christine Danning, MSL, Consulting Services

Kedma is resourceful and can facilitate progress toward the business goals.

I have known and worked with Kedma for more than 8 years and find her professional, intelligent, compassionate and insightful. She works diligently on behalf of her clients and understands their needs. More importantly, Kedma is resourceful and can facilitate progress toward the business goals.

Celia Barlow, Estate Planning and Business Attorney

Kedma is a super woman!!!

We attended the 2009 Emerge Oregon program together. Her focus on innovation, small businesses and entrepreneurship led to us having great conversations about future projects given my patent law background. Kedma also taught me a lot about the Jewish faith, for which I am deeply grateful. It was wonderful to develop a deep friendship and come together as Oregon business women. I would highly recommend her!!!

Saba Ahmed, Patent Attorney
United State Patent and Trademark Office

Kedma and her company provide great service.

 She’s creative, enthusiastic, professional, and a lot of fun to work with. I recommend her highly.

Barry Mack, ARTIST & COACH

She is a true powerhouse..

To know Kedma is to be amazed by her knowledge, skill, dedication, perseverance and long list of accomplishments. She is a true powerhouse and definitely someone you want in your corner as a proven champion for people who works tirelessly to improve the quality of their lives through the businesses she runs. She has not only helped me personally and our Inventors organization on a number of occasions, she helps many others as well and I whole heartedly recommend her and her services.

Rich Aydelott, Founder

She is a terrific person – ALWAYS on YOUR side !!!!

Kedma is an amazing woman. Her grasp of the business world from a marketing and creative process are always spot on. She can think around many different situations quickly and I am sure she cannot talk as fast as her mind races….AND She Can TALK !! She is a terrific person – ALWAYS on YOUR side !!!!

Lorraine Spiering, Owner

She’s an inspiration!

The Portland micro-enterprise community is blessed to have such a passionate dynamo in Kedma working on their behalf. Her advocacy and mentoring empowers people of all backgrounds to take their ideas and dreams and make them reality. She’s an inspiration!

Sarah H. Keefe, Senior Policy Analyst
Washington State Department of Health

I admire Kedma’s vision and dedication to positively impacting communities.

I was a volunteer at Avita & Associates for two and a half years. During this time I worked closely with Kedma and her non-profit programs including the Micro-Inventors Program of Oregon. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to learn from her. I admire Kedma’s vision and dedication to positively impacting communities. With her broad expertise and sincere interest in supporting especially disadvantaged people, she has helped many clients.

Antje Terayama, Stay-At-Home Mom

Kedma is a well grounded individual

with a business sense that we could all learn from, and she uses that business sense to motivate others.

Ramona Thornton, Office Administrator
Avita Business Center

Her communication skills and ability to stay-on-task are exceptional.

I have most recently been associated with Kedma Ough through the Oregon Small Business Advisory Council where we are fellow members of this Governor’s appointed council. Kedma will play an important advisory role for Oregon’s small businesses, especially because of her knowledge and experience with disability and innovation in small business.Kedma’s perspective is essential in helping to inform OECDD staff and in turn, in advising the Governor on small business policies. She has brought a level enthusiasm I seldom witness in boards and committees. Her communication skills and ability to stay-on-task are exceptional.

Bridget Bayer, Community Economic Development

Kedma Ough is one of the sharpest and most insightful business women I know.

When you want to achieve your goal enough to seek assistance, Kedma’s extraordinary combination of practical experience and intuition is the very best you can get. Clarity, know-how, creativity and above all the ability to listen are just a few of the profound skills she brings to bear on her client’s challenges. Opportunities are only turned into wealth through diligence, flexibility, and experimentation. She has helped many people with her wisdom. I have no hesitation in recommending Kedma for anyone’s endeavor.

Brad Smith, Business Growth Acceleration Coach

Kedma is taking the innovation bull by the horns!

I’ve conducted workshops at many inventor, incubator & entrepreneur organizations over the past few years (over 1000 participants in 2009 alone). I’ve observed that the success of these organizations is largely dependent upon the quality and passion of their leadership. MIPO totally rocks and Kedma’s leadership is clearly the primary driver of its spectacular success. Watch out world, Kedma is taking the innovation bull by the horns!

Ken Bloemer, Ph.D. Director Visioneering Center

Kedma is an innovative, energetic and resourceful business coach and trainer.

The successes of her clients speak volumes of her ability and vision.

Selena Yokoyama, Administrative Services and Marketing

Her amazing energy and enthusiasm is contagious!

Kedma is passionate about sharing her expertise and assisting her clients in achieving their goals. She has a gift of revealing clarity and purpose. Her amazing energy and enthusiasm is contagious!

Christine Green, Inspiring Spiritual Evolution
revchristine.com

She is truly innovative.

Kedma Ough and her staff at Avita helped me start my business with some invaluable support. Not only is Kedma inspirational and knowledgeable, she is truly innovative. Her impact on the local business community is immeasurable and she continues to inspire others to contribute their time and effort. Thank you Kedma.

 

 

Salvatore Apodaca, Webmaster and Graphic Designer
OldWestPokerSupplies

She is a strong advocate for entrepreneurs.

Kedma applies her knowledge of business, finance and self-employment to her work with her clientele. She is a strong advocate for entrepreneurs with disabilities and is passionate about assisting them to build strong foundations for their fledgling businesses. She is direct but not offensive; warm but not enabling. I recommend her and her staff highly.

Sheila Hoover, Program Administrator, Counselor and Coach
State of Oregon Department of Human Services

Kedma loves to see people reach their potential…

“Do something to breakdown a barrier or carve out a path for someone else, not once, but as often as you can.” **Kedma is dedicated to helping women, minority and disabled entrepreneurs breakdown barriers to getting new ideas to the market. She was recently named Women in Business Champion of the year for Oregon. She is a leader with a track record of success in both for profit and non-profit business building. I first met Kedma Ough at United Way through my role as the manager of the Art of Change Gallery. I called Kedma to invite members of the DBA Chamber to participate in one of our monthly art events. She shared her vision and what inspired her to start the program. It was clear then and still is very clear to me that Kedma loves to see people reach their potential and that she will do whatever is in her power to see them succeed. I have also worked with her to facilitate meetings through the Women’s Business Center that she directs. If you are an individual or business Do not go where the path may lead but instead go where there is no path so you can leave a trail*** I recommend calling Kedma Ough.

 

Sunshine Dixon, Connector
One World Chorus

She can guide you in finding these capital eggs.

Sandhiprakash Bhide

I can’t say enough good things about Kedma. I have had the honor of knowing Kedma for over five years. I was a plenary speaker at the SBIR/STTR DoD conference in Portland in 2012, and she was running this conference. Kedma also interviewed me in 2017 for a video series on “Innovation Philosophy,” in which a range of [seasoned] innovators like me to motivate young generation of innovators. She is smart and I am often amazed the quality and volume of work she gets done. She is the director of Small Business Development Center. She is statewide innovation program lead, SBIR/STTR innovation lead, cyber security program lead, youth entrepreneur program lead, and balancing these acts is no small feat. I have nothing but admiration for her amazing work. Kedma is a powerhouse of energy and a bundle of joy packed with innovative business ideas. She is strong, outgoing, witty, and motivational and delivers her advice with experience, conviction, and grit. Her mission and passion is to help those in business need and prep them for success. Capital is the fuel for starting, building, and growing businesses, but finding funding is like an egg hunt. These eggs are often hidden in various places with varying degrees of concealment, in hard-to reach places among nettles or thorns. That is when you really need Kedma on your side. She can guide you in finding these capital eggs. She is a motivator, a mentor, a person full of innovative ideas. I have learned a lot from her.

Corrine Konell, CEO/Founder
barNONE Protein, Inc.

Kedma is a bona fide business genius.

Andy Hayes

In less than 60 minutes, Kedma identified over 5 different ways of increasing our revenues, decreasing our expenses, and increasing our community outreach. While few business consultants bring so much knowledge to the table as Kedma, what I really enjoyed is that Kedma really cared about my company. This wasn’t Shark Tank. Kedma asked questions thoughtfully, and presented business recommendations and funding suggestions in a caring, constructive way. I never felt threatened by her superior expertise – in fact, I felt confident that Kedma was our cheerleader, more assured than our own team that we would succeed. I’m so excited to put all of Kedma’s advice into action, and she’s assured me that she’ll be there every step of the way to ensure that we succeed.

 

Andy Hayes, Founder and Creator
Plum Deluxe & Plum Deluxe Teas

Kedma is a leader.

Gabriel M. Silva

Kedma is an amazing entrepreneur. As the Small Business Services Officer for the Oregon Business Development Department, I have worked closely with the Oregon Native American Business Enterprise Network and various other business service providers. Kedma contracts with these service providers as an expert business consultant, and they, in turn, forward reports to my agency regarding the services provided to business owners. I have personally contacted small business owners on many occasions regarding the training, services, and consultation received from various consultants. The comments I have received about Kedma’s consultations have always been positive and complimentary. Kedma also serves as a Council Member on the Oregon Small Business Advisory Council where she works and provides valuable input on behalf of Oregon business. Kedma is a visionary. She doesn’t just talk about creative business ideas; she pursues and accomplishes her goals and objectives. Kedma is a leader. She confidently but courteously provides her input and ideas in forums and committees that have major implications for the state of Oregon and its citizens. I believe she is destined to represent Oregon as a legislator or Senator in the near future.

Gabriel M. Silva, Small Business Services Coordinator
Oregon Business Development Department

Kedma’s talk was a bright spot in the event.

Genevieve LeMarchal

Kedma gave a short talk at an luncheon for XXcelerate Fund. The room was full of powerful and inspirational women investors, and Kedma’s talk was a bright spot in the event. She was extremely engaging, motivating, and inspirational and tied her points in very well with the theme and goal of the luncheon. I’d highly recommend her to speak at any event where you want to inspire and motivate!

Genevieve LeMarchal, Board Vice President
XXCelerate Fund

Words are not sufficient to describe Kedma Ough.

Gregory Wolley

This is because she is a continuously moving target, constantly growing, evolving, and adapting to changes in her surroundings. This is when she is not making the changes happen herself. Kedma is bright and quick-witted without pretense, business-focused accompanied by passionate interpersonal communication, and prone to alternating intensity with laughter. She will follow up on her commitments and deliver more than what was asked of her. Kedma is the best person to be an advocate for you, and she will draw on her formidable resources to solve problems. I am fortunate to know her, and she has inspired me to ignore barriers and dream big.

 

Gregory Wolley, Manager of Training
Community Engagement and Natural Resources

Kedma is a positive, energetic, and empowering instructor.

Forrest Ching

Her wealth of professional knowledge and impeccable classroom delivery resulted in one of my most rewarding educational experiences. As an advisor, she guided me through my role as consultant for a community business and played a crucial part in my success. I recommend Kedma as an instructor for any business course. More importantly, I recommend Kedma as a mentor for any aspiring professional who is looking to make the next step in their career.

Forrest Ching
Digital Product Manager

Her content delivery was on point.

Drew Marmo

I first heard Kedma speak on the topic of cyber security and small businesses at PNDC’s DoD Cyber Security Seminar. Her content delivery was on point, and as a cyber security professional I was impressed with the subject matter and felt it resonated well with the audience. Furthermore, she elaborated on several Oregon cyber awareness initiatives that I was impressed with.

Drew Marmo, MBA student
The George Washington University, School of Business

Truly the entrepreneur’s friend.

David Saltzman

If you ever have a client that is entrepreneurial, has a great idea, and is looking to take it to market, then you need to have them meet with Kedma. With her expertise and contact base, she can help those that have a great idea but do not qualify within bank parameters. She is truly the entrepreneur’s friend.

David Saltzman, Vice President
Elk Rock Capital

She has a gift of revealing clarity and purpose.

Christine Green

Kedma is passionate about sharing her expertise and assisting her clients in achieving their goals. She has a gift of revealing clarity and purpose. Her amazing energy and enthusiasm is contagious!

Christine Green
Author, Speaker, Trainer, Spiritual Mentor

Kedma is fearless and a huge inspiration to all!

Jennette duCloo

Kedma was a guest speaker at the October 2017 Women of Influence, US Trust event; the topic of conversation: impact investing. She walked on stage with a purple cape and showed us all what a super hero looks like. Kedma spoke from her heart and soul. The attendees were moved and captivated by Kedma’s passion, vulnerabilities, bravery, and talent. Thank you so very much, Kedma, for being a shining star!

Jennette duCloo, Managing Director
U.S. Trust

Most dynamic, energetic, and professional business leader and entrepreneur.

Carroll Bernard

Kedma is the most dynamic, energetic, and professional business leader and entrepreneur I’ve worked with in Portland. She is passionate about her business and the nonprofit she founded, and she is an incredible resource in assisting entrepreneurs and inventors in growing their business.

Carroll Bernard, President, Co-Founder

A true powerhouse!

Rich Aydelott

To know Kedma is to be amazed by her knowledge, skill, dedication, perseverance, and long list of accomplishments. She is a true powerhouse! As a proven champion of people who works tirelessly to improve the quality of their lives through the businesses she runs, Kedma is definitely someone you want in your corner. She has not only helped me personally and our inventors’ organization on a number of occasions, she helps many others, as well. I wholeheartedly recommend her and her services.

 

Rich Aydelott , Founder
Amazing Life Institute & Wellness Center

Kedma was profound!

Chad Brown

My consultation with Kedma was profound! It was spiritual in some sense and insightful on every level of business for me. Her pure wisdom was worth a million thank you’s, that’s still not enough. Anyone seeking Kedma’s counseling will be in great hands. She will listen and hear you, and respond with clear and straightforward understanding and knowledge. Please seek Kedma out for your business! She will inform and guide you in areas where you and your company have the opportunity to THRIVE!

Chad Brown M.Sc.
Creative Director, Designer, Photographer

Sharpest and most insightful

IBCC

Kedma Ough is one of the sharpest and most insightful business women I know. When you want to achieve your goal enough to seek assistance, Kedma’s extraordinary combination of practical experience and intuition is the very best you can get. Clarity, know-how, creativity and above all the ability to listen are just a few of the profound skills she brings to bear on her client’s challenges. Opportunities are only turned into wealth through diligence, flexibility, and experimentation. She has helped many people with her wisdom. I have no hesitation in recommending Kedma for anyone’s endeavor.

Brad Smith, President
Stellar Insight, Inc.

Wonderful wealth of information and guidance

Aaron thompson

If you’re a brand new inventor like myself—trying to figure out what to do with your idea and who to talk to and feeling completely lost in a very confusing and overwhelming world of internet information, YouTube videos, and people promising to show you the way if you pay them a bunch of money—then I strongly recommend checking out Kedma Ough. She is a wonderful wealth of information and guidance that will point you exactly in the direction you need and want to go. Tony Robbins was my go-to speaker for inspiration and direction. Now it’s Kedma. Thank you so much, Kedma, for turning the light on for me!

Aaron Thompson, Owner
ShowerDry, Inc.

Kedma is an energetic force, catalyzing resources for local inventors.

Angela Jackson

She is a passionate and talented advocate for her constituents, and they are lucky to have her on their side!

Angela Jackson, Managing Director
Portland Seed Fund

Meeting Kedma was really a blessing

IBCC

Kedma helped me through a process of government red tape and was very successful in helping me obtain funding for me and my company. Thank you, Kedma.

Michael L. Monen, CEO
International Building Code Consultants (IBCC), PC

Lightning Bolt Kedma

Anne O'Malley

Kedma is a lightning bolt and knows how to channel her energy into success for her clients. I am always delighted when she needs me to work on a project with her.

Anne O'Malley, President
AO Nonprofit Strategies & Affairs

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