Kedma Ough, MBA, is a nationally recognized business development and business funding expert, innovation and entrepreneurship thought leader, award-winning champion of small business, and business advisor for independent inventors. She is also a proud fifth generation entrepreneur, whose great-great grandfather peddled various products across Ireland.
Throughout her career, Ough’s driving mission has been to empower people—particularly minorities, veterans, women, people with disabilities, and innovators—to become business owners and to maximize the potential of their businesses. To date, she has helped more than 10,000 individuals fund, launch, and grow their businesses, in a wide range of industries.
Program, the SBDC Cyber Security Center, the Youth Entrepreneurship Program, and the National Franchise Program. She is also the founder and business director of Avita, a business counseling firm in Portland, Oregon.
She is the past recipient of the SBA Women in Business Champion of the Year, SBA Small Business State Champion, and National Small Business Influencer Leadership awards, among others. Ough has also been recognized by the Huffington Post for fueling innovation and by Inc. Magazine for her work in creative financing for minority-owned businesses.
A contributor to Entrepreneur.com and a popular featured speaker, Ough writes and lectures on entrepreneurship, innovation, business development, business funding, and other topics. Her first book, Target Funding—a veritable GPS to proven funding solutions for creating, improving, or growing a business—will be published by McGraw-Hill Education in February 2019.
When she is not running around as a real-life superhero to the entrepreneurial community, she enjoys time with her family.