029: Seek Out the Seed of Triumph in Every Adversity, and Become a Better Business Owner w/Kedma Ough, SBDC Director

Kedma Ough serves as the Director of Innovation for Small Business Development Centers across the state of Oregon. In her role, she supports inventors from vision setting and execution all the way to achievement and success. Kedma regularly contributes to Entrepreneur Magazine, and has received many distinguished recognitions including the SBA’s Women Champion of the Year, Small Business State Champion Award, and National Small Business Influencer Leadership Award. Kedma definitely is a true powerhouse and someone you want in your corner as a proven champion to out entrepreneurs just like us.

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Questions Answered in this Episode

·      Who is Kedma Ough, and what are SBDCs?

·      What is an important ingredient to master business ownership?

·      How can overcoming barriers help us become disciplined in business?

·      Where can you find your local SBDC?

·      How can you get in touch with Kedma?

Resources Shared in this Episode

·      Visit the SBDC’s Website Here

·      Follow Kedma on LinkedIn and Twitter

·      Schedule a conversation with Kedma, and learn more about SBDCs!

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Rhodes Perry

Rhodes Perry is a nationally recognized expert on LGBTQ and social justice public policy matters, with two decades of leadership experience innovating strategy management, policy and program solutions for corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. At his core, Rhodes is an entrepreneur, where he most recently established Rhodes Perry Consulting, LLC, a national diversity and inclusion consulting firm that uses an intersectional approach to collaborate with leaders on creating solutions in the practice areas of strategy management, issue advocacy, and stakeholder engagement. Previously, Rhodes founded the Office of LGBTQ Policy & Practice at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, and prior to this assignment he served as the founding Director of Policy at PFLAG National where he led the policy strategy and advocacy efforts for the organization’s 350 chapters. He cut his teeth serving as a Program Examiner at the White House Office of Management & Budget, where he improved upon federal benefit programs designed to provide assistance to low-income communities. Rhodes earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Gender Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and obtained a Master of Public Administration from New York University.