Kedma Ough, Director
Kedma Ough is as a proven champion for the entrepreneurial community. As the Director, Ough provides leadership on behalf of the small business community and helping grow Oregon’s best businesses. Ough is also a weekly writer for Entrepreneur Magazine writing on funding and innovation topics. Prior to joining MHCC, Ough was the executive director of MIPO a non-profit organization supporting inventors through training and advising for new product development. The Huffington Post has recognized Ough for fueling innovation in Oregon and Inc. Magazine cited Ough for her work in creative financing for minority-owned businesses. Having supported more than 5000 businesses as an advisor, facilitator, and connector Ough focuses her energy on getting businesses unstuck. She holds a Masters in Business Administration and is a graduate of the LIMA product-licensing program. Locally she has served on the Governors Small Business Advisory council and her past awards have included the SBA’s Oregon Women Champion of the Year, SBA Oregon Small Business State Champion Award, and the National Small Business Influencer Award in Leadership. One of her most proud moments as a child was winning every single Monopoly game and today she sees the pursuit of a small business as a game that can be won. Ough is a fifth generation entrepreneur and her great-great grandfather peddled various products throughout Ireland.
Guy Edwards specializes in social media marketing and search engine optimization. No matter how crowded the internet gets he helps client’s websites get found.
After attending the Art Institute of Chicago he went to work with large publications to help them transition from print publication to online subscriptions. He has pioneered e-commerce for businesses and distance learning courses for major universities. After a write up in The Wall Street Journal Guy worked with several advertising agencies in Portland.
Guy now owns Brainjar Media, a company that develops and markets websites for a wide range of organizations including corporations, small-businesses and non-profits. Brainjar’s most notable clients are Animal Planet, Intel, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Willamette Egg Farms and most recently Yoshida’s Sand in the City.
Matthew Koren, Business Advisor
Matthew Koren is an entrepreneur and life coach who has been serving his clients for seven years. Matthew’s coaching practice attracts people from around the world who value excellence, and overall life balance. His passion and keenest talent is educating and inspiring his clients to realize their true potential and teaching them proven skills to assure them a lifetime of nourishing achievement. His process allows clients to create clarity of purpose, strength of resolve, and confidence at their own pace using their innate intelligence. He creates a solid foundation that leads to ultimate success. After coming to the realization that he was affecting the evolution of whole teams in his individual practice, as well as consulting projects, he decided to start his own firm focused on creating powerful leaders and the high-performing teams that support them. Today, His company, Kong Ren Consulting serves Fortune 1000 firms as well as small business owners.
Gerri Raisanen, Program Assistant
Gerri has worked at the Small Business Development Center since 2007. Gerri helps clients schedule appointments with the business advisors and register for the classes that will assist them in their small business. She also provides support to the Director, Business advisors and Instructors. Prior to joining the SBDC, Gerri work as a Claims Analyst helping businesses process their unemployment claims.