Oregon Small Business Development Center Network




Kedma Ough - SBDC Director at Mount Hood Community College

Primary Service Area - east Multnomah

Bio - We are exciting to announce that Kedma Ough will be leading our Small Business Development Center (SBDC), beginning August 11. Kedma comes to Mt. Hood Community College as a proven champion for the entrepreneurial community.  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 the Vocational Rehabilitation State Rehabilitation council. Her past awards have included the SBA’s Oregon Women Champion of the Year 2008, Portland Business Journal Business Orchid Award 2009, SBIR person of the year 2012, SBA Oregon Small Business State Champion Award 2013, and the National Small Business Influencer Award in Leadership 2013. Ough is a fifth generation entrepreneur and her great-great grandfather peddled various products throughout Ireland.

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Jim Smith - Business Advisor

Primary Service Area - east Multnomah

Bio - Jim has over thirty years of experience mentoring entrepreneurial start-ups and counseling small to mid-sized companies that are looking to expand or are under performing or under-capitalized.  Jim Began at IBM in executive marketing and sales before moving to entrepreneurial software companies.  Expertise includes all aspects of marketing: marketing to high technology companies, non-profits and to association vendors, corporate marketing, marketing communications, product management and public/analyst relations. Jim is commissioner at the Housing Authority of Portland, past Chairman of the Portland Chapter of SCORE and also a member of the Small Business Advisory Council of the city of Portland.

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Terry Tipsord - Business Advisor

Primary Service Area - east Multnomah

Bio - A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and later, western seminary, Terry began working in organization development nearly twenty years ago helping organizations develop training venues for leadership development. He started his own consulting business in 1998 leading small businesses and nonprofits through the process of redesigning their business procedures and systems to become more profitable. As director of an accounting training school in Portland, Terry helped individuals become full charge bookkeepers for small businesses and the self employed before incorporating his own bookkeeping business as Daybreak Business Development, Inc. in 2006. He currently works to promote financial responsibility and faithful stewardship among businesses and not-for-profits by helping them adhere to accepted principles of full charge bookkeeping.

LinkedIn - coming soon




Guy Edwards - Business Advisor

Primary Service Area - east Multnomah

Bio - 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.

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Gerri Raisanen - Program Assistant

Primary Service Area - east Multnomah

Bio - 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.

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