Kedma Ough

Kedma Ough

Entrepreneur, Inventor, Speaker; SBDC Director
Kedma Ough is a proven champion for small businesses. She is an inventor, author, speaker and a fifth-generation entrepreneur. Ough provides honest, straightforward education to innovators on feasibility,  funding and free resources. 
5 Ways to Determine Your Authentic Claim to Fame
Fame

5 Ways to Determine Your Authentic Claim to Fame

Your elevator pitch summarizes what you're selling. Now summarize your achievements so people have the confidence to buy from you.
Low-Cost Patent Search Options for Inventors on a Budget
Patents

Low-Cost Patent Search Options for Inventors on a Budget

Inventors routinely believe they were the first to think of their great idea. They are not routinely correct.
The Feds Have $2.5B Available to Fund Innovative Small Companies
Grants

The Feds Have $2.5B Available to Fund Innovative Small Companies

The Small Business Administration is crisscrossing the nation to educate entrepreneurs about how to apply for grants focused on early stage companies.
A 5-Step Reality Check for Inventors
Inventions

A 5-Step Reality Check for Inventors

The only easy parts of developing an invention are underestimating the costs and over-estimating the market.
4 Tips for Making Millions Quickly Marketing Through Infomercials
Inventions

4 Tips for Making Millions Quickly Marketing Through Infomercials

Though often lampooned, these long-form commercials are the original viral-marketing success story.
6 Tips for Getting Your Product Sold in Big Box Stores This Season
Holiday marketing

6 Tips for Getting Your Product Sold in Big Box Stores This Season

The largest retailers have an insatiable demand for promising merchandise. Persistence is key to finding your spot on their shelves.
Inventors Have a New Opportunity to Showcase Their Product on National TV
TV shows

Inventors Have a New Opportunity to Showcase Their Product on National TV

The immensely popular Today show has segment for new products but getting selected is about as challenging as creating that gadget you're selling.
Encouragement Is Growing for Women Inventors
Inventors

Encouragement Is Growing for Women Inventors

Women filed about a third of all trademarks in recent years but fewer than a fifth of patents. There is help to get everybody's good ideas turned into products.
5 Tips for Creatives to Profitably License Their Work
Licensing

5 Tips for Creatives to Profitably License Their Work

Starving is no way to live, even for artists. Licensing creative work for the consumer market can put food on the table.
5 Ways Small Businesses Can Afford a Big-Time Trade Show
Trade Shows

5 Ways Small Businesses Can Afford a Big-Time Trade Show

Trade shows are an opportunity for upstart companies to show their stuff and make vital connections but the cost of entry is steep.
7 Methods for Analyzing Your Great Idea Before You Bet the Company on It
Product Development

7 Methods for Analyzing Your Great Idea Before You Bet the Company on It

There is a time when you must fall madly in love with the product you want to bring to market and a time to coolly determine if anybody else will.
Starting a Franchise Business

There's Lots of Free Help for Choosing and Funding the Right Franchise Opportunity

Franchises have the allure of a ready-made business but it's more complicated than that.
Thank You for Your Service - 4 Business Funding Programs for Veterans
Veteran Entrepreneurs

Thank You for Your Service - 4 Business Funding Programs for Veterans

A grateful nation gives its warriors at least a bit of help making the transition from military life to launching their own businesses.
How Matched-Savings Grants Help Thrifty Entrepreneurs Realize Their Dreams
Grants

How Matched-Savings Grants Help Thrifty Entrepreneurs Realize Their Dreams

Programs around the nation will double the savings of low-income entrepreneurs working to start a business.
Patents

A Quick Guide to Free Legal Services for Patenting Your Invention

The cost of a patent attorney is daunting for independent inventors but a government program makes it affordable, if you qualify.