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kedmaphoto2May is heating up with an incredible discussion about Doing Work That Matters with Kedma Ough.

Here is what Kedma said to me at the end of our interview: “We have an obligation to show people how to live in a world where they wake up excited every day.”

I don’t know if I’ve ever heard someone speak their mission so clearly.

Kedma is a champion for aspiring entrepreneurs and business builders. She overcame her own struggles years ago and figured out how to rise above them with the perspective that she will remove obstacles for anyone that has the desire to succeed.

Kedma is the founder of Avita Business Center and the Executive Director of MIPO, a non-profit organization providing resources, training, and advising to inventors and entrepreneurs.

Kedma has dedicated her life to showing others how to remove obstacles, find available funding and bootstrap businesses with honest straightforward guidance.

As a nationally respected leader, business educator, economic development consultant, and author, her advice has given insight to thousands of entrepreneurs seeking ways to achieve their business goals.

It’s truly an honor to be featuring Kedma as a guest on this show.

Here are some of Kedma’s favorite things:

Most Influential Book

Best Conference or Industry Event

Most Effective Strategy For Growing Your Business

  • Surrounding yourself with people you trust and be cautious with where you get advice.

Favorite Business Tool or Resource

  • Karma Dollars!

Recent Favorite Adventure and Accomplishment

  • Last week Kedma was at the Kauffman Foundation signing a deal to be their West coast affiliate for education and entrepreneurship programs. Kedma is also launching the U.S. Patent Office pro bono program for people that don’t understand or can’t afford the patent process. Wow!

Show Highlights

  • Kedma’s powerful story and what’s behind her drive to serve and succeed.
  • The importance of creating an open environment for innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • How to fund your innovation or early stage business without debt or equity financing. This is a game changer and most people have no idea it exists!
  • Kedma describes the biggest mistakes that she sees new entrepreneurs unknowingly making and how to avoid them.
  • The importance of feasibility for strengthening a new idea or an early stage business concept.
  • The immense power of leveraging ‘business connectors’ to improve the odds of success for your business idea.
  • What to do if fear is paralyzing you from moving forward.
  • For those of you that are adventurous enough to accept Kedma’s challenge at the 41:00 mark in the interview, let me know if you follow through with it in the comments section below and I will send the first three responders a free copy of Kedma’s favorite book, The 4-Hour Work-week. Please include your email address so that I can reach out to you personally for shipping information.

If you’re looking for someone to tell the truth about getting an idea off the ground and succeeding at a small business, your search is over. You want to listen to what Kedma has to say.

For more help on creating a business that matters, download my free guide: Getting Paid To Make A Difference!


Interview Links for Kedma:

  • AvitaBiz.com – AVITA Business Center integrates small business consulting services with results driven training classes for women, minorities, and persons with disabilities that are starting or growing a business and for agencies seeking qualified business experts for business training and advising.
  • mipooregon.org – MIPO is a non-profit organization providing resources, training, and advising on inventing, designing, and marketing products and services.
  • Connect with Kedma on  Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn 

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