Speakers: Kedma Ough and Jill Ehlers
The Nov. 11 Women Entrepreneurs of Southern Oregon (WESO) program/dinner will give you the opportunity to learn what it takes to get an invention to the market. Whether you have a prototype or just an idea, this program can help you get started.
The Micro-enterprise Inventors Program of Oregon is a program providing resources, training, and consulting to independent inventors and innovators throughout Oregon. While the program supports various industries, it primarily focuses on consumer products, health-care products, and green technology. MIPO currently offers a one year program for inventors at the “napkin idea” stage, and a more progressive innovative program for inventors that are ready to market or license their invention. MIPO is the recipient of the Lemelson Foundation Grant and has previously received funds through Oregon Business Development Department. Its mission is to open the doorways to innovation and create an inclusive approach that provides opportunities to all inventors, especially women, minorities, and inventors with one or more disabilities.
Kedma Ough is the Executive Director and founder of the Micro-enterprise Inventors Program of Oregon. Prior to joining MIPO, Ms Ough was the Women’s Business Center Director for Oregon and Arizona. Her background includes supporting traditional and non-traditional financial resources to inventors and was Wells Fargo Banks National Business Insight Series Expert for Funding Sources specifically for women and minority-owned companies. She currently serves on Oregon’s Small Business Advisory Council and is the Group Chair for the National United Inventors Association. Her past awards have included SBA’s Women Champion of the Year and the Portland Business Journal’s Orchird Award.
Jill Ehlers is a WESO member and inventor of the patented Nodstop™, a travel headband that allows users to sleep in an upright position comfortably. Also, Nodstop™ recently acquired another life. “Nodstop Special Needs” will be a comfy “heads up” for the elderly and others whose special needs require head and neck support (those individuals in wheelchairs, feeding chairs, etc.).
5:30 p.m. Networking * 6:00 p.m. Dinner and Introductions * 7:00 p.m. Program
Rogue Regency Inn Banquet Room (lower level from lobby), 2300 Biddle Road in Medford
Cost: $18 Members, $23 Non-members $15 Program only
NEW – BUFFET MEAL EVERY MONTH! Dinner buffet of “Buried” Oriental Chicken with Rice, tossed green salad, fresh fruit salad, two chef’s choice salads, chef’s choice
dessert platter, rolls/butter, and coffee/tea.
Vegetarian buffet entrée: Vegetable Stir-fry
Reserve and pay online at www.wesoweb.org or by calling 1-888-436-2338. Please submit your reservations by 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8. Dinner cancellations must also be received by that date or you are responsible for payment of the uncancelled dinner.
Women Entrepreneurs of Southern Oregon (WESO) is a non-profit organization supporting women business
owners. For WESO membership information, please go to our web site at www.wesoweb.org or contact Lisa Schweickert,
Membership Director, at (530) 475-3240.