At the Klamath Community College SBDC, we support new and experienced small business owners in Klamath and Lake counties. We enjoy the beauty and lifestyle of our area, and our goal is to help make small businesses thrive in our local economy.
The SBDC serves innovators, entrepreneurs and small to medium for-profit businesses with two primary services: confidential no-cost business advising and training.
All of our advisers have owned their own businesses and are delighted to share their experience with you. Our center is part of the Oregon SBDC network that connects local businesses to statewide resources. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll find it.
Let us know how we can help you today. We’d be delighted to work with you!
Kat Rutledge Director, Klamath Community College SBDC
The SBDC is a valuable extension of our team. We know we can count on their help in keeping the doors open and keeping our staff working. In a world where running a small business keeps getting more and more complicated, we need partners like the SBDC.
We feel lucky to have found Kat and the Small Business Development Center. She answered our many questions and set us up with LivePlan, which helped us think through and articulate a clear business plan.
SBDC staff gave us encouragement when we needed it and criticism when we deserved it. Their guidance helped us to navigate the risks we were taking on and cope with feelings of insecurity. As for recommending the SBDC to others, I’ve already sent someone!
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How do your colleagues describe you?
When I needed something done right, Kat was the one to do it!
Why do you do what you do?
I know from experience that owning a business can be lonely and terrifying at times. I love being able to provide hope and joy to small business owners and encouragement to entrepreneurs for I believe the entrepreneurial spirit is essential to growing a thriving community!
Kat holds a degree in Business/Economics and spent 20 years as a human resources professional. She then ventured into owning her own business. She taught HR, economics and conflict management. She also served for four years as the CFO for a local non-profit. Kat leads the regional entrepreneurship initiative, Klamath IDEA.
In addition to her work with the SBDC, Kat has been a judge for InventOR, a collegiate competition for Oregon innovators; she serves on the Craft3 CDE Advisory Board, the Board of Discover Klamath, and the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce.