Kathryn Rutledge

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.