Business, Management, and Entrepreneurship

Learn how to create and manage innovative enterprises that bring about social change. Develop leadership skills. Start your own business. Gain a practical foundation in accounting, finance, marketing, and the other disciplines needed to operate in business and the larger world.

The Organic Farm Stand

The Organic Farm sits at an interdisciplinary nexus of science, nature, and business.

Studying Business at Evergreen gives you the tools to understand the relationship between business and society. Our programs cultivate a holistic understanding of the business world, taking into account social and environmental performance—along with financial returns—to measure the full impact.

You will develop the skills that characterize the far-thinking and effective organizational leader and manager.

In addition to learning the fundamentals of accounting, finance, marketing, economics, and statistics, students acquire the ability to read, comprehend, and interpret the internal and external flow of events impacting an organization. You will develop your skills in critical reasoning, communication, research, and strategic planning—skills that characterize the far-thinking and effective organizational leader and manager. A key focus here is on developing people skills and responsiveness to an organization’s stakeholders. Our courses in business and entrepreneurship are offered as full-time programs during the day and part-time evening and weekend programs.

Join us in an education that doesn’t just change your life; it gives you the tools to change the world.

Chris Baggott

Greener Chris Baggott was the co-founder of ExactTarget and recently launched his latest venture Compendium Software that focuses on organizational blogging and search engine optimization.

Sample Program

Business: Innovation, Stewardship and Change 

Offered Fall 2014–Winter 2015

What’s next for business? Pure profit-oriented approaches to business may fail socially, ethically, and economically. Change is a constant in business. The roles we are asked to play in organizations can and do vary. The desire to innovate drives the entrepreneurial spirit, whether to make money, underwrite a particular lifestyle, do good, and/or create jobs. The managerial role, in contrast, demands acting in the best interests of the organization and its stakeholders and serving as a responsible steward. With multiple roles to juggle, how is it possible to find the proper balance, if any, among them? Students will find answers by participating in field trips, seminars, and workshops, listening to guest speakers, watching movies, and attending lectures.

This program is designed for students who want to build a strong foundation in business. We will take an introductory look at the disciplines of accounting, finance, management, entrepreneurship, marketing, and economics. Students should also leave the program with a deeper appreciation of emerging issues at the intersection between business and society.

View this program in the catalog.

Business and management

Lecture and discussion in the program Business and Management Strategies for the Private and Public Sectors with Lee Lyttle and Theresa Aragon.

Offerings for 2014-15

As a student at Evergreen, you'll select from programs like the ones listed here to build your own education. While there are no specific course requirements, you can choose to develop an Area of Emphasis with help from advisors and faculty.

Upper Division

Programs for Juniors and Seniors

All Levels

Both upper and lower division students may take these programs

After Graduation

Olympia Coffee Roasting

Greener Sam Schroeder’s co-owned business, the Olympia Coffee Roasting Company, was named Micro Roaster of the Year by Roast Magazine.

Evergreen Business graduates are prepared to do business. They create their own enterprises and they work with or consult with others in founding or growing organizations. Our programs provide a solid foundation for graduate studies in business administration, public administration, and law. Our graduates are leaders in the private sector, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Facilities and Resources

Evergreen Business graduates create their own enterprises and work with or consult with others in founding or growing organizations.

Evergreen offers students plenty of opportunities to gain practical, hands-on experience in business.

Students run several enterprises on campus, including the Flaming Eggplant café and a farm stand that sells produce from the college’s Organic Farm.

The Greener Bookstore provides student employment and career training. KAOS, Evergreen’s licensed radio station, depends on volunteers to operate, and the college’s newspaper, the Cooper Point Journal is staffed entirely by students (on both the editorial and business sides).

Student Activities gives students the awesome ability to start their own clubs. In the past, students have established business-oriented clubs like the Center for Sustainable Entrepreneurship, which helped students learn about pursuing business careers.

Students can also find and connect with Greeners in many lines of business, both locally and around the world, through the online Alumni Entrepreneurs Directory.