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, you'll acquire the ability to 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 is 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 programs during evenings and weekends.

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 Entrepreneurship Fundamentals

Offered Fall 2018–Winter 2019

In this introductory program, you'll develop the skills and insight needed to conduct and understand the relationship between business and society. The program includes fundamental work in entrepreneurship, leadership, management, ethics, quantitative work, economics, accounting, income taxes, financial statement and ratio analysis, as well as the concept of time value of money.

At the end of the program, you'll gain understanding of how a successful business operates. You'll be better equipped to work with financial data and procedures in the conduct of business and public policy and for the quantitative requirements of businesses and governments.

View this program in the catalog.

 

Business and management

A student prepares for lecture and discussion in the program Business and Management Strategies for the Private and Public Sectors.

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 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 & 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 such as the Center for Sustainable Entrepreneurship, which helped students learn about pursuing business careers.

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

How to Create Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Advertising and Social Media JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Alternatives in and to Capitalism: Hands-on from Cascadian Grain to Basque Cooperatives SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Becoming A Changemaker: Learning and Acting Locally and Globally FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Business Entrepreneurship Fundamentals FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Cons, Swindlers, and Cheats FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Consciousness, Dreams, and Everyday Life: Self, Other, World SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Financial Sustainability for Non-profit Organizations FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
First Peoples Multicultural Scholars Program FR-SR
  • Fall
2
Geopolitics, Energy, Economics, and Stewardship of the Pacific Northwest SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Individual Study: Entrepreneurship SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Leading and Managing in a Changing World FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Native American Women Standing Strong for Justice FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Native Pathways Program: An Indigenous Approach to History (Olympia) JR-SR
  • Fall
12
Native Pathways Program: An Indigenous Approach to History (Peninsula) JR-SR
  • Fall
12
Native Pathways Program: An Indigenous Approach to History (Quinault) JR-SR
  • Fall
12
Native Pathways Program: An Indigenous Approach to History (Salish Sea Olympia Hybrid) JR-SR
  • Fall
12
Native Pathways Program: An Indigenous Approach to History (Tacoma) JR-SR
  • Fall
12
Native Pathways Program: Indigenous Sovereignty and Decolonization (Olympia) JR-SR
  • Winter
12
Native Pathways Program: Indigenous Sovereignty and Decolonization (Peninsula) JR-SR
  • Winter
12
Native Pathways Program: Indigenous Sovereignty and Decolonization (Quinault) JR-SR
  • Winter
12
Native Pathways Program: Indigenous Sovereignty and Decolonization (Salish Sea Olympia Hybrid) JR-SR
  • Winter
12
Native Pathways Program: Indigenous Sovereignty and Decolonization (Tacoma) JR-SR
  • Winter
12
Native Pathways Program: Prospering in a Postcolonial World (Olympia) JR-SR
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Prospering in a Postcolonial World (Peninsula) JR-SR
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Prospering in a Postcolonial World (Quinault) JR-SR
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Prospering in a Postcolonial World (Salish Sea Olympia Hybrid) JR-SR
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Prospering in a Postcolonial World (Tacoma) JR-SR
  • Spring
12
Native Women Standing Strong for Justice FR-JR
  • Spring
16
Practice of Organic Farming: Culture and Agriculture (Fall) FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Production, Profits, and People FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Student-Originated Studies: Food and Agriculture SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Student-Originated Studies: Food and Agriculture SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Food and Agriculture SO-SR
  • Summer
16
Sustainability Accounting: Can Accountants Make the Planet Safer? SO-SR
  • Spring
16
The Essential Ingredients of Intercultural Competence FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life FR-SR
  • Fall
2
Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life FR-SR
  • Spring
2
Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life FR-SR
  • Winter
2
Washington State Legislative Internships JR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Planned offerings for 2019–20
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Business Fundamentals FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Business, Personal Finance, and Strategy JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Cooperatives, Direct Democracy, and Sustainable Business Enterprises SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Ecological and Environmental Economics JR-SR
  • Winter
16
Entrepreneurship Food and Agriculture-Related Enterprises SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Outdoor Leadership and Group Dynamics SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Private Sector Entrepreneurship SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Private Sector Entrepreneurship SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Sustainable Energy Systems and Entrepreneurial Endeavors SO-SR
  • Fall
16