Business, Management, and Entrepreneurship

Learn to create and manage innovative for-profit and non-profit social and sustainable enterprises designed to address social and environmental change. Develop leadership skills. Start your own business. Gain a practical foundation in accounting, finance, marketing, and other disciplines needed to succeed in business and the larger world. Appreciate the stories and characteristics of successful social and sustainability entrepreneurs from around the globe and in your neighborhood.

Customers buy veggies at Evergreen's outdoor Organic Farm market
The Organic Farm sits at an interdisciplinary nexus of science, nature, and business.
Studying business and entrepreneurship at Evergreen gives you the tools to understand the relationship between business, the environment, and society. Programs cultivate a holistic understanding of the business world, considering social and environmental performance—along with financial returns—to measure impact. You'll study a variety of business forms and determine which might work best for you and your goals.
In addition to learning the fundamentals of accounting, finance, marketing, economics, and statistics, you'll learn to interpret the internal and external flow of events impacting an organization. You will develop skills in critical reasoning, communication, research, and strategic planning—skills that characterize the far-thinking and effective organizational leader, manager, and team player.

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

Chris Baggott, in a suit, sits outside on a sculpture
Greener Chris Baggott, co-founder of ExactTarget. He recently launched his latest venture, Compendium Software, focusing on organizational blogging and search engine optimization.

Related Paths

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. 

Faculty Associated With This Field
Title Expertise
Benson-Quaziena, Marcella human and organizational systems
Buchman, Andrew music composition
Hirakawa, Takaaki
Kennedy, Cynthia leadership
Khaleghi, Dariush Leadership, Management, Organizational Psychology and Behavior, and Human Resources Management
Muehleisen, David sustainable agriculture, entomology
Nivala, Melissa mathematics

Choosing What to Take at Evergreen

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.

Selected Programs 2022-23
Title Class Standing Credits
Business Fundamentals, Team Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Innovation: Changemaker Lab
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior