Student-Run Ventures

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What Is a Student-Run Venture?

Performance Learning is one of Millikin's core learning philosophies, where students are offered a wide range of opportunities to test drive their skills in an environment outside of the classroom. These business ventures are supported by Millikin faculty and staff, but they are managed and run by our students. This is the difference between passing a test on the fundamentals of running a small business versus actually running a small business venture with real money at stake. We call these student-run ventures.

Check out the current student-run ventures available at Millikin:

1901 productions

1901 Productions (Motion Picture Studio)

Students produce narrative video and cinema content.

1901 Productions

 Millikin Arts Cafe

Arts Café (Event Planning Company)

Students in this venture work to find multiple ways to take Arts Café to a new level with their approaches to event planning.

Arts Cafe

 Blue Connection

Blue Connection Art Gallery (Retail Art Gallery)

Millikin’s student-run, retail art gallery featuring valuable, yet affordable artwork by Millikin University students, faculty, and alumni artists.

Blue Connection

Blue Satellite Press

Blue Satellite Press (Poetry Broadside Press)

Students learn the aspects of design and print production that letterpress printing encourages, by printing high-quality letterpress poetry broadsides.

Blue Satellite Press

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First Step Records (Record Label and Publishing Company)

First Step is a student-run record label and publishing company that supports and promotes the diverse, quality music of Millikin University and seeks to provide opportunities for students, faculty, and alumni artists.

First Step Records

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Millikin Audio Recording Services (Recording Studio Company)

MARS is an entrepreneurial student run group (funded initially by the Coleman Foundation) specializing in providing a variety of professional audio recording, editing, mixing and mastering as well as video recording, editing & rendering/distribution performed by Millikin students. MARS is a student run venture and a for-credit course. MARS' main course objectives are to provide high quality audio & video production services while developing and furthering the business brand, financial statements, and scope and quality of audio services provided by Millikin students to the university and local community.


 Millikin Creates

Millikin Creates

This media firm creates design, videography, photography, interactive, animation, marketing, or audio solutions for clients on campus or in the community.

Millikin Creates



Our mission is to create a better appreciation of Latin American culture. Mosaicos, as a bilingual publication aims to broaden its communication and entice readers to further explore the intricate cultural mosaico in the Americas.


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Millikin Tabor Consulting

Millikin Tabor Consulting (MTC) assists small businesses who need help with marketing plans, business plans, strategic plans, financial assessments, and more. Millikin Tabor Consulting’s mission is to assist small businesses by creating solutions that meet their diverse needs while obtaining a hands-on performance learning experience.

Millikin Tabor Consulting

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MUPC - Millikin University Performance Consulting (IT consulting company)

MUPC Provides a platform for students to develop on a personal and professional level, and ensure that the technical projects they work on add value to the surrounding community.


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Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre (Theatre Production Company) 

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Pipe Dreams