What Is a Student-Run Business?

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 businesses.

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

Art Circus (Event Performance Company)

Art Circus is dedicated to recognizing and showcasing diverse talents through events that provide audiences with an impactful experience in an aesthetic atmosphere.

Art Circus

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 Art Gallery

Big Blue Personal Training (Personal Training Company)

Student trainers help clients meet their health and wellness goals through body composition analysis, fitness assessments and personal training sessions.

Big Blue Personal Training

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

Bronze Man Books

Bronze Man Books is a student owned and operated press located in Decatur, Illinois. The company is committed to publishing books that integrate high-quality design and meaningful content.

Bronze Man Books

Carriage House Press (Fine Art Print Making Studio)

A fine art printing press, art studio, and classroom laboratory, located on the grounds of the historic James Millikin Homestead.

Carriage House Press

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

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.


Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre (Theatre Production Company) 

Offers an environment for artists to play, experiment and explore by presenting theatrical experiences that challenge audiences to question their own perceptions of art and its connection to human experience.

Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre