Business and Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is a creative process and an art school is the ideal place to expand the way you think about business. There is potential for change, both personally and socially, that entrepreneurship and education can inspire. The program believes that education about money, business, and entrepreneurship is ultimately a personal journey. Professors are committed to making the knowledge relevant, satisfying, and exciting to the students. The program emphasizes active learning with classes that encourage student discussion and group/peer interaction.

The Business and Entrepreneurship Certificate Program at IAIA is 24 credit hours of classroom study that lays a solid foundation in business and entrepreneurial skills. The program is designed to meet the needs of small business owners and self-employed individuals. With a focus on applied skills, students are taught processes that can be repeated in the development of future business opportunities. Courses cover personal finance, accounting, marketing, small business development, and writing a business plan. Students are encouraged to personalize their learning by focusing their coursework on a business of their choice. Past students have developed a variety of business plans, including a professional artist, massage therapist, filmmaker, graphic design studio, plumber, and organic restaurant. The program attracts students of all ages and backgrounds and although some certificate students have decades of business experience, the program teaches from the ground up and no experience is necessary. If started in the fall, the certificate program can be completed in two semesters.


  • Provide a solid foundation of business literacy and applied business skills for running a small business.
  • Encourage the self-reliance and self-confidence of students in areas of business and entrepreneurship.
  • Enable students to increase entrepreneurship in Indian Country and within the creative economy.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Business and Entrepreneurship Certificate will create a business plan of their original business concept by applying skills learned from across the certificate curriculum. Business plans will incorporate an understanding of the following:

  • Legal Structures
  • Target Audience
  • Primary and Secondary Market Research
  • Marketing Plan
  • Pro-Forma Financial Statements
  • Financial Planning and Budgeting