The Arts Entrepreneurship and Business Development Course assists Saskatchewan artists and arts entrepreneurs to develop sustainable careers or business ventures in the province. The course is offered by the Saskatchewan Arts Board in partnership with Creative Saskatchewan.

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Eligible Applicants

Eligible Applicants: Saskatchewan artists and arts entrepreneurs who are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada, Saskatchewan residents, as per the requirements of this course, with an established art practice or an identified business opportunity. For the course in Lloydminster, Alberta artists and arts entrepreneurs are eligible to participate.

Please review the application package for more information on eligibility.

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"This course was HUGE for me, mainly in terms of empowerment and approaching my art as something of value. I have learned to place value on my work and begin to understand how to create viable and more sustainable revenue streams - including ones I would not have considered prior to this course."

"The coaching aspect of the course was fantastic. I particularly liked having access to different coaches with different skill sets."

"This program was vital to my growth and inspiration as an artist and entrepreneur. A key that opened the door so I was able to see and understand how to combine my skills, creative abilities, passions into a career."

"The personalized coaching in the entrepreneur course prepared me to re-imagine my art as a sustainable career and gave me the courage to take my passion to the next level."

“When I went into the course, I needed to learn to look at my art more as an entrepreneur. The course helped me find ways to broaden my audience. Now, I’m a member of Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership, and I’m selling my hand-dyed silk scarves in 10 stores across Saskatchewan, and it’s growing from there.”

About the Instructor: Phyllis Lodoen

Phyllis Lodoen believes Saskatchewan is an authentic, creative and innovative province with a rich cultural fabric and an unending range of opportunities for our local talent.

Her experience encompasses the upper levels of public service, not-for-profit and private sector environments. Most recently, she steered Saskatoon’s Ideas Inc. Business Incubator from conception through six years of operations, where she developed and delivered entrepreneurial programs for emerging companies in all sectors, as well as specialized programs for immigrant, creative industries, information and communications technology, skilled trades, and micro-business entrepreneurs.

Phyllis has been lead instructor and coach for the AEBDC for five years.

About the Co-Instructor: Karen Henders, MBA

Karen Henders brings business acumen, frameworks and methodologies to strategic management in arts and culture. Karen specializes in the design and implementation of programs (such as the AEBDC) that facilitate entrepreneurship, business model and market orientations for artists, small business and non-profit organizations. Program consultant for arts organizations at the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Karen also supports the Culture on the Go - Touring and the Independent Artists Program – Media Arts.

Forms and Information



Karen Henders
(306) 787-9634 (Regina) or 1-800-667-7526 (Toll-Free)
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