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 and Creative Saskatchewan in partnership with Conexus.

Application Closing Dates

This program is not being offered in 2019-20.

Course Fee



"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. She will be assisted by Arts Board program staff who have teaching experience and hands-on knowledge of how to manage an arts career as a busines, including grant writing. In addition, participants will have the benefit of guest experts in the areas of marketing, finance and law.

Forms and Information

  • Program Information - E-Learning
  • Program Information - Classroom (Saskatoon)
  • Application Form

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. 


Jody Greenman-Barber
(306) 787-4659 (Regina) or 1-800-667-7526 (Toll-Free)
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