Millikin University - Decatur, IL
BC Studios
BC Studios is Millikin University's arts and business incubator located in the lower level of Blue Connection. As part of their coursework in ET380 The Art of Entrepreneurship, students must design and pitch a new business model with a home in BC Studios. Students who pass the pitch stage receive a studio or retail space at Blue Connection and are open to the public during special events. Businesses not receiving a space still participate in the program, selling from online and off-site locations.

Spring 2013 Tenants:
Rich's Cigar Box Guitars: Playable guitars made from cigar boxes
Kollin's Kandles: 100% natural soy candles
JD's Homemade Accessories: Hand-knit caps and accessories
Functional Art: Art reproductions on functional items
T-shirt Bags by Design: Recycled t-shirt totes
Ecofriendly Bottles & Company: Up-cycled kitchen soap dispeners

Spring 2013 Participants:
RAL Website Design: Website design & computer programming
Big Hyzer Sports Discs: Disc golf tournaments and sales
ANWs Healthy Eats: Healthy snack service
Midnight Madness Prop Kits: Kits for cult classic movie musical shadow cast performances
AK Engineering: Sound engineering for live events
The Next Sound: EP recording

Fall 2012 Tenants:

Animated Expressions: Personalized caricatures
“Carry On” Tote Bags: Hand-printed canvas tote bags using traditional woodcut techniques
Easy Hanging: Hand-painted motivational quote canvases
WornOnce: Refurbished and repurposed costume jewelry
Wired Expressions: Hand-crafted and wrapped stone pendants

Fall 2012 Participants:
Ready2Rock: Rock guitar lessons
Krystal's Kandies: Candy Formations & Gift Baskets
Little Oh!: Imported, hand-crafted jewelry

Spring 2012 Tenants
Heart on Your Sleeve: up-cycled and customized sweaters
Playroom Productions: children's theatre scripts and "kits"
All You Need is <3: jewelry
Strings Attached: solo and duet string music

Spring 2012 Participants:
Becca Mellott Music: Vocalist & Songwriter
Classic Promotions: Special Event Planning

Fall 2011 Tenants:
ewe-sed: hand-made recycled wool and cashmere bags
Stencil-vania: twisted, original, and artistic t-shirts
Fabulous Feathers: feather earrings
Imagine Mirrors: customized mirrors
Little Blessings Bowtique: children's, women's, and dog bows

Fall 2011 Participants:
Change for a Quarter: Band

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL