The Small Business Entrepreneurship diploma program at Madison Area Technical College will teach you the principles of planning and operating a small business.
Classes will cover:
- Small business appraisal and opportunities
- Writing business and marketing plans
- Public relations
- Direct mail and sales promotion plans
- Business and nonbusiness selling presentations
See what Madison College can do to help you start your own business.
We support budding entrepreneurs annually at the Madison College Challenge business plan competition. All Madison College students interested in starting their own small business are encouraged to enter. Finalists have a chance to win a cash prize micro-investment, as well as many other great prizes that will help you develop a successful small business.
Students in the Small Business Entrepreneurship program can attend full or part-time.
Small Business Entrepreneurship diploma classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:
- Madison - Truax
MATC's Small Business Entrepreneurship diploma holders are ready for a range of professional positions, including:
- Small Business Owner/Manager
- Department Manager
- Sales Representative
- Sales Associate
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.
Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:
- Progress toward your specific requirements
- Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements
If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.First SemesterSecond SemesterRequired Technical Course Selection
3 creditsTechnical Course Selection Options (Complete 3 credits)
Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!
International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.
Note: It is recommended to only apply for a semester that has already started if you are currently enrolled in classes or you have verified that classes are still available for that semester.
Fall 2021 Application Dates
- Application available on September 15, 2020
- Application completion deadline is November 15, 2021
Spring 2022 Application Dates
- Application available on February 1, 2021
- Application completion deadline is April 15, 2022
Summer 2022 Application Dates
- Application available on September 15, 2021
- Application completion deadline is July 15, 2022
Fall 2022 Application Dates
- Application available on September 15, 2021
- Application completion deadline is November 15, 2022
Spring 2023 Application Dates
- Application available on February 1, 2022
- Application completion deadline is April 15, 2023
1. Admission Application
The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.
2. Education Completion
Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02, or completion of an associate degree or higher is required; submit official transcripts for one of the following:
- High school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
- GED/HSED score report
- College transcript showing an associate degree or higher
3. Residency Requirement
Based on historical trends at Madison College a waitlist is not expected to form for these programs. Therefore all applicants, regardless of residency status, are eligible for application review.
Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.
After completing the Small Business Entrepreneurship diploma program at Madison College, you will be able to:
- Create a fluid and dynamic business plan.
- Manage the financial resources and systems of a small business.
- Establish and maintain efficient business operations.
- Use marketing strategies that are appropriate to the size and nature of your business.
- Analyze, evaluate and act on creative ideas to grow the business.
- Develop a professional network to create business opportunities.
- Manage and motivate your employees.
- Build and maintain strong client relations.
- Identify and incorporate appropriate technology for business.
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2018 2019 2020 Number of Program Graduates 13 6 11 Number of Surveys Sent 12 6 11 Number of Surveys Returned 8 4 7 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 5 3 5 Percent Available for Employment 62.5% 100.0% 71.4% Not in Labor Market 3 1 1 Percent Not in Labor Market 37.5% 33.3% 14.3% Available for Employment
2018 2019 2020 Graduates Employed 5 1 2 Percent of Graduates Employed 100.0% 33.3% 40.0% Employed in Related Occupation 3 0 1 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 60.0% 0.0% 50.0% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 1 1 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 40.0% 100.0% 50.0% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Seeking Employment 0 2 3 Percent Seeking Employment 0.0% 66.7% 60.0% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2018 2019 2020 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5 3 3.4 Number of Satisfaction Responses 8 3 7 Very Satisfied (4) 4 1 3 Percent Very Satisfied 50.0% 33.3% 42.9% Satisfied (3) 4 1 4 Percent Satisfied 50.0% 33.3% 57.1% Unsatisfied (2) 0 1 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 33.3% 0.0% Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2018 2019 2020 Number of Primary Reason Responses 8 4 7 Preparation for Getting a Job 2 0 1 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 25.0% 0.0% 14.3% Career Change 0 1 3 Percent Career Change 0.0% 25.0% 42.9% Improvement of Existing Skills 2 1 1 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 25.0% 25.0% 14.3% Preparation for Further Education 3 2 0 Percent Preparation for Further Education 37.5% 50.0% 0.0% Personal Interest 1 0 2 Percent Personal Interest 12.5% 0.0% 28.6% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% When Employment was Obtained
2018 2019 2020 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 5 1 2 Before Enrollment 2 0 0 Percent Before Enrollment 40.0% 0.0% 0.0% While Attending the College 1 0 1 Percent While Attending the College 20.0% 0.0% 50.0% After Training at the College 2 1 1 Percent After Training at the College 40.0% 100.0% 50.0% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2018 2019 2020 Number of Employment Location Responses 5 1 3 In College District 3 1 1 Percent In College District 60.0% 100.0% 33.3% In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 0 0 Percent of In Wisconsin 20.0% 0.0% 0.0% Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Employer Location Unknown 1 0 2 Percent Location Unknown 20.0% 0.0% 66.7% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 1 Average Monthly Wage $2,752 Average Hourly Wage $16.00 Average Work Hours per Week 40.0 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 Average Hourly Wage $17.00 Average Work Hours per Week 15.0
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