Center for Entrepreneurship

The mission of the Madison College Center for Entrepreneurship is to strengthen communities through education, innovation and collaboration. We strive to plant the seeds of entrepreneurial thinking and to foster a culture of entrepreneurial action across all of Madison College. Our goals are to:Entrepreneurship Center Madison College

  • Assist in the creation of new businesses within our district.
  • Assist in the retention of businesses within our district.
  • Provide tools for startups to launch and for early stage businesses to improve planning and to achieve growth.
  • Focus on providing resources to underserved populations within our district such as women and minority entrepreneurs.

Our Center seeks to leverage the talents of our distinguished faculty and our world class campus infrastructure to add value to our regional entrepreneurship ecosystem while collaborating with existing organizations and promoting what others do best.  

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Workshops

The Center for Entrepreneurship provides a variety of workshops and events designed to provide hands-on information and planning tools for both novice and experienced entrepreneurs. This ongoing series covers topics from the exploratory stage of learning what entrepreneurship is, through the fundamental elements of putting together a business plan. Madison College students are eligible to enter the Madison College Challenge business plan competition and compete for cash and in-kind prizes, including a $5,000 grand prize.  

Events are free to Madison College students and to the general public unless otherwise notedEntrepreneurs from communities surrounding Madison, Wisconsin are encouraged to attend. 

All events are 6-8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Attendees can park in any marked stall in the student parking lot. View our campus map.

SUMMER 2018 Schedule

Re-Imagined Work Life Balance: Claim More "Me" Time with Paloma Kennedy

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
West Campus, Room 120

If only, there was more hours in the day! If only, there were two of me! Two common phrases often used to describe our on-the-go lifestyle.

It can be difficult to juggle career and family responsibilities in a way that feels balanced. What if the secret to finding more time, simply means doing less?

In this workshop, Paloma will share how you can reclaim lost time, feel less stressed, and finally get in a work-life balance groove.

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Freelancing in the Gig Economy with Matt Nelson

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Truax Campus, Room D1630C

Join Madison-based freelancer and entrepreneur Matt Nelson, for a discussion on how to freelance in the current gig economy.

After some discussion around whether freelancing is right for you, Matt will talk about how to get started in setting up your business and home office, and how to start building a portfolio that will attract new clients. Matt will also be sharing valuable tips and tricks on how to find new clients, how to manage existing clients, what skills are in highest demand, and how to package and price your services

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HR Issues for Start-ups with Jody Cooper and Mark Meunier

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
West Campus, Room 116

So you have started a business or are thinking about it. Here are some questions to consider:  

  • What type of business structure should you have - sole proprietor, partnership, LLC, or a subchapter S or C Corporation?
  • What is the purpose of the company and where do you envision it going in the future?
  • Will you need a confidentiality agreement and a non-compete agreement?
  • Do you hire independent contractors or employees?  How do they differ?
  • What challenges do you face in today's economy, finding employees, selecting the best and knowing when to terminate staff?
  • What records will you need to keep complying with government regulations?
  • What insurance protection do you need?
  • How do you pay my employees?

 Get these questions answered and others in this interactive session presented by two experienced professionals with combined 60+ years’ experience. 

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Chef Series

Chefs Phillip Hurley John GadauThe Madison College Chef Series focuses on the entrepreneurial journey that each chef has embarked on and the challenges they faced along the way. Events will also cover methods of food preparation, a cooking demonstration and a serving of appetizers prepared by the chefs.

Events will be hosted in our new Culinary Arts demonstration kitchen, located at the Truax campus in Madison, Wisconsin. The Chef Series is free to Madison College students and $25 for non-students. 

Watch this one minute video to learn what the chef series is all about. 

Fall 2018 Chef Series - info coming this summer! 

 

Sustainable Agriculture

In the new Sustainable Agriculture workshop series, you will gain a better understanding of farming practices that focus on soil health and grazing. These workshops are perfect for those new to farming or experienced farmers looking to implement sustainable practices.  All of these workshops are held at Fountain Prairie Farm in Fall River, Wisconsin. 

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The farm is Madison College's first entrepreneurial incubator and serves as an educational resource for our community.

Fountain Prairie Farm
W1901 State Road 16
Fall River, WI 53932.

To register for a workshop listed below, call 608-258-2301 ext. 2 or toll-free 855-473-2301 ext. 2 or if you have an existing student account register online.

Soil Health Sustainable Agriculture Workshops 

Understanding Soil Health – Creating a System that Works on your Farm

Thursday, June 21, 9 a.m. - noon,  $55, Class number: 11344

Randy Zogbaum will discuss the principles of Soil Health and why this matters on all farms. There will be a rainfall simulator demonstration and look at ways to evaluate soil health on your farm. Randy will wrap things up with a look at some tools that producers can use to compare and evaluate the profitability of Soil Health practices on your farm!

Soil Health and Managed Grazing

Thursday, July 19, 9 a.m. - noon, $55, Class number: 11345

Soil health has become one of the most important issues facing agriculture today. Managed grazing is one of the best management systems to implement soil health practices on your farm…when done correctly! Randy Zogbaum will show how a well-managed pasture system connects to the principles of soil health and beyond by adding the importance of animals in the system. He also will talk about the history of soil conservation leading to the current focus on soil health and look at tools to connect soil health to the economic vitality of the farm.

The Art of Soil Health – Measuring, Monitoring, and Adjusting

Thursday, August 16, 9 a.m. - noon, $55, Class number 11346

Having a management plan is a great first step and implementing that plan is where the art of grazing happens! Randy Zogbaum will look at the tools and resources for adding adaptive grazing management to your system. Once the plans are in place measuring and monitoring pasture throughout the grazing season and year to year are vital to the success of the system. We will look at using a grazing stick, evaluating pasture stands, creating a grazing plan and more! Randy will also talk about creating a record keeping system that connects with the management goals and cost of production.

Beginning Grazier SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE WORKSHOPS

Basic Pasture Management – Understanding the Design and Layout of your System

Thursday, June 14, 9 a.m. - noon, $40, Class number: 11355

Robert Bauer, Grazing Specialist with Southwest Badger RC & D, will discuss the importance of planning and design of your grazing system. We will also hear from local NRCS and Conservation staff on programs available to assist farmers in the design of the system as well as cost sharing for the implementation of grazing management. Randy will wrap things up with a look at tools that producers can use to evaluate the profitability of grazing!

Implementing your Grazing Plan – Measuring, Monitoring, and Adjusting

Thursday, July 12, 9 a.m. - noon, $40, Class number: 11356

Having a pasture management plan is a great first step and implanting that plan is where the art of grazing happens. Robert Bauer will look at the tools for adaptive grazing management and the measuring and monitoring pasture throughout the grazing season and year to year. We will look at using a grazing stick, evaluating pasture stands, creating a grazing plan and more! Randy Zogbaum will talk about creating a record keeping system that connects with the animal management goals and cost of production.

Managed Grazing and Soil Health

Thursday, August 9, 9 a.m. - noon, $40, Class number: 11357

Soil health has become one of the most important issues facing agriculture today. Managed grazing is one of the best management systems to implement soil health practices on your farm…when done correctly! Robert Bauer will show how a well-managed pasture system connects to the principles of soil health and beyond by adding the importance of animals in the system. Randy Zogbaum will talk about the history of soil conservation leading to the current focus on soil health and look at tools to connect soil health to the economic vitality of the farm. 

Resources

Madison College Challenge

The Madison College Challenge is a three-phase business plan competition for registered Madison College students. Finalists who make it to the third and final phase have a chance to win up to $5,000 cash. This can be awarded to an aspiring entrepreneur (or team of entrepreneurs) designated for startup funding within the Madison College district.  

Madison College Libraries

  • Resources on Entrepreneurship

  • Creator Studio The Madison College Libraries Creator Studio is a place that encourages innovative thinking and creative exploration for group and individual learners. It is designed to build community and self-discovery by providing tools that offer hands-on experiences and learning.

WiSys Technology Foundation

Madison College has a formal technology transfer agreement with the WiSys Technology Foundation. If you are a Madison College student, faculty or staff with an idea or product in development WiSys may be able to help you protect your intellectual property and/or commercialize your product. WiSys works with innovators with discoveries from all disciplines and stages of development.

For more information on how to access WiSys resources contact entrepreneurcenter@madisoncollege.edu

American Family Dream Bank

The American Family Dream bank offers valuable talks and events for entrepreneurs.  View their current offerings.