School of Business and Applied Arts

Truax D3631
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m - 4:30 p.m. 

CALL: (608) 246-6003 ext. 8
FAX: (608) 243-4754

Small Business Entrepreneurship

One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 311451


The Small Business Entrepreneurship diploma program at Madison Area Technical College will teach you the principles involved in planning and operating a small business.

Classes will cover:

  • Small business appraisal and opportunities
  • Writing business and marketing plans
  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Direct mail and sales promotion plans 
  • Business and nonbusiness selling presentations

Come 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. 

Program Details

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

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.

Small Business Entrepreneurship


To Apply

  • View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.  

In-person Program         Online Program

        Effective Summer 2019 - Program Admission Requirements

  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

First Semester

Second Semester


Required Technical Course Selection

3 credits

Technical Course Selection Options (Choose 1)


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.

MATC's Small Business Entrepreneurship diploma holders are ready for a range of professional positions, including:

  • Small Business Owner/Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Department Manager
  • Merchandiser
  • Sales Representative
  • Sales Associate


Related Programs

Flexible Learning Options

Out-of-state students can complete the Small Business Entrepreneurship Certificate completely online without paying out-of-state tuition.