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Business is a Force for Good

Essay Contest


Fall 2021 Contest

From Mercury Marine’s outboard boat engine to BRP’s Sea Doo Switch, or from Astronautics’ Integrated Flight to Baytek’s Skee Ball Machine, or from Kwik Trip’s Glazers and Brakebush’s Signature Crispy Chicken Fillets, cool things are being made every day across the state of Wisconsin!

But we know there’s more! And, that’s where you come in. We are excited to learn about the coolest thing you discover that’s being made right here in our great state! Behind every great product is a rich company history, so your essay, must include information about the manufacturer as well.

To find some examples of what is made in Wisconsin, visit Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin, a program of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. Visit

*Submissions now closed. Winners will be announced by February 15, 2022. 


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Who Can Enter

Students in grades 6-12. This is an individual competition.

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Essay Requirements

Please write an essay of no longer than 1,000 words that highlights the “coolest” thing that you found that is made here in Wisconsin. In your essay, you must describe the product, what makes it unique and any specific details you can find about its uses. Additionally, your essay must include information about the company who produces the product. For example: Where are they located, how many people do they employ, how long have they been in business, what else do they manufacture, and any information about ways the manufacturer gives back to their employees or the communities they serve.

Be specific, be creative and cite your sources if applicable (APA or MLA formats are acceptable). You may also submit pictures to complete your submission. Submit your essay here:

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Cash Prizes

Three cash prizes of $500 will be awarded to the top three essays.

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Contest Judging

Entries will be judged on creativity and originality, with special attention to critical thinking that highlights the research and evidence to support the topic: Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin, a program of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.

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12 point font, Times New Roman, double spaced.

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Entry Deadline and Questions

Entries must be submitted in the links above by January 15th, 2021, 11:59PM. All essays will be read and judged by WMC Foundation staff and prize winners will be announced in early 2022. Questions should be directed to Michelle Grajkowski, Senior Director, Wisconsin Business World at (608) 661-6904, or at

Business World in the Classroom Competition

Spring 2021 Essay Contest Winners

These are the winners of the Spring 2021 Essay Contest.


Kaylie (8th)

New Glarus Middle School

“I know business is a force for good because we see firsthand how business can provide for our village, through tourists or jobs or donations. And when they need the community to give back we know it makes us all stronger. The cycle of having the privilege of business teaches us how to grow stronger and persevere. That is why business is a force for good.”

Ella (Jr.)

Saint Croix Falls High School

“What better way to help the community in this desperate time of need than to give away free meals?…What started out as a couple of hundred meals turned into well over 1,500 delicious homemade dinners!”

Muntaha (So.)

Brookfield Central High School

“During times of crisis, America often sees businesses step up to support their community; however, during the Covid Pandemic, businesses have gone above and beyond innovating and adapting to help everyone from healthcare workers to low-income family students while lifting spirits.”

Spring 2021 Essay Contest Honorable Mentions

Samantha (6th)

Lombardi Middle School

Owen (8th)

DePere Middle School

Jacob (So.)

D.C. Everest Senior High School

Leigh (Sr.)

Cochrane-Fountain City High School

Attreya (7th),

North Middle School

Business World in the Classroom

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