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MINI Business World

Engaging Students in a One-Day Event


The Benefits

Throughout the school year, our Business World staff travels the state facilitating our One-Day MINI Business World programs. Students are broken into small groups and are tasked with building a business from the ground up, and will showcase their new product in an engaging mock trade show at the end of the day. These condensed programs are fully-customizable and can be held directly in your high school, on a college or tech school campus or on a manufacturing site.

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Teacher FAQs

Through fun and engaging hands-on activities and dynamic speakers and guests, your students will leave our one-day MINI Business World program with a stronger understanding of what it takes to start a small business, the power of the free enterprise system and with a firmer grasp on economic and financial literacy.

Because our programs are funded by generous donors and business partners, we only ask school districts to provide the transportation to and from the school to the venue where the MINI is held. All supplies, materials, lunches and snacks are provided by Wisconsin Business World and our supporters.

Many teachers choose to participate in the day, acting as advisors to the students as they plan their company launch and as final judges during the final competition. But, it’s not required! You are able to participate as much, or as little, as you would like during the program. However, we request that you stay nearby should we need assistance with one of your students.

  • Students are broken up into “companies” where they will split into departments, including administration, production, marketing and finance. As a team, students will brainstorm an idea, develop a product and discuss the best ways to finance and market their idea. The day will end with a lively product tradeshow where the companies will try to convince “investors” to fund their start-up.
  • Why Wisconsin? Students will watch a short video on some of the cool things that are made right here in Wisconsin. With workforce being one of the key issues for employers, we want students to discover all the reasons to stay and work right here in our great state! We will finish off the video with an epic game of The Price is Right – Wisconsin Style, where the companies will face off against each other to guess the prices of Wisconsin-made products.
  • Finally, students will participate in a free-market trade exchange game, and will learn the values and importance of our free-market economy.

Wisconsin Business World does not require chaperones, but please refer back to your district for your own specific field trip requirements.

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I think this is very valuable, I think Wisconsin Business World is an excellent opportunity. The key takeaway I would take from the program is the experience of actually starting a business, launching a product, communicating and working with my team members.

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Michelle Grajkowski

Interested in bringing the MINI Business World program to your area?

If you would like to learn more about our program or how to register, please contact the Business World Program Senior Director, Michelle Grajkowski, via e-mail or by phone 608.258.3400.


How to Bring MINI Business World to your Community

The MINI Business World program condenses the core curriculum of our summer program and brings it on-site to high schools across the state. Since its inception, our MINI Business World attendance has skyrocketed as counties from Marinette to Monroe have sponsored students of all studies to participate in the program’s activities.