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Business is a Force for Good

Essay Contest


"Why Wisconsin"

From your local restaurant helping fundraise for your basketball team to a large corporation inviting students into a youth apprenticeship program, Wisconsin businesses are making impactful efforts to help students, their employees, and their communities each day. That’s where you come in!

We are excited to learn about the impact a business has made directly on you or your community. Behind every great state are excellent businesses helping support local activities, individual livelihoods and building their communities up. Within your essay, you must include information showing how Business has been a Force for Good within a community in Wisconsin.

Please write an essay of no longer than 1,000 words. In your essay, describe at least one example of an impact a Wisconsin business has had on you or your community. Please give background on the business you choose and explain the impact they created.

The Spring 2024 Wisconsin Business World ‘Business is a Force for Good’ essay submissions are due June 5, 2024. 

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Special thanks to our 2024 WMC Foundation Sponsors for their commitment to our events and programs throughout the year!

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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. In your essay, describe at least one example of a business in Wisconsin doing good things for their employees, the community, the environment and/or the next generation.

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. Use of AI is forbidden.

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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: WHY WISCONSIN

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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 11:59PM on June 5, 2024. All essays will be read and judged by WMC Foundation staff and prize winners will be announced. Questions should be directed to Shelby Paradowski, Wisconsin Business World Manager, at

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