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Competition teaches business skills to local studentsSubmitted: 11/18/2019
Maya Reese
Maya Reese
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mreese@wjfw.com

Competition teaches business skills to local students
RHINELANDER - There are 582 million entrepreneurs in the world.

On Monday, Rhinelander High School students learned how they can join that ever-growing population. The Mini Business World hosted at the CAVOC center challenged Rhinelander high school students to be creative and innovative.

Isabella Anderson's group worked on a new technology that prevents identity fraud. "You have to think of a product that hasn't been invented and one that's going to be useful for the future," said Anderson.

She believes this program expanded her view of the work force. 

"People can decide what they want to be in life, like if they want to start their own business," said Anderson.

The event showed students and future entrepreneurs how to brainstorm ideas with people that they hadn't worked with before. Michelle Grajkowski has hosted nearly 30 Mini Business Worlds throughout Wisconsin. She says these events remind her how rewarding it is to positively impact young lives.

"I'm so proud of these students and I'm just so proud of what they learn," said Grajkowski. "The leadership skills that I see coming out of them at each and every Mini, and it just really fills my bucket to be able to go across the state and be able to work with such outstanding young students."

Grajkowski sees the importance of teaching these skills to the next generation of business men and women.

"Not only are the students learning about business and entrepreneurship and the free enterprise system," said Grajkowski. "But, they're also learning how to work together as a group."

Colton Leman's group brainstormed new locks that use facial recognition. He says he learned how he can start a company in Wisconsin and turn it into an international empire. 
"Then you can find what you really enjoy so you can spend your life doing what you love," said Leman.


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