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Milwaukee-Area Students Put Their Entrepreneurship Skills to the Test at Junior Achievement’s 29th Annual JA Business Challenge

Nearly 100 of the best and brightest student “CEOs” in the metro-Milwaukee area competed in Junior Achievement’s annual JA Business Challenge presented by Kohl’s Cares and hosted at Briggs & Stratton Corporation on Thursday, February 22, 2018.  
 
Student teams from Greenfield High School, the top teams at the end of the day-long competition, earned scholarships and prizes, and will advance to compete in the Wisconsin JA Business Challenge on May 3rd.
 
"The Junior Achievement Business Challenge provides a great opportunity for high school students to work as a team with their classmates, along with a local business professional volunteer, to gain the business acumen and leadership skills they will need to successfully participate in twenty-first century workplaces,” said Michael Frohna, President of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.
 
A total of 32 teams from 18 area high schools tested their knowledge at making a fictional product and running a virtual business through a hands-on computer simulated business strategy tournament using JA Titan. Each team made their own business decisions regarding price, production, marketing, capital investment, and research and development.  The success or failure of the company depended on how well the students manage these key decisions.
 
Additionally, students learned how business decisions are made, the importance of education and work experience, and the valuable skills needed to succeed from guest speakers from Kohl’s Department Stores, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and Matt Bartel, CEO& Founder, Digital Measures.
 
The following are the final results from the day-long competition:
 
JA Metro Milwaukee Business Challenge Team Champion and $750 Scholarship Winner:
Greenfield High School (Advance to Statewide Business Challenge in Sheboygan, May 3rd)
 
2nd and 3rd place grand prize winners:
2nd – Greenfield High School (Advance to Statewide Business Challenge in Sheboygan, May 3rd)
3rd – Grafton High School
 
Honorable Mentions:
Menomonee Falls High School
Ozaukee High School
South Milwaukee High School
 
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