Coolest thing made in Indiana contest deadline approaching

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s new competition will crown the Hoosier manufacturer that makes the Coolest Thing Made in Indiana.

Entries for the competition are now being accepted through December 15. There is no entry fee.

It will feature veteran manufacturers to budding entrepreneurs in a Hoosier Hysteria-style, single-elimination tournament.

Winners will be chosen through public fan voting, with the products receiving the highest votes in each matchup moving to a subsequent round. The number of votes received will be reset at the beginning of each round.

The goal, says the Indiana Chamber, is to showcase the wide variety of manufacturing taking place in the state that has helped our economy thrive.

“We hope to hear from Hoosier makers of all kinds of things. From well-known products to cutting edge items and those truly unique that not everyone may know is made here. We want to spotlight them all,” offers Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar.

To enter, companies must fill out a brief application at

 All accepted into the tournament field will receive recognition. The four finalists will receive prizes – with the champion earning a trophy, a feature article in the Indiana Chamber’s statewide BizVoice® magazine and an invitation to appear on the IN Chamber podcast, among other benefits.

What’s bound to be a fierce competition tips off in January, and the winner will be crowned in mid-February.

The Coolest Thing Made in Indiana is sponsored by MCA CPAs & Advisors. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available for this inaugural competition. Contact Jim Wagner at or visit the web site.

This marks the Chamber’s second large-scale awards program. The organization has presented the annual Best Places to Work initiative since 2006.