Coolest Thing Made in North Carolina Contest

The North Carolina Chamber is hosting its third annual “Coolest Thing Made in North Carolina” contest that runs from August 8-October 6. Visit the website between August 8 and August 19 to nominate your favorite North Carolina products! Nominees will be unveiled on the website on August 25.

New for 2022: In response to feedback, this year’s contest will recognize two winners: one for small businesses with fewer than 100 employees, and one for businesses with 100+ employees. Voting for both categories will occur on the same website, with the top vote-getters in each category moving to subsequent rounds of competition.

What began in the 1880s as a sprinkling of textile mills across North Carolina’s landscape has evolved into an impressive, technologically driven manufacturing industry that generates more than 18% of our gross state product and employs more than 10% of our state’s workforce. “The Coolest Things Made in North Carolina” contest raises awareness of this vital industry, and to celebrates the innovation and contributions of our state’s manufacturers.

There are three rounds of voting to identify the semifinalists, the finalists and the winners.
Encourage friends, family and co-workers to vote for your favorite product in the first round from August 25 through September 2. Semi-finalists will be announced on September 8. Visit the website again for the second round of voting between September 8-16 to narrow the competition. Finalists will be announced on September 22. The third and final round of voting will be September 22 through September 29.  Winners will be announced on Thursday, October 6.

2022 Contest dates:

  • Nomination period: August 8 – August 19
  • Nominees unveiled: August 25
  • Voting period: August 25 – September 30 (includes semifinalist and finalist rounds)
    •  First round: August 25 – September 2 (voting for first round closes)
    • Semifinalists announced September 8
    • Second round: September 8 – September 16 (voting closes)
    • Finalists announced September 22
    • Final round: September 22 – September 29 (voting closes)
  •  Winner announcement: October 6 (day prior to MFGDay)

Contest Website:

Nominations will Open August 2022