Northwood University to Host DECA Conference Competition

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Over 550 students and their advisors from more than 25 area schools will participate in business-themed competitions.

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University, in conjunction with DECA, is hosting the District 1 Conference and Competition on Saturday, January 19, 2013, from 9 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the Hach Student Life Center on Northwood’s Midland Campus located at 4000 Whiting Drive.

DECA is a program that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Over 550 students and their advisors from more than 25 area schools will participate in business-themed competitions such as Individual Series, Team Decision-Making and more. Preparation begins in early September for a variety of challenges. Teams may analyze and create marketing plans for local businesses; they may create actual new business ventures; or they may advise businesses on expansion plans, to name just a few of the many projects on which participants are judged.

Volunteers from local businesses are needed to help judge the individual competitions. The judging is based on how well the individual students or student teams solve the marketing problems presented to them and the demonstration of their knowledge of marketing principles.

For more information on the District 1 Conference and Competition or to volunteer as a judge, contact Tom Erickson of Northwood University at 989.837.4228 or


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.