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What is LAB?

Learning About Business (LAB) incorporates project-based learning to inspire and develop entrepreneurial, business minded leaders, in a global, free enterprise environment.

Learn About Business (LAB) Week is a tremendous opportunity for driven young students to grow their business skillset. With the guidance of current Northwood University students and faculty, campers learn all about how the entrepreneurial mindset can lead to success in a global free-enterprise society. LAB allows for students to experience what life is like here at Northwood. The lessons and skills that campers learn here can start a future business leader’s career.


High School aged students under the age of 18!

LAB will offer High School camps for students in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades.

All students are encouraged to apply. Students that don’t meet general acceptance guidelines will be considered. A group of Northwood professionals will carefully review each application within five business days of application submission and respond via email.

Some of the requirements are

  • Minimum GPA 3.00
  • Business Club involvement such as: Business Professionals of America, DECA, Virtual Enterprise International, Future Business Leaders of America, etc.
  • Young entrepreneur or aspiring entrepreneur
  • Extracurricular activities: student government, athletics, etc.
  • Community service: volunteer work.
  • Grit: overcoming hardship.

LAB is all about teamwork. Students will be placed in teams of five and take partin fun and engaging activities with the goal being to create a strong team foundation that will fuel the individual teams through the week. Northwood students and faculty will lead engaging workshops and activities focused on these key areas:

  • Teambuilding
  • Leadership
  • Management

Throughout the course of the week they will learn how successful businesses are designed and built, learn marketing and communication techniques used by businesses to reach their target customers, explore other cultures and the benefits and risks of doing business in foreign countries, a Mini-MBA experience with faculty and compete in a final pitch competition! A full itinerary will be emailed out at a further date with dates, times and locations.

  • Refillable water bottle
  • Ready-to-eat snacks
  • (We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner, but we strongly recommend that students bring their own snacks in between meals.)
  • Bedding: blanket(s), pillow(s) and towels
  • Toiletries
  • Clothes/hangers
  • Shower shoes
  • Small fan (optional)
  • Laptop computer (optional)
  • Tablet computer (optional)
  • Sunglasses (optional)
  • Sunscreen (recommended)
  • Cell phone (optional)

LAB Camp is an active learning environment. We want students to be comfortable. As a general rule, students should dress in the same manner as they would at their school. However, we will dress for success (Business Professional Attire) on two occasions (some examples are listed below). We realize that some students may not have professional dress style clothes. Do not buy them just for LAB Camp. Make your best effort to dress business professional and that will be fine!

Business Professional: Male

  • Conservative suit or sports jacket with coordinated trousers and belt
  • (if you do not own a suit or sports jacket, that’s okay, just wear a nice shirt and tie)
  • Long-sleeved dress shirt and tie
  • Dark socks/coordinating socks
  • Dress shoes

Business Professional: Female

  • Conservative dress
  • Suit jacket with matching slacks
  • Skirt (appropriate for a professional workplace) and blouse
  • Dress shoes, flat/low/medium heel

Casual Attire: Male and Female

Your choice, but keep in mind that you should only wear clothes that would be acceptable to wear in a high school setting.

As a private university, we are uniquely positioned to offer a safe camp experience for students.

LAB Week is located on the campus of Northwood University in Midland, Michigan (4000 Whiting Drive, Midland, Michigan 48640).

Students will be supervised by faculty and staff during the daytime and Resident Assistants in the evening. Resident Assistants will be staying in the housing area to ensure the comfort and safety of all (24-hour supervision).

Northwood has amazing safety and security professionals who continuously monitor the campus. The campus has just two entrance points, which allows for the safe and effective management of campus entry. The campus is closed to entry at night.

Michigan Campus Security

24-hour security: (989) 837-4373
Emergency: (989) 837-4911
From campus network phones: ext. 74373 or 74911

Skills Students Can Learn at LAB

There are several skills that campers will learn at LAB. They will learn skills in creating a business from scratch, operating a company to its fullest potential, the mindset of an entrepreneur, collaboration in teams, problem-solving in a business setting, communication through marketing and international business.

Research shows that an entrepreneurial mindset is valued by employers, boosts educational attainment and performance, and is crucial for creating new businesses. Having a robust entrepreneurial mindset will propel you towards future success no matter your future career.

LAB Camp students using the podcasting studio in the Northwood Idea Center

Fun Activities at LAB Week

We also have a variety of activities outside of the classroom for students to enjoy. Some of the activities that we have had in the past are:

  • Kickball games on the Northwood softball diamond
  • Scavenger hunts around Northwood University’s campus
  • Great Lakes Loons baseball games
  • Field trips to various businesses in the Great Lakes Bay Region
  • Daily mini-challenges to stimulate the curiosity and creativity of campers
  • Baby Shark Tank challenges
  • “Minute-to-win-it”-type challenges
LAB Camp students holding butterflies at Dow Garden

Scholarships Available

We have a limited number of scholarships available for students that might not be able attend due to their financial circumstances. We don’t want the cost of camp to be a barrier to access. All scholarships are dependent upon private donor support.

Total Costs to Attend

LAB Week is valued at $1,500. However, the support of private donors allows us to reduce the cost to students.


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