Brandon Strong currently attends Northwood University in Midland, Michigan. He is a senior majoring in Advertising, Marketing, and Business Management with a minor in International Business. He has been a member of Business Professionals of America for eight years and has held many leadership roles within the organization at the local and state level. He has competed in many WSAP events at all levels. Two of his favorites have been Entrepreneurship and Desktop Publishing and he has received awards at all levels.
He is currently employed by the nation’s largest retail bookstore. Besides reading he enjoys going to the movies, traveling, spending time with family and friends and admits to be addicted to music. Brandon likes to listen to everything from classical to rap and everything in between. He also likes to watch television series in his free time, including The West Wing, NCIS, and Boston Legal.
Brandon hopes to move to Chicago, Illinois after graduating in the spring. It is his goal to work for an advertising firm or magazine publisher with offices in Paris, France and/or London, England in hopes of doing some traveling.
One of the most unique competitions that Business Professionals of America offers is Entrepreneurship. This competition requires the student to create a start-up business plan and then present it to judges as if they are potential investors.
This is one of my favorite competitions because it allows the student to be as creative as they wish. I have competed in this event for five years now and have created business plans for a garden center, graphic design studio, event coordinating company, interior design firm and a business consultant firm.
I have competed, proctored, and have even judged for this event and here are some pointers that I believe will be very helpful for anyone who is considering competing in Entrepreneurship.
These are just a couple of tips that I have discovered while creating my plans the past couple of years. The one thing that I cannot stress enough is to be sure to have fun while creating your plan and be sure to add those special details.