College of Business and Innovation


The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation hosted the Business Professionals of America Regional Leadership Conference on Tuesday, January 28 in the Student Union on the University’s main campus. This is the second consecutive year that UToledo has hosted the event.

An estimated 350 Ohio Business Professionals of America high school students and advisors from 12 area high schools were in attendance. The local high schools included Clay, Four County Career Center, Sylvania Northview, Northwood, Ohio Virtual Academy, Penta Career Center, Rogers, Sylvania Southview, Springfield, Swanton, TRECA Digital Academy, and Whitmer High School.

The event was designed for students who are pursuing careers in business management, information technology, marketing, finance, accounting, entrepreneurship, graphic design, office administration, and other business-related fields and who are members of BPA.

The Regional Leadership Conference enabled students to present their research and hard work in dozens of different judged event competitions to a panel of judges, in hopes of ultimately advancing to the State Leadership Conference in March, and the National Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. this May.

The day ended with an awards presentation where students learned how they performed in these judged events, as well as in their non-judged classroom contests, which were completed in late December and early January.

Andrea Martin, Business Professionals of America Advisor, spoke about the importance of BPA and impactful events such as this, saying “BPA is a wonderful opportunity for students enrolled in CTE programs to take what they are learning in the classroom setting and apply their understandings to solve authentic, problem-based situations. For many students, this Regional Conference is the first time they really have to think on their feet, work quickly to analyze complex situations alone and as a part of a team, and demonstrate their knowledge beyond simply taking a test to demonstrate mastery. It is truly amazing being a part of an organization that ignites a career-based passion in so many students.”

With 45,000 members in over 1,800 chapters across 25 states and Puerto Rico, BPA is a co-curricular organization that supports business and information technology educators by offering co-curricular exercises based on national standards.

Last Updated: 2/6/20