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Grateful for Entrepreneurs: New Lesson Released in Free Enterprise Online Course

Northwood University announces the latest in a series of online courses on freedom and the market economy.
The lesson, “Entrepreneurship,” is taught by Dr. Dale Matcheck, who chairs Northwood’s economics department. It was posted Nov. 24 on the university’s online course, “Philosophy of Free Enterprise.”

“This conference is meant to appeal to viewers of all levels of education and walks of life,” Matcheck explained.

The video is part of Northwood’s effort to give audiences an engaging look at the importance of the timeless set of values ​​set forth by Northwood’s Idea.
“We believe companies built on these principles will thrive,” Matcheck explained. “In politics, this means limited government, where the rules apply equally to everyone and everyone’s rights and freedoms are guaranteed. In economic life, this means a system of free enterprise, based on private property, free markets and competition. These essential institutions of a free society unleash the creative energies of the people and promote improved material prosperity, economic opportunity and quality of life.

Northwood announced the formation of the online course on the university’s Founder’s Day in March, when the first online lesson, “A Brief History of Progress”, was posted on our online course platform (
Northwood released the second lesson, “Innovation & Innovism” on July 4. A third lesson, “Vocation of Business”, was released during Welcome Weekend at Northwood, August 20-21.
On September 16, the lesson “Constitution, Rules and Games” was released as part of a module called “Limited Government and the Rule of Law”.

This last lesson, “Entrepreneurship”, is the last part of the first module entitled “The importance of business”.
The University will release additional modules with various lessons throughout the year, which will include a full course by the end of the year. Learners will be able to test their knowledge and earn certificates from Northwood University after successfully completing the course.
The primary donors behind this effort are Donald S. Gottwald, a 1988 alumnus, and his wife, Pamela. They wanted to highlight The Northwood Idea, the University’s guiding philosophy that provides a foundation for students to apply their unique individual talents in a free society to achieve a life well spent.
The effort to bring lessons about The Northwood Idea to the public is also aided by a generous gift from the Thomas F. and Harriet S. Oakley Family Trust.
Donors who value freedom, the American system of free enterprise, and the creation of leaders who drive economic and social progress may consider donating to Northwood University. Visit our give the page ( or contact the Northwood Advancement Office at (989) 837-4356.

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