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Competitive Events Overview

DECA offers a wide variety of competitive events for participants. Participants may choose from topics in marketing, finance, hospitality, tourism, sports and entertainment, sales, business law and ethics, retail operations, management, or community involvement. At the state-level, students generally compete in two events, but may compete in as many as four. At the international-level, students who advance from the state-level may only compete in one event.

Participants compete in events in various ways. Some require participants to compete only at the Career Development Conference, while others require projects that are done during the year leading up to the Career Development Conference. Some events are a mix of both, and require work before the conference, but are presented at the Career Development Conference.

Principles of Business Administration Events

This event is for first–year DECA participants only, and is done by one participant individually. Participants may choose from Business Management and Administration, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism, or Marketing. Participants will be given a 100-question, multiple-choice exam covering business administration. They are then given a written case study, and have 10 minutes to read it and prepare for a 10 minute presentation of the case study. The case study will ask participants to tackle a business challenge in a creative, thoughtful, and knowledgeable way.
DECA Competitive EventNat'l Career ClusterPathway
1. Principles of Business
Management & Administration
Business, Management
& Administration
Business Financial
Management Pathway
2. Principles of FinanceFinanceBusiness Financial
Management Pathway
3. Principles of Hospitality & TourismHospitality & TourismHospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Pathway
4. Principles of MarketingMarketingProfessional Sales
and Marketing Pathway

Individual Series Events

Individual Series Events consist of one person. The individual may choose from Accounting Applications, Apparel and Accessories Marketing, Automotive Services Marketing, Business Finance, Business Services Marketing, Food Marketing, Hotel and Lodging Management, Human Resources Management, Marketing Management, Quick Serve Restaurant Management, Restaurant and Food Service Management, Retail Merchandising, or Sports and Entertainment Marketing. The participant will be given a 100-question, multiple-choice exam. The participant is then given a written case study, and will have 10 minutes to read it and prepare a for a 10 minute presentation of the case study. The case study will ask participants to tackle a business challenge in a creative, thoughtful, and knowledgeable way.
DECA Competitive EventNat'l Career ClusterPathway
1. Accounting Applications SeriesBusiness, Management
& Administration
Accounting Services Pathway
2. Apparel and Accessories Marketing SeriesMarketingFashion Design, Manufacture
and Merchandising Pathway
3. Automotive Services Marketing SeriesMarketingProfessional Sales
and Marketing Pathway
4. Business Finance SeriesFinanceBusiness Financial
Management Pathway
5. Business Services Marketing SeriesBusiness, Management
& Administration
Business Financial
Management Pathway
6. Food Marketing SeriesMarketingFood Service and
Hospitality Pathway
7. Hotel and Lodging Management SeriesHospitality & TourismHospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Pathway
8. Human Resources Management SeriesBusiness, Management
& Administration
Business Financial
Management Pathway
9. Marketing Management SeriesMarketingProfessional Sales
and Marketing Pathway
10. Quick Serve Restaurant Management SeriesHospitality & TourismFood Service and
Hospitality Pathway
11. Restaurant & Food Service ManagementHospitality & TourismFood Service and
Hospitality Pathway
12. Retail Merchandising SeriesMarketingFashion Design, Manufacture
and Merchandising Pathway
13. Sports and Entertainment Marketing SeriesMarketingHospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Pathway

Team Decision Making Events

Team Decision Making Events are done in teams of two. A team will choose from Business Law and Ethics, Buying and Merchandising, Financial Services, Hospitality Services, Marketing Communications, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, or Travel and Tourism. Each participant on the team will individually take a 100-question, multiple-choice exam. The individual score from each team mate will be averaged to produce a team score on the exam. Teams are then given a written case study and have 30 minutes to read it, talk with each other, and prepare for a 15 minute presentation of the case study as a team. The case study will ask participants to tackle a business challenge in a creative, thoughtful, and knowledgeable way.
DECA Competitive EventNat'l Career ClusterPathway
1. Business Law and Ethics Team Decision MakingBusiness, Management,
& Administration
Legal and Government
Services Pathway
2. Buying and Merchandising Team Decision MakingMarketingFashion Design, Manufacture
and Merchandising Pathway
3. Financial Services Team Decision MakingFinanceBusiness Financial
Management Pathway
4. Hospitality Services Team Decision MakingHospitality & TourismHospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Pathway
5. Marketing Communications Team Decision MakingMarketingProfessional Sales
and Marketing Pathway
6. Sports and Entertainment Team Decision MakingMarketingHospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Pathway
7. Travel and Tourism Team Decision MakingHospitality & TourismHospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Pathway

Business Operations Research Events

Business Operations Research Events are made up of one to three people on a team. The team will be able to demonstrate the skills needed by management personnel through a marketing research study. Teams may choose from Business Services, Buying and Merchandising, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism, or Sports and Entertainment Marketing. Prior to the Career Development Conference, the team will research and write a document for submission. The document may have a maximum of 30 numbered pages. At the Career Development Conference, teams will give a 15 minute presentation on their strategies and plan. During the presentation, teams may use approved visual aids.
DECA Competitive EventNat'l Career ClusterPathway
1. Business Services Operations ResearchBusiness, Management
& Administration
Business Financial
Management Pathway
2. Buying and Merchandising Operations ResearchMarketingFashion Design, Manufacture
and Merchandising Pathway
3. Finance Operations ResearchFinanceBusiness Financial
Management Pathway
4. Hospitality and Tourism Operations ResearchHospitality & TourismHospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Pathway
5. Sports & Entertainment Marketing Operations ResearchHospitality & TourismHospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Pathway

Chapter Team Events

Chapter Team Events are made up of one to three people on a team who complete a project. The team may choose from these different projects: Community Service, Creative Marketing, Entrepreneurship Promotion, Financial Literacy Promotion, Learn and Earn, or Public Relations. Prior to the Career Development Conference, the team will write a document for submission based on their project. The document may have a maximum of 30 numbered pages. At the Career Development Conference, teams will give a 15 minute presentation on their project. During the presentation, teams may use approved visual aids.
DECA Competitive EventNat'l Career ClusterPathway
1. Community Service ProjectMarketingProfessional Sales
and Marketing Pathway
2. Creative Marketing ProjectMarketingProfessional Sales
and Marketing Pathway
3. Entrepreneurship Promotion ProjectMarketingEntrepreneurship Pathway
4. Financial Literacy Promotion ProjectFinanceBanking & Related Services
5. Learn and Earn ProjectMarketingProfessional Sales
and Marketing Pathway
6. Public Relations ProjectMarketingProfessional Sales
and Marketing Pathway

Entrepreneurship Events

These events allow for participants to develop and present a proposal to form a business. Prior to the Career Development Conference, the team or individual will submit a written document, with a maximum of 30 numbered pages, on the proposal to form a business. At the Career Development Conference, teams or individuals will give a 15 minute presentation on the proposal. During the presentation, teams or individuals may use approved visual aids.
DECA Competitive EventNat'l Career ClusterPathway
1. Business Growth PlansMarketingEntrepreneurship Pathway
2. Independent Business PlanMarketingEntrepreneurship Pathway
3. Innovation PlanMarketingEntrepreneurship Pathway
4. International Business Plan EventMarketingInternational Trade Pathway
5. Start-Up Business PlanMarketingEntrepreneurship Pathway
6. Franchise Business PlanMarketingEntrepreneurship Pathway

Marketing Representative Events

Marketing Representative Events consist of teams of one to three people. Participants will choose from: Advertising Campaign, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan, or Sports and Entertainment Promotion Plan. Teams will be able to demonstrate promotional competencies and other competencies needed by management personnel. Teams will complete a written document of outlined fact sheets, no more than 11 pages, describing a promotional plan for a business. Participants will submit their written document prior to the Career Development Conference. At the Career Development Conference, participants will individually take a 100-question, multiple-choice exam. The score will be averaged between the teammates. Teams will then give an oral presentation, lasting no longer than 20 minutes. Teams may use approved visual aids.
DECA Competitive EventNat'l Career ClusterPathway
1. Advertising CampaignMarketingProfessional Sales
and Marketing Pathway
2. Fashion Merchandising Promotion PlanMarketingFashion Design, Manufacture
and Merchandising Pathway
3. Sports & Entertainment Marketing Promotion PlanHospitality & TourismHospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Pathway

Professional Selling Events

Professional Selling Events consist of one individual participant. The participant may choose from: Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling or Professional Selling Events. The participant will be able to demonstrate the skills needed for a career in sales through an organized and pre-planned sales presentation. The sales presentation will last no longer than 20 minutes. The participant will then take a 100-question, multiple-choice exam. The participant may use approved visual aids
DECA Competitive EventNat'l Career ClusterPathway
1. Hospitality & Tourism Professional SellingHospitality & TourismHospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Pathway
2. Professional SellingMarketingProfessional Sales
and Marketing Pathway
3. Financial Consulting EventFinanceCorporate Finance Pathway

Virtual Business Challenge

Virtual Business Challenges consist of teams of one to three people. Participants may choose from Stock Market Game, or Virtual Business Challenge- Retailing, Restaurant and Sports. Participants participating in the Stock Market Game will start with a portfolio and work to build its value. Participants participating in the Virtual Business Challenge will run a retail store, restaurant or sports business. These computer simulations are completed online prior to the Career Development Conference. Prior to the Career Development Conference, participants in the Stock Market Game will submit a written document describing their investment, not to exceed 11 numbered pages. At the Career Development Conference, teams in the Stock Market Game will give an oral presentation describing their investment project.
DECA Competitive EventNat'l Career ClusterPathway
1. Stock Market GameFinanceBusiness Financial
Management Pathway
2. Virtual Business Challenge - RetailBusiness, Management,
& Administration
Professional Sales
and Marketing Pathway
3. Virtual Business Challenge - SportsHospitality & TourismHospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Pathway
4. Virtual Business Challenge - RestaurantHospitality & TourismHospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Pathway

Video Challenges

Online Challenges consist of teams of one to three people. To learn more about DECA's Video Challenges, please click here

Other Events

DECA Competitive EventNat'l Career ClusterPathway
1. Personal Financial Literacy EventPersonal FinancePersonal Finance Pathway