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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 ClusterAcronym
1. Principles of Business
 Management & Administration
Business Management
 & Administration
PBM
2. Principles of FinanceFinancePFN
3. Principles of Hospitality & TourismHospitality & TourismPHT
4. Principles of MarketingMarketingPMK

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 ClusterAcronym
1. Accounting Applications SeriesFinanceACT
2. Apparel and Accessories Marketing SeriesMarketingAAM
3. Automotive Services Marketing SeriesMarketingASM
4. Business Finance SeriesFinanceBFS
5. Business Services Marketing SeriesBusiness Management
 & Administration
BSM
6. Food Marketing SeriesMarketingFMS
7. Hotel and Lodging Management SeriesHospitality & TourismHLM
8. Human Resources Management SeriesBusiness Management
 & Administration
HRM
9. Marketing Management SeriesMarketingMMS
10. Quick Serve Restaurant Management SeriesHospitality & TourismQSRM
11. Restaurant & Food Service ManagementHospitality & TourismRFSM
12. Retail Merchandising SeriesMarketingRMS
13. Sports and Entertainment Marketing SeriesMarketingSEM

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 ClusterAcronym
1. Business Law and Ethics Team Decision MakingBusiness Management,
 & Administration
BLTDM
2. Buying and Merchandising Team Decision MakingMarketingBTDM
3. Financial Services Team Decision MakingFinanceFTDM
4. Hospitality Services Team Decision MakingHospitality & TourismHTDM
5. Marketing Communications Team Decision MakingMarketingMTDM
6. Sports and Entertainment Team Decision MakingMarketingSTDM
7. Travel and Tourism Team Decision MakingHospitality & TourismTTDM

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 20 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 ClusterAcronym
1. Business Services Operations ResearchBusiness Management
 & Administration
BOR
2. Buying and Merchandising Operations ResearchMarketingBMOR
3. Finance Operations ResearchFinanceFOR
4. Hospitality and Tourism Operations ResearchHospitality & TourismHTOR
5. Sports & Entertainment Marketing Operations ResearchMarketingSEOR

Project Management Events

Project Management 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 Giving, Sales Project, Community Awareness Project, Career Development Project, and Business Solutions Project.  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 20 numbered pages (depending on the event). 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 ClusterAcronym
1. Community Giving ProjectBusiness Management & AdministrationPMCG
2. Business Solutions ProjectBusiness Management & AdministrationPMBS
3. Career Development ProjectBusiness Management & AdministrationPMCD
4. Financial Literacy  ProjectBusiness Management & AdministrationPMFL
5. Community Awareness ProjectBusiness Management & AdministrationPMCA
6. Sales ProjectBusiness Management & AdministrationPMSP

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 10-20 numbered pages (depending upon event category), 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 ClusterAcronym
1. Business Growth PlansEntrepreneurshipEBG
2. Independent Business PlanEntrepreneurshipEIB
3. Innovation PlanEntrepreneurshipEIP
4. International Business Plan EventEntrepreneurshipIBP
5. Start-Up Business PlanEntrepreneurshipESB
6. Franchise Business PlanEntrepreneurshipEFB

Integrated Marketing Campaign Events

DECA’s Integrated Marketing Campaign Events provide opportunities for members to develop an integrated marketing campaign of no more than 45 days in length for a real event, product or service and present the campaign in a role-play situation. Teams will submit a written project of no more than 10 pages in length and will present for 15 minutes. Students will complete the Marketing exam. 


DECA Competitive EventNat'l Career ClusterAcronym
1. Integrated Marketing CampaignMarketingIMCE
2. Integrated Marketing Campaign-ProductMarketingIMCP
3. Integrated Marketing Campaign-ServiceMarketingIMCS

Professional Selling Events

Professional Selling Events consist of one individual participant. The participant may choose from: Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling, Financial Consulting 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 15 minutes. The participant will then take a 100-question, multiple-choice exam. The participant may use approved visual aids
DECA Competitive EventNat'l Career ClusterAcronym
1. Hospitality & Tourism Professional SellingHospitality & TourismHTPS
2. Professional SellingMarketingPSE
3. Financial Consulting EventFinanceFCE

Virtual Business Challenge & Online Events

DECA’s Online Events provide opportunities for students to participate in online simulations to learn how to invest in the stock market, manage personal finances, or operate a business venture
.
DECA Competitive EventNat'l Career ClusterAcronym
1. Stock Market GameFinanceSMG
2. Virtual Business Challenge - AccountingFinanceVBCAD
3. Virtual Business Challenge - EntrepreneurshipEntrepreneurshipVBCEN
4. Virtual Business Challenge - FashionMarketingVBCFA
5. Virtual Business Challenge - Hotel ManagementHospitality & TourismVBCHM
6. Virtual Business Challenge - Personal FinancePersonal Financial LiteracyVBCPF
7. Virtual Business Challenge - RestaurantHospitality & TourismVBCRS
8. Virtual Business Challenge - RetailMarketingVBCRT
9. Virtual Business Challenge - SportsMarketingVBCSP

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 ClusterAcronym
1. Personal Financial Literacy EventPersonal Finance LiteracyPFL