DECA’s competitive events program promotes competence, innovation, integrity and teamwork. Using time-tested techniques that apply learning, connect to business and promote competition, DECA’s competitive events directly contribute to every student being college and career ready when they graduate from high school by focusing on the following outcomes.
Academically Prepared DECA’s competitive events provide a vehicle for members to demonstrate National Curriculum Standards through individual or team activities and to develop and employ the key skills of analysis, application of knowledge, creative problem solving and logical presentation.
Community Oriented DECA’s competitive events help members explore their communities, participate in an environment of cooperation and recognize their responsibility to the community.
Professionally Responsible DECA’s competitive events encourage members to develop ethics, integrity and high standards while assuming responsibility for self-improvement and self-discipline.
Experienced Leaders DECA’s competitive events provide constructive avenues for team expression, initiative and creativity
Competitive Event Areas
There are may ways to compete at District, State and International events. We encourage you to choose a venue that will work best for you. Events include online events, individual series events, team decision-making events, and written projects. Certain team decision-making and individual series events will qualify for the state competition at our District Competition in Wisconsin Rapids in January. Written projects can be submitted to state competition in Lake Geneva in March and online competitions are done on the computer as an individual or group event to qualify for ICDC in Nashville, TN
This year, the District event will be January 8th. SCDC will take place March 8-10 in Lake Geneva, WI and those that qualify for ICDC will be going to Nashville, TN in April 23-27. All competition information can be found on the DECA website.
Team Decision-making Events
Our district competes in four of the seven team decision-making events. Each school can take 2 teams to district in each category unless they have more than 75 members, in which case, they can take 4 teams. The team events are: Buying & Merchandising, Hospitality Services, Sports & Entertainment Marketing, and Travel & Tourism. Other categories that you could consider at the state level are: Business and Law Ethics, Financial Services, and Marketing Communications.
Teams will consist of 2 members. Each member will complete an occupational series test (Marketing or Hospitality and Tourism.) Tests will be averaged and added to Role-Play scores. Role-Plays are 15 minutes with 20-30 minutes prep. Each team will have two role-plays. Team members will also take an economics test. The top 10 tests in the state will qualify for ICDC also.
Teams finishing 1st and 2nd at district qualify for state. Teams finishing 1st-6th at state will qualify for ICDC.
Individual Series Events
There are 15 individual series and professional selling events (plus 4 principles of business administration events at state for Freshmen and Sophomores new to DECA). Of those 15, there are 12 available at the district event: Accounting, Apparel
& Accessories, Automotive, Business
Resource Management, Marketing
& Entertainment, Hotel
& Lodging, Restaurant
Quick Serve, and Restaurant
& Food Service. Each participant takes an occupational test (Marketing, Hospitality & Tourism, or Finance), and has two ten minute role-plays.
Individuals finishing 1st and 2nd at district qualify for state. Individuals finishing 1st-6th at state will qualify for ICDC. Individuals will also take an economics test and the top 10 individuals will qualify for ICDC.
There are still competitive events available online: H&R Block Dollars and Sense Challenge, Virtual Business Challenge Restaurant, Virtual Business Challenge Retail, and Virtual Business Challenge Sports. If you have had Personal Finance and would like to try an online event, the Stock Market Game or H&R Block Dollars and Sense Challenges are recommended. Students that have taken Marketing or Business Organization & Management could do well at the other three challenges, but all student are welcome to create teams and compete.
H&R Block Dollars & Sense Challenge- Participants in the H&R Block Dollars & Sense Challenge compete on personal financial knowledge. The challenge uses computerized simulations in a competition version of Virtual Business®—Personal Finance. The qualifying rounds are conducted online. In the H&R Block Dollars & Sense National Challenge, participants will: • manage bank accounts, credit and debit cards, bills, credit scores, taxes, insurance and investing • interpret actions, charts and graphs to make strategic financial decisions and optimize net worth • post competition scores online to view chartered association, regional and national rankings
Teams will be composed of one to three DECA members. A student may not be on more than one Dollars & Sense team at the same time. No additional students may be added once a team has registered.The Challenge has two (2) ICDC qualifying events.
Virtual Business Challenges- Participants in the DECA Virtual Business Challenge (VBC) operate a computerized business simulation of a restaurant, a retail environment or sports franchise utilizing a competition version of the Virtual Business Restaurant software, Virtual Business Retailing 3.0 software or the Virtual Business Sports software. The VBC qualifying rounds are conducted via the Internet in teams of 1 to 3 members. The top 2 teams of each region will qualify for ICDC. The challenges have 2 dates for each.
In the VBC Restaurant (VBCRS) track, participants will: • manage specific marketing and business concepts such as market research, menu design and pricing, advertising strategies and purchasing within their own restaurant • interpret actions, reports and financial information in order to make strategic marketing decisions for their restaurant to optimize profitability • post competition scores online to view how they rank within their chartered association, region and internationally In the VBC Retailing (VBCRT) track, participants will: • manage specific marketing concepts such as pricing, purchasing and promotion within their own convenience store • interpret actions, charts and graphs in order to make strategic marketing decisions for their store to optimize profitability • post competition scores online to view how they rank within their chartered association, region and internationally In the VBC Sports (VBCSP) track, participants will: • manage specific marketing concepts such as ticket pricing, media planning and sponsorships within their own football franchise • interpret actions, charts and graphs in order to make strategic marketing decisions for their franchise to optimize profitability • post competition scores online to view how they rank within their chartered association, region and internationally.
In addition to the online events, there are two video events:
The FIDM Challenge for 1 to 3 individuals includes a Back to School 2014 Fashion Video presentation on YouTube which is due February 7, 2014.
The Finish Line Challege for 1 to 3 resolving a situation with several questions through a YouTube presentation is due December 13, 2013.
Chapter Video Contest
There are creative moviemakers in every chapter, so show off your videos by entering them in this contest! Your chapter can enter during the first four weeks of December. Theme: “COMMUNITY SERVICE” The winning chapters will be recognized at the SCDC and have their video posted to Wisconsin DECA social media. Mosinee DECA has already begun to create this video, but we would love to have additional help with it. Contact Kate Gulan or Mrs. Bruess to find out how you can help!
Member of the Month
Every student in Wisconsin has the opportunity to be nominated member of the month by an advisor or DECA member. We encourage you to nominate someone for the state Member of the Month at: https://wisconsindeca.formstack.com/forms/untitled_form OR you can nominate someone for Chapter Member of the Month and we will submit it to the state for you! This year, Mosinee DECA has also added a Chapter Member of the Month. Anyone can nominate a chapter member and the officers will review and choose members based on nominations. Submit below today! Member Nominations need to be in by the last Friday of each month.