Event Categories

2018 Competitive Event Changes

  • Two new events have been added, which will start competition at the District Conference. They will take a newly added comprehensive exam, the Entrepreneurship Cluster exam.
    • Entrepreneurship Individual Series (ENT)
    • Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making Event (ETDM)
  • Competition will NOT be held at the District level for the Advertising Campaign, Innovation Plan, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan, Sports & Entertainment Promotion Plan, and the Start-Up Business Plan events. These events will start competition at the State Conference. The written entry must be submitted by the deadline for the Written Event Screening.
  • Chapters are limited to the number of entries they can register for the Advertising Campaign, Innovation Plan, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan, Sports & Entertainment Promotion Plan, and the Start-Up Business Plan events. Please see the chart listed on the Event Guidelines page.
  • The Start-Up Business Plan can now be comprised of 1-3 members (previously it was an individual event).
  • A printout of the TurnItIn digital receipt (after upload) needs to be included in the entry for the Written Event Screening. This page should be placed after the Written Statement of Assurances page, and does not get numbered or counted in the page count of the project. Failure to include the digital receipt in the entry is a 10 point penalty. Instructions on how to upload projects to Michigan DECA’s TurnItIn classroom will be posted in January. Our TurnItIn submission window is February 5-16, 2018. Do NOT submit projects on your own or to your DECA Advisor’s class; only submissions to Michigan DECA’s class are accepted. If projects are uploaded twice, it will return a high plagiarism rate.
  • A Penalty Point Guidance sheet has been created to help Michigan DECA members avoid penalty points on written events. Please see pages 2-3 of the Michigan Written Event Checklist.
  • The Leadership & Teamwork Event (LTW) will compete at the State Conference as in the past, but competition will NOT be held at the International Conference.
  • Virtual Business Challenge has added a Fashion event. Refer to DECA’s guidelines.

Get a print-friendly list of event changes and updates here.

Events that start competition at the District Conference:

Competitors in these events compete at the District Conference in order to qualify for competition at the State Conference.  Please see the event’s guidelines for more information.

  • Apparel & Accessories Marketing (AAM)
  • Automotive Services Marketing (ASM)
  • Business Finance (BFS)
  • Business Law & Ethics Team Decision Making (BLTDM)
  • Business Services Marketing Series (BSM)
  • Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making (BTDM)
  • Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making  (ETDM)
  • Entrepreneurship Series (ENT)
  • Financial Consulting Event (FCS)
  • Financial Services Team Decision Making (FTDM)
  • Food Marketing Series (FMS)
  • Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling Event (HTPS)
  • Hospitality Services Team Decision Making (HTDM)
  • Hotel and Lodging Management (HLM)
  • Human Resources Management (HRM)
  • Marketing Communications (MCS)
  • Marketing Management Team Decision Making (MTDM)
  • Principles of Business Management (PBM)
  • Principles of Finance (PFN)
  • Principles of Hospitality & Tourism (PHT)
  • Principles of Marketing (PMK)
  • Professional Selling Event (PSE)
  • Quick Serve Restaurant Management (QSRM)
  • Restaurant & Food Service Management (RFSM)
  • Retail Merchandising (RMS)
  • Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making (STDM)
  • Sports and Entertainment Marketing (SEM)
  • Travel & Tourism Marketing Team Decision Making (TTDM)

Events that start competition at the State Conference:

Competitors in these events will need to compete at the State Conference in order to qualify for competition at the International Conference.  Please see the event’s guidelines for more information.  Written event projects need to be submitted prior to the State Conference for screening; refer to the Written Event page for more information.

  • Advertising Campaign (ADC)
  • Business Growth Plan (EBG)
  • Business Services Operations Research (BOR)
  • Buying & Merchandising Operations Research (BMOR)
  • Chapter Awards Program (CAP)
  • Community Service Project (CSP)
  • Creative Marketing Project (CMP)
  • Entrepreneurship Promotion Project (EPP)
  • Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan Event (FMP)
  • Finance Operations Research (FOR)
  • Financial Literacy Project (FLPP)
  • Franchise Business Plan (EFB)
  • Gold Merit Award Program (GMAP sometimes referred to as MAP)
  • Hospitality & Tourism Operations Research (HTOR)
  • Independent Business Plan (EIB)
  • Innovation Plan (EIP)
  • International Business Plan (IBP)
  • Leadership & Teamwork Event (LTW)
  • Learn & Earn Project (LEP)
  • Public Relations Project (PRP)
  • Sports & Entertainment Marketing Operations Research (SEOR)
  • Sports & Entertainment Promotion Plan Event (SEPP)
  • Start-Up Business Plan (ESB)

Other events:

International Conference qualifiers in these events will proceed directly to the International Conference, through the process established by DECA Inc.  Please see the event’s guidelines for more information.  These students may not attend the District or State Conferences unless they are competing in another event.

  • School Based Enterprise (SBE) – see below*
  • Stock Market Game (SMG)
  • Virtual Business Challenge: Accounting (VBCAC)
  • Virtual Business Challenge: Fashion (VBCFA)
  • Virtual Business Challenge: Hotel Management (VBCHM)
  • Virtual Business Challenge: Personal Finance (VBCPF)
  • Virtual Business Challenge: Restaurant (VBCRS)
  • Virtual Business Challenge: Retail (VBCRT)
  • Virtual Business Challenge: Sports (VBCSP)

*Chapters participating in School Based Enterprise that receive the Gold Certification or Gold Re-Certification have the option to bring 1-3 student manager(s) to present their work at the State Conference, if they are not in an event that is competing Saturday morning. This practice competition will follow the international guidelines. The top five teams will receive recognition at the Saturday Session. Teams that receive the Gold Certification or Re-Certification do not have to attend the State Conference; they can advance directly to the International Conference.