2019-2020 Competitive Event Changes

    1. The Chapter Team Events, have been replaced with the Project Management Events listed below. The events will start competition at the State Career Development Conference. There is a common set of guidelines and evaluation rubrics for the Project Management Events, which are on page 62 in the National DECA Guide and also posted online at deca.org
      • Business Solutions Project (similar to the Creative Marketing Project)
      • Career Development Project (similar to the Entrepreneurship Promotion Project)
      • Community Awareness Project (similar to the Public Relations Project)
      • Community Giving Project (similar to the Community Service Project)
      • Financial Literacy Project (similar to the Financial Literacy Promotion Project)
      • Sales Project (similar to the Learn and Earn Project)
    2. The School Based Enterprise (SBE) competition allocation has been reduced to only 1-2 chapter members that are allowed to attend the State and International Conferences.
    3. Written event projects earning 25 or more penalty points will not be allowed to compete at the State Conference (Merit Award Project is 30 or more penalty points, and the Chapter Award Project is 40 or more penalty points). Projects will be returned to the chapter advisor, and the conference registration fee will be refunded at 50%. See the Michigan written event guidelines for information.
    4. The Ethics Team Event (ETH), will continue to be offered this year with competition at the State Conference, and will take the Business Management & Administration Cluster exam. The top competitors in the event will qualify for a spot at the International Conference in the ASPIRE Academy.
    5. The top competitors in the Leadership and Teamwork Event (LTW) will qualify for a spot at the International Conference in the IGNITE Academy.
    6. Chapters that earn THRIVE level achievement from the Chapter and Membership Campaigns will only be allowed to take 1-2 chapter members the THRIVE Academy at the International Conference.
    7. State Conference Written Events (except Chapter Awards Project) will be submitted online for screening by February 5, 2020.  Some events will not need a hard copy submitted.  Please refer to the Michigan written event guidelines for complete information.
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Please note: Michigan DECA does NOT offer competition in DECA’s Accounting Applications or Personal Financial Literacy events.

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) – only non-seniors may compete in this event
  • Principles of Finance (PFN) – only non-seniors may compete in this event
  • Principles of Hospitality & Tourism (PHT) – only non-seniors may compete in this event
  • Principles of Marketing (PMK) – only non-seniors may compete in this event
  • 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.

  • Business Growth Plan (EBG)
  • Business Services Operations Research (BOR)
  • New for 2020:  Business Solutions Project (PMBS) – similar to the discontinued Creative Marketing Project event
  • Buying & Merchandising Operations Research (BMOR)
  • New for 2020:  Career Development Project (PMCD) – similar to the discontinued Entrepreneurship Promotion Project event
  • Chapter Awards Program (CAP)
  • New for 2020:  Community Awareness Project (PMCA) – similar to the discontinued Public Relations Project event
  • New for 2020:  Community Giving Project (PMCG) – similar to the discontinued Community Service Project event
  • Ethics Team Event (ETH) – only seniors may compete in this event, team of two
  • Finance Operations Research (FOR)
  • New for 2020:  Financial Literacy Project (PMFL) – similar to the discontinued Financial Literacy Promotion Project event
  • 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)
  • Integrated Marketing Campaign Event (IMCE)
  • Integrated Marketing Campaign Product (IMCP)
  • Integrated Marketing Campaign Service (IMCS)
  • International Business Plan (IBP)
  • Leadership & Teamwork Event (LTW) – only non-seniors may compete in this event
  • New for 2020:  Sales Project (PMSP) – similar to the discontinued Learn and Earn Project event
  • Sports & Entertainment Marketing Operations Research (SEOR)
  • 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 or 2 student(s) (NEW FOR 2020) to present their work at the State Conference, if they are not in an event that is competing Friday morning. This practice competition will follow the international guidelines. The top five teams will receive recognition at the Award 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.