Written Events

All forms are currently being updated for 2022, and will be posted in the fall
Michigan DECA will use an online submission process for most of the written events at the State Conference. The screening will be done by a group of individuals that have been selected to assist with the process.

These requirements are in effect for written events submitted to Michigan DECA for the State Conference only. These requirements are in addition to the guidelines set by National DECA.  Merit Award Program and Chapter Award Program guidelines are listed separately.


The following documents are for all written events:

Events that will need to be submitted online only:

Each of the Written Events listed below must be uploaded using the Written Event Submission Portal Februar 2022 (TBA). No hardcopy will be turned in for these events:

  • Business Growth Plan (EBG)
  • Business Services Operations Research (BOR)
  • Business Solutions Project (PMBS)
  • Buying and Merchandising Operations Research (BMOR)
  • Career Development Project (PMCD)
  • Community Awareness Project (PMCA)
  • Community Giving Project (PMCG)
  • Finance Operations Research (FOR)
  • Financial Literacy Project (PMFL)
  • Franchise Business Plan (EFB)
  • Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research (HTOR)
  • Independent Business Plan (EIB)
  • International Business Plan (IBP)
  • Sales Project (PMSP)
  • Sports and Entertainment Marketing Operations Research (SEOR)

Each of the Written Events listed below must have a digital copy submitted online February 2022 (TBA).

  • Innovation Plan (EIP)
  • Integrated Marketing Campaign Event (IMCE)
  • Integrated Marketing Campaign Product (IMCP)
  • Integrated Marketing Campaign Service (IMCS)
  • Start–Up Business Plan (ESB)

General Written Event Guidelines and Procedures

  1. Each of the Written Events listed above must be uploaded using the Chapter Registration Portal February 2022 (TBA). (Except Chapter Awards Program, see that page for more information.)
  2. All students competing at the State Conference MUST be included on the chapter’s registration.
  3. Advisors are responsible to ensure that the written projects are submitted under the correct event and team members paired correctly. If Michigan DECA discovers that an event has been submitted incorrectly (for example, a BOR project submitted as BMOR), a $25 fee per project will be accessed.
  4. The DECA Written Event Statement of Assurances and Academic Integrity form, certifying the originality of the work must be signed by the advisor and each student listed on the event before the event is submitted. The Statement of Assurances and Academic Integrity form must be the first page of each entry. Only those students who signed the Statement of Assurances and Academic Integrity form and have been included on the chapter’s registration form will be allowed to compete in the event.
  5. All content must be original work of the student(s) that signed the DECA Statement of Assurances and Academic Integrity form. No part of the written project can be previously entered into competition or submitted in another DECA competitive event. Any events that are found to be plagiarized or previously submitted into competition will be disqualified. Those students will be dropped from the conference, and are not eligible for a refund of the conference registration fee.
  6. We strongly recommend that these projects have a minimum number of pages of at least half of the maximum pages allowed.
  7. Entries must be in the following order: completed and signed DECA Statement of Assurances and Academic Integrity form, Cover Page, then the actual event following the guidelines set by DECA. (Do not include evaluation forms.)
  8. Chapter Advisors should review the work of the students and only submit written events that are a positive reflection on their chapter and their school.
  9. Any project that receives 25 or more penalty points will not be eligible to compete or attend the State Conference. The registration fee will be refunded at the 50% refund rate.
  10. All entries must be digitally uploaded before the deadline through the Project Submission Portal. Complete instructions on how to upload projects will be posted by early February.
  11. Michigan DECA staff will upload all entries to TurnItIn.com to be screened for plagiarism. The entries will be screened by Michigan DECA staff.
  12. Michigan DECA will send the entries to judges that have volunteered to evaluate written events prior to the State Conference.
  13. Other individuals will be recruited to evaluate the presentation at the State Conference. Michigan DECA staff will print the executive summary for each judge hearing the presentation at the State Conference. The two scores will be added together to determine the State Champion for each section.
  14. Any project that receives penalty points at the State Conference must be corrected prior to being submitted at the International Conference. Projects competing at the International Conference will not be submitted online. They must be printed and placed in the proper folio as per the event’s guidelines, and turned in during the competition’s briefing period.

2021 Written Event Competition Overview:

Michigan DECA will follow the DECA Guidelines for all written events.  Due to the virtual nature of completion this year, some of the processes we use for the events have changed.  These changes are outlined below:

  1. The portal to upload written events will open on February 12, 2021, and close on February 16, 2021. Once all events have been uploaded to the judging portal by the chapter advisor, Michigan DECA staff will upload the projects to Turn-it-in.  Volunteers will penalty point the projects, and then Judges will evaluate the written portion.  The only events that do not have to be uploaded are the Chapter Awards Projects and School-Based Enterprise.  The Ethics Team Event must be uploaded between March 1 and March 5, 2021.  Additional information on that event will be in next week’s update.
  2. We prefer actual signatures on the Statement of Assurance, but because of remote learning, we will accept electronic signatures this year only. We will still penalize the project if a signature is missing.  This includes the chapter advisor’s signature.
  3. Judges that participate in the presentation portion of the competition on March 12, 2021, will have access to the complete written event that they will be judging. They will be instructed to review only the executive summary prior to evaluating the presentation.  They will not be evaluating the written portion of the project.
  4. Written Event participants will present using Doxy, the same platform that we used for District Conferences.
  5. Chapters will be provided the opportunity to reserve a day so they can practice using Doxy with their members. They will be able to reserve one day for every ten projects that they submit.  This sign up will open on February 17, 2021, for chapters to select a date between February 19, 2021, and March 5, 2021.
  6. Students will be able to show premade visuals for the written, consulting, and selling events. We recommend that the visuals are in a PowerPoint format. We have found that display boards are hard to view/read.
  7. After discussing the visuals with Judges that evaluated at the district competition in the selling and consulting events, we have the following recommendations. Please note that these are not requirements.
    1. The judges stated that they are more interested in seeing the students present their findings. The visuals are secondary.
    2. Too often, the students kept asking, “can you see this” when they had display boards, and that question interrupted the flow of their presentation.
    3. We recommend for the students open their presentation without any visuals, then incorporate a few visuals that support their work, then return to complete the presentation without any visuals.
    4. While it is no longer a requirement to allow time for questions from the judges, we recommend leaving a few minutes at the end for questions from the judges during this virtual competition. We often hear of judges scoring a bit lower when they are not afforded this opportunity.
  8. The time limits noted in the guidelines will be enforced by the Event Coordinator.

Student Procedures

  1. You will receive an email the afternoon before your presentation from Michigan DECA that provides a one-hour window of when you will login to compete.
  2. On the competition day, during your one-hour window, you will receive an email from the Event Coordinator that indicates that it is time for you to compete, and the link to the judging room.  You will have ten minutes to login to the competition prep-room.
  3. When you login, you will see your event information.
    • Written Event, Selling, and Consulting Event (FCE, HTPS, PSE) participants will wait in that room until they are called in to present to the judge.
    • Individual Series and Principle Event participants will have 10 minutes to review the case study.  After 10 minutes you will be called in to compete.
    • Team Event Participants will have 30 minutes to review the case. After 30 minutes you will be called in to compete.
    • Note: if competition becomes backed up, you may experience longer waits in the waiting room.  Please message the Event Coordinator or your chapter advisor if you have any questions.
  4. Because of social distancing requirements, team members should compete from their own home, unless they reside in the same household. Both members should log into the prep room when instructed to do so.   During the prep time, you should plan to communicate by using a phone, since you will not be able to do so when you are in the prep room.

Competition reminders

  1. Students should be dressed in business attire.
  2. You are not allowed to have assistance from anyone other than your team member(s) while in the prep room or when competing.
  3. The event will be presented to you through your reading of Performance Indicators and Event Situation. You may make notes to use during your presentation.
  4. Only for the 2020-21 year, your prep time is open book, you may use other materials or a second device during your prep time. These materials may not be shown during your presentation with the judge. You will be penalized 20 points if you show any materials prepared in advance, or for showing any devices or props to the judge (participants in Written, Selling, and Consulting Events are exempt from this rule).
  5. You will be responsible for supplying your own paper and pencil or pen with black or blue ink. No other colors of ink, wide markers, materials, props or pre-made visuals may be used (participants in Written, Selling, and Consulting Events are exempt from this rule).
  6. Because of the virtual format for the event, the judge may not be able to see any drawings that you create during your prep time. Please be prepared to describe them during your presentation with the judge(s).
  7. If you are participating from school – Turn in all your notes and event materials when you have completed the event to your chapter advisor.
  8. If you are participating from home – All your notes and event materials must be disposed of when you have completed the event.
  9. Participants competing from home must also complete the Judged Event Honor Code after you have competed. https://forms.gle/Z7pLysmB4xBiW2a99
  10. You may not discuss the event with anyone, until you receive your evaluation form back from your advisor.
  11. Please contact your chapter advisor if you have any questions on these procedures.
  12. You are to be congratulated for participating in this conference, we wish you well with your presentation to the judge.