District Conferences

To find out which district your chapter is in, check the Chapter Membership List.

Click on the District link below for specific information about the conference.

District 1 – Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Saginaw Valley State University
District 2 – Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Ferris State University
District 3 – Friday, January 19, 2018 – at Kalamazoo Valley Community College
District 4 – Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Eastern Michigan University
District 5 – Friday, January 12, 2018 at Eastern Michigan University
District 6 – Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Lakeland High School
District 7 – Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Lake Orion High School
District 8 – Wednesday, December 20, 2017 – at Baker College of Allen Park

Each year, DECA District Conferences give students their first opportunity to compete in chosen events and meet other members from their district.  Each of the eight Michigan districts holds a one day conference where the top performers in each category earn the right to compete at the Michigan DECA State Career Development Conference (SCDC) held annually, which will be in Detroit on March 9-11, 2018.

For new and returning DECA members, this conference is their first chance of the year to put their marketing and business knowledge to the test in the competitive events.  Aside from the competitions, students also get to meet and network with DECA members from neighboring schools and chapters.

Students may compete in individual or team events and work on written marketing projects. The students take an online test before the conference, and then compete in impromptu role-play situations in their chosen marketing career area.


Important Dates and Deadlines for all District Conferences:

Please note that chapter and/or school deadlines may be earlier than those posted here.  Please check with your Chapter Advisor for more information.
November 12 – Proctor Registration Form due (for Online Testing)
November 17 – District Conference Registration Form due
December 1-12 – Online Testing for District Conferences

Conference Reminders

Remind your delegates of the Delegate Code of Conduct they are to sign for the conference.  These forms must be brought with the Advisor to the conference.

Please refer to the Dress Code for more information.

Online Testing
Online testing will be utilized for all District Conference Comprehensive Exams.  The online test score will count as 1/3 of your overall competition score.  Once registered for the District Conference, students will be automatically registered for online testing for the test that corresponds to their competitive event.  Refer to the Online Testing webpage for more information.

Sample copies of the exams will be posted on DECA’s website for use as a practice exam here: http://www.deca.org/high-school-programs/high-school-competitive-events/

Written Events
NEW FOR 2018: 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.

Chapters are required to have one adult for the first twenty (20) students, two adults for 21-50 students, three adults for 51-80 students, and then one additional adult for every 30 students.

All advisors and assistants will be assigned to help administer the competitive events. If a chapter wishes to have an adult available to chaperone students, they will need to bring additional individuals above the minimum number set above. These individuals must be noted on the registration form as chaperones, so they will not be assigned to assist with an event.

Chaperones and Event Assistants are in addition to any judges required by your chapter/school.

Judges Needed
Judges are an integral part of the conference. Each chapter must register and bring judges according to the policy for your District Conference. Former students must have been out of high school for at least three (3) years before being allowed to judge.

Refunds will not be given after the conference registration date.

Medallions with yellow and blue ribbons will be awarded to the top scores in the comprehensive (online) exam and the judged competitive event.
Medallions with red, white, and blue ribbons will be presented to the top overall finalists in each competitive event. These individuals will be eligible to represent your district at the State Career Development Conference.

Advisors that submit student names for recognition at least one week prior to the conference for Bronze Merit Award will be recognized during the Award Ceremony, and mailed a certificate in April.

Students are asked to bring pencils and non-programmable calculators.

You cannot use the calculator function on your cellphone, smartphone, tablet, or smartwatch. Using any of these electronic devices during prep time, waiting for the judges or during competition will result in disqualification. You also cannot bring any notes/notebooks, workbooks or handouts with you into your prep time or competition.

Potential Candidates for State Officers
All students interested in running for State Office will be invited to attend a workshop at their district conference. No elections or speeches will take place at the conference.  Refer to the Running for Office page for more information.

Substitution Policy
Please be aware of Michigan DECA’s Substitution Policy before entering students into team events. You should fully explain to students that they will not be able to compete if one of them is unable for any reason to attend the next level of competition.

Complete information about the conference can be found in the Advisor’s Michigan DECA Guide. Also refer to the memo sent by your District Conference Chairperson.