To find out which district your chapter is in, check the Chapter Membership List.
As soon as conference details are available, each District will have a webpage with information.
District 1 – Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Saginaw Valley State University
District 2 – Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Ferris State University
District 3 – Friday, January 20, 2017 – at Kalamazoo Valley Community College
District 4 – Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Eastern Michigan University
District 5 – Friday, January 13, 2017 at Eastern Michigan University
District 6 – Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Lakeland High School
District 7 – Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Lake Orion High School
District 8 – Wednesday, December 21, 2016 – 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 10-12, 2017.
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 18 – District Conference Registration Form due
Nov 28 thru Dec 8 – Online Testing for District Conferences
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 will be utilized for all District Conference Comprehensive Exams. 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 2016 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/
Preliminary competition for the Advertising Campaign, Innovation Plan, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan, Financial Consulting Event, Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling Event, Professional Selling Event, Sports & Entertainment Promotion Plan, and the Start-Up Business Plan events will take place at all District Conferences. The events are to be hand-carried to the District Conference. The top three (3) entries at each District Conference will advance to the State Career Development Conference. These events must submit their projects by February 18, 2017 for Written Event Screening. We encourage students to update their events based on the judge’s comments at the District Conference before submitting for the Written Event Screening. These events will compete on Friday at the State Conference.
Preliminary competition for the Financial Consulting, Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling, and Professional Selling Events will take place at all District Conferences. The top three (3) students at each District Conference will advance to the State Career Development Conference. Competitors in these events do not need to turn in a project for Written Event Screening.
Chapters are recommended to have one adult for every ten (10) students. Schools with more than 20 students attending must have at least two adults assisting with the conference.
Judges are an integral part of the conference. Each chapter must register and bring judges according to the policy for your District Conference.
Refunds will not be given after the conference registration date.
Medallions will be presented to the top finalists in each event. Bronze medallions with red, white, and blue ribbons will be presented to the top overall finalists in each occupational area. These individuals will be eligible to represent your district at the State Career Development Conference. Bronze Merit Award Participants will be recognized and receive a Bronze Merit Award Program certificate.
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 will take place at the conference. Refer to the Running for Office page for more information.
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.