State Career Development Conference

Detroit, Michigan

March 9-11, 2018

Congratulations to the 3,500 students that competed at the 2018 Michigan DECA State Career Development Conference!

The 2018 conference will be held in Downtown Detroit on March 9-11, and it promises to be one of the most exciting, competitive and FUN Michigan DECA events of the year! You will have the opportunity to meet and compete with over 4,000 Michigan DECA members from throughout the state and also meet important and influential business professionals.  The SCDC is a time for you to develop your occupational and leadership skills as well as meet other fun and energetic Michigan DECA members.

After participating in competitive events during the day, you will have free time to meet and socialize with other Michigan DECA members. Members will also elect the new Michigan DECA State Executive Council who will lead us into another exciting DECA year.

The Michigan DECA SCDC gives you the opportunity to meet DECA members from around the state, interact with important business representatives, and last but not least, compete for a chance to represent Michigan DECA at the International Career Development Conference, held in Atlanta, Georgia on April 20-25!

Conference Registration
We will hold conference registration in two locations. Registration will be Friday from 11:00 to 4:00 pm at both locations:
– 329 Cobo Center (Conference Headquarters) registration will be for chapters staying at the Crowne Plaza, DoubleTree Suites, Westin and Holiday Inn.
– Ontario Registration Desk at the Detroit Marriott (on the 3rd floor) will be for chapters staying at the Detroit Marriott and Courtyard hotels.

Only students that are competing at the State Conference may attend the conference. Delegates may not enter more than one event (i.e. Individual, Written, or Chapter event). The only exceptions are the Merit Award Program and School Based Enterprise, if competition times do not conflict.

Refunds will be given only if Michigan DECA is notified of the cancellation in writing. Cancellations must be submitted on the Refund Request Form to receive your chapter’s refund.

Substitution Policy
Chapter Advisors have volunteered to double check each State Conference registration to be sure that chapters are following the substitution policy and that the correct qualifiers from the District Conferences are advancing on to the State Conference.

Written Events
All written event entries (including the Merit Awards Program, and Chapter Awards Program must be completed and received by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018 for written event screening. Events will not be accepted after 10:30 a.m. Chapter advisors that are attending screening to assist are welcome to bring their chapter’s projects with them. All other entries must be mailed or dropped off at our office before the screening. Please keep in mind that EMU does not receive ANY deliveries on Saturdays (even if you pay extra for overnight or Saturday delivery), so if you’re shipping any projects make sure that they are scheduled to arrive by Wednesday, February 14, 2018 in case the package needs to be re-routed or re-delivered to our office. See Written Event Screening for more information.

Students will not be able to use the hotel or convention center internet for their event presentations, because that would involve asking someone else to help them with their equipment. (Refer to the event’s presentation guidelines.) You may use an internet aircard or personal hotspot with your own computer if you have one. But we caution that it could be difficult to receive and maintain a connection due to so many people using cell phones while at the conference. If you lose connection, you will not be given additional time. Our suggestion is to save anything that you might want to reference directly onto the computer.

Economics and Marketing Mathematics Applied Academics Certification
Delegates are required to take one (both are optional) of the tests on Saturday. A certificate will be awarded to those who achieve minimum proficiency on the test. The top ten participants will receive special recognition.

Dress During the Conference
Business attire is required for all scheduled sessions and activities. During free time, shirts must have sleeves and no bare midriff. Skirts and shorts must be at least fingertip length. No cargo pants, jeans (denim material), T-shirts, sweatshirts, flip-flop sandals, or athletic shoes of any form will be allowed during the competition or at sessions! Delegates’ clothing must be neat and in good repair in order to compete, attend the sessions, or be allowed on stage. Delegates wearing any of these items will be sent to change, before being allowed to compete or attend any conference sessions. Please refer to the Michigan DECA Dress Code for more information.

Conference registration will start at 11:00am on Friday. The first student activity will start at 2:00 p.m. Please be aware and prepared that if your event orientation is early, you may not be able to check into your hotel room to change until after 3:00pm.

Michigan DECA Policy requires that all competitors stay at one of the official conference hotels. Conference Registration will not be accepted for schools that are not staying at one of the official hotels.

  • Detroit Marriott, 100 Renaissance Center Drive, Detroit, MI 48243 313-568-8000
  • Courtyard Detroit Downtown, 333 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226 313-222-7700
  • Crown Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront, 2 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226 313-965-0200
  • Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, 1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226 313-442-1600
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 1020 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226 313-887-7000
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 525 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226 313-963-5600

Parents and family members are welcome to stay with Michigan DECA in our hotels, but they are considered part of the Michigan delegation, so they must also register for the conference and pay the registration fee. They will need to be included on the chapter’s registration form and adhere to the same deadlines.

State Conference T-Shirts
Michigan Alumni DECA is selling State Conference T-shirts again this year. The shirts will be designed around the conference theme, and will be heavyweight, 100% cotton T-shirts. Pre-orders of shirts are on the chapter’s conference registration form. Please order your shirts when you register for the conference, as in past years we have completely sold out by the end of the day on Friday! This fundraiser is designed help Alumni Division so they can sponsor a competitive event to provide more travel scholarships for qualifiers to attend the International Career Development Conference.

Name Badges & Wrist Bands
All delegates (adult and student) must wear their name badges and wrist bands at all times. No one will be admitted to conference activities without a name badge and wrist band If a delegate loses their wrist band or name badge, a replacement may be obtained in the conference headquarters for $5.00 each. Delegates will be required to show identification for a replacement name badge, or must have their Advisor with them.

All students must be in their own room at curfew. No chapter activities (meetings, practice sessions, etc.) may be conducted after curfew, even if it takes place in their Advisor’s room. Room service will not deliver after curfew. All advisors/chaperones are required to conduct room checks at curfew and patrol the floors of the hotel after curfew on Friday and Saturday evenings. Trying to manage a large number of students is a difficult task, therefore we need every advisor’s support and assistance.

Code of Conduct & Medical Treatment Authorization Forms
Each delegate, student and adult, must sign the Code of Conduct & Medical Treatment Form. This form must be hand-carried to the conference by the Chapter Advisor. Do not send them to the Michigan DECA office.

No alcoholic beverages or drugs may be possessed by any delegate at the conference. This is a school function. Delegates may not enter the lounges at the hotels. Students suspected of being under the influence of alcohol will be required to take a breath alcohol test as specified by state law. A uniformed police officer will be on site during the evening hours of the conference.

Private Autos at the Conference
The use of private automobiles will not be permitted after arrival at the conference. Car doors shall be locked upon arrival, and the keys turned over to the chapter advisor.

Voting Delegates
The role of a voting delegate is an important one. Voting delegates are required to attend the candidate speeches and are encouraged to meet each candidate prior to the election session. All Voting Delegates must attend the conference as a competitor.

Number of Voting Delegates per Chapter
Voting for next year’s state officer team will take place at the State Conference.  The appropriate number of voting delegate ribbons will be included in your chapter’s registration materials. The advisor will distribute the ribbons to the voting delegates for their chapter. Voting Delegates must wear their ribbon to vote. Replacement ribbons will not be provided once a chapter has picked up their registration materials at the conference.

We will post a list in February of the number of voting delegates each chapter is allowed, based on their membership. According to the Michigan DECA Constitution, each chapter is allowed one voting delegate per 40 members or a major fraction thereof:

  • 1 voting delegate for chapters that have 1 to 61 members
  • 2 voting delegates for chapters that have 62 to 101 members
  • 3 voting delegates for chapters that have 102 to 141 members
  • 4 voting delegates for chapters that have 142 to 181 members
  • 5 voting delegates for chapters that have 182 to 221 members
  • 6 voting delegates for chapters that have 222 to 261 members
  • 7 voting delegates for chapters that have 262 to 301 members
  • 8 voting delegates for chapters that have 302 to 341 members

Certificates of Excellence
Michigan DECA will issue Certificates of Excellence to all competitors that receive an average score above 70% during competition. The certificates will be mailed to chapter advisers several weeks after the conference.

Conference Assistance
To have a successful conference, each advisor will need to assist with the conference. All advisors will be pre-assigned by the event chairperson to work a competitive event. All individuals are required to assist during their assigned time. Because this assistance is important, advisors who do not assist during their entire assigned time, will have letters stressing the importance of their assistance and their absence sent to their school principal. Advisors and chaperones must attend all general and award sessions with their students, to assure proper dress and conduct (behavior) during the sessions.

Advisor Reception & Recognition
The Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) and Michigan DECA will host a reception and recognition session for all advisors.

All chaperones attending the conference will also be responsible to assist with conference management and supervision. Please select your preference for the area you would like each of your chaperones to assist with on the registration form. All chaperones are required to pay the conference registration fee.

As per the Advisor Code of Ethics, at least 1 adult must attend and pay the registration fee for every 10 student delegates attending. At 11 students, two adults are required to attend and pay. Thereafter, an additional adult is required for every 12 additional students. All adults will be assigned to assist with the conference. If your chapter needs to have adults free from work assignments to supervise students, your chapter will be required to bring additional paid adults to adequately cover work assignments.

Advisors and chaperones must attend all general and award sessions with their students, to assure proper dress and conduct (behavior) during the sessions.

Complete information about the conference can be found in the 2017-2018 Advisors Michigan DECA Guide, which will be mailed at the beginning of the school year.


Planning Ahead? Future dates and location:

  • March 8-10, 2019 – State Career Development Conference, Detroit, Michigan
  • March 6-8, 2020 – State Career Development Conference, Detroit, Michigan