2020-2021 Competitive Event Changes

Will be posted in the fall

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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)
  • Business Solutions Project (PMBS)
  • Buying & Merchandising Operations Research (BMOR)
  • Career Development Project (PMCD)
  • Chapter Awards Program (CAP)
  • Community Awareness Project (PMCA
  • Community Giving Project (PMCG)
  • Ethics Team Event (ETH) – only seniors may compete in this event, a team of two
  • Finance Operations Research (FOR)
  • Financial Literacy Project (PMFL)
  • 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, a team of three
  • Sales Project (PMSP)
  • 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)
  • NEW FOR 2021: Virtual Business Challenge: Entrepreneurship (VBCEN)
  • 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 1-3 student(s) 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.