State Career Development Conference
March 10-12, 2022
The State Career Development Conference (SCDC) will be held in downtown Detroit on March 10-12, 2022 hosting over 4,200 Michigan DECA members and advisors. This conference promises to be the most exhilarating Michigan DECA conference of the year because of the competitive edge, location, entertainment, and activities offered. Members are focused on improving their leadership and professional skills, in hopes of making their way to the finalist stage. In addition, members will elect the new Michigan DECA Executive Council who will lead us into another exciting DECA year.
After participating in competitive events during the day, you may find yourself along the Detroit River, riding the People Mover to dinner, or posing in front of the infamous Joe Louis monument. With the significant size of the conference, you will have the constant 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 in April!
The items that will be included in conference registration will be posted in the fall.
Cancellations must be submitted through the Conference Registration Portal or on the Refund Request Form to receive your chapter’s refund, and must be submitted by the chapter advisor. Depending on the date submitted, there might be only a partial refund available.
Cancellation and Substitution Policy
Please review the full Cancellation and Substitution policy; students will not be able to compete if one member of the team is unable for any reason to attend the next level of competition.
Delegate Code of Conduct Forms
Each delegate, student and adult, must sign the Delegate Code of Conduct Form. This form must be hand-carried to the conference by the Chapter Advisor. Do not send them to the Michigan DECA office.
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.
T-shirts are to be pre-ordered with the conference registration via the Conference Registration Portal. If we have any extra shirts available to sell, they will sell for $12.00 each at the Alumni booth on Friday. Please pre-order your shirts when you register for the conference, as the limited number we have to sell are usually sold out early! This fund raiser 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.
At the Conference
On-site conference registration will start at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, with the first student activity at 2:00 pm. A tentative program will be posted in February. Delegates are responsible to read the conference program to know their event and orientation times.
Dress During the Conference
Business attire is required for all scheduled sessions and activities. The dress code must be followed. Infractions during competition will result in a penalty of the competition score.
Seating at General Sessions
Seating will be assigned by district. One seat will be allocated for each paid delegate. Schools that achieve two of the three goals of DECA’s membership campaign will have reserved seating at the State Conference.
- Opening Session – Thursday evening
- General Session – Friday evening
- Award Session – Saturday morning
Because of global security concerns, the following new security procedures will be implemented at the State Conference:
- All students and adults must be wearing a name badge and wrist band to enter conference activities, such as competition and general sessions. Security personnel will be at the doors to monitor access to competition and the general sessions at TCF Center (formerly Cobo Center).
- Guests will not be allowed to enter without proper credentials. In conjunction with the Advisors’ Council, Michigan DECA has developed procedures for guests to attend the awards session. They must be escorted to the visitor check-in desk by an advisor or chaperone that has their nametag and wrist band. We will provide the guests with a session pass at an additional cost.
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.
Advisors should review the rates and hotel facilities to rank, in order, your preferred hotel selections. We will post a document in late December with information on each hotel’s amenities to help you choose your hotel preferences. In the Chapter Registration Portal, you will select the hotels for your first, second and third choices.
Your assigned hotel will email an invoice for your housing charges.
- 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
Those wishing to run for office will need to successfully pass through the Candidate Screening, which will be held in February 2022 in Lansing, Michigan. Candidates must pre-register for the screening. Complete information on the candidate nominating and election process is available on the Running for State Office page for more details.
State Officer Candidates at the State Conference:
- Candidates will have a briefing meeting on Thursday at the State Conference. A sample of each item that will be handed out at the campaign table and the Campaign Materials Form will need to be turned in at the candidates’ meeting.
- Candidates will have time to set up their campaign table immediately following the candidates’ meeting. Tables are to be staffed only on Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.
- Candidates will give a 90 second campaign speech at the Thursday Opening Session.
- No campaigning can take place after 10:00 p.m. on Thursday.
- Elected Candidates will be announced on Saturday, and sworn-in on stage.
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. Notice: All Voting Delegates must be registered for the conference as a competitor.
Number of Voting Delegates per Chapter Membership
According to the Constitution, each chapter is allowed one voting delegate per 40 members or a major fraction thereof. See the table below for the number of voting delegates based on chapter size.
- 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
Only students that are competing at the State Conference may attend the conference. Delegates may not enter more than one event – with the exception of the Gold Merit Award Program (MAP), Chapter Awards Program (CAP), and School Based Enterprise (SBE), as long as competition days do not conflict.
Competitors in the Individual Series events, Team Decision Making events, Principles events, Financial Consulting event, Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling event, and Professional Selling Event will qualify at the District Conference level in order to compete at the State Conference.
The Individual Series Events, Principles Events, Team Decision Making Events, Selling Events, School Based Enterprise, Leadership and Teamwork, and the Ethics Team Event will compete Friday. Individual Series Events, Principles Events, Team Decision Making Events will have two (2) judged activities.
Applied Certification Tests
Delegates are required to take either the Applied Economics Certification or the Applied Marketing Mathematics Certification on Friday. (Students have the option to take both if desired.) A certificate will be awarded to those who achieve minimum proficiency on each test. The top ten participants on each test will receive special recognition.
Award of Excellence
Michigan DECA will issue Award of Excellence to all competitors that score above 70 on each aspect of competition. The certificates will be mailed to chapter advisors after the conference.
Items During Competition
Each participant is expected to have a pen or pencil and a calculator for competition. Other items (workbooks, notebooks, handouts, etc.) are not allowed. Cell phones, smartphones, smartwatches, iPods, iPads, tablets, programmable calculators and other electronic devices may not be used during competition. This includes during prep-time, waiting for judges, and during competition in role-play events.
Leadership & Teamwork Event (LTW)
Each chapter can enter only one team in the Leadership & Teamwork Event. These competitors will not be able to compete in any other event. Teams will consist of three (3) participants, who are non-Seniors. All participants in the Leadership & Teamwork Event will take the Principals of Business Cluster exam online as part of their competition. The top teams in the Leadership & Teamwork event will qualify to attend the IGNITE Academy at the International Conference.
Ethics Team Event (ETH)
Teams will consist of two (2) participants, and only open to Seniors. All participants in the Ethics Team Event will take the Business Management & Administration Cluster exam online as part of their competition. The top teams in the Ethics Team Event will qualify to attend the ASPIRE Academy at the International Conference.
Stock Market Game and Virtual Business Challenge Events
Participants in the Stock Market Game and the Virtual Business Challenge Events will not compete at the State Conference. ICDC Qualifiers in these events will proceed directly to the International Conference, through the process established by DECA Inc. These students will not attend the State Conference unless they are competing in another event.
School Based Enterprise (SBE)
Schools participating in this activity must submit their project to DECA Inc., to be received before January 10, 2022, according to the DECA Inc. guidelines. Chapters that receive the Gold Certification or Gold Re-Certification have the option to bring 1-3 student manager(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 Saturday Awards 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.
Written Event Competition
All written events (including Gold Merit Awards Program and Chapter Awards Program) will compete on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Written Event participants will have their orientation at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday. There will be one interview with one or two judges.
All written event participants are required to take either either the Applied Economics Certification or the Applied Marketing Mathematics Certification on Friday.
All written events (except the Chapter Awards Program) will need to be uploaded to the Chapter Registration Portal in February 2022. Complete instructions on how to upload projects will be provided in January.
Some written events will also need to have hard copies delivered to the Michigan DECA office in February 2022. More information will be posted in the fall. Hard copies of events will not be accepted after the deadline. You may drop off written events to our office (open weekdays until 4:30pm), or ship them. If shipped, we strongly recommend it to arrive on later than Monday, February 8, and sent with tracking numbers. Late events will NOT be accepted, no matter the reason.
All written events must follow the Michigan DECA Written Event Guidelines in addition to the national guidelines. The first page of each event must be the signed Statement of Assurances Form or fifteen (15) penalty points will be assessed. This form should be typed or word processed. An electronic form will be posted on the Michigan DECA web site.
All content must be original work of the DECA members member(s) listed on the Statement of Assurances. No part of the written project can be previously entered into competition or submitted in another DECA competitive event.
Any student that is disqualified due to the plagiarism review will be dropped from the conference without refund.
Gold Merit Award Project (MAP)
All Gold Merit Award Project Participants are allowed to compete in another event, as long as it does not compete on Thursday. All MAP participants not competing in another event are required to take either the Applied Economics Certification or the Applied Marketing Mathematics Certification on Friday.
Silver and Bronze MAP Participants will not be allowed to compete or attend the conference unless they are competing in a different event.
Chapter Awards Program (CAP)
All Chapter Awards Program Participants are allowed to compete in another event, as long as it does not compete on Thursday. All CAP participants not competing in another event are required to take either the Applied Economics Certification or the Applied Marketing Mathematics Certification on Friday.
To have a successful conference, all adults will need to assist with the conference. Advisors will be pre-assigned by members of the Advisor’s Council 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.
If a judge will also be serving as a chaperone for the chapter’s proper adult-to-student ratio as described above, then chapter must pay for the judge’s conference registration fee. There is no charge for judges if your chapter has reached the proper adult-to-student ratio, as described above. Registration materials and meal tickets will only be provided to Adults that pay the conference registration fee.
Parents and family members will not be allowed to enter the sessions without proper credentials. In conjunction with the Advisors’ Council, Michigan DECA has developed procedures for guests to attend the awards session. They must be escorted to the visitor check-in desk by an advisor or chaperone that has their nametag and wrist band. We will provide the guests with a session pass at an additional cost.
Competition is not open to spectators.
Planning Ahead? Future conference dates:
- March 9-11, 2023 in Detroit, Michigan