School Based Enterprise

The School Based Enterprise (SBE) Certification Program was developed to provide recognition for outstanding achievement by school-based enterprises and to motivate SBEs to strive for excellence and to grow. The program will provide SBEs with standards for model school store operation. The Certification Program will provide recognition for school-based enterprises at three levels: bronze, silver, and gold. The number and type of activities a school-based enterprise completes in each of twelve categories will determine the recognition level. 

School Based Enterprise entries must follow DECA’s guidelines and be submitted to DECA, Inc. by January 12, 2023, for verification of the award achievement level.  Chapter advisors will receive official notification from DECA Inc. regarding the level of achievement. DECA Inc. will then submit a list to Michigan DECA of SBEs that achieve certification, along with the appropriate award certificates.  

Gold Level certified SBEs may remain certified at that level for 5 years by completing the requirements for re-certification annually. Those SBEs who complete Gold Level Re-Certification will also be recognized at the ICDC. The requirements for Re-Certification are outlined on the SBE website.  After five years, the SBE must complete the original certification process to be eligible for the Gold Level award. 


State Career Development Conference Competition:

Chapters that receive the Gold Certification or Gold Re-Certification have the option to bring 1 to 3 student manager(s) to compete at the State Conference.  Teams that receive Gold Certification do not have to attend the State Conference; they can advance directly to the International Conference.

SBE teams will present on Friday morning.  The evaluation form will be the same one that will be used at the International Conference (refer to the Competition Guidelines linked on the right side of this page).  The top five teams will receive recognition at the Awards Session.  

SBE students may compete in another event, as long as it does not compete on Friday morning at the State Conference (refer to the schedule linked on the right side of this page)  They will also be required to take either the Math or Economics Examination on Friday.  


International Career Development Conference Competition:

Chapters receiving the Gold Level Certification or Re-Certification will be eligible to bring an advisor and 1 to 3 student manager(s) to the International Career Development Conference. They will compete at the International Conference, presenting their project to a judge.  The top SBEs will be recognized at the Grand Award Ceremony.