Competitive Event Categories
ROLE-PLAY SCENARIO EVENTS
Individual or Two-Person Team Events covering a wide variety of topics, such as Fashion, Sports & Entertainment, Hotel & Restaurant Management, Finance, and more. These events present competitors with a business situation in a short role-play scenario. Students then develop their response to the scenario and present it to an adult judge. Competitors also complete a multiple-choice cluster exam.
CHAPTER PROJECT MANAGEMENT EVENTS
Exciting projects that are led by a few students but involve the entire DECA Chapter. Community Service, Business Solutions, and Career Development are just a few of the categories. After working on a project throughout the school year, competitors prepare a written document and presentation.
Individual or team projects that enable members to design and possibly run an actual business venture. Contest areas include product innovation and international business, along with the chance for students to develop and grow their own existing business. Competitors prepare a written document and a presentation about their work.
MARKETING CAMPAIGN EVENTS
Projects that allow for teams of one-to-three members to work with an existing business. Competitors design and execute a marketing and advertising campaign for an event, a product, or a service. The contest entails a written document, presentation, and multiple-choice cluster exam.
SALES & CONSULTING EVENTS
Individual competitors deliver a sales demonstration to pitch--in a role play setting--a product or service. The topic areas are selected by DECA annually, and cover the range from marketing to hospitality to finance. Competitors hone their selling skills, create sales materials, and complete a multiple-choice cluster exam.
BUSINESS & MARKETING RESEARCH EVENTS
Challenging research projects that allow teams of members to work with an existing company to solve a business problem. A new topic for the contest is selected annually by DECA, and members may choose from a wide range of business operations. The projects enable students to create and present a strategic plan to research and solve business problems in the real world.
DECA's online competitions include the Stock Market Game and a series of Virtual Business Challenges. Chapter members form teams and compete among peers from around the world, growing their virtual businesses or stock portfolios.