No Ordinary Year

DECA has given you so many ways to Make It Count this year! It’s hard to believe that all these opportunities are packed into just nine months. This is no ordinary year, and this is no ordinary group. Your DECA advisor and fellow members are ready to help you tackle whatever challenge you aim to conquer this year. Here are just a few of the opportunities that await you this DECA year:

DECA wants to see you at its amazing conferences this year. If you’re in high school, make this year count by attending the Innovations and Entrepreneurship Conference in Chicago, Ill., or the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Conference in Orlando, Fla. This fall, Southern Region and North Atlantic Region members will embark on the Ultimate DECA Power Trip in Boston, Mass. Members from the Western Region will take their leadership skills to the next level during the Western Region Leadership Conference in Phoenix, Ariz. Lastly, Central Region members will be part of the DECA revolution during this year’s Central Region Leadership Conference in Milwaukee, Wis. If you’re in Collegiate DECA, be sure to attend the Collegiate Leadership Academy in New York, NY. Meet new members, network with business professionals and make this year count!

Competitive Events
This is your year to make it on stage. Get to work early on your competitive event project and you’ll be set for success in 2014. The DECA Guide contains all the information needed to complete your project and there you can find an event fit for everyone! Whether it’s fashion, sports, finance or entrepreneurship, you can find the right event that will challenge you and take you farther then you ever thought possible. Team up or participate solo; either way, this is your year to be the one holding the trophy.

School-based Enterprises
DECA’s School-based Enterprise program gives members the real-world work environment experience needed to be competitive in today’s job market. Get started on building your professional résumé and get involved in your chapter’s SBE today. Give your SBE the publicity it deserves by taking part in #DECASBE. Instagram, tweet or Facebook your SBE photos using #DECASBE and share your success with the entire DECA community all year long. Take your SBE to the next level by participating in the SBE certification program and you might earn yourself a spot in the 2014 SBE Academy in Atlanta, Ga.!

Chapter Campaigns & Passport Program
There’s no better way to help your chapter Make It Count this year than by participating in DECA’s five chapter campaigns. Get started right away at the beginning of the year with DECA Month and the Promotional, Community Service and Membership campaigns. Tap into your inner entrepreneur by participating in the Global Entrepreneurship Campaign during November. Then continue your success all the way to February with CTEs Advocacy Month and the Advocacy Campaign. Your chapter will experience increased membership, participation and achievement if you strive for five this year. New and improved, this year’s Collegiate Leadership Passport Program will incorporate social media, offer endless opportunities for involvement and get your chapter’s name recognized on the global stage at the 2014 ICDC.

Community Service
There’s no better way to spread the word of DECA than by showing your own community how tomorrow’s leaders are right in their own backyard. Participate in the DECA/Muscular Dystrophy Association “The Movement” or have your chapter chose a community service project that has a special meaning or importance to your school or community. You can be the change in your school or town by getting your fellow members involved.  

Career and College Ready
Whether you’re a freshman in high school or a senior in college, DECA can help you prepare for your next step. Get ready for your postsecondary education by participating in DECA. Students who are involved with DECA are more likely to enter college with some type of academic credit, so get a jump start on your future and get involved! DECA partners with some of the country’s top
universities and colleges that offer scholarships exclusively to DECA members. Maybe you’re ready to go right into the workforce. DECA can help you with that, too. Today’s leading businesses and organizations know that DECA members make the best employees and DECA’s wide range of partners will fit any members’ career interest. With DECA on your side, there’s no telling what you will accomplish.

Collegiate DECA Takes DC
The culmination of an entire year’s work comes together in the city where leaders are made. The 2014 Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference in Washington, D.C., will take place April 23–26. Not only will you be able to compete against the country’s top Collegiate DECA members, but you’ll also have opportunities to network with industry professionals and advocate on behalf of DECA and all Career and Technical Student Organizations. We can’t wait to see you at ICDC!

Make It Count In Atlanta!
It’s the event of a lifetime and an experience you’ll never forget. DECA’s 68th International Career Development Conference will take place May 3–6, 2014, in Atlanta, Ga. A year’s worth of hard work comes together in four days of competing, networking, campaigning, sightseeing, learning and winning. Make It Count all year long, and you could earn yourself a spot on the stage in Atlanta this year.
Get started right away on making this year the best one ever. Make your goals, create a plan and get to work. The year goes by fast, so use every second to help you achieve greatness.

This is our year. This is your year. Make It Count.

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