2016 SBE Chapter Certification Guidelines

Looking for a way to connect your classroom instruction with business operations in your DECA School-based Enterprise (SBE)?

Enhance the learning experience for your SBE students and gain recognition by documenting the work your students already do on a daily basis!

The SBE Chapter Certification project provides an opportunity to focus learning on 10 key business operations standards such as financial analysis, promotion, selling, market planning, human resources management, and more.

To earn a chapter certification, SBE members create a written manual detailing how they operate their SBE based on those standards.

The 2015-2016 project guidelines for Certification and Re-certification are now available online at www.deca.org. Also, a helpful “Guide to Gold” poster will arrive at your school this fall to help your students visualize and track their progress. 

The project guidelines are updated each year, and the following are key changes for 2016:

  • Historically, any SBE earning gold certification for the current year is automatically qualified to attend the SBE Academy held annually at the ICDC. However, due to increasing popularity of the certification project and space limitations at ICDC, only 200 gold-certified or re-certified Retail Operations SBEs and 200 gold-certified or re-certified Food Operations SBEs will be able to participate in the SBE Academy and competition at ICDC. Should the numbers of gold-certified SBEs exceed that amount, competitors will be determined by the date and time their completed projects were submitted online, first come first served. The submission website will be open for project submissions starting on December 1, 2015.
  • The project deadline is January 15, 2016 – however, chapters are advised to submit their projects early if planning to attend ICDC as indicated above.
  • The Re-certification project features 3 key business standards derived from the main certification project that rotate each year. For 2016, the featured standards are: Market Planning, Product/Service Management, and Selling.
  • Advisors must designate whether their SBE specializes in Food Operations or Retail Operations when submitting projects online. The 2016 project guidelines provide further descriptions on how to categorize your SBE.
  • Refer to the updated guidelines here:

Need help getting started? The DECA SBE Instructional Units are a great place to start – they will guide you through each of the 10 business standards covered in the certification project through interactive workbooks and PowerPoint presentations available at http://www.deca.org/high-school-programs/school-based-enterprises/.

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