Virtual Business Challenge Round Two Launches on January 7, 2019

Participants in the DECA Virtual Business Challenge (VBC) operate a web-based business simulation utilizing a competition version of the Virtual Business software. The VBC qualifying rounds are conducted via the internet, where participants post-competition scores for chartered association, regional and overall rankings. In partnership with Knowledge Matters, seven unique tracks are available to engage a variety of minds:

  • VBC Accounting
  • VBC Fashion
  • VBC Hotel Management/DECA Hotel Challenge (Presented by the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation)
  • VBC Personal Finance
  • VBC Restaurant
  • VBC Retailing
  • VBC Sports


The competition is FREE to all active high school DECA members. The challenge is entirely web-based; no installations or downloads are necessary. Participants will enjoy nearly 100% of the functionality of the classroom simulation.

Students may participate individually or in a group of up to three members from the same DECA chapter. Students may only be a member of one team per track. Each individual or team can participate in as many tracks as they would like.

DECA members who did not participate in round one may participate in round two. The two rounds are scored separately and are independent of one other.


Students may register themselves or their team now. Only active DECA chapters will appear in the registration menu. To confirm your chapter’s membership status, please contact Chapter advisors must approve registrations for students to have access to the simulation.

All active chapter advisors have access to the challenge simulationIf you are new to DECA’s VBC, an advisor account will be created for you. If you already have an online account, please continue to use the same login information to access your account.


The top two teams, per track, per round will be eligible to compete at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC), providing teams meet their chartered association’s rules and regulations. See challenge guidelines for more information on ICDC qualifications. Additionally, the top-performing team, per track, per round in each chartered association will receive a certificate of achievement. Student members competing at ICDC may not compete in another ICDC event.


  • Registration Open Now
  • Round 2 Begins – January 7, 2020 @ 10:00 AM ET
  • Round 2 Ends – January 17, 2020 @ 5:00 PM ET
  • *Visit the VBC registration page for mini-challenge dates for VBC Accounting


If you have any questions regarding chapter participation, please contact Maureen Ginley at

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