Get a head start on the 2021-2022 competition season with DECA's competitive draft topics for business operations research, professional selling, hospitality and tourism professional selling, and financial consulting.
Business Operations Research Events
The 2021-2022 topic for each career category is the development of a strategy to improve the employee experience. As a result of the pandemic, many businesses adapted to work-at-home or hybrid models, conducted virtual onboarding, provided additional mental health initiatives, promoted upskilling, downsized and more. As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, companies must chart a course for the future of their workplace culture based on the experiences from the past year. Participants will collaborate with a local business or organization to assess and analyze current perceptions and practices of the employee experience within the company or organization. Participants will then present a strategic plan to improve and enhance the organization's employee experience.
Financial Consulting (FCE)
For 2021-2022, you will assume the role of a financial consultant. A client has scheduled a meeting with you because he/she is thinking about buying a home, but is not sure if he/she would qualify for a mortgage—and if so, what the amount of the loan would be. The client is single, 35 years old and is looking to purchase in the suburbs. The client has an annual income of $65,000 and a $300/month car payment. The client would like you to explain the four C’s of qualifying for a mortgage—capacity, credit, cash and collateral—as it relates to their profile.
Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling (HTPS)
For 2021-2022, you will assume the role of a sales representative of a virtual running/race events company. The director of tourism of a city with a population of 150,000 is interested in learning about your company to show off all the city has to offer to potential visitors through a virtual running event. The city is surrounded by many smaller suburbs whose citizens frequent the larger city, which is vibrant, offers many nature and outdoor activities and is perfect for a long weekend getaway. Participants of the previously held in-person annual running event were from within a 50-mile radius. However, with the increasing popularity of virtual running events, the director of tourism wants to use this opportunity to host a virtual 5K that not only attracts its core base but also expands its participant base beyond the typical market. You have a meeting scheduled with the director of tourism to present your ideas and showcase how the city can leverage your company’s virtual running event products and services to bring tourism to the city.
Professional Selling (PSE)
For 2021-2022, you will assume the role of a sales representative for a company providing health and safety auditing and consulting solutions. The owner of a chain of convenience stores has scheduled a meeting with you because he/she is interested in having an independent, third-party verify that proper protocols are in place at all locations, help ensure compliance with local, state and federal guidelines, and provide insight and guidance on industry best practices. He/she wants to learn about your company’s products and services and how they can contribute to ensuring a healthy and safe experience for its guests and employees.
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